The humble history of mobile homes

Posted Sep 13, 2020, Category: Cabin production

Everything has its beginnings, and so is the same with mobile homes. In this series of blogposts, we at Eurodita would like to shed some light on the histories of timber buildings that we construct. It is easy to forget that log cabins, log homes and mobile homes haven’t been here forever and so, together with our partners, we would like to delve into the histories of these buildings.

We will start with the humble mobile homes. The very first concept of a mobile home came up in the United States, at the dawn of the motorised travel and highways. It first came up as a form of trailer, a portable house on wheels that the owner could stay in while on the road, or stop somewhere as substitute for a tent. The trailer was always attached to the vehicle and only later become an individually motorised trailer we know today. The emphasis of this kind of mobile home was on its mobility and the possibility of moving it to different location without issues.

In the 1950s, this concept started to change. Mobile homes started being marketed as semi-permanent dwellings, with more furnishings inside and less mobility. They became something akin to a summer home or a cheaper form of accommodation. Mobile homes become harder to relocate, but still did not acquire the full image of permanent dwelling they have now. As decades went, the size of mobile homes significantly increased and by the 1970s, they were already virtually immovable property.

At that time, they came to be called manufactured homes and advertised as cheaper, pre-built alternative to building full home. This is where mobile homes started being placed in conglomerations of same types of homes, otherwise known as mobile home parks. In these parks, the owners of mobile homes could live in communities, not unlike living in a suburb or a gated community. However, by this point, the original mobility of mobile homes has all but disappeared, since they started being permanently built on concrete foundations, axels and wheels were removed. The mobile home has now gained the imagine it has today – a cheap, permanent accommodation.

Mobile homes don’t have a long history, but that doesn’t stop their owners from furnishing them to their heart’s content. There are many designs, inside and out, that the mobile home can come in, while customer can choose the look, size and interior planning of the place. We as mobile homes suppliers can attest to that fact. The demand for glulam mobile homes is surely growing, as it provides a little more nature’s coziness than a classic mobile home. Our catalogue is full of size and design options and we take bespoke orders on top. We can provide elegant custom mobile homes for a family, as well as for a single individual.

Mobile homes are also used as summer retreats and camping locations. They can wholeheartedly substitute fishing and hunting huts, and can be insulated if necessary. While the mobile home has gone a long way from its original mobility on the road, it now serves as the economy option for permanent accommodation or recreational purposes. We can only hope that the humble mobile home will continue to find its niche in the market.