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Old 06-25-2015, 09:35 PM   #1
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Travel Trailer (Park Model) Tie Down in FL - Help!

Sorry if this has been covered before, but I am so frazzled (hence my username) and really need advice/input from you all.

I just bought a Travel Trailer (Park Model) that I am going to use at a RV lot.

Someone informed me to call the county for a tie down permit - I called them and they informed me that if I plan to tie it down it then makes my travel trailer a "permanent" structure and I will have to pay $7,000 to do this. To tie it down, they pull a mobile home residential building permit and the hefty fees goes to schools, police, fire etc.

I told her that this is not a mobile home - the title clearly states that it is a "travel trailer". They said that the closest thing that have for this fee is "mobile home" and it would fall in that category anyway (even though it is NOT a mobile home).

FYI - the RV place doesn't even allow mobile homes or manufactured homes, but they allow park models of course as it is a travel trailer.

I informed them that I would only want to tie it down just in case if a hurricane /strong winds happened to keep it from moving around and it may be moved half the year to somewhere else, depending on where we go. They told me that if it is going to be considered temporary and we don't tie it down, then it won't be considered permanent and we won't have to pay the fee.

This makes no sense to me. The tie downs only go into the dirt and is not permanent like cement. The only purpose is to prevent the thing from flying around in high winds.

When I told them it wasn't a mobile home, they basically said "it's the same thing if you tie it down" because that is the "closest category" that they have. The wheels and axles stay on the park model, unlike a mobile home.

Can anyone shed some light on their experience with this? Someone told me to just tie it down anyway for safety of the vehicle AND for the others in the park next to me. I don't want to do anything that will get me in big trouble just because I want things to be safe.

Any input would greatly help. Thank you.

PS - if you would feel more comfortable answering me privately and not publicly, please feel free to send me a private message instead. Thank you.

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Old 06-25-2015, 11:42 PM   #2
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Sorry your getting the bureaucratic run around, I contracted my own, new home years ago and can relate to your frustration.
I'll let some members from FL comment on your question.

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Old 06-26-2015, 06:11 AM   #3
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Best thing to do is ignore the idiots, tie it down and forget about trying to get through the bureaucratic nightmare that Florida has become. i work camp in Florida in the winter and at the park we stay at there is a park model owned by the park. Last year it was out for repairs and when it came back, we set it up. no permits, no bureaucracy, Leveled it up on blocks and wound the stakes into the ground and hooked up the tie down straps that where attached to the bottom of the trailer.
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May I suggest that you check with the park you are in.

They should know the local ordinances/requirements.
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Old 06-27-2015, 07:15 PM   #6
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I think it would be best to just tie i down and claim you always do this because it's just safer.

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