We were shopping for one back around three or four years ago but did not buy one.
First, to clear up the terminology, a "park model
" is a little house that is built on a chassis. Once it reaches its destination, the wheels and hitch are usually removed (and sometimes the axles too, depending on how permanent it is determined to be on the lot) and skirting is usually installed/applied to hide the axles and things underneath. It's still considered an RV by the RVIA and must meet certain qualifications and will be restricted as to how much square footage is used. Park models are usually meant to be used at one location and not designed to be moved frequently as it is expensive to move them as special equipment is sometimes needed and permits are required for them to be moved on roadways because they are oversized. Below is an example of a Cavco park model from their website (click
A park trailer
or destination trailer
are one and the same. Many in the RV business still will incorrectly call a park trailer a "park model" which is actually incorrect. A park trailer/destination trailer is a big travel trailer (TT) and again will have to adhere to RVIA guidelines pertaining to size specifications, etc. They are also meant to be used for longer periods of time at one location but the wheels, axles, and hitch are commonly left in place but not always.
One feature that visually makes a destination trailer stand out is that they will almost always have a sliding glass door in addition to a standard hinged door.
With that said, we like the Forest River Cedar Creek Cottage (click
). However, they are pricey. Was it you that wanted to stay under the $30k price range? Maybe you can find a nice used Cedar Creek Cottage for that price. They are really beautiful and are meant to be lived in like a house. They have good insulation and very nice furniture, etc.
Other manufacturers are:
Jayco Jay Flight
Other Forest River Park Trailers
There are one or two other manufacturers that I can't think of right off the top of my head. We really didn't hear bad things about any brand. It was just a matter of picking a floor plan we liked with the amenities we wanted in the price range we were looking at so we were considering any of the manufacturers.
One thing you might want to check is that some RV parks will not allow destination trailers. And very few will allow park models. If you do want a park model, there are some specific RV parks that feature park models and will either be exclusively park models and destination trailers or have special sections for them away from the general RV section ...some have them mixed in, however.
Also, some jurisdictions will not allow park models on property other than an RV park. We ran into that in Nevada where we wanted to buy a piece of land and put a park model on it but was not allowed in the town we were considering.