ARVC, which represents campgrounds, and RVIA, which represents the recreation vehicle industry, are working to clarify the tax status of park models through state and federal legislation and by updating national standards that apply to campgrounds.
Park models are classified as recreation vehicles and are designed for seasonal use. ARVC and RVIA are educating cities on the fact that park models are defined as recreation vehicles, and that owners should pay vehicle registration fees but not property taxes. Utah enacted legislation last year to exempt park models from property taxes, and similar legislation may be necessary in other states. Efforts are also under way to develop federal legislation to explicitly exempt park models from manufactured housing standards.
ARVC and RVIA are cautioning RV park operators about the need to register park models with their state’s department of motor vehicles. They say park operators can create problems for themselves if they neglect vehicle registration and allow people to live in park models on a permanent basis.