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RE: why do people live in trailers?

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With the weather the way it is, and with it seeming to get worse...

why do people live in trailers? i have family that lives in them and i cannot but wonder how you clean a plastic toilet.

Oh, they love trailer living! It couldn't be because that's all they can afford.
They live in trailers so they can afford maintaining a Benz.

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RE: why do people live in trailers?

The percentage of trailer dwellers killed by tornados, is miniscule, compared to the percentage of drivers killed on the highway. Do you fear the highway enough to stay off of it?
For me the difference is that I actually like driving, whereas I don't think I'd like living in a trailer. Or a mobile home. My rule is I'd never live anyplace that someone with a pocketknife can cut through the outer wall. [;)]
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RE: why do people live in trailers?

My! Are you that thin-skinned? I do not believe I mentioned you by name as one who was exhibiting predudice? Only you know that. But some of the responses in this thread were certainly from an attitude of superiority.

As for asking questions.... That is generally a good thing. But there are various reasons for asking questions. One is simply seeking information. Another is to lead, or even manipulate a conversation to make a certain point. Around this forum, I tend to expect the later--perhaps I see that when it isn't intended.
There are various reasons why some people live in trailers. Some are financial, some are cultural. In some areas, they provide economical shelter. In other places they seem to be tonado magnets. Building Codes are enforced in various degrees by different governing bodies. Most Building Codes specify a wind speed for design pruposes. In the mid Atlantic, its 90mph. We rarely see winds of that speed, but if we do, many houses will fail. The code also address mobile home tie downs, and should apply the same wind speed. SOmetimes, local officials simply do not enfore the Code. I am currently involved with a builder who is being required by the Building Official to ensure that the roof trusses will not blow off in the 90mph wind. Every designer of roof trusses does calculation for the uplift produced at each connection pouint. Most of the trusses on the designs I recently reviewed were in the range of 100-500 pounds. This is easily restrained by simple metal clips tying the roof truss to the wall. I found a few trusses with uplift in excess of 2500 pounds! These require a much different approach. The point is that this information has been on the trruss drawings for years, and so far, I have only one Building Official, in one County that is requiring the uplift restraints to be reviewed. In the case of the houses I reviewed, it will probably add $200-$300 to the cost of each house.
The same thing applies to the uplift generated by the wind on trailers. There are Code requirements for restraining those forces. I think, perhaps, they are not being enforced--either thru concerns over the added cost, or simple ignorance. However, preventing uplift forces from wretching a trailer from its foundation in a tornado is quite another thing. Its probably an economic decision not to design for tornadoes. I have seen steel framed office building twisted on their foundation, so I doubt that ANY solution really exists.
Sorry for the ramble, but once I got started, it just sort of came out. All I am trying to say is that while we can, and should, improve the safety of trailers, we con't make them tornado-proof.
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RE: why do people live in trailers?

thanks for a straight answer!

i wasnt trying to bait conversation, it was just my way of responding to the tornados in indiana/kentucky.

i live in alabama-- we have[arguably] the worst housing/vehicle safety inspection procedures in the nation. what i call a trailer and others call a mobile home could be very different things!

we lived in a double-wide trailer[with polyester curtains and a redwood deck] in indiana when i was very young. i can say that it was nothing like the trailers i have seen in alabama. in indiana all things with wheels were inspected; this includes trailer homes.

while on this subject-- we do not inspect cars here. if it will move under its own power and has 8 lights on it, you can drive it. i have seen automobiles with bashed in sides and fronts and trunks doing 90 on the interstate like they were never wrecked! i do not mean a scratch/pull. i mean bashed in like t-boned.

likewise, the condition of our trailer homes is worrysome. what about retrofitting an older trailer with this safety equipment? are they exempt like my vw with only lap belts?

i am concerned with this matter because my elderly grandmother lives in the hugest double-wide ever. it has 3 bathrooms and 2 living rooms. [:p] she also has cows, guinea fowl, a goat, 2 chickens and a schnauser named pookie.

i worry because she has basically "hole-ed herself up" in this little pre-built box. she had a fight with colon cancer when she was 73 and had to sell her farm outside of detroit[wayne, mi?) she replaced a 5 bedroom 10 acre dwelling with another of comparable size, but i do not trust her current home if a tornado hits. she refuses to go out much[not that she can a great deal-- shes 80 now] because she is afraid people will be judgemental she has a umm... grain of salt-- "bag of poo" strapped to herself.

my fear is that she will get stuck in her home. it is an hour away and not on a paved road. she does not drive, but lives with family that does. she really is not capable of being evacuated because she cannot climb down stairs easily.

to address whomever made a [masked]comment about my car--

i come from a very middle american family. my great-grandfather came to the US to work for henry ford. my family is in the steel industry now and we came to birmingham by way of this. my grandparents worked their tails off and every child they had[6 of them] was sent to college.

i am the first one in my family to own a mercedes-benz automobile and i am proud of it. fuck a bunch of this 'its not new enough' noise.

i guess the point of this is that while it was lighthearted, it wasnt a stab at the plight of the poor. my grandfather worked his ass off his whole life to provide well for his wife and children.... two of them ended up in trailers despite his efforts.

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RE: why do people live in trailers?

If you remember The Wizard of OZ, even farmers with substantial stick built houses went into the storm cellar when a tornado appeared. It isn't safe in any kind of houses in the path of a tornado.
Does your grandmother have a storm cellar, or access to one? It surely would provide some peace of mind as well as safety.

On another note....What did your great grand father do for Henry Ford? I am a bit of a Ford history buff, and love to read about that period of American history. Little details are interesting---I found out by reading Sorenson's My Forty Years with Ford, that he was missing the tips of three fingers--a common trait for pattern makers.
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RE: why do people live in trailers?

The elitist baiting marches foreward:

Things you'll never hear trailer people say:

We don't keep firearms in this house.
Has anybody seen the sideburn trimmer?
You can't feed that to the dog.
I thought Graceland was tacky.
No kids in the back of the pick-up, it's not safe.
Wrasslin's fake.
Honey, did you mail that donation to Greenpeace?
We're vegetarians.
Do you think my hair is too big?
I'll have grapefruit instead of biscuits and gravy.
Honey, these bonsai trees need watering?
Who's Richard Petty?
Give me the small bag of pork rinds.
Deer heads detract from the decor.
Spitting is such a nasty habit.
I just couldn't find a thing at Wal-Mart today.
Trim the fat off that steak.
Cappuccino tastes better than espresso.
The tires on that truck are too big.
I'll have the arugula and radicchio salad.
I've got it all on a floppy disk.
Unsweetened tea tastes better.
Would you like your fish poached or broiled?
My fiancee, Bobbie Jo, is registered at Tiffany's.
I've got two cases of Zima for the Super Bowl.
Little Debbie snack cakes have too many fat grams.
She's too old to be wearing that bikini.
Does the salad bar have bean sprouts?
Hey, here's an episode of "Hee Haw" that we haven't seen.
I don't have a favorite college team.
I believe you cooked those green beans too long.
Those shorts ought to be a little longer, Darla.
Elvis who?

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RE: why do people live in trailers?

I guess it was inevitable. Where would a trailer conversation be without the inclusion of the Mullet?

Why do people who live in trailers wear Mullets and wife beater t-shirts?
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Had a 'nader her 'bout 9 year 'go. It tored up 5 houses an' a trailer. Y'all can guess what made the news.
The trailer and the bucked toothed neighbor holding a 3 legged ankle biter with blood shot eyes and an attitude saying, "ya shouda seen it, man. Dat sombitch carm over dat hill blowin' dem trees dis way an' dat. I ducked a cow fer goin' down the basem'nt.
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duh to gove pppl like mr.donut hoo works at mcdonalds shelter
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Why do people who live in trailers wear Mullets?

We like long hair... but don't like it in our eyes.
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