Hi Fellow BYC Keepers, I have been apart of this community for a while now and know how wonderful the people on this site are. I have read and responded to many posts where others were in need of a little TLC in their lives. Now I am afraid that I am in need a of a little encouragement or support. Background: We bought a manufactured home a few years ago off the market. We spent many days and weeks looking at other site built houses before making our decision. In our price range the homes that we looked at were either in bad neighborhoods or in major need of improvements that we did not know how to make or could even afford. Living in a small apartment at the time with a young child and one on the way the apartment life was no longer anything that we could maintain. Now we live in a 1,500 sq ft. MH in the country on a large piece of land fixed to a permanent foundation and strapped. There is no crime where we live unless you count the occasional raccoon stealing a few meals out of our trash can. Our home has been virtually maintenance free with few problems. We have even done minor improvements by adding new sinks, faucets, and hard floors where carpet was wearing out. I have it decorated like I have always imagined my dream country home being decorated. My dilemma is this. I am having a hard time dealing with the bad rap that the MH home have. So far it has weathered everything that nature has thrown at it including the tornado outbreak of April 2011, proving to be pretty durable. Does anyone else out there in Backyard Chickensville live in a manufactured home? If so how to you deal with the negative opinion formed around these homes? Any encouragement will be more than welcome. When responding please do not refer to us as trailer trash, that is the connotation that upsets me the most right now. Thanks for reading.