My husband and I manage four trailer parks/mobile home parks, we have over 200 tenants. There’s a lot of negative stigma of trailer parks, “trailer trash” some would say. We’d like to change that stigma, not all trailer parks are like the movie Trailer Park Boys. We are most definitely not Jim Lahey trailer park manager. We care about how our work is presented, and how our communities look. We rarely drink even though we feel like we should with all the stress we endure.
One of our property’s we manage is in a beautiful great town, for the most part the only drama we have is older folks complaining. There has been a few bigger things over the years; one summer an elderly man had a girlfriend who would prancercise – yes prancercise around the park in this unflattering way too small of an outfit, she was a little off her rocker or just drunk. But the whole neighborhood saw and we heard about it. Or when one of the water pipes broke and the whole park was out of water, we literally worked day and night until it was fixed and had two tenants yell and chew me out because we didn’t warn them it was going to happen. We bent over backwards for the tenants, I was out there filling up water buckets to distribute with a baby ATTACHED to me and they still had the nerve to treat us like that.
The next property is our smallest park we manage at 37 units, it’s fairly quiet. Our only occasional complaints are about the drug addicts/dealers coming from the apartments next door cutting through the park.
Our third property was our problem child before our fourth one came along, and we still have to constantly get after tenants about keeping their lot spaces clean.
Our fourth and newest property is the furthest away from us and in a horrible part of town. The last managers left us a lot of work, we’ve been busy the past 10 months getting the property cleaned up and getting tenants to cooperate. It was exactly the trailer trash stigma people hear about. It’s been difficult getting some of them to understand we want a clean and safe community and they should too. It’s getting there though.
We have our hands completely full; don’t ever get a break, the drama engulfs us but we often have to remind ourselves that the opportunity we have is amazing. All neighborhoods have drama, we just find ourselves always in the middle of it. We’re the principal of the trailer park.
If you take anything away from this post it’s; let’s get rid of the stigma trailer park trash, like all our parks we manage yes there are a few folks that try living like trailer park thrash but they’re not the only ones who live there. We’ve also learned that those folks are raised to live like that so yes they may need a little extra push and taught the importance of a clean and safe community/neighborhood.
I hope you enjoyed the introduction to my families job and the parks we manage. I’ll share more stories soon, until then…