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Park Model Q and A

 
Park trailers
Moving Park trailers
Installing Park trailers
Cabanas for Park Trailers
Dealer Licensing
 
Park trailers
   
Question: What is a recreational park trailer, park model or park trailer?
 
Answer: A "park trailer," "park model" or "recreation park trailer" is defined as a recreational vehicle that does not exceed 400 square feet when in the set-up mode, is built on a single chassis, mounted on wheels, and may be connected to utilities in order to operate the trailer's fixtures and appliances. OAR 918-525-0005(28).
 
Question: If a park trailer has a loft, is the loft included in the park trailers square footage?
   
Answer: No. Vertical multi-level additions such as basements, second stories, lofts (mezzanines) or overhead storage with a maximum ceiling height of five feet are not included in the park trailer's 400 square feet.
 
Question: Should a park trailer get titled and registered by DMV or should a park trailer get an ownership document from the county assessors office?
 
Answer:
  • If a park trailer is 8 and one-half feet wide or less it can be titled and registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles.
  • If the park trailer is more than 8 and a half feet wide it is defined as a "manufactured structure" in Oregon Revised Statute 446.561. Manufactured structures must be recorded with, and receive an ownership document from, the local county assessors office
 
Moving Park trailers
   
Question: What permits are required to transport a park trailer in Oregon?
   
Answer:
  • Park trailers 8 and one half feet wide or less may require an “oversize permit” issued by the Department of Transportation’s Motor Carrier Division: (503) 378-0000 or www.oregon.gov/ODOT
  • If a park trailer is more than 8 and one half feet wide it is considered a manufactured structure and must have a trip permit if it is going to be moved over Oregon roads. Trip permits can be purchased at the local county assessors office. These park trailers may also require an “oversize permit” issued by the Department of Transportation’s Motor Carrier Division: (503) 378-0000 or www.oregon.gov/ODOT
   
Installing Park trailers
   
Question: Can park trailers be sited in manufactured dwelling parks?
   
Answer: Yes. With the park owner’s or manager’s permission, park trailers may be sited in manufactured dwelling parks.
   
Question: Can park trailers be sited on private land?
   
Answer: Yes. With the approval of the local planning department, park trailers may be sited on private land.
   
Question: Do park trailers require set-up (installation) permits?
   
Answer: Park trailers exceeding 8 ½ feet in width require installation permits. Installation requires following the rules in OAR 918-530-005 through 918-530-0340. Contact your local building department for additional information.
   
Question: Can the transporter or manufacturer who delivered the park trailer remove the axles, wheels, tires and hitch?
   
Answer: Yes.
   
Question: Can detached transportation equipment, including axles, wheels, tires and hitch be removed from the site?
   
Answer: No. Detached transportation equipment must be left on the site for future use. It may not be sold to a dealer or recycler.
   
Question: If a park trailer, accessory building or accessory structure is being set-up (installed) by a dealer, manufacturer or private contractor are they required to be licensed?
   
Answer: Installations of park trailers over 8 ½ feet in width require a Construction Contractors Board (CCB) license. In addition, a person (or business) who makes on-site electrical or plumbing installations must possess the proper plumbing, electrical or manufactured dwelling installer license (see 918-515-0150).
   
Question: Is a permit needed to add a deck adjacent to a park trailer?
 
Answer: Generally, a deck 30 inches or more above ground requires a permit. Contact your local building department for additional information.
 
Cabanas for Park Trailers
   
Question: What is a cabana?
 
Answer: A cabana is a stationary, lightweight structure with two or more walls used to provide additional living space. ORS 446.003(5).
 
Question: What is the maximum square footage allowed for a cabana that is adjacent to a park trailer?
 
Answer: 240 square feet. OAR 918-530-0320(1)(b).
 
Question: Can a cabana be powered by the park trailer’s electrical system?
 
Answer: No. Accessory structures and buildings may not be powered by a park trailer's electrical system. OAR 918-530-0070(2).
 
Question: Are there any restrictions for the intended use of a cabana?
 
Answer: Yes. Cabanas may not be designed or constructed to include sleeping or cooking facilities. Cabanas also may not contain gas, liquid or solid fuel-burning fireplaces, fireplace stoves, room heaters or pellet-fired appliances. OAR 918-530-0320(1)(a) and (c).
 
Dealer Licensing
   
Question: Does selling park trailers require a manufactured structures dealer license?
 
Answer: Park trailers over 8 1/2 feet wide require a manufactured structures dealer license. A park trailer owner may be able to sell the park trailer without a license. See ORS 446.671 for additional information.
 
Question: How do I get a manufactured structures dealer license?
 
Answer: Contact the Division of Finance and Corporate Securities for dealer licensing information.
   
Please direct any questions to Monte Taylor at 503-373-7542.