In the tiny home, vacation rental, and guest home, field there is a new trend. Say hello to Park Model RVs! Park models are the perfect combination of an RV and a small modular home, the Park Model RV offers you countless opportunities. Whether it’s a lovely vacation with family at your favorite campground, summer in the mountains, or a way to earn a few more benjamin franklins, the Park Model RV is a great way to embrace a slower way of life.
A Park Model RV is a home-like recreational vehicle designed as semi-permanent lodging wherever RV’s are allowed and are usually used as temporary or seasonal living space. They are usually found in campgrounds or RV parks, but also make great individual vacation homes, or retirement homes. According to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA)…
“A Park Model RV is a unique towable RV designed to provide temporary living quarters for recreational, seasonal, camping or travel use.”
A Park Model RV is built on wheels, making it relatively easy to move locations, although due to their size, most Park Model RVs are parked in one location for longer periods of time than a typical RV.
And while the argument could be made that Park Model RVs aren’t actually RVs because they are much less mobile than other RVs they are still built to the same standards and code that other RV manufacturers use, with the only difference being the size and the ease of relocating them.
Park Model RV Specifications
While they are officially classed as recreational vehicles, Park Model RVs often feel much more like a house due to their size and functionality. But to qualify as a park model RV, it must meet the following specifications.
Built inside a manufacturing facility.
Built to the ANSI A119.5 housing standards.
Title and registered like any other recreational vehicle and receive the RVIA seal. These requirements may vary between different states.
Can be up to 15 feet wide and 44 feet in length, although the total square footage of living space can not exceed 400 square feet. (FL = 500 sq.ft.)
The sewer, electric, and water are connected after the unit is parked, like a traditional RV.
Park Model RV Styles
There are countless styles and variations that are found in the Park Model RV community. Many park model RVs include a loft, and or a porch. And if you’re park model is placed in a more permanent location, there are countless additional features and addons you can include to make your Park Model RV look and feel just like home!
But just to give you an idea of what you can get, below are some of the more popular options that we offer here at Zook Cabins.
Rockwood Park Model Home
The Rockwood Park Model is an incredible luxury tiny home with both an incredible view from inside as well as a beautiful front deck with a roof, giving you a great place to relax, rain or shine. At 12 ft wide x 38 ft long, this Park Model RV has a large open-concept living area. The living room and kitchen are surrounded on three sides by floor-to-ceiling glass windows, allowing you to experience the beauty of your surroundings from inside or out. At the back of this park model are the master bedroom and bathroom, finished out with stylish and modern trim. Click here for more info and specifications.
Alpine Park Model RV
A perfect combination of luxury, style, and minimalism, the Alpine Park Model RV is an ideal vacation home for a couple or a retirement spot as you enjoy the sunset years of your life. The sleek design throughout feels fresh and classy. Like the stunning wood used for the walls and the matte black kitchen cabinets. The living room looks straight out of the huge glass double patio doors, providing unlimited views. And the bathroom is a masterpiece. From the black tile floor-ceiling shower to the large soaking tub, with a view, is just the start. Click here for more info and specifications.
*DISCLAIMER: These prices are a close estimate, but may change without notice. Please contact us for updated pricing!
Park Model RVs As an Investment!
The tiny home trend has opened up a whole new investment opportunity in the niche of Park Model RVs. With more and more people wanting to live a sustainable, minimalist lifestyle, park model RVs could be your next great investment due to their high demand both as vacation homes and as rental property. Starting with a low initial cost gives you the opportunity to quickly get a return on your investment.
But don’t have to just take my word for it. Instead, check out our Pro Forma so you can see for yourself why a Park Model RV is a great investment. If you are interested in more information, check out this article all about how park models are a great short-term investment.
The answer to this question is… kind of. Most park models are not designed for full-time occupancy, and some states actually don’t allow you to live full-time in an RV. But if you live in the south, or you winterize your park model, they do make a great housing solution.
What Is the Difference Between an Rv and A Park Model?
The primary difference between an RV and a park model is the ability and ease of moving them. While an RV is designed to travel and be on the road a lot, Park Model RVs are much more of a permanent home. And while it is possible to move a Park Model RV, most owners choose to set the Park model in one location, whether it’s a campground, RV park, or otherwise, and leave it for the season, or permanently.
What’s the Difference Between a Park Model and A Tiny Home?
While park model RVs often look a lot like tiny homes, not all tiny homes meet the criteria of a Park Model RV. Park Model Homes are really not homes at all but rather built, classed, and registered like RVs even though they look like homes.
For more information, you can check out this article about the differences between Park Models and Tiny Homes.
Wrapping it up…
In talking through Park Model RVs, we hope you’ve gained some useful insight into the world of Park Model RVs, the pros and cons, as well as the incredible investment opportunities they offer. If you have any questions that still remain unanswered, we’d love to hear from you. Give us a call, or contact us through our website.
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