RPTIA/NJCOA Reply to Park Model Attack

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May 22, 2008 by   - () Leave a Comment

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:

  • All RVs with an RPTIA seal would require a building permit to site in the campground.
  • All RVs (regardless of size) would require a permit if on-site for over four months.
  • All RVs requiring permits would need tie-downs.
  • Tie-downs would have to be certified by a licensed New Jersey engineer and would require a soil compaction analysis.
    “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.

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