Oregon Grapples with Park Model Requirements

May 5, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Members of the Oregon RV Park and Campground Association (ORARVC) are optimistic about this camping season, despite rising gas prices.

ORARVC, formerly Oregon RV Park and Campground Association (ORCA), held its annual meeting and convention April 18-20 at the Chinook Winds Casino, Lincoln City, where 33 people from 12 campgrounds, along with six vendors took part.

Angi Christian, conference coordinator, said OARVC members are finding campers are driving shorter distances, but staying longer at parks.

ORARVC goals for the coming year include increasing awareness of both the state organization and the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC).

“We are going to go full guns to increase membership,” Christian said.

Legislative issues discussed during the conference included 1099 concerns and park model rules in Oregon. Concerning park models, there has been a lot of confusion about how they are considered, according to Roger Thompson, board president.

“Some counties say they are HUD houses, others say you need a permit,” Thompson said. “The state is trying to reach some uniformity about how they are considered. The Oregon Lodging Association has been involved.”

Other speakers included:

  • Jeff Sims, director of membership and government affairs for ARVC, was keynote speaker. Sims provided an educational seminar focusing on the latest requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other legislative updates. He also taught a class involving the future of RVing.
  • Damian Petty, Leavitt Recreation and Hospitality Insurance, gave a presentation on insurance topics, including park liabilities with personal versus commercial vehicles.
  • Brian Tolli, Evergreen Insurance, led a seminar on making park owners’ pools, beaches and water rides safe. A representative from the state of Oregon will provide information on the state’s latest requirements for emergency planning.
  • Keynote luncheon speaker was Shannon Hill, owner of Guaranty RV Centers, who talked on “The Importance of RV Parks and the Future of the RV Industry.”
  • Joe Milder, Ram Offset Lithographers LLC, gave a seminar on “Saving Money by Coming Together.”

Attendees earned Certified Park Operator (CPO) credits for attending the various seminars, including “Coastal Natural Hazards” by Patrick Corcoran, coastal hazards educator with the Oregon State University Extension Service; “Where Are We at and Where Are We Going in the Industry” and “Government Affairs Update” by Jeff Simms; “Personal Auto vs. Commercial Auto” by Damian Petty; and “Making Your Pools, Beaches and Water Rides Safe” by Evergreen Insurance.

Campground industry vendors highlighted their latest products, including Palm Harbor Homes, which showcased a park model.

ORARVC officers are: President Roger Thompson, Driftwood RV Park, Brookings; Vice President Ken Hill, Port of Siuslaw RV Park and Marina, Florence; Secretary Jeannie Smith, The Mill Casino Hotel/RV Park, North Bend; and Treasurer Jerry Law, At Rivers Edge RV Resort, Brookings.

ORARVC’s next board meeting is May 11 at the Mill Casino. ORARVC’s fall conference is Oct. 19 at a location to be determined.


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