Trailer homes are a very common type of rental unit. Actually searching for a trailer home to rent is a relatively easy task. But you make it easier when you know how to sort through what is available and recognize possible matches for your specifications, instead of spending needless effort on research and needless time on visits to trailers that don't accommodate your needs. Since the best deals are likely to move quickly, waste no time in getting started on your trailer home rental hunt.

Step 1

Decide what type of trailer home you are seeking to rent. Single-wide trailers are under 90 feet long, and 18 feet wide or smaller. Double-wide trailers are actually two joined trailers. Triple-wides exist, but are far less common as rental units.

Step 2

Calculate your rental budget. Financial experts usually advise that you should not spend more than 30 percent of your net income on rent. Of course, you may also want to consider the cost of utility bills in your rental trailer. Older trailers, just like older houses, often have higher heating and electric bills.

Step 3

Gather your references, your credit report and your proof of income before beginning your phone calls. Trailer owners seeking to rent may be eager to show the home right away, and if you know that a particular trailer is a potential match, you will want to provide the owner with your information right away. The responsibility you show in your preparedness will stand out, and the landlord can get right to work on checking your information, perhaps even putting a halt to future showings at that point.

Step 4

Begin a thorough search of rental-home advertisements. While your local newspaper is a traditional place to start, Web sites such as craigslist.org are common places for Internet-savvy landlords to advertise their rentals. Real estate agents often know of rental units, and visiting a trailer park's management office will almost surely lead to a walk-through of rentals. The largest Web site for mobile home sales and rentals is mhvillage.com.

Step 5

Compare your options after viewing several trailers. Consider affordability, the age, condition, and durability of the trailer, the availability of owner maintenance and emergency repairs, your own location preferences, the laundry facilities, and any other factors that may be of importance to you in choosing your trailer home rental.