RPTIA/NJCOA Reply to Park Model Attack
In a recent joint letter to a New Jersey official, the New Jersey Campground Owners Association (NJCOA) and the Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association (RPTIA) have requested withdrawal of a controversial park trailer rule.
The two associations also asked Department of Community Affairs Director Joseph Doria to accept the park trailer as a recreational vehicle built to ANSI 119.5 standards as long as the units are sited in a campground/RV park and not used for domicile, but only for seasonal campground use, according to a story in the current issue of the NJCOA e-newsletter.
If the unit remains mobile, meaning the wheels remain on the unit, and any attached additions can be easily disassembled and reassembled, the unit would not need a permit to site in a campground, nor would it need tie-downs, RPTIA and NJCOA maintain.
The associations are awaiting DCA’s response.
The letter was accompanied with an engineer sealed calculation that the roof snow-load construction requirements are being met in all areas of the state with campgrounds and appreciable snowfalls. This was one of DCA’s concerns at the last meeting NJCOA had with them.
“The next step is to have all campgrounds write their legislators concerning the effects DCA rule enforcement will have on your business,” NJCOA stated. NJCOA and RPTIA claim that if DCA’s original position were enforced:
“These regulations will destroy the seasonal campground practice in New Jersey because of the thousands of dollars it would cost each camper to implement,” NJCOA stated. The association claims that if DCA prevails, it could require all seasonal trailers on site since 1993 to retroactively get permits and tie-downs for their recreational park trailers and travel trailers included.