Park model mobile homes look exactly like their counterparts, but they are usually quite a bit smaller and weigh a fraction of what single-wide mobile homes weigh.

When looking at buying a mobile home in Sarasota, Florida, one needs to be aware of all the different types of homes that are available for purchase.

Many buyers think that single-wide and double-wide are the only two types of mobile homes available for sale in the Sarasota, Florida, area, but this is not true.

Often, single-wide and double-wide mobile homes are the main types of properties available in mobile home parks throughout the Gulf Coast, but there is a third segment of homes that many mobile home Buyers overlook.

Sarasota mobile home

Sarasota mobile home

This type of home is the park model mobile home.

Park models are usually seen in mobile home parks that have an RV component to them and not regular traditional mobile home parks.

Park model mobile homes are usually bedroom-bath homes, often with an attached Florida room, full kitchen, and sitting area. The bedrooms are almost always at the end of the home, and the bathroom is located right next door to the bedroom in the hallway. Full kitchens are standard, as is a larger sitting area in the front of the property.

The Recreation Vehicle Association (RVIA) defines a park model RV as a unique trailer-type RV designed to provide temporary accommodation for recreation, camping, or seasonal use. RMPVs are built on a single chassis, mounted on wheels, and have a gross trailer area not exceeding 400 square feet in the set-up mode.

Park model mobile homes are different from the traditional single—or double-wide mobile homes that visitors normally see during their travels through most mobile home parks.

These homes offer the same cost-efficient benefits as traditional mobile homes, but they have several differences that are worth highlighting.

Park model mobile homes are traditionally much shorter in length than regular mobile homes, with an average length being around 32 feet long. These homes are usually just as wide as traditional single-wide mobile homes with a twelve-foot width.

Park model mobile homes have a different type of registration associated with them than traditional single-wide and double-wide mobile homes in that they have a physical license plate instead of a registration sticker. The actual license plate is because park model mobile homes are much smaller in weight and size than traditional mobile homes and, as a result, can be transported in a far smaller truck than what would be needed for traditional mobile home transport.

Many times we here at The Mobile Home Dealer see park-model mobile homes within parks that allow both mobile homes and RVs.

The reason for this is that many park model mobile homes can be placed on traditional travel trailer sites just like RVs and do not need the additional space to set up for a single- or double-wide mobile home.

Park model mobile homes usually have one bedroom and one bathroom. Here, throughout the greater Sarasota, Florida area, we see that these park model mobile homes have attached screened-in porches that can be enclosed to add bedrooms, further adding to the usability of these units.

Like any type of mobile home, prices vary quite a bit based on the age and condition of the home a Buyer is looking to purchase.

New park model mobile homes can often reach into the mid to high $50,000 range for top-of-the-line, state-of-the-art homes while other park models that are dated or have the need for updates can be closer to the $10,000 range.

Park model mobile homes

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Instead of having registration stickers on the front of the home like traditional mobile homes, park-model mobile homes have physical license plates that are placed in the front window.

Many times, park models are easier to move should the owner want to move their home from one location to another. With mobile homes, it is a much bigger process, requiring special trucks, set-up and tear-down crews, and special permits to legally move the home throughout the state of Florida.

Much of this is not needed when moving a park model, which makes it easier to decide if the home needs to be moved.

Much like mobile homes, park model pricing varies across the board, from a brand new, top-of-the-line model in the $70,000 + range to fixer uppers under $10,000. What we have seen at The Mobile Home Dealer is that due to the size of a park model mobile home, many owners do not consider them desirable, and as such, there are quite a few more deals to be had on a park model than on a traditional mobile home.

Although park models are usually not present in traditional mobile home parks, they are more prevalent in the RV park arena. Park model mobile homes offer just as many features as single-wide mobile homes do for less money.

When looking at purchasing your next mobile home, we suggest you take a look at a park model mobile home as fewer people are buying these units, which could lead to you getting a better deal on one as opposed to a single or doublewide mobile home.

This is Mark Kaiser with The Mobile Home Dealer. We help mobile home Buyers and Sellers improve their lives.

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