Yes, you can park a tiny home at most campgrounds and RV parks if you follow their rules. If your tiny house is the type that is mobile and you can tow, you can park it at nearly any RV park.
There may be restrictions on the size and type of home that is allowed. Each RV park has its own rules and regulations, so it is important to check with the specific park before making any plans.
Types of Tiny Homes
Some parks may allow small homes on wheels (THOWs) as long as they meet the size requirements, while others may not allow them at all. Tiny houses that are considered “recreational vehicles” (RVs) may have an easier time being accepted into an RV park, but it is still important to check with the specific park beforehand.
Tiny Homes on Wheels (THOWs)
The main disadvantage of THOWs is that they may have a harder time being accepted into RV parks and campgrounds since they are not technically RVs.
Short Term Parking Laws
Many RVs and campgrounds allow for short-term parking of tiny homes. This time span is typically from a few days to a couple of months. In some cases, you may be required to pay a nightly fee, while other parks will have long-term rates that are paid monthly.
Long Term Parking Laws
There are also RV parks and campgrounds that allow for long-term parking of tiny homes. This is typically defined as any time span longer than two months. In most cases, you will be required to pay a monthly fee for long-term parking.
It is important to note that not all RV parks and campgrounds allow for long-term parking, so you should check with the specific park beforehand.
Tiny Homes Considered RVs
Tiny homes that are considered RVs have a better chance of being accepted into RV parks and campgrounds. This is because they are classified as recreational vehicles, which most parks allow.
What is a Tiny Home Considered an RV?
A tiny home is considered an RV if it meets the following criteria:
- It is built on a chassis
- It has axles and tires for towing
- It is less than 400 square feet
- It has hookups for water, electricity, and sewage
- It is designed for human habitation
The main advantage of having a tiny home considered an RV is that it will have an easier time being accepted into parks and campgrounds. However, there are a few disadvantages to this classification.
Tiny Home RVs and RV Parks or Campgrounds
RV parks and campgrounds typically have hookups for water, electricity, and sewage. This means that you will be required to pay for these services even if you do not use them.
Most campgrounds have a 14 to 30 day limit when parking a tiny home there, so be sure to ask.
In some cases, RV parks and campgrounds may not have the hookups available that your tiny home needs. This is something that you should check with the specific park beforehand.
Another disadvantage of having a tiny home classified as an RV is that you will be required to pay taxes on it. This is because RVs are considered vehicles and are subject to vehicle taxes.
Tiny Home RVs and Vehicle Taxes
All RVs are required to pay taxes, which can be a significant amount of money depending on the value of the RV.
In addition, you may also be required to register your RV with the state in which you live. This can add to the cost of owning a tiny home classified as an RV.
Tiny Home RVs and Insurance
Insurance for tiny homes is typically more expensive than insurance for traditional homes. This is because RVs are considered vehicles and are subject to vehicle insurance rates.
The type of RV you have will also affect your insurance rates. Class A motorhomes, for example, are typically the most expensive to insure.
Tiny homes that are classified as RVs may also be required to have special features, such as fire extinguishers and smoke detectors. These features can add to the cost of insuring your tiny home.
Some manufactured tiny homes will have an RVIA certification. This certification is not required, but it does give the tiny home certain advantages.
RVIA-certified tiny homes are built to meet certain safety and quality standards. This can give you peace of mind knowing that your home meets these standards.
In addition, RVIA-certified tiny homes may be eligible for special financing. This can make it easier to get approved for a loan to purchase your home.
Finally, it gives you an advantage when parking! Certain RV parks or campgrounds are RVIA certified only.