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North Carolina’s Outdoor Hospitality Industry Achieves Advocacy Win

In a significant turn of events, OHI and the Carolinas Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CARVC) have successfully navigated a challenging regulatory landscape to achieve a landmark advocacy win in North Carolina. 

This victory comes in response to a pressing issue faced by numerous campgrounds across the state, which were at risk of closure or unable to open due to stringent interpretations of the National Electric Code by the Deputy State Fire Marshal.

The core of the challenge revolved around the interpretation of National Electric Code 70 Article 551.71 (F) on GFCI Protection for Recreational Vehicle pedestals. This interpretation mandated costly and technically problematic electrical upgrades for RV parks, leading to operational disruptions as newly installed or upgraded electrical pedestals began tripping circuit breakers almost immediately upon use. 

The crux of the problem was that the appliances within recreational vehicles could induce leakage at the supply receptacles, exceeding the tolerances of the mandated Class A GFCI devices, according to a press release.

Recognizing the gravity of the situation and its potential impact on the industry, OHI and CARVC mobilized their resources and expertise to challenge the interpretation. 

Their collaborative efforts were geared towards presenting a unified front to address and rectify the issue, highlighting the necessity of practical regulatory standards that align with the operational realities of the outdoor hospitality sector.

The advocacy campaign culminated in a strategic presentation at the NC Building Code Council Public Hearing in Raleigh, where representatives from both associations made a compelling case for reevaluating the contested electrical code interpretation. 

The council, recognizing the validity of the concerns raised, unanimously agreed to reconsider the matter, marking a pivotal moment in the advocacy efforts of OHI and CARVC.

The resolution of this issue sets a notable precedent for the outdoor hospitality industry, illustrating the profound impact of collective action and informed advocacy in effecting regulatory change. 

Jeff Sims, OHI’s senior director of state relations and program advocacy, expressed satisfaction with the outcome, emphasizing the broader significance of the win not only for North Carolina but for the industry at large.

 “This victory underscores the importance of unity and collective voice in advocacy,” Sims stated, reflecting the sentiment of industry stakeholders.

The unanimous decision by the NC Building Code Council to revisit the issue also opens the door for a public hearing scheduled for June, with the adoption of a revised standard expected to take effect in January 2025. 

This development represents a critical opportunity for further engagement and advocacy, as industry stakeholders continue to work towards regulatory frameworks that support the health, safety, and operational success of RV parks and campgrounds.

Adam Smith, former President of CARVC, highlighted the educational gap between local authorities and industry stakeholders, underscoring the importance of ongoing dialogue and education in bridging this divide. 

“Educational engagement is key to ensuring that regulatory decisions are informed by a thorough understanding of industry-specific challenges and realities,” Smith noted.

The collaborative effort led by OHI and CARVC not only resolved a pressing regulatory challenge but also reinforced the importance of proactive advocacy and education in shaping a favorable regulatory environment for the outdoor hospitality industry. 

As the industry moves forward, this victory serves as a reminder of the power of unity and informed engagement in navigating the complexities of regulatory landscapes.

As the outdoor hospitality sector celebrates this significant advocacy win, the efforts of OHI, CARVC, and their allies underscore the ongoing commitment to securing a sustainable and prosperous future for campgrounds and RV parks across North Carolina and beyond. 

This achievement marks a significant milestone in the industry’s advocacy journey, setting a strong foundation for future efforts to ensure that regulatory frameworks reflect the needs and realities of the outdoor hospitality industry.

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March 21, 2024 12:09 am

Have you heard the news? North Carolina’s outdoor hospitality industry nailed it with their recent advocacy win! It’s all about teamwork and a little know-how making big waves in the industry!

Olive Grove
Olive Grove
March 21, 2024 4:11 am
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Whoa, I can’t believe it! This win is a game-changer for us. I see many exciting opportunities opening up. It’s amazing what a little teamwork and know-how can achieve in our industry. It just goes to show that when we come together, we can truly make a difference!

March 21, 2024 2:01 am

Isn’t it amazing how North Carolina’s outdoor hospitality industry came together to tackle those pesky regulatory challenges? I think it’s cool how OHI and CARVC joined forces and made a real difference. This win shows the power of teamwork and how it can benefit everyone involved, don’t you think? It’s proof that when we work together, we can achieve some pretty awesome outcomes for both businesses and customers.

March 21, 2024 3:37 am

Isn’t it amazing how OHI and CARVC joined forces in North Carolina to tackle challenges together? Their teamwork showcases the power of unity in facing regulatory hurdles. It’s inspiring to see how their efforts benefit not just North Carolina but all of us in the outdoor hospitality industry.

Laura Martin
Laura Martin
March 21, 2024 5:32 am

I’m impressed by the recent win for outdoor hospitality in North Carolina! This collaboration between industry players and regulators sets a great example. Let’s keep the dialogue going and advocate for rules that help the industry flourish. Cheers to more growth and innovation in outdoor hospitality!

March 21, 2024 6:14 am

Have you heard about the recent advocacy win in North Carolina for the Outdoor Hospitality Industry? It’s fantastic news! The collaboration and advocacy work by OHI and CARVC paid off, benefiting many campgrounds. This victory shows the impact of working together to shape regulations that support RV parks. It’s a win for the whole industry, emphasizing the importance of engaging with regulatory standards for long-term growth and sustainability. So exciting, right?

Brian Wood
Brian Wood
March 21, 2024 7:33 am

Isn’t it cool how North Carolina’s outdoor hospitality scene scored a win with the OHI and CARVC team-up? It’s awesome to see them tackle those tricky electrical reg challenges together. This victory isn’t just big for them. it also shows how important it is to work hand in hand with regulators. You know, it’s all about keeping things practical and sustainable for our campgrounds. Great job, guys!

Leo Starlight
Leo Starlight
March 21, 2024 7:56 am

Isn’t it cool how the Outdoor Hospitality Industry and CARVC nailed that tricky regulatory situation in North Carolina? I think they could really inspire other associations by sharing their advocacy strategies. It’s like they’re paving the way for smoother journeys in the outdoor hospitality sector. I’m excited to see the positive impact they’ll have by documenting their collaborative efforts!

March 21, 2024 10:19 am

I reckon it’s crucial for us outdoor hospitality peeps in North Carolina to keep our ears to the ground on any new rules and get chatting to steer things in our favor. Let’s build a strong network, swap tips, and gear up together for more wins in the future!

Kevin Ward
Kevin Ward
March 21, 2024 12:03 pm

Did you hear about the recent win for North Carolina’s outdoor hospitality industry? It’s awesome how they tackled those regulatory challenges and paved the way for practical standards. Shows what teamwork can achieve!

March 21, 2024 1:36 pm

Did you catch the buzz about North Carolina’s outdoor hospitality scene? The recent advocacy win for RV parks could be a game-changer across states. Kudos to OHI and CARVC for showing advocacy power!

Yara Field
Yara Field
March 21, 2024 4:58 pm

Have you heard about the recent win in North Carolina’s outdoor hospitality industry? It’s all about how teamwork and smart advocacy tackled regulatory challenges, making things smoother for everyone. This victory shows what can happen when we work together to make positive changes!


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