Are you an “RVer” if you live in a park model RV that stays in one place?


Park models don’t go anywhere, at least not like normal RVs. Once they are hauled to a location, they usually stay there for good, or at least for years. Yet, they are classified as an RV by the RV Industry Association.

As Andy Zipser noted in an article about park models, “they usually don’t have holding tanks and so need direct water and sewer hookups for their plumbing. And like house trailers, once they’ve been set up they’re usually there to stay, wheels and axles removed and the undercarriages surrounded by skirting.”

So how much in common do people who own and live in them have with most RVers, who can move their RVs easily from place to place? If you spend your time in a park model “RV” rather than one that easily moves, are you an “RVer”?

Inquiring minds want to know. Keep in mind that it can take a few moments for the poll to load on a slow internet connection.

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Bob p
2 months ago

We just bought a stationary park model complete with attached 12’X38’ “Florida” room, but I still have to buy a Florida license tag every year and display it to the outside. Removing the underskirting will reveal the hitch and running gear. The park we’re in is in the process of removing “old” units and it only takes a day for a crew to break one down and prepare to tow it away.

2 months ago

Even a bricks and sticks home can be moved by being jacked up and put on a flatbed. If any “shelter”, whether it be a park model or an old beat-up fifth wheel becomes a stationary home, then it does fit the mutually inclusive terms of recreational or vehicle.

2 months ago

This is almost as interesting as “are you a full timer if. . .” I live in an Escapee Coop in California. All the “RVs” must meet the California DMV definition of being an RV and must be registered as such. Some people have reached an age where RV style travel is beyond their physical and mental ability. They are still RVers since the mind set is not that of a sedentary individual. During happy hour they will regale the rest of us with tales of their adventures on the road. Some continue to live in their last travel RV, many have settled into trailers of one sort or another for greater room and eventually give up the travel rig. They are RVers and will always be even those who transition to a retirement home. It’s attitude not the vehicle. We do not permit 14′ wide or units with lofts in our park.

2 months ago

If it doesn’t move, easily, it’s not an RV. Many stationary types are designated “RVs” to lessen construction standards/costs.

2 months ago

I voted yes and here’s why. We have a park model (wheels still attached and tongue available to be installed via bolts stored underneath). The absence of holding tanks mean nothing. Campgrounds have full hookups that I could connect to if needed. The fact that our park model doesn’t move easily makes it no different than some of the 5th wheels I see ( one of which is in this issue). I personally have seen one of our park models moved by the owner out of the park and down the road with a Chevy Suburban. So it can be done. In addition I also own a 25’ RV we travel in and we do not live full time in our park model although we could. Everyone’s situation is different and you cannot paint everything with the same brush.

Jim Prideaux
2 months ago

I voted no based on the photo. An RV is a recreational vehicle. It can be recreational if parked at a recreational venue such as a lake, river etc. Folks stay in it while engaged in recreational activities as opposed to living in the unit while commuting to work, or are residing there while retired or whatever. The second test is is it a vehicle. A vehicle is mobile. If it no longer has wheels it is not longer mobile so no longer a vehicle. Must past both tests to be an RV.

Steven P
2 months ago

You live in a mobile home. Why do people think they are Recreational Vehicles? Because they are of a modular construction? So is a mobile home

Mitzi Agnew Giles and Ed Giles
2 months ago

It would depend on if the people living in the park Model also had a mobile RV. Otherwise, they are only legally an RVer, because of te inclusion of park models by the description given above.
A coworker, long ago, lost both her parents about a month apart. She had not been able to get time to go to them-in Minnesota- until the morning her father died. She went to take care of the estate- and had a batch of RV parks/phone numbers I had given her in our area, for the RV she told me her father had left her. She was back a few weeks later and did not look happy. She had gone with her dad years ago to look at RVs and he had chosen a class A he just loved. Maybe a few months later, the dad told my coworker her mom wanted a different RV. That’s all he said, wouldn’t give any more info. My coworker was surprised as her mom was definately not the camper/Rver type. She never got back to see the “new rv” and yes, her mom had insisted on trading it in for a park model.

Dale V.
2 months ago

While I agree a vital activity of RVing includes mobility, I still think the key word is recreational. Meriam-Webster’s definition is: “one who occupies or operates a recreational vehicle”. Not everyone “recreates” in the same way or place. An RV that is permanently parked is still an RV in the same way a car that does not run is still a car. It calls into question what defines full-timing. I believe full-timing is a lifestyle. Someone who chooses to live full-time in an RV is by definition an RVer.

2 months ago

No more an RVer than staying in motel rooms and driving out to see the local attractions.

FYI, we’ve been attempting to replace an old double-wide mobile home on our pond-side rural property with a similar-size manufactured home. County restrictions make it almost impossible, because of the pond. We must hire environmental specialists to “approve” the change. Or we can leave the old stick & tin double-wide in place, and the county is just fine with that!

While shopping for a manufactured home, one dealer proudly boasted his lovely park models set up on his lot He explained that one would be perfect for an elderly, retired couple. (Except our county would forbid it on our property, due to its RV designation as explained in the article. No long-term RV living on private land is allowed.)

captain gort
2 months ago

A “Park Model” (aka: “tiny home”) that rolls in on wheels is just a small manufactured home (aka: “mobile home”). And- once set and “de-wheeled” there is NOTHING “mobile” about them…period… ’nuff said.
An RV is the TRUE definition of a “Mobile” home…ready to legally roll on the highway at
a moment’s notice with NO escort or permit. It may or may not have slides. But it is always 8.5′ wide max when it hits the road.

2 months ago

I’m plumbed into the septic system but I still have my black tank I empty, I still have my wheels, maybe easier to trade out my RV one day?

Dale V.
2 months ago

I would add that for us, we RV with people for whom it is as much a mind set as a practicality. In our camping club we choose locations in part based on nearby hotels. Some members no longer travel in an RV but they join us in the campground for social activities.

Tony Grigg
2 months ago

Nope. A Tiny Homer maybe.

Neal Davis
2 months ago

The only connection that I see between park models and RVs is that RV Trader includes park models. Aside from that, a park model is merely a mobile home/house trailer. It certainly is not “self-contained” as most RVs are. (Are they still making trailers without a bathroom? If not, then I guess ALL RVs are self-contained.)

Dale V.
2 months ago

No one size fits all answer. Depends on individual situation. We live in a destination trailer. What makes it different from a park model is it is self contained with holding tanks. We especially wanted a fresh water tank in case of temporary water shut off. We still own a bricks and sticks house that we rent out. We still have a travel trailer that we travel in. We chose the lifestyle and in particular our Escapees co-op because we have a community that is exceptional. We know more neighbors than we ever did collectively in 20 plus houses/apts over the years. Eventually we may not be able to “travel” in an RV. But we will always be RVers.

2 months ago

I don’t have anything against people who have park models, but I also would not refer to them as RVers. Same for someone with a 5er or TT or motorhome that is permanently parked someplace.

One definition of “vehicle” is: a thing used for transporting people or goods, especially on land, such as a car, truck, or cart.

Park models are not intended to “transport” so I don’t think they are Recreational VEHICLES. A “normal” RV that is not USED to transport would then also not make the users RVers.

Again, I could care less what people do in this respect, I just wouldn’t personally call them RVers.

Dietrich R Kanzler
2 months ago
Reply to  Spike

Nailed it.

Seann Fox
2 months ago

I know people (not RVers) who have a class A that has never left the campground

2 months ago

Tinny house, which is fine if that what you want. Live and Let Live.

2 months ago

not RVer! RVers travel and see different places. Tiny Homes are not very mobile and never get invited to the road.