Park Model trailers, although considered recreational vehicles, are transportable and primarily designed for long-term or permanent placement at a destination where an RV or mobile home is allowed. When set up, park models are connected to the utilities necessary to operate home style fixtures and appliances. Park models are popular with people for use as a cottage, vacation or retirement home.
Park Models must remain under 400 square feet (37 m2) to qualify as a recreational vehicle under federal and state laws. In Canada, park models must remain under 540 square feet in order to qualify as a recreational vehicle. Over that size they would be considered a manufactured home and subject to different taxes and regulations. Many units feature slide-out or tip-out bays, which collapse into the unit for travel, and then expand outward when parked to increase overall living space. All floor plans are designed to remain under that limit when adding bays. If buyers want to stretch a plan, then the width may need to be narrowed. If they want to widen a plan, then the length has to be shortened.
A park model usually has steel tie-down straps for attachment to ground anchors. These are often required to satisfy local zoning and/or mobile home park regulations.
Standard campers without fresh water and/or holding tanks are often mistakenly identified as park models.
Typical Park Model Floor Plan
Moving: A Park Model RV; it is not a typical, small RV trailer. It is moved like a mobile home and requires a mobile home moving truck or equivalent to be moved. Park Models are mobile but are generally parked in one location for extended periods of time…hence the term Park Model.
Taxes: By law, a Park Model RV is generally not subject to property tax, but still may be taxed. You simply buy a tag from the DMV every year. If expanded it will become a modular home using a permanent foundation and then it becomes real property and subject to taxation.
Larger Park Models: The two kinds of these are the “HUD Park Model” and the “Park Model Alternative”. A HUD Park Model is essentially a Park Model except that is bigger than 400 square feet. It is over 400 square feet but not more than 500 square feet and is built to comply with the HUD Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards.
The HUD Park Model Alternative is really a smaller single wide manufactured home and is not limited to a maximum 500 square foot size. They can range over 600 square feet.
1. How titled. This type of unit should be licensed and titled as a MH in Arizona though in Florida the HUD Park Model is titled as an RV.
2. Manufactured safety standards. These are built to HUD safety standards and bear a HUD decal.
3. Size and appearance. HUD Park Models are between 400 and 500 square feet when set up. Park Model Alternatives are not limited to 500 square feet and those I have seen are over 600 square feet.
4. Zoning and land use. Different zoning jurisdictions treat them in different ways. Some will treat them as Park Models and some as mobile homes. Since they are relatively new, some jurisdictions may not know exactly how to treat them.
5. Cost to move. Comparable to small Park Models.
No Mortgage for a Park Home anymore then there is one for a Trailer.
I have a park model home and have made upgrades to my home. I was told I need a HUD label. How do I get one?
Regardless of the upgrades made to your park model, it is not possible to obtain a HUD label on any structure that was not produced and inspected as a manufactured home in accordance with HUD’s Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards and Regulations during its original construction. You may contact the Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association (http://www.rptia.com) for additional information and resources regarding park model homes.
I just looked and for some strange reason my little personal scrapbook now has almost 400 followers. I decided I should share a glimpse of my history with you all.
I started this blog after leaving a home I acquired and renovated in 1975. It was an old garage a with a third floor added around 1910 (aka a carriage house). It was abandoned and I purchased it is a city tax foreclosure auction.
BEFORE: Not to pretty. The house was basically a brick shell 20 ft x 30 ft. located in the far corner of a city corner lot.
AFTER: Photo circa 2004
After Completing the Interior I concentrated on the patio & landscaping.
I sold the house and am looking to try something new. To get some idea of this new journey it is best to hit the archive button since My posts are sporadic. Enjoy.
It was the fall of 1971, I was young, a real hippy, having just graduated from college and living for 5 years in Brooklyn. I suddenly decided to take off for what I hoped would be a trip around the world. I had spend time in Italy studying architecture and traveling in 1969 and 1970 so this was not a totally new idea or adventure, but I left with just a few hundred dollars and a dream.
This was the time of Europe on $5 / day and less in places like Greece.
By late October I had been through the Greek Islands, Crete and Cyprus and after abandoning a planned route through Egypt, sitting in Rhodes, Turkey was the next stop.
In 1971, the south coast of Turkey was amazing, beautiful and totally undeveloped. Recent looks at it now show it has been discovered and is filled with Hotels, commercialized and spoiled.
This blog about small houses grew out of thoughts I had on that trip and recently i just discovered an oasis of the past. yes on that same coast.
Accommodation prices include breakfast, evening meal and internet and are as follows High Season (15 June - 15 September)
Bungalow 75 TL
Tent 55 TL
Own Tent 50 TL
Rates are about $35/day based on 2 Turkish lira to a US Dollar:
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Grand on a Small Scale
Townhouse at 75½ Bedford St. in Greenwich Village Is 9 ½ Feet Wide
"I have not always inhabited small spaces, but I think everyone should try it," Mr. Gund said as he walked through his new treasure, tape measure in hand. His bed nearly fills the width of the interior of the house, which he measured at 8 feet 1 inch.
Mr. Gund paid $3.25 million in June for the Dutch-style gabled house steeped in history. It was built in 1873, filling in a courtyard between two much older houses, including one dating to 1799 that is the oldest house in Greenwich Village, according to the landmarks commission.
A plaque on Mr. Gund’s three-story, red-brick house notes poet Edna St. Vincent Millay once lived there in the 1920s. Margaret Mead, John Barrymore and William Steig, the cartoonist, also slept there, local buffs and brokers say.
City records list the apartment as 999 square feet. The purchase price works out to $3,253 per square foot, among the highest amounts paid per square foot for a townhouse in the Village.