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State Legislature Honors ARVC’s Jeff Sims

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Jeff Sims, director of state relations and program advocacy with the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, was recently honored by the Missouri House of Representatives for his legislative work on behalf of the RV and campground industries.

Missouri Rep. Don Phillips presented Sims with a House Resolution during a July 8 meeting at City Hall in Kimberling City, Mo.

The House Resolution, signed by Phillips and Speaker of the House Todd Richardson, honors Sims for his lifetime of work in the RV and campground industries, including his work on behalf of ARVC, Missouri ARVC, the Missouri Travel Council and other groups that promote tourism in Missouri and across the country, including the White House Conference on Travel and Tourism.

The House Resolution noted that Sims recently earned the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s National Legislative Award for his key role in working with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to revise the agency’s RV definition and draw a bright, clear line between park model RVs and manufactured housing. The National Legislative Award honors those who distinguish themselves in legislative matters pertaining to the RV industry.

HUD had previously planned to require porches to be included in the 400 square foot limit on park model RVs, but backed off the proposal after nearly 800 park owners sent approximately 2,700 electronic letters to 335 members of Congress opposing the porch requirement. Park operators and RV industry officials also told Congress that what was really needed was for HUD to clarify the distinctions between park model RVs and manufactured homes.

Sims was ARVC’s point person on the letter writing campaign, which he coordinated with RVIA and the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA).

The Missouri House of Representative Resolution and RVIAs National Legislative Award are the latest of many accolades for Sims, 59, who has spent his whole life either running a campground or working on behalf of the campground and RV industries.

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