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Off the top of my head, I can't think of any set top boxes, maybe the Boxee box with it's tuner usb dongle.
If you're really wanting cheaper, I would suggest going with a PC with Windows 7. The only "free" TV/PVR software I know on OSX is MythTV, and unless you're more skilled OSX and how to installed stuff, it's not exactly user friendly to install. Otherwise, you're going to need get to either EyeTV or SageTV, which is another $40 to $80 (I may be off on the costs of those programs).
The other issue I can see, how long will you be staying at a mobile park? Unfortunately, you just can't pop an antenna on the TV and get a digital reception. Digital is really sensative, and the mobile digital is starting to come up, but none of the PC tuners will have that standard build into it. There's only a handful of portable TVs with it. So, I'm failing to see how well a PVR could work.
That said, I could see wanting to setup some kind of media storage, and thus accessing hundreds of movies or TV shows, say off a external HDD. I could even see, if you have internet access, using Netflix or Crackle or something similar.
Of course, I agree able the different stations depending where you're at. This could be tempered if you have internet access, then you could go through rescranning and updating the EPG, this is assuming the park follows whatever the local cable is doing.
If you do go the HDHomerun route, I would suggest the newer one with the triple tuner, the HDHR3. I've heard is it little bit more lenient on signal compared to the HDHR2; I have one and it can be quite finicky at times.
As for analog, you're concerned, you can either get an old USB tuner that can do it, or just run the feed directly into the TV. I can't say it's true for cablec companies, but Comcast has all their channels digitized. Some are just remapped to the old analog station.