ARVC Gets Electrical Code Reg Delay
Campground operators narrowly avoided the imposition of a new National Electric Code (NEC) code requirement, thanks to proactive efforts by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) and its industry partners.
A proposal to the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) National Electric Code (NEC) suggested a new code requirement that would have required campground operators to ground each electrical pedestal with copper grounding rods at a cost of $70 to $100 each, according to a news release.
Wade Elliott, ARVC’s representative on the NEC Panel, said the proposed requirement was made by an NEC panelist who suggested grounding each pedestal like a separate structure, even though pedestals are already properly grounded.
“If we hadn’t been there to intervene, this new regulation could have cost a 100-site park owner $7,000 to $10,000,” Elliott said, adding that the potential cost to private park operators across the country would have exceeded $32 million.
Elliott, working in concert with Doug Mulvaney of Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) and Bruce Hopkins of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), who also sit on the panel, launched a coordinated effort to delay implementation of the proposed code requirement.
Elliott, who owns Kingston, Wash.-based Utility Supply Group, a leading pedestal supplier to the campgrounds across the country, said he is not aware of any accidents or studies that would justify the proposed copper ground rod requirement.
“While we were not able to kill the proposal, we were able to delay its implementation by NFPA for another three years,” Elliott said.
ARVC President and CEO Paul Bambei alerted members of the Wisconsin Association of Campground Owners of ARVC’s watchdog efforts on their behalf during WACO’s annual meeting this week in Stevens Point, Wis.
Based in Denver, Colo., the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds is the only national trade association exclusively representing the interests of privately-owned RV parks, resorts and campgrounds. Membership is comprised of RV park and campground owners and operators, industry suppliers, franchisers and others committed to promoting the growth and welfare of the RV park and campground sector of the outdoor hospitality industry through development and implementation of legislative, regulatory, educational and promotional programs and activities. ARVC is a not-for-profit 501(c)6 organization. Visit www.arvc.org for more information.