Arkansas Gov. Moves Into Triple-Wide Trailer

The remote-control fireplace, with large-screen television above it, is the focal point of a less-formal living room. The master bedroom connects to a spacious bathroom, with a separate shower and raised bathtub, and a covered outdoor deck.

Yet Mrs. Huckabee acknowledges that not everything could fit in her new home. The mansion’s large dining room rug, for example, is being put in storage.

‘Embarrassed?’

The house was donated by the Arkansas Manufactured Housing Association, which used the tour to tout its industry and criticize city zoning ordinances that prohibit their homes in certain parts of town.

Industry officials and Mrs. Huckabee have become ruffled at references to a “trailer” or “mobile home,” preferring to call it a “manufactured home.”

“What about this house resembles a trailer? I don’t see anything,” boasted J.D. Harper, executive director of the state Manufactured Housing Association. “And what Arkansan would be embarrassed to live in a beautiful home like this?”

Harper has valued the home, its transportation, installation and landscaping at almost $110,000.

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