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Also known as a mobile home, house trailer, or trailer home, this kind of trailer is a portable pre-manufactured living structure. Some trailers are smaller, have wheels, and can be easily moved by being hooked to a strong vehicle (usually a large pickup truck). Others are larger and require the service of a commercial towing truck for transportation. Larger trailers are normally not moved often, and are used as permanent residences often in designated mobile home parks. They present a relatively affordable alternative to buying a home but can carry a stigma of impermanence and poverty.

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"1967 Elcona Mobile Home, photographed in 2004" by M. Thivierge is licensed under CC BY-SA.