Exploring the Stereotype of Mobile Home Living
When most people think of Mobile Homes the picture that comes to mind can be very stereotypical. I mean who hasn’t seen the guy on your local news talking about how a tornado wrecked his trailer with a beer in one hand and his kid and cigarette in the other. All while yelling at his spouse and kids in the background.
Mobile homes can have such a negative stereotype . For my family and most folks who live in a Manufactured Homes this isn’t the case. I didn’t even know mobile homes had a stereotype until I heard Jeff Foxworthy’s You Might be a Redneck.
My parents are hardworking and taught me a lot. My dad showed me the value of using your hands to put in a day’s work. He started from the bottom as a lab tech (lab rat is what they called him) for the state, now he is a Project Manager for another company. My mom started as a Dialysis tech and now is an LVN working on her RN. She taught me the discipline of studying and what an education can do for you. My Grandmother lives next door and has some of the best work ethic I have ever seen. She wakes up the roosters and puts them to sleep even to this day and she has lived out there for close to 20 years now and still works part time.
Most folks who live in Manufactured Homes are the salt of the earth who make up a lot of the working class. They bend over backwards to ensure their kids are safe, have food in their bellies and clothes on their backs. The majority of my friends lived in Mobile Homes and as active as we were, you never saw us starving or without clean clothes.
The mobile home lifestyle gives us that freedom to truly do what we want on our own piece of property. Many people I know have shops on their property. Construction, Cars or farming that’s why their lot is full of equipment. What others may see as junk they call the tools of their trade. Others may have their kids’ toys and play area and care more about letting their kids be kids then any potential judgment from passersby.
Of course, you are going to see shows like Trailer Park Boys and countless videos and memes that just add to the image that people may already have. The reality is Mobile homes are just not the same anymore and neither should be the stereotype. You might still see the stereotype from time to time, because let’s face it some stereotypes have some truth to them, but a mobile home doesn’t define the family, it is the family that makes it a home .