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    When I was in Florida I saw these gated communities with mobiles homes in it. It looked so neat and safe.
    Are there members of the board living like that maybe? I would love to know more about living in a mobile home and the neighbourhood, do you all need a car or is there transportation for those that can't drive, do you do things together.
    Is this kind of living just in Florida and other warm States or all over the country?

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    My grandmother lived in a gated mobile home community in Arizona and it was just like a regular home. You needed a car to go places. However, they had a rec center, hair cutting salon, and pool on site. Groceries were a block away. Very nice.

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    We have manufactured homes in Oregon, and 'parks'. When I was a teenager we lived in one. It had a pool, and recreation center with conference rooms or rooms for holding a party. They had social functions planned for the community. We had to have a car it was not close to anything. It was okay.
    BUT I would never live in a manufactured home in the South, I wouldn't consider it safe since a tornado or hurricane would smash it to pieces.

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    How big are these mobile homes. Do they have bedrooms and a livingroom, a garden? Are they expensive? Do you buy them or rent them and do you have to pay for the airea you live on? Is this mostly for older people? How about going to the doctor, dentist. I asume people go to the nearest town for this?
    :-P

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristen0112
    We have manufactured homes in Oregon, and 'parks'. When I was a teenager we lived in one. It had a pool, and recreation center with conference rooms or rooms for holding a party. They had social functions planned for the community. We had to have a car it was not close to anything. It was okay.
    BUT I would never live in a manufactured home in the South, I wouldn't consider it safe since a tornado or hurricane would smash it to pieces.
    Hi Kirsten 0112, I wonder how the climat is in Oregon. Don't you have hurricanes or tornado's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinot
    How big are these mobile homes. Do they have bedrooms and a livingroom, a garden? Are they expensive? Do you buy them or rent them and do you have to pay for the airea you live on? Is this mostly for older people? How about going to the doctor, dentist. I asume people go to the nearest town for this?
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    mobile homes today have everything you have in a non-mobile home...multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, fully equipped kitchens, living room and dining room...tho these a frequently two spaces in the same room. Its' amazing what you can do in a mobile home. Many parks permit "doublewides" which are like two mobile homes connected side by side so you get even more space and features..if you even think you're interested, it's worthe the time to find a dealer and take a walk thru a few to see for yourself. Many are well made and some are still "lightweight" and you need to check them out just like you check out a new regular house or car or any large purchase.

    Like another poster, I'd be cautious about living in one in an area prone to hurricanes or tornadoes....but check it out.

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    thank you ktbb . Amazing!! I never thought it would be like a "normal" house! And if you'd buy a MobH how do you know where you're allowed to place it? How about sewer, water, electricity? I realy have no idea. And who lives in these houses, young people old people? Are there any schools nearby or do the children go by bus? I suppose the MobH have airco but are there people living in them in states where it isn't warm in winter?

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    mobile home communities are set up all over the place and each one has different amenities. some are for seniors, some take everyone, some are low income, etc. All that I know of provide water/sewer/electricity connections for each plot of land in the park - you pay utility bills just like everyone else does. One way to locate the parks is to check with a real estate agent...but they'll try to sell you one and get a commission - if you can put up with their sales pitch, you can get a lot of information. try googling "mobile home parks" in a certain location and you should get hits to check out. there is air conditioning, just like a regular house, and yes, there are parks in cold climates...they have them in Alaska. However, mobile homes may not be as energy efficient as a regular house...you have to make sure you get a well built one. Just think of a mobile home as a house in a small community...schools may be near or far depending on where the community is, some are in the middle of town, some are towns themselves...If you own your own land, you have to check the community codes to see if you can put a mobile home on it...my guess is that in a planned community or a city you may not be able to move in a mobile home, but in the country you can do it anywhere. mobile homes are homes that look different - you have to consider codes but can use them anywhere codes permit.

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    thanks again ktbb! I learned a lot today thanks to you! It's so nice to talk to somebody from Alaska!!!! I've been traveling a lot but the more I travel the more I get this feeling that I have seen nothing yet!

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    My uncle lives in a gated houseboat community on a river in Illinois. The boats are very large and fancy. They have a club house that serves food and has music. They have a swimming pool, tennis courts and things like that.

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