Pat Hittmeier

Pat Hittmeier

After the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a new administrator was changing its stance on park model RVs last week (click here to view previous story), several industry groups announced their plans to appeal to Julian Castro, secretary of HUD, including Kampgrounds of America (KOA).

In its statement HUD indicated that beginning in April, it will start counting porches in the 400-square-foot limit for park models.

“We are disappointed by the recent HUD memorandum regarding the measurement of maximum square footage for park model RVs,” said KOA President Pat Hittmeier in response to the announcement.

Only a few floorplans of the largest KOA Deluxe Cabin models made for KOA by primary suppliers Cavco Industries Inc. and Forest River Inc. would exceed the newly figured limit, but the largest campground chain in North America stands with the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), the RV Dealers Association (RVDA) and the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC).

“Although it will eliminate a few of our larger cabin versions with attached covered porches, most of our floorplans are still acceptable under HUD’s RV exclusion language. We are also in full support of efforts by ARVC, RVIA and RVDA to legislate changes that will reverse HUD’s recent more restrictive interpretation,” Hittmeier said.