What's The Difference?
RV, Park Model, HUD Manufactured Home As An ADU
To set the record straight it's time to bring some clarity to often spouted MISNOMERS & MISREPRESENTATIONS about the Prefab aka "Offsite" building industry vs the Ground Up (site/stick built) option. There's especially much confusion and misunderstanding throughout all facets of the Real Estate Industry about the differences between a Recreation Vehicle aka RV, travel trailer and Park Model industry vs the HUD Factory Built Housing Industry i.e. Trailers vs, Mobile-homes vs, HUD Manufactured Homes, vs Modular Homes.
To better inform those who are interested we are going to provide some information in a 4 part series that just may help Real Estate Professionals and prospective buyers, investors and industry stakeholders better understand the difference before they make a decision to purchase an Accessory Dwelling Unit aka HUD Manufactured ADU.
So let's get this show ON
THE ROAD. I don't think
anyone will have a
problem identifying this as
a Recreation Vehicle
However, did you know that
this is also an "RV" albeit
it's officially referred to as
a "PARK MODEL"?
Like an RV a Park
Model cannot currently be permitted as an"Accessory Dwelling Unit"
(ADU) aka "BACKYARD HOME"
and therefore is not allowed to be permitted or permanently installed on a residential property.
Unlike their big brother, the HUD Manufactured Home, (Photo to the right) Park Models are built under the ANSI code (Recreation Venicle) and regulated by the DMV not the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) 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 an RV and therefore the running gear (wheels, axles & tongue) must stay with it. Many folks have unknowingly purchased a "Park Model" thinking it was "HUD Manufactured Home".
Sadly a Park Model cannot obtain conventional long term FHA/ VA or Reverse Mortgages because the homes could not legally be placed on a foundation system. Big OOP's!
You need to make sure the dealer you're dealing with is a licensed California Park Model and/or a HUD Manufactured ADU Dealer. Out of State Dealers do not care nor will they usually help you with your installation. In California your dealer is responsible for the installation of your ADU.
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
Dealer or the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD)
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 "Travel Trailer", "Mobile-home", "HUD Manufactured Home" and a "Modular Home"
FACTORY BUILT "Modular" & "Manufactured"
construction projects are fast becoming a very
economical, fast and efficient way to add an
Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) aka 'BACKYARD HOME'
to your property
Call On Us Anytime To BE Your Go To Guys For
Information & Knowledge About
ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS aka BACKYARD HOMES
JOHN ARENDSEN 760 815-6977