Overwhelming majority supports long term residency in campgrounds - 769 participants, 2123 responses

Aug 09, 2016

In Rochester, dozens of residents living in RVs year-round within a campground may be forced to move if the city wins a court case against the campground owners. The lawsuit results from a notice of violation the city sent last summer that directed the owners to stop renting out recreational vehicles located on their property. On July 17, the LFDA decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH residents be allowed to live in recreational vehicles (RVs) long term in campgrounds?”

“Should NH residents be allowed to live in recreational vehicles (RVs) long term in campgrounds?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Participation:

A total of 86% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 14% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, the LFDA received 2,123 responses from 769 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

Yes: An overwhelming majority, at 97% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, supported allowing citizens to live in recreational vehicles (RVs) long term in campgrounds.

  • "Government has no authority to tell folks where they can and cannot reside.”
  • “Whether people should live in this or that mode of habitation is their choice. Outlawing living in an RV would only needlessly limit people's options and leave RV dwellers essentially homeless for part of the year.”
  • “Why is it any different than couch surfing at a friend's house or less ideal than sleeping on the streets or in a shelter?”

No: A minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 3%, opposed allowing citizens to live in recreational vehicles (RVs) long term in campgrounds.

  • “To live in an RV away from a campground, or even on private property, in many states is a violation of the Environmental Health Code.”
  • “If you want to live year round in an RV, go buy one and put it somewhere that it's allowed and where you have access to water and proper sewer. You can have all the freedom you want—on your own dime.”
  • “Not if the campground is classified as seasonal and not as long they have kids in the school district.”

Other: As noted above, 14% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Broadening the discussion: “What’s wrong with preferring to be nomadic over being tied down to a piece of property?”
  • Questioning the motives behind Rochester’s battle with the campground owners: “The city of Rochester doesn't want folks living in campgrounds in RVs because they can't get any tax revenue.”
  • Discussing why people may want to live in recreational vehicles long-term: “Some retired people just like to travel around the country in their RV or camper full time. That is their home.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

Click here to read the full Facebook discussion of this question. 

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