Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on June 4, 1960 · Page 55
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 55

Tucson, Arizona
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Saturday, June 4, 1960
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Floor plans for mobile homes reveal how compactly and conveniently everything is arranged. One model (left) is 55 feet long and 10 feet wide. It features one and a half baths and two bedrooms. Note the diagonal-shaped kitchen. For the family that lives in a trailer a few months at a time, a 30-foot trailer (below) will suit their needs. It is eight feet wide and inside height is six feet six inches. o LAV, H ° SHOWER rl OVERHEAD MATTRESS » IOX SPRING i ; t MATTRESS · ·OX SPRING WARD ROBE (SINK WARDROBE | | | ^ SETHIS. " t EXTENSION TABLE 1 S DIVAN t 1 1 l 1 1 bj 0 V E R 1 D Yesterday's Covered Wagons Have Turned Into Luxurious Homes On Wheels By BARBARA SMITH If your crystal ball is working, there's a mighty good chance that k will disclose a mobile home or travel trailer M your future. That's according to a Stanford Research Institute survey. The study of population growth indicates that, by 1970, one out ·f every M persons in the West will be using a vacation trailer ·r living in a mobile home. Sight now some 3.500,000 Americans live in mobile homes. A half-million more use trailers for vacations. "In Tucson about 35,000 persons live in trailers," said Ted Walker, owner of Walker Trailer Sales. "There are over 200 trailer parks and more are planned." What's it like--this "home on wheels"? What accounts for its growing popularity? The answer depends on whether you become a mobile home or a vacation trailer owner. . As its name implies, the vacation trailer is intended chiefly for recreation. It can be used on long motor trips, for deluxe camping in some isolated spot, or in a trailer park where it can be hooked up to electric, .water and sewage lines. The term "mobile home" is Living room decor in today's trailers come in any style you could want. If Early American is your forte (above) or Contemporary (below) or Oriental, there's a trailer styled that way. Some even have fireplaces! A trailer's decor is coordinated throughout, adding a spacious feeling. generally applied to a trailer over 27 or 30 feet, although many borderline units are used ·as regular dwellings. Vacation or travel trailers are designed for towing by the family car. Some models can .even be towed by cars as small as Volkswagens. On the average, travel trailers are about eight feet wide and range in length from 12 feet up to 27 or 30 feet. Depending on size, design, furnishings and equipment, they cost from $850 to about $4,000, with some 30-foot units going as high as $5700. Standard equipment, even for the smallest trailer, includes a water tank, sink, dinette, butane stove, refrigerator (ice-butane 'or ice-electric) and sleeping facilities for two to six persons. More luxuriously appointed trailers have chemical or flush toilets, complete bathrooms with showers or tubs, expended . kitchen and dining facilities and equipment for heating the trailer and providing a supply of hot water. Mobile homes are available in S or 10 feet widths. The 10-wides are becoming more standard now that their movement over highways is permissible. Lengths range up to 90 feet, although there are some regular models up to 80 feet. Custom-built units may be" even longer--one Tuc- sonian ic having a 63-foot trailer built. Few mobile homes are constantly on the move--unless they are in the borderline 27-30 foot category. Most remain in one location indefinitely. On the average they are moved from one location to another about once in four years. The moving is usually done by a professional transport company which uses a truck especially built for this purpose. The eort of s»ch moving is considered reasonable but in any case it is considerably less than moving from one conventional dwelling to another because all the mobile home furnishings and household appliances are within the unit and no packing or handling is required at either end of the journey. , New mobile homes from 30 feet up will cost from about $3,500 to $9,000, depending on size and other variable factors. They can be financed through banks just like conventional homes. But, unlike these homes, the purchase price includes complete equipment, furnishings and decorations. Special deluxe appointments and features are optional »t extra cost. All contain the essential conveniences -- kitchen ranges and sinks, refrigerators, bathrooms with standard plumbing, heating plants and hot water equipment. Many have automatic clothes washers and dryers, built-in ovens, dishwashers, garbage disposals, air conditioning -- and even fireplaces. . They are insulated for any climatic extremes and designed to provide an astonishing amount of storage space. Floor plans are widely varied, allowing for a living room, kitchen, bath and one to three bedrooms. Some models are expandable and when "on location" the turn of a crank will expand the unit telescope wise to double the mobile home's floor space. Living space may also be increased by other means.' Awning-covered patios provide an outdoor living area. Enclosed cabanas attached to the side of the mobile home assure ample space for an indoor living room and an extra bedroom. Mobile homes are designed for ·use in trailer parks which provide hookups for sewerage, electricity and water--and often for telephone connections. T h e r e are more than 14,000 of these parks in the United States--representing a $600 million investment--and the number is increasing at the rate of 1,200 1 yearly. Normal monthly rental for an average lot is $20 to $40, with luxury lots renting for as 'much as $100. Paved streets, the latest in sanitation systems, underground television wiring, swimming pools, a service building which contains washing machines, dryers, showers, etc., parking areas, roadway approaches, recreation clubrooms, piped in Hi-Fi, shuffleboard courts, and even chapels are found in modern mobile home parks. Who lives in mobile homes? --45 per cent are professional people and skilled workers. --20 per cent are members of the United States Armed Forces. --20 per cent are retired or »ged persons. --4 per cent are vacationers. --3 per cent are students. --Mobile homes are also used for specialized purposes such as field offices, libraries, laboratories, showrooms, banks, and music schools. This accounts for an 8 per cent usage. Why? "Convenience," stated Walker. "You can have anything you want in a trailer, and your responsibility and maintenance are about 20 per cent that of a conventional home. A family can come and go as they please with no worries about vandalism or lawn upkeep; the trailer court is responsible for ·H that. "All you need to move into a trailer are your own personal belongings. And if you've never pulled a trailer before, it takes about 100 miles of driving to learn what you need to know. "You can move from one location to another for a relatively few dollars and little inconvenience. H you want your children to attend a certain school, all you have to do is move, into that particular district: . . "Decorating schemes keep up with.current trends, too. You can have Danish Modem, Early American or- Oriental. Even French antique decors have been used in trailers. "Persons with ailments such as arthritis find trailers especially handy because the compactness eliminates so much walking. The flexibility of wood floors as compared to a concrete floor ic another prime factor. "You can travel with a tracer as cheaply as you can stay home, too, except for the cost of your gas and oil. You do your own cooking and have your own bed. It will probably cost about one or two dollars for parking overnight in a commercial camp." Buying a mobile home or travel trailer is sure to be an adventure, but it's equally important to consider it as an investment. Here are wcne purchasing hints: 1--Study the field carefully before you buy. Learn all you can about all the mobile homes and travel trailers in the size and price range that interests you. You can get that information from dealers, by visiting trailer shows, writing to manufacturers for their literature and talking to trailer owners. Read books and periodicals dealing with mobile home and trailer Jiving. Ask your local dealer about such publications or write to Trailer Coach Assn., 607 S. Hobart Blvd., Los Angeles. J--Check the reputation and financial standing of dealers or manufacturers with whom you are considering doing business. 3--Get the best possible service warranty for your mobile home ot trailer. No matter how careful a manufacturer or dealer may be, it's always possible for defects to develop in your home on wheels. 4--Investigate thoroughly Ihe financing and insurance aspects of your purchase. Deals involving exorbitant i n t e r e s t charges are suspect. Usually trailer purchases can be financed through banks at regular interest rates. Inquire into different types .of insurance coverage to be sure to get the best possible deal. 5--Make sure mat all details of your contract with the dealer are written out and that you understand thoroughly what.the purchase price covers in the way of equipment, furnishings, and facilities for electrical, water or sewerage hookups. Happy trailering! |U«llty\ Tonk v Here is a cutaway drawing of a 15-foot vacation trailer. There's room to sleep five persons. Besides the bed and bunk, the dinette benches make into another bed. There's eve* an outside-opening storage unit for fishing equipment. Kitchen appliances may include built-in ovens and ranges, refrigerators, washers, dryers--whatever the homemaker wants. Tables may extend to seat extra guests; snack bars help divide living-kitchen areas. Again, you may want an Early American styled kitchen (left) or t more modern design (below). Note the circular design of the latter kitchen. PAGE 5* Trailers may have one, two or three bedrooms, all with built-in furnishings and *tor- age space. Closets feature sliding doors. Wall lights and mirrors are included. All you need are your own linens. PAGE 57

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