A study of differentials related to renting and owning mobile home sites, Shasta County, California Public Deposited

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  • The purpose of this thesis was to identify and compare the housing costs for two groups of mobile home households. The groups selected were households in mobile homes on individual sites and households in mobile homes on sites in mobile home parks. Interview schedules designed for collecting data for this study were used to interview 80 randomly selected mobile home households in southwestern Shasta County, California. The data collected identified the characteristics of the mobile home households and the mobile homes, and the economic factors related to the mobile homes and their site locations. The following hypotheses were tested: 1. that there will be no differences in demographic characteristics of mobile home households located on individual and mobile home park sites, 2. that there will be no differences in characteristics of the mobile homes located on individual and on mobile home park sites, and 3. that there will be no difference in housing costs of mobile homes located on individual and on mobile home park sites. All three hypotheses were partially rejected on the basis of the significant differences between those respondents on individual sites and on mobile home park sites. The basis for partially rejecting the first hypothesis was the significant difference in the ages and the income of the respondents on individual and mobile home park sites. The first hypothesis was partially accepted on the basis of the following similarities of the mobile home households on individual sites and mobile home park sites: household size, marital status, occupation, sources of family income, and educational attainment. Other similar characteristics of both groups were no movement of the mobile home during the preceding year, satisfaction with mobile home housing and no plan to live in a site-built home. The second hypothesis was partially rejected on the basis of differences in the statistical averages for the ages of the mobile homes on individual and mobile home park sites, for the differences in types of rooms and their arrangement, difference in types of additional storage facilities, and difference in acquisition of laundry equipment. A significant difference was shown in mobile home lengths for individual and mobile home sites. Partial acceptance of the second hypothesis was based on the similarities of the mobile homes on individual and on mobile home park sites: 11.8 feet wide, 630 square feet of floor space, the acquisition of current household equipment and furnishings other than laundry equipment, use of gas for heating and use of evaporative water cooling. The third hypothesis was partially rejected on the basis of the significant difference in utilities cost for those on individual and mobile home park sites. Differences in the statistical averages for moving costs, for site costs and the purchase of new or used mobile homes for respondents on individual sites and in mobile home parks contributed to this partial rejection. The third hypothesis was partially accepted on the basis of these similarities of the economic factors related to the mobile home and its site location: length of financing period to purchase mobile home, amount of down payment for purchase of mobile home, cash payment for total purchase of mobile home, amount of annual state license fee for the mobile home, and amount paid for annual mobile home insurance. When median housing costs were compared for those on individual sites and those on mobile home park sites, the data revealed that those respondents on individual sites who owned and had fully paid for their site and their mobile home paid monthly housing costs of $54.66, one-fourth of the $195.24 paid by those on individual sites who were financing both their site and home purchases, and one-third of the $154.24 paid by those in mobile home parks who were renting their site and financing their mobile home purchase. Those on individual sites who owned their site but were financing their mobile home purchase paid $10,737, double the total capital outlay of $5,393 paid by those in mobile home parks who were renting their site and financing their mobile home purchase. It was concluded from this study that differences do exist between those mobile home households who locate their mobile home on individual sites and those who locate within a mobile home park. The typical mobile home for this study was six years old, single width, 52 feet long, 630 square feet of floor space, had a separate living room, a kitchen-dining room combination, two bedrooms, and one bathroom and cost $5,774. Added storage facilities for both groups typically included a metal shed.
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