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You don’t need a mansion on the hill to be somebody. It’s not the house but the people inside it.” That’s what Stephen Lee Duncan of Aurora, Colorado, told Swiss citizen and photojournalist Frimmel Smith in 1998. Duncan was among many people Smith interviewed and photographed in conjunction with the American Institute of Architecture to create a traveling exhibit entitled “Wheel People” which tells the story of Americans who choose to live in manufactured homes in deference to site built housing.

The “Wheel People” exhibit was created in 1998-99 by Smith with the cooperation of the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum and many state manufactured housing associations.  She identified people throughout the country to interview and photograph and traveled for over one year assembling their stories into this exhibition.

After displaying the exhibit at locations around the country from Washington DC, Richmond, Virginia; Biloxi, Mississippi; Chicago, Illinois and others, Smith donated the entire exhibit to the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart, Indiana.

'Wheel People' Exhibit at RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum

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Darryl Searer, president of the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum, said, “The ‘Wheel People’ exhibit is an excellent addition to our manufactured housing collection.  It not only traces the evolution of manufactured housing from trailers to mobile homes and finally to manufactured homes, it also shows the diversity of those who choose to live in homes on wheels.

“From Maine to California, occupants include people of all ages and incomes, from college students to senior citizens; America’s wealthy and her poor as well as white and blue collar workers, artists, entrepreneurs, farmers, and health care professionals.

“Visitors to the museum will be able to tour historic examples of homes on wheels, experience the ‘Wheel People’ exhibit and then step outside to visit a modern manufactured home currently being constructed east of the museum facility—we expect the home, loaned and erected by Fairmont Homes, to be completed and opened to the public in early November.

“The RV and manufactured housing industries sprang from the same root, but evolved into two separate industries – recreational travel and affordable housing.  It’s impossible to tell the story of one industry without including the other.

“We believe the ‘Wheel People’ exhibit adds an important and interesting chapter to our goal of telling our story and interpreting our heritage.  Even those who have visited the museum in the past, I encourage them to come by again as our exhibits are always changing and evolving.”


Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc. on Thursday closed on seven acquisition properties along with certain manufactured homes and loans secured by manufactured homes located at the properties for a stated purchase price of approximately $99 million.

As of Thursday, ELS has closed on 75 acquisition properties since July 1 and is continuing to perform due diligence on the one remaining acquisition property, according to a news release.

The portfolio of 75 manufactured home communities and one RV resort contains 31,167 sites on approximately 6,500 acres located in 16 states (primarily located in Florida and the northeastern region of the United States) and certain manufactured homes and loans secured by manufactured homes located at the acquisition properties. The stated purchase price is $1.43 billion.

The purchase price in connection with this closing was funded with:

  • The assumption of approximately $55 million of mortgage debt secured by the acquisition properties.
  • Approximately $44 million of cash. The cash was obtained from the proceeds of the previously announced $200 million of financings originated during the quarter ended Sept. 30.

Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc. is a fully integrated owner and operator of lifestyle-oriented properties and as of Thursday owns or has an interest in 382 quality properties in 32 states and British Columbia consisting of 141,175 sites.

Peoria, AZ – Nan Cords says she chose to call Apollo Village home only after being assured that recreational vehicles would not share space with the manufactured-home lots in the 1970s retirement community. But more than a year ago, she and others in the 261-lot community on the northeastern corner of 99th and Peoria avenues noticed RVs parked where there should be only manufactured homes. Equity LifeStyle Properties, the owner of Apollo Village, had leased the space to RV owners. And it was done without a special permit the city requires.

About six RVs are parked in the manufactured-home community. At the peak, during the Super Bowl in 2008. there were about 20, according to resident Floyd Krause.

Peoria planners say zoning would allow a limited number of RVs on the property if a conditional use permit is obtained. Equity LifeStyle Properties filed a retroactive application for such a permit, and staff is recommending approval to the Planning and Zoning Commission next week.

City planners have placed some caveats to mitigate negative impacts on the neighbors. But dozens of residents plan to attend the planning meeting to protest, saying the RVs are loud, damage the community’s roads and were never part of the deal.
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