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Answers To Your Questions About Park Models

by Perry Chapman

Are you considering a park model as a permanent home or as a vacation retreat? Then you likely have multiple questions. Park models can be a bit confusing to new buyers since they are technically considered recreational vehicles, but most their resemblance to RVs stops at the name. The following guide can help answer your questions.

Can you haul a park model?

Park models have a wheeled base, which allows them to be towed to a new location. Yet, they aren't as portable as a true RV. They are meant to be towed to a permanent or semi-permanent location. They are generally too heavy and too unwieldy to tow behind your own vehicle, so you will need to hire a tractor trailer to do the job. Some may even fall under the wide load or special transport category, so you will need permits to move them down the highway.

Why choose the park model?

The point of a park model is it is intended as a pre-built home to place on the lot or land of your choice quickly. Also, since it is wheeled, you won't need to build a foundation for the home. You can even arrange to have it moved if you decide to move later. Park models are also a good choice for those that need a seasonal home. For example, if you want it parked on your land in the mountains for your summer vacations but brought down to lower altitudes for winter relaxation.

Are there any models that can be towed by the owner?

Just like any mobile home or RV, park models come in different designs. There are shorter models that are similar in size an RV. These are no more than 8 feet across so that they don't need a wide load permit. Standard size park models can be up to 12 feet across, so these can't be towed by the owner.

Where can you park one?

Most park models are placed on owner land or in a mobile home park. Before purchasing, check that the mobile home park allows park models and what special rules are in place. For example, some parks only allow the larger park models and they may also require specific types of skirting to hide the wheeled foundation. As for on your own land, you will have to check the local codes. Some localities consider park models a structure and code it similar to a mobile home, while others view them as RVs and do not have any building codes that they enforce on the unit.

Contact a park model dealer, like Resort Homes, for more help. This purchase can be worth your while!