"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.
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
a Recreation Vehicle
But, Did you know that
this is also an "RV" albeit
it's officially referred to as
a "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
"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.
"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
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