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RV/MH Hall of Fame Museum

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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

‘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.”

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Los Algodones Border Crossing

Los Algodones Mexico Border Crossing

Many thousands of snowbirds make their way annually from Canada and the US to Mexico. Many RV and many more drive to warmer destinations and sunnier climates. Often travelers are nervous with reports about drug cartels and have opted to stay home while others just “couldn’t” winter in any other destination.

Mexico road travel experts Bill and Dot Bell have been driving extensively in Mexico for 25 years and offer plenty of advice to make your road trip safer and easier. They also offer a match-making service, Travel Buddies, for people who want to drive together for security and companionship.

“For safety’s sake we suggest drivers read up on the basics for Mexican driving. Don’t drive at night. Get out of border areas as soon as possible. Start your drive days early,” says Dot Bell. “Informed travelers are safer drivers.”

The Bells started the Travel Buddy service for Mexico road travelers five years ago and is free. It lists newbies, caravans as well as experienced drivers that enjoy showing new travelers the roads. “We are pleased that there are drivers that just want to share Mexico with others. It is an amazingly beautiful and diverse country,” says Bell. “Travel Buddies helps build skills and gives confidence to others.”

To sign up for the Free Travel Buddy service, simply send an email to dot@ontheroadin.com and answer the “Five Magic Questions.”

  1. Name
  2. Which border will you cross
  3. When will you likely cross that border
  4. What is your destination
  5. How do people contact you (Facebook or email)

“We have helped hundreds of travels over the years” say Bill. “Become informed and have a wonderful vacation.”

See Travel Buddies here

Go to the Bell’s website at www.ontheroadin.com

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Tynan Smith, San Francisco tech entrepreneur

Tynan Smith, San Francisco tech entrepreneur

Tynan Smith, a 32-year-old tech entrepreneur, lives in what he considers his dream Castro district apartment. He’s got marble counters, hardwood floors, a cedar closet and gold leaf ceiling. He doesn’t have a roommate. And at $500 a month, you can’t beat the rent.

The hitch is something he thinks is hardly a hitch: His apartment is a 1996 Winnebago. The rent is for a parking spot and a bit of electricity.

“With the RV, I have a good excuse to design everything really efficiently. If I had a house, would I really put in marble counters? But here it’s like 2 feet by 2 feet, so I do,” he said, drinking ginger tea he’d bought at the Samovar Tea Lounge nearby. “And then there’s the way it makes my life more efficient, more thoughtful.”

Smith is among a small slice of young San Francisco professionals who are choosing to live in vehicles – whether it’s a large RV or a smaller car – even when they can afford more traditional options (i.e. apartments), albeit not in the trendiest neighborhoods.

These in-vehicle arrangements – usually associated with the homeless – are illegal, and come at a time when the city’s housing crisis has pushed many to seek lower-rent options (the average rent for a one-bedroom in the Castro is $2,990 per month). Yet, unlike the homeless, these new vehicle dwellers see their choice as more than financially practical. They talk about the freedom to move, the minimalism that small space requires, and the cred it gives them within the startup community, where there’s value in being hard-core and a little weird.

“We have such a tight vacancy rate, 1 to 2 percent,” said Sarah Karlinsky, the deputy director of the city planning think tank SPUR. “It leads people to live in whatever they can find, like their cars. Still, what an interesting leap to be like, ‘I’m just going to buy an RV?’ ”

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