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Northeast Campground Association (NCA) Executive Director Cyndy Zbierski sent an update to NCA members Thursday evening (Nov. 6) to remind them to speak up and contact their congressional representatives to support the outdoor industry on legislation that would provide a clear legal definition of RVs. The legislation, championed by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and National RV Dealers Association (RVDA), would, among other things, prevent the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) from changing its view on how park model RV square footage is figured, as HUD signaled in an Oct. 1 memo.

Zbierski’s note is below.

NCA sent its first member email alert on October 10th highlighting the need for your action to support H.R. 5658. Thank you to those who have contacted their Members of Congress on The Recreational Vehicle Certainly Act of 2014. The numbers show that many of us still need to take five minutes to understand the possible impact of this new HUD memo and to make sure our concerns are heard as an industry. Here is an update as to what is already happening in just one of our NCA member states:

“In Maryland, we are already having issues with processing titles to park model RVs.  Even though the HUD ruling is not in effect until April, at least one of our Department of Motor Vehicle divisions is questioning how to title a unit with a porch manufactured on it.  What I find amazing is how quickly this has become a ‘real world’ problem.

“I’ll admit that when I first heard about the HUD ruling, I didn’t think it affected campgrounds and was more of a manufacturer/dealer issue. But then I actually read the information provided by RVIA, RVDA and ARVC, and I knew this was not a tropical storm that would blow over – it was a full force hurricane that had taken a direct hit on our industry.  With no warning, no discussion and clearly as arbitrary as Mother Nature, HUD has caused quite a problem.  I can’t say strongly enough that we all need to get involved.  It will take maybe one minute to hit the link, fill in your information and contact your representatives.  Please just do it!” – Deb Carter, Buttonwood Beach RV Resort and Executive Director of the Maryland Association of Campgrounds.

Campground operators will be able to personalize a letter to their representative and two senators and have that message sent without the hassle of searching for contact information for their members of Congress directly from the Take Action area on the above link.

By simply filling in their campground’s address the software takes care of the rest. Just click Send Message and your message will reach the right people in Washington, DC.

But every campground is strongly encouraged to personalize the letters as much as possible. Campgrounds should include how many people they employ and exactly where they are located in the first paragraph of the messages.

The most important thing, though, is to click on the link to Action Alert and send a message to Washington, D.C. and to do it TODAY. Here are the numbers as of 11/4/2014:

NCA ACTIVIST STATE TOTAL NCA ACTIVISTS TOTAL ADVOCACY MESSAGES
New Jersey 44 144
Pennsylvania 28 84
New York 22 69
Connecticut 19 60
Maine 16 48
New Hampshire 15 45
Maryland 13 42
Massachusetts 11 33
Vermont 4 12

Note: By comparison, New Jersey was in fourth place nationally this week, behind Florida, California and Wisconsin and ahead of Texas, according to information provided by the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.