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!!