Editor's Note: This article was written by William Flood for Mobile RVing's The Buzz.
The Jacksonville RV Mega-show took place February 7-10. Amidst the 55 manufacturers of motorhomes and trailers was something a bit different, a handful of manufacturers offering options for longer-term and semi-permanent living.
Even road warriors sometimes have to put down roots for a while, whether it’s during an extended stay with relatives, snow-birding to escape winter, or adding digs to the family homestead. Great choices exist — everything from park model RVs to tiny homes — each offering a way to add a home away from home.
RVers probably best recognize park model RVs, which look like small modular homes. park podels can range from 400 - 500 square feet. Dimensions up to 12 feet wide and 36 feet long are designed to fit within many campgrounds and RV resorts across the country.
They are feature-rich, often with full kitchens and baths. On the outside, they often have peaked roofs, porches, gabled windows, and sided in everything from vinyl to cedar for those wanting a rustic look. In all, they can look like small summer cottages.
Yet, while park models may look like small manufactured homes, they are actually titled and registered just like an RV. In fact, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) excludes them from their oversight because they are specifically considered a type of recreation vehicle. While not intended to be permanently affixed to property or to be used as permanent residences, park models are perfect for extended vacations and seasonal accommodations.
The Jacksonville Mega-Show welcomed three companies offering park models.
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