Cottage On Wheels
A new type of trailer home, called �park models� because they can
be parked anywhere, are a maximum of 400 square feet under federal
guidelines and therefore not taxed as permanent dwellings, making
them an attractive option for beach, lake or mountain retreats, has
become very popular.
With over 10,000 sold last year, manufacturers say they are
having trouble meeting the demand for park models destined for
private property, gated communities, resort campgrounds and even
Park models have a full-size bathtub and shower, a complete
kitchen and satellite television.
Though they bare considered recreational vehicles, they look more
like small houses. Lumber or a brick skirt around the bottom can
hide their wheels, and additions such as a screened porch can double
the square footage. Floor plans can include a wet bar, an island
kitchen and a media room.
Park models are intended for temporary or recreational use and
are therefore considered personal property like cars and boats. But
they can be winterized for use in all seasons. Costing $20,000 to
$80,000, they are subject to sales tax when purchased, and depending
on the state or the municipality, they may require annual licensing
The number of park model communities is growing. They charge
monthly co-op fees of $150 to $500 and are being developed
throughout the country, but particularly in areas that are
attractive for vacation or retirement homes, like Maine, Rhode
Island, Florida, Arizona, Colorado, North Carolina and Texas.