John Roberts doesn't want to part with the single-wide in front of his home on N.C. 87, even though it has been empty for three years. Roberts said he keeps it just in case a family member wants to live in it.
He also fears that if he removes it, he might have a hard time getting a permit to put a home there in the future.
"I think we need to hold on to that spot," said Roberts, 43.
This pretty much sums it up. A lot of these "abandoned mobile homes" are not abandoned at all, because they still have value to someone. My family has one that we have made into a really nice hunting camp. I know other people who live in them.
A lot of this is simply snobbery on the part of elites who look down on anyone who has different values and priorities, or who doesn't want to play their status games.
Shoot, here in CA, abandoned mobile homes are recycled into meth labs.
posted on 01/05/2004 5:23:34 PM PST
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look down on anyone who has different values and priorities
I think so. Plenty of people around here who live in single-wides have expensive cars sitting out front, and good-sized pieces of land. They just don't care to spend money on the house - their right if they own the property.
There are just a few trailers that are obviously derelict, windows broken and roofs off, etc. Doesn't bother me - if the area gets "exclusive," they won't want us living here :-)!
posted on 01/05/2004 6:13:55 PM PST
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It's interesting in some of the colonias here --- they get pretty creative with old mobile homes --- they'll hook them together in an "L" shape or "T" shape --- or hook them end to end, put them side by side and add a homemade building in between to connect them. They'll take an old mobile home and little by little add on various rooms. They get some interesting floor plans that way --- and imagine how nice it is in someways to end up with 3000 sq feet of living space that cost maybe $5000 to $6000 cash.
posted on 01/05/2004 8:31:27 PM PST
People who live on little half acre plots think everyone else must cast aside anything that is not immediately useful. We had a dogged out trailor on our land for years, always knowing it the proper use would arise one day. We built a lake and now the frame is a nice dock. Another one is a ATV bridge.
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