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Porches Not Part of Park Model Measurements, For Now

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will not include porches in its 400-square-foot limit for park model RVs for the foreseeable future, according to a memorandum obtained by the RV Industry Association.

“ARVC, RVDA and RVIA have closely coordinated efforts since the Oct. 1 Memorandum created a great deal of uncertainty for the RV and campground industries,” RVIA Executive Director of Park Model RVs Matt Wald said. “We are extremely grateful to Administrator Danner as well as the MHCC for taking the time to understand the RV and campground industry’s perspective on this issue.”

The release states that no new interpretation of park model measurements will be enforced at least until new regulations are drawn up.

In an Oct. 1, 2014 memorandum, HUD Administrator Pamela Danner had sought to clarify the measuring process to include factory built porches, starting April 1 this year. Park models over 400-square-feet are considered homes and subject to taxes and regulations as such.

The HUD reversal follows a Dec. 2 meeting between HUD officials and the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee. During that meeting, the Committee recommended delaying Danner’s interpretation until new criteria can be drawn up.

At that same meeting, the MHCC also recommended specific language to more clearly define RVs that are exempt from HUD’s manufactured housing standards.

That language referred to the NFPA and ANSI standards to which RVs are built as defining them as RVs, rather than a complicated set of criteria that include specific square footage requirements and tow vehicle restrictions.

“While it remains to be seen how HUD will handle the new RV definition recommendation, park model manufacturers and especially RV campgrounds can rest assured that, for now, porches will not be counted toward the 400 square foot limit on park model RVs,” said Jeff Sims, head of government relations for the Association of RV Campgrounds. “The park model RVs that are in campgrounds today and the park model RVs they buy tomorrow can have porches that do not count toward the size limit. This also means no state or local regulators should have issues with park model RV porches either.”

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