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Know your famous mobile homes.

I found this site a long time ago and couldn't recall if it had been posted here or not. Here are some of the more memorable offerings or you can just click on the logo link below.




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Having your home chosen for this tour is one of the most exciting social honors in the state. Competition is intense to present our judges with perfection in every detail of mobile home life, such as these newly constructed entry steps.



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New mobile homes can be bought on almost any street corner in Mississippi. Here, at the annual Home Show in the Columbus K-Mart parking lot, you can see a fine display of new homes. It pays to shop around. Many of last year's homes are on sale in the fall to make room for next year's models. Whether you call them mobile homes, manufactured homes, trailers or hillbilly heaven a truly great mobile home doesn't just happen. A lot of time and effort is required to turn a pile of 2x4's and aluminum siding on wheels into a work of art.



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Good deals can always be found at the yearly "scratch and dent sale." Although you can save some time by having the retailer "customize" your home in this manner, you will still need to weather it and have some accessories added to the yard such as a Trans-Camaro or a stove. Most mobile home dealers are honest people doing their best to beautify the landscape with only the finest quality dwellings available. But watch out; some unscrupulous dealers have started placing undamaged homes on their "scratch and dent lot." If you are looking for a "customized home" the old "caveat emptor" (let the buyer beware) applies. Make sure the dealer discloses what customizing has actually been done!



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This home has a grand entrance, but you can see the owner isn't really concerned about the "mood" created by the home and its landscape. It's an older model home which has been kept way too clean. What gives? The lawn has been mowed and the garbage has been set out! This home requires a lot of work if they ever want it to be a "Great Mobile Home!" Perhaps, when the owner is finished discussing the pros and cons of WCW vs. WWF, he'll have time to devote to his home.



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Now, look what adding some dogs, a chicken and a Trans-Camaro can do for a mobile home! No, the car isn't up on blocks (yet) but it still adds that extra touch that only the Trans-Camaro can. The film classic "Smokey and the Bandit" lives on in the heart of every mobile home dweller. Other notable features of this home include the custom-built air conditioner support and the fine use of windows. Adding too many windows to a mobile home makes them far too bright on the inside, fading the rugs and uphostery.



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A screened porch is a must in the South. Here you can see a screened porch put to good use as a storage area for a stove, refrigerator and other appliances. Although not as trendy as placing appliances in the yard, a screened porch allows the public to view your collection. However, it does make it more difficult to get the coveted "rust" color on the appliances. Also note the truck and Trans-Camaro in the yard; a definite plus!



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Kids can be a great inspiration! Their toys add a colorful touch to the landscape and only a child can place objects with a randomness so necessary in making the yard not look "staged." Of course, a fishin' boat doesn't hurt, either!



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Is it a home, or is it a boat? The jaunty nautical theme suggests a whimsical "BoaterHome". Cars sensibly parked around the Boaterhome will function as little lifeboats, should disaster occur. In this outstanding example note the four cars are on blocks are camoflaged with weeds. In fact the rusted car to the right is covered with so many weeds it's difficult to spot. The resulting effect is subtle yet pleasing to the eye and keeps the neighbors from getting too jealous. This is a textbook example working within an architectural theme, yet keeping things sedated.

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An uneven lot can be turned into an asset with only a few cement blocks. Notice the strategic placement of blocks holding up the back end of this fine example of "trailer bending." Placing more blocks in the center of the home would destroy its gentle curve and completely spoil the striking effect. Trailer bending is also practical; spills flow to the lowest point in the trailer. This not only saves clean-up time but also makes it easy to feed the dogs. As a side note, the beer can and cigarette carton yard ornaments add colorful garden whimsy.

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Latinos have arrived in Columbus! All the neighbors said they couldn't concentrate on their TV sets after Pedro finished painting his trailer, so they moved away.



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Here's a superb example of 12-pack engineering. A mobile wood burning, forced air heating and air conditioning unit . Note the extension ladder supporting the ductwork. We all know the rule: "If the van is a-rockin', don't come a-knocking", but the more appropriate conclusion here is: "If the van is a-smokin', don't come a-stoking".



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Why does the county insist on placing signs in front of homes with "slow" children? Is it really a good idea to advertise such facts? How does one enter this home? That's the beauty! As you can clearly see by this example, enough landscaping material can hide the front door from those pesky neighbors. Moving that much landscaping material into a yard takes a lot of work but if you plan it in stages it'll go smoother.



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Mississippi has a well-deserved reputation for beautiful women. Women who dress nice for football games, have lovely nails and hair, and who can't resist a man in a muscle car from the 70's. We heard this guy, with his homemade Buick Rivera Batmobile, gets more action than a toilet seat.




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Is this what they mean by "Holy Rollers"? Ahh! what better structure to build a church than a mobile home? This pastor can just pick up the underskirt and go wherever and whenever Jesus says. It's sure to go down in architectural history along with the great cathedrals of France. But then, Notre Dame doesn't have a Trans-Camaro! (no, the car is not planted)



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Sometimes, when in the presence of the work of a great artist, one gets tingly all over! Here the thoughtful placement of 'found objects' such as matched grocery carts, yard appliances and an exercise machine evokes that majestic sensation. Vandals and thieves take heed! There are five dogs chained up in strategic places, along with 25 cats who amazingly, all looked exactly alike! The camera couldn't capture the love of animals that permeated the atmosphere. Truly, this home has earned the title, a Great Mobile Home of Mississippi.



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Can't the Clinton Lieberry archytechs come up with anything original? It's obvious they stole the plan from this Missouri Ozarks design.



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Are trailers disaster magnets? Imagine you and Mom'n'em (the rest of the family) are camping out next to the bayou, enjoying the song of the frogs and crickets. All of a sudden, BAM! A flying saucer slams right into the side of your trailer! As you know, aliens are constantly trying to insert probes into us humans. The family of John Preble, to whom this happened, has never been the same since. You can view this wreckage at UCM Museum in Abita Springs, Louisianna and visit with the victims.



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This Jackson Hole Mobile Home resident implemented an ingenious, but labor-intensive way to fit in with the hoity-toity resort community...painted on logs! Also solved was the problem of burglary, so frequent with absentee resort home ownership. Look closely and you'll see a figure peering from the window...also painted on.




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Here in San Diego Bay are some real boaterhomes! With the cost of beer these days, who can blame folks for dodging hook-up fees and property taxes? "We can't imagine bringing up kids who can't even ski behind their homes!", said one owner.

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A deer stand from the Upper Penninsula of Michigan.




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Always wished for the romance of skylights? Here's the next best thing, invented by Ohioans. But watch out for that first step!



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Wife-swapping is a fun way to pass the time in Kentucky. Here, members of the Econoline Club are he-ing and she-ing.



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TRAILOR SPOTTED IN DEL MAR CALIFORNIA........Where the Hicks meet the Dicks.......or was it Where the Surf Meets the Turf??
This little beauty is a nifty way to save a lil' something so's that you can send the youngun to college! She wants to be be a VET, go to UCDAVIS, #%&@! why don't she just kick it with her mammy? She knows that someday this is all gonna be hers........She breaks down in tears every time I remind her just how blessed we truly are....... Please note the straw hay porch, the neon Flamingoes, that light up at night, set to a timer as to conserve energy.....And yes the living room window does pop out to feed the horses...... Yours truly, Miss Evelyn from the greater San Diego area. ed. note: and the owner of the Beamer is there for 'riding' lessons?



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From Morrow County Ohio another example of the incredible resourcefullness of mobile home dwellers. In all probability, these folks are members of the WWMD cult (What Would Martha Do?). Faced with terrible drafts and wasted HVAC dollars, they don't call 911, they don't sue manufacturers or complain to County Commissioners, no these ingenious survivors are accustomed to self-reliance and do-it-yourself, baked from scratch remedies, just like Martha. So, they made repairs with 14 square yards of duct tape, as you can see in the gray areas on this trailer. It's a good thing.



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When a large object like a mobile home or Trans-camero has outlived its usefulness, disposing of it can involve costly fees, or a delightfully wicked way to get revenge! The owner of this stuff had a billing dispute with Seattle City Light, the electric utility.



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They say this is from Sebastopol, CA, but this abode has a "catfish" attitude that is unmistakably Mississippian. Could a Californian take the term "tire jack" so literally, as this Trans-Camero demonstrates? And we thought we alone enjoyed the distinction of using old trailers in lieu of storage sheds. They cost about the same and are loaded with amenities. You just can't keep a good idea in your own home state!



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Say, do you want your yard to bore future archaeologists? Of course not!! Except for the rubbish of our forefathers, we wouldn't know doodly-squat about history. It's never too late to start your own future dig site AND earn money while you accumulate, like this canny North Georgia family. For a steady income, first check the local landfill to see what they won't take. Though it is unclear in this picture, this family spray-painted "Happy Birthday Jesus" on the side of the house, because it's like Christmas every day around here!


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OK. We admit it. This couple from Oregon trumped us. Such a sublime existence has not occurred to anybody in Mississippi. Our complacency as perennial leaders must have stagnated our initiative. Never mind!


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Finally, a family in Vermont displays an udderly delightful way to integrate their trailer into surrounding pastureland. "We got tired of all the bull, living in the tenderloin district, I had a beef with the landlord, so we mooved here and it's whey butter," said the owners.

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