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The Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) has created a new section on its website, www.fmca.com, to help its members lobby against unreasonable RV parking restrictions and other issues.
The FMCA hopes the section, which can be accessed directly at www.fmca.com/motorhomerights, will help its members better influence local government officials by allowing members to research rights issues, stay abreast of legislation and make informed decisions on how to prevent the passage of unreasonable motorhome restrictions, according to the website.
The FMCA already has a Governmental and Legislative Affairs Committee to assist members who have conflicts with governmental units over rights to park motorhomes on residential lots. (The FMCA does not represent the owners of towable RVs.)
A Parking Rights Subcommittee has been formed to provide closer assistance to members, and a Parking Rights Manual is available to FMCA members, upon request.
The association hopes the new section on its website will make it easier for members to contact the committee, in care of the FMCA national office in Cincinnati, for advice. Committee members can provide tips for contacting legislators, researching lawmakers’ positions, conveying legislative and policy messages to them, and possibly drafting letters for members to the appropriate officials.
About 60 FMCA members across the U.S. and Canada serve as governmental and legislative affairs committee volunteers. By visiting fmca.com/motorhomerights and clicking on the “Involvement” link, members will be able to find descriptions of political entities and read a discussion of lot sizes and plat plans as they relate to motorhome parking.
“Safety, aesthetics, and preserving the existing residential character,” are often mentioned when discussing policies that regulate the parking and storage of RVs in residential areas, according to the association.
FMCA.com/motorhomerights also includes Parking Dos and Don’ts, a compilation of actual photographs of parked motorhomes. Some images show how to minimize the visual impact to neighbors and maintain unobstructed access to public rights-of-way. Others demonstrate how landscaping or fencing effectively screen a coach from the closest abutting property and/or street right-of-way.
At fmca.com/motorhomerights, FMCA members have access to various motorhome rights documents, including the Parking Rights Manual & Guide, which could allow them to become familiar with legal codes and precedents related to the parking of RVs in residential areas, read actual cases when landowners have succeeded in challenging parking restrictions, or learn why a government has been successful at defending an existing restrictive ordinance.
Also available is the governmental and legislative affairs committee’s Legislative and Lobbying Manual that covers topics such as lobbying, initiative petition drives, referendum drives and using the Internet.
The FMCA’s Overnight Parking Etiquette newsletter, which offers guidelines to follow when parking motorhomes at retail establishments, also is available to members online.