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swimmer_spe

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Posted: 06/25/19 06:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Beside the exterior looks, is there really much of a difference between a regular RV and a park model?

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I've never owned a park model, but our snowbird location in FL has recently put some park models in the past 2 years and I checked one out. Had a friend that sold his 5th wheel during last winter and then moved into a park model for about 6 weeks.

Park models are usually more stable than a camper. Not that a trailer or 5th wheel is wobbly, but they sometimes can be depending upon the setup underneath.

I think there's more storage in my 5th wheel than most park models I've seen. The park model floorplan is designed for living in rather than traveling with the sort of "stuff" you need to travel/camp with. There may be some storage in park models, but I think it's somewhat limited.

Sometimes kitchen workspace (counters) is limited in an RV compared to a park model.


That's about all I can add with my limited knowledge of park models.


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Typically, park models don't have storage tanks like fresh water, grey water, and black water. They generally are hooked up to sewer systems, and don't require them. They can be moved, but are not made for everyday travel.

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Depending on the size in length some units have a stair to a limited height area that can be used as a storage area or extra bedroom, some units that I have seen in Texas have two bedrooms on the same floor, as stated before the sewer and water and electric are straight to city hookups and the propane is on a good size tank or two that is serviced by a propane delivery truck.

This units are placed in the same manner as the mobile homes and are more permanent, the units that I have seen delivered to parks are trucked in and on most parks the tires have to be attached at all times, other wise it is no longer a park model but it will be considered a mobile home and different zoning codes and taxes assessed.

Never owned one but a good friend has one, long model and beautifull unit to live out retirement, they still own the RV to travel in.

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Park model is more like a small mobile home. Regular house type toilets many floor plans some one bedroom some two or three. I have one with one bedroom 2 upstairs lofts that work for guest to sleep. I have one and a half baths too. My air conditioner and furnace are also residential type. I have a regular central air unit outside just like most have on their house.

Lofts in the United States are limited to 400 square feet I think lofts in Canada can go to 500 square feet.

Park models are not designed to be towed around like travel trailers they are on wheels and towed to their destination but are not moved often after. My park model has been in the same spot for 14 years.

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Park models usually do not have any thing that runs on 12 volts all 120 volts ac so no batteries either.

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swimmer_spe wrote:

Beside the exterior looks, is there really much of a difference between a regular RV and a park model?


as has been said, a LOT of differences.
i agree that it's basically a smaller mobile home.


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Our park model was 12’ x 45’, pitched shingle roof, flush toilet, external packaged heat pump, used 2 50 amp hookups.


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I used to know a man who lived in a FEMA park model. Alas he has since moved up.

As others have said No tanks designed to be hooked to city water and sewer. Often have a residential toilet (not a Sea-land type)

I suspect (But have no evidence) they are not build to bounce down the road as much as a regular RV. they are designed to be parked and left there. LIke a "Mobile home" type trailer.. But as I said that is suspicion. I have no proof.


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OP here.

Thank you for the responses. I now understand the differences. Thank you to those that pointed out further their differences between a mobile home.

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