New Park Model RV Dealership Opens In Ga. (1/8/2019)
Story by Woodall's Campground Management
The American dream comes in all shapes and sizes. At the Tiny Houses of Georgia dealership in downtown Augusta, it takes the form of a 400-square-foot home on a flatbed trailer, according to the Augusta Chronicle.
The “tiny home” trend – fueled by demographic changes and popularized by HGTV programs such as “Tiny House, Big Living” – has finally hit Augusta.
Local businessman Allen Childs' dealership at 1203 Greene St. markets eight park models diminutive enough to be transported by a tractor trailer, but roomy enough to comfortably house a couple or a young family.
Childs, a distributor for Alabama-based manufacturer Stone Canyon Cabins, has sold three tiny homes since opening his dealerships in Augusta and Milledgeville, Ga., three months ago. One buyer was a family whose Panama City, Fla., home was destroyed by Hurricane Michael; one was a Milledgeville resident and one was a local woman who has not yet decided where to put the home.
Childs' long-term goal is to sell three to four homes per month. The homes range in price from just under $50,000 to just under $70,000, depending on the model and options.
Because tiny homes are more common in West Coast markets with sky-high housing costs, Childs spends most of his time educating local consumers.
“The biggest problem with tiny homes is the stigma,” said Childs, pointing to the wheels underneath a “Zion” model parked at his Greene Street lot. “In their minds, these are nothing but mobile homes. They're not mobile homes.”
Childs said each home is custom-built at Stone Canyon Cabins' 150,000-square-foot facility in northwest Alabama and that the wheels are simply to transport the home to its final destination, where it is held in place with tie-down straps. A home can be ordered, built and delivered in as little as 45 days, he said.
Legally, the homes are considered “park model” recreational vehicles; they even come with an RV Industry Association license affixed to the front door. The RV designation creates an additional layer of confusion.
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