what is the difference between a mobile home, trailer, and an RV?

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  • John
    Lv 7
    10 months ago

    Frequency of moving.

  • 10 months ago

    A mobile home is a home that can be mobile.  These are usually prefab & put together on site. A trailer is a very generic term and can be used for both mobile homes & RVs. RV stands for recreational vehicle.  An RV does not have to have an engine.  The kind with an engine is a motor home. The kinds without an engine are tow behinds & 5th wheels. 

    Source(s): I manage an RV park.
  • 10 months ago

    A mobile home is a cheap, inexpensive home that was built at a plant versus a stick house that is built - constructed on the land where it will stay. It is then transported on a very large flatbed truck to its location, placed on a slab of concrete and tied down on all four corners.  It can be untied and moved again.  A trailer is a (usually small) flatbed on four wheels that may or may not have sides and/or a roof, that you pull behind a vehicle, for transporting things, such as a motorcycle, boxes - just about anything.  An RV is a vehicle.  It stands for "recreational vehicle".  They are fully contained homes on wheels, for traveling anywhere on land, within a state or across the country.  There are many styles available and they range from about $100k to up to a million dollars or more for a new one.  Used - you can get a very nice one for $30k or $40k.  Less expensive, older ones are available.  We bought one years ago for distance moving, for convenience, figuring on selling it as soon as we go to where we were moving to.  We loved it so much that we sold it and bought a nice one.  Years later, we bought a nicer one yet.

  • 10 months ago

    not much difference

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  • 10 months ago

    an RV actually has an engine and wheels and you can just drive it away.

    a mobile home sits on a lot and you would have to have it lifted onto a truck and moved.

    there are different types of trailers...mobile home is one...there are smaller ones that hook on to the back of a truck and have their own wheels

  • 10 months ago

    They are overlapping classifications.  

    A trailer is anything that can be towed behind a car or truck.  It could be a box trailer, a horse trailer, etc.  

    A mobile home is a 'prefab' home that can be towed to a location.  Usually then the wheels are taken off, and it might never be moved again.  

    An RV is meant for traveling, either a trailer or self-propelled vehicle based on a truck or schoolbus chassis, meant to be moved all the time.

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