The Difference Between An "RV", "Park Model" & "HUD Manufactured Home"

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Home Builder with CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS B & C-47 521400

 

The Difference

Between An

"RV", "Park Model", 

&

"HUD Manufactured Home"

 

Having expanded into the "Accessory Dwelling Unit" ("ADU") aka 'GRANNY FLAT',  design, build & consulting business we've received many inquiries regarding the placement of an RV or a Park Model on ones private property/home with the intention of using it as an ACCESSORY DWELLING UNIT (ADA) aka 'GRANNY FLAT'. The simple answer? In a word,   NO!

 

 To set the record straight I would like to clarify often touted, if not outright, mis represented,  even fallacious  MISNOMERS regarding this subject. 

 

There seems to be some confusion in the Real Estate & lending Industry about the various definitions and distinctions between the "RECREATION VEHICLE" aka "RV", "park model" & the "Factory Built Housing" Industry's "Trailer" vs "Mobilehome, vs HUD Manufactured Home, vs Prefab (flat pack), delivered to your door, in a combined floor, wall & roof package and in a variety of shapes, sizes, styles and prices.

 

Confused?

  

To better inform those interested in purchasing, designing, building, installing, permitting and/or consulting on a HUD MANUFACTURED HOME, MODULAR HOME, PRE FAB HOME, PARK MODEL or GROUND UP ACCESSORY DWELLING UNIT (ADU) I'd like to provide some information in a 3 part series that just may help Real Estate Professionals and prospective buyers and/or investors better understand some very necessary differences and distinctions.

 

It may also  avoid unnecessary costs for folks on all sides of the equation be it the product selection process, planning, design, build, permit process, project management and/or consultation.

 

 So let's get this show ON 

THE ROAD. I don't think

anyone will have a

problem identifying the photo to the right as

Recreation Vehicle 

aka

"RV". 

 

 

 

But, Did you know that

this is also an "RV" albeit

it's officially referred to as

"PARK MODEL"

 

However, like an RV a Park

Model cannot be permitted as an 

"Additional Dwelling Unit"

(ADU) aka "Granny Flat" 

and therefore is not allowed to be permitted or permanently installed on a real property lot/parcel in the state of California.


 Unlike their big brother the

 "HUD Manufactured Home"

"Park Models" are built

under the ANSI code and

cannot exceed 400 square

feet of living space. 

 

 

In fact Park Models are not permitted to be installed on a foundation system because they are considered an RV. Many folks in some Southern California "Manufactured Home Park Communities" unknowingly purchased "Park Models"thinking they were "HUD Manufactured Homes"

 

Sadly when they had the opportunity to purchase the lots/spaces the Park Models were placed on, they couldn't obtain conventional long term FHA/ VA or Reverse Mortgages because the homes could not legally be placed on a foundation system.

 

Big OOP's!

 

 

Be very careful whence selling or buying or dealing with what you may think is a 

 

"HUD Manufactured Home".

 

Always check the Insignia plates on the rear of the home. If you're not sure what you're looking for take a photo of the insignia and email or text it to a Manufactured Home Contractor and/or Dealer

for verification.

 

And Buyers Always Beware of exactly what it is you are

about to purchase. That's what "due diligence" is all about.

Don't be afraid to use it.

 

In Part 2 we will discuss the difference between a  "HUD

Manufactured Home"  and a "Modular Home". This may

surprise you.

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TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments

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Jeff Dowler
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Hi John

It's certainly a lot of information to take in, but it's clear there is lots of confusion out there. I know who to call when questions arise!

Jeff

Aug 10, 2017 10:49 PM #1
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Glad to be of Service

Hopefully, the laws will change about Park Models but it might take some time.

Aug 11, 2017 02:36 AM #2
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And there's a whole lot more to absorb Jeff Dowler but knowing as much as you can will certainly keep you out of trouble.

Aug 11, 2017 09:46 AM #3
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I don't think that will happen in our lifetimes Eva B. Liland with Century 21 Doug Anderson as they don't meet HUD standards for a manufactured homes and due to the way they're built they never will unless they change their building standards.

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John this is really good information for those folks considering a 'granny flat' or a 'park model'.  I would assume these same laws apply in AZ as well although that's a guess. I am hearing more and more about people wanting 'granny flat' in their backyard.  And I think it's a viable low cost option!

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Thank's for the feature and for helping to get this message out Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS You're always so kind about this.

Aug 11, 2017 01:19 PM #7
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Your explanation is bound to help quell much of the confusion that surrounds this topic.

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Sure hope it casts some light on a much neglected by some and manipulated by others subject Myrl Jeffcoat 

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Oy vey! Very confusing to the Regular Joe out there possibly trying to save a buck or two instead of buying stickbuilt. 

I have lots of inquiries lately about tiny homes, and manufactured homes. Alas, we have an HOA that doesn't allow it. I have to stop them at the pass. 

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Been runnig into you a lot today Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate Just logged onto your page and watched that beautiful video you shot. Looks so peaceful and serene. Really looking forward to meeting and visiting with you. About how far from Cannon Beach are you?

BTW and FYI, "Tiny Homes" are to "Mobile Homes" what an "ADU" aka "Granny Flat" is to a "Modular Home".  That stated, I know all about the battle with ADU's and HOA's. Absolutely nothing any jurisdiction can do about it be they local, County or state, HOA's are private associations and are not beholding to jurisdicitional mandates as long as they are code compliant which they are or they wouldn't be able to form an HOA.  Now are you even a little more confused? LOL!

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