The circa-1969 "single-wide" mobile home has a "house type" exterior door, with its second entrance being on the back side of the unit. Widths of 12 or 14 feet -and lengths of 65- provide more living space than ever before. Prices for newly-built rigs begin around $5,000 and end at $18,000.
In order for manufacturers to keep selling new trailers, the purchase price needed to be kept as low as possible; this in an incredibly inflationary economy, where prices for nearly everything were soaring upward by the minute.
Inevitably, lots of corners were cut. The tight-fitting, narrow-slot jalousie windows of the late 1950s had been replaced by large-pane crank-out models, which quickly lost tension and would not shut tightly.
Precision-made -all-wood- cabinetry of bygone days was now typified by cabinets made of cheap plastic and pressed board. Poorly-fitting drawers might fall out when opened. Moreover, flimsy sliding closet doors (made of wood paneling) would never stay on track properly.
Quality-crafted mobile homes were still being manufactured, but these were also sold at a premium price.