New Park Model RV Dealership Opens In Ga. (1/8/2019)

Story by Woodall's Campground Management
Allen Childs stands on a deck of a park model that he is selling at his new Georgia dealership.

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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