PARK MODEL vs. NON-PARK MODEL
At B&B Micro Manufacturing all of our tiny structures on wheels are backed by the RVIA (Recreational Vehicle Industry Association). This provides our clients comfort knowing they are getting a professional product that can act just as a recreational vehicle can. Additionally, due to the mobility of our structures, they must also follow the Federal Highway Administration’s existing road requirements. Just like semi-trucks, RV’s must ensure they can clear all the overpasses they come in contact with and that they remain within the existing lane widths. See here what a park vs. non-park model could mean for you!
“The RV Industry Association supports amending state laws to consistently describe the maximum size of a travel trailer as 400 square feet in the set-up mode. ……. The RV Industry Association supports a maximum length of 45 feet for a motorhome, a maximum allowable width of 102 inches plus up to six inches additional for appurtenances for all RVs, and a maximum RV combination length of 65 feet.” (RVIA)
If our clients want a structure that can travel anywhere at any time, it must remain within 8’6” of width. This is for the obvious reason of road lane widths which range anywhere from 10-12’. In order for your structure to travel on all federal roads with ease, the design must remain within this 8’6” restriction. (For reference, the average width of a personal sedan is between 6’-7’).
Most of B&B Micro Manufacturing’s tiny builds fall within the non-park model category. Here are some examples:
8’7″ – 12′
If 8’6” isn’t going to cut it for your project, there is the Park Model option. Allowing you to design up to 12’ in width. The extra width is game-changing for architects and designers, but you must also take into account the loss of mobility and flexibility that comes along with such a decision. When you have a vehicle over 8’6″ in width you must obtain a permit for any transportation on public roads in each state that is being traveled through. At B&B Micro Manufacturing we always recommend using a professional to move/relocate any park model.
“On July 1, 2012, RVIA created a new membership category for manufacturers of park model RVs (PMRVs). A park model RV (also known as a recreational park trailer) is a trailer-type RV that is designed to provide temporary accommodation for recreation, camping or seasonal use. PMRVs 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. They are certified by their manufacturers as complying with the ANSI A119.5 standard for recreational park trailers.” (Elainelw, 2015)
See B&B Micro Manufacturing’s Park Models:
park vs. non-park model
Elainelw, Park Model RV Regulations, State-By-State. American Tiny House Association. April 24, 2015. https://americantinyhouseassociation.org/park-model-rv-regulations-state-by-state/
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Dimensions. RV Industry Association (RVIA). https://www.rvia.org/advocacy/policies/dimensions
Writer, Staff. What is the Width and Length of the Average Car?. Reference. May 27, 2020. https://www.reference.com/world-view/width-length-average-car-9eb7b00283fb1bd8