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Anti Community MHAction Targets Frank Rolfe, RV Horizons and ELS

January 5th, 2017 Comments off
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I’ve watched such groups attack a manufactured home community – by misusing the media – with such gusto, that they harmed the value of every resident owned home at that property,” said consultant and publisher, L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach. Image credit, MHAction, and collage/text credit by MHProNews under fair use guidelines.

Small-to-large manufactured home community (MHC) operations are no strangers to the ire of anti-investor activists.

MHAction is one such group.  They’re seeking to grow their influence with MHC residents, media, policy advocates, regulatory and legislative bodies.

Part of their strategy is to use the news media to attack higher-profile MH business operations.

Manufactured homeowners and residents across the country are outraged by the business practices of RV Horizons,” said MHAction in a public post by the group.

RV Horizons Inc. owner Frank Rolfe thinks owning a manufactured home community is like, “a Waffle House where everyone is chained to the booths,” proclaims the group’s recent Facebook post, aimed at increasing the number who sign a petition for investigations of Rolfe and his partner’s business.

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Whatever their motivations, attacking private capital doesn’t attract more investors.  That de facto harms those who would upgrade existing or build new quality manufactured home communities.  MHProNews does not represent either of these two operations at any level, but editorially recognizes that groups such as MHAction attacking industry firms often harms others in the business too.  An industry response can be useful to set-the-record straight.

If you live in a community owned by RV Horizons, and are concerned by their business practices, click to sign a petition asking state Attorney Generals to investigate,” MHAction says.

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A new Masthead blog post outlines the facts that manufactured housing industry pros must grapple with in dealing with this new breed of media-savvy activists.

MHAction Disrupting Manufactured Housing Industry Business as Usual

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Dave Reynolds (l), Frank Rolfe (r), of Mobile Home University, Mobile Home Park Store and RV Horizons. Provided under fair use guidelines.

MHProNews has previously interviewed Frank Rolfe about adverse press coverage he and his firm have received, one of those interviews with Rolfe is found at the link here.

A detailed, fact-based reaction to MHAction’s media-based attack on ELS is linked here.

For balance, MHProNews contacted MHAction, asking for details and specific questions about their operation – including the sources for their funding.  As of this post’s publication time, with over a week since our inquiries, MHAction has not responded.

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Tom Fath, a manufactured home owner who lives on the property he helps manage, told MHProNews that in the NPR story, there was no excuse for the property owner, but noted that: “Where is the tenant accountability? Homes are personal property (Unless units are rentals) and there is trash and debris everywhere.” Negative media coverage paints an inaccurate picture of manufactured home owners as being victims or unhappy with their lifestyle, when surveys and studies by third parties reveal that MH owners are happy with their homes and lifestyle. Image from the MHAction Facebook page.

The Daily Business News will continue to monitor this and other such groups.  ##

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