Tiny Home RVs

I was surfing a forum for full-time RVing and the topic of tiny houses came up. Here’s what I posted in response, and as you’ll see I’ve not exactly been “pro”:

The concept of tiny houses has always driven me crazy too! Getting an RV makes much more sense to me when thinking of down-sizing. Plus, “they” never show or discuss how tiny houses get elec, water, sewer — and I think it’s because in most places they simply don’t [in any widely-approved manner].

It’s a dirty little secret that yes, you can physically put it most anywhere it fits — but legally, not so much. So many people seem to want to just “build one in the yard” for a family member, and, in most places, that’s just not going to pass code [or zoning or HOA rules or whatever]. And often they cost more than a larger more comfy RV with everything already accounted for in terms of finding places you can both physically -and- legally use it be it on grid or off.

Anyhoot, that meant it was on my mind as I was perusing RV models. Then I ran across two classes of tiny houses called “tiny house RVs” and “park model RVs”.

These are tiny homes that aren’t built to stationary housing specifications but are actually meant to be 100% mobile and thus are outfitted (fresh and grey water tank, elec hookups, etc) like and classified as RVs. They can (technically, anyhow) go anywhere an RV can go.

HUD recently (Jan 2019) made a ruling further clarifying the differences between tiny homes meant to be manufactured homes (so easier traditional mortgage financing, home insurance, etc.) and ones meant to be RVs.

That actually makes them a bit more appealing for me. I still think they’d be rife with complications – weight being key – pretty much would take a heavy-duty truck to pull it (which probably puts it out of the realm of realism for us), extra drag from not being aerodynamic, and so on.

On the other hand, standard RVs are full of their own issues as well . :0)

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