The Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association Unveils a New Search Tool to Help Consumers Locate Affordable Weekend Retreats and Vacation Cottages

New Listings Are Constantly Being Added to the National Database at, Which Lists Park Model Dealers as Well as Private

Campgrounds and RV Parks That Rent or Lease Park Model Units

Apr 25, 2006, 01:00 ET from Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association

    NEWNAN, Ga., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Are you looking for a weekend
 retreat or vacation cottage for a fraction of the price of a site-built
 home or condo?
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     The Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association can help.
     The association's website at now lists recreational park
 trailer or "park model" dealers as well as private campgrounds and RV parks
 that rent park models or lease campsites to park model owners who want to
 use their unit as a weekend retreat or seasonal vacation cottage.
     "Our new search function is a work in progress, but it's an incredibly
 valuable tool because no other website offers this kind of search function
 for consumers who are looking for park model dealers or park model friendly
 campgrounds and RV parks," said Bill Garpow, executive director of the
 Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association (RPTIA). "Our website
 identifies those parks that lease or sell sites for park model use. It also
 offers listings that specify which parks offer park model units for rent by
 the day, by the week or by the season for families who do not own an RV,
 but want to experience the RV lifestyle in a park model."
     Unlike mobile homes, which are a form of low-cost, permanent housing,
 park models are 400-square foot movable resort cottages that are designed
 exclusively for part-time recreational use. Typically upscale in
 appearance, they often include bay windows and lofts as well as walnut, oak
 or maple cabinetry. Technically classified as recreational vehicles, they
 can be left on a permanent campsite for an entire season or placed on
 private property and used as weekend or seasonal vacation homes, subject to
 local zoning requirements.
     Many consumers find the cost of park models appealing. While condos and
 site-built homes in resort areas typically cost $200,000 or $300,000 or
 more, park models generally cost less than $50,000, with the average price
 being in the $38,000 range. Most park models are placed on campsites, which
 can be leased for $1,500 to $5,000 per year, depending on location.
 However, some consumers also place their units on private property and use
 them as vacation homes, again, subject to local zoning requirements.
     "For many years, park models were the best kept secret in the RV
 business, but the secret is getting out," Garpow said.
     Demand is growing as increasing numbers of consumers learn that park
 models are the most affordable option in vacation homes with an average
 price of about $38,000. In 2005, in fact, national shipments of park models
 were up 8 percent over 2004 figures, setting an all time industry record,
 according to RPTIA statistics.
     Awareness is also growing as park model industry makes a more concerted
 effort to market its products. "Our industry didn't make it easy for
 consumers to learn about park models in years passed," Garpow said. "But
 the upgrades we've made to our website will allow us to market our products
 more efficiently by giving potential buyers the information they need."
     RPTIA represents 46 recreational park trailer manufacturers that have
 pledged to the association that they will adhere to the American National
 Standards Institute ANSI A119.5 standard, which mandates more than 500
 separate safety requirements for recreational park trailers. RPTIA assists
 its members in complying with the ANSI standard by providing unannounced
 inspections of the units being produced at the members' manufacturing
 facilities by accredited third party engineering firms. Members of the
 association who are in compliance with the standards program have earned
 the right to proudly display RPTIA's gold, blue and green oval seal, which
 is typically placed adjacent to the primary entrance to the recreational
 park trailer.
     For more information on RPTIA, please contact William Garpow at (770)
 251-2672 or visit the association's website at

SOURCE Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association