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Old 05-09-2016, 07:01 PM   #1
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When's an RV park not an RV park?

Recently I was looking around for an RV park to stay for a weekend getaway. Found a park on line. Looked at their website: Basically it's a glorified trailer park. The entire place was "park model" mobile homes. (no signs of TT, ClassA or anything "mobile") So I thought it odd that they refer to themselves as a RV resort. Are park model (trailers?) considered Rvs? Interesting.. Oh they do rent out the "park trailers".
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Recently I was looking around for an RV park to stay for a weekend getaway. Found a park on line. Looked at their website: Basically it's a glorified trailer park. The entire place was "park model" mobile homes. (no signs of TT, ClassA or anything "mobile") So I thought it odd that they refer to themselves as a RV resort. Are park model (trailers?) considered Rvs? Interesting.. Oh they do rent out the "park trailers".

It's not too unusual, particularly in an ownership park or one with long term leases for there to be some % of park models. As owners age but like the community, it's a natural progression to move to a park model. Also not unusual for there to be open lots available to rent. We've stayed at a number of these around the country.
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The owners can call their parks anything they want; there doesn't seem to be any regulatory requirements. All we can do is give honest evaluations to various RV Park review sites and let that do our bidding.
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Some who advertise as an "RV resort", in my opinion, need to look up the definition of the word.
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"Are park model (trailers?) considered Rvs?"

In the state of Washington, yes a park model is considered an rv
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Park models are built and sold based on RV construction and size criteria. Mobil homes are built to regular building code standards.
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Some who advertise as an "RV resort", in my opinion, need to look up the definition of the word.
I've determined that places that use the word "resort" means they have a swimming pool...
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"Are park model (trailers?) considered Rvs?"

In the state of Washington, yes a park model is considered an rv

Park models were built to satisfy the legal language in certain RV park deed restrictions and county codes. Most parks will require that the wheels remain on and the trailer tongue remains attached. There will also be functional lights. If you notice, most will have a current license tag. This maintains the fiction that they are capable of being hooked up and driven away.
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Exactly. It's about zoning restrictions. Park models are restricted to a certain number of square feet (400?). Anything over is a mobile home - which are banned in many areas.
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Park models were built to satisfy the legal language in certain RV park deed restrictions and county codes. Most parks will require that the wheels remain on and the trailer tongue remains attached. There will also be functional lights. If you notice, most will have a current license tag. This maintains the fiction that they are capable of being hooked up and driven away.
Not in the state of WA. The tongue does not need to stay attached and there is no requirement that the park model have a current license registration tag. In fact, any towable can sit on a lot without any current registration at all. If and when the "RV" needs to be moved away from its current position, then the license needs to be paid for that year. There is no need to register for the years that the unit sat "dormant".
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I've determined that places that use the word "resort" means they have a swimming pool...
Nope, our favorite park calls themselves an "RV resort" and doesn't even have a club house nor pool yet, they have plans for it though.
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I've determined that places that use the word "resort" means they have a swimming pool...
And here I thought it just meant that they had concrete pads for RV parking, vs campgrounds where you just park in the woods by the hook ups. Or maybe the term "RV Resort" just means that it's going to cost you an extra $20 a night.
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When's an RV park not an RV park?

A place where you pay to park your RV.
If it's free, it's not an RV park.
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