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What is a Park Model mobile home?
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
A park model is a smaller, single-wide mobile home that is classified as a recreational vehicle. Park models are designed for placement in RV parks, campgrounds, or locations where smaller trailers are allowed; but, like an RV, cannot be a living unit on private property in many jurisdictions. They typically are 10 or 12 feet wide and have just one bedroom. The rustic wood-sided models resemble a small cabin.
They were formerly called “Park Trailers,” but the name was updated to Park Model years ago. See our blog post What is the difference between a park trailer and a park model recreational vehicle? to learn more.
Florida Admistrative Code 15C-1 refers to them using the older name, and it is defined this way: “Park Trailer” means a transportable unit which has a body width not exceeding fourteen feet (14') and which is built on a single chassis and is designed to provide seasonal or temporary living quarters when connected to utilities necessary for operation of installed fixtures and appliances.
Because it’s an RV, floor area cannot exceed 400 square feet. Some layouts have lofts—which do no count as square footage as long as the headroom is less than 60 inches. They are built on a single trailer chassis and, like a travel trailer, set-up at an RV park is quick. However they are often permanently installed and skirted, like in the photo above.
Park models are built under the American National Standards Institute’s ANSI Code for Park Models, except that the 400 square foot maximum is allowed to be raised to 500 square feet, in Florida only, when the unit is built to HUD standards for RV park models. A popular local manufacturer of park models is Chariot Eagle (www.charioteagle.com) in Ocala, Florida.
While some park models are surprisingly glamorous, like in the photo at the top of this page, others look more like a very small mobile home, as in the photos above and below.
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