RVers Helping Other RVers
In their home town of Las Cruces, New Mexico, the city council started considering an ordinance that would have required residents’ RV pads to be more than five feet from their property lines. Rick realized that he and many of his RV friends would be in violation if the new law was passed. He contacted the Good Sam Park Rights Council only minutes before he left to attend the city council meeting considering this ordinance.
Rick was advised that he may have “grandfather” rights because his pad was built before the ordinance was even considered. Rick went to the meeting and was successful in persuading local leaders to drop the 5-foot setback requirement completely.
When it comes to RV Parking rights, knowledge is power.
“An RVer came up to me and thanked me as well as did the codes enforcement officer,” says Rick. “The police chief also thanked me. I made all of their jobs much easier.”
The Good Sam Parking Rights Council consists of five Good Sam members who have had experience dealing with anti-RV ordinances like the one Rick encountered in New Mexico. In addition to providing competent advice and recommendations, the council can also help mobilize Good Sam members in your area to attend city council meetings and provide the RVers’ side of the story. They can also provide members with the Club’s RV Parking Rights Manual, which chronicles a number of local parking ordinances around the country and how they were resolved.
Current council members are:
- Terry Minger (Chairman) — Bartlett, Tennessee
- Tom Maurer — Wadsworth, Ohio
- Ken Ginoulis — Lodi, California
- Barry Larkin — Clayton, Delaware
- Jack Olney — Blackfoot, Idaho