Big Tiny Home on Wheels

Big Tiny Home on Wheels

Big Tiny Home on Wheels

If you want to live tiny but just not THAT tiny you can always go for a Park Model home like the one featured above. My only warning is that these aren’t always built to the highest quality standards. For example in many cases they’ll use the lowest quality plywood for these homes which don’t last very long and end up rotting over the years.

Question the Quality of Park Models

So before you spend your hard earned money on something like this, ask questions, do your research and be sure that you’re getting a quality product for your money. Unless of course you don’t mind doing some rehab work later on.

Why Tiny Houses are often More Expensive than Larger Park Models

And if you’re wondering why sometimes builders charge more for hand built tiny houses on trailers (the ones that are REALLY tiny, like Tumbleweeds) one of the reasons is that it is a high quality product in and out. No corners are cut, no cheap materials are used to save a buck that end up costing you lots of bucks later on.

Special Permit Needed to Tow Larger Homes Like This

Another important point on Park Models is that you’ll need a special permit to tow them because they’re wider than 8’6″. Not that you would want to move one of these very often, but I thought you should know!

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  1. Now there is a choice….a cross between a wider park model and a conventional tiny home, narrow and in need of elbow space. The answer is Ragsdale Homes ” Next Generation Series” of tiny homes. We offer the most usable square footage in the industry built on a trailer just 8 feet wide. We now have three videos on Youtube….check them out!!! Send your email request for other innovative features that will blow your socks off. Ciao Jay
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  2. I have stayed in a few of these. They do not wear well. I have seen new and they are pretty. But in just a few years, not so much. The last one we stayed in had trim falling off the walls and ceiling. Fit and fixtures were low grade. Cheap carpet/floor coverings. Low end appliances.

    If you need this size I would DIY. Start with a good quality trailer. Use quality materials. Get a good design. Make it your own. Guaranteed it will be heavier, but you’re not moving this size home often anyway. If you can pass coming requirements with this it likely could be placed on a regular foundation, maybe even a basement? Talk about a versatile home space. You could have a workshop, storage space, more living space? On a basement you double the size of a home without doubling the tax.
    Unless I built it I would likely pass. Not to say their aren’t good companies out there building park models, most though are still “trailers” in their construction methods.

    1. I’ve toured their homes and factory and came away with a different opinion. They use 2×4 and 2×6 construction to code. You can have them finished with any product you want. Unlike mobile homes, they use drywall, tape and texture with full insulation. You can go with the carpet and vinyl, but finish it yourself with wood or whatever. They offer the cheapest as standard, but have all the upgrades available you could want for a tiny home. I wanted white wood cabinets which they didn’t offer, so I will do my own and have exactly what I want. They use cement board siding standard and vinyl lap if you prefer. I was impressed at the higher standard than new mobile homes and quality look. You just have to look carefully.

  3. Please also consider that these park models are not built to the same standards as mobile homes (which have more stringent building codes).They are designed for temporary living. Park models are considered RVs and are built to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association construction standards. According to RVIA: “A park model RV can always be identified by the blue and gold RVIA ANSI A119.5 certification seal (or its predecessor green RPTIA seal) affixed to the right of main door of the unit.” Mobile homes are built to HUD standards (and since residential building codes change so slowly, MHs have become the test bed for new technology, which is how PEX became acceptable for stick house construction).

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