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Recreational Park Trailers - A History of a Product Undergoing Positive Changes
This brochure describes when Recreational Park Trailers were first produced,
their use and evolution into a viable product in today’s RV lifestyle.
It tells what the product is, how large it can be, and how it is being
used and regulated. It describes the national safety standard and
the creation of the Trade Association that supports the product, keeps the
Standard viable and supports the well-being of the industry members. An order
form is also enclosed as this brochure is offered without charge in reasonable
quantities to any firm willing to assist the Association with distribution.
A119.5 Standards Program Brochure
This six-panel brochure provides consumers or members of the industry with
a brief description of RPTIA’s A119.5 Standards Program. It describes
the Standard and its requirements. It provides insight into the Association’s
role, tells how the program functions, and how the Standard is created, updated
An order form is available for 10
to 200 hundred copies of the RPTIA Standards Program Informational Brochure, free to RPTIA Member Manufacturers and Suppliers,
Allied Associations, RV Dealers and RV Parks or Resorts. This brochure provides
an understandable summary about the association’s seal program. Information
is provided about the standard, what it covers, how it was created and how
future revisions will be made. The brochure details the pledge made by the
RPTIA manufacturers; that they will produce Park Trailers that comply with
the standard. The Process of inspection and enforcement employed by the association
to insure that members comply with their pledge is also described. The brochure
is targeted to inform the dealers, the campground/RV resort owners, government,
media and our consumers about the safety benefits vested in the Park Trailers
built by RPTIA members who display the association’s green blue and gold
oval standards seal on their products.
Directory of RPTIA Members
A contact list of the Recreational Park Trailer Manufacturer
Member plants, Service and Supplier Members, Dealer and Park Members.
A frequently issued publication that keeps our members up to date with the
programs, plans and happenings that impact the Recreational Park Trailer
Industry. Included with the newsletter is our monthly statistical report
of Recreational Park Trailer shipments, seal orders and a quarterly destination
of shipments that details deliveries into regional areas.
US Park Development and Management Firms, These
US firms have been listed in various US RV Industry directories as consultants
who claim to have the ability to assist in the process of Park Development
RPTIA’s Standards Program
A complete copy of the Association’s Standards program that includes all
forms, details and procedures that must be followed for a firm to enroll
and maintain membership in the RPTIA.
Only firms meeting all
of these requirements are entitled to display the RPTIA Standards Seal.
(Free to Manufacturers, Suppliers, Government Officials and members of the
ANSI A119.5 Standard
for Recreational Park Trailers – 1998 Version The 1998
version of the A119.5 Standard for Recreational Park Trailers, updating the
1993 edition, was accepted by ANSI on March 27, 1998. It includes,
for the first time, a new chapter covering construction requirements.
This technical 34-page document is produced in an 8 1/2 X 11” format and
offers 5 chapters. 1. General Information; 2. Fuel Systems and Equipment;
3. Health, Fire and Life Safety Special Provisions; 4. Plumbing Systems;
5. Construction Requirements. ($26.75 Non-members, – Members $25.00) - (Price
includes shipping & handling)
Handbook for Recreational
Park Trailer Standards -- A Guide to ANSI A119.5 A three-ring
presentation binder that expounds upon the ANSI A119.5 Recreational Park
Trailer Standard and offers mutually agreed to interpretations of the Standard
by the agencies of government or third parties who are doing the ongoing
inspections of these products. Last produced and updated for the 1998
version of the Standard.
($120.00 Non-members, - Members $82.50 includes
shipping & handling)
Legal Description of
Recreational Park Trailers A document that details the
laws and regulations as established by the Congress of the United States
and/or the federal agencies of government. Also described are the current
definitions found in the ANSI A119.5 Standard for Recreational Park Trailers
which are recognized and required by numerous states and/or their agencies
and the definitions found in the bylaws of the national nonprofit trade association
which represents the industry: Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association.
Financial and Insurance Firms - A list of financial and insurance
Firms who may be offering services to the Recreational Park Trailer Industry
or its owners. The list includes contact data and the products provided.
How to Keep Non-Conforming
Products Out of Your Park A letter to RV Parks and Resorts that
details a process they can adopt to increase the assurance that the units
entering their campground are built by firms that comply with the A119.5
Standard and have certified that the units are built to that Standard.
State Guide for Recreational
Park Trailer Standards Compliance This flyer offers the reader
an overview of the state requirements for compliance with A119.5 as mandated
by 7 states. It details who the agencies are, what the requirements
are, how to make contact with them, costs, procedures and other details.
Recreational Park Trailers
Are A presentation designed for use by industry members when
informing local or state units of government about the realities and legal
status of Recreational Park Trailers. The presentation covers the most
generally asked questions about Recreational Park Trailers including safety
standards, use, taxes, registration/titling, placement, and, perhaps just
as important, it offers a clear understanding of what Recreational Park Trailers
are not. (Sample story board - Downloadable Free) ($20.00 for
25 (8 1/2 x 11”) overhead projection slides)
Recreational Park Trailer
Shipments to States A breakdown of Recreational Park Trailer
shipments from manufacturers to dealers reported by the state where these
dealerships are located. Also detailed is the number of units shipped
each year by width. The information covers shipments made from 1995
through 2001. (Downloadable Free)
National Survey of Recreational
Park Trailer Buyers (by width 1996 – 2001) A demographic profile
of Recreational Park Trailer buyers initiated in June of 1996 and updated
annually. Information compiled by distributing questionnaires to new
buyers in the warranty and information packets enclosed by the manufacturers
in new units. The postage paid responses are then reported by the new
owners and mailed to RPTIA for compilation. Data includes: age,
occupation, family, education, interests & hobbies, site characteristics,
satisfaction levels, accessories purchased, Recreational Park Trailer features
and intended use. Financial information requested includes price, down
payment, family income, source of purchase funds and the anticipated impact
on the local economy. Includes (1.) U.S. Owners of Recreational
Park Trailers 8’6” in width or less; (2.) U.S. Owners of Recreational Park
Trailers over 8’6” in width; and (3.) U.S. Owners of Recreational Park Trailers
- all widths. (Downloadable Free)
National Survey of Recreational
Park Trailer Buyers (by year purchased) Presenting the same information as
the above but having it re-compiled into a year-by-year format providing
trends that otherwise would be hidden. (Downloadable Free)
Creating a Vehicle Identification
Number and a Certificate of Origin for a Recreational Park Trailer
Recreational Park Trailers are considered vehicles and as such are sold by
licensed dealers and are titled as vehicles in nearly all fifty states.
Most states will register Recreational Park Trailers (and will issue license
plates for them) if the unit is less than 8.5’ in width when on the highway.
To accommodate titling process, a manufacturer must issue a 17 digit Vehicle
Identification Number for the state to use. In many states manufacturers
must also provide an AAMVA uniform certificate of origin (C of O, or MCO
– a birth certificate for a vehicle). This publication informs the
manufacturer how to obtain and/or create these items. (Downloadable Free)
News Release – America’s
Best Kept Vacation & Seasonal Dwelling Secret Reveals the facts
about Recreational Park Trailers, how they are used, who uses them, where
they are being placed and the cost of a typical unit. Find out why
they are one of the fastest growing products in the RV lifestyle; discover
how they can enrich your leisure time and learn how to obtain additional
information. (Downloadable PFD Free)
RPT Demographics By Width 1995 –2001
RPTIA;s New PT Owner Survey-All Widths 3500 Surveys Summarized; State Summary
of Consumer surveys received includes: States, Received to Date, and
Percent of Total Surveys Received. (Percentage Rounded to Nearest 100th) - State Surveys of Recreational
Park Trailer Buyers Surveys are also compiled for twenty-two
listed states (which includes all widths of Recreational Park Trailers)
that have achieved over 40 responses since 1996. The states that have
reports published at this time are: Arizona, California, Connecticut,
Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota,
New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania,
South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. (Downloadable
List of Public RV& Camping
Shows, which have traditionally displayed one or more Recreational Park Trailers.
The list of RV Shows is presented by the date of the event. This list
can also be searched by the city or state to determine when and if these
events will be coming to an area convenient to your location. Information
provided includes name of the show, location of the exhibit facility, city,
state, zip, name of the promoting organization, telephone, e-mail and web
site if one is provided.
Graphic display of the two kinds
of Recreational Park Trailers. All Recreational Park Trailers are vehicles,
mounted permanently to a chassis that is an integral part of the structure
that has less than 400 square feet of enclosed space measured using the external
projections. Such units are sub-classified into two types based upon
the width of the vehicle when it is being moved on the highway. As the artwork
depicts, one is less than 8 1/2 feet in width while the other is almost 12
ANSI A119.5 Factory Recreational
Park Trailer Standards Inspection Report – The form used by qualified third-party
inspection firms who conduct unannounced inspections that examine these units
at the factory at least four times a year to assure the Association that
the member retains the ability to build products that are in compliance with
nearly 500 Minimum Safety Standards and reports these findings to the RPTIA’s
General Counsel. The Standard covers the areas of plumbing, heating,
fire and life safety, construction and electrical systems but does not include
the competitive issues of quality or durability.
A Projection of Recreational Park Trailer sales for the years between 2002-2015
based entirely upon the number of potential customers entering the historical
targeted ages of ownership.
Standards Seals Issued By RPTIA February 28, 2002
This summary lists the Month and Year from January to December. It includes
Total Year To Date. Also includes a colored bar graph for the 4 quarters
of each year, from 1994 through 2002.
RPTIA’s Mandatory loft Requirements for RPT’s
This is a Memorandum of recently revised safety requirements to be followed
by RPTIA Manufacturer Members when constructing loft units. Such as: Gross
Trailer Area- Loft Area- Accessible Loft Space- Electrical Requirements,
Health, Fire, and Life Safety Special Provisions- Glazing and Ventilation-
Loft Areas General Requirements: Exit Facilities- Fire Detection- Guardrail
RPTIA Mandatory Porch Requirements for RPT’s
This is a Memorandum of Requirements for all Recreational Park Trailers built
with Factory Built Porches on or after July 2, 2000. Such as: Definition
- General Requirements – Materials – Structural Design Requirements – Floor
Construction – Guardrail Construction – Roof Construction – Exterior outlets.
ANSI A119.5 RPT Standard Seals Order Form
This is the RPTIA’s Standard Seals order form for the RPTIA Recreational
Park Trailer Industry Association. Seals must be ordered in multiples of
10. There is no charge for Wood Siding Adhesive Disks. (A special inter-layer
adhesive disk to facilitate the application of seals to wooden surfaces.
Please mail the completed form with remittance $35.00 to: RPTIA, PO Box 10, Newnan,
RPT Manufacturer RPTIA Membership Application
Manufacturer applicant pledges to produce Park Trailers in compliance with
the ANSI Standard A119.5 and agrees to allow an initial, as well as ongoing,
unannounced inspections of the manufacturer’s Recreational Park Trailer production
by the Association’s designated in-plant inspectors to verify the manufacturer’s
RPT Dealer/Park RPTIA Member Application
This is a Dealer or Park/Resort Enrollment Application. It certifies that
your firm is an active participant in the Park Trailer industry and is interested
in becoming and affiliate (non-voting member of the RPTIA. Information on
Membership Quick Facts will include: What Is RPTIA? – Who Manages RPTIA?
– What Programs Are Offered? – Will my Firm Benefit? – How Can We Join? Membership
is open to all dealers and Parks who have a vested interest in the Park Trailer
industry. A membership application is provided on the reverse side of the
RPT Supplier or Service Firm’s Membership Application
This application is for Supplier or Service Firm Membership. Along
with this application is a Supplier or Service Firm Membership Fact Sheet.
It contains: What is RPTIA? – Who Manages RPTIA? – What programs Are
Offered? – Will My Firm Benefit? – How Can We Join? Membership is open to
all firms who have a vested interest in the Recreational Park Trailer industry.
A membership application is provided on the reverse side of the brochure.
Recreational Park Trailer Brochure--History of a Product Undergoing Positive Changes
This is a brochure that is made available “Free” to Member Manufacturers
and Suppliers, Allied Associations, RV Dealers and RV Parks or Resorts. It
is RPTIA’s Standards Program Informational Brochure. It provides an overview
of the Recreational Park Trailer detailing how it is used and who the owners
are. It also reveals the history of the Park Trailer detailing the impact
it received from the energy crisis of the mid 70’s and early 80’s, our interaction
with existing and previous federal laws and regulations, the changes in the
width of the product and how it came to be. Also detailed are more recent
changes including the creation of the Recreational Park Trailer Industry
Association to represent the segment and changes that occurred to the definition
of Park Trailers. An order form is available to order from10 to 200
Order Forms: - 1998 ANSI A119.5 Standard or ANSI A119.5 Handbook
The form contains a price list for different quantities of these publications.
These publications are available to Members, RV Clubs, Associations, Government,
and Non- members. Public Libraries and Schools.
RPTIA Information Memo: Bath Houses & Other
Non-Recreational Park Trailer Units Being Constructed to the ANSI A119.5
Standard. The memo deals with information about Manufacturers who might mislead
customers into believing that the units they were buying were acceptable
for an intended use.
Memo: Recreational Park Trailers Shall Not Exceed 400 Square Feet
It has come to our attention that some Recreational
Park Trailers being produced by manufacturers are being sold with statements
by the manufacturer and /or the dealer that these RPT’s are in compliance
with all state and federal laws even though the product as erected on-site
exceeds 400 square feet. Such statements are either misleading or are outright
falsehoods. The RPTIA has a number of publications that are very helpful
in explaining to the local jurisdictions just what a Recreational Park Trailer
is and how the unit will and should be used. Staff is also experienced in
working with local officials to insure that our products are correctly classified
and regulated. Members are encouraged to either contact the Association directly
when facing issues like these or referring their dealers or RV Parks to partner
with us in seeing hat the issue is correctly resolved.
Information Memo: Dealing
with Zoning, Local Building Codes and Taxes The memo deals with the fact
that RPTIA has become aware of some of the Recreational Park Trailers being
produced by their member manufacturers are being sold with statements being
made by the manufacturer and /or the dealer that these units can be sited
without building permits, zoning approvals or taxes being imposed by the
county or local units of government. Which might be true in some cases. The
RPTIA has a number of publications that are very helpful in explaining to
the local jurisdictions just what a Recreational Park Trailer is and how
the unit will and should be used. Staff is also experienced in working with
local officials to insure that our products are correctly classified and
regulated. Members are encouraged to either contact the Association directly
when facing issues like these or referring their dealers or RV Parks to partner
with us in seeing that the issue is correctly resolved.