Bringing a trailer into the park?
As a general rule trailers can only be brought into the park Monday through Thursday. We do not want a trailer being delivered on Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays due to the congestion and numerous activities.
In addition, we must know when you are expecting a trailer to be delivered. You should fill out a “Lot Improvement” form in the office so we can mark the lot to make sure you are compliant with the 5 feet from the lot line, back & side lot lines rules, in accordance with all park and county rules. Fire code requires structures to be 10 feet apart to prevent fire from one structure from spreading to another, and therefore we must mark your lot before you bring a trailer in, even if you pulled it out for the off season and are just bringing it back.
We have several people who haven’t followed this guideline so far this year. A letter will be going out to those people, who will unfortunately have to move and reset their trailers. Failure to comply will result in a fine.
Buying a new trailer?
Spring is one of the times people think about buying new trailers. I would like to give you a few things to think about based on what I’m seeing with park models and lodges (as opposed to travel trailers or 5th wheels). Your unit should have an underbelly, which is a barrier on the bottom of your trailer designed to keep things from entering your trailer from beneath. These barriers can be plastic or metal. You should strongly consider getting metal. Raccoons can get through the plastic, and the average repair cost for this sort of invasion is typically more than $2,000. Your trailer generally will have plastic ductwork, as opposed to metal, and the animals will destroy it.
Another thing to consider is whether during the installation of the unit the dealer had to puncture the underbelly, to plumb for a holding tank or add wiring for a heating/cooling unit. We have seen situations where the unit had a metal underbelly but the dealer cut a hole in it and didn’t seal the hole up. Planning on putting a holding tank under your trailer? Because they are building taller units, road clearance can pose a problem. What some manufacturers are doing now is putting smaller diameter tires on the unit to make sure they don’t have clearance problems. The potential problem with this is that you may not be able to get a larger holding tank because it will no longer fit under your unit (as required).
Related to this is how the holding tank is plumbed. We have always recommended that the drain piping and gate valve be placed on the bottom of the tank, as opposed to having your tank pumped out from the top. If you pump out from the top you will need to put a 90 degree fitting on the top of the tank and that adds another 6-8 inches, or more, of necessary under the unit clearance. This is definitely a problem if your unit has the smaller wheels. Dealers appear to be ordering holding tanks from whoever is cheaper rather than what is best for you, so you might not want to buy your holding tank from the dealer you buy your unit from. We have also found that pumping out from the top of the tank doesn’t empty the tank as much as from the bottom side. Over time this build up of solids could result in an odor problem that will be hard to get rid of.
We mention this now as a lot of you are thinking about and/or building decks. We will be adding to our rules this year. The park must adhere to all state and county guidelines. All decks must be compliant with Wisconsin building codes: (SPS 321.04). Failure to comply will result in a fine.
They mostly involve rules for stairs and handrails. Guardrails must be installed on the entire deck if ANY part of the deck is more the 24 inches above grade, even if a screened-in porch is placed on deck. Guardrails must be at least 36 inches above the floor of the deck and made so as to prevent a 4-inch sphere from passing through. This also includes the space between the deck and bottom rail of guardrail. Stairs must be at least 36 inches wide with 8-inch or less risers and a minimum tread depth of 9 inches. Stair flights with more than 3 risers must have handrails on both sides and made so as to prevent a 4-inch sphere from passing through. The area formed by the tread, riser and bottom rail must prevent a 6-inch sphere from passing through. Handrails must be at least 30 inches but no more than 38 inches above the nose of the treads and must be able to withstand a 200 pound load applied in any direction.
Rope, cable or similar materials used in handrail or guardrail infill must be strung with maximum openings of 3 1/2 inches with vertical supports a maximum of 4 ft. apart.
Have you noticed that some people are not following the shed rules, especially as regards size and color requirements? We have. Conversations have already taken place concerning making the necessary changes to what has been built in the past couple of years. We are requiring two people to remove their non-compliant sheds by Memorial Day. We will be sending out letters to others requiring them to bring their shed into compliance. Please note that ONLY 1 SHED is allowed on a lot. This is a County rule, which is why it is one of our rules. Failure to comply will result in a fine.
We will be making one change to the rules regarding sheds this year. We will now allow metal roofs, similar to what we have been putting on park buildings, as long as they are aesthetically pleasing (dark brown, of course).