Living in a Caravan in the USA

A few years ago I was on honeymoon in the United States. I was on the East Coast and West Coast … I visited San Francisco, Napa Valley, Yosemite, Las Vegas, New York and New Jersey … and I loved it.

I rented a sporty black Mustang and drove through huge and poorly maintained roads.  S eis lanes with hard shoulders full blown wheel trucks, where you can find the right people ahead smoothly.

 

I drove more than 1,000 kilometers through all types of roads and did not see a single caravan or motorhome.

In contrast, in the movies, we constantly see that there are people who live in them regularly, both as movilhomes caravans.

Especially often slums or depressed areas filled with unemployed or people without a job or benefit.

What is true in all this?

The reality is that according to the US Census more than 20 million people live in mobile home r epresentan 6.4% of the US housing sector , with about eight and a half million homes of this type.

But not only the poor live. In states like Michigan it is normal and many pensioners live in florida mobile home with all amenities.

The custom of Americans live in mobile homes  comes from the 30s during the Great Depression Americans began to live in caravans and trucks and park them outside the cities. It was there where he began to associate the mobile home with the working class and poor.

They were quickly marginalized. Banks will not give mortgages for such housing and the laws of the USA, usually very permissive with the individual’s freedom to live where he pleases,  forced the settlements to be located on the outskirts of towns and cities with zero public services .

 

40 and 50 were its glory years, with larger mobile homes 2 and 3 bedrooms.

Land was cheap, and the facilities to put plumbing and electricity were many.

70 on everything back to normal …. until the recent subprime crisis.

With the closure of banks tap rented land and second-hand mobile home was (and is) a wonderful option for people with few resources.

On the other hand estala sense of freedom as American. Today I am here and I am over somewhere else. And I take my house.

 

That can happen there .. here a home-mobil is considered a home even if not anchored to the ground and can force you to take it off and placing it on non-urban land … And if not remove the town hall you can fry coercive fines and blow you over 30,000 euros.

This is Spain ..

 

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