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 www.rptia.com 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
For more information on RPTIA, please contact William Garpow at (770)
251-2672 or visit the association's website at www.rptia.com.
SOURCE Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association