The board of directors of the California Travel Parks Association Inc. (CTPA) has joined the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) and the Recreation Park Trailer Industry Association (RPTIA) in opposing the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) “action and intent to expand the travel trailer and fifth-wheel size limits beyond the current 400-square-foot limit.”
CTPA, in a June 13 resolution, cited the following reasons in making its case against the controversial RVIA measure, a move that could take years to come to fruition and answers a need by the national trade association’s leadership to accommodate larger slideout-equipped towables:
• The number of RV parks and campgrounds capable of accommodating many of these larger units is limited and would create additional consumer dissatisfaction;
• As sizes increase, the lines blur between what is an RV and what is considered livable housing, and state, county and local governments will be more likely to consider these units as mobile homes and begin to regulate them as such;
• California’s county and local governments are already beginning to count RV sites toward meeting their low-income housing requirements. Larger units would only exacerbate the situation. Cities fearing the loss of federal funds for low-income housing are placing more and more restrictions and regulations on parks;
• Special driver’s licenses may be needed to tow larger units. This could have a trickle-down effect on smaller types of recreational vehicles, causing consumers to think twice before purchasing a unit;
• With greenhouse emission regulations on the increase, specifically here in California, larger units may exceed passenger-vehicle towing capabilities;
• Many RV parks do not have the infrastructure in place to accommodate the increased electrical requirements these units are going to need.
“It is the desire of the California Travel Parks Association board of directors to maintain the recreation nature of our business rather than merging and blending it into the residential and housing industry,” the resolution stated.