Pa. Lake Community Fighting for Park Models

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December 16, 2011 by   5 Comments

The Lake Adventure Community Association (LACA), representing a campsite development in Milford, Pa., is taking on the local township again with regard to placement of 12-foot-wide park models.

As reported by the Pike County Courier, in a recent statement to the press, the association said it has been requesting for the last year, that Dingman Township officials recognize one-piece 12-foot-wide recreational vehicle park trailers as a natural expansion of recreational vehicles for placement in Lake Adventure.

Since Lake Adventure’s inception in the early 1970’s, park models equipped with a full slideout have been placed in the community. Prior to 2010, Dingman Township did not require any placement permits for any type of recreational vehicle or recreational vehicle park trailer in Lake Adventure.

Despite what the release claims has been Lake Adventure’s best efforts to provide Dingman Township with voluminous and adequate documentation that one-piece 12-foot-wide recreational vehicles are now standard in the camping industry, and better for the community as a whole, Dingman Township continues to prevent the placement.

“As with the last instance, the latest news release from Lake Adventure Community Association misses the point,” according to a statement in response from the Dingman Township Supervisors.

“LACA has never applied for an amendment to its zoning/subdivision and land development approval to include these newer non-travel trailer types of units. They have been told repeatedly that this is the proper procedure and they refuse to do so. Although the township has attempted to negotiate LACA has not even responded to our letters and it is clear that this process has been abandoned by them.”


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5 Responses to “Pa. Lake Community Fighting for Park Models”

  1. Dick Charron on December 16th, 2011 3:00 pm

    Why would they apply for an ammendment when they are not changing anything. The Park Models are travel trailers and as such conform to the current zoning/ land development regulations.

  2. Thomas Annunziata on December 19th, 2011 3:27 pm

    LACA is missing the point! If 400 sf trailers are permitted now as a slide out unit, then why is a one piece 400sf trailer denied? Because the town added a stipulation stating if it needs a highway permit it was not allowed. There is no change to the size unit allowed.

  3. B.Smith on January 2nd, 2012 4:03 pm

    people i am an avid rv’er so i am not trying to start any trouble, but a 12 ft wide park model is not and never has been an RV! All 12 ft wide park models need a permit to travel on ANY highway, and they are constructed to be moved once to a permanent site and left there. It has nothing to do with sq feet,or slides or anything else i see posted here. It has to do with the way they are shipped and the imposed use of these units. I own a 40 ft triple slide fifth wheel RV but it is manufactured to travel the slides close down to 96 in wide, and all the items inside are bolted down to the floor, a park model can not close down to a travel width, and the fridge,tables,toilet and so on are not bolted down and in such are not made to travel.THERE IS A DIFFERENCE Sorry!!

  4. helene on January 19th, 2012 8:11 pm

    You are mistaken about the Park Models. There is a square foot limit to 400 square feet. RPTIA is very strict about this. The ANSI code only allows 400 sq feet in park models for campgrounds. The reason you need a permit for the road is because they are over 8.5 feet wide. Otherwise they are still considered RV’s for campgrounds. I own a park model dealership and now this. I am sure yours can not be over 400 square feet when opened.

  5. M. Oliver on January 20th, 2012 2:27 pm

    I agree with B. Smith. There’s a big difference between a 12 foot park model cottage/cabin and a destination or park model trailer. He’s stated the travel requirements that the 12 foot park models require and let’s face it they’re nothing more than a 400 sq foot house on wheels that unlike a park model trailer or large fifth wheel, etc. they’re “set-up” and rarely moved. The 400 square foot limit means nothing in describing what a structure is. Case in point, I’ve been to many an RV resort where they have actual cabins, on foundations that are 400 square feet or less. In my opinion a typical park model those that look like a cabin or cottage is not an RV …. sorry. The way it’s transported, set up and used displays none of the characteristics of being “travel” or “mobile” in nature. If it’s a unit that can’t be moved in minutes rather than hours it’s not an RV no matter the size.