Park Model Prefabs Go Modern

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David Greene at Dwell notes that Americans have been living in prefabs for years- "they're called "Park Models," meaning they're wheel-less RVs designed to stay put in a trailer park. (Malibu is full of 'em.) The problem? Most are fugly. Outside, they look like a log cabin or faux colonial. Inside, they look like a set from The Golden Girls."

Greene writes that prefabs like Chris Deam's modern unit for Breckenridge have fallen off the radar, and wonders what has happened to the concept. In fact, I suspect that the concept will continue to take off. There is a vast infrastructure of trailer parks around North America that are due for change and upgrading, and a few visionary park operators are beginning to look at the market for modern.

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With park model trailers, there is an established pattern of owning your unit while renting a pad with service connections. It has been going on for decades, so no wheels are being re-invented; really it is just a matter of changing the cheap vinyl units for well-built, well insulated and well-designed units that are built to last.

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The Sustain Minihome people introduced a 12 foot wide park model earlier this year and found that it cost the same to build as the smaller miniHome solo model- that is what the factories are set up to build, that is what the material suppliers produce for, so they were able to deliver 72% more space for the same $120,000. Suddenly they have a lot more interior space, a much lower cost per square foot, places to put the thing that don't involve a huge investment in land, all of which has translated into real sales. ::Sustain

With a fleet of different designs from different manufacturers, and the awakening of park owners to the possible size of this market, I suspect we will be seeing and hearing a lot more about park model modern prefab.
Other Park Model Modern Prefabs on TreeHugger or in production

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BlueSkyMod Prefab Cabin

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Breckenridge Perfect Cottage on Mocoloco

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Jennifer Siegal's ShowHouse