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Russians Build Truly Mobile, “Mobile Home” – Lighter Side Videos Spark Serious Topics

February 8th, 2019 Comments off


In a matter of days, the first video below of a Russian designed and built “mobile home” cottage has widely surprised the total of all the views of all the videos that the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) produced and published in late 2017.


The videos are in Russian with an English voiceover.  As of the time the Daily Business News on MHProNews started this article on 2.8.2019, in just about a day, the “Bathhouse – First Drive” video published on 2.7.2019 had already had some 28,629 views.


Part one of this video “Building a mobile home on an UAZ platform – will it drive?” was published on published on Feb 4, 2019, and it already has 61,224 views.


Outside of the U.S. or Canada, there are many possible meanings to the term “mobile home.”  In Canada, they have Z240 standards for manufactured homes.  That’s their version of the U.S. HUD Code for manufactured housing code, which went into effect on June 15,1976.  Before that date, millions of mobile homes were built. Some of those pre-HUD Code mobile homes in the U.S. were built to ANSI, UL, or other inspections and standards – or were absent such standards – depending on the jurisdiction that they were crafted.  



The terminology matters because
the terminology determines the
construction standards a home was
built to,” Steve Duke, LMHA.


The genius of the HUD Code – on paper – is that manufactured homes offers numerous consumer safeguards.  Those consumer protections are not found in far more costly conventional housing.  A sense of that reality is found by clicking on the text/image box and the report linked from it.


Exposé! Heartbroken Conventional Housing Buyers? Dare to Compare Site Built with Modern Manufactured Homes


HUD Code manufactured homes are built in a controlled environment.  So long as you can get to the factory or production center, weather has little impact on building.

Building materials don’t sit outside for days or weeks on end, getting rain, snow, wind, or other weather impacts.  Loss of materials to theft is dramatically reduced.  Waste in building is cut down to as little as a pair of 55-gallon drums, much ‘greener’ than conventional building.

You can find commentary like that pointed towards the trades from MH publishers and bloggers. Post that on Facebook, and dozens or hundreds of industry pros will ‘like’ it.

But where are such points found promoted by MHI are their own website? To the mainstream media?  Where are the viral videos about how manufactured homes are answer to the affordable housing crisis that promotes the good being done by the industry?

Instead, MHI spends thousands of dollars on hiring attorney(s) to rattle sabers against a pro-growth publisher. MHI surrogates ponder “boycotts” and plot ‘what can we do to stop them [MHProNews]?’

These low viewer level MHI videos – vs. what is occurring with these new Russian mobile home videos – are a stark reminder of the potential vs. the realities that exist in manufactured housing.

  • Tiny houses have a serious following. 
  • Mobile home lovers do too.
  • RVs – there are clubs galore.

Where’s the love for manufactured homes?  What is the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis and their allies doing to promote real solutions beyond the silo of the industry’s modest numbers of professionals?

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“Cannot survive if…weak” Golden Sh-thole – Lighter Side, Plus Tough Talk Respected

January 26th, 2018 Comments off


This post blends several topics – one of them mildly humorous to the left – into one.

The immigration debate – which is important to manufactured housing producers, communities, retailers and the nation – took a back seat after a leak alleged that the President Donald J. Trump in a private meeting used the words “sh-thole” to describe certain third-world countries.

Some assert the comment was made; the White House denies it.  Either way, that dominated the airwaves, internet and television for days, with fresh cries of “racism” aimed at the 45th president; who prior to running was praised by black leaders like the Rev. Jessie Jackson, a Democratic supporter.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Mini-Bio, Political Race Card, Economic & Business Opportunities, American Dream, & Manufactured Housing

Interestingly, not one but two black African national leaders have since praised President Trump for straight talk, and honest policies.

I wanted to thank you for the support we have received from you, personal, and your administration.  And we’re looking forward to also working with the United States at the level of the African Union, where we are tightening out reforms of the African Union, so that we get our act together to do the right things,” said Rwandan President Paul Kagame to POTUS Trump during a bilateral meeting at the world economic forum in Davos Switzerland Friday, per the Daily Caller.

America has got one of the best presidents ever,” Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said Tuesday. “I don’t know whether he was misquoted or whatever. But he talks to Africans frankly.”

Yoweri reportedly added, “In the world, you cannot survive if you are weak.”

Whatever one thinks about the president, to be fair, media analysis demonstrates that taken the most negative press ever dished out in modern times, and has not caved into it.  Weak?  Hardly. So President Museveni has a point.

The Guggenheim’s “Gift”…

Meanwhile, perhaps related was a domestic slam of the new occupants of the 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C. The Guggenheim Museum in NYC had a White House request for the loan of a painting, that Stuart Varney describes the video show.  The Washington Post reported having a copy of an email, that claimed that curator Nancy Spector, offered artist Maurizio Cattelan’s fully-functioning 18-karat gold toilet called America, which the museum just took off display.

“[The artist] would like to offer it to the White House for a long-term loan,” wrote Spector, a critic of President Trump.

So, many in Davos, Switzerland seem to be impressed with President Trump.  At least a some African leaders have shown him respect.

Yet there are those in the U.S. which seem determined to ignore the blinding reality of good economic news that the president’s policies are bringing to working class Americans, businesses and investors. Those policies are benefiting, per federal data,  includes minorities, and women, who are seeing the best job numbers in years.


Right-of-center Fox Business Network’s immigrant Stuart Varney’s fast take the on golden toilet outrage, something unimaginable to most prior presidents, is posted above. Potties and modern politics, Washington style?

The manufactured home industry can thank the Trump Administration for ordering the top-down review of HUD’s manufactured housing program.

The factory-built home industry can thank the president for putting the breaks on the CFPB too, and ordering program reviews there too.

MH Finance Earthquake Coming? Trump Admin Master Stroke? Defanging CFPB, Manufactured Housing Impact?

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