Park Model RV

What is a Park Model RV?

Where do you plan to park your tiny home? Having trouble finding clarity about what is legal in your city or county? You’re not alone. Wide acceptance of tiny homes as a dwelling category continues to be a challenge. However, the tiny home industry has experienced some wins recently and tiny homes are rapidly growing in popularity. This article is the first in a series of posts regarding the compliance and acceptance of tiny homes. Here, we’ll discuss what a Park Model Recreational Vehicle (RV) is and why the distinction from a normal RV is significant.

Tiny home acceptance is usually regulated by local jurisdictions, typically the local planning and zoning commission. Local permitting officials enforce those zoning laws and ordinances. Recent legislation indicates broader acceptance of tiny homes on wheels as a housing category. New laws, like Los Angeles County’s Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Ordinance R19-0408, allow for tiny homes on wheels to be used as additional housing on existing single family lots when certain criteria are met. Generally, the following criteria are what you can expect to see for tiny homes:

The tiny home is…

  • licensed with your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and meets ANSI 119.5 (NFPA 1192) requirements.

  • towable and not designed as a motor vehicle that can move under its own power.

  • not larger than allowed by state permitting for movement on public roads.

  • skirted around the wheels and undercarriage.

  • built with at least 140 square feet of first floor interior living space.

  • a detached self-contained unit with provision for living, sleeping, cooking, and sanitation.

  • designed and built like a conventional building structure under ordinance criteria.

Let’s shed light on #1 as it includes some code verbiage. We don’t want to get too technical here but we know many people are having to dive deep to get answers on the legality of where to park their home. Recreational Vehicles are required to be built to codes and standards set by the American National Standards institute (ANSI) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). These codes deal with structural integrity, fire safety, and various other precautions and quality standards. What distinguishes a Park Model RV’s from normal RV’s in these codes is that they are considered oversized for traveling on public roads or are meant to be hardwired into an electric grid rather than with an RV plug. Basically, Park Model RV’s are intended for more permanent set-ups.

Some of the local jurisdictions that we mentioned earlier only allow tiny homes with Park Model RV certifications. That’s why it’s so important to know the local ordinances and to make sure your tiny home meets the required standards. What’s more, not just anyone can certify a tiny home as an RV. Certifying agencies in California, for example, are required to be accredited by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and to be registered in California as a Design Approval Agency (DAA).

Are you ready to go tiny or to place a Park Model RV as an ADU in your backyard? At Wind River, we build tiny houses to both RV and Park Model RV standards and our homes are certified by Pacific West Associates, a nationwide agency, and a registered DAA in California. If you’re ready to take the next step, Wind River has the tools to help make it happen.

Written By:

Did you enjoy this post? Share with your friends!

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on linkedin
Share on tumblr
Share on email
Exterior of a cost effective Tiny Home produced by Wind River Tiny Homes

Discover fair pricing for tiny homes and see how you can get the best tiny home for your money.

Learn how you can reduce your carbon footprint through tiny home living and make a positive impact on the environment.

Wind River Legacy – Lupine

This tiny home showcase features the Lupine, a Wind River legacy tiny house with a warm, inviting palette that mirrors its mountain home.

Setting Up Your Tiny Home - Skirting 1

There's a lot to consider when preparing a site plan for your tiny home. This post will give you some pointers and help get you oriented with where to start and what questions to ask.

We often read about things we can do within the home itself to live a more sustainable lifestyle, but there are also things we can do for the landscape around our homes. Check out Shades of Green Permaculture's recent blog post on how to expand your positive impact to the land around you.

The Tiny Life—Tiny House Parking

This article provides a treasure trove of information on the different parking options available for tiny homes. Finding a place to park is the first and often largest hurdle for tiny home ownership. Explore your options with the help of this detailed guide from The Tiny Life.

Tiny Home Builders—Tiny Living with a Family

We get inquiries every week from families with small children looking to downsize into a tiny home. Is it possible? Will we all fit? Check out this article from Tiny Home Builders to help gauge your family's readiness to take the plunge.

Microlife Institute—Cottages on Vaughan

Atlanta now has a micro-cottage community in a ground-breaking new development on a half-acre property in Clarkston. This climate-conscious village consists of 8 tiny cottages on foundation incorporating solar panels and regenerative landscaping. Check it out!

Community First Village

This post highlights the incredible work by Mobile Loaves & Fishes in Austin, TX to create a transformative residential program serving people experiencing chronic homelessness.

Ingenity Electric

Learn about our collaboration with Ingenity Electric to build an Experience Center for the world’s first 100% electric towboat—the multisport Super Air Nautique GS22E.

SLC Tiny Homes for the Homeless

Kudos to Mayor Mendenhall and the other strategic partners in an initiative for affordable housing for the homeless in Salt Lake City.

Williams Interview, Georgia

We interview a previous client about living in a tiny home community, and the benefits of having a developer set up your home and living with like-minded people. We also talk about some advice for living with less and maximizing your living space by extending it outdoors.

Customer Experience

In this post we discuss the Wind River customer experience, from the first phone call to the design process to the final send-off.

Permaculture - Shades of Green

This post features a permaculture concept for a tiny home pocket neighborhood, created by our friends at Shades of Green Permaculture.

Wind River Legacy – Vista

This tiny home showcase features the Vista, a Wind River legacy tiny house with a palette and design inspired by it's surroundings.

Wind River Dweller Interview- Johnston, Virginia

We interview a previous client and tiny home dweller about the challenges, frustrations, and triumphs of their tiny home journey. She offers important insight into zoning and permitting, electric, and water, as well as other general advice about going tiny.

Tiny Home Principles

Thinking about going tiny? Here are some things to consider before taking the plunge.

Questions to ask your tiny home builder

Some things to consider and questions to ask when looking for a tiny home builder.

East Coast Tiny House Communities

A place where people share land, tips, and ideas about all things tiny. Tiny house communities create a place where people can coexist in their tiny homes. In this post we take a look at tiny house communities on the East Coast.

Maintenance – How To Feed and Water Your Tiny Home

Whether you're already a tiny house dweller or just beginning to make plans, this post hits on some important tiny home maintenance considerations.

Tiny Home Interior Design Features We Love

This post includes some of our favorite tiny house interior design features. Unique accents can help make your home an expression of who you are.

The Lykke

This tiny home showcase features the Lykke, a 24ft Wind River legacy tiny house with a cozy interior inspired by Danish design.

The Mayflower

Take a closer look at Wind River's legacy build The Mayflower, a 24 ft tiny home with dark cherry stains and sea glass blues.

Take a deeper dive into Wind River's legacy tiny house The Rook. The industrial style of The Rook, with an old-world feel, showcases Wind River's ability to capture any aesthetic and to create a look and feel that is unique to each client.

Pacific Drift

One of our legacy tiny homes, The Pacific Drift, was exported to Japan! Read our post about some of the challenges of shipping a house to another country.

This post features the Penobscot, one of Wind River's legacy builds. Named after the river in Maine, this tiny home is reminiscent of the coastal cottages of Maine.

Exterior of a cost effective Tiny Home produced by Wind River Tiny Homes

Discover fair pricing for tiny homes and see how you can get the best tiny home for your money.

Learn how you can reduce your carbon footprint through tiny home living and make a positive impact on the environment.

Wind River Legacy – Lupine

This tiny home showcase features the Lupine, a Wind River legacy tiny house with a warm, inviting palette that mirrors its mountain home.

Setting Up Your Tiny Home - Skirting 1

There's a lot to consider when preparing a site plan for your tiny home. This post will give you some pointers and help get you oriented with where to start and what questions to ask.

We often read about things we can do within the home itself to live a more sustainable lifestyle, but there are also things we can do for the landscape around our homes. Check out Shades of Green Permaculture's recent blog post on how to expand your positive impact to the land around you.

The Tiny Life—Tiny House Parking

This article provides a treasure trove of information on the different parking options available for tiny homes. Finding a place to park is the first and often largest hurdle for tiny home ownership. Explore your options with the help of this detailed guide from The Tiny Life.

Tiny Home Builders—Tiny Living with a Family

We get inquiries every week from families with small children looking to downsize into a tiny home. Is it possible? Will we all fit? Check out this article from Tiny Home Builders to help gauge your family's readiness to take the plunge.

Microlife Institute—Cottages on Vaughan

Atlanta now has a micro-cottage community in a ground-breaking new development on a half-acre property in Clarkston. This climate-conscious village consists of 8 tiny cottages on foundation incorporating solar panels and regenerative landscaping. Check it out!

Community First Village

This post highlights the incredible work by Mobile Loaves & Fishes in Austin, TX to create a transformative residential program serving people experiencing chronic homelessness.

Ingenity Electric

Learn about our collaboration with Ingenity Electric to build an Experience Center for the world’s first 100% electric towboat—the multisport Super Air Nautique GS22E.

SLC Tiny Homes for the Homeless

Kudos to Mayor Mendenhall and the other strategic partners in an initiative for affordable housing for the homeless in Salt Lake City.

Williams Interview, Georgia

We interview a previous client about living in a tiny home community, and the benefits of having a developer set up your home and living with like-minded people. We also talk about some advice for living with less and maximizing your living space by extending it outdoors.

Customer Experience

In this post we discuss the Wind River customer experience, from the first phone call to the design process to the final send-off.

Permaculture - Shades of Green

This post features a permaculture concept for a tiny home pocket neighborhood, created by our friends at Shades of Green Permaculture.

Wind River Legacy – Vista

This tiny home showcase features the Vista, a Wind River legacy tiny house with a palette and design inspired by it's surroundings.

Wind River Dweller Interview- Johnston, Virginia

We interview a previous client and tiny home dweller about the challenges, frustrations, and triumphs of their tiny home journey. She offers important insight into zoning and permitting, electric, and water, as well as other general advice about going tiny.

Tiny Home Principles

Thinking about going tiny? Here are some things to consider before taking the plunge.

Questions to ask your tiny home builder

Some things to consider and questions to ask when looking for a tiny home builder.

East Coast Tiny House Communities

A place where people share land, tips, and ideas about all things tiny. Tiny house communities create a place where people can coexist in their tiny homes. In this post we take a look at tiny house communities on the East Coast.

Maintenance – How To Feed and Water Your Tiny Home

Whether you're already a tiny house dweller or just beginning to make plans, this post hits on some important tiny home maintenance considerations.

Tiny Home Interior Design Features We Love

This post includes some of our favorite tiny house interior design features. Unique accents can help make your home an expression of who you are.

The Lykke

This tiny home showcase features the Lykke, a 24ft Wind River legacy tiny house with a cozy interior inspired by Danish design.

The Mayflower

Take a closer look at Wind River's legacy build The Mayflower, a 24 ft tiny home with dark cherry stains and sea glass blues.

Take a deeper dive into Wind River's legacy tiny house The Rook. The industrial style of The Rook, with an old-world feel, showcases Wind River's ability to capture any aesthetic and to create a look and feel that is unique to each client.

Pacific Drift

One of our legacy tiny homes, The Pacific Drift, was exported to Japan! Read our post about some of the challenges of shipping a house to another country.

This post features the Penobscot, one of Wind River's legacy builds. Named after the river in Maine, this tiny home is reminiscent of the coastal cottages of Maine.

5 models, 100's of configurations. Your perfect tiny home awaits.

5 models, 100's of configurations. Your perfect tiny home awaits.