Wednesday, August 5, 2009

In Defense of Trailer Trash

I am here today to speak in defense of Trailer Park residents a.k.a. "trailer trash." I live in a trailer park, and I think we are getting a bad rap. Our mobile home--a bit of a misnomer, as it's 75 feet long and 16 feet wide, and thus not actually very mobile unless you drive an 18-wheeler--is very comfortable and roomy for my husband and me. Also, as we are both retired, it's a very economical choice.

While I admit there may be trailer park residents out there who could be considered "trashy," there are as many apartment dwellers and free-standing home owners who could fit that description as well. There are many beautiful, well-maintained "trailers" out there which serve as homes for people who choose that life-style because it affords them the opportunity to live within their means and enjoy vacations and restaurant visits they would have to pass up otherwise.

During the 12 years I worked in banking, I processed home equity loans for people who'd been living a life they couldn't afford courtesy of the credit card, and were now having to refinance their homes to cover that debt--sometimes as much as $70,000 credit card debt!

If living in a mobile home pretty much debt free and having the means to enjoy life without having to rely on Mastercard and Visa means I'm trailer trash, then I'll wear the label proudly!

(What brought on this tirade, you're asking yourself? I was reading a blog last night where mobile home residents were being stereo-typed as toothless wife-beaters who drove dented BMW's because they couldn't afford the deductible on their car insurance to get them repaired. Granted, it was around 1:00 a.m. and maybe it was satirical and I missed it.)

I just felt the need to let people know that I live in a trailer, and I still have my own teeth--okay maybe I'm missing one or two; my husband doesn't beat me--except for an occasional spanking, if I'm in the mood; and neither of us drives a beat up car--well, I did crack the tail light when I backed into a tree last week.

Oh, crap! I think I qualify as trailer trash!!


Rae said...

Although I don't live in a trailer, I agree with you. My father lived in a very nice, well kept mobile home park. It was nicer than many of the home subdivisions around the area.

I think the film industry has done an injustice to dwellers of mobile homes. It is about time someone spoke up and you have done it very well.

Jen said...

Right on!!! Horray for you!!I live in a mobile home also. I think the " trailers" of long ago are fewer in number now. Mobile homes are built better and, on the whole, are kept in much better condition. Some mobile home parks have restrictions written in a contract that you read and sign when you move into them. They are economical and perfect for seniors!

The Little Jewelry Box said...

My grandparents live in a mobile home for the very same reasons you listed for yourself. They are lovely, clean, intelligent people. It sounds like a smart decision you have made for me. Anyone who still says "trailor trash" needs to get a life! Good for you for speaking out:)

Entrepreneur Chick said...

That was a great post. As an entrepreneur, one of the hardest things for people to understand is to not go out and live it up while you are building a business. If everyone kept expenses low, we wouldn't be in this mess as a country, and furthermore, you can't run a business or a country on "imagined" assets. No one had THE MONEY to service those debts- c'mon now, how long did the Emperor have no clothes and we just pretended not to notice?

Queen-Size funny bone said...

I'd love to move into one. My mothers in Flori`da has more room in than my house. People are just ignorant.

Meeko Fabulous said...

I hate stereotypes! I know a lot of people that live in mobile home parks that are fine upstanding citizens. It's sad when everyone that fits into one classification gets the short end of the stick because a select few make stupid choices. Cheers to you! :)

Mardel said...

You're right on two counts.

the last comment- (this is a joke guys...) you do qualify as trailer trash. joke, joke!

For reals, though, We just moved from an apartment complex to a little neighborhood into a house. We thought we were leaving behind drama from the apartments. Lots of yelling, kids left to run wild, monthly raids by the police...and this is after some people bought the complex and told us they were going to make things better....Yeah.

Well, in the new 'hood, where mostly everyone is older...our neighbor to the left gets drund quite often and throws rages. loud rages. he beats his dog. his kids climb on the roof and stare over at our yard (creepy!) The woman across the way has OCD. she keeps throwing things in our storm drain and runs around the neighborhood putting up the flags on all the mailboxes. if we put them back down, soon it will be back up. The lady to the right of me lets her dog jump over our fence and pee and shit all over our front lawn (we have two dogs, we make them stay in our lawn, especially to shit). The neighbors kittycorner have a golden retriever who will attack any dog he sees, even if it is a puppy standing NEXT TO MY GRANDDAUGHTER! The man across the street, with all the other wacky neighbors doesn't want my son to park his older car near his house because IT is bringing down the neighborhood. Oh My.

The "trailer trash" has nothing on this neiborhood.

Bob Hale said...

Hmmm. I know that you started reading my book and it just occurred to me that you may find in there (I can't remember) an account of a night I spent on a trailer park in Elko. It's not, if memory serves, very flattering. Can I just state now (I'd hate to put you off reading the rest of the book) that it is that specific trailer park I'm talking about and that I have absolutely nothing against trailer parks in general. Of course we don't actually have them in the UK so my experience is limited to say the least.

♥ Teresa ♥ said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love this post. It is so funny but so very true. I can tell already that we could be great friends. We think a lot alike!

I'm really glad you stopped by. I will be back to read more soon.


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Angela said...

First of all, let me just say that I love your blog! The layout is great, and the post content is AWESOME! You are quite the talented writer and storyteller (not necessarily the same thing!) :)

I totally know what you mean about being stereotyped. For two years I lived in a TRAVEL trailer, if that didn't prompt stereotyping, I don't know what would! Forget the fact the I was going to college and had a 4.0, which is why we were living in the travel trailer to begin with (for economical reasons). It's really too bad that the meth central sort of trailer parks, because let's face it they do exist, have to ruin it for the rest of the world! :)

I enjoyed your blog so much I bookmarked it and became a follower, so needless to say I'm totally going to blog-stalk you now! :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Angela from Angela's Soliloquy

We SITS have to stick together!

Moms Fighting Fat and said...

You couldn't be more right. My dad's lived in several trailers throughout his life and he's never fit the trailer trash stereotype...neither did any of the residents either.

You're also spot on when it comes to trashy homes. I kid you not, my neighborhood is full of houses with broken down cars, children toys, garbage and...even a person who scatters full loaves of bread on his lawn for birds to eat. That wouldn't be so bad except for the fact that our feathery friends sometimes take a few days to consume it.

Thank you for stopping by my blog the other day or I totally would have missed this blogtastic site!

Have a great weekend ~ Sandy

Jo said...

Like all stereotypes there is only a select few people that actually qualify for them. You of course are NOT one of them. I have family that lives in "mobile" homes and they are wonderful and VERY inexpensive. :) Thank you for coming by my blog on my special SITS day.

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