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Adapt Migrate or Die ...Part ll
By George Porter
In the previous article we discussed the need to adapt and
how one in the installation business might accomplish this. This
time we will be talking about what you could do if you can't,
or don't want to, keep up with the ever-changing rules and requirements
of installation and feel you need to migrate. It is getting more
involved all the time and generally speaking, it has improved
the industry. The inspections and paperwork are usually providing
the consumer with a higher quality home and the licensing requirements
in many states have cut down on the numbers of fly-by-nighters.
Still, if you are not comfortable and prefer a somewhat simpler
or different way to earn a living, there are some good choices
If you don't like the idea that you might have to see to it
that the lot is prepared properly, like it says in all manufacturers
manuals, then you might consider the travel trailer business.
In this industry the customer is completely in charge of the lot.
If they park their travel trailer and discover that there is a
large mud puddle in front of the door then all they have to do
is move it up a few feet with the car and the puddle is gone.
The travel trailer industry has generic national advertising "where
ever you are, you're home?" They have nice adds on national
TV showing how safe and secure it is in a beautiful mountain setting
"where the only crime is burning your steak on the grill".
They seem to have gotten completely past the wheel and axle thing
and in fact, have turned it into a big advantage. I don't ever
remember seeing a newscast on TV that showed the "mass murderer
etc" living in a travel trailer. All in all, the travel trailer
business might be a good choice for those of you that are uncomfortable
in the manufactured housing business It is how this industry got
started and if you don't like the "housing thing" we
seem to be developing into, then this might be just the ticket
How would you like to be in a business where you would not
have to put in all those aggravating anchors just so the home
won't blow away? Seems like every time you turn around they have
some new idea about how to keep customers safer and you have to
change how you do things and probably get new equipment. Have
you ever considered the boating industry? You only need one anchor
and the customer installs it himself. It sure would be easier
if we could do things like that in this industry.
Sick and tired of all those call backs for re-leveling, door
adjustment, and ceiling/wall crack repair? Are the expenses of
foundations and piering eating away at your profits? Every time
a manufacturer comes out with a bigger home with more windows,
recessed entries, and stone fireplaces you are supposed to change
how you set it up and this means that you spend more money on
footings and supports. The financing company never gives you more
money on the loan to do this with and it usually means it just
comes off the top, or, more correctly stated, off the bottom of
your pocket. Well, cheer up! There is a business just made for
you. Why not go in the ice cream business? It only has to look
good the moment you buy it and nobody expects it to last more
than fifteen minutes. And, there is another big plus, no financing!
If any of this sounds good to you, then I wish you all the
best in your new career. But please, before you go, would you
consider adapting one last time? We will miss some of you.