NEW HOMES FOR SALE

NEW PARK MODELS FOR SALE

MOBILE HOME FORUM

MobileHome.com Logo

Pros And Cons: Park Model Homes Vs. HUD Spec Homes

Name(Required)
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

There are two distinct standards for manufactured home and park model construction, ANSI (American National Standards Institute) and HUD (U.S. Dept of Housing and Urban Development). ANSI is for Park Model RVs. These units that are less than 400 square feet are considered RVs (Recreational Vehicles), even though they are moved infrequently once placed. RVs use their original wheels for transport and can be installed in a variety of ways when in their final destination. Manufactured homes fall under HUD standards which are very comprehensive from building to installation.

Park Model Homes

Pros:

  • Relatively inexpensive.
  • Common in mobile home parks.
  • Smaller footprint so more versatile in terms of fitting into a location.

Cons:

  • There are restrictions in many localities on placing Park Model RV’s on your property. Since they are considered RVs, there are often ordinances against permanently locating them as buildings, even though this is their intended purpose.
  • The ANSI specifications are not as stringent as HUD specs, but Park Models are built in a similar assembly line process as HUD homes. Therefore, the quality of construction is more dependent on the manufacturer than the regulations. If you buy from a quality manufacturer like Cavco, Athens Park, or Fairmont, the quality of Park Models is at the same high standards as the HUD homes or perhaps more significant since there is less red tape involved. But you need to trust the manufacturer to assure higher quality.

advertisement


HUD Homes

Pros:

  • The HUD building code requires compliance with very stringent and high standards.
  • HUD homes are preapproved for most situations, so permitting will be more straightforward.
  • HUD homes are larger and may have more features.

Cons:

  • HUD homes cost more. This is because they are larger in square footage and are designed for year-round living in any given climate.
  • Because they are larger, a HUD home may not fit into the available lot if it is to be placed in a community more designed for RVs.

Name(Required)
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

MH Articles

Your Guide to Summer Mobile Home Renovations

Embarking on remodeling projects for your mobile home can sometimes be challenging to time just right. For instance, you wouldn’t want to tackle installing a new porch during the frigid winter months, especially if you reside in northern regions. However, …

Retiring in a Mobile Home: Mary’s Story

When contemplating retirement living, the typical images that come to mind often involve downsizing to a smaller house or transitioning to a luxurious senior living facility. However, Mary Logan, a retired therapist, had a unique vision for her golden years. …

4 Ideal States for Living in a Mobile Home

Manufactured homes, also known as mobile homes for those built before June 15, 1976, provide an opportunity for homeownership to many individuals priced out of today’s costly housing market. According to Zillow, the average home in the U.S. costs nearly …

How Big Can Mobile Homes Get?

Today’s manufactured homes offer a plethora of benefits comparable to site-built homes but at a fraction of the cost. Contrary to popular belief, they boast similar features such as spacious kitchens equipped with modern appliances, multiple bedrooms, and generous storage …

advertisement


Learn More About MHs And Updates

If you want to stay up to date on the latest Moble and Manufactured home updates, trends and news, sign up today!

Name(Required)
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.