RV AND park models
Recreational vehicles (RVs) and park model tiny houses are both popular options for those seeking a mobile lifestyle. While they may seem similar at first glance, there are some key differences between the two.
- Size and Space – RVs are typically narrower than park models, and are designed to be towed behind a vehicle without needing special width permits for transport. They are manufactured to 8.5ft total width (including eaves, wheels, etc) and are ideal for those who wish to be able to easily move the Tiny House later, as they are built with mobility in mind. Park Models, on the other hand, are wider (anything over 8.5ft in width) and are usually designed to be placed in a specific location such as a park or a private property for longer periods of time. Depending on the width, they may require a wide-load permit, or, if wider, pilot cars.
- Manufacturing/Code/Standards – There are some differences between an RV and a Park model. These can vary depending on the country you are purchasing it for. For example, for Park models – Canada allows for 538 sq. ft but no lofts, vs the USA, which allows 400 sq. ft but you can add lofts. All our RVs allow for lofts but are limited to be below 400sq.ft, within 8.5ft width.
- By-Laws & Zoning – It’s important to realize that your zoning may allow for one of these, but not the other:
- An RV is certified to NFPA 1192 RV standard – Certified by RVIA (USA) and CSA Z240 RV – Certified by Intertek (Canada)
- A Park Model is certified to ANSI A119.5 Park Model Standards – Certified by RVIA (USA) and CSA Z241 Park Model – Certified by Intertek (Canada)