William R. Garpow, executive director of the Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association (RPTIA), warned Arizona campground owners that if they allow year-round occupancy in recreational park trailers they are in danger of being regulated as mobile home parks.
Garpow made his comments as the keynote speaker at the Arizona Travel Parks Association’s (ATPA) annual convention and expo April 21-23 at the Doubletree Hotel, Tucson. About 100 people representing more than 35 of the association’s 110-park members attended the event which featured 25 vendor’s booths.
Garpow’s remarks were particularly timely following the recent defeat in the Arizona General Assembly of legislation that would have reclassified park trailers as mobile homes.
“It would have impacted our RV parks tremendously on several fronts,” said Brent Davis, ATPA executive director. “The biggest change would have involved landlord-tenant issues, zoning and construction standards.”
Garpow told Woodall’s Campground Management that some parks inadvertently become occupied permanently after a spouse dies and the survivor takes up occupancy in what previously served as a seasonal getaway for the couple. “He or she just doesn’t ever go home, and the park might not even notice,” he said.
“I told (ATPA members) to think about what they are doing,” he added, “or they eventually will see some legislation that will be harmful to the industry and to their interests.”
Officers re-elected to one year terms at the convention were: Jo Ann Mickelson, J&H RV Park, Flagstaff, president; Dan Thompson, Fiesta RV Resort, Mesa, vice president; Carolyn Bethka, Mountain View RV Park, Huachuca City, secretary; Saundra Bryn, Desert’s Edge RV Village, Phoenix.