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Home, Small Home: Montana Mobile Cabins for Green Living or Rental Retreat

Updated on March 19, 2010
(From the USGenWeb Archives Digital Map Library)
(From the USGenWeb Archives Digital Map Library)

Who says that bigger is better?  Small homes are increasing in popularity.  They can be thriftier to keep than regular-sized homes and support green living.  Mobile cabins, or small homes that resemble log cabins, fit especially well into Montana's Big Sky Country landscape.  Mobile cabins are also a housing option for people residing in mobile home parks. Mobile cabins often serve as accommodations for travel campgrounds, such as KOA Kampgrounds.  Mobile cabin or small-house enthusiasts in Montana have a couple of in-state builders available to serve their needs, as well as rentals available for vacationers.

A 14' X 18' Trapper cabin in Bozeman built by Montana Mobile Cabins.
A 14' X 18' Trapper cabin in Bozeman built by Montana Mobile Cabins.

Montana Mobile Cabins

Montana Mobile Cabins was established by Shotgun Construction and is located in the southwestern Montana town of Whitehall. This company specializes in creating one-of-a-kind artisan mobile cabins built in the traditional rustic log-cabin style. The customer is a part of the design process, ensuring that each cabin is unique.

These cabins are intended for small acreage and can be placed on a foundation of the buyer’s choosing at the buyer’s expense. Cabin sizes range from 6-by-9 feet for a playhouse up to 18-by-24 feet. The base price of a Montana Mobile Cabins home is $165 per square foot as of March 2010 with added costs for options such as plumbing, porches and cabinetry.

Montana Cabin Exchange

Similar to Montana Mobile Cabins, this family owned subsidiary of Marvin Erickson Construction works with customers to create unique small homes, guest houses, portable businesses and mobile cabins or sheds. Montana Cabin Exchange cabins can be as large as 11-by-24 feet and are deliverable to a permanent location or equipped with a trailer and axle to provide mobility.

Although buyers are welcome to design a custom cabin, they also can choose from one of the Montana Cabin Exchange’s established plans. These options cater to a range of styles and purposes, including such designs as the Mountain Chalet, the Ice Cream and the Espresso Shops, and an English Tudor style home. Depending on size and amenities, these mobile cabins range from $7,000 to $11,000 in price as of March 2010.

Montana Mobile Cabin Travel Rentals

For those who do not wish to purchase a mobile cabin or are simply looking for a comfortable and cozy vacation spot, Montana is peppered with rental cabins. Gaynors’ Resorts located near Glacier National Park in Whitefish, Montana, offers luxurious two-bedroom cabins equipped with pots and pans, washer and dryer plus supplies, paper products, and some basic food items and cost between $350 and $550 per night depending on the season (phone: 406-862-3802). Another Montana rental option is the Historic Tamarack Lodge in Hungry Horse. This location also offers easy access to Glacier National Park and is open year-round, with cabins available for family-sized groups and smaller at season-dependent rates ranging between $50 and $200 (phone: 877-387-4420). More Montana mobile cabin rentals are listed on the Resorts and Lodges travel accommodations website (see the Resources section below).

The Small House Movement

The Small House Movement is the result of accumulating concerns over environmental impact and economics. Many individuals, families, and even communities across the globe have turned to this more sustainable and often more affordable lifestyle. Montana Mobile Cabins may not be as thrifty as other small house architects and builders, but through their homes and those of the Montana Cabin Exchange the seed of the Small House Movement has been planted in Big Sky Country. For those who are not ready to go small, however, Montana overs a vast selection of quality mobile cabins for rent.


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      Pypeesorp 2 years ago

      What a super blog! to significantly info and a quite short lifestyle hehehehe continue to keep it up, fine work

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      Beth Morey 7 years ago from Montana

      Thank you very much, List Lady!

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      TheListLady 7 years ago from New York City

      I really like this. The last thing I want is to retire to some place where the upkeep on the home will be so costly - and what for. We really need to understand that our footprint is growing too large and we are displacing too many other animals. Now I want the land so I can work it and enjoy it - and the home has become secondary.

      This is great information that is so useful. I'll bookmark it for future reference.

      Rated up. Nice to meet you too by the way!

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      Beth Morey 7 years ago from Montana

      Michael, thank you!

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      Michael Shane 7 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      Great hub!

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      Beth Morey 7 years ago from Montana

      Haha exactly, Maita! Thanks for visiting.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      the prices are reasonable, and smaller are better, big things in small proportion hehe, Maita