HUD logoIn a memorandum dated Jan. 20, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Administrator Pamela Beck Danner announced that HUD will not be enforcing its interpretation that park model RV porches count toward the 400-square-foot limit (as measured) on those types of RVs until new regulations defining RVs are published, which is something that likely will not occur for many months.

According to a news release, this memorandum supersedes a memorandum that Danner promulgated on Oct. 1, 2014, in which she sought to clarify the measuring process for park model RVs, stating that factory-built porches do count toward the 400-square-foot park model RV limit and that HUD would enforce this measurement criteria starting on April 1, 2015.

However, on Dec. 2, 2014, the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) recommended that HUD further delay enforcement to this measurement criterion until new rules are published better and more clearly defining today’s RVs. By this most recent memorandum, HUD has accepted that MHCC recommendation, making the April 1 deadline for park model RVs moot.

At that same meeting, the MHCC also recommended specific language to more clearly define RVs that are exempt from HUD’s manufactured housing standards. That language referred to the NFPA and ANSI standards to which RVs are built as defining them as RVs, rather than a complicated set of criteria that includes specific square footage requirements and tow vehicle restrictions.

“While it remains to be seen how HUD will handle the new RV definition recommendation, park model manufacturers and especially RV campgrounds can rest assured that, for now, porches will not be counted toward the 400-square-foot limit on park model RVs,” said Jeff Sims, head of government relations for the National Association of RV Campgrounds (ARVC). “The park model RVs that are in campgrounds today and the park model RVs they buy tomorrow can have porches that do not count toward the size limit. This also means no state or local regulators should have issues with park model RV porches either.”

“ARVC, RVDA and RVIA have closely coordinated efforts since the Oct. 1 memorandum created a great deal of uncertainty for the RV and campground industries,” said Matt Wald, RVIA executive director of park model RVs. “We are extremely grateful to Administrator Danner as well as the MHCC for taking the time to understand the RV and campground industry’s perspective on this issue and working with us toward a consensus outcome where RVs are clearly defined as recreational units and manufactured housing is clearly defined as housing in a way that everyone knows exactly where the line between them is. We look forward to finalizing that consensus process in the coming months.”