Parking Your Tiny Home on Wheels
Tiny houses on wheels (or any other type of modular/mobile housing, such as tiny homes on skids) present some incredible opportunities. Traveling, selling, and moving them for any other reason is easier in many ways. But that leaves the question – where and how do I park one?
We have a few suggestions - and resources - that you might find helpful.
1. Tiny home communities
While it may seem straightforward, this option is often overlooked, but is steadily becoming more feasible as the movement grows and communities begin to spring up in more locations. They often offer additional amenities that might be tempting! While there are more of them in locations such as California, Colorado, and Texas, we encourage you to check your locality and see what comes up! There just may be something closer to you than you think.
Often they will require third party certification, such as RVIA or NOAH. Cornerstone Tiny Homes is a NOAH certified builder.
Want to find a local tiny home community? Check out this new but growing online directory!
2. RV parks
RV parks may not seem as ideal, but many of them are starting to come around to the idea of tiny homes – it’s worth checking! Many of them also offer some pretty extended rentals, usually more fitting for tiny house dwellers (for short term rentals, you could also consider campgrounds). They also often require a third party certification.
3. Cities that allow ADUs
While many cities make it very difficult to park a tiny home in their municipality, Accessory Dwelling Units are a loophole that is also rising in popularity across the nation, and often tiny houses are included in the definition for ADUs. Check out this article for a list of cities that allow ADUs:
4. Rural land
Of course, while it may be difficult to move a tiny home into your hometown, renting or buying a rural lot is usually the easiest way to find parking for your tiny home without dealing with restrictions and regulations that may come with the above options. Even if land is expensive to purchase in your area, consider contacting large landowners such as farmers or ranchers and inquiring as to availability of a small rental lot. This could also open up the opportunity for full or partial rental payment by offering assistance with chores or services. You never know what you might find!
Tiny home parking can be a challenge to locate, but with a little creativity and legwork – and the slow but sure growth of familiarity with the tiny house movement – you will be sure to find a solution. Perhaps even a solution that is not on this list! Please leave a comment and tell us what you have figured out or ask any questions you might have!
Also check out this Facebook group for land hosting/rent, tiny house rentals, and other related resources!
You might also want to check out this article on tiny home financing and insurance. The Cornerstone team wishes you the best of luck as you head out on your tiny house journey!