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5 Things You Need to Know About Park Models



#1 PARK MODELS ARE THE PERFECT INVESTEMENT


Park Models are turnkey solutions. They come fully furnished (some manufacturers even include bedspreads and decorative pillows). They include air conditioning and heat. They last from 30 to 50 years with proper maintenance and they are so affordable that they are popular among retirees and new families just starting out.


#2 PARK MODELS ARE NOT DESIGNED TO BE FULL TIME HOMES


Park models are technically RVs designed for part-time recreational use. They are not regulated by HUD so living in them full time is not legal. Because they are considered RVs, they must be parked in an RV park in most states. In Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey it is a requirement that they be in an RV park as you are not allowed to park them on private property. The RV parks in these three states will not allow you to live in them full-time either.


#3 PARK MODELS ARE SUPER CUSTOMIZABLE


If you like your home to be just so, then Park Models are for you. You can customize almost everything depending on the manufacturer you choose. While you can still buy one off the lot as it was manufactured and purchased by the dealer, you can choose everything from colors to layout.


#4 PARK MODEL ARE A FRESH TAKE ON A TRAILER FROM THE 1950s


Park Models are loosely based on the design of the Pacemaker Trailer Company's two-story mobile home from the 1950s. The Pacemaker Trailer Company designed their mobile homes to make the most use of space. The image on the right is an actual ad. Note the early version of the loft and the front window style we still use today.



#5 PARK MODELS ARE MORE LIVEABLE THAN TINY HOMES


While tiny homes are all the rage right now, our opinion is that Park Models are more liveable. The Park Model advantage is width. Tiny homes are usually 8'6" wide. Park models can be 10'-12' wide. Those extra feet really make the difference between feeling claustrophobic and feeling like you're in a place where you can live and relax.

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