Will Other RV Parks Adopt This Ordinance?
In Sheridan, Wyoming, a proposed city ordinance could force RVers to move every month, whether it is to another RV park or just another site within the same park. This may not sound like a big deal for those of us who vacation on a weekend or seasonal basis. But for an RVer living at a campground for months at a time, this could be a big inconvenience.
Reasoning for Ordinance 2219
The primary rationale behind this regulation has to do with clutter. The goal of the proposed Ordinance 2219 is to eliminate clutter accumulated around an owner’s RV and campsite. City officials see this as an eyesore. Visitors will not want to camp in RV parks and extend their stay in the community.
“If you don’t have some sort of (ordinance) that mandates that people move, we are creatures of habit and people tend to accumulate stuff,” Sheridan City Administrator Stuart McRae said. “When you accumulate stuff, and you don’t have anything that requires you to be mobile, you have the potential for clutter to occur…When you move around a lot… it does keep you light and you don’t tend to accumulate a lot of stuff… That’s kind of what this is going after.”
RV parks under proposed ordinance
The ordinance would zero in on RV parks located in areas of the city zoned B1. These parks must be open seven months or more out of the year. Currently, there are no RV parks in this zone that fit the criteria.
“Right now, there’s not an impact to any existing (parks),” McRae said. “But it does set a precedent for future B1 RV parks that would ensure there’s a mechanism… to make sure they don’t gravitate towards clutter.”
While many city officials see this proposition’s reasoning, there are still many on the board that see this as a gray area.
“Obviously, I understand the reason behind it — general health and public welfare — but I guess my biggest issue is mandating something that happens on private property,” Councilor Kristen Jennings said.
“We are thinking about those that are going to create a bad image for Sheridan,” Councilor Steven Brantz said. “I understand that. But let’s be aware that we’re also trying to encourage people to come and stay here during the summer also. To say ‘We’re going to play this little game, and you have to move once a month’… that is just wrong. I just don’t want to see that done to our parks here in Sheridan.”
“There’s a lot of mandates that RV parks already have in the books, and I’m probably not in support of adding another one,” Councilor Jacob Martin agreed.
Regardless if this ordinance is approved or not, will this become a regulation RV parks around the nation choose to adopt?
Other RV park regulations (Spoken and unspoken)
If you plan to stay at an RV park long term, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the campground rules about extended stays. Campground Reviews is not only a trusted online source of RV park reviews, it is a portal to park websites that list their regulations.
RV parks usually have their rules posted prominently. Even so, there are specific standards that RV owners are expected to adhere to. Veteran RVers are more so aware of these unwritten rules, mostly due to trial and error. For those new to RVing, Mike and Jennifer Wendland of RV Lifestyle have created a campground etiquette list.
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