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Park Model Homes vs. Traditional Homes

June 18, 2014 by · 13 Comments 

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Moving from a traditional brick-and-mortar home to a park model home has enhanced the quality of life for thousands of people. Benefits of park home living include security, peace of mind, a pleasant living environment of friendly like-minded people with organized activities, clubs, and other social opportunities. It’s all about lifestyle.

Many Sunbelt parks combine RV sites with park models. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Many Sunbelt parks combine RV sites with park models. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Park model homes differ from conventional houses in several ways. A major difference is in the method of construction. Park models are constructed in a manufacturing plant before being transported to the mobile home park. Here they are sited on a base and connected to electric, water, and sewer services. Since park model homes are designed for easy maintenance, owners are unlikely to be faced with sudden major repair bills.

Another key difference between a traditional house and a park model home is size. While park models come in different sizes, in most cases, traditional houses are considerably larger.

Since the typical park model home costs considerably less than a traditional home there are definite financial benefits to park model home living.

Park model home prices vary according to the model chosen. Mobile home park fees vary from park to park also. Key factors are park location and the amenities provided. The majority of mobile home parks especially in the Sun Belt are age restricted.

Park model homes are designed for occasional relocation only. Built on a single chassis with detachable hitch, these units require a special tow vehicle and oversized highway permits. They range in size from 32-41 feet, costing approximately $30,000-$80,000. They usually sleep up to 10 people and do not exceed 540 sq. ft. Constructed primarily for seasonal use, park model homes operate on 110V system, allowing for conventional appliances throughout instead of your typical RV style. Fully winterized units are available.

If you see park model homes in your future, it is important to consider all related factors before making a decision.

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13 Responses to “Park Model Homes vs. Traditional Homes”
  1. There are so many lovely communities with resort style amenities in the Park Model resorts in Arizona.

  2. Sheilah Stelmaschuk says:

    If considering a park model, remember that the site rental rates can change drastically. We heard of one RV park in AZ that tried to double the annual rental rates – fortunately the park model owners were able to negotiate a more reasonable increase.

  3. Marcia Jones says:

    I would love to know how to find out more about these parks as we are very interested.

  4. Marcia Jones says:

    I would love to know how to find out more about these parks as we are very interested.

  5. Mark Austin says:

    I have been talking to the wife about this for a couple of years now,just can't get her on my side of the fence.

  6. Gail Evans says:

    Marcia–I don't know if you are only interested in the West–we have several friends that live in park models in Naples and other areas down here in Fl.

  7. Gail Evans says:

    Marcia–I don't know if you are only interested in the West–we have several friends that live in park models in Naples and other areas down here in Fl.

  8. Many of our RV communities have beautiful, new park model homes for sale. Although they are typically around 500 square feet, they often have porches and other additions that create extra living space. Plus they are in communities with wonderful amenities and people. Sunshine state anyone? http://www.newbyfunresorts.com/2014/06/what-is-park-model-mobile-home.html

  9. Many of our RV communities have beautiful, new park model homes for sale. Although they are typically around 500 square feet, they often have porches and other additions that create extra living space. Plus they are in communities with wonderful amenities and people. Sunshine state anyone? http://www.newbyfunresorts.com/2014/06/what-is-park-model-mobile-home.html

  10. Marie Wesley says:

    Any places in Colorado?

  11. I live in a park model in North Carolina year round. I bought my lot and pay taxes. The park l am in gets pretty full in the summer but only about 10 of us stay year round. Good lifestyle.

  12. Be careful when purchasing a park model not all states allow square footage to be 500square feet or larger Arizona a park model cannot be over 399 square feet

  13. you may not want to go their.

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