Paragraph 1.15 in the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions
For Golden Vista RV Resort defines a Park Model as follows:
1.15 Park Model. A dwelling unit defined by the current
Arizona Revised Statutes as may be amended from time to time, as built on a
single chassis, mounted on wheels, designed to be connected to utilities
necessary for operation of installed fixtures and appliances and has a gross
trailer area of not less than three hundred twenty (320) square feet and not
more than four hundred (400) square feet exterior horizontal dimension in the
set-up mode. A Recreational Vehicle, including a Park Model as defined herein,
may include appurtenances that have been approved by the Architectural Control
Body and have been approved and received a building permit to be constructed
in compliance with City of Apache Junction codes.
Revised Statures (
33-1409, definition #14) make it clear that a park model
trailer is NOT a mobile home. Definition #14 is quoted below:
14. "Mobile home":
(a) Means either of the following:
(i) A residential structure manufactured on or before June 15, 1976, that ....
(ii) A manufactured home built after June 15, 1976, originally bearing an
appropriate insignia of approval issued by the United States department of
housing and urban development.
(b) Does not include either of the following:
(i) A recreational vehicle such as a motor home, camping trailer, van, fifth
wheel trailer or other type of recreational vehicle.
(ii) A structure known as a park model trailer that is a structure
built on a single chassis, mounted on wheels and designed to be connected to
the utilities necessary for the operation of installed fixtures and appliances
and that has a gross interior area of not less than three hundred twenty
square feet and not more than four hundred square feet when prepared for
Park Model - A good alternative to RVing
A Park Model is a cross between a Travel Trailer and a Mobil Home. Since
Travel Trailers were a place that people lived in as a retirement home, the
industry developed a somewhat larger and more livable unit with a sliding
glass door and Mobil Home style appliances, that they called a Park Model.
These units resembled a travel trailer, but as time went on they developed the
appearance of a small apartment size house with vinyl siding, conventional
house entrance door and a with a peaked, shingled roof. There is no 12 volt
system since the "RV" was designed to be semi permanently set up and contained
city water utilities and 120 volt appliances. Officially they are classified
as an RV since they come with wheels and are less than 400 square feet. Once
they are setup and established on the site it is inconvenient and difficult to
move them. However, they can be moved if you want to foot the cost. Park
models are handled like a mobile home, delivered by professional drivers set
up and anchored down by professionals. All the utilities (electric, water and
sewer) are installed in a permanent fashion.
Back in the fifties travel trailers were small, usually under 30 feet and
when people thought about living full time in one the manufacturers came up
with a house-trailer that could be moved by a truck from place to place. The
idea was that the unit would stay in one place for long periods of time. Today
Park Models are designed for quality, but with less emphasis on mobility.
As of 2/5/2014 there are park models on 938 of the 1075 lots at Golden
Vista RV Resort or 87.3%.
As of 8/5/2015 there are park models on 958 of
the 1075 lots at Golden Vista RV Resort or 89.1%.