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The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently approved “RV Friendly” highway signage that tells recreational vehicle enthusiasts which roadside gas, food, lodging and camping facilities easily accommodate motorized and towable RVs.
Michigan follows Texas in successfully working through the state DOT to gain approval for the signage. Five other states – Oregon, Louisiana, Tennessee, Washington, Florida – have enacted legislation supporting the “RV Friendly” initiative.
“Each state requires a slightly different approach to implementing the program,” explained Matt Wald, director of government affairs for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), which is spearheading the campaign. “RVIA has been working with dealer groups and consumer clubs to address each state’s distinctive needs as we roll this program out across the country.”
RV Friendly legislation is currently pending in Alabama and Mississippi. RVIA’s goal is 50-state implementation of the symbol.
RVIA said that motorists driving or towing RVs can have difficulty identifying and locating restaurants, gas stations and tourist attractions that have parking spaces and other amenities to easily maneuver their vehicles.
The “RV Friendly” logo – a bright yellow circle with the letters RV – alerts RVers of facilities adjacent to highways that cater to the special needs of RVs at specific highway exits.
The Michigan “RV Friendly” initiative was led by the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC).
“Many industries talk about unity and cooperation, but when it comes to the RV industry and the RV Friendly program, in particular, no industry works together better than ours,” said MARVAC Director Bill Sheffer. “RVIA provided the template. We did a little heavy lifting here in Michigan to get it done.
“The ‘RV Friendly’ initiative supports the industry by making the RV experience more convenient and enjoyable. And like in Texas, we were able to get it accomplished by working with MDOT rather than having to pursue legislation.”