This was Elvis’ trailer at the Circle G Ranch. After buying the ranch, he arranged for a total of 9 trailers to be placed and set up for his friends and family to live at the ranch. He initially ordered the trailers from two different dealerships, Poole Trailer Sales in West Memphis and Green Acres Mobile Homes, just down the road from Graceland. The trailers were financed through the Westinghouse Credit Corporation and were financed in each person’s name that was going to reside in that trailer. Contrary to popular belief, Elvis did not buy these trailers, nor did he finance them. Elvis paid the down payment for each trailer, but each person was expected to make the monthly payments and the finance agreement was in their name. In all, there were 9 trailers, one each for Elvis, Minnie Mae (his grandmother), Mike McGregor, Red West, Jerry Schilling, Larry Geller, Ray Sitton, Billy Smith, and Richard Davis. Ultimately, Elvis ended up paying off the trailers.
Elvis’ trailer was a 1967 Melody home, serial number 11704 and was purchased from Poole Trailer Sales on February 20, 1967. His home was 60 feet long by 12 feet wide; white with red trim; had 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. It was gas heated; had aluminum siding, a 3 ton central air conditioning unit and had a stacked washer and dryer. He had all the comforts of an intimate home environment. The original purchase price was $8,132.50 and Elvis made a $3,937.14 down payment. He actually financed $6,373.80 which included $520 for insurance; $284.64 for Mississippi sales tax; and $1,373.80 interest. The final total for the home including his down payment was $10,310.94. His payment plan was $106.23 per month starting April 3, 1967 for 60 months (5 years).
One would assume that Elvis’ trailer would be the most expensive. It was not. There were several that were a bit more expensive. One was Minnie Mae’s trailer which was a 1967 Delta, green in color and the same size as Elvis’. He spared no expense on his grandmother’s trailer and hers was located next to Elvis. At least one of the house trailers was “used”. It was a 1958 Hicks home, 48 feet long and 10 feet wide. This home was not purchased until May 25, 1967 and payments were only $57.46.
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