Wed Aug 14, 2019
Author: RV News Staff
RVIA State Legislative Priorities, Part 4
Park Models Are Not Manufactured Homes, RVIA Says.
Park Model RVs (PMRV) should be treated the same as any other RV in all states even if the public thinks they look like small manufactured homes, the RV Industry Association says.
Formerly known as recreational park trailers, PMRVs are defined as a “unique towable RV designed to provide temporary living quarters for recreational, seasonal, camping or travel use.” PMRVs are built on a single trailer chassis, mounted on wheels and have gross trailer area of 400 square feet or less in the set-up mode.
The distinction is important, RVIA says, when it comes to taxation, registration and siting in RV parks or campgrounds for seasonal use, it says.
The issue of PMRV definitions is another key issue highlighted in RVIA’s 2019 State Legislative Policy Agenda released Aug. 5. The agenda provides a review of the issues considered to be high priority by RVIA’s state government affairs staff.
Today, we consider the importance of a clear, consistent definition that establishes the difference between PRMVs and manufactured homes in state laws.
According to the association, PMRV’s are certified by their manufacturers to comply with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A119.5, Park Model Recreational Vehicle Standard.
PMRVs are most often sited in RV parks or campgrounds for seasonal use. Even if a PMRV is owned by a campground and rented seasonally to guests, or owned privately and sited on space leased from an RV park or campground, it is still a vehicle and not a permanent dwelling, the association says.
“By definition, PMRV’s are not meant to be affixed to real property,” RVIA says. “They are are neither designed nor intended by their manufacturers to be used as permanent residences.”
In many states, park model RVs are titled as vehicles just like other RV types, the association says. However, some states do not have specific definitions of PMRVs and that can raise problems, RVIA says.
Many PMRVs are unique among other types of RVs because they can measure up to 15 feet wide and 26 feet in length, with a peaked roof. Some PMRVs are designed with porches or decks built within their footprint which can lead to confusion, the association notes.
While some may consider them similar to manufactured homes, PMRVs are not. They are specifically excluded from the federal definition of a manufactured home under new regulations issued in November 2018, RVIA says.
Under U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regulations, PMRVs are recognized by HUD as a type of RV. This new regulation establishes a “bright line definitional difference between RVs, including PMRVs, which are not regulated by HUD, and manufactured housing which is regulated by HUD,” RVIA says.
Copies of the RVIA 2019 State Legislative Policy Agenda are available here.
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