HUD attempts to clarify definition of ‘RV’

RESTON, Va. — The U.S. Department of Urban Affairs (HUD) today published a proposed rule entitled Manufactured Home Procedural and Enforcement Regulations; Revision of Exemption for Recreational Vehicle.

This publication represents a significant milestone in the RV industry’s 10-year effort to draw a brighter and clearer line between recreation vehicles (RVs) and manufactured housing, said Bill Baker, senior director of communications for the RV Industry Association.

HUD’s proposed rule seeks to revise the exemption for RVs that are not self-propelled and is based upon a recommendation from the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC), an advisory committee made up of manufactured housing producers, retailers, consumers and the general public.

“At the RV industry’s request, the MHCC recommended that HUD define a RV as a unit built on a vehicular structure, not certified as a manufactured home, designed only for recreational use and not as a primary residence or for permanent occupancy,” said Baker. “It is also recommended that the RVs be built and certified by the manufacturer in accordance with either the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) or American National Standards Institute (ANSI) consensus standards for recreation vehicles.”

HUD is proposing to adopt the MHCC’s recommendation, but modifying it to require certification with the updated ANSI standard, A119.5-15, and by including a requirement that units claiming this exemption prominently display (on a cabinet or countertop, for example) a notice stating that the unit is designed only for recreational use, and not as a primary residence or permanent dwelling until the completion of the sale of the RV.

The proposed rule narrative also requests comments on various issues around the definition of RVs.

“We are gratified to have achieved a clear and objective distinction between RVs and manufactured housing,” said RVIA President Frank Hugelmeyer. “We are grateful to Pamela Danner and the HUD staff for their hard work in expediting this rule.

“We look forward to working with our industry allies at RVDA and ARVC as well as our friends at the Manufactured Housing Institute, Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reformas well as state regulators and associations to provide comments and address the questions posed in HUD’s narrative around the proposal while continuing to protect the industry’s interests,” he added.

The entire proposed rule can be found at

SOURCE: RV Industry Association press release

Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber

A journalist who has covered the recreation vehicle industry since January 2000, Greg Gerber founded RV Daily Report on April Fool's Day in 2009. He also serves as the editor of the publication and website. As an Eagle Scout, he has enjoyed camping for decades and has visited every state except Hawaii. A DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three young women, he has two grandchildren as well. He currently splits his time between Wisconsin, Texas and Arizona. Greg can be reached at

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  • Richard Charron says:

    With the current popularity of “tiny homes” perhaps more consideration should be given to actually allow park models to be designated as permanent residences. A large percentage of them are being used for that purpose by retirees anyway. Perhaps a residency package of some sort could be added to them to differentiate them from their RV cousins. This is another example of government interfering in business with their wacko regulations. The result may be the park model industry losing a growing segment of the housing market.

  • Mark ( says:

    This is flat out ridiculous. “Let’s ignore the millions of Americans that live in and use RVs as permanent residences just so we can stick more Park Models in RV parks!” Clearly the RVIA is more concerned with continuing to sell more Park Models and not with serving their consumer audience.

  • Michelle Wink says:

    This is ridiculous. Do we have a say in this matter? What hair s if they pass this rule? Are we not allowed to full time rv?

  • Bruce A. Jarrett says:

    I am so frustrated with this country after 40+ years of work, you begin to live your dream and bureaucracy steps in to run your life. Sounds like RVIA is happy with this because it keeps them out of the line of having to meet standards for construction and does not seem to care that they may be killing of the high end of their business. This has more unintended consequences than we can imagine after a few government agencies get on the band wagon. A fulltimer for 10+ years and not ready to fold the tent.

  • Katrina says:

    Totally idiotic. I have lived in my 1993 trailer for the last 10 years and it has held up fine with no more repairs than my previous house required. RV manufacturers want this solely to avoid lawsuits over poor quality construction so they can continue to cut corners. As already mentioned, there will be all manner of unintended consequences from such a ruling and more freedom in this country stripped from us. Cities will latch on to it to ban all “trailer trash” and force everyone into sticks and bricks homes paying them property taxes and forced utility use. This is a very bad idea.

  • Ron Hart says:

    We just started full timing this year after retiring and selling our home and all in necessary items. This has been our dream for years. Now they want to pull the plug on us!!!

  • Susan says:

    I may be going out on a limb here, but I am not reading this feeling that there is any attempt to keep people from enjoying full-time RV living. Instead, I believe this is an attempt to stipulate -for concerns of safety, building codes and standards, an actual distinction between modular housing and RV’s. Enjoy your full-timing! Just know that your RV -aka “recreational vehicle” is named for what it is! A “vehicle” ( moveable, with wheels and an engine) for “recreation!” Thankfully, in the USA, we can spend as much time “recreating” as we wish…even the Full measure of our Tme, as long as we like!

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