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How do I upgrade a park model to meet HUD Code for entry into a mobile/manufactured home park?
Monday, September 3, 2018
Park model is a newer name for what was formerly called a park trailer. Park models are manufactured under the American National Standards Institute’s ANSI119.5 Park Model Recreational Vehicle (PMRV) standard, whereas mobile/manufactured homes must meet a different set of HUD standards. Because certification to either standard is only issued at the factory at time of manufacture, and only after approval of the design and factory inspections, a park model cannot be retrofitted to meet HUD standards, or vice versa.
Park models often look like a small mobile home, but they are classified as a recreational vehicle and specifically excluded from HUD's definition of a manufactured home at 24 CFR 3282.8(g), shown below.
There is, however, one exception to this rule: a special category of park model that is over 400 sq. ft., but less than 500 sq. ft., and is actually manufactured to HUD standards. It’s called a “HUD Park Model,” as opposed to an “ANSI park model, and only approved for the state of Florida. Although it meets HUD construction standards, a HUD Park Model is still classified as a recreational vehicle, not a manufactured home. So approval for installation in some mobile home parks may not be possible.
Go to our HUD-CODE FOR MOBILE HOMES page for a listing of our other HUD-code articles. Also, see our blog post What is the difference between a park trailer and a park model recreational vehicle?
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