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Camping and RV Industry Definitions

This guide is designed to be a valuable resource for anyone involved in the camping and RVing industry, including professionals, consumers, and government officials. By understanding and using these terms correctly, we can all work together to ensure clear communication and understanding of the industry. 

Campground

A recreational facility that offers temporary or seasonal access to the vacationing and traveling public;

Campsite Occupancy: A Campsite is equipped for tents, recreational vehicles, ready to camp or temporary roofed accommodations for a set rate.

Intent of Use: A Campground is used for recreational purposes only and does not offer site use agreements for the purpose of principal/permanent residential occupancy.

Services within a Campground: A Campground may offer a variety of services to guests that support the recreational nature of their business and facilitate on site, non-use storage of recreational vehicles.

Recreational Vehicle

A vehicle or slide-in camper that is designed to provide temporary living, sleeping, or eating accommodation for travel, vacation, seasonal camping, or recreational use and designed to be driven, towed, transported, or relocated from time to time whether or not the vehicle is jacked up or its running gear is removed, and with a size as defined by CSA Z240 RV series Recreational Vehicles, published by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA).  Recreational vehicles include motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth-wheel travel trailers, destination trailers, truck campers, tent trailers, or park model trailers, and similar mobile vehicles. 

 

Designed for temporary living, a recreational vehicle must not be used as a principle place of residence of the occupant. For this reason, manufactured homes and “tiny” homes cannot be categorized as recreational vehicles.

Motor Home

A recreational vehicle that is self-propelled which includes vehicles described as “Class A”, “Class B”, and “Class C” and which are manufactured to the CSA Z240 RV series or NFPA 1192 standard.

Travel Trailer

A Recreational Vehicle mounted on wheels and designed to be towed by a motorized vehicle that is constructed with a roof and sidewalls made of rigid materials and which are manufactured to the CSA Z240 RV series or NFPA 1192 standard.

Fifth Wheel Trailer

A Recreational Vehicle mounted on wheels and designed to be towed by a motorized vehicle by means of a towing mechanism that is mounted above or forward of the tow vehicle’s rear axle and which is manufactured to the CSA Z240 RV series or NFPA 1192 standard.

Truck Camper

A Recreational Vehicle designed to be loaded on and unloaded from the bed of a pickup truck and manufactured to the CSA Z240 RV series or NFPA 1192 standard.

Folding Camping Trailer

A Recreational Vehicle mounted on wheels and designed to be towed by a motorized vehicle that is constructed with a collapsible roof and collapsible partial sidewalls that unfold and extend in the set-up mode and fold back up for travel, and which are manufactured to the CSA Z240 RV series or NFPA 1192 standard.

Destination Trailer

A Recreational Vehicle mounted on wheels and designed to be towed by a motorized vehicle that is constructed with a roof and sidewalls made of rigid materials. The overall width shall not exceed 2.6 m (8.5 ft), when the vehicle is folded or stowed for transit, where the width is the sum of the distances from the vehicle centreline to the outermost projections on each side. 

Park Model Trailer

A Recreational Vehicle that meets the following criteria:

a) it is built on a single chassis mounted on wheels;

b) it is designed to facilitate relocation from time to time;

c) it is designed as living quarters for seasonal camping and may be connected to those utilities necessary for operation of installed fixtures and appliances; and

d) it has a gross floor area, not exceeding 50 m2 when in the set-up mode, and has a width greater than 2.6 m in the transit mode, and prohibits lofts.

A Park Model Trailer is manufactured in accordance with CAN/CSA Z241 Series Park Model Trailers.

Manufactured Home (Mobile Home)

A single or multiple-section one-storey dwelling that is designed and constructed for year-round occupancy, constructed in a factory, transported to the installation site, and ready for occupancy on completion of set-up in accordance with the manufacturers installation instructions. A manufactured home must comply with CSA Z240 MH Series Manufactured Homes in jurisdictions where it is referenced of recognized for compliance with local requirements.

Factory Built Buildings

Factory built buildings (including manufactures homes) intended for residential occupancy must comply with all appropriate Code requirements. Only those building components that are designed and constructed in manufacturing plants in accordance with the specified standards (CSA Z240.2.1, CSA Z240.10.1 and CSA A277 Procedure for certification of prefabricated buildings, modules and panels) are deemed to comply with the Code. 

Building components designed and constructed outside the place of manufacture (e.g. masonry, chimneys, basement stairs, foundations, etc.) must conform to the requirements of the Code. The Code also applies to the site installation of manufactured buildings in terms of tie downs, spatial separation, grading, plumbing connections to street services, etc.