Free mobile home: Come get it

Amber Miller, right, of Fruita holds her daughter Elizabeth, 1, as her other daughter Jeni, 5, plays with an abandoned swing set outside the trailer house west of Mack that Miller is trying to give away for free to anyone who is willing to haul it away.

Maybe there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but you can get a free mobile home.

After listing a free house on Craigslist for the past two weeks, Amanda Miller of Fruita is running low on time before a trailer on her Mack property needs to go. The 1979 Kirkwood, 14-feet-by-70-feet, single-wide trailer with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, is a fixer-upper, but livable, she said.

“It has some problems. It’s not the Taj Mahal, but if it helps a family, it’s worth it,” Miller said.

The mobile home has axles, but no tires, and its taker must haul it away. Miller has sold the rural Mack acreage on which the mobile home sits, and the new owner wants the home taken away.

Miller hesitates to demolish the home she and her family lived in for about four years before moving out about a year ago. All appliances are fair game and can go with the home, she said.

“My biggest thing is I want it to go to somebody who’s going to get some use out of it,” she said.

Miller said people have expressed interest in the mobile home, including someone as far away as Cortez, but no one has committed to taking it.

She contacted groups such as Habitat for Humanity and local fire departments to gauge whether they wanted the home, but she didn’t receive any nibbles.

Miller knows there’s a cost associated with hauling the trailer away, and she hopes the home can be salvaged.

A back bedroom has some mold damage, and its adjoining bathroom needs to be repaired.

Miller said she will turn over the trailer to whoever she deems needs it most. 

“It could easily be a nice home for somebody,” she said. “It’s better than tearing it down.”

Miller can be reached at 970-361-7090.


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