During a 46-state tour in his 36-foot-long motorhome, Frank Brodersen ran into more dead-ends and short parking spaces than he cares to remember.
So the retired Oregon real estate agent hatched a plan: why not have “RV Friendly” symbols posted on highways to let RVers know where to find oversized parking spaces and high canopies?
According to The Register-Guard in Eugene, officials in Oregon loved the idea, and launched a pilot program between Albany and Aurora on Interstate 5. The idea was such a hit that next year the Oregon program will expand to almost the entire length of I-5, plus
U.S. 101, and Oregon 97 from Klamath Falls to Madras.
Legislators in Louisiana have also passed laws allowing the signs on all state highways, and Maryland is interested too.
“It’s such an elegant idea to have a simple symbol that guides people driving these oversize vehicles,” said Jim Renner, deputy director of the Oregon Travel Information Council. “It gives them assurance they can get in and out of a facility.”
In order for a business to be able to post the RV symbol on its highway information sign, it must have roadway access on a hard-surfaced road of pavement or gravel that is free of potholes, plus lane widths of 12 feet and a minimum swing radius of 50 degrees to enter and exit.
Additionally, restaurants and tourist attractions must have two or more spaces that are 12 feet wide and 65 feet long.
Canopies at fueling stations must have a minimum of 14 feet of clearance, and those selling diesel to RVs must have low-flow pump nozzles.
After the Albany to Aurora pilot program, Broderson reported that one gas station owner told him his business went up 13% as a result of posting the symbol on his highway sign.