Imagine a world of cosy lodgings with the whole of Wild America as your backyard. Close your eyes and think of a month or two, or three without ginormous, monthly payments to some mortgage financier somewhere. No, I’m not talking about heaven, but possibly heaven right here on earth. If you’re not yet onto me I’m talking about mobile homes, or manufactured housing as this phenomenon is now known as today. Hold up, wait just one doggone minute I hear you say. You’re talking about living in an RV in some trailer park? I ain’t that broke yet! Calm your pretty little head and take a look at this vid that’s been doing the rounds on the Web.
As you can see, living in a mobile house is far from a sign of a household fettered by poverty. The Works certainly don’t appear to be mired in penury. And they make it clear that they are living in a mobile home by choice. Josh explains that he and his wife Jessa had decent-paying jobs and they could have taken on a mortgage for a decent house if they wanted. But for fear of falling into a routine that would leave them feeling trapped living cloistered robot lives, they left it all behind for life on the road. They wanted a life that would not deny them the freedom and fresh air of the outdoors. From the furnishings you see in the professionally done footage, the Works are not doing badly. Truth be told, many of us would love to have such a snug little abode. And if you’re like me you must have been drooling at the pictures of the places the young family has travelled to.
Yes it looks dreamy, but…
Fine, it looks dreamy. But, you say, what about the fact that I’ll still be more or less a wanderer without a permanent place to go to, set up roots in? At the end of the day I’ll still have to park at some trailer park after I grow tired of traveling America’s vast landscape. And what about the sense of community you get from growing up around the same people? Who’s got your back out there in the wilderness where anything can happen? This is just the tip of the iceberg of objections raised about this glamorously painted life in the bosom of Mother Nature. There are questions about how wholesome the schooling kids get will be. Yes I agree that growing up in the wild breeds a much more fertile imagination than being enclosed in the four walls of a classroom. But there will be that bit they’ll miss out on when they’re separated from their peers.
Other cons of manufactured homes include lack of decent siting areas in some states and the fact that some of these sites are expensive to rent. More importantly, unlike a permanent home, the value of these mobile homes depreciates with time. Well, I’ve done my job; given you both sides of the coin. So you do your part and tell us if you would consider doing like the Works; abandoning it all for a life on the road.
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