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April 5, 2016

New RV Rule Prompts Concerns from Owners

Lauren Mitchell, Legislative Assistant
HSLDA Federal Relations Department

Lauren Mitchell LAUREN MITCHELL Federal relations legislative assistant

A new rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has raised concerns for certain recreational vehicle (RV) owners. The proposed rule declares that RVs are no longer exempt from the manufactured housing regulations, requiring them to meet the same safety standards as other small housing units.

Under the new rule, homeowners of recreational vehicles would have to specify that their RVs are for “recreational purposes only,” and not for permanent living. Some members of RV communities have voiced concern that this may take away the option of RV living as an alternative to ever-rising costs of home ownership. With the legal classification of RVs possibly changing to “recreational” only, fears remain that full-time occupants may have to vacate their RV homes.

If this proposed rule is of interest to you or your family, we encourage you to visit the website of the Federal Register to submit your comment. Please remember that the public comment period ends at midnight on April 11, 2016.