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Wallis, an assistant professor of environmental design, views mobile homes as a unique and innovative response to market needs unmet by conventional housing, offering affordable, convenient, and flexible alternatives for lower-income groups. He also provides an excellent historical development of the industry from travel trailers to permanent housing, as well as the social and regulatory forces accompanying that growth. Though currently comprising about ten percent of all domestic dwellings, the industry is in decline, perhaps a victim of its own success, and Wallis sees that as a loss of a significant and much-needed niche in the housing market. Thoroughly researched and documented, this is an important addition to the scant literature about the industry.
- David Van de Streek, Pennsylvania State Univ. Libs., York
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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This pioneering study succeeds admirably... Wallis's work is solidly researched, well written, extensively illustrated, and a true contribution to both American vehicular and housing history.

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A significant book.

(Boston Globe)

A sober yet entertaining account—packed with information—of a singularly American invention. The book is at its liveliest when discussing the first half of the 20th century, when the form was first being played with and celebrated.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; Reprint edition (May 12, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801856418
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801856419
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,752,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dave Edick on April 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
Since another reviewer said that this book wasn't what he expected. I thought I'd describe what I think this book is.

It describes the history of mobile homes and the mobile lifestyle (most commonly typified today with RVs).

I do think this book may have been incorrectly categorized. I would categorize it under history, not health. The copy I read was a library book and it was filed under economics, which I also consider to be a more accurate category than health.

This book describes the lack of acceptance of manufactured housing in its various forms in the US. It also shows the history behind our collective biases and impressions regarding manufactured housing and mobile living.

I would recommend this book to people who live in a mobile home or are a full-time RVer. People who don't have a particular interest in this mode of housing will probably find little of interest here.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By disestablishmentarianist on July 11, 2005
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Wallis here presents an incredibly thorough, and amazingly respectful look at the history of the "mobile home". Well researched and masterfully integrated with the sociopolitical influences that have played such a large part in shaping the industry, this book is an incredible resource for those interested in the mobile home as a housing form, or for those researching some of its sister forms--modular and prefabricted housing.

From the introduction:

"The mobile home is the dream of the factory-built house come true, yet few advocates of that dream are proud to acknowledge its manifestation in the present form."

"...the mobile home as both an object and agent of change: as an addition to our inventory of housing options that must be brought into conformance with our expectations, but also as an option that forces us to reconsider what we understand about the character of American housing. Rather than prescribing ways in which mobile homes could become more acceptable, I consider how standards of acceptability are devised in a social and cultural context, then manifested in public policy."

"The basic thesis of this book is that two processes have shaped the use, form, and meaning of the mobile home. The first process is one of invention, or innovation, carried out by mobile home manufacturers, park developers, and the people who live in mobile homes....The second process affecting the mobile home has been one of regulation or categorization carried out primarily by institutions: zoning and building agencies, mortgage bankers, and insurance companies."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By wolfkeep on June 20, 2012
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I found this book to be very interesting and informative about a part of our culture that too many people dismiss. Learn about the history of mobile travel from Conestoga Wagons to the new manufactured housing. I came to appreciate the culture of mobile home communities and why people choose to live in manufactured housing. I gained a new perspective on my culture. Easy to read, interesting, and relevant in today's communitites. Helps for understanding those around us.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jimp on October 21, 2012
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Very well written and informative. Great read !!! Really shows the history rise and decline of the house trailer. Also a good photo expose.
Jim Pfister
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Young on September 16, 2009
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This book is not what I thought it was. It's a boring read. I couldn't finish it, it was that boring.
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