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

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments 521400, 1501015, 01795582

The Difference Between An"RV", "Park Model",

Tiny Home & Tiny Home on Wheels aka "THOW" 

We receive ongoing inquiries regarding the placement of a Travel Trailer,  Recreation Vehicle (RV), Park Model, and Tiny Home or Tiny Home on Wheels aka "THOW" on ones private property with the intention of using it as an ACCESSORY DWELLING UNIT (ADU) aka, BACKYARD HOME. The simple answer in a word?                    

NO!

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

There is often some confusion in the Real Estate & lending Industry about the various definitions and distinctions between the "RECREATION VEHICLE"  aka "RV", "park model", "Tiny Home", "Tiny Home On Wheels" aka "THOW" and a "HUD Manufactured Home"

CONFUSED? 

To better inform those interested in purchasing any of these options I'm happy to provide you with some basic information that just may help Real Estate Professionals, prospective property/homeowners, investors and industry stakeholders a better understand of some differences and distinctions.

 

So let's get this show ON THE ROAD. I don't think anyone will have an issue identifying the photo to the right as a 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  "Accessory DwellingUnit" in most San Diego Jurisdictions.

 

 

This is a Tiny House On Wheels aka "THOW' But once again it is considered an RV. RV's unlike HUD Manufactured ADUs are regulated by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

 

Therefore THOWs are not allowed to be permitted or permanently installed on real property, a lot or parcel in most cities and counties in the state of California at this time unless permitted as a medical emergency. However, the City of San Diego has recently passed an ordinance that does allow them. This link delineates the terms and conditions for their installation. But please talk to your lender about this option before you proceed.

Unlike their big brother, the "HUD Manufactured Home", "Park Models" aka "Tiny Homes" are built under the ANSI code and cannot exceed 400 square feet of living space.  Park Models and Tiny Homes On Wheels aka "THOWs" are still considered an RV and regulated by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). 

 


 

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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

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
Eva B. Liland Century 21 Doug Anderson
Century 21 Doug Anderson - Lancaster, CA
Glad to be of Service 661-714-1643

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

Aug 11, 2017 02:36 AM
John DL Arendsen
CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer

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
John DL Arendsen
CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer

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.

Aug 11, 2017 09:48 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

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!

Aug 11, 2017 11:34 AM
John DL Arendsen

Each State has its own zoning and code requirements Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS Example is Texas who by contrast to Cali allows PM's as ADU's

Aug 11, 2017 01:18 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

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Aug 11, 2017 11:36 AM
John DL Arendsen
CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer

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
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Your explanation is bound to help quell much of the confusion that surrounds this topic.

Aug 11, 2017 03:42 PM
John DL Arendsen
CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer

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

Aug 11, 2017 03:44 PM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-739-3843

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. 

Sep 05, 2017 03:22 PM
John DL Arendsen
CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer

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!

Sep 05, 2017 05:33 PM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate

P.S. YES, I am now very confused...

Sep 05, 2017 06:40 PM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate

We are an hour and 8 minutes from Cannon Beach. I LOVE that particular coastal town and everytime we have relatives visiting, we take them there. 


 

Sep 05, 2017 06:39 PM
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