RVs offer great leisure adventures but some people are often looking for a more permanent option for their vacations with something to place on their vacation property. Or, they may be looking for an economical “home-base” so that they can have more resources to travel in their RV. An alternative worth considering is a manufactured home.

While an RV or park model makes sense some of the time, a roomy manufactured home may be a much better solution. A typical RV is built for weekend getaways and a family vacation lasting a week or two, not for long periods of occupancy like manufactured homes can withstand. Manufactured homes offer better value than other housing solutions. Since modern manufactured homes are built to a different set of standards than RVs, tiny homes or recreational park models, the cost per square foot is often considerably less. For what you would pay for a nice 400 square foot fifth wheel or park model, you are likely able to buy nearly 800 square feet worth of a residential styled manufactured home.


Cozy Cottage for Your Vacation Property

Another reason to consider manufactured housing over a site-built home for your vacation property - finding a builder to construct your vacation home can be a difficult task. Most onsite builders subcontract the majority of the work to other businesses such as plumbers, electricians and roofers making scheduling difficult and in many cases, driving the cost of the total project through the roof. If your vacation property is in a rural area, the cost rises even more as all these sub-contractors add for their travel time. With a manufactured home, these costs are controlled in a factory setting. Building in a factory maximizes efficiency, eliminates mistakes and there are never weather-related construction delays. Manufactured homes are fast too! Once your site is prepared for a manufactured home, the home can be delivered, set up and ready for you to occupy in a matter of weeks, not months. The quick installations that manufactured homes offer make them a great option for areas with short building seasons like the mountains too.


Homes are Built in a Quality-Controlled Factory

Manufactured homes also provide the ideal retirement home for RVers on the go. Since manufactured homes are built indoors to a national building code (unlike conventional site-built homes mentioned above), they are better built requiring less care and maintenance than their site-built equivalent, allowing RVers to spend more time on the road and less time on home repairs. For an even more carefree leisurely retirement experience, consider placing your manufactured home in a 55 plus park. Following are several reasons a manufactured home park appeals to active RVers.

- Many offer onsite RV storage

- Many are gated communities allowing you to feel secure leaving your home while on extended RV treks

- Some offer yard service so you have no worries about your yard getting overgrown while you are out on the road in your RV


RV Parks Offer Many Amenities Attractive to RVers

Do you have an aging parent or an offspring that hasn’t quite left you as empty nesters? Often manufactured homes are suitable as a secondary dwelling unit on a single property. Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) also referred to as accessory apartments, second units, or granny flats, are additional living quarters on single-family lots that are independent of the primary dwelling unit. The separate living spaces are equipped with kitchen and bath­room facilities and can either be attached or detached from the main residence. These are a great choice for an aging relative, college student or young adult who needs a place to call their own. They also make a great guest suite when out of towners come for a visit. As you can see, manufactured homes are extremely versatile and can serve for a variety of housing needs including a vacation home on the lake.


Manufactured Homes are Great Options for Second Living Quarters on Single-Family Lots

If you will be attending the upcoming Enumclaw RV Show, be sure to visit the Craftsman Cottage manufactured home proudly constructed by Kit Custom Home Builders and shown by DeTray’s Custom Housing to get further information and ideas on manufactured housing options.

Dave Helgeson
Author: Dave Helgeson
Dave Helgeson is the MHRV Show Director. He and his wife love to travel across the west in their RV. Dave writes about all things RVing but loves to share destinations and boondocking advice.

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