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Sonya Salamon and Katherine MacTavish

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501713217

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501713217.001.0001

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The Mobile Home Industrial Complex

The Mobile Home Industrial Complex

(p.13) 1 The Mobile Home Industrial Complex

Sonya Salamon

Katherine MacTavish

Cornell University Press

For rural families with modest resources, and a housing dream for a better life, buying a trailer in a land-lease trailer park is a logical housing decision. The “mobile home industrial complex” is a term coined to capture the interlocked markets whose entrepreneurs – mobile dealers, financiers, and trailer park operators -- operate highly lucrative enterprises. Trailer parks have an important role to play in providing private solutions for affordable housing in rural areas. The reality of how the industrial complex operates, however, keeps the homeownership housing Dream that park families chase tantalizingly out of reach for all but a few.

Keywords:   Land-lease trailer parks, Mobile home dealers, Mobile home financiers, Trailer park owners, Rural communities, Chattel loan, Contract-for-deed sales, Trading-up system

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