Who We Are and What We Do ...

Who we are:

WESTERN G.M.COACH CHAPTER, FAMILY MOTOR COACH ASSOCIATION, INC.

This Chapter shall be authorized to function as a regional group covering the Western portion of the United States.

 

The purpose of the Chapter is:

a. To promote the aims and objectives of F.M.C.A., Inc., as set forth in the Constitution and Bylaws of said association.

b. To promote interest in converted G.M. Coaches as motor homes.

c. To promote the safety and mechanical integrity of converted buses.

d. To promote the safe operation and maintenance of converted buses.

e. To exchange ideas, concepts, parts, and physical help toward converting and maintaining G.M. coaches.

 

What we do :

We own, operate and even live full time in converted Motor Coaches manufactured by General Motors originally designed for over the road transit. As you visit our pages you can hopefully get a better understanding of these  unique vehicles. Throughout the year WGM members gather in the form of rallys, Get togethers, road trips and  generally form a family of "Bus-Nuts". Rallys are held in all manner of locations and allow us to talk about our coaches, swap stories, tell tall tales and eat some of the best foods that our familys can offer. In general, we just have daggum fun. Throughout the pages here you can see some of the places we have been and learn a bit about us.

Enjoy Your Visit!

The Family of WGM

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Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:21:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 12 Dec 2013 | <p>RVIA’s California RV Show was presented with the Orange County American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Top Third Party Event award during the group’s 2013 Volunteer & Sponsor Awards Celebration on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the Yost Theater in downtown Santa Ana, Ca.   RVIA was honored for helping to raise awareness of diabetes through the guest appearance of Bret Michaels at the event last October. <br /><br />''The whole idea of Bret Michaels coming to the show was to promote the advocacy of the American Diabetes Association,'' says RVIA Western Show Director Tom Gaither. ''While Bret greeted our guests at the show, we pledged the gate proceeds from one day at the show to the ADA.'' <br /><br />During his appearance, Michaels introduced two brothers with Type 1 diabetes. The boys, 9-year-old Aiden and 13-year-old Cullen Darius, are youth ambassadors and have a daily monitoring of their sugar and carbohydrate levels, sometimes as much as eight times per day.  Their dream of meeting Bret Michaels was realized at the California RV Show.  The meeting was arranged by the Orange County American Diabetes Association and George Carson of Carson Marketing in conjunction with the show.  <br /><br />During the awards ceremony at Orange County ADA’s annual dinner, Tom Gaither presented a check representing the gate proceeds as planned.   Tom received a glass award on behalf of RVIA for being the Top Third Party fund raiser event of the year.  The evening concluded with promoting next year’s events which will raise funds to stop diabetes which is the laudable goal of American Diabetes Association.</p>
Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:18:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 12 Dec 2013 | <p>Appearing at RVIA’s Outlook 2014 breakfast that serves as a kickoff to the National RV Trade Show, Sports Illustrated Senior Writer and NFL guru Peter King described some of his RVing experiences through the years.<br /><br />King told the audience of more than 1,000 that he’s wanted to do more RVing since a trip he took on John Madden’s famous ''cruiser'' back in 1990.<br /><br />''John (Madden) always hated flying,'' King said from the stage. ''He felt like he was missing something by just flying from destination to destination. He’d stop at small towns, meet people, and enjoy some of the great stuff that goes on across the country.''<br /><br />According to King, a bad flying experience a couple years ago - one that prevented him from getting from one NFL training camp to another in time to write his story - got him thinking about using an RV for his annual visits to NFL training camps.<br /><br />This year’s trip in a Jayco motorhome arranged by Go RVing covered 11,269 miles in 31 days, King said. It whetted his appetite for more, and piqued the interest of NFL players and personnel.<br /><br />''When I visited the Colts training camp, I talked with Andrew Luck (the team’s quarterback) and Chuck Pagano (the coach) at the motorhome,'' King said. ''They both wanted to look inside and said this was how they wanted to travel. In Minnesota, Adrian Peterson sat behind the wheel and talked about how he wanted a motorhome for himself and his family.'' </p>
Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:16:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 12 Dec 2013 | <p> The RV industry’s recovery and bright prospects for 2014 were the focus of media coverage from the 51st Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville. News of the industry’s rebound on display at the show appeared in four national media organizations, as well as an array of local outlets in Louisville and Indiana.<br /><br />Highlights included:<br /><br />*  An <a href='http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2013-12-03/rv-industry-shows-more-signs-of-recovery'>Associated Press</a> story that appeared in publications nationwide reporting that the RV industry was expected to surpass 300,000 shipments this year for the first time since the recession.<br /><br />*  <a href='http://www.forbes.com/fdc/welcome_mjx.shtml'>Forbes.com</a> reported that high consumer confidence and an improved economy was spurring strong sales of motorhomes and trailers, and that continued growth was predicted for 2014.<br /><br />*  <a href='http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-12-03/rvs-fueled-by-cheap-loans-pick-up-steam'>Bloomberg Business Week</a> reported that the biggest vehicle news of the week was not the recovery of the auto industry, but rather was coming from the RV show in Louisville.<br /><br />*  During discussion of the uptick in U.S. auto sales, <a href='http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000223398'>CNBC </a>analysts also talked about the RV industry’s projected growth in 2014, and what it means for the overall economy.<br /><br />The National RV Trade Show received extensive coverage in local media outlets as well. Please visit the <a href='http://www.rvia.org/?ESID=newsroom'>News Room</a> at <a href='http://www.rvia.org'>RVIA.org</a> for a complete run-down of show coverage in the mainstream media. </p>
Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:12:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 12 Dec 2013 | <p>The RV industry opened its 51st National RV Trade Show on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at ''Outlook 2014: Everywhere'' an informative, entertaining program that laid out details of the industry’s prospects for 2014 and provided an update on advertising and public relations efforts.<br /><br />The breakfast event was attended by more than 1,000 RV manufacturers, dealers and industry representatives. Following a talk from RVIA President Richard Coon about growth in RV shipments and a presentation of the new projection for 2014 shipments, Go RVing Co-Chairs Bob Wheeler and Tom Stinnett partnered with RVIA Public Relations Committee Chairman B.J. Thompson and RVIA Vice President of Public Relations and Advertising James Ashurst for a multimedia presentation recapping 2013 progress in advertising and public relations.<br /><br />''Time is at a premium and household finances are being squeezed,'' Thompson told the audience. ''For many, RVs are an ideal solution that offer the flexibility to get away from the stresses of everyday life and have a great outdoor experience with loved ones - without breaking the budget.''<br /><br />Thompson presented some of the industry’s media relations highlights, including coverage on TV networks including NBC, ABC, FOX News, FOX Business, and CNBC. He also discussed major print and digital placements, as well as a partnership with local dealerships around the country that resulted in media placements in more than 20 markets.<br /><br />''There’s the old adage that all politics is local and the same can ring true in PR,'' Thompson said. ''The impact of local news cannot be overlooked. That’s why we worked with dealers in local markets. Who better to talk about the benefits of RVing than the people who sell them every day?''<br /><br />Stinnett and Wheeler reported on results from the ''AWAY'' Go RVing advertising campaign. The pair emphasized the impact of the campaign’s promotional partnerships and the effectiveness of Go RVing leads.<br /><br /> ''As the industry surged in 2013, Go RVing’s increased promotional spend over 2012 helped keep the RV lifestyle message everywhere,'' Wheeler said. ''We continued to work with partners who provided us the opportunity to go beyond traditional advertising so we could stretch our dollars even further.''<br /><br />Wheeler discussed Go RVing’s successful partnership with the Outdoor Channel on a promotion that saw more than 162,000 entries for a folding camping trailer giveaway, as well as efforts to create RV experiences for more than 15,000 consumers at non-RVing events such as fairs and festivals.<br /><br /> Stinnett took over from Wheeler and reported that the improved and streamlined Go RVing Leads Plus Program has seen a 35% increase in leads downloads in 2013. In addition, Stinnett presented analysis by Polk research showing that Go RVing leads are actually purchasing RVs at rates higher than marketing industry standards.<br /><br />Stinnett also revealed a new initiative to maintain Go RVing’s reach year-round. This year, Go RVing launched a tailgating initiative in partnership with Sports Illustrated and ESPN. The initiative included a new TV commercial designed to appeal to sports fans while showcasing the amenities of RVs.<br /><br />''I don’t know about the rest of you in the room, but at my business, we don’t stop selling product just because September rolls around,'' Stinnett said. ''And that was the thinking about extending Go RVing’s promotional push later into the selling season - to keep the RV experience fresh in consumers’ minds.''<br /><br />After a brief appearance by football legend ''Mean Joe'' Greene and remarks from respected Sports Illustrated NFL writer Peter King, Ashurst closed the presentation by discussing some of the plans for Go RVing in 2014.<br /><br />''We plan to elevate our tailgating initiative, and we are currently in discussions with some third party brands to build on what we did with Sports Illustrated, ESPN and CBS Sports,'' Ashurst said. ''We’re going to expand event efforts in 2014 by sponsoring a huge, multi-day country music festival that draws tens of thousands, and we’ll continue to work with top-tier cable networks like Travel Channel - both in advertising and in working RVs into their programming.''<br /><br />In addition, Go RVing will create a new AWAY advertising spot that will allow the campaign to evolve the message while reducing creative and production costs. </p>
Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:07:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 12 Dec 2013 | The strong performance of the RV market will continue in 2014, RVIA President Richard Coon told attendees at ''Outlook 2014: Everywhere,'' the launch event of the 51st Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, KY. RV shipments in 2014 are expected to reach 335,500 units - a 6.1% increase from the projected total for 2013.<br /><br />Speaking to more than 1,000 RV manufacturers, dealers and industry representatives on Tuesday, Dec. 3, Coon provided an optimistic look at the industry’s future, based on a new projection from Dr. Richard Curtin, director of consumer surveys at the University of Michigan, in RVIA’s quarterly forecasting newsletter RV Roadsigns.<br /><br />The rise in shipments to 316,300 units by year-end 2013 would be a 10.7% gain over the 2012 total of 285,749 and include double digit gains in conventional travel trailers and type A motorhomes. The industry is poised to surpass 300,000 shipments for the first time since the recession. The expected increase in 2014 would mean five consecutive years of RV market growth.<br /><br />''RV shipments are growing,'' Coon said. ''Consumer confidence is growing, credit is available, and RVs are visible, popular and even cool. This is a good time to be in the RV business.''<br /><br />Shipments are expected to rise in each product category, according to the new forecast, and motorhome growth is anticipated to be particularly strong. In 2013 and 2014, motorhomes are predicted to reach 12% of all shipments - up from 10% in 2012.<br /><br />The growing strength in RV shipments is due to rising consumer confidence and improved economic conditions; however, lingering uncertainty about government policies and programs could affect the economic outlook, Coon cautioned.<br /><br />''Our forecasts are affected by the economy,'' Coon said. ''The economy is improving, but that progress could be undone if our political leaders fail to behave responsibly.''<br /><br />During his presentation, Coon walked the audience through RVIA’s 2014 projection for each of the major RV product types, which are shown in the table below.<br /><br /><table style='font: 11px/14px arial, helvetica, sans-serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;' border='1' cellspacing='0' cellpadding='0'><tbody><tr><td width='180' valign='top'><p><span style='font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'><strong><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial;'>RV Type</span></strong></span></p></td><td width='96' valign='top'><p align='center'><span style='font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'><strong><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial;'>2012</span></strong></span></p></td><td width='96' valign='top'><p align='center'><span style='font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'><strong><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial;'>2013 (proj)</span></strong></span></p></td><td width='96' valign='top'><p align='center'><span style='font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'><strong><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial;'>2014 (proj)</span></strong></span></p></td></tr><tr><td width='180' valign='top'><p><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>Travel Trailers</span></p></td><td width='96' valign='top'><p align='right'><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>176,900</span></p></td><td width='96' valign='top'><p align='right'><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>195,000</span></p></td><td width='96' valign='top'><p align='right'><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>206,100</span></p></td></tr><tr><td width='180' valign='top'><p><span style='font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial;'>5</span><sup><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial;'>th</span></sup><span class='Apple-converted-space' style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial;'> </span><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial;'>Wheels</span></span></p></td><td width='96' valign='top'><p align='right'><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>65,980</span></p></td><td width='96' valign='top'><p align='right'><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>68,900</span></p></td><td width='96' valign='top'><p align='right'><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>73,000</span></p></td></tr><tr><td width='180' valign='top'><p><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>Folding Camping Trailers</span></p></td><td width='96' valign='top'><p align='right'><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>11,265</span></p></td><td width='96' valign='top'><p align='right'><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>10,900</span></p></td><td width='96' valign='top'><p align='right'><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>11,000</span></p></td></tr><tr><td width='180' valign='top'><p><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>Truck Campers</span></p></td><td width='96' valign='top'><p align='right'><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>3,406</span></p></td><td width='96' valign='top'><p align='right'><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>3,400</span></p></td><td width='96' valign='top'><p align='right'><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>3,500</span></p></td></tr><tr><td width='180' valign='top'><span style='font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'><br /></span></td><td width='96' valign='top'><span style='font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'><br /></span></td><td width='96' valign='top'><span style='font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'><br /></span></td><td width='96' valign='top'><span style='font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'><br /></span></td></tr><tr><td width='180' valign='top'><p><span style='font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'><strong><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial;'>ALL TOWABLE</span></strong></span></p></td><td width='96' valign='top'><p align='right'><span style='font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'><strong><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial;'>257,551</span></strong></span></p></td><td width='96' valign='top'><p align='right'><span style='font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'><strong><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial;'>278,200</span></strong></span></p></td><td width='96' valign='top'><p align='right'><span style='font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'><strong><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial;'>293,600</span></strong></span></p></td></tr><tr><td width='180' valign='top'><span style='font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'><br /></span></td><td width='96' valign='top'><span style='font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'><br /></span></td><td width='96' valign='top'><span style='font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'><br /></span></td><td width='96' valign='top'><span style='font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'><br /></span></td></tr><tr><td width='180' valign='top'><p><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>Type A Motorhomes</span></p></td><td width='96' valign='top'><p align='right'><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>14,582</span></p></td><td width='96' valign='top'><p align='right'><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>19,100</span></p></td><td width='96' valign='top'><p align='right'><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>21,000</span></p></td></tr><tr><td width='180' valign='top'><p><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>Type B Motorhomes</span></p></td><td width='96' valign='top'><p align='right'><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>2,123</span></p></td><td width='96' valign='top'><p align='right'><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>2,200</span></p></td><td width='96' valign='top'><p align='right'><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>2,600</span></p></td></tr><tr><td width='180' valign='top'><p><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>Type C Motorhomes</span></p></td><td width='96' valign='top'><p align='right'><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>11,493</span></p></td><td width='96' valign='top'><p align='right'><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>16,800</span></p></td><td width='96' valign='top'><p align='right'><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>18,300</span></p></td></tr><tr><td width='180' valign='top'><span style='font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'><br /></span></td><td width='96' valign='top'><span style='font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'><br /></span></td><td width='96' valign='top'><span style='font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'><br /></span></td><td width='96' valign='top'><span style='font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'><br /></span></td></tr><tr><td width='180' valign='top'><p><span style='font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'><strong><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial;'>ALL MOTORIZED</span></strong></span></p></td><td width='96' valign='top'><p align='right'><span style='font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'><strong><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial;'>28,198</span></strong></span></p></td><td width='96' valign='top'><p align='right'><span style='font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'><strong><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial;'>38,100</span></strong></span></p></td><td width='96' valign='top'><p align='right'><span style='font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'><strong><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial;'>41,900</span></strong></span></p></td></tr><tr><td width='180' valign='top'><span style='font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'><br /></span></td><td width='96' valign='top'><span style='font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'><br /></span></td><td width='96' valign='top'><span style='font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'><br /></span></td><td width='96' valign='top'><span style='font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'><br /></span></td></tr><tr><td width='180' valign='top'><p><span style='font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'><strong><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial;'>TOTAL - ALL RVs</span></strong></span></p></td><td width='96' valign='top'><p align='right'><span style='font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'><strong><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial;'>285,749</span></strong></span></p></td><td width='96' valign='top'><p align='right'><span style='font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'><strong><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial;'>316,300</span></strong></span></p></td><td width='96' valign='top'><p align='right'><span style='font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'><strong><span style='color: rgb(214, 246, 246); font-family: arial;'>335,500</span></strong></span></p></td></tr></tbody></table><br />''This has been a good year for sales and for promoting RVs to our core audiences,'' Coon said. ''There is strong demand for RVs, and I am excited about our industry’s future.'' <br /><br />
Thu, 12 Dec 2013 11:44:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 12 Dec 2013 | <p>RVIA’s 51st National RV Trade Show, held Dec. 3-5 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY, displayed 2014 product lines, as well as the kind of optimism for the future that has fueled the four straight years of rising shipments.<br /><br />''Everywhere I went, there was a strong feeling that the industry is doing well,'' said RVIA President Richard Coon. ''The RV market is coming back, and the key economic indicators are pointing in the right direction.''<br /><br />The RV industry’s premiere show included 61 manufacturers and 217 suppliers showcasing their latest products and newest designs across more than 720,000 square feet of exhibit space. Attendance totaled 7,751, a small 1% increase from 2012. Total buying attendance, representing individual attendees in the RV dealer, accessory store, campground owner, and warehouse distributor categories, was down 3% to 2,874. The total number of dealerships will be released after RVIA is able to complete its internal audit of attendance data.<br /><br />Although attendance was flat, a feeling of optimism pervaded the show floor.<br /><br />''We were happy with traffic in our booth,'' said Chad Reece of Winnebago. ''There was a positive response to our new products and we did good business.''<br /><br />''We’ve had a terrific show,'' said Paul Eskritt of Forest River. ''We’re hearing favorable comments from dealers and our sales have been strong.''<br /><br />At the National RV Trade Show, RVIA released details of a new shipments projection for 2014, prepared by Dr. Richard Curtin of the University of Michigan and RVIA’s Market Information Committee. The RV industry recovery from the economic downturn will continue in 2014, as shipments are expected to rise to 335,500 - a 6% increase over the projected 2013 total of 316,300 units.<br /><br />The rise in shipments to 316,300 units by year-end 2013 would be an 11% gain over the 2012 total of 285,749, and would be the first time since 2007 that RV shipments surpassed 300,000 units. The expected increase in 2014 would mark a fifth consecutive year of RV market growth.<br /><br />The 52nd National RV Trade Show will take place December 2-4, 2014 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. </p>
Sun, 01 Dec 2013 12:16:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Sun, 01 Dec 2013 | <p>With the National RV Trade Show kicking off tomorrow, RVIA is reminding industry members about registration and badge pick up information.<br /><br />On-site show registration is available in the main registration area in front of the Arena/Freedom Hall from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Dec. 2; from 7:00 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 and 4;  and from 7:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Dec. 5.  If you already have your badge and only require a badgeholder, you can use the South Wing Lobby C entrance on Dec. 3 and 4.<br /><br />Attendees who pre-registered can avoid registration lines on the opening day of the National RV Trade Show by picking up their badges at Will Call on Dec. 2 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.<br /><br />For those industry members who pre-registered and will attend ''Outlook 2014: Everywhere'' on the morning of Dec. 3, two badge holder pick up stations will be open at 7:00 a.m. to distribute badges.  One station will be in the South Wing C Lobby and the other by the escalators that go up to the Mezzanine Ballroom where the Outlook 2014 breakfast will be held. Attendees should enter the building through the South Wing C Lobby. Once again through the courtesy of Chevrolet GM Fleet and Commercial Operations, there will be four shuttle vans operating in the parking lot starting on Dec. 3 that will pick attendees up at their vehicles and take them to the South Wing C Lobby entrance.<br /><br />RV dealers who want to attend Outlook 2014 but have not pre-registered will be able to do so at either of the badge holder pick up stations in the South Wing C lobby starting at 7:00 a.m. on Dec. 3.  These badges will be prepared and waiting for attendees at the badge holder pick up station at the foot of the escalators when they exit Outlook 2014. <br /><br />Unfortunately, other attendees who are subject to registration fees will have to go to the main registration lobby to obtain their show badges. Registration in the main lobby will also be open at 7:00 a.m. on Dec. 3. <br /><br />The National RV Trade Show is scheduled for Dec. 3 - 5, at the Kentucky Exposition Center.  Attendees will not be able to access the show floor until Tuesday, Dec. 3.  Show hours are 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 - 4 and 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 5. </p>
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Tue, 19 Nov 2013 11:37:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Tue, 19 Nov 2013 | <p>Fueled by four consecutive years of growth in shipments, RVIA’s 51st National RV Trade Show is ''fully equipped'' to be a first-class spot where the industry’s manufacturers, suppliers and RV dealers will convene to see that latest RV products, accessories and services. <br /><br />The industry-only show will be held at the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC) in Louisville, Ky., from Dec. 3 - 5, 2013.<br /><br />The RV industry’s premiere trade event features 61 manufacturer and 225 supplier exhibitors displaying the latest RV products across more than 720,000 square feet of exhibit space. More than 8,000 attendees, including RV dealers, warehouse distributors, accessory store owners, camp-ground operators and exhibitor personnel, are expected to be on hand for the event.<br /><br />''This year’s show demonstrates the strength of our industry’s recovery,'' said RVIA President Richard Coon. ''Shipments are up, employment is up, and optimism is up because our industry has shown its resilience. Louisville offers a one-stop site where attendees can see our industry’s best products, meet col-leagues, and, most importantly, conduct business.<br /><br />''RVIA sincerely thanks the following members for the loan of vehicles for the 51st Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, KY.  Chevrolet & GM Fleet and Commercial Operations (Booth 2001) provided the parking lot shuttles and Monaco RV (Booth 3000) provided the motorhome used as a check-in station for  show units.<br /><br /><strong>Outlook 2014: Everywhere</strong><br /><br />''Outlook 2014: Everywhere'' will kick off RVIA’s 51st National RV Trade Show on Tuesday, Dec. 3, with an energizing multi-media program offers an overview of the industry’s successes over the past year as well as a look at the industry’s promising future.<br /><br />The free event for registered attendees will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a breakfast in the KEC South Wing Mezzanine Ballroom. One of the most anticipated annual industry events with more than 1,000 RV dealers and show exhibitors expected to be on hand, ''Outlook 2014'' will entertain and inform attendees with fast-paced, insightful presentations.<br /><br />Hosted by RVIA Chairman of the Board Doug Gaeddert, ''Out-look 2014: Everywhere'' will feature RVIA President Richard Coon’s thoughts on the state of the industry and where it is headed in the year ahead in a presentation titled ''Growing Everywhere.<br /><br />''The industry’s Go RVing and media relations team will deliver ''Seen Everywhere,'' a multi-media report highlighting the most impactful advertising and public relations achievements in 2013, while previewing what’s in store for 2014. The presentation will feature Go RVing Co-Chairs Bob Wheeler and Tom Stinnett as well as RVIA Public Relations Committee Chairman B.J. Thompson and RVIA Vice President of Public Relations and Advertising James Ashurst.<br /><br />Attendees will also hear from Sports Illustrated senior writer Peter King, one of America’s premier pro football writers. King, who toured NFL training camps this year in a motorhome provided by Go RVing and Jayco, will share his thoughts on his RV adventure and provide an insider’s view of the NFL.<br /><br />The ''Outlook 2014: Everywhere'' program and breakfast are free for attendees on a first-come, first-served basis. All National RV Trade Show attendees are welcome, and no reservations are necessary. Show registration will be available in the South Wing Lobby C Entrance prior to the event. <br /><br /><strong>Seminars & Learning Opportunities<br /></strong><br />Attendees are offered a seminar schedule featuring two sessions designed to help dealers increase sales and boost their bottom line (see page 6 for more information).<br /><br />The show also offers attendees opportunities to learn about resources available to help them build their business. Industry members can visit the Go RVing booth to find out more about the industry’s national ''AWAY'' advertising campaign, as well as how to use the program’s materials to bolster their own local promotional activities.<br /><br />For more information about RV technician education initiatives and certification, attendees can visit the RV Education booth.<br /></p>
Tue, 19 Nov 2013 11:26:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Tue, 19 Nov 2013 | <p> ''Outlook 2014: Everywhere'' will kick off RVIA’s 51st National RV Trade Show on Tuesday, Dec. 3, with an energizing multi-media program that offers an overview of the industry’s successes over the past year as well as a look at the industry’s promising future.<br /><br />The free event for registered attendees will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a breakfast in the KEC South Wing Mezzanine Ballroom. One of the most anticipated annual industry events with more than 1,000 RV dealers and show exhibitors expected to be on hand, ''Outlook 2014'' will entertain and inform attendees with fast-paced, insightful presentations.<br /><br />Hosted by RVIA Chairman of the Board Doug Gaeddert, ''Outlook 2014: Everywhere'' will feature RVIA President Richard Coon’s thoughts on the state of the industry and where it is headed in the year ahead in a presentation titled ''Growing Everywhere.''<br /><br />The industry’s Go RVing and public relations team will deliver ''Seen Everywhere,'' a multi-media report highlighting the most impactful advertising and public relations achievements in 2013 while previewing what’s in store for 2014. The presentation will feature Go RVing Co-Chairs Bob Wheeler and Tom Stinnett as well as RVIA Public Relations Committee Chairman B.J. Thompson and RVIA Vice President of Public Relations and Advertising James Ashurst.<br /><br />Attendees will also hear from Sports Illustrated senior writer Peter King, one of America’s premier pro football writers. King, who toured NFL training camps this year in a motorhome provided by Go RVing and Jayco, will share his thoughts on his RV adventure and provide an insider’s view of the NFL.<br /><br />The ''Outlook 2014: Everywhere'' program and breakfast are free for attendees on a first-come, first-served basis. All National RV Trade Show attendees are welcome, and no reservations are necessary. RV dealers who want to attend ''Outlook 2014'' but have not pre-registered will be able to do so at either of the badge holder pick up stations in the South Wing C lobby starting at 7:00 am on Dec. 3.  These badges will be prepared and waiting for attendees at the badge holder pick up station at the foot of the escalators when they exit the program. Those attendees subject to registration fees will have to go to the main registration lobby to obtain their show badges. Registration in the main lobby will also be open at 7:00 am on Dec. 3.  <br /><br />The National RV Trade Show is scheduled for Dec. 3 - 5 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Show hours are 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 - 4 and 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 5. <br /><br /></p>
Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:52:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Mon, 21 Oct 2013 | <p><img width='314' height='209' align='right' alt='' src='http://www.rvia.org/images/Aviara-Fountain%20medium.gif' border='0' />RVIA has scheduled the association’s 2014 Annual Meeting for March 4 - 7, 2014 at the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, CA.<br /><br />Annual Meeting attendees will have the opportunity to discuss association activities, attend informative seminars, and network with business colleagues.<br /><br />The tentative schedule includes the arrival of Executive Committee and Board members on Tuesday, March 5. The following day, Wednesday, March 5, will be the major day of arrival for Annual Meeting attendees and will also feature the Executive Committee and Board of Directors meetings, the First Timers and Welcome receptions, and an Annual Meeting Alumni Dinner.<br /><br />A seminar session, featuring three presentations, will take place the morning of Thursday, March 6. RVIA’s Annual Membership Meeting will be held that afternoon and feature reports on association activities from RVIA Chairman Doug Gaeddert and RVIA President Richard Coon. The day concludes with the Chairman’s Reception and Dinner.<br /><br />Friday, March 7, is an open day with attendees able to play golf or tour the area.<br /><br />''The Annual Meeting is the ideal venue for our members to come together and develop the relationships that are so crucial to success,'' said RVIA President Richard Coon. ''I’ve heard from so many people that attending this event opened their eyes to all the association does on behalf of the industry and influenced them to become more active in the organization.''<br /><br />The Park Hyatt Aviara is an award-winning property set on 200 acres approximately 40 minutes north the San Diego airport. It offers state-of-the art meeting facilities as well as a wide range of activities and dining options.<br /><br />For more information about the RVIA Annual Meeting, contact the association’s Meeting department at (703) 620-6003, ext. 305. </p>
Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:48:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Mon, 21 Oct 2013 | <p>RVIA will offer two seminars at the 51st National RV Trade Show, taking place Dec. 3 - 5, 2013 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY, designed to help RV dealers  boost sales and increase profitability.<br /><br />''Selling Has Nothing To Do With Selling'' from Richard Farrell, president of Tangent Knowledge Systems, takes place on Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. The seminar will examine the way customers buy, select suppliers, build relationships, and view sales people in a market dramatically changed by the internet and offer strategies to succeed in this new environment.<br /><br />Farrell is an internationally recognized sales training and development consultant who has been featured in many media outlets, including NBC, PBS, The Wall Street Journal, INC, and Businessweek.<br /><br />''Increasing Your Sales Power to New Levels of Excellence'' from Dr. Jerry Teplitz, president of Jerry Teplitz Enterprises,  takes place on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Dr. Teplitz will share actual tools and techniques that can be applied immediately to all aspects of professional life to boost energy levels resulting in more productivity, creativity and sales.<br /><br />Teplitz is an accomplished speaker and author, who along with co-author Dr. Tony Alessandra wrote a #1 best-seller on Amazon - 'Switched-On Selling: Balance Your Brain for Sales Success.'<br /><br />Both seminars will take place in the 2nd Floor Arena Concourse Ballroom. The cost for each session is $50 in advance or $60 onsite and includes breakfast. For more information, contact Huyen Deng in RVIA’s Shows department at (703) 620-6003, ext. 305 or hdang@rvia.org. </p>
Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:45:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Mon, 21 Oct 2013 | <p>California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law RVIA-backed legislation that brings clarity to the state vehicle code and will allow longer fifth wheel travel trailers in the state.<br /><br />RVIA, working closely with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the California Highway Patrol, and the RV Dealers Association of California, was able to get legislation enacted that permits fifth wheel trailers to be up to 48 feet in overall length, provided the kingpin to rear axle length is 40 feet or less for a fifth wheel with two or more axles, or, if there is only one axle, the kingpin to axle length may not exceed 38 feet.<br /><br />The legislation clarifies an ambiguity in the law that arose in late 2012 by instituting a uniform process to measure fifth wheels. The issue surfaced last October when the California DMV issued a Vehicle Industry News bulletin to its field offices instructing that a registration application form for a fifth wheel trailer must include its length and width in inches, and that any unit exceeding 40 feet in length from the ''foremost point of the trailer hitch to the rear extremity of the trailer body'' would not be considered a vehicle.<br /><br />At that time there was no measurement standard for fifth wheel trailers included in any California statute or regulation, and the new DMV enforcement position created problems for the RV industry because models in excess of 40 feet, measured according to the method in the DMV bulletin, could no longer be titled or registered as a vehicle with the DMV.<br /><br />As part of the new law, a manufacturer of a fifth wheel trailer of any size must include in the delivery documents to the dealer the information necessary to register that fifth wheel travel trailer, including the vehicle’s overall length and a declaration that the vehicle is in compliance with the kingpin to rear axle length provision. An RV dealer would have the right to refuse acceptance of the trailer if this information is not provided.<br /><br />''Officially, the law takes effect on January 1, 2014,'' said Director of Government Affairs Mike Ochs, who led the effort for RVIA. ''However, since we worked closely with DMV and CHP in crafting this bill, it is not likely that a DMV field office will refuse to register or title a fifth wheel that falls within the new length requirements prior to the effective date.'' </p>
Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:42:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Mon, 21 Oct 2013 | <p>Go RVing will have an interactive exhibit featuring Airstream and Livin’ Lite travel trailers at the Country Living Fair taking place in Atlanta’s Stone Mountain Park from Oct. 25 - 27.<br /><br />This will be the third Country Living Fair where Go RVing has had a display that offers attendees the unique opportunity to tour an RV and learn more about RVing.  The previous events in Columbus, OH in September, also featuring Airstream and Livin’Lite products, and in Rhinebeck, NY in June, featuring a Jayco Jay Flight travel trailer, proved to be very successful.  In total, about 15,000 fair attendees are expected to have toured the RVs by the close of the Atlanta event.<br /><br />Displaying RVs at consumer events was a newly introduced element to the Go RVing program this year. In addition to the Country Living Fair events, Go RVing also partnered with Garden and Gun magazine to have an exhibit at the southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) in Charleston, SC in early February.  More than 2,000 people toured a Winnebago Aspect type C motorhome and a Forest River V-Cross Vibe travel trailer that were displayed.<br /><br />Meanwhile, the Sports Illustrated On Campus Tailgate Tour presented by Go RVing concluded this weekend at the Texas A&M - Auburn game in College Station, TX. Featuring a Winnebago Adventurer type A motorhome and a Keystone RV travel trailer as the centerpieces, the tour was a high-impact, on-site consumer event that showcased RVs as ideal tailgate vehicles. Twenty-five thousand consumers attended the tailgates with 3,400 people touring the RVs over the course of the tour’s six stops at college football games from August - October.<br /><br />''We are very pleased with the strong consumer interest in RVing demonstrated at these events,'' said RVIA Vice President of Public Relations and Advertising James Ashurst. ''These on-site displays bring the RV to life and allow us to reach our target audiences in a special, memorable way. Families are able to see and experience first-hand how an RV can provide a fun, flexible and affordable way for them to spend time together.''<br /><br />Each of these consumer engagement programs were part of Go RVing advertising buys with the popular consumer magazines. The units displayed at the events were chosen in a lottery. <br /><br /></p>
Mon, 30 Sep 2013 12:38:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Mon, 30 Sep 2013 | <p>In June, Go RVing announced that its Facebook page had reached 100,000 followers, putting the page in an elite group of brand pages who achieved that large a following. Facebook reports only 1% of all its brand-affiliated pages reach that status.  In just three months’ time, Go RVing has doubled its following to over 207,000.<br /><br />The biggest boost in the organic growth of the fan base is attributed to the sharing of the daily posts which average over 300 shares per week  meaning current Go RVing followers are enjoying the posts and choosing to repost them on their walls for their friends to see. <br /><br />The current #RVTailgateSweeps has contributed an estimated 5,000 new followers since the partnership with Sports Illustrated and coordinating sweepstakes launched at the end of August. The sweepstakes entry form is available through an app on the Go RVing Facebook page.<br /><br />''As more and more consumers opt to consume their media via digital platforms, Go RVing continues to up our game in terms of producing compelling content that consumers can both access as well as share. With this kind of growth, that recipe is clearly working,'' said James Ashurst, RVIA’s vice president of advertising and public relations. ''With many of Go RVing’s Facebook posts also linking to our Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter properties, the viral nature of digital marketing is putting Go RVing’s message in front of more consumers and potential buyers.''</p>
Mon, 30 Sep 2013 12:35:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Mon, 30 Sep 2013 | <p>The Sports Illustrated (SI) On Campus Tailgate Tour presented by Go RVing rolled into the Pacific Northwest with a stop at the Oregon State- University of Colorado football game taking place in Corvallis, OR Saturday, Sept. 28.<br /><br />The tour kicked off at the Syracuse - Penn State game at MetLife Stadium in New York before heading to West Lafayette, IN for the Indiana State - Purdue University game earlier this month.<br /><br />Featuring a Winnebago Adventurer type A motorhome and a Keystone RV travel trailer as the centerpieces, the tour is a high-impact, on-site consumer event that showcases RVs as ideal tailgate vehicles and provide fans the opportunity to tour the units. Several thousand consumers have toured the two units through the first half of the tour.<br /><br />There are also other fan engagement activities, including tailgate cooking competitions, games and giveaways, and autograph and photo opportunities with Sports Illustrated personalities and college football alumni. Videos are being shot at each stop and aired on SI.com website properties.<br /><br />The tour is scheduled to hit the TCU - Oklahoma game in Norman, OK on Oct. 5; the Florida - LSU game in Baton Rouge, LA on Oct. 12; and the Auburn - Texas A&M game in College Station on Oct. 19.<br /><br />An online sweepstakes is also part of the tour with the grand prize winner awarded a 2014 Keystone travel trailer featuring an outdoor kitchen that is perfect for tailgating and camping. The sweepstakes runs through Nov. 29. </p>
Mon, 30 Sep 2013 12:33:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Mon, 30 Sep 2013 | <p>RVIA’s 61st Annual California RV Show is set to take place Oct. 11 - 20 at the Fairplex in Pomona CA, showcasing the latest RV products and accessories to consumers.<br /><br />This year’s event will cover 664,000 square feet of exhibit space, a significant jump over the 572,100 square feet used at last year’s show. This will include 1,200 RVs on display and a 20,000 square foot Supplier Tent filled with accessories and camping gear.<br /><br />The California RV Show will also include a number of features to inform, entertain and engage show attendees, including:<br /><br /><strong>The KOA Campground Entrance</strong> - After a popular debut last year as the main show entry point, the mock camp-ground entrance will return this year. Sponsored by KOA, it will cover 15,000 square feet of landscaped exhibit space and feature RV products from Columbia Northwest, Fleetwood RV, Pleasure-Way Industries, Thor Industries, Tiffin Motor Homes and Winnebago Industries. KOA will have a Deluxe Cabin and teepee on display for attendees to tour along with staff on hand to answer questions and help make reservations. Also, for the first time, a 24-foot Bowlus Road Chief trailer will be on display. This $100,000 aluminum designed trailer is a complete remake of the 1935 Hawley Bowlus trailers that were made after Hawley Bowlus completed the Spirit of St. Louis airplane.The grand campground entrance is designed to excite attendees about RV travel and camping before moving into the main exhibition areas.<br /><br /><strong>RV Power Hour</strong> - CEOs from several leading companies will meet with guests in the seminar tent on Saturday, Oct. 12, including Columbia Northwest CEO Ned Collins, Fleetwood RV President & COO John Draheim, KOA’s Jim Rodgers, Lance Camper President and CEO Jack Cole, and RVIA President Richard Coon with more expected to be added.<br /><br /><strong>RV Factory Showcase</strong> - Different RV product types will be showcased in this popular area with RV manufacturer representatives on hand to meet with attendees and provide production demonstrations. Fleetwood RV, Forest River, Tiffin Motor Homes, Roadtrek Motorhomes and Winnebago Industries are currently scheduled to make presentations.<br /><br /><strong>Seminars and Entertainment</strong> - An entire new line up of RV-themed seminars from RV Handyman Dave Solberg will be offered throughout the show. These include ''Boondocking - How to Extend Your Battery Usage While Dry Camping''; ''Camping in National Parks''; ''Getting Started with Tent Campers''; ''Must Have RV Apps''; ''Navigating with a GPS''; ''RV Driving Seminars''; ''Cool Tools Needed for RVing''; ''Travelling with Pets''; ''Toyhaulin’, Hookin’ Haulin and Having Fun''; ''RV Stay Vacations Near L.A.''<br /><br />''Go Country Day'' is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 13 with local KFROG radio station broadcasting country western music from their Airstream trailer. ''Fiesta Day'' is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 20. T52 Telemundo, the largest Los Angeles television station, will team with QueBuena radio station to give away prizes throughout the day.</p>For the kids entertainment there will a Kids Fishing Area, where kids can learn to fish for free and a new Great White Shark Encounter with a diver feeding live great white sharks!<br /><br /><strong>RV Sweepstakes</strong> - A 2014 Lance Camper Manufacturing Toyhauler will be given away at the conclusion of the show. Also, in conjunction with Keystone RV, KOA will be drawing for the winner of the Keystone Cougar travel trailer being dis-played at the show.<br /><br /><strong>Affordable Admission</strong> - The daily show admission remains $10 with a multi-day pass available for $15. Military personnel and their families are admitted free of charge as are children under 17.For more show information about the California RV Show, visit www.TheBestRVShow.com, like the show on Face-book, or follow on Twitter at ''California RV Show.''<br /><br />For any questions contact Tom Gaither, RVIA western show director, or Gloria Reeder, show coordinator, at (818) 248-6600.
Mon, 30 Sep 2013 12:22:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Mon, 30 Sep 2013 | <p> RV wholesale shipments to retailers tracked by RVIA continue to trend upward with year-to-date shipments rising to 226,125 units through August, an 11.8% gain over the same time period last year.<br /><br />Motorhome shipments have been robust, rising 35% to 25,624 units through August 2013 compared to 18,986 units through August 2012. Type C motorhomes have increased 42.8% to 11,772 units; type A motorhomes have grown by 33% to 12,399 units; and type B motorhomes have edged up by 2.2% to 1,453 units.<br /><br />Towable RV shipments are up 9.4% to 200,501 units through the first eight months of the year. Conventional travel trailers are up 11.4% to 140,318 units; fifth wheel travel trailers have risen by 6.6% to 49,242 units; and truck campers are up 1% to 2,466 units. Folding camping trailers are off slightly (-3.3%) to 8,475 units.<br /><br />The rise in RV shipments tracks with the latest projections for the market in RVIA’s Fall 2013 issue of RV Roadsigns, the association’s quarterly forecasting newsletter compiled by Dr. Richard Curtin of the University of Michigan. Wholesale RV shipments are expected to reach 319,300 units by the end of 2013, a gain of 11.7% above the 2012 total of 285,800. Shipments will continue to move higher in 2014 to 334,300 units, a 4.7% rise over the projected 2013 year-end total.<br /><br />For more information on RV market statistics and research, visit the ''<a href='http://www.rvia.org/?ESID=mdandt'>Market Data and Trends</a>'' of <a href='http://www.rvia.org'>www.rvia.org</a>. </p>
Thu, 29 Aug 2013 10:28:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 29 Aug 2013 | <p>RVIA’s Standards and Education department is in the process of creating an on-line, controlled access, technical library that will be available to participating technicians, invited subject matter experts, and others.<br /><br />The focus is now on populating the online library with the RVST Standard 2011 edition serving as the index for the collected technical information. RVIA has hired an RVST librarian to specifically find wanted technical information, but more importantly, to serve as a resource for RVIA supplier and manufacturing members who will be able to manage their own information in this library.<br /><br />''This program has been under development and we are finally at the point where we are recruiting members to participate,'' said Sharonne Lee, RVIA’s director of technical information. ''With a dedicated librarian that can lead this activity, we believe this library will evolve to become an important tool for our industry’s service technicians.''<br /><br />In addition to the technical library, RVIA is also developing a one-year pilot program aimed at working directly with service technicians at their employment locations to boost the awareness of and participation in industry technician training and certification programs. This program is scheduled to be in place by October 2013.<br /><br />Two in-field representatives -- one in the Northwest to cover Washington, Oregon, and Idaho and one in the South Central to cover Texas and Louisiana -- will collect contact information at dealerships, learn the training that each tech has received to date, and work with the service managers to determine what the technician training needs. Service training will be coordinated with RVIA supplier members with the goal to bring training directly to the dealerships. Research has found that service managers like the RVST training, but sending technicians away for a week at a time is not feasible.<br /><br />''Remember the old days when the RV industry had slow times during certain times of the year? That is no longer the case,'' says Bruce Hopkins, RVIA vice president of standards and education. ''The industry is extremely busy throughout the year now, and new ways have to be found to get the RVST training to the dealerships. We think offering training on site is the way to go.''<br /><br />He added, ''The overall goal of the library and in-field program is to increase RVST training and certification. RVIA has never tracked training in the past and technicians don’t currently have an available mentor to help them plan and obtain the training they want and need. These programs are designed to resolve these issues.'' </p>
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Thu, 29 Aug 2013 10:18:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 29 Aug 2013 | <a href='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fwacBvyIqw'>Go RVing’s new ''AWAY'' ad </a>featuring a tailgating theme will debut this weekend and continue to air throughout the fall in conjunction with college football ad buys with ESPN and CBS Sports.<br /><br />Titled ''Victory,'' the new 30-second ad showcases how RVs are the perfect tailgate vehicle by featuring families gathered at a girls’ soccer game where they are grilling, relaxing in and around the RVs, and enjoying each other’s company.  The voiceover, once again performed by Tom Selleck, tells viewers that ''Away'' is always having home field advantage even when you are miles away from home.'' The ad was shot in Denver in June and features a Fleetwood Storm type A motorhome and  CruiserRV Fun Finder travel trailer. The manufacturers were selected in a lottery to provide the vehicles.<br /><br /><a href='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fwacBvyIqw'>A special 60-second version</a> of the ad will air during ESPN’s highly rated College Gameday this Saturday.  The ad will continue to air on the program each Saturday morning through the season.  Footage of RV tailgating will lead into a Go RVing commercial in the ''A'' position of the program.  There will be additional exposure on ESPNU and ESPN2.<br /><br />The ad will also be featured on CBS Sports coverage of college football, including sponsorship of the Thursday night Inside College Football post-game show; custom-produced ''Tailgate Tradition'' vignettes airing on This Week in the SEC and Inside College Football as well as online on CBSSports.com; and Road Trip Fact graphics featuring the Go RVing logo airing in 15 live college football games.<br /><br />The utilization of the 'Victory' ad is part of Go RVing’s focus to leverage the strong connection between RVing and college football tailgating and keep positive messages about RV travel in front of consumers throughout the year. Go RVing typically would significantly scale back advertising in the fall and early winter months.<br /><br />''We are very excited about the buys with ESPN and CBS Sports'' said James Ashurst, RVIA vice president of public relations and advertising.  ''This audience of college football fans will be very receptive to the versatility, convenience and family bonding messages found in the new television commercial. This is a great way to extend Go RVing’s awareness building later into the year.''<br /><br />He added, ''Today’s families are really involved in their kids sporting and extra-curricular activities. The new 'Victory’ ad strongly communicates that an RV can enhance the tailgate experience and the family bonding that takes place at sporting events at any level of competition.  There are beautiful exterior shots, but we also intentionally focused on kids and parents enjoying the great amenities found inside the RV. This was done to show the versatility of RVs and to compel consumers to begin thinking about RVs in a different light.''
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Sun, 04 Aug 2013 15:55:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Sun, 04 Aug 2013 | <p>RVIA’s 2012 Industry Profile, which provides a statistical portrait of RV production and sales from last year, has been published and is now available to the industry.<br /><br />The publication offers a detailed look at RV production and shipment statistics, including historical comparisons of shipment figures and dollar volume as well as production breakdowns by product type and shipment destination.<br /><br />Key findings from the 2012 Industry Profile include:<br /><br />    *  Wholesale RV shipments reached their highest annual level since 2007 at 285,700 units, a 13.2% increase over the previous year.<br /><br />    *  The total retail value of those shipments neared $11 billion ($10.8 billion), a 20% increase over the $9.03 billion total in 2011.<br /><br />    *  Indiana continues to lead the country in RV production, manufacturing 83% off all RVs in the U.S.<br /><br />    *  Texas is the top destination for RV shipments, receiving 8% of the total.  California (5.87%), Michigan (4.98%), Florida (3.52%) and New York (3.19%) round out the top five.<br /><br />An analysis of the production highlights and a demographic profile of the RV consumer are also included in the publication.<br /><br />A copy of the 2012 Industry Profile was sent to all RVIA members.  Additional copies for members as well as industry contacts are available through the publications store at <a href='http://www.rvia.org'>rvia.org</a>. </p>
Sun, 04 Aug 2013 15:50:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Sun, 04 Aug 2013 | <p>RVIA has published the 2012 Survey of Lenders’ Experiences, a publication detailing the results of the association’s annual nationwide survey of financial institutions concerning their RV lending portfolios.<br /><br />The report provides an in-depth look at key data from both the Wholesale and Retail Indirect RV lending markets and illustrates why RV loans continue to be an attractive product for financial institutions to include in their portfolios.<br /><br />With the RV market strengthening and the dollar volume for RV lending also on the rise, the information shows that RV financing continues to be a profitable market for banks, especially when considering the delinquency rate for RV loans continues to be among the lowest of other consumer loans tracked by the American Bank Association.<br /><br />In documenting the stability and potential profitability of RV loans, the 2012 Survey of Lenders’ Experiences is a helpful tool for industry members to use educating banks and financial institutions about the RV lending market.<br /><br />RVIA has mailed complimentary copies of the publication to dealer, manufacturer and finance contacts.  Copies are available for purchase in the Publications store on <a href='http://www.rvia.org'>www.rvia.org</a>.<br /><br />The 2012 Survey of Lenders’ Experiences concentrated on the largest lenders in the Wholesale and Retail Indirect markets that together constitute approximately 80% of national lending activity.<br /><br />The research was conducted by Robert Hitlin Research Associates under the direction of RVIA’s Financial Services Committee, chaired by Bob Parish of GE Capital. </p>
Sun, 04 Aug 2013 15:37:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Sun, 04 Aug 2013 | <p>RVIA members will begin voting this week in the Board of Directors elections to select eight representatives from a field of 13 candidates for seats on the association’s Board of Directors, which holds the highest level of authority in the association's organizational structure.<br /><br />The elections begin Aug. 5 with official representatives from RVIA member companies able to cast their votes electronically through Aug. 28. Those elected to serve on the RVIA Board of Directors will begin their three-year terms on Oct. 1.<br /><br />Four candidates are in the running for three Supplier seats. They are Adam Dexter, president and CEO, Dexter Axle Company; Jason Lippert, CEO, Drew Industries/Lippert Components; Martin Street, president and CEO, Stag-Parkway, Inc.; and B.J. Thompson, president, B.J. Thompson Associates, Inc.<br /><br />Two Manufacturer seats are in contention this year. The four candidates are Jack Cole, president and CEO, Lance Camper Manufacturing Corp.; Ned Collins, CEO, Columbia Northwest, Inc.; Bob Martin, CEO, Thor Industries; Matt Miller, president, Newmar Corp.<br /><br />The four candidates vying for two At-Large seats are Robert Grant, business development specialist, ADP Lightspeed; Bob Harbin, president and CEO, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp.; Paul Hughes, director of RV and specialty vehicle markets, Velvac; and Bob Parish, vice president, GE Capital.<br /><br />Dick Grymonprez, director of park model sales, Champion/Athens Park Homes, is running unopposed for the Park Model RV seat.<br /><br />The field of candidates was selected by RVIA’s Nominating Committee, which is chaired by Jeff Rutherford of Airxcel and includes Andy Baer, KZ-RV; Gregg Fore, Dicor Corp.; and Jim Sheldon, Monaco RV.</p>
Sun, 04 Aug 2013 15:34:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Sun, 04 Aug 2013 | <p>Go RVing has teamed with Sports Illustrated to provide the magazine’s lead NFL writer Peter King with a Jayco Precept type A motorhome for his Monday Morning Quarterback (MMQB) Training Camp Tour this summer.</p><p>King along with other Sports Illustrated writers and staffers embarked from New York on July 29 for a three-week RV odyssey that will visit 19 cities. Along the way, King and other writers will write and blog about their RV adventures in addition to their normal football reporting on the widely-read MMQB site as well as other Sports Illustrated properties.<br /><br />King is one of America's premier pro football writers and his MMQB column on SI.com, which began in 1997, has become a must-read for fans, league insiders and anyone who loves the NFL. The column regularly draws more than 12 million page views, and based on its popularity, Sports Illustrated and King expanded the column to a stand <a href='http://mmqb.si.com/'>along microsite</a> on <a href='http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/'>SI.com</a>. He has over one million Twitter followers and he will be tweeting constantly during the tour as well.<br /><br />Go RVing’s affiliation of the MMQB Training Camp Tour complements the media buy the RV industry’s national advertising campaign negotiated with Sports Illustrated centering on college football.<br /><br />The SI on Campus Tailgate Tour presented by Go RVing will visit six NCAA football games throughout the country to give fans an interactive, hands-on introduction to RVing. The promotion will feature a Winnebago Adventurer type A motorhome and Keystone RV travel trailer, which fans will be able to tour.  There will also be tailgate cooking competitions, fan games and giveaways, and autograph and photo opportunities with Sports Illustrated and College Football talent. Videos will be shot at each stop and aired on SI.com website properties.<br /><br />Jayco, Winnebago and Keystone RV were selected through lottery to provide the vehicles for these two tours. </p>
Tue, 30 Jul 2013 11:25:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Tue, 30 Jul 2013 | <p>Reston, VA - America’s wholesale recreation vehicle (RV) shipments rose 12.8% in the first six months of 2013 on the strength of improved consumer confidence, and strong response to affordable and innovative new RVs, according to market data collected by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).<br /><br />Shipments for all of 2013 are projected to total 309,800 units, an increase of 8.4% from 2012. This growth projects to an 87% increase from the RV industry’s recession low in 2009, and would mark the first time shipments surpassed 300,000 units since 2007.  Shipments in 2014 are predicted to rise another 4% from the 2013 total.<br /><br />''RVs give families an affordable, flexible and comfortable way to relieve the stress of daily life, and to share fun activities that create indelible memories and strengthen family ties,'' said RVIA President Richard Coon. ''The recession changed how many Americans think about their finances. RV manufacturers responded with products that offer the right mix of size, comforts and price that solidified RVs as an ideal way for families to travel.''<br /><br />While the industry has seen growth in both towable and motorized categories, motorhome shipments are up 33.3% in the first half of 2013. The travel trailer category, comprising nearly 90% of all RV shipments in recent years, is up 10.7%.<br /><br />Included among the many new products offered by RV manufacturers are smaller, lighter vehicles that provide better fuel efficiency. Many of  these  are designed to be towed by minivans or crossover SUVs.<br /><br />Today’s RVs are full of functionality and technology. Many offer gourmet and outdoor kitchens, well-appointed bathrooms, expandable floor plans and layouts that allow for multi-function uses, and state-of-the-art electronics.<br /><br />''More than 20 million Americans will take RV vacations this year because of the freedom and flexibility RVs provide when traveling,'' said Coon. ''There’s no better way to save money, see more of the country and spend time with friends and family.''<br /></p>
Mon, 22 Jul 2013 10:31:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Mon, 22 Jul 2013 | <p>Go RVing’s ''Spring Fever'' sweepstakes conducted in partnership with the Outdoor Channel concluded recently with the presentation of a Forest River Flagstaff Classic folding camping trailer to winners Pam and Brian Hoffman at Greeneway RV Sales and Service in Wisconsin Rapids, WI.<br /><br />In the photo, the Hoffmans of Port Edwards, WI received a thorough pre-delivery walk-thru of their folding camping trailer from Greeneway RV’s Certified Technician Kurt Heinen. Forest River’s Flagstaff division donated the sweepstakes prize.<br /><br />The Hoffmans won the drawing for the trailer from among 162,632 entries. The Go RVing/ Outdoor Channel ''Spring Fever'' Sweepstakes ran throughout April and generated more than 22,678 unique entries and 2,331 opt-in leads for the Go RVing database.<br /><br />Throughout the sweepstakes, Outdoor Channel leveraged the power of traditional, digital and social media to encourage consumers to enter the national sweepstakes for a chance to win daily prizes, and a shot at the grand prize. To drive participation, Outdoor Channel aired RV-themed vignettes, honing in on the network’s star power, such as Mark Zona of ''ZONA's Awesome Fishing Show'' and Pat and Nicole Reeve of ''Driven with Pat and Nicole.'' Consumers were also encouraged to participate in the contest via social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, which directed contestants to the ''Spring Fever'' microsite.<br /><br />''RV sweepstakes, like the 'Spring Fever’ contest, continue to be a great vehicle to raise awareness and generate leads for Go RVing,'' said James Ashurst, RVIA’s vice president of public relations and advertising. ''We are able to connect with a very interested audience and communicate key message about the value and fun of RV travel.''</p>
Mon, 22 Jul 2013 10:29:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Mon, 22 Jul 2013 | <p>RVIA has announced that Kampgrounds of America (KOA) will sponsor the mock campground entrance at the 61st Annual California RV Show and that KOA CEO Jim Rogers will be a featured speaker at the event.<br /><br />The mock campground was very popular with attendees and guests after being unveiled as the main entry point at last year’s show.  Show attendees walk through the exhibit to see RVs in a campground setting before moving on to the main exhibition areas.<br /><br />This year’s mock campground will cover 15,000 square feet of exhibit space and feature ten RV products, including two Fleetwood type A motorhomes, two Tiffin type A motorhomes, a Winnebago type A motorhome, a Thor type A motorhome, two Columbia Northwest folding camping trailers, and a Pleasure-Way type B motorhome. <br /><br />KOA will also have one of its Deluxe Cabins on display for attendees to visit. The 40-foot unit built by Cavco features an upstairs sleeping loft, flat screen TVs, queen bed suite, full bath and full kitchen. KOA staff will be on hand to answer questions and help make reservations.<br /><br />''We are delighted to be part of the California RV Show,'' said Scott Corey, owner of the Ventura Ranch KOA. ''Our cabins and teepees have been a huge hit with campers at our campground. The Deluxe Cabin that will be on display is a great example of 'glamping.’ Attendees will see that they can enjoy a great outdoor vacation even if they don’t own an RV and be introduced to the RV and camping lifestyle.''<br /><br />KOA CEO Jim Rogers will be at the show on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 1 p.m. in the Seminar Tent to review the exciting things KOA is doing nationwide, discuss his appearance on the popular CBS program Undercover Boss, and meet and greet show attendees. <br /><br />The 61st Annual California RV Show will take place at The Fairplex in Pomona, CA from Oct. 11 - 20, 2013. For more information visit www.TheBestRVShow.com or contact Tom Gaither, RVIA’s western whow director at (818) 248-6600 or tgaither@rvia.org.  <br /><br /></p>
Mon, 22 Jul 2013 10:19:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Mon, 22 Jul 2013 | <p>Go RVing is putting the finishing touches on a new ''AWAY'' ad that will debut in September in conjunction with college football ad buys with ESPN, CBS Sports and Sports Illustrated that will run through the fall.<br /><br />Titled ''Victory,'' the new 30-second ad showcases how RVs are the perfect tailgate vehicle by featuring families gathered at a girls’ soccer game where they are grilling, relaxing in and around the RVs, and enjoying each other’s company.  The voiceover, once again performed by Tom Selleck, tells viewers that ''Away is always having home field advantage even when you are miles away from home.''<br /><br />The ad was shot in Denver in June and featured a Fleetwood Storm type A motorhome and  CruiserRV Fun Finder travel trailer. The manufacturers were selected in a lottery to provide the vehicles.<br /><br />''Today’s families are really involved in their kids sporting and extra-curricular activities,'' said James Ashurst, RVIA vice president of public relations and advertising. ''The new 'Victory’ ad strongly communicates that an RV can enhance the tailgate experience and the family bonding that takes place at sporting events at any level of competition.  There are beautiful exterior shots, but we also intentionally focused on kids and parents enjoying the great amenities found inside the RV. This was done to show the versatility of RVs and to compel consumers to begin thinking about RVs in a different light.''<br /><br />Go RVing will launch new tailgating partnerships with ESPN, CBS Sports and Sports Illustrated this fall. Go RVing ads will appear on the highly-rated ESPN College GameDay program airing each Saturday morning through the season.  Footage of RV tailgating will lead into a Go RVing commercial in the ''A'' position of the program.  There will be additional exposure on ESPNU and ESPN2.<br /><br />The CBS Sports buy will include sponsorship of the Thursday night Inside College Football post-game show; custom-produced ''Tailgate Tradition'' vignettes airing on This Week in the SEC and Inside College Football as well as online on CBSSports.com; and Road Trip Fact graphics featuring the Go RVing logo airing in 15 live college football games.<br /><br />The Go RVing partnership with Sports Illustrated (SI) will be a high-impact, on-site consumer event. The SI on Campus Tailgate Tour presented by Go RVing will visit six NCAA football games throughout the country.  The tour will feature a Winnebago Adventurer type A motorhome and Keystone RV travel trailer, which fans will be able to tour.  There will also be tailgate cooking competitions, fan games and giveaways, and autograph and photo opportunities with Sports Illustrated and College Football talent. Videos will be shot at each stop and aired on SI.com website properties.<br /><br />''We are very excited about the buys with ESPN, CBS Sports and Sports Illustrated,'' said Ashurst. ''This audience of college football fans will be very receptive to the versatility, convenience and family bonding messages found in the new television commercial. This is a great way to extend Go RVing’s awareness building later into the year.'' </p>
Thu, 27 Jun 2013 10:00:00 EST -
Thu, 27 Jun 2013 09:53:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 27 Jun 2013 | Beginning July 1, 2013, the cost of the RVIA seal for manufacturer members will decrease from $17 to $16 each.  <br /><br />The RVIA Board of Directors authorized the seal price reduction at its meeting on March 4 during the association’s Annual Meeting. The new $16 seal fee will apply to all member manufacturer vehicle types. The Go RVing per unit assessment remains unchanged at the current levels of $46 for folding camping trailers and truck campers; $61 for travel trailers and 5th wheel travel trailers; and $74 for motorhomes.<br /><br />This marks the sixth decrease in the seal fee since it was temporarily raised to $35 in July 2009 by the RVIA Board to address growing pressure on the association’s budget caused by the reduction in show and dues income caused by the downturn in the general economy.  This action helped avoid further program cuts and severe service reductions that would have compromised RVIA’s mission to promote and protect the interest of the association’s membership and the RV industry. <br /><br />The table below details the new fee structure for the RVIA seal:<br /><br /><span style='font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'><strong><span style='color: rgb(248, 247, 247); font-family: arial;'>RVIA Seal Cost Effective July 1, 2013</span></strong></span><span style='font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'></span><span style='font: 11px/14px arial, helvetica, sans-serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: 0px; float: none; display: inline !important; white-space: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;'></span><table style='font: 11px/14px arial, helvetica, sans-serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); text-transform: none; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;' border='1' cellspacing='0' cellpadding='0'><tbody><tr><td width='118' valign='top'><p><span style='font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'><strong><span style='color: rgb(248, 247, 247); font-family: arial;'>Seal</span></strong></span></p></td><td width='129' valign='top'><p><span style='font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'><strong><span style='color: rgb(248, 247, 247); font-family: arial;'>Vehicle Type</span></strong></span></p></td><td width='107' valign='top'><p><span style='font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'><strong><span style='color: rgb(248, 247, 247); font-family: arial;'>RVIA Fee</span></strong></span></p></td><td width='118' valign='top'><p><span style='font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'><strong><span style='color: rgb(248, 247, 247); font-family: arial;'>Go RVing Fee</span></strong></span></p></td><td width='118' valign='top'><p><span style='font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'><strong><span style='color: rgb(248, 247, 247); font-family: arial;'>Total</span></strong></span></p></td></tr><tr><td width='118' valign='top'><p><span style='color: rgb(248, 247, 247); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>White</span></p></td><td width='129' valign='top'><p><span style='color: rgb(248, 247, 247); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>Camping Trailers &</span></p><p><span style='color: rgb(248, 247, 247); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>Truck Campers</span></p></td><td width='107' valign='top'><p><span style='color: rgb(248, 247, 247); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>$16</span></p></td><td width='118' valign='top'><p><span style='color: rgb(248, 247, 247); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>$46</span></p></td><td width='118' valign='top'><p><span style='color: rgb(248, 247, 247); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>$62</span></p></td></tr><tr><td width='118' valign='top'><p><span style='color: rgb(248, 247, 247); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>Silver</span></p></td><td width='129' valign='top'><p><span style='color: rgb(248, 247, 247); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>Travel Trailers & Fifth Wheels</span></p></td><td width='107' valign='top'><p><span style='color: rgb(248, 247, 247); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>$16</span></p></td><td width='118' valign='top'><p><span style='color: rgb(248, 247, 247); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>$61</span></p></td><td width='118' valign='top'><p><span style='color: rgb(248, 247, 247); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>$77</span></p></td></tr><tr><td width='118' valign='top'><p><span style='color: rgb(248, 247, 247); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>Gold</span></p></td><td width='129' valign='top'><p><span style='color: rgb(248, 247, 247); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>All Motorhomes</span></p></td><td width='107' valign='top'><p><span style='color: rgb(248, 247, 247); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>$16</span></p></td><td width='118' valign='top'><p><span style='color: rgb(248, 247, 247); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>$74</span></p></td><td width='118' valign='top'><p><span style='color: rgb(248, 247, 247); font-family: arial; font-size: 9pt;'>$90</span></p></td></tr></tbody></table><br />An RVIA seal should be placed on all RV products shipped by RVIA members to destinations within the U.S. and Canada.
Thu, 27 Jun 2013 09:49:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 27 Jun 2013 | <p>RVIA assigned exhibit space to 30 RV manufacturers representing 47 brands during the space drawing on June 14 for the 61st Annual CARV Show, which is shaping up to be even better than last year’s event.<br /><br />Drawing first was Monaco RV/Holiday Rambler (assigned 20,000 square feet) followed by Jayco, Inc. (57,000 square feet), Leisure Travel/Triple E RV (4,000 square feet), Sportsmobile West (2,000 square feet), and Pleasure Way Industries (2,000 square feet).<br /><br />''Many companies increased their exhibit size,'' said Tom Gaither, RVIA western show director.  ''We have already exceeded the size of the event last year with four months to go. We have space requirements for more than 595,000 square feet of space as compared to just over 584,000 in 2012.<br /><br />Gaither expects to have 1,200 RVs on display at the California RV Show. ''We’re going to have great representation among the many product types available in both the motorhome and towable markets,'' he said. ''In particular, we will also have a very large selection of toy hauler products, probably the largest selection found at any consumer show.''<br /><br />He added that during the summer and early fall RVIA staff will visit with exhibiting manufacturers and local dealers to talk to them about programs offered at the show to help them increase their sales. 'It’s one thing to just exhibit, it’s entirely different when you show up with a plan to achieve your goals and measure your show results'' Gaither said.<br /><br />The 61st Annual California RV will take place The Fairplex in Pomona, CA from Oct. 11 - 20, 2013. For more information visit <a href='http://www.thebestrvshow.com/'>http://www.thebestrvshow.com/</a> or contact Tom Gaither at (818) 248-6600 or <a href='mailto:tgaither@rvia.org'>tgaither@rvia.org</a>.   </p>
Thu, 27 Jun 2013 09:42:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 27 Jun 2013 | <p>RVs have enjoyed the media spotlight in recent weeks with several appearances in the national media, culminating in two live segments on the popular FOX & Friends morning show on Monday, June 17. As a result of RVIA’s ongoing public relations campaign, RVs have been featured on NBC News, ABC News, CNBC, FOX, and the Hallmark Channel, as well as in Bloomberg Businessweek.<br /><br />On June 17, RVs were the focus of two live interview segments on the highly rated FOX & Friends morning show. The first segment showcased an <a href='http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/fox-friends/index.html#http://video.foxnews.com/v/2484628454001/hit-the-road-in-an-american-icon/?playlist_id=86912'>Airstream trailer</a> and offered the chance to discuss the recovering RV market, the popularity of trailers, and the option of renting RVs. The second segment included former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin and took place inside a Winnebago motorhome.<br /><br />On June 12, <a href='http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/marie/product/bradherzogrv'>''Marie'' - a Hallmark Channel</a> talk show hosted by Marie Osmond - aired a segment that included Go RVing spokesman Brad Herzog. Herzog and Osmond showed three different RVs representing the most popular types of towable and motorized RVs.<br /><br />On June 6, <a href='http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-06-06/look-at-those-rvs-go-americans-return-to-homes-on-wheels#r=hpt-lst'>Bloomberg Businessweek</a> published an article focusing on the industry’s recovery from the recession. The article noted that the $14 billion RV industry is on course for its best year since 2007, and included RVIA’s projected shipment total.<br /><br />On June 3, <a href='http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/rv-campers-road-comeback-19316358'>ABC World News</a> aired a story about the RV industry that included a visit to Winnebago’s Iowa headquarters, reasons for the industry’s turnaround, and information on the burgeoning rental market.<br /><br />On May 31, <a href='http://www.cnbc.com/id/100696680'>CNBC aired a ''Behind The Wheel''</a> segment focused on the industry recovery and Winnebago’s growing sales.<br /><br />Also on May 31, several national magazines published reports about the RV industry. <a href='http://www.sunset.com/travel/california/trailer-rentals-00418000068067/page5.html'>Sunset Magazine</a> published a guide to RV trailers; <a href='http://www.themeredithstore.com/popup.aspx?imagegalleryproductid=291&src=/image/product/large/291_1.jpg'>Midwest Living</a> released a report about the best places to camp in the Midwest; and <a href='http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/05/31/recovery-boomers-send-rv-sales-roaring-back'>U.S. News and World Report</a> published a story about how RV sales are booming again.<br /><br />On May 23, <a href='http://dailynightly.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/23/18446838-rv-comeback-drives-hiring-boom-in-indiana-town'>NBC Nightly News</a> broadcasted a report about the industry’s recovery is driving a hiring boom in Elkhart, Indiana. </p>
Thu, 13 Jun 2013 08:08:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 13 Jun 2013 | <p>RVIA’s Nominating Committee has selected 13 candidates who will be running for eight seats on the Board of Directors during the association elections taking place in August.<br /><br />Three Supplier seats with three-year terms are open on the Board with four candidates running for the positions. They are Adam Dexter, president, Dexter Axle Company; Jason Lippert, CEO, Drew Industries; Martin Street, president and CEO, Stag-Parkway, Inc.; and B.J. Thompson, president, B.J. Thompson Associates, Inc.<br /><br />Two Manufacturer seats, both with three-year terms, are in contention this year. The four candidates are Jack Cole, president, Lance Camper Manufacturing Corp.; Ned Collins, CEO, Columbia Northwest, Inc.; Bob Martin president, CEO and COO, Thor Industries; Matt Miller, president, Newmar Corp.<br /><br />Four candidates will run for two At-Large seats with a three-year term. They are Robert Grant, business development specialist, ADP Lightspeed; Bob Harbin, president, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp.; Paul Hughes, national OEM sales manager, Velvac; and Bob Parish, vice president, manufacturer relations, GE Capital.<br /><br />Dick Grymonprez, director of park model sales, Champion/Athens Park Homes, is running unopposed for the Park Model RV seat with a three-year term.<br /><br />The official representatives from RVIA member companies will elect candidates in each category to serve on the Board of Directors for the term beginning Oct. 1, 2013.  The elections will take place electronically through August.<br /><br />RVIA’s Nominating Committee is chaired by Jeff Rutherford of Airxcel and includes Andy Baer, KZ-RV; Gregg Fore, Dicor Corp.; and Jim Sheldon, Monaco RV. </p>
Thu, 13 Jun 2013 08:05:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 13 Jun 2013 | <p>RVIA Vice President of International Business and General Counsel Craig Kirby has been appointed to the Industry Trade Advisory Committee (ITAC) on Consumer Goods. The ITAC is an arm of the International Trade Administration, a government agency devoted to strengthening U.S. industries through trade, investments and support for the National Export Initiative.<br /><br />Kirby will represent the recreation vehicle industry as part of a committee dedicated to promoting U.S. trade and exports. The committee itself provides nonpartisan industry input toward positions on trade agreements. It supports the administration through detailed policy and technical advice, information and recommendations regarding trade barriers, negotiation of trade agreements, and implementation of existing trade agreements affecting industry sectors.<br /><br />The ITAC meets approximately six times per year in Washington, DC. Committee members, all of whom come from the private sector, serve in a representative capacity presenting the views and interests of their respective industry sectors.<br /><br />With the RV industry becoming more global in nature, RVIA has increased efforts to assist members interested in exploring opportunities in emerging markets such as China, Japan, Russia, and Brazil. The association recently entered into a partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service to create a formalized program that allows members greater access to international trade resources offered by the federal government. Interested RV industry members can visit www.export.gov/rvia to learn more about how this program can benefit their efforts.<br /><br />''It is an honor to be selected to serve on the ITAC as a representative of the RV industry,'' said Kirby. ''The growing interest in RV travel and camping throughout the world offers a tremendous opportunity for our manufacturer and component parts suppliers to expand into new markets, helping them grow their businesses during the economic recovery.'' </p>
Thu, 13 Jun 2013 08:02:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 13 Jun 2013 | <p>RVIA presented Rep. Steve Bucshon (R-IN), Garett Carolus of Keystone RV, and Tom Ryan of the D & R Agency with association awards at Committee Week 2013, held June 2 - 6, 2013 at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C.<br /><br />The National Legislative Award was presented to Rep. Bucshon, who represents Indiana’s 8th district, for his efforts in working with the RV industry to sponsor an mendment to the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) legislation to revise the federal bridge formula to permit motorhomes to carry up to 24,000 lbs. on a single axle. Previous House and Senate versions of the bill did not include the RV technical change.<br /><br />''Through his diligence and hard work in the conference committee, the final highway bill included the much needed motorhome amendment,'' said RVIA Chairman Doug Gaeddert in presenting the award at a special reception. ''This was great news for a motorhome industry that was hit hard by the lagging economy and was just starting to recover.  Thanks to his efforts, RV manufacturers can build motorhomes that are more affordable for consumers.''<br /><br />Carolus received the National Education Service Award, which recognizes those who have been instrumental in the development of educational programs in the RV industry. He has served as a member of the RVIA Industry Education Committee and the Industry Education Technical Subcommittee while also  providing his expertise and insight over the years on several committees charged with developing RV service technician curriculums and textbooks. He has also volunteered as instructor for Consumer Relations, Propane, PDI and Preventative Maintenance Classes over the past five years at Trouble Shooter Clinics.<br /><br />''In his work with RVIA and Keystone, Garett has worked diligently to enhance and provide service technician training, and other educational programs to the RV industry, while constantly promoting the RVDA/RVIA Certification program,'' said Gaeddert in presenting the award at the Joint Committee Luncheon on June 3.<br /><br />The Distinguished Achievement in RV Standards was presented to Ryan. It honors those who contribute to the enhancement of RV standards in the industry.<br /><br /> Ryan has been actively engaged within the RVIA Standards program activities for many years, serving as a member of the Standards Steering Committee since 1996 and on several standards subcommittees, including the Electrical Technical Subcommittee where he served as chair for 6 years; the Plumbing Technical Subcommittee; the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee; and the Technical Subcommittee on CAN and Lonworks. He also has worked on the ANSI/RVIA Engine Generator Standard Canvass, ANSI/RVIA 12V Canvass, and the RV Electrical System textbook review committee.<br /><br />''It is an honor to recognize Tom with this award in recognition of his dedication to serve and assist in the development of the standards and policies that help our industry build safer RVs,'' said Gaeddert in presenting the award at the Standards Steering Committee on June 4. </p>
Thu, 13 Jun 2013 07:56:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 13 Jun 2013 | <p>RVIA enjoyed its largest turnout ever for its 12th Capitol Hill Advocacy Day with 37 association members taking part in meetings with 83 different Congressional offices at this year’s event held June 5 in Washington, D.C in conjunction with Committee Week.<br /><br />During meetings with 44 House and 39 Senate offices, RV industry members were able to raise awareness of the RV industry at the federal level and discuss several key issues. Meeting topics included the strong recovery of the RV market, the renewal of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) trade agreement, and the importance of preserving the second home mortgage deduction eligibility for RVs. <br /><br />''Our members enjoyed a very productive day on the Hill meeting with legislators and their staff to educate them on the RV industry’s positions on key issues,'' said Mike Ochs, director of government affairs, who organized the event. ''This is an event that our members really enjoy. At the end of the day they are energized and excited about the work they have done to help promote the RV industry at the federal level.''<br /><br />''The opportunity to meet face-to-face with our elected officials and develop a relationship is invaluable,'' said John Draheim, CEO of Fleetwood RV. ''It is tremendous to engage in meaningful conversations that lead to a better understanding and appreciation of the issues facing the RV industry.''<br /><br />Advocacy Day has played a valuable role in helping RVIA secure key legislative victories in recent years, including exempting RV awnings from commercial width regulations; having EPA adopt the CARB wood products standard for formaldehyde emission levels; including RV retail and wholesale loans in the Term-Asset Backed Securities Loan Facility; and having tax breaks for motorhome purchases included in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  </p>
Thu, 13 Jun 2013 07:49:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 13 Jun 2013 | <p>The RVIA Board of Directors wrapped up Committee Week, held June 2 - 6 at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C., by approving a host of committee recommendations at their meeting on Thursday, June 6.<br /><br />In the area of industry education, the Board gave approval to a new pilot program designed to help increase awareness of and participation in industry technician training and certification programs. Kicking off in July, the six-month pilot effort will utilize in-field representatives visiting RV dealerships in the northwest (ID, OR, WA) and south central (LA, TX) United States to test the new approach. The effectiveness of the pilot program will be reviewed at the end of the six-month period.<br /><br />The field reps will work to establish relationships with service managers and technicians to identify those involved in service areas at the dealership and gather contact information. They will also examine what service training has been received at the dealership and what training may be needed. If training in a specific area is needed, the field rep would work to facilitate making that training available to the dealership and others within the region.<br /><br />In other actions, the RVIA Board approved:<br /><br />*  using the term ''Park Model RVs'' for public relations and marketing purposes while using either of the terms ''Recreational Park Trailers'' or ''Park Model RVs'' for regulatory and standards purposes.<br /><br />*  adopting the 2014 editions of the NFPA 1192, NFPA 70 (NEC), and ANSI 12V Standard effective May 1, 2014 with a mandatory enforcement date of Sept. 1, 2014.<br /><br />*  investigating the feasibility of participating in the development of a global RV standard (ISO) to identify the potential benefits of such an endeavor.<br /><br />*  adding Type B motorhomes to the Retail Sales Activity (12-month Rate of Change) section of the Monthly Marketing Report beginning with the July report.<br /><br />*  raising the spare/demo unit fee at the California RV Show from $300 to $400 for 2013.<br /><br />*  Increasing the registration fees for non-exhibiting attendees from $60 to $100 for members and from $120 to $200 for non-members for the 2013 National RV Trade Show.<br /><br />The RVIA Board actions were the result of recommendations from many of the association’s standing committees that met from June 2-4.  Programs with specific budgets for FY2014 are pending until final approval by the RVIA Executive Committee at its August budget meeting and the RVIA Board at its September meeting.<br /><br />Two Named to RVIA Board<br /><br />RVIA named two new members to the Board of Directors at their meeting. Mike Farmer, vice president of sales and marketing for Carefree of Colorado, will fulfill the term of the company seat being vacated by Jeff Rutherford, who is leaving Carefree of Colorado to join Airxcel. Jim Hammill, president of Roadtrek Motorhomes, will assume that company’s seat which had been filled by Jeff Hanemaayer who is resigning. </p>
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RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 13 Jun 2013 | <p>The recreation vehicle (RV) industry’s shipments are predicted to total 309,800 units in 2013, 8.4% above the 2012 total of 285,749. According to a new forecast by RV industry analyst Dr. Richard Curtin, released at the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) Joint Committee Luncheon on June 3, RV shipments are expected to rise for a fifth straight year in 2014 with wholesale production expected to reach 321,800 units, a gain of 3.9% over the projected 2013 total.<br /><br />The estimated total for 2013 would be an 87% increase from the industry’s recession low in 2009. Fueled by strong consumer response to the versatility, affordability and innovative designs of new models, RV shipments through the first four months of 2013 shot up 13.3% compared to the same period in 2012. The industry has seen double digit gains in conventional travel trailers, Type A motorhomes and Type C motorhomes.<br /><br />''The favorable RV outlook is based on modest gains in jobs, incomes and household wealth,'' said Curtin, director of consumer surveys at the University of Michigan, during his presentation to RVIA members at the association’s annual Committee Week.  ''Consumer budgets have changed, but they still hold steadfast preferences for the RV lifestyle.''<br /><br />Consumers have adopted a more realistic economic outlook, Curtin told the Committee Week audience. Manufacturers have responded by introducing an array of new products that will provide the same cherished RV experiences while respecting their new budget limitations.<br /><br />''The RV industry will approach its next peak as the market demand for RVs continues to improve, particularly among baby boomers and younger buyers due to the ongoing efforts of the Go RVing campaign and the new product offerings from manufacturers,'' Curtin said. ''Given the modest gains expected in the financial situation of likely RV buyers, this next market peak is likely to be approached gradually.''<br /><br />The RV market is expected to be bolstered over the next two years with rising home values and higher stock prices boosting the willingness and ability of new RV buyers.<br /><br />''The strong appeal of the RV lifestyle underscores the iconic status of the RV in the minds of American consumers,'' Curtin said. ''This reflects deeply held family values, the enduring appeal of the natural environment, and people’s desire to instill in the next generation their cherished traditions.'' </p>
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Wed, 22 May 2013 10:22:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Wed, 22 May 2013 | <p>Reston, VA, May 22, 2013 - During the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, 5.8 million recreation vehicles will be on the road and in the nation’s more than 16,000 campgrounds, according to a new survey by Recreation Vehicle Industry Association and Cvent. An estimated 14 million Americans will enjoy the holiday weekend in an RV. <br /><br />Recreation vehicle owners will be on the road in a big way throughout the summer to enjoy time outdoors with family and friends. According to the new survey, 71% of RV owners intend to use their RVs more this summer than they did last year, and 21% will use theirs the same amount. Just 5% said they’ll use their RVs less. <br /><br />''RVing is becoming more and more popular because it’s a convenient, comfortable and affordable way for families to spend quality time together and build memories that will last a lifetime,'' said RVIA president Richard Coon. ''RVs provide families with the ability to take whatever kind of vacation they want - and it won’t break the bank.''<br /><br />Top reasons for using their RVs more including enjoying outdoor activities (78%), taking more mini-vacations (72%), spending quality time with family (62%), and escaping the stress and pressure of daily life (51%). <br /><br />In a significant change from previous surveys, just 34% (down from 58% a year ago) said fuel prices will affect their RV travel plans. Those who say their plans will be affected still plan to travel with their RVs, but will adjust their plans by traveling to destinations closer to home (80%), driving fewer miles in their RV (63%) and staying longer at one location (59%). <br /><br />One reason so many RVers will be on the road is the built-in cost savings of RV travel. A 2011 study by travel industry experts PKF Consulting found that a family of four can save 23-to-59 percent when they travel in their RV, even when factoring in purchase price, maintenance costs, and rising gas prices. RV owners agree - 80% of Campfire Canvass respondents said RV vacations cost less than other forms of travel even when fuel prices rise. More than half (56%) said they save 35% or more when they vacation by RV instead of using other forms of travel. <br /><br />''More than nine million Americans own RVs because of the unmatched freedom and flexibility they provide when traveling,'' said RVIA President Richard Coon. ''RVers can adjust their plans to take a long road trip or a quick weekend getaway. What’s most important for RVers is the opportunity to spend quality time outdoors with loved ones.''<br /><br /><strong>Emerging Trends in RV Usage<br /></strong><br />Approximately 19% of RV owners are engaging in ''seasonal'' or ''destination'' camping, according to the survey. Destination campers leave their RV parked at one location for the entire spring/summer (or longer) and travel back and forth to it using a family car. <br /><br />Many families are taking shorter, more frequent getaways in their RVs to accommodate busy schedules. According to the survey, 72% of RVers plan to take more 1-4 day mini-vacations this spring/summer. <br /><br /><strong>Flexibility<br /></strong><br />RV owners appreciate the control RVs offer in today’s travel climate. Unlike air travelers, RVers can bring anything they want on vacation - including pets. According to the survey, 64% of RV owners bring pets along on trips. Most RVers traveling with pets bring dogs (94%) and cats (10%). Others bring along pets such as birds, ferrets, snakes and horses. Three-fourths (76%) of survey respondents cited flexibility as a favorite benefit of RV ownership. <br /><br /><strong>Health Benefits<br /></strong><br />RVing is a great way to stay active while on vacation, according to RV owners. More than 79% said they’re more physically active on an RV trip - 84% said their children are more active. RVers cite the ability to enjoy outdoor activities (80%), and escape everyday stress and pressure (69%) as primary benefits of RV travel versus other types of vacations. <br /><br /><strong>RVers Plan to Visit State and National Parks<br /></strong><br />America’s state and national park systems are popular destinations for RV trips this spring/summer, according to the survey. More than 7-in-10 (71%) of RVers plan to visit a national park this year; 81 percent say they’ll visit a state park. Two-thirds plan to visit historic site this spring/summer. <br /><br /><strong>Favorite Activities<br /></strong><br />RVers enjoy an array of activities while traveling in their RVs. Favorites include:<br /><br />* Sightseeing - 80% <br />* Cooking out - 79% <br />* Hiking - 58% <br />* Fishing - 57% <br />* Visiting friends and family - 54% <br />* Hiking - 57% <br />* Fishing - 50%<br /><br />Other popular activities include antiquing, biking, festivals or fairs, visiting museums, and attending family reunions and events. <br /><br /><strong>RV Market Continues to Grow<br /></strong><br />America’s wholesale recreation vehicle (RV) shipments shot up 11% in the first quarter of 2013, fueled by strong consumer response to the versatility, affordability and innovative designs of new models, according to market data collected by RVIA. Shipments for 2013 are expected to rise 7.5% from 2012. <br /><br />According to the survey, 73% of current RV owners believe now is a good time to buy an RV because RVs are the best way to travel comfortably and conveniently (64%), and great deals now available (58%). <br /><br />The online survey of 378 RV owners was conducted by RVIA and Cvent and has a margin of error of 4.7%. <br /><br />RVIA is the national association representing approximately 400 manufacturers and component suppliers producing 98 percent of all RVs made in the United States. <br /></p>
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RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 16 May 2013 | <p>Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) has partnered with the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration in a program to allow RVIA members enhanced access to international trade resources offered by the federal government.<br /> <br />Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the two organizations, RVIA and the U.S. Commercial Service's network of worldwide offices will work together on marketing, education programs and events leveraging both entities’ expertise to help make businesses-and particularly small and medium-sized firms-more export savvy. Joint activities may include building awareness through outreach at trade shows and online registration for resource support. <br /><br />As a strategic partner with the U.S. Commercial Service’s New Market Exporter Initiative, RVIA member companies will receive: <br /><br />* Expert advice on new export markets<br /><br />* Access to free on-line market research reports<br /><br />* Opportunities for export training<br /><br />* Access to trade counseling through Commercial Service’s worldwide network by registering at <a href='http://www.export.gov/rvia'>www.export.gov/rvia</a><br /><br />* Assistance in complying with regulatory and documentation requirements<br /><br />* Expert advice, local contacts and market intelligence from specialists located in targeted markets<br /><br />* Services to connect to local distributors and representatives<br /><br />''We’re pleased to welcome RVIA as a partner in our efforts to strengthen the U.S. economy and support local jobs through expanding U.S. exports,'' said Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sánchez. ''With more than 95% of potential customers living outside U.S. borders, it’s imperative that American companies of all sizes consider the benefits of selling their products abroad.''<br /><br />''The RV industry is growing and thriving in established and new markets in countries across the globe,'' said RVIA President Richard Coon. ''The services and expertise offered through the New Market Exporter Initiative will be very useful to our members who are looking to explore opportunities in global markets. We are very proud to partner with the U.S. Commercial Service, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, in this initiative and urge our members to take full advantage of the tools and resources available through the effort.''<br /><br />For more information about the New Market Exporter Initiative and to begin using the program’s services, go to <a href='http://www.export.gov/rvia'>www.export.gov/rvia</a>. For additional information, contact Craig Kirby, RVIA vice president of international business and general counsel, at <a href='mailto:ckirby@rvia.org'>ckirby@rvia.org</a>. <br /><br />The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. U.S. Commercial Service trade professionals in more than 100 U.S. cities and in more than 70 countries help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets. Visit <a href='http://www.trade.gov/cs'>http://www.trade.gov/cs</a> to learn more.</p>
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RVIA Press Release from on Wed, 01 May 2013 | <p>RVIA has unveiled the schedule for Committee Week 2013, set for June 2 - 6 at the historic Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. The association’s standing committees, Executive Committee and Board of Directors meet to develop strategies and programs for the upcoming fiscal year at this annual event. <br /><br />The Go RVing Coalition will also meet during Committee Week on Monday, June 3. <br /><br />In addition to the full-slate of committee meetings, other key events on the schedule include:<br /><br />* 2014 RV Market Outlook - Dr. Richard Curtin, director of consumer research at the University of Michigan, will provide the first forecast for the RV market in 2014 and examine the current economic climate at the Joint Committee Luncheon on Monday, June 3. <br /><br />* RVIA’s Capitol Hill Advocacy Day - RVIA members will visit Capitol Hill on Wednesday, June 5, to meet with legislators and their staff to discuss key issues critical to the RV industry. <br /><br />* Networking Events - Several joint-committee luncheons and receptions, including the opening reception the evening of Monday, June 3, at the National Museum of Crime and Punishment, will give Committee Week participants the opportunity to establish, renew and build upon the relationships critical to business success. <br /><br /><u>Committee Week 2013 Schedule<br /></u><br /><strong>Sunday, June 2 <br /><br /></strong>Canadian Coalition Committee <br />3 - 6 pm <br /><br /><strong>Monday, June 3 <br /></strong><br />Committee Week registration will take place <br />in the Second Floor Front Foyer from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. <br /><br />Seasonal Camping Committee <br />8 - 10 am <br /><br />Park Trailer Committee <br />10:15 am - 3 pm <br /><br />Market Information Committee <br />8 am - 12 noon <br /><br />RVST Council <br />8 am - 5 pm <br /><br />Joint Committee Luncheon featuring Dr. Richard Curtin, University of Michigan <br />12 noon - 1:30 pm <br /><br />Annual Meeting Committee <br />1:30 - 5 pm <br /><br />Go RVing Coalition <br />1:30 - 5 pm <br /><br />Industry Education Committee <br />1:30 - 5 pm <br /><br />Lawyers' Committee <br />1:30 - 5 pm <br /><br />Monday Evening Reception <br />National Museum of Crime & Punishment <br />5:30 - 7:30 pm <br /><br /><strong>Tuesday, June 4 <br /></strong><br />Committee Week registration will take place <br />in the Second Floor Front Foyer from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. <br /><br />Public Relations Committee <br />9 am - 12 noon <br /><br />National Show Committee <br />9 am - 5 pm <br /><br />Public & Legislative Affairs Committee <br />9 am - 5 pm <br /><br />Standards Steering Committee <br />9 am - 5 pm <br /><br />ARC Legends Award Presentation<br />11:15 am - 12 noon<br /><br />Joint Committee Luncheon <br />12 noon - 2 p.m. <br /><br />Financial Services Committee <br />2:00 pm - 5 pm <br /><br />Supplier Committee <br />1:30 pm - 5 pm <br /><br /><strong>Wednesday, June 5 <br /></strong><br />Pre-Advocacy Day Briefing <br />7:30 - 9:15 am <br /><br />Advocacy Day Meetings - Capitol Hill <br />9:30 am - 5 pm<br /><br />Audit Committee <br />7 am - 7:30 am <br /><br />Long-Range Planning/Executive Committee <br />7:30 am - 1:30 pm <br /><br />Board of Directors & Advocacy Day Reception <br />6:30 - 7:30 pm <br /><br /><strong>Thursday, June 6 <br /></strong><br />Board of Directors' Meeting <br />8 am - 5 pm <br /><br />The Mayflower Renaissance Washington is a luxury hotel and historic landmark. Proclaimed by President Truman to be Washington, DC’s ''Second Best Address'' after the White House, the hotel is on the National Registry of Historic Places and a Historic Hotel of America. Located just blocks from the White House, metro stops and dining and cultural hot spots, the 4-diamond property offers a splendid center for exploring the city. <br /><br />For more information about Committee Week, contact Doreen Cashion in the Meetings and Shows Division at (703) 620-6003 (ext. 324) or <a href='mailto:dcashion@rvia.org'>dcashion@rvia.org</a>.</p>
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RVIA Press Release from on Wed, 01 May 2013 | <p>RVIA held its first standards technical subcommittee meeting on the ANSI A119.5 Standard and handbook on April 16 in South Bend, IN. <br /><br />The subcommittee, chaired by John Walters of Cavco/Fleetwood, is made up of technical and engineering experts who reviewed and made recommendations regarding over 100 proposed changes to park model standards, including ANSI A119.5, NEC Article 552 and the A119.5 Handbook. <br /><br />In addition to Chairman Walters, the Committee includes Gary Duncan, Forest River; Jerry Glenn, Kropf Manufacturing; Jerry Miller, Woodland Park; Bob Phillips, Dutchman Manufacturing; Jimmy Sellers, Chariot Eagle; and John Soard, Fairmont Homes. <br /><br />''RVIA is a well-oiled machine when it comes to standards,'' said RVIA Executive Director of Recreational Park Trailers Matt Wald. ''Getting the park model technical experts working with our standards department on these code change proposals is a critical first step in bringing the park model standards and handbook up to date. It was an excellent and productive meeting.''<br /><br />The 2014 revision cycle of ANSI A119.5 is well under way, with the target date of publication set for October 15, 2014. <br /><br />If anyone is interested in being considered for appointment on to this technical subcommittee please contact Kent Perkins, Senior Director - Standards at (800) 336-1054, ext. 336 or by email: <a href='mailto:kperkins@rvia.org'>kperkins@rvia.org</a>. </p>
Wed, 01 May 2013 07:36:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Wed, 01 May 2013 | <p>Steady progress continues on the effort to harmonize U.S. and Canadian RV Standards with the CSA Z240 Technical Committee holding what is hoped to be the last in series of meetings dating back to March 2012 to update and synchronize CSA Z240 with NFPA 1192. <br /><br />This meeting resulted in a unanimous vote to approve all proposed changes agreed upon during the previous meetings. CSA will now format the draft 2014 edition of CSA Z240 and then issue a 60-day public review period. There may be a need to hold one last meeting, tentatively scheduled for early September/October, to process any submitted public comments. <br /><br />The harmonization plan agreed to by an ad hoc group composed of members from the CSA Z240 Technical Committee and the NFPA Technical Committee on RVs is to ''synchronize'' as much as possible within the two standards for the respective 2014 editions. The current CSA Z240 code cycle schedule targets early 2014 for publication and the NFPA 1192 code cycle has the 2014 edition ready for publication in late 2013. The approach also includes identifying those requirements that cannot be synchronized and then conducting the necessary research and lobbying in order to secure desired changes for 2017. <br /><br />The final goal is to ''harmonize'' the two documents for the 2017 editions. The vision is to have the two documents published under a single cover that will have both the CSA Z240 and the NFPA 1192 identifications.</p>
Wed, 01 May 2013 07:32:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Wed, 01 May 2013 | <p>RV owners will be on the road in a big way this spring and summer to enjoy time outdoors with family and friends, according to a new survey. <br /><br />The latest Campfire Canvass survey of RV owners, conducted by RVIA, reveals that 71% of RV owners intend to use their RVs more this spring/summer than they did last year, and 21% say they’ll use theirs the same amount. Just 5% said they’ll use their RV less. <br /><br />The survey of 378 RV owners was conducted by RVIA and Cvent from March 29 through April 22 and has a margin of error of 4.7%. <br /><br />The top reasons for using their RVs more include enjoying outdoor activities (78%), taking more mini-vacations (72%), spending quality time with family (62%), and escaping the stress and pressure of daily life (51%). <br /><br />In a significant change from last year’s survey, just 34% (down from 58%) said fuel prices will affect their RV travel plans. Those who say their plans will be affected still plan to travel in their RVs, but will adjust their plans by traveling to destinations closer to home (80%), driving fewer miles in their RV (63%) and staying longer at one location (59%). <br /><br />According to the survey, 73% think now is a good time to buy an RV because RVing is the best way to travel comfortably and conveniently (64%), and great deals now available (58%). Top benefits of RV travel include spending more time enjoying outdoor activities (80%), flexibility (76%), seeing natural sites and attractions (75%), the ability to bring pets (60%), and being on the open road (56%). <br /><br />The research found that traveling with pets remains popular with RV owners. Sixty-four percent of survey respondents said they travel with pets. Of those, 94% bring a dog and 10% bring a cat. </p>
Thu, 11 Apr 2013 13:46:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 11 Apr 2013 | <p>RVIA members will visit members of Congress and their key legislative staff during the association’s Capitol Hill Advocacy Day, scheduled for Wednesday, June 5, during Committee Week. <br /><br />''Advocacy Day is one of the highlights of Committee Week for attendees and a vitally important element in RVIA’s efforts to increase awareness of the industry and our issues at the federal level,'' said Jay Landers, RVIA’s senior director of government affairs. ''These visits and meetings help strengthen relationships between RVIA members and the members of Congress who represent their states and districts.''<br /><br />RVIA Government Affairs staff schedule appointments with elected officials, provide briefing materials and accompany members on visits. The program also gives participants the opportunity to have photos taken with Congressmen and Senators. <br /><br />Advocacy Day begins with a morning meeting during which RVIA members are briefed on the issues they will be discussing with Congressional members and their staff. The briefing includes rehearsal exercises that help RVIA members practice discussing key issues before they set out to meet elected officials. <br /><br />For more information on RVIA’s Capitol Hill Advocacy Day visit <a href='http://www.rvia.org/?ESID=CHAD'>http://www.rvia.org/?ESID=CHAD</a> or contact Monika Geraci at <a href='mailto:mgeraci@rvia.org'>mgeraci@rvia.org</a> or (703) 620-6003 (ext. 318).</p>
Thu, 11 Apr 2013 13:38:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 11 Apr 2013 | <p>As part of its overall 2013 media campaign, Go RVing has launched a targeted advertising push to reach the growing Hispanic market through a comprehensive media approach utilizing television and radio commercials along with interactive digital and traditional print ads. <br /><br />The 'AWAY' campaign message was tweaked slightly to resonate more fully with this market and will feature a multi-platform, national media buy targeting English-speaking Hispanics with a household income of $75,000+ with commercials on top-ranked Hispanic television networks that appeal to English-dominant viewers, interactive digital ads, and print ads in popular magazines. Additionally, there will be some DJ-endorsed radio ads in several markets that have a high saturation of affluent, English-speaking Hispanics. <br /><br />The move to promote RVing to this consumer group is rooted in research showing the growing Hispanic market to be good candidates for RV ownership. The U.S. Census shows Hispanics accounted for 56% of the nation's growth between 2000-2010 with experts predicting they’ll continue to account for more than half of the growth in the next five years. Go RVing's 2012 Advertising Effectiveness Survey found that Hispanics are most likely to consider buying an RV vs. all other ethnic groups. <br /><br />As an American demographic, the English-dominant Hispanic population spends more on domestic travel than any other ethnicity, and those with a household income of $75,000+ are the most likely to have more discretionary income for travel and leisure. Family visits are a major reason for travel among the Hispanic population, particularly among English-dominant Hispanics who are more likely to have family in the U.S. This affluent segment is engaged in traveling and in considering an RV. They are family-centric and looking for travel deals, but they spend when it's worth splurging.</p>
Thu, 11 Apr 2013 13:36:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 11 Apr 2013 | <p>Go RVing has selected Bob Wheeler, President and CEO, Airstream, Inc., to serve as co-chairman of the Go RVing Coalition, the RV industry's national advertising and market expansion initiative. Wheeler joins RV dealer Tom Stinnett of Tom Stinnett Derby City RV (Louisville, KY-area) as co-chair of the industry-wide coalition, replacing Bob Olson, who retired from Winnebago Industries in 2012. <br /><br />The officers of Go RVing, Inc. - RVIA President Richard Coon and RVDA President Phil Ingrassia - released a joint statement praising Wheeler as an excellent choice to serve as co-chairman:<br /><br />'Bob is a proven industry leader who understands the importance of branding and strategic promotion. He brings valuable experience, insight, and influence to the Go RVing Coalition, and partnered with Tom, they will make a strong team to help guide Go RVing forward as we seek to build on the growth of the past few years.''<br /><br />Wheeler, 46, began his professional career as a manufacturing engineer at General Motors. He became President and CEO of Airstream in 2005 after serving in several other positions with Thor Industries, which is Airstream’s parent company. <br /><br />'The Go RVing program plays a vital role in our industry’s effort to raise consumer awareness about the benefits of RVing and the RV lifestyle,'' said Wheeler. ''I’m honored to work with the talented members of the Go RVing Coalition, who have for years helped position RVs as a fun and affordable way to build lasting memories. As we look to furthering industry growth and expansion, I’m excited to be part of the team’s move towards more creative, impactful and innovative campaign executions.''<br /><br />Tom Stinnett, who has been involved in Go RVing since it began in 1994 and has served as a co-chair since 2004, will continue to play a leadership role as a key consensus-builder among dealers and manufacturers. 'With his experience with Thor and Airstream, and his passion for the RV lifestyle, Bob Wheeler will be a great addition as Go RVing co-chair,'' Stinnett said. ''I look forward to working with him as the 2013 ad campaign gets underway.'<br /><br />Wheeler is a resident of Sidney, Ohio, where he lives with his wife, Kelly, and their three boys - Grant, Harvey and Finn. <br /><br />The Go RVing campaign is widely credited for boosting the image and popularity of RV travel and helping to maintain RV awareness and demand through the recent economic downturn. The Go RVing Coalition consists of RV manufacturers, component suppliers, dealers, and campgrounds who work to provide the public and media with information about the benefits of RV travel. </p>
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RVIA Press Release from on Mon, 01 Apr 2013 | <p>Go RVing reached a major milestone in mid-March when it exceeded 100,000 active followers of its Facebook page. The ever-growing community is a mix of both current and prospective owners who have actively chosen to follow the messaging provided daily by the brand. <br /><br />Since the page was launched in 2008, the style and content of the daily postings have been remixed to increase engagement with followers. In the past 18 months, the page’s reach has grown dramatically through messaging that regularly resonates with consumers who are decidedly interested in the Go RVing message. <br /><br />Over the years, numerous analytical sequencers have been created to track the interactions on social media and quantify the organic and viral reach of a brand’s messaging across numerous social media platforms. Go RVing utilizes several different metrics programs to obtain a well-rounded overview of its campaign’s reach. In recent weeks, some individual Go RVing posts have been seen by over 168,000 Facebook users through organic and viral sharing. <br /><br />''Effective use of social media rarely 'just happens’,'' said James Ashurst, RVIA vice president of advertising and public relations, ''but when strategically developed and executed, social media can be a powerful and direct link between brands and their intended market.'' He added, ''Whether on Facebook, Twitter, or more recently on Instagram and Pinterest, all of Go RVing’s activities are part of an overall digital strategy developed jointly by both our staff and the team at The Richards Group. Everything we do is designed to support and work cohesively with other aspects of our marketing and advertising campaigns each day. Perhaps the greatest advantage of social media is that we can tweak our messaging as we go - we can react in minutes if needed and we can change our content on the fly. Done correctly, social media is one of the most cost-effective ways to maintain a high level of engaged interaction with our audience.'' <br /><br />To recognize the Facebook milestone, Go RVing ran a weeklong ''100,000 and Counting Fan Appreciation Giveaway'' that attracted just shy of 9,000 entrants for a prize package of RV-camping essentials. The top prize included a $100 debit gift card, Go RVing window decals, koozies, lanyards, glow sticks, and four collapsible campfire roasting forks and the essentials for making s’mores all packed into a heavy galvanized bucket which can be used at the campfire. Several runners-up were also awarded prizes, with each winner being selected randomly by computer.</p>
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RVIA Press Release from on Mon, 01 Apr 2013 | <p>RVIA’s Nominating Committee has issued a call for candidates from the association’s membership to run in this year’s Board of Directors election. <br /><br />There are seven positions up for election this year including seats for one Manufacturer, one Recreation Park Trailer Manufacturer, two At-Large, and three Supplier representatives. <br /><br />The RVIA Board has the highest level of authority in the association’s organizational structure. It is responsible for association affairs on a broad policy basis. The Board meets three times per year: in March, during Committee Week in June, and in mid-September. <br /><br />''The RVIA Board plays an integral role in guiding the work of the association and shaping the future of the RV industry,'' said RVIA President Richard Coon. '’We encourage any association member with an interest in working on the key issues facing the RV industry to run for a seat on the RVIA Board.'' <br /><br />Each RVIA manufacturer and supplier member company is afforded a single vote in the association elections, scheduled to take place electronically in August. Newly elected Board members will begin serving their terms on October 1, 2013. <br /><br />Those interested in becoming a candidate for the RVIA Board elections should contact RVIA’s Mac Bryan at (703) 620-6003, ext. 334 or mbryan@rvia.org for consideration by the RVIA Nominating Committee. That group is chaired by Jeff Rutherford of Carefree of Colorado and includes Andy Baer of KZ-RV, Gregg Fore of Dicor Corp. and Jim Sheldon of Navistar RV.</p>
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RVIA Press Release from on Mon, 01 Apr 2013 | <p>Following a successful debut in 2012, Go RVing has again partnered with the Outdoor Channel as co-sponsor of the network’s ''Spring Fever'' Sweepstakes. The month-long sweepstakes kicks-off April 1, and this year’s grand prize is a Flagstaff Classic folding camping trailer which was selected in an RVIA-member lottery. Flagstaff is a division of Forest River. <br /><br />The sweepstakes is supported both on-air and online with eight custom videos, including four :30 spots by Outdoor Channel talent Pat Reeve and Nicole Jones, hosts of the hunting show Driven, and angler Mark Zona, host of Zona’s Awesome Fishing Show. Each will feature the hosts talking about the appeal of RVs for outdoor enthusiasts. <br /><br />The Outdoor Channel will also promote the benefits of RV travel through outdoorchannel.com, targeted emails, and the network’s social media outlets, including a Go RVing co-branded trip itinerary widget. The network will award daily prizes and four National Park RV vacations in conjunction with the Flagstaff grand prize. <br /><br />''RVs and the outdoors go hand-in-hand, and these types of enhanced media partnerships give the Go RVing brand and messaging greater visibility and impact because the network personalities have tremendous credibility with their viewers,'' said James Ashurst, RVIA vice president of public relations and advertising. ''It’s also a chance for viewer’s to see how an RV might enhance the quality of their leisure time as it does for the program hosts.''<br /><br />In 2012, the ''Spring Fever'' sweepstakes generated a total of 165,000 entries, including 23,173 opt-In leads for the Go RVing database who requested additional information from Go RVing and its industry partners.</p>
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RVIA Press Release from on Mon, 01 Apr 2013 | <p>RVIA’s Committee Week 2013 will take place from June 2 - 6 at the Mayflower Renaissance Washington in Washington, D.C. <br /><br />Over the course of the five-day event, standing committees, the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors will meet to set the association’s plans for the upcoming fiscal year. The Go RVing Coalition will also meet on Monday, June 3. <br /><br />In addition to the full-slate of committee meetings, other key events on the schedule include:<br /><br />* 2014 RV Market Outlook - Dr. Richard Curtin, director of consumer research at the University of Michigan, will provide the first forecast for the RV market in 2014 and examine the current economic climate at the Joint Committee Luncheon on Monday, June 3. <br /><br />* RVIA’s Capitol Hill Advocacy Day - RVIA members will visit Capitol Hill on Wednesday, June 5, to meet with legislators and their staff to discuss key issues critical to the RV industry. <br /><br />* Networking Events - Several joint-committee luncheons and receptions, including the opening reception the evening of Monday, June 3, at the National Museum of Crime and Punishment, will give Committee Week participants the opportunity to establish, renew and build upon the relationships critical to business success. <br /><br />The Mayflower Renaissance Washington is a luxury hotel and historic landmark. Proclaimed by President Truman to be Washington, DC’s ''Second Best Address'' after the White House, the hotel is on the National Registry of Historic Places and a Historic Hotel of America. Located just blocks from the White House, metro stops and dining and cultural hot spots, the 4-diamond property offers a splendid center for exploring the city. <br /><br />For more information about Committee Week, contact Doreen Cashion in the Meetings and Shows Department at (703) 620-6003 (ext. 324) or <a href='mailto:dcashion@rvia.org'>dcashion@rvia.org</a>.</p>
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RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 14 Mar 2013 | <p>During the Annual Membership Meeting at the Loews Portofino Bay Resort on March 5, RVIA honored industry leaders for their outstanding contributions to the association and the RV industry. <br /><br />''RVIA’s Awards program recognizes individuals in a variety of areas who work selflessly and diligently for the betterment of the RV industry,'' said RVIA Chairman of the Board Doug Gaeddert. ''It is an honor to acknowledge the success they have achieved.''<br /><br /><strong>Distinguished Service to the RV Industry Award</strong> - Recognized as the Industry’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual within the RV Industry who sets themselves apart through outstanding service. This year’s recipient was Bob Olson of Winnebago Industries. <br /><br />Olson has served on the RVIA Board of Directors and on the Executive Committee, holding the offices of First Vice Chairman, Second Vice Chairman, Treasurer, and Secretary. He also has served as Go RVing Co-Chairman with Tom Stinnett for the last three years, helping to re-energize the national industry advertising campaign’s consumer appeal and industry response. <br /><br />''Bob joined the RVIA Board in 2008, just as the RV market experienced one of its most severe downturns and RVIA faced daunting economic challenges,'' said Gaeddert. ''Through his leadership with RVIA and Go RVing, we have overcome difficult challenges and remained unified in the process. It is entirely fitting that we honor Bob for his career-long commitment to advancing the RV industry.''<br /><br /><strong>Special Award</strong> - Norm Jacobson of Lance Camper Manufacturing was honored with the Special Award for his extraordinary contributions to the RV industry’s overall success. As a Board member of the Trailer Coach Association in the early 1970s Jacobson played a key role in the merger with Recreation Vehicle Institute that created RVIA. <br /><br />''After helping found RVIA, Norm’s leadership and service continued full bore for the next 29 years. As RVIA’s longest serving Board member and in his service as Chairman in 1983 and 1984, he has helped the association grow and thrive in representing the industry,'' said Gaeddert. ''As Norm enters retirement, it is a special honor to recognize him for his illustrious career and for his exemplary service to the association and the industry.''<br /><br /><strong>David J. Humphreys Industry Unity Award</strong> - Recognizing those individuals who continuously strive to encourage the multiple constituencies of the RV industry to work collectively for the growth and betterment of the industry, the award was presented to Mel Adams of Airxcel and Rick Horsey of Parkview RV Center. The two created the award in 2005 to honor Dave Humphreys as he retired from RVIA. <br /><br />Adams and Horsey have worked individually and in tandem at their respective companies and in their leadership positions at RVIA and RVDA for more than a decade to forge greater industry unity among RV manufacturers, suppliers and dealers. Specifically, they have worked hand-in-hand as strong advocates of the industry’s training and education efforts, working tirelessly to bring all parties together on this import topic. <br /><br />''They are passionate advocates on the need to work together and to find common ground,'' said Gaeddert. ''Our industry has benefited greatly from their work on industry education. They are very deserving recipients who embody the spirit of this award.'' <br /><br />Other award recipients announced at the Annual Meeting were:<br /><br /><strong>Distinguished Achievement in RV Standards</strong> - Tom Ryan, D & R Agency<br /><br /><strong>National Education Service Award</strong> - Garett Carolus, Keystone RV<br /><br /><strong>Distinguished Achievement in RV Journalism</strong> - Bob Ashley, RV Business<br /><br /><strong>National Legislative Award</strong> - The Honorable Larry Bucshon (R-IN) and Roy Dockum, Oklahoma Motor Vehicle Commission <br /></p>
Thu, 14 Mar 2013 14:18:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 14 Mar 2013 | <p>RVIA members celebrated Dicor Corp.’s Gregg Fore for his service as the association’s Chairman of the Board from 2010 - 2012 at the Chairman’s Dinner and Gala that took place on March 5 at RVIA’s Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL. He accepts his gavel from Past Chairman Jim Sheldon and RVIA Chairman Doug Gaeddart.<br /><br />RVIA Chairman Doug Gaeddert said the Fore led the association in a precarious time as it navigated a sometimes rocky road toward recovery from the Great Recession. ''Gregg’s calm and steady leadership guided us through some challenging times and positioned the industry for sustainable growth and prosperity,'' he said. <br /><br />Gaeddert also detailed key accomplishments under Fore’s leadership This included enhancing industry education and certification with the introduction of the RV service technician career ladder; the launch of Go RVing’s ''AWAY'' campaign - the industry’s first all new campaign since 2005; a focus on capitalizing on the growing global RV market; and a renewed focus on uniting industry allies. <br /><br />''Under Gregg’s leadership, we’ve strengthened our relationship with dealer partners; moved toward a more uniform North American RV market with the creation of the Canadian Coalition Committee; and healed old wounds to welcome recreation park trailer manufacturers back into RVIA,'' said Gaeddert. ''These developments have increased unity, making our industry stronger, more efficient and more consumer-focused.''<br /><br />Gaeddert invited past RVIA Chairs Norm Jacobson, Mel Adams and Jim Sheldon to join him in presenting Fore with several gifts in recognition of his service, including the Chairman’s Award plaque, an RVIA Chairman’s ring and the gavel he used during his time in office. Fore’s wife Nancy was also recognized for her support and presented a crystal vase. On behalf of the RVIA staff, RVIA President Richard Coon gave Fore a scrapbook commemorating his term as chairman that included photos, press clippings, and letters of congratulations from association colleagues. <br /><br />''It was an honor and pleasure to serve as RVIA Chairman. The experience was rewarding and meaningful to me in many ways,'' said Fore. ''I want to thank our members for their support of the association, the many volunteers who serve on committees and the Board for their hard work on so many issues, and the association staff for their efforts conducted on our behalf. It was pleasure working with all of you.'' </p>
Thu, 14 Mar 2013 14:15:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 14 Mar 2013 | <p>Speaking to members at RVIA's Annual Membership Meeting at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando, FL on March 5, RVIA President Richard Coon said the RV industry is performing very well and touched on key association issues. <br /><br />Coon told attendees that the RV market is expected to have its best year since 2007 based on the latest RV wholesale projections from Dr. Richard Curtin in the Spring 2013 issue of RV Roadsigns. ''RVIA is projecting 307,300 units to be shipped this year, which would be a 7.5% increase over the 2012 year-end total of 285,800 units,'' he said.<br /><br />He added that the results for the past several years look even better when comparing them to historical shipment levels that have disaster related housing units removed. <br /><br />''When you adjust the totals for RVs used as disaster housing in 2004 - 2006, it puts the recent performance of the RV market in an even better light,'' Coon said. ''Particularly when examining conventional travel trailer shipments, you find that the industry has been producing product at approximately the same or even greater levels than during the so-called banner years of 2005 - 2007.''<br /><br />In addition to providing RV market statistics, Coon stressed that the association’s focus remains on representing member interests in the areas of RV standards, government affairs, market research and information, advertising and public relations, industry education and training, and national shows. He noted the association achieved considerable success in these areas in 2012 and shared a video highlighting those achievements. </p>
Thu, 14 Mar 2013 14:12:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 14 Mar 2013 | <p>In his remarks at RVIA’s Membership Meeting on March 5 in Orlando, FL, RVIA Chairman of the Board Doug Gaeddert said that the RV industry benefits from being represented by an association that is ''rock solid.'' <br /><br />''RVIA is in great shape. We are financially sound. We have a skilled staff working to advance and protect the RV market. We have a host of dedicated, talented volunteer leaders selflessly providing their time and insight to help chart our future,'' said Gaeddert. ''But most importantly, we have a very supportive membership that is fully engaged in the association, and that is the true source of our strength.'' <br /><br />In his talk, he also touched on several other topics and offered observations about the RV market:<br /><br />* RV Shipments - He reported that RVIA’s latest projection estimates that RV shipments will end 2013 above 307,000 units. This would be a 7.5% increase over the 285,800 units in 2012 and the best year for the industry since 2007. <br /><br />''The momentum keeps building for the RV market,'' he said. ''After a strong 2012, we’ve seen shipments continue to rise through the early part of 2013 and have heard promising reports from RV consumer shows and RV dealers through the U.S. and Canada of strong traffic, exceptional sales and high overall consumer interest in RV ownership.''<br /><br />* Industry Consolidation - Gaeddert said that the RV industry has seen rapid consolidation since 2008 with approximately one-third of manufacturers, suppliers and dealers either leaving the market as casualties of the recession or being acquired by other companies. <br /><br />''Certainly, losing a third of the industry is not ideal in any case,'' he said. ''However, one of the potential benefits of having fewer manufacturers, fewer suppliers and fewer RV dealership ownership positions in a growing market is that it should simplify the process of jointly identifying and solving industry issues and seizing opportunities. Anything reasonable ought to be possible to accomplish if we come together as an industry.''<br /><br />* The Evolving Use of RVs - He noted that the way consumers use RVs is evolving. While the majority of owners and prospects prefer traditional RVing, there are those who prefer ''seasonal'' camping, meaning they keep and use their RV at the same site on a seasonal basis. <br /><br />''The industry and RVIA need to evolve right along with those desires, and we’re doing that. RVIA amended our standards to allow for larger travel trailers that are used for seasonal camping. Another significant step was having park model manufacturers rejoin RVIA because we are in the same industry, we serve the same market, and we belong under the same roof. And, we will continue as an association to help our member companies adapt to a changing marketplace.'' </p>
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RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 14 Mar 2013 | <p>RVIA has made the renewal of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program a key legislative priority for the upcoming year. <br /><br />The program was renewed in October of 2011, but is set to expire on July 31, 2013. For more than three decades, GSP has provided duty-free treatment to selected goods imported from more than 130 developing countries. Some three-quarters of U.S. imports covered by GSP are raw materials, parts and components used by U.S. companies to manufacture goods in the United States. In this fashion, GSP boosts the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers and lowers the cost of goods for American consumers. <br /><br />This is certainly true as it applies to the RV industry. Luan is used in nearly every RV; however, it is only available from southeastern Asia and has historically been eligible for GSP treatment. <br /><br />Congress will be considering legislation later this summer to renew the GSP program. The Trade Subcommittee under the House Ways and Means Committee House and the Senate Finance Committee will take the lead on any legislation. <br /><br />RVIA is participating with the Coalition for GSP, a Washington, DC-based group of U.S. businesses, trade associations, and consumer organizations that seeks the renewal of the GSP program by Congress before its expiration. The Coalition is beginning preliminary discussions with members and key staffers on the lead committees, but it is difficult to generate any focus on trade issues right now given the current dysfunction of the Congress and the preoccupation with budgetary issues such as sequestration, the debt ceiling and possible tax reform. <br /><br />As a component of the renewal strategy, support for GSP program will be a primary focus of RVIA’s upcoming Capitol Hill Advocacy Day on June 5, 2013. </p>
Thu, 14 Mar 2013 14:02:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 14 Mar 2013 | <p>The RVIA Board of Directors elected two new members to the Executive Committee and three new members to the Board during their meeting on March 4 in Orlando, FL in conjunction with the association’s Annual Meeting. <br /><br />Garry Enyart of Cummins Power Generation and Matt Miller of Newmar Corp. were elected to the Executive Committee as Treasurer and Secretary, respectively. The two join Chairman Doug Gaeddert of Forest River, Inc.; First Vice Chairman Derald Bontrager of Jayco, Inc.; Second Vice Chairman Bob Parish of GE Capital; Chairman Ex Officio Gregg Fore of Dicor Corp.; and RVIA President Richard Coon. They replace Bob Olson of Winnebago Industries and John Regan of Fabric Services who both resigned from the RVIA Board and Executive Committee. <br /><br />The new Board members are Chad Reece of Winnebago Industries (assuming the Manufacturer seat vacated by Bob Olson); Tim Stephens of Atwood Mobile Products (appointed to the Supplier seat vacated by John Regan); and, Dave Schutz of Dometic Corp. (assuming the Supplier seat vacated by Doug Whyte). <br /><br />In other actions at their meeting, the RVIA Board of Directors:<br /><br />* Decreased the cost of the RVIA seal from $17 to $16, effective July 1, 2013. The new $16 seal fee will apply to all member manufacturer vehicle types. The Go RVing per unit assessment remains unchanged at the current levels of $46 for folding camping trailers and truck campers; $61 for travel trailers and 5th wheel travel trailers; and $74 for motorhomes. <br /><br />* Allocated an additional $150,000 to the fiscal year 2013 budget for the Education Department to accelerate and enhance the educational and training efforts for RV service technicians and to increase technician participation in programs. <br /><br />* Approved changing the show hours for the California RV Show to 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays. <br /><br />* Set the RV manufacturer do-it-yourself booth rate for the California RV Show at $2.65 per square foot, up from $2.50 psf in 2012. <br /><br />* Increased the height limit for manufacturer exhibits at the National RV Trade Show from 16 feet to 20 feet and the height limit for supplier standard linear 10’ x 10’ booths from eight feet to 10 feet. <br /></p>
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Thu, 28 Feb 2013 10:39:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 28 Feb 2013 | <p>Officially getting the green flag, Go RVing’s 2013 media buy launched on Feb. 18 with SPEED Channel airing custom vignettes featuring Trackside personality Rutledge Wood during the network’s pre-Daytona 500 programming. <br /><br />In Woods’ third series of vignettes for Go RVing, the popular NASCAR personality interviews RVers at Texas Motor Speedway about why RVs are great for family travel and are ideal for tailgating at NASCAR races. The spots will air over 500 times on SPEED throughout the racing season along with Go RVing’s television commercials. <br /><br />Kicking into high gear on March 1, Go RVing’s $11.8 million campaign features a strong mix of proven media buys mixed with several exciting sponsorships with strong media partners. In the coming weeks and months, the remainder of Go RVing’s television buy and custom programming will roll out on national cable channels including: Destination America, Travel Channel, National Geographic Channel; National Geographic Wild; and Outdoor Channel. From March through September, the TV plan also includes direct response advertising on 40 more popular cable networks. <br />New digital ads are now appearing on dozens of websites and search engines through September enabling consumers to link directly to GoRVing.com. The 2013 print campaign includes 15 popular titles with a solid editorial mix across a variety of new and proven genres. The magazines hit newsstands in March and continue through October. <br /><br />Go RVing’s 2013 media buy will be enhanced by special partnerships with Country Living and Garden & Gun magazines’ event sponsorships, Outdoor Channel’s national sweepstakes with an RV grand prize, and Travel Channel with the Trip Flip episode featuring an RV vacation integration and an online sweepstakes. </p>
Thu, 14 Feb 2013 08:05:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 14 Feb 2013 | <p>The Go RVing campaign is expanding its outreach effort to include consumer events, for the first time. As part of its ad buys with Garden & Gun and Country Living magazines, Go RVing will display RVs at major events attended by consumers in the ad campaign’s target demographic. <br /><br />''We’re excited about this new way of reaching consumers who share characteristics with RV owners,'' said RVIA Vice President of Advertising and Public Relations James Ashurst. ''This will give families an opportunity to see RVs for themselves and learn how RVing is a fun, flexible and affordable way for families to spend quality time in the outdoors.''<br /><br />The first event is the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE), taking place Feb. 15-17 in Charleston, SC. Now in its 30th year, SEWE draws more than 500 artists and exhibitors from around the globe, presenting their products to more than 40,000 attendees. <br /><br />Go RVing’s on-site exhibit, situated just inside the entrance to the event, will feature a Winnebago Aspect type C motorhome and a Forest River V-Cross Vibe travel trailer. Both units were selected in lottery among members offering to provide vehicles. The SEWE exhibit is part of Go RVing’s media buy with Garden & Gun magazine, which is a sponsor of the event. <br /><br />As part of its media buy with Country Living, Go RVing is sponsoring the ''Sisters on the Fly'' seminar, which will be held at each of the Country Living Fairs - June 7-9 in Rhinebeck, NY; Sept. 13-15 in Columbus, OH; and Oct. 25-27 in Atlanta, GA. Total attendance at the three events is expected to exceed 63,000. <br /><br />''Sisters on the Fly'' are a group of 2,400 women who travel the country in RVs. They conduct seminars designed to educate consumers on the RV lifestyle, and how easily the RV experience can be customized. In addition, Go RVing will have space to display an RV at each of the three fairs.</p>
Thu, 14 Feb 2013 08:01:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 14 Feb 2013 | <p>The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recognized RVIA with a special plaque to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the association’s involvement with the standards-making organization. <br /><br />In a letter accompanying the plaque, ANSI President and CEO Joe Bhatia wrote, ''We congratulate RVIA on the contributions it has made in advancing the safety and quality of recreational vehicles, and thank you for your significant contributions in support of ANSI and the standardization community.''<br /><br />Recreation Vehicle Institute (RVI), one of the RV industry organizations that preceded RVIA, began working with ANSI on RV standards in 1963. After RVI and the Trailer Coach Association (TCA) merged in 1974 to form RVIA, RVIA continued the relationship with ANSI in helping guide the standards-making process on behalf of the RV industry. <br /><br />ANSI is a nonprofit association that establishes procedures and guidelines to create recognized minimum safety standards for products used by both consumers and industry. ANSI sanctions standards that have been created following rigid committee procedures that allow all affected entities a voice in their development. Among the critical issues reviewed by ANSI is the make-up of the committee, empowered to establish or revise the Standard. All affected entities must be represented and no interest group can be in a position to dictate the outcome. <br /><br />A standards making committee for RVs has existed since 1963 that addressed travel trailers, and this committee created the first safety standard in 1971 that included travel trailers and motorhomes. </p>
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RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 14 Feb 2013 | <p>Large crowds and robust sales at consumer RV shows in the first month of 2013 give the industry positive news for the start of a new year. Building on a third straight year of shipments growth, the industry is poised for continued recovery in 2013. <br /><br />Across the country, RV shows are reporting high levels of attendance and strong business. This was the case at the Original Pittsburgh RV Show, organized by Rob Young. <br /><br />''Our attendance was up 15% this year, and sales were up about 10% - and last year was a good year for dealers too,'' Young said. ''This has been a record year for us both in attendance and amount of space sold.''<br /><br />This experience was shared by Joe Gonsalves, who runs the Northeast RV and Camping Show in Hartford, CT. Gonsalves said he increased the size of his show by 10% this year, to account for increased demand from dealers and vendors. <br /><br />''Attendance is up 13% this year,'' said Gonsalves. ''And dealers are reporting more sales than in the past few years.''<br /><br />The RV show in Syracuse reported strong attendance and sales, as well. ''Just from the start of this year - and the last quarter of 2012 - business has been booming for us,'' said Kevin Bostrom of Camping World, which runs the Syracuse show. ''Shipments and sales are way up.''<br /><br />In Tennessee, the Knoxville RV Super Show drew more than 15,000 visitors.''This year’s show is much bigger due to last year’s success,'' said show manager Rob Lynch. ''We’ve got 30% more RVs and 15-20 more vendors. We’ve got everything from pop-up campers to half-million-dollar motorhomes.''<br /><br />The Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa saw attendance rise slightly from 2012 to 54,255 - a new record for the show. ''We didn’t knock the doors off, but it was better than last year,'' said FRVTA President Lance Wilson. ''We were very pleased. Number 1, we want to make sure enough people are there, and number 1B is we want manufacturers to sell products. In most cases, people did very well.''<br /><br />Similar reports emerged from shows in Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan. The 47th Annual Detroit Camper and RV Show saw record-breaking attendance with 21,000 attendees - a 13% rise over the last year’s previous record. <br /><br />''The attendance for this show was phenomenal and it’s obvious the camping and outdoor lifestyle is growing!'' said Dave Rochette, owner of Westland Camping Center, in Westland, Mich. ''Interests are across the board, ranging from the small, less-expensive models, to the larger, luxury models.''<br /><br />RVIA works to capitalize on the strong consumer enthusiasm for these shows with publicity efforts that target local media. This retail show publicity effort has resulted in show information and RV lifestyle stories published in Dayton, OH; Boston, MA; Grand Rapids, MI; Denver, CO; and South Bend, IN. <br /><br />Coverage has been positive with a focus on large crowds, strong sales, and innovative products at an array of price points. Visit the ''In the News'' page at RVIA.org for a more comprehensive look at RV shows coverage. </p>
Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:17:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 31 Jan 2013 | <p>A dynamic lineup of seminars featuring a noted economist and numerous RV industry leaders will highlight RVIA’s Annual Meeting, set for March 4 - 7 at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando, FL. <br /><br />Taking place the morning of Tuesday, March 5, the sessions will include:<br /><br />* KOA Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Jim Rogers will examine the outlook for the campground industry. Rogers’ 40-year career in the hospitality industry began in 1972 when he joined KOA as a management trainee. He also worked for Harrah’s Entertainment and ran his own advertising agency, Curtis + Rogers, Inc. before returning to head KOA in 2000. <br /><br />* Noted economist Dr. Lowell Catlett will provide an economic outlook through an upbeat, humorous presentation that will focus on future technologies and their impact on how consumers will live and work. Dr. Catlett is a Regents Professor in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business and Extension Economics and the Dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University. He is also internationally known as an expert in commodities futures markets and has worked as a consultant to the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, the Interior, Defense and Labor and many Fortune 500 companies. <br /><br />* The morning will be capped by ''Succeeding in Today’s RV Market,'' a panel discussion featuring the viewpoints from executives in the manufacturing, supplier, finance and dealer segments of the industry. The panelists are: Mark Beecher, executive vice president with Bank of the West; Phil Ingrassia, president of Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA); Bob Martin, president and chief operating officer (COO) of Thor Industries; Bill Osborne, senior vice president of custom products for Navistar, Inc.; and Martin Street, president and chief executive officer of Stag-Parkway, Inc. <br /><br />RVIA’s Annual Meeting provides association members the opportunity to learn more about association activities, attend informative seminars, and network with business colleagues at numerous social events. Event highlights include the Newcomers and Welcome Reception the evening of March 4; the association’s Annual Membership Meeting set for the afternoon of March 5; and the Chairman’s Reception and Dinner taking place the evening of March 5. <br /><br />Annual meeting attendees will also have the option of playing golf or taking tours of Universal Studios or Disneyworld on Wednesday, March 6. Staff will assist attendees to obtain tee times or schedule the tours. These activities are optional and not included in the meeting registration. Attendees will depart on March 7. <br /><br />Located in Universal’s Orlando Resort, the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel lets guests experience the sights and sounds of the Italian Riviera while providing AAA Four Diamond Award winning accommodations, amenities and exclusive resort benefits. <br /><br />For more information or to register for the event, contact RVIA’s Huyen Dang at hdang@rvia.org or (703) 620-6003 (ext. 305). </p>
Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:10:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 31 Jan 2013 | <p>The 2nd World RV Conference drew 216 RV industry leaders from 16 countries to the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel in Tampa, FL from Jan. 17 - 20 to examine the growing international RV market. <br /><br />The event, sponsored by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), brought together executives representing RV manufacturing and supplier companies, RV dealerships, campgrounds, and trade associations to share market information and statistics; discuss standards and technical issues, and to explore how industry members can work together in an increasingly connected world RV market. Nearly half of attendees hailed from outside the United States. <br /><br />''The interest in RVing is flourishing throughout the world with emerging markets in China, Japan, Russia, Brazil and South America joining established markets in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia'' said RVIA Chairman Doug Gaeddert of Forest River, Inc. ''The strong attendance at the conference, particularly by those coming from outside the U.S., is a clear indication of the increasing global footprint of the RV industry.''<br /><br />The Plenary Sessions, held the mornings of Jan. 18 and Jan. 19, were the centerpiece of the 2nd World RV Conference. The six presentations provided key market statistics and trends; reviewed popular RV products; and examined the future prospects and challenges for each world market. Those providing reports were:<br /><br />* ''North America'' presented by Richard Coon, president of Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). <br /><br />* ''Europe'' presented by Stephane Cordeille, chief executive officer of Thetford Corp. <br /><br />* ''China'' presented by Ye Shengji, deputy secretary general of the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM)<br /><br />* ''Japan'' presented by Keiki INOMATA, a director with the Japan RV Association (JRVA) and executive managing director of Neat RV Co. <br /><br />* ''Australia'' presented by Stuart Lamont, chief executive officer of the Caravan, RV and Accommodation Industry of Australia (CRVA)<br /><br />* ''South Africa'' presented by Keith Laing, managing director of Jurgens Ci and a member of the Leisure Industry Manufacturers Association (LIMA);<br /><br />''The world is getting smaller, and it’s important that we understand not only what is going on in our own market but also what’s happening in other markets,'' said Lamont. ''What happens in Europe or the United States may happen in Australia, and vice versa. That is why it is critical for us to communicate and share information.''<br /><br />Cordeille added that while RV markets have inherent differences based on their location, there are fundamental basics contributing to RVing’s global appeal. ''RVing gives people freedom and gets them back into nature,'' he said. ''''Our business...our way of vacationing and traveling is a great way of linking family generations together. That is the true value of our product,''<br /><br />The 2nd World RV Conference also featured a series of concurrent workshops on Jan. 18 that focused on various industry-related topics. The sessions included:<br /><br />* The ''World Product Standards Workshop'' moderated by RVIA Vice President of Standards and Education Bruce Hopkins with a panel composed of Ron Chapman, chief executive officer of Caravanning Queensland in Australia; Jost Kruger, technical director of the Caravaning Industrie Verband (CIVD) in Frankfurt, Germany; Keith Lang, managing director of Jurgens Ci and representative of South Africa’s Leisure Industry Manufacturers Association (LIMA); and Kent Perkins, senior director of standards at RVIA. <br /><br />* The ''Advertising and Promotion Workshop'' presented by James Ashurst, RVIA’s vice president of public relations and advertising. <br /><br />* The ''World Campground Standards'' session moderated by Kathy Palmieri, owner/operator of the Yogi Bear Jellystone Park in Estes, CO with a panel of campground experts that included Ian Beadel, an owner/operator of an award-winning campground in Australia; Nick Lomas, director general of The Caravan Club in England; and Jeff Sims, director of state relations and program advocacy at the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.<br /> <br />* The ''RV/Caravan Rental Business Workshop'' presented by Joe Laing, director of market and business development for El Monte RV. <br /><br />* The ''RV/Caravan CEO-Chairman Panel Discussion'' featuring a rotating panel of association leaders from across the world, including Richard Coon, RVIA president; Tim DeWitt, executive director of the Michigan Manufactured Housing, RV and Campground Association; Klaus Foertsch, managing director, Caravan GmbH in Germany; Eleonore Hamm, president of RVDA of Canada; Jeff Hirsch, chairman of RVDA; Phil Ingrassia, president of RVDA; John Lally, director general of the National Caravan Council in England; and Stuart Lamont, chief executive officer of the Caravan, RV & Accommodation Industry of Australia (CRVA). The panel was moderated by Matt Wald, park trailer executive director for RVIA. <br /><br />* The ''Newest Emerging RV/Caravan Markets Workshop'' was moderated by Craig Kirby, vice president of international business and general counsel at RVIA, and featured panelists Marcius Pinto Matheus, co-owner of Motor Trailer do Brazil, and Gregory Tempkin, president of Russian Standard. <br /><br />Marco Annunziata, chief economist and executive director of Global Market Insight at General Electric, Co., was the keynote speaker at the luncheon on Jan. 18. In his remarks via a video conference link, he provided attendees with his view of economic conditions. ''I believe the economy will struggle in the early part of 2013 before gaining momentum in the second half of the year with that growth continuing through 2014,'' Annunziata said. ''I believe we will see an economic growth rate of 2 - 2.5% in the United States and in larger emerging markets while Europe will continue to experience volatility with minimal growth over the next several years.''<br /><br />The 2nd World RV Conference provided attendees ample opportunity to network and socialize at numerous festive social events, including special lunch and dinner events, and outings to FRVTA’s Florida RV SuperShow and the Lazydays RV Super Center. <br /><br />The 2nd World RV Conference was made possible through the generous support of the event sponsors: Carefree of Colorado; the Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association; Cummins/Onan; Dometic Group; the Florida RV Trade Association; Freightliner Custom Chassis; GE Capital; Lazydays; Thetford Corp.; RVDA of Canada; and Thor Industries. <br /><br />It was announced that Australia will host the 3rd World RV Conference in 2015. The first World RV Conference was held in Dusseldorf, Germany in 2008. </p>
Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:00:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 31 Jan 2013 | <p>RV travel and camping vignettes custom-produced by Go RVing’s media partners will once again be a key element of the industry’s national ''AWAY'' advertising campaign when it kicks off its second year in February. <br /><br />These vignettes will air on popular networks throughout the year, including Great American Country (GAC), SPEED and the Outdoor Channel. <br /><br />Filming was just completed in Nashville on the two 60-second ''On the Road with GAC'' vignettes featuring country music recording artist Chuck Wicks. The spots showcase how Chuck uses his RV to escape the bright lights and pressure of Music City by camping, hunting and fishing with his father John and his dogs. A Forest River XLR Hyperlite sport utility RV, selected through a lottery, is the featured in both vignettes, which will air on GAC between Feb. 18 and June 30 and on GACtv.com. <br /><br />Go RVing is once again teaming up with SPEED personality Rutledge Wood for a 60-second vignette that features Wood interviewing RVers at Texas Motor Speedway about why RVs are great for family travel and how their units are ideal for tailgating at NASCAR races. It will air 546 times throughout racing season on SPEED, beginning Feb. 18. <br /><br />The Outdoor Channel will air four vignettes with network talent Pat Reeve and Nicole Jones, hosts of the hunting show Driven, and angler Mark Zona, host of Zona’s Awesome Fishing Show, talking about the appeal of RVs with outdoor enthusiasts. These will air throughout April as part of the network’s ''Spring Fever'' sweepstakes. The Outdoor Channel will also be promoting the benefits of RV travel and the sweepstakes through outdoorchannel.com, targeted emails, and the network’s social media outlets, including a Go RVing co-branded trip itinerary widget. The network will award four National Park RV vacations and the grand prize for the sweepstakes is a Forest River Flagstaff Classic folding camping trailer, also selected in an RVIA-member lottery. <br /><br />''These vignettes add tremendous value to the campaign by reinforcing the messages in our television commercials as popular network personalities enjoy and endorse RV travel and camping in an entertaining and informative way,'' said RVIA Vice President of Public Relations and Advertising James Ashurst. </p>
Thu, 31 Jan 2013 14:57:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 31 Jan 2013 | Football journalist Kerry Byrne and Go RVing have teamed up for a 1,500-mile RV road trip to the Super Bowl, generating media interest from Boston to New Orleans. Byrne and celebrity chef Steve DiFillippo are traveling in a motorhome provided by El Monte RV to promote RVs as a fun and flexible way to travel, tailgate and experience the big game. <p></p>The tour included an appearance on the highly-rated FOX & Friends morning show on Sunday, Jan. 27, to talk about how to host the perfect RV tailgate. New England Cable News, The Boston Herald, and WBZ-TV, Boston’s CBS affiliate, also have provided coverage of the tour. Byrne has also conducted interviews with sports radio outlets nationwide to talk about the RV trip to the big game, including stations in Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Denver, Boston, Chicago, DC, San Francisco and New Orleans. <br /><br />Byrne and the RV are scheduled to appear on the FOX affiliate in New Orleans this Friday. In addition, Byrne and DiFillippo will host a Go RVing Super Bowl Tailgate Friday afternoon in New Orleans. RVers and Go RVing fans are invited to the party for free. In addition, RVIA is expecting to receive coverage on the Sports Illustrated website, SI.com. <br /><br />Byrne is founder of ColdHardFootballFacts.com, and is considered an authority on the ''gridiron lifestyle'' of beer, food and football. He also writes about food and drinks for the Boston Herald, and has a regular column at SI.com. <br /><br />Byrne has been tweeting about the trip to his 9,000 Twitter followers, as well as posting video to ColdHardFootballFacts.com, including an interview with former Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Qadry Ismael during a stop in Baltimore.
Mon, 14 Jan 2013 10:12:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Mon, 14 Jan 2013 | <p>A full schedule of informative meetings, compelling speakers and festive social events will highlight the 2nd World RV Conference, being hosted by RVIA from Jan. 17-20, 2013 at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel in Tampa, FL. <br /><br />The event will bring together RV industry leaders from 14 countries - including RV manufacturer, supplier, dealer, campground and trade association representatives -- to share market information and statistics, discuss technical issues and standards, and explore how RV companies can work together in an increasingly interconnected world RV market. <br /><br />Marco Annunziata, chief economist and executive director of Global Market Insight at General Electric, Co., will be the event’s keynote speaker at the luncheon on Jan. 18. In his remarks, he will examine how the increasingly complex global economy impacts business trends and markets. <br /><br />The 2nd World RV Conference will also feature two plenary sessions to provide attendees with reports on established and emerging RV markets throughout the world. The schedule for Jan. 18 includes ''Europe'' presented by Stephane Cordeille, chief executive officer of Thetford Corp.; ''Japan'' presented by Keiki INOMATA, a director with the Japan RV Association (JRVA) and executive managing director of Neat RV Co.; and ''Australia'' presented by Stuart Lamont, chief executive officer of the Caravan, RV and Accommodation Industry of Australia (CRVA). <br /><br />The sessions on Jan. 19 will feature ''China'' presented by Ye Shengji, deputy secretary general of the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM); ''South Africa'' presented by Keith Laing, managing director of Jurgens Ci and a member of the Leisure Industry Manufacturers Association (LIMA); and ''North America'' presented by Richard Coon, president of Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). <br /><br />The afternoon of Jan. 18 will feature a series of concurrent workshops focusing on critical topics facing RV executives. The sessions include: ''World Product Standards Workshop,'' ''Advertising and Promotion Workshop,'' ''World Campground Standards,'' ''RV/Caravan Rental Business,'' ''RV/Caravan CEO-Chairman Panel Discussion,'' and ''Newest Emerging RV/Caravan Markets.''<br /><br />The 2nd World RV Conference will also give attendees ample opportunity to network and socialize at numerous festive social events, including special lunch and dinner events. Visits to the FRVTA Florida RV SuperShow and Lazydays RV Super Center are also on the program schedule. <br /><br />The 2nd World RV Conference is made possible through the generous support of the event sponsors, including Carefree of Colorado; Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association; Cummins/Onan; Dometic Group; Florida RV Trade Association; Freightliner Custom Chassis; GE Capital; Lazydays; Thetford Corp.; RVDA of Canada; and Thor Industries. </p>
Mon, 14 Jan 2013 10:09:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Mon, 14 Jan 2013 | <p>Through the winter months, RVIA’s work with reporters and producers has produced a steady stream of positive media coverage. Coverage included stories about the industry’s continuing recovery from the economic downturn, positives about the RV lifestyle, and cable TV specials about what’s new in RVs. <br /><br />A few of the highlights:<br /><br />* A Nov. 27 Associated Press story from the Louisville show reported on the industry’s accelerating recovery from the recession. This story appeared in media markets nationwide, including Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Columbus, San Diego, Chicago, St. Louis, and New York. The story also was published on major online outlets, including Yahoo! Finance and Bloomberg BusinessWeek. <br /><br />* On Nov.30, BudgetTravel.com published a story offering tips for renting and traveling by RV. The story mentioned rising RV shipments, and presented RVs as an accessible and fun way to travel. <br /><br />* A Dec. 10 story in The Wall Street Journal reported that RV sales are expected to rise in 2013. Growth was predicted to be strongest in lower-cost models, with travel trailers and fifth wheels expected to be in highest demand. <br /><br />* On December 20, Winnebago CEO Randy Potts appeared on FOX Business where he talked about the positive outlook for the RV industry. The segment also featured a Winnebago Tour outside FOX’s New York studio. <br /><br />* On Dec. 21, AnimalFair.com suggested that readers should consider an RV for traveling with pets. The tip pointed out that no boarding, no cargo holds and built-in pet stations could make traveling with pets more convenient and more fun. More than half of RVers travel with pets, according to RVIA research. <br /><br />* On Jan. 1, HGTV broadcasted RV2013, this year’s version of the annual RV special. The show featured three families touring the RV show in Hershey and presented the latest trends and newest models. RVIA works with producers throughout the production, and the show continues to be HGTV’s highest-rated special. <br /></p>
Mon, 14 Jan 2013 10:01:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Mon, 14 Jan 2013 | <p>RVIA’s series of 2013 Trouble Shooter Clinics starts later this month with the session taking place Jan. 28 - 31 in Loveland, CO. With limited space available, RV service technicians are encouraged to register today for this clinic. <br /><br />RVIA’s revised Trouble Shooter Clinic curriculum now offers participants more class time, smaller class sizes, and expanded hands-on training in a track-oriented format focusing on four specialty areas. The track schedule for the upcoming clinic is:<br /><br />¦ Foundation/Plumbing (Jan 29 - 31/$480 per person) - The session will cover propane; pre-delivery inspection; preventative maintenance; customer care; fire & life safety; basic electricity; water distribution and monitoring systems; and pumps. <br /><br />¦ Power Sources (Jan. 29 - 31/$480 per person) - This session will examine generators; converters; power systems; batteries; inverters and transfer switches; energy management systems and RV-C. <br /><br />¦ Appliances (Jan. 28 - 31/$640 per person) - Water heaters; air conditioning and heating units; refrigerators; and furnaces will be the focus of this session. <br /><br />¦ Running Gear, Hydraulics, Slide-outs & Towing (Jan. 29 - 30/$320 per person) - This session focuses on running gear, axles, hydraulics, slide-outs, towing and hitches. <br />Trouble Shooter Clinic participants attend one track at a time and need to complete the Foundation/Plumbing track, or be a certified RV Service technician, before taking the other track offerings. <br /><br />Those completing the Trouble Shooter Clinic are eligible for a 10% discount on any RV service technician certification testing if taken within 90 days of the clinic. <br /><br />In addition to the upcoming Trouble Shooter Clinic in Colorado, other 2013 sessions will be held in Orange County, CA from February 18-21, 2013; South Bend, IN from March 25-28, 2013; Tampa, FL set for August 5-8 tentatively, 2013: and Calgary, Alberta from November 4-7, 2013.<br /><br />Contact RVIA’s Education Department at (703) 620-6003, ext. 355 or visit www.rvia.org/?ESID=tsclinics to register or for more information. </p>
Mon, 14 Jan 2013 09:54:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Mon, 14 Jan 2013 | <p>During the early spring when winter-weary families begin to plan their summer vacations, Go RVing will be rolling out a 2013 partnership with the Great American Country Network (GAC) and the Outdoor Channel that will build on the two successful promotions with these networks from last year. <br /><br />As part of the partnership, GAC will produce two 60-second spots that will be shot in late January featuring celebrity singer/songwriter Chuck Wicks. When not touring, Chuck is an avid outdoorsman and hunter, so the vignettes will promote how the RV lifestyle allows him to get away with family and friends to enjoy the outdoors, to do some hunting, relaxing and song-writing. <br /><br />There was big interest among Go RVing member manufacturers to provide a loan vehicle, with 14 towable units entered in the lottery. After a random drawing, the Hyper Lite SURV by Forest River’s XLR Toyhauler Group was selected as the unit to be featured in the vignettes, which will air 1,600 times between February 18 and March 30. <br /><br />On the Outdoor Channel, Go RVing will again be offering a national Spring Fever Sweepstakes designed to increase the awareness and interest in RVs. This year, Outdoor Channel will create four sweepstakes vignettes featuring network talent Pat Reeve and Nicole Jones, hosts of the popular hunting show Driven, as well as angler Mark Zona who hosts Big Water Adventure. <br /><br />This year’s partnership will again feature a new RV as the sweepstakes grand prize. RVIA members offered prize units and following a separate random drawing, the Outdoor Channel will award the lucky winner a Flagstaff Classic 620 ST folding camping trailer also from Forest River. The Go RVing/Outdoor Channel vignettes will air on the network over 150 times throughout the April sweepstakes promotion and will also be on OutdoorChannel.com where consumers enter the sweepstakes. </p>
Mon, 14 Jan 2013 09:51:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Mon, 14 Jan 2013 | <p>RVIA will hold its 2013 Annual Meeting from March 4 - 7 at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando, FL. <br /><br />The event provides association members the opportunity to learn more about association activities, attend informative seminars, and network with business colleagues. <br /><br />''I encourage all of our members to plan on attending this important association event,'' said RVIA President Richard Coon. ''We’ve compressed the schedule this year to minimize the time away for the office while maintaining a compelling agenda featuring instructive seminars and association reports as well as entertaining social and networking events.''<br /><br />Monday, March 4, is the major day of arrival for attendees with the RVIA Board of Directors meeting in the afternoon and a Newcomers and Welcome Reception scheduled for the evening. <br /><br />Tuesday, March 5, will start with an Alumni Breakfast followed by a series of in-depth seminars from 8 a.m. - 12 noon focusing on topics impacting the RV industry. RVIA will host the Annual Membership Meeting that afternoon from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. This will include reports on association activities from key officials including RVIA Chairman Doug Gaeddert and RVIA President Richard Coon and the presentation of association awards. The day concludes with the Chairman’s Reception and Dinner where Past Chairman Gregg Fore will be honored for his service in the association’s top volunteer position. <br /><br />Annual meeting attendees will have the option of playing golf or taking tours of Universal Studios or Disneyworld on Wednesday, March 6. Staff will assist attendess to obtain tee times or schedule the tours. These activities are optional and not included in the meeting registration. Attendees will depart on March 7. <br /><br />RVIA's Strategic Planning Committee and Executive Committee will convene prior to the the Annual Meeting in sessions on March 3 & 4. <br /><br />Located in Universal’s Orlando Resort, the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel lets guests experience the sights and sounds of the Italian Riviera while providing AAA Four Diamond Award winning accommodations, amenities and exclusive resort benefits. </p>
Thu, 06 Dec 2012 11:40:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 06 Dec 2012 | <p><font size='2' face='Arial'>The RV market continued to climb through October with wholesale shipments rising to 246,228 units, an increase of more than 12% over the same ten-month period on 2011. On a seasonally adjusted basis, RV shipments reached an annualized rate of 280,000 units in October.</font></p> <p><font size='2' face='Arial'>According to RVIA’s latest monthly survey of member manufacturers, shipments to retailers of all RVs were reported at 24,947 units in October, up 31.5% over September totals and 31% ahead of October shipments last year. Double digit gains were recorded in all vehicle types when comparing October 2012 totals to October 2011 results with type C motorhomes and conventional travel trailers climbing the most.</font></p> <p><font size='2' face='Arial'>On a cumulative annual basis, all RV product categories except folding camping trailers have improved the in first ten months of 2012 compared to the same time period in 2011. Towable shipments have risen by nearly 13% from 197,058 to 222,468 units. Motorhome shipments have increased by 8.3% from 21,937 units to 23,760 units.</font></p> <p><font size='2' face='Arial'>For more information on RV market statistics and research, visit the <a href='http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/linktrack.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rvia.org%2F%3FESID%3Dmdandt'><font color='#004677'>''Market Data and Trends''</font></a> section of <a href='http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/linktrack.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rvia.org%2F'><font color='#004677'>http://www.rvia.org/</font></a>.</font> <br /></p>
Thu, 06 Dec 2012 11:36:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 06 Dec 2012 | <p>There was steady traffic at RVIA’s Trouble Shooter Clinic Demonstration at the National RV Trade Show with RV dealers and industry members stopping by to learn more about the comprehensive technical training available through the program. <br /><br />The Trouble Shooter Clinic Demonstration took place over the course of the three-day National RV Trade Show with instructors on hand to provide demonstrations and answer questions. Attendees could also receive a 10% discount on registration fees for any of the upcoming 2013 clinics in the U.S. and enter raffle drawings. <br /><br />Jason Skinner of Mike Thompson’s RV in Santa Fe Springs, CA won free registration for a 2013 U.S.-based Trouble Shooter Clinic and Dennis West of Mid-Ohio RV in Mansfield, OH won a set of RV technician textbooks. <br /><br />''We were very pleased with the interest in the Trouble Shooter Clinic Demonstration,'' said RVIA Vice President of Standards and Education Bruce Hopkins. ''We were able to give a lot of people an introduction to what the clinics are all about and how they can benefit their service operations.''<br /><br />''A key component of the success of the Demonstration was the participation of the instructors who were on hand in Louisville. We are very appreciative of involvement,'' added Hopkins. Participating instructors included Glen Null, Dexter Axle Company; Joe Riexinger, Cequent Towing Products; Bud Vandermel, Lippert Components; Wendel Sheldon; Shurlo; Garett Carolus, Keystone RV; Chris Black, Norcold; Bob Horner, Dometic Corp.; Ronnie Ellison, Airxcel/Suburban; Dick Wade, Airxcel; Mike Williams, Atwood Mobile Products; Bryan Ritchie, Onan Corp.; and Kyle Johnston and Fred Louck, Girard Systems. Several companies also provided equipment, including Parallax Power Supply, Harris Battery, Precision Circuits, and Magnum Energy. <br /><br /><strong>2013 Trouble Shooter Clinic Schedule<br /></strong><br />RVIA’s 2013 schedule of Trouble Shooter Clinics kicks off with the first session taking place Jan. 28 - 31, 2013 at the Embassy Suites in Loveland, CO. Other sessions will take place Feb. 18 - 21 at the Radisson Hotel Ontario Airport in Ontario, CA; March 25 - 28 at the Century Center in South Bend, IN; a session in Tampa, FL in the July/August timeframe; and Nov. 4 - 7 in Calgary, Alberta. <br /><br />RVIA’s Trouble Shooter Clinics now offer participants more class time, smaller class sizes and expanded hands-on training in a track-oriented format featuring four specialty areas. <br /><br />Participants attend one track at a time and need to complete the Foundation track, or already be a certified RV service technician, before taking any of the other three tracks. The tracks being offered in the 2013 sessions include:<br /><br />* Foundation/Plumbing - 3 days (24 hours) for $480 per person<br />* Running Gear, Hydraulics, Slide-Outs, & Towing - 2 days (16 hours) for $320 per person<br />* Appliances - 4 days (32 hours) for $640 per person<br />* Power Sources - 3 days (24 hours) for $480 per person<br /><br />The registration fee equates to approximately $20 per credit hour. Trouble Shooter Clinic attendees will receive a 10% discount on any RV service technician certification testing, if taken within 90 days following the clinic. <br /><br />To register for a Trouble Shooter Clinic or receive more information, please contact RVIA’s Nancy Jo Bell-London in the Education Department at nlondon@rvia.org or (703) 620-6003, ext. 355.</p>
Thu, 06 Dec 2012 10:24:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 06 Dec 2012 | <p>There was steady traffic at RVIA’s Trouble Shooter Clinic Demonstration at the National RV Trade Show with RV dealers and industry members stopping by to learn more about the comprehensive technical training available through the program. <br /><br />The Trouble Shooter Clinic Demonstration took place over the course of the three-day National RV Trade Show with instructors on hand to provide demonstrations and answer questions. Attendees could also receive a 10% discount on registration fees for any of the upcoming 2013 clinics in the U.S. and enter raffle drawings. <br /><br />Jason Skinner of Mike Thompson’s RV in Santa Fe Springs, CA won free registration for a 2013 U.S.-based Trouble Shooter Clinic and Dennis West of Mid-Ohio RV in Mansfield, OH won a set of RV technician textbooks. <br /><br />''We were very pleased with the interest in the Trouble Shooter Clinic Demonstration,'' said RVIA Vice President of Standards and Education Bruce Hopkins. ''We were able to give a lot of people an introduction to what the clinics are all about and how they can benefit their service operations.''<br /><br />''A key component of the success of the Demonstration was the participation of the instructors who were on hand in Louisville. We are very appreciative of involvement,'' added Hopkins. Participating instructors included Glen Null, Dexter Axle Company; Joe Riexinger, Cequent Towing Products; Bud Vandermel, Lippert Components; Wendel Sheldon; Shurlo; Garett Carolus, Keystone RV; Chris Black, Norcold; Bob Horner, Dometic Corp.; Ronnie Ellison, Airxcel/Suburban; Dick Wade, Airxcel; Mike Williams, Atwood Mobile Products; Bryan Ritchie, Onan Corp.; and Kyle Johnston and Fred Louck, Girard Systems. Several companies also provided equipment, including Parallax Power Supply, Harris Battery, Precision Circuits, and Magnum Energy. <br /><br /><strong>2013 Trouble Shooter Clinic Schedule<br /></strong><br />RVIA’s 2013 schedule of Trouble Shooter Clinics kicks off with the first session taking place Jan. 28 - 31, 2013 at the Embassy Suites in Loveland, CO. Other sessions will take place Feb. 18 - 21 at the Radisson Hotel Ontario Airport in Ontario, CA; March 25 - 28 at the Century Center in South Bend, IN; a session in Tampa, FL in the July/August timeframe; and Nov. 4 - 7 in Calgary, Alberta. <br /><br />RVIA’s Trouble Shooter Clinics now offer participants more class time, smaller class sizes and expanded hands-on training in a track-oriented format featuring four specialty areas. <br /><br />Participants attend one track at a time and need to complete the Foundation track, or already be a certified RV service technician, before taking any of the other three tracks. The tracks being offered in the 2013 sessions include:<br /><br />* Foundation/Plumbing - 3 days (24 hours) for $480 per person<br />* Running Gear, Hydraulics, Slide-Outs, & Towing - 2 days (16 hours) for $320 per person<br />* Appliances - 4 days (32 hours) for $640 per person<br />* Power Sources - 3 days (24 hours) for $480 per person<br /><br />The registration fee equates to approximately $20 per credit hour. Trouble Shooter Clinic attendees will receive a 10% discount on any RV service technician certification testing, if taken within 90 days following the clinic. <br /><br />To register for a Trouble Shooter Clinic or receive more information, please contact RVIA’s Nancy Jo Bell-London in the Education Department at nlondon@rvia.org or (703) 620-6003, ext. 355.</p>
Thu, 06 Dec 2012 10:20:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 06 Dec 2012 | <p>The RV industry launched the National RV Trade Show at ''Outlook 2013: A Golden Opportunity'' with an informative, entertaining program hosted by RVIA Chairman Doug Gaeddert that celebrated the 50th anniversary of the show, provided details of the industry’s prospects for 2013, and focused on the industry’s advertising and public relations initiatives. <br /><br />The event, attended by approximately 1,000 RV manufacturers, dealers and industry representatives, kicked off with a special opening montage of videos and comments from industry veterans tracing the evolution of the National RV Trade Show and the RV industry from the 1960s through today. Those participating in the opening included Carl Pfalzgraf, formerly of Atwood Mobile Products; Norm Jacobson of Lance Camper Manufacturing; Jim Sheldon of Navistar RV; Bob Parish of GE Capital; Debbie Brunoforte of Little Dealer, Little Prices; and Doug Gaeddert of Forest River. <br /><br />Following a report on the RV industry’s continued recovery in 2012 and the prospects for the market in 2013, Go RVing Co-Chairs Bob Olson and Tom Stinnett partnered with RVIA Public Relations Committee Chairman B.J. Thompson and RVIA Vice President of Public Relations and Advertising James Ashurst for a multimedia presentation detailing 2012 accomplishments and 2013 plans in the advertising and public relations arenas. <br /><br />''We have a strong public relations team at RVIA,'' Thompson told the audience. ''I’m proud of the work we’ve done to promote the RV lifestyle, combat misperceptions and position the industry as growing, vibrant and innovative.'' <br /><br />Thompson discussed a few of the industry’s media relations successes, including coverage on TV networks such as ABC News, FOX News Channel, and HGTV. He also highlighted digital media placements, and detailed RVIA’s plans to commit more resources to online outlets in the future. <br /><br />''It used to be that people only got news from print publications, television or radio,'' Thompson said. ''Times have changed. More than a third of adult Americans own a tablet or smart phone to read news stories or watch video clips.''<br /><br />This year, RV coverage appeared in several major digital outlets, including Yahoo! News, SheKnows.com, and MadeMan.com. <br /><br />Stinnett and Olson reported on strong results from the new ''AWAY'' Go RVing advertising campaign following its first year. The pair emphasized the campaign’s strategic shift to focus on media brands that provide the opportunity to build cross-platform partnerships. <br /><br />''Consumers are really engaging with our message,'' Stinnett said. ''We’ve experienced great success in our first year of targeting brand-building partnerships. Our co-branded initiatives with Great American Country and Outdoor Channel drew 46,000 new leads.''<br /><br />The new ads, which debuted in early 2013, resonated with consumers, Olson told attendees. <br /><br />''Our research demonstrates that consumers look favorably on what our industry is selling,'' Olson said. ''Our messaging about RVs allowing consumers to spend more time doing the things they want to do with the people they want to do them with - works. It reinforces the need to keep getting our industry’s message out to as many consumers as possible.''<br /><br />Ashurst closed the presentation by discussing some of the plans for Go RVing in 2013. ''Next year you will see a return of some of our best performing partners and the addition of several new offerings, including an expanded outreach to the Hispanic market,'' Ashurst said. ''One such deal is a sizeable partnership with Discovery Networks’ newest lifestyle cable network, Destination America, which will explore the people, places and stories of the United States while celebrating the tenacity, hard work and humor that characterizes our great nation.''<br /><br />In addition, Go RVing will partner with Travel Channel on a media buy that will include the integration of an RV into an episode of the network’s popular program Trip Flip with an unsuspecting family being whisked away on an RV adventure. <br /></p>
Thu, 06 Dec 2012 10:14:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 06 Dec 2012 | The RV industry recovery from the economic downturn will continue to build strength in 2013, as shipments are expected to rise to 289,900 - a 4.5% increase over the projected 2012 total of 277,300 units, according to a new forecast released by RVIA at ''Outlook 2013: A Golden Opportunity,'' the association’s kick-off event to the 50th Annual National RV Trade Show. <br /><br />Addressing approximately 1,000 RV manufacturers, dealers and industry representatives on Tuesday, Nov. 27, RVIA Vice President of Public Relations and Advertising James Ashurst presented a positive outlook for the industry’s future, based on new projections from Dr. Richard Curtin, director of consumer surveys at the University of Michigan, in the Winter 2012 issue RVIA’s quarterly forecasting newsletter RV Roadsigns. Ashurst presented the forecast for RVIA President Richard Coon, who was unable to attend the event at the last minute. <br /><br />The rise in shipments to 277,300 units by year-end 2012 would be a nearly 10% gain (9.9%) over the 2011 total of 252,300 and include double digit gains in conventional travel trailers and type A motorhomes.<br /><br />According to the new forecast, most of the 2013 gain will come in conventional and fifth-wheel trailers and by type A motorhomes. Conventional and fifth-wheel trailers are expected to account for 86% of all RV shipments in 2013 - which would be an all-time high. <br /><br />The continued strength in 2013 RV shipments is due to rising consumer confidence and improved economic conditions; however, a failure by America’s political leaders to bridge the ''fiscal cliff'' could significantly alter the industry’s fortunes in 2013, Dr. Curtin cautioned in the newsletter. <br /><br />The projection for each of the major RV product types for 2013 is:<br /><br />* Travel trailers: up 5% to 180,200 units <br />* Fifth-wheel trailers: up 7% to 68,800 units <br />* Truck campers: up 3% to 3,500 units <br />* Folding camping trailers: down 17% to 9,000 units <br />* Type A motorhomes: up 8% to 15,400 units <br />* Type B motorhomes: up 10% to 2,300 units <br />* Type C motorhomes: down 2% to 10,700 units <br /><br />''We’ve had a good year in 2012 in terms of sales and in how we’ve been able to promote RVs to our core markets,'' Coon said following Outlook 2013. ''There’s a lot of versatility in the RV market - many products, price points and how they’re used. There is strong demand for RVs, and I am optimistic about our industry’s future.'' <p><br /></p><br />
Thu, 06 Dec 2012 10:01:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 06 Dec 2012 | RVIA’s 50th National RV Trade Show, held Nov. 27-29 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY, showcased new product lines, as well as the upbeat outlook and spirit of innovation that has seen the industry recover from the recession with three consecutive years of growth. <br /><br />''Among exhibitors and attendees there was a real belief that the RV industry is strong and resilient and is well positioned for future success,'' said RVIA President Richard Coon. ''We still have some challenges in the market, but RV shipments are growing because people love RVs - what they represent and what RVs allow them to do.''<br /><br />The RV industry’s premiere event included 68 manufacturers and 235 suppliers displaying their newest and most innovative products across more than 725,000 square feet of exhibit space. Attendance totaled 7,658, down 6% from 2011. Total buying attendance, representing individual attendees in the RV dealer, accessory store, campground owner, and warehouse distributor categories, was off 9%, declining to 2,978. <br /><br />While attendance was lower than in previous years, manufacturers reported steady traffic and sales. <br /><br />''We had an outstanding show that exceeded our expectations,'' said Matt Buckman of Navistar RV. ''We had steady traffic in our booth, and our sales through the first two days exceeded our three-day sales from last year by 40%.''<br /><br />''KZ had a good show,'' said Andy Baer of KZ Recreational Vehicles. ''Dealer traffic was lighter, but the quality was excellent. They were engaged with the product and were here in Louisville to buy.''<br /><br />''We weren’t sure what to expect at Louisville because we had a big open house,'' said Nate Goldenberg of Dutchmen Manufacturing, Inc. ''But, we’re 52% ahead of last year’s Louisville show, and 2011 was a record year for us.''<br /><br />At the National RV Trade Show, RVIA released details of a new shipments projection for 2013, prepared by Dr. Richard Curtin of the University of Michigan and RVIA’s Market Information Committee. The RV industry recovery from the economic downturn will continue to build strength in 2013, as shipments are expected to rise to 289,900 - a 4.5% increase over the projected 2012 total of 277,300 units. <br /><br />The rise in shipments to 277,300 units by year-end 2012 would be a nearly 10% gain (9.9%) over the 2011 total of 252,300 and include double digit gains in conventional travel trailers and type A motorhomes. The expected increase in 2013 would mark four consecutive years of RV market growth. <br /><br />The 51st National RV Trade Show will take place Dec. 3-5, 2013 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.
Tue, 27 Nov 2012 09:58:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Tue, 27 Nov 2012 | <p>Louisville, Kentucky - The RV industry launched the 50th National RV Trade Show at ''Outlook 2013: A Golden Opportunity'' an informative, entertaining program that provided details of the industry’s prospects for 2013 and an update on advertising and public relations initiatives. <br /><br />The event began at 7:30 a.m. and was attended by approximately 1,000 RV manufacturers, dealers and industry representatives. Following a presentation from RVIA President Richard Coon about the industry’s recovery from the economic downturn and prospects for 2013, Go RVing Co-Chairs Bob Olson and Tom Stinnett partnered with RVIA Public Relations Committee Chairman B.J. Thompson and RVIA Vice President of Public Relations and Advertising James Ashurst for a for a multimedia presentation recapping 2012 accomplishments in the advertising and public relations arenas.<br /><br />''We have a strong public relations team at RVIA,'' Thompson told the audience. ''I’m proud of the work we’ve done to promote the RV lifestyle, combat misperceptions and position the industry as growing, vibrant and innovative.''<br /><br />Thompson discussed a few of the industry’s media relations successes, including coverage on TV networks such as ABC News, FOX News Channel, and HGTV. He also highlighted digital media placements, and detailed RVIA’s plans to commit more resources to online outlets in the future.<br /><br />''It used to be that people only got news from print publications, television or radio,'' Thompson said. ''Times have changed. More than a third of adult Americans own a tablet or smart phone to read news stories or watch video clips.''<br /><br />This year, RV coverage appeared in several major digital outlets, including Yahoo! News, SheKnows.com, and MadeMan.com.<br /> <br />Stinnett and Olson reported on strong results from the new ''AWAY'' Go RVing advertising campaign. The pair emphasized the campaign’s strategic shift to focus on media brands that provide the opportunity to build cross-platform partnerships.<br /> <br />''Consumers are really engaging with our message,'' Stinnett said. ''We’ve experienced great success in our first year of targeting brand-building partnerships. Our co-branded initiatives with Great American Country and Outdoor Channel drew 46,000 new leads.''<br /><br />The new ads, which debuted in early 2013, resonated with consumers, Olson told attendees.<br /> <br />''Our research demonstrates that consumers look favorably on what our industry is selling,'' Olson said. ''Our messaging about RVs allowing consumers to spend more time doing the things they want to do with the people they want to do them with - works. It reinforces the need to keep getting our industry’s message out to as many consumers as possible.''<br /><br />Ashurst closed the presentation by discussing some of the plans for Go RVing in 2013.<br /> <br />''Next year you will see a return of some of our best performing partners, as well as several new offerings,'' Ashurst said. ''One such deal is a sizeable partnership with Discovery Networks’ newest lifestyle cable network, Destination America, which will explore the people, places and stories of the United States while celebrating the tenacity, hard work and humor that characterizes our great nation.''<br /><br />In addition, Go RVing will partner with Travel Channel, and will expand its outreach to the Hispanic market.<br /> <br />The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association is the national association representing nearly 400 manufacturers and component suppliers producing approximately 98 percent of all RVs made in the United States. <br /></p>
Tue, 27 Nov 2012 09:45:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Tue, 27 Nov 2012 | <p>The RV industry recovery from the economic downturn will continue to build strength in 2013, as shipments are expected to rise to 289,900 - a 4.5% increase over the projected 2012 total of 277,300 units, RVIA President Richard Coon told attendees at ''Outlook 2013: A Golden Opportunity,'' the kick-off event to the 50th Annual National RV Trade Show.</p> <p>Addressing approximately 1,000 RV manufacturers, dealers and industry representatives on Tuesday, Nov. 27, Coon presented a positive outlook for the industry’s future, based on new projections from Dr. Richard Curtin, director of consumer surveys at the University of Michigan, in RVIA’s quarterly forecasting newsletter RV Roadsigns.</p> <p>The rise in shipments to 277,300 units by year-end 2012 would be a nearly 10% gain (9.9%) over the 2010 total of 252,300 and include double digit gains in conventional travel trailers and type A motorhomes. The expected increase in 2013 would mark three consecutive years of RV market growth.</p> <p>''RV shipments are trending up,'' Coon said. ''We’ve had good crowds and strong business at fall shows, and demographics are in our favor. It is time to shine for the RV industry.''</p> <p>According to the new forecast, most of the 2013 gain will come in conventional and fifth-wheel trailers and by type A motorhomes. Conventional and fifth-wheel trailers are expected to account for 86% of all RV shipments in 2013 - which would be an all-time high.</p> <p>The continued strength in 2013 RV shipments is due to rising consumer confidence and improved economic conditions; however, a failure by America’s political leaders to bridge the ''fiscal cliff'' could significantly alter the industry’s fortunes in 2013, Coon cautioned.</p> <p>''Our forecasts are affected by volatility in the economy,'' Coon said. ''If Congress and the President don’t act on the fiscal cliff before the end of the year, federal tax rates will rise, mandatory cuts in government spending go into effect, and the economy could go into recession.''</p> <p>During his presentation, Coon walked the audience through RVIA’s 2013 projection for each of the major RV product types:</p> <p>* Travel trailers: up 5% to 180,200 units<br />* Fifth-wheel trailers: up 7%  to 68,800 units<br />* Truck campers: up 3% to 3,500 units<br />* Folding camping trailers: down 17% to 9,000 units<br />* Type A motorhomes: up 8% to 15,400 units<br />* Type B motorhomes: up 10% to 2,300 units<br />* Type C motorhomes: down 2% to 10,700 units</p> <p><br />''We’ve had a good year in 2012 in terms of sales and in how we’ve been able to promote RVs to our core markets,'' Coon said. ''There’s a lot of versatility in the RV market - many products, price points and how they’re used. There is strong demand for RVs, and I am optimistic about our industry’s future.''</p> <p>The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association is the national association representing nearly 400 manufacturers and component suppliers producing approximately 98 percent of all RVs made in the United States.<br /></p>
Tue, 20 Nov 2012 16:21:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Tue, 20 Nov 2012 | <p>Backed by four consecutive years of growing shipments and a steady recovery, RVIA’s 50th National RV Trade Show is the ''one place'' where the latest products, manufacturers, suppliers and RV dealers convene.  The show will be held at the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC) in Louisville, KY, Nov. 27-29, 2012. </p> <p>''Our fiftieth annual trade show is a testament to both our industry’s strength, as well as evidence of the enduring appeal of the RV lifestyle,'' said RVIA President Richard Coon. ''This show brings the industry together in one place where attendees can see the best that our entire industry has to offer, meet with each other, conduct business and develop the relationships that drive the innovation that has kept RVs relevant with the American people for decades.''</p> <p>The RV industry’s premiere trade event will feature 63 manufacturer and 222 supplier exhibitors displaying the latest RV products across more than 720,000 square feet of exhibit space. More than 8,000 attendees including RV dealers, warehouse distributors, accessory store owners, campground operators and exhibitor personnel are expected to be on hand for the show.</p> <p>In addition to the latest RVs and RV products that will be on display, the show will also offer attendees informative programs and seminars.  Below is the event schedule for the National RV Trade Show. </p> <p>50th National RV Trade Show Schedule <br /> <br /> Tuesday, November 27 <br /><br /> 7:30 am - 9:00 am - Outlook 2013: A Golden Opportunity<br /> KEC South Wing Mezzanine Level Ballroom<br /> Complimentary Full Breakfast Served at 7:30 a.m.<br /> <br /> 9:00 am To 5:30 pm<br /> Exhibit Floor Open <br /> <br /> 12:30 pm To 1:30 pm<br /> Randy Sobel, Sobel & Associates, Inc.<br /> Dealing with Uncertain Market Conditions -<br /> Not Knowing What Will Happen Next Puts<br /> a Strain on Financial Planning!<br /> South Wing Conference Room C108<br /> $60 On-Site -- Lunch included; served at 12:00 noon.<br /> <br /> Wednesday, November 28<br /> <br /> 8:00 am To 9:00 am<br /> Dennis Galbraith, DrivingSales.com<br /> Measuring and Getting ROI from Social Media<br /> South Wing Conference Room C108<br /> $60 On-Site -- Breakfast included; served at 7:30 am.<br /> <br /> <br /> 9:30 am To 5:30 pm<br /> Exhibit Floor Open<br /> <br /> 12:30 pm To 1:30 pm<br /> Michael Rees, A World of Training<br /> The Power of 5 - The 5 Main Ingredients to a Sale<br /> South Wing Conference Room C108<br /> $60 On-Site -- Lunch included; served at 12:00 noon.</p> <p><br /> 3:00 pm To 4:00 pm<br /> Dennis Galbraith, DrivingSales.com<br /> Profit Potential All Around Us, Capitalizing on <br /> Business Intelligence for Dealers<br /> South Wing Conference Room C108<br /> $60 On-Site -- Light refreshments included.</p> <p><br /> Thursday, November 29<br /> <br /> 8:00 am  To 9:00 am<br /> Michael Rees, A World of Training<br /> The Wow Factor - Making a Difference for Your Customers<br /> South Wing Conference Room C108<br /> $60 On-Site -- Breakfast included; served at 7:30 am.<br /> <br /> 9:00 am To 3:00 pm<br /> Exhibit Floor Open<br /> </p> <p><br /> </p>
Tue, 06 Nov 2012 16:22:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Tue, 06 Nov 2012 | <p>Increased attendance and encouraging sales reports marked RVIA’s 60th California RV Show, held Oct. 12 - 21 at the Fairplex in Pomona, CA. <br /><br />Total attendance for the 10-day event was 20,756, a rise of better than six percent over last year, according to RVIA Western Show Director Tom Gaither. Those numbers were kick-started by a strong opening weekend that saw attendance up by nearly 15% over 2011. <br /><br />''We started quickly with a strong opening weekend that saw attendance really jump on Friday and Saturday before falling back a little on Sunday due to the extreme heat that day,'' said RVIA’s Western Show Director Tom Gaither. ''Overall, I’m really pleased with the attendance, business activity and the optimistic attitude of exhibitors and attendees.''<br /><br />In addition to the higher attendance, RV dealers at the show reported a more robust sales environment. ''We were very pleased with the results at this year’s show,'' said Mark Rosenbaum of Mike Thompson’s RV. ''We sold 248 units and hit $21 million in sales, which is a 67% jump over last year. We’re in a great business, selling fun, family and vacation time, and that is one thing that you will never be able to take away from the American public no matter what’s going on in the world.''<br /><br />''We had one of our best shows in several years,'' added Beau Brixey, general manager of Camping World of Valencia. ''The crowds coming through the aisles were exciting to see and sales were good. We were busy everyday with test drives and writing deals for some of everything - small trailers, fifth wheels and motorhomes.'' <br /><br />''Sales were definitely up this year,'' said Frankie Barouti, vice president of Giant RV, which has locations throughout southern California. ''We were close to our 2011 totals midway through the show.' <br /><br />Exhibitors were also impressed with a number of enhancements made to improve the show experience. This included a new show layout that featured a central entry point through a mock campground; an app for Apple and smartphone users; an RV test drive area; and the RV Factory showcase. <br /><br />''We really liked the new floorplan design and the new entrance to the show, which really put attendees in an RV and camping mood'' said Barouti. ''The test drive area worked great for our customers too.''<br /><br />The California RV Show is the largest consumer show on the West Coast with exhibits spanning 572,100 square feet and more than 925 RVs on display. <br /><br />The 61st California RV Show is scheduled to take place at the Fairplex in Pomona from Oct. 11 - 20, 2013. For more information , visit www.TheBestRVShow.com.</p>
Tue, 06 Nov 2012 16:17:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Tue, 06 Nov 2012 | RVIA has announced the promotions of staff members in the Legal, Adminstrative, and Standards department. <p></p>Craig Kirby has been promoted to Vice President of International Business and General Counsel. ''For the past four years, Craig has been instrumental in carrying out the Board of Directors’ wishes in expanding the U.S. RV Industry influence and opportunities internationally, ''said RVIA President Richard Coon. ''Beyond strong legal skills, Craig’s relationship with the U.S. Department of Commerce makes him an ideal executive to head the association’s international activities.'' <p></p>Kirby joined RVIA in 1994 and has served as vice president and general counsel since 1995, heading the association’s legal activities. <p></p>Kent Perkins, RVIA’s Director of RV Standards has been promoted to Senior Director of RV Standards. ''Kent has played a crucial role recently in a wide variety of standards activities such as serving as the lead in the harmonization of the U.S. and Canadian standards, the integration of recreational park trailer standards activities, and the development of standards topics to be presented at the 2nd World RV Conference,'' said Coon. Perkins has been with RVIA since 1985. <p></p>Alice Wang, RVIA’s Human Resources Manager has been promoted to Director of Human Resources. Alice has been a dedicated member of the Administrative Department for more than 11 years, servicing in her current position for the past four years. ''Alice’s performance in managing all aspects of our Human Resources programs has been outstanding,'' said Coon. ''The quality of her work and the enthusiasm she displays has allowed RVIA to offer its employees an outstanding work environment.''
Tue, 06 Nov 2012 16:12:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Tue, 06 Nov 2012 | <p>The RV market continued to strengthen through the third quarter of 2012 with total RV wholesale shipments rising to 221,281 units through September, a gain of nearly 11 percent (10.7%) over the same time period in 2011.<br /><br />Travel trailer shipments have grown by 16,446 units through the nine-month period (a 13.6% rise) - from 120,784 units in 2011 to 137,230 units in 2012 - and continue to command the largest unit volume of all vehicle types. Fifth wheel travel trailers have jumped by 8.5% from 46,882 units to 50,868 units. Truck campers have shown the largest percentage gain, growing by 20.2% from 2,257 units to 2,713 units. Folding camping trailers are off, falling 7.8% from 10,001 units to 9,216 units.<br /><br />All segments of the motorhome market saw gains. Type A motorhomes increased by 7.3% from 9,916 units shipped through September 2011 to 10,635 units through September 2012. Type C motorhomes saw a gain of 385 units (4.5%) from 8,612 units to 8,997 units; while type B motorhomes rose from 1,495 units to 1,622 units on an 8.5% increase.<br /><br />The continued steady performance of the RV market through the first nine months of 2012 is tracking with the year-end industry projections made by Dr. Richard Curtin in the Fall 2012 issue of RV Roadsigns, RVIA’s quarterly forecasting newsletter. Dr. Curtin expects RV shipments to sustain moderate growth to reach 273,600 units by year end, a gain of 8.4% over 2011 and the highest annual total since 2007. <br /><br />For more information on RV market statistics and research, visit the ''Market Data and Trends'' section of www.rvia.org.</p>
Mon, 05 Nov 2012 12:26:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Mon, 05 Nov 2012 | <p>According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s biannual Campfire Canvass, 36% of RV owners plan to travel more this fall and winter than last year, 38% plan to travel the same amount and just 9% plan to travel less often.</p> <p>Top reasons for taking more RV trips include enjoying outdoor activity (76%), escaping stress and pressure (67%), and spending more time with family (51%). Nearly two-thirds of survey respondents said they plan to take more mini-vacations (2-4 days).</p> <p>''RVing the best way to see our great country, spend time outdoors, and reconnect with family and friends,'' said RVIA president Richard Coon. ''No other travel option offers consumers the freedom, flexibility and value that RVs do.''</p> <p>Along with getting outdoors, escaping stress and spending time with family, another primary reason why millions of owners will be traveling and enjoying the RV lifestyle this fall/winter is because they appreciate the value that RV travel delivers. Nearly 90 percent said that RVing is an affordable way to travel. Three quarters said they save at least 25% when traveling in their RV compared to other types of travel, while 34 percent save 35-50 percent. This echoes a 2011 study by PKF, an international travel and tourism consulting company, which found that RVing is 23-to-59 percent less expensive than other types of vacations for a family of four. </p> <p>In addition to saving on rising hotel costs and airfares, RV owners also avoid the expense of eating most meals in restaurants as other forms of travel require. According to the RVIA survey, 92 percent of RV owners said they eat at least two meals a day onboard their RVs.</p> <p>Despite these uncertain economic times, 47% said that they’re considering another RV purchase, with 79 percent of those respondents citing the availability of ''great deals'' in today’s RV market. More than 57 percent will attend RV retail shows this fall and winter.</p> <p>Of those not considering another RV purchase within the next two years, 85% said it’s because they’re happy with their current RV.</p> <p>Owners surveyed will use their RVs in a variety of ways during the fall/winter travel season.</p> <p>* 73% of the respondents said that they plan to sightsee<br />* 64% visit state parks and 57% national parks<br />* 53% plan to visit friends/family<br />* 50% will attend festivals or fairs</p> <p>The survey also reveals that owners are physically active on their RV trips. For example, 54% said they enjoy hiking, 48% fishing/hunting, 31% biking and 14% canoeing and kayaking. Approximately 14% of RVers plan to tailgate at football games this fall - 53% will tailgate college games, and 39% NFL.<br /> <br />Results also show that holiday travel remains popular with RV owners. Among the respondents, 48% said they plan to travel in their RVs over the Thanksgiving weekend and 25% over the Christmas/Hanukkah season.</p> <p>Empty nester couples are planning to hit the road in a big way, as well. Nearly 80% said they’re planning to travel with schools back in session. With children in the classroom, empty nesters enjoy smaller crowds (64%), more peace and quiet (59%), and lower cost because of off-season discounts (52%).</p> <p>The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association is the national association representing nearly 400 manufacturers and component suppliers producing approximately 98 percent of all RVs made in the United States.     </p> <p>Consumers can visit GoRVing.com for more information about RVing and to watch a video on how to get started RVing.<br /></p>
Thu, 18 Oct 2012 09:48:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 18 Oct 2012 | <p>''Outlook 2013 : A Golden Opportunity'' will kick off RVIA’s 50th National RV Trade Show on Tuesday, Nov. 27, with an informative, entertaining program that honors the rich heritage of the industry’s premiere trade event while also emphasizing the fundamental opportunity found an a new RV, a new show, and a new year.</p> <p>The free event will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a complimentary sit-down breakfast in the Kentucky Exposition Center’s (KEC) South Wing Mezzanine Ballroom. As one of the industry’s most anticipated annual events, an enthusiastic crowd of more than 1,000 is expected to be on hand at Outlook 2013, and attendees are urged to arrive early as lines form before the doors officially open.</p> <p>Hosted by RVIA Chairman of the Board Doug Gaeddert, ''Outlook 2013: A Golden Opportunity'' will feature ''Time to Shine'' with RVIA President Richard Coon’s thoughts on the future direction of the RV industry.</p> <p>In ''Mining Media Gold'' Go RVing Co-Chairs Bob Olson and Tom Stinnett will team with RVIA Public Relations Committee Chairman B.J. Thompson and RVIA Vice President of Public Relations and Advertising James Ashurst to showcase high-impact advertising and public relations achievements in 2012 and preview what’s ahead for 2013. </p> <p>RVIA will also welcome business expert Larry Winget to the Outlook lineup. Winget is a five-time New York Times/Wall Street Journal bestselling author whose books offer solid, common sense advice for improving your business and finances. With his direct, irreverent, dead-on approach, he is also a popular and frequent guest on Fox News, Fox Business, CNBC and MSNBC.</p> <p>The 'Outlook 2013: A Golden Opportunity'' program and breakfast are free for attendees on a first-come, first-serve basis.  All National RV Trade Show attendees are welcome, and no reservations are necessary. Show badge registration will be available in the South Wing Lobby C Entrance prior to the event. </p>
Thu, 18 Oct 2012 09:41:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 18 Oct 2012 | <p>RVIA will host a special Trouble Shooter Clinic Demonstration at the National RV Trade Show to provide industry members with an in-depth look at the comprehensive technical training available through the association’s Trouble Shooter Clinics. </p> <p>The demonstrations will take place during show hours over the course of the three-day event, Nov. 27 - 29, in Conference Room C101 in the Kentucky Exposition Center.  Trouble Shooter Clinic instructors will be on hand to answer questions and provide hands-on instruction demonstrations.  Those stopping by the Trouble Shooter Clinic Demonstration will be given a 10% discount on attendance to any of the 2013 clinics.</p> <p>The tentative 2013 Trouble Shooter Clinic schedule includes sessions in Denver, CO in January; Orange County, CA in February; South Bend, IN in March; Tampa, FL in August; and Calgary, BC in Novmeber.</p> <p>The Trouble Shooter Clinic curriculum has been reorganized to align the training with the new RV Technician Career Ladder introduced last year. The clinics now offer participants more class time, smaller class sizes and expanded hands-on training in a track-oriented format featuring four specialty areas.</p> <p>Participants attend one track at a time and need to complete the Foundation track, or already be a certified RV service technician, before taking any of the other three tracks.  The tracks being offered in the 2013 sessions include:</p> <p>*   Foundation/Plumbing - 3 days (24 hours) for $480 per person</p> <p>*   Chassis - 2 days (16 hours) for $320 per person</p> <p>*   Appliances - 4 days (32 hours) for $640 per person</p> <p>*   Power Sources - 3 days (24 hours) for $480 per person</p> <p>The registration fee equates to approximately $20 per credit hour. Trouble Shooter Clinic attendees will receive a 10% discount on any RV service technician certification testing, if taken within 90 days following the clinic.</p> <p>For more information about the Trouble Shooter Clinic Fest or the 2013 schedule, please contact Nancy Jo Bell-London in RVIA’s Standards and Education Department at <a href='mailto:nlondon@rvia.org'>nlondon@rvia.org</a> or (703) 620-6003, ext. 355. </p>
Thu, 18 Oct 2012 09:37:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 18 Oct 2012 | <p>This weekend is the kick-off of Go RVing’s partnerships with the NFL Network and CBS Sports to bring the Go RVing message into the livingrooms of thousands of NFL and college football fans. Recognizing that RV tailgating is integral to the football experience, both networks will focus on how tailgating enhances the gameday environment.</p> <p>The NFL Network custom vignette will make its premiere showing on Sunday, Oct. 21 during Game Day Morning, 9 a.m. -1 p.m. ET.  The :30-spot opens with, ''Away is the sight of your team’s colors that makes the parking lot feel like home,'' while viewers watch fan tailgating footage shot earlier this season.  The vignette will continue to run weekly during Game Day Morning, adjacent to Go RVing brand spots, through October.  The NFL Network reaches 68 million households. </p> <p>Following on its heels, the CBS Sports’ Go RVing College Football Tailgating Traditions series will air the first of six one-minute custom vignettes on Tuesday, October 23, within its Inside College Football program. The tailgating series was shot at six SEC games where fans are passionate tailgaters and shows how an RV enhances the pre and post-game camaraderie. The Go RVing series will air during Inside College Football and the SEC Studio Show throughout the season.</p> <p>In addition to the vignettes, the first half of live SEC football games feature Go RVing Road Trip Facts where an animated RV drives on screen to deliver three trivia facts about the college, stadium or tailgate experience for each week’s match-up. CBS Sports has created a dedicated microsite within their website to house the Road Trip Facts from each game as well as the custom vignettes once they air. You can log into the website at <a href='http://www.cbssportsnetwork.com/gorving'>http://www.cbssportsnetwork.com/gorving</a>.  Revisit weekly to see the newest vignettes and in-show trip facts. </p>
Thu, 04 Oct 2012 12:05:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 04 Oct 2012 | <p>Doug Gaeddert, general manager of Forest River, Inc., was elected RVIA Chairman of the Board for fiscal year 2013 during the association’s Board of Directors meeting on Sept. 28 at The Hotel Viking in Newport, RI.</p> <p>''The Board has elected a proven leader to become our next chairman,'' said RVIA President Richard Coon. ''Doug has been an active, engaged member in the association for a decade, and in that time, his participation and business expertise have proved to be a tremendous benefit to RVIA and the industry. I am looking forward to working with him in the coming year.''</p> <p>Gaeddert has served on the RVIA Board since 2002 and on the Executive Committee since 2006, holding the positions of First Vice Chairman, Second Vice Chairman, and Treasurer. He has also served as chairman of both the Strategic Planning Committee and the Audit Committee and as a member of the Awards Committee, Canadian Coalition Committee and Nominating Committee.</p> <p>The RVIA Board of Directors also named other association officers to join Chairman Gaeddert on the Executive Committee, including Second Vice Chairman Derald Bontrager, president and COO of Jayco, Inc.; First Vice Chairman Bob Olson, former chairman, CEO and president and current Board member of Winnebago Industries; Chairman Ex Officio Gregg Fore, president of Dicor Corp.; RVIA President Richard Coon; Treasurer John Regan, CEO of Fabric Services; and Secretary Bob Parish, vice president, manufacturer relations, of GE Capital.  All officers began their one-year terms on Oct. 1.</p> <p>In other actions at their meeting, the RVIA Board of Directors:</p> <p>*   Approved a motion that beginning Jan. 1, 2013, RVIA’s Standards Program replaces inspection to ANSI A1195.5 Section 3-7.1 Formaldehyde Consumer Disclosure Notice with inspection to the RVIA Membership Formaldehyde Emissions Requirement for Wood Products. This means that the RVIA membership requirement of using all CARB Phase 2 wood products in recreational park trailers will replace the current requirement for a formaldehyde disclosure label in every recreational park trailer starting on Jan. 1, 2013.</p> <p>*   Approved a budget of $12.9 million for fiscal year 2013 that holds membership costs at current levels.</p> <p>*   Extended the contract with the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY to hold the National RV Trade Show at the venue through 2015 in the normal post-Thanksgiving time period.</p> <p>*   Scheduled the 2013 RVIA Annual Meeting for Feb. 27 - March 2 at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando, FL and the September 2013 Board of Directors Meeting for Sept. 23 - 25 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver in Vancouver, B.C. </p>
Thu, 20 Sep 2012 14:28:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 20 Sep 2012 | <p>RVIA will hold a series of concurrent workshops on Friday, Jan. 18, at the 2nd World RV Conference on several topics of key interest to RV industry executives from across the globe. The 2nd World RV Conference will take place from Jan. 17 - 20, 2013 in Tampa, FL.</p> <p>The 50-minute sessions will take place on the hour from 2 - 5:00 p.m., except for the World Product Standards workshop that will run the bulk of the three-hour time period. Conference attendees can choose which three sessions to attend based on their specific interest. The lineup of sessions includes:</p> <p>The World Product Standards Workshop: This session will focus on developing a list of Standards information from the U.S. and Europe for attendees interested in the export of RVs/caravans to each country. It will include information relating to both the RV living section and vehicle (chassis) standards.</p> <p>The Advertising and Promotion Workshop: This workshop will provide a broad overview of how the popular Go RVing effort in North America is funded and managed while also examining campaign specifics such as creative executions, strategic media planning, audience segmentation, emerging digital and social media applications, media and brand partnerships, and media relations.</p> <p>The World Campground Standards Workshop: In this workshop, a panel of international campground operators and industry professionals will discuss what marketing messages are used to attract and retain consumers and keep the camping/RVing experience ''top of mind'' in today’s competitive leisure travel market.</p> <p>The RV/Caravan Rental Business: This workshop will give attendees an opportunity to learn from colleagues around the world how an RV rental business might run more efficiently, be better advertised and promoted, be more consumer friendly, and provide information on how to start an RV/Caravan rental operation.</p> <p>The RV/Caravan CEO-Chairman Panel Discussion: This panel discussion, featuring the world’s top RV/Caravan CEO’s, Presidents, and Chairmen, is designed to open the doors of the Board room and give everyone a seat at the table. RVIA President Richard Coon will lead this unique panel with a number of association leaders rotated in as the workshop sessions progress through the afternoon.</p> <p>The Newest Emerging RV/Caravan Markets: After London, the next two Olympics will be held in Russia and Brazil respectively. Throw in a World Cup, sizable populations, lots of territory, and a growing middle class and you have a recipe for an emerging RV/Caravan market. Come learn about how the Russian and Brazilian RV markets are developing and see and hear what opportunities exist for these markets going forward.</p> <p>More information on the workshops as well as complete event and registration information is available through the digital 2nd World RV Conference brochure. Industry members are urged to register before Oct. 1, 2012 to take advantage of discounted registration fees.  The cost will increase after Oct. 1. </p>
Thu, 20 Sep 2012 14:08:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 20 Sep 2012 | <p>RVIA has received a federal award from the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) that will provide funding and technical assistance for the association’s efforts to facilitate the involvement of U.S. RV companies in the developing Chinese RV market.</p> <p>The award, provided through the ITA’s Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP), provides $1 in funding for every $2 invested by RVIA in eligible expenses, up to $300,000 over a three-year period.</p> <p>The award will help fund RVIA efforts to promote U.S. RV products in China; establish RV standards in China that are compatible with U.S. RV standards; remove regulatory barriers impeding the U.S. RV industry’s participation in the Chinese RV market; and establish an RVIA office in China.</p> <p>''While the U.S. continues to recover from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, U.S. exports remain a bright spot for the American economy. The awards given by the Commerce Department’s Market Development Cooperator Program will help us continue to make progress toward achieving the President’s goal of doubling exports by the end of 2014,'' said Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank. ''Higher exports lead to more jobs: in 2011, jobs supported by exports increased by 1.2 million over 2009. These investments in AMT and the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association will help boost exports, which mean more jobs in the United States.''</p> <p>''We are very appreciative of this award. Like many in the RV industry, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the ITA recognize that the developing RV market in China holds tremendous export, business development, and job creation opportunities for U.S. companies,'' said RVIA President Richard Coon.  ''In addition to the financial support, another key benefit is the development of a team by the ITA of international business and government policy experts in Indiana, Washington, D.C. and China that will work hand-in-hand with us to help achieve our objectives.''</p> <p>RVIA submitted the award application in February 2012 as part of competitive process developed by ITA.</p> <p>The MDCP awards include financial and technical assistance from ITA to support well-defined business plans aimed at increasing exports and U.S. competitiveness within certain industries. An MDCP award establishes a partnership between ITA and nonprofit industry groups to help strengthen global competitiveness and create jobs through exports. Since MDCP's inception in 1993, the program has issued 121 awards. In an average year, MDCP projects generate $372 million in U.S. exports.</p> <p>The nine recipients of the 2012 Market Development Cooperator Program awards are:</p> <p>*          American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), New York, NY - $284,300</p> <p>*          The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Washington, D.C. - $299,139</p> <p>*          AMT-The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), McLean, Va. - $290,762</p> <p>*          Evergreen Building Products Association (EBPA), Tacoma, Wa. - $299,063</p> <p>*          Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation (iCET), South Pasadena,  CA - $300,000</p> <p>*          Mississippi River Parkway Commission, Madison, Wis. -$240,000</p> <p>*          Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI), Cleveland, OH -$165,704</p> <p>*          Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, Inc. (RVIA), Reston, Va.  -$300,000</p> <p>*          World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara, Buffalo, NY -$218,771 </p>
Thu, 20 Sep 2012 14:03:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 20 Sep 2012 | <p>Go RVing’s emotionally charged ''AWAY'' campaign has captured the attention of consumers, delivering a 45% increase in leads year-to-date and increasing awareness of the campaign across nearly every audience segment.</p> <p>''AWAY,'' Go RVing’s first all-new advertising campaign since 2005, is built upon the evocative invitation to ''find your AWAY'' in an RV. Since debuting in early 2012, the combination of traditional television, print and digital ad buys, coupled with an increasing number of multi-faceted partnerships, has attracted more buyer prospects for the industry and has helped to boost RV interest. Shipments and retail sales of RVs have seen continued growth despite a continued sluggish economy.</p> <p>Research commissioned by Go RVing and performed by Russell Research to measure the public’s interest in RVing and their overall awareness of Go RVing advertising shows significant gains since the last study in 2010. Conducted over the summer, the survey found:</p> <p>·      Respondents who were aware of the ''AWAY'' campaign were twice as likely to indicate they will purchase an RV someday (43% vs. 20% unaware) and are significantly more likely to rent an RV, both someday (45% vs. 25%) and within the next 12 months (28% vs. 10%).</p> <p>·      Respondents aware of the 2012 campaign (18%) were more than four times as likely as those unaware (4%) to have visited the website.</p> <p>Another key measure of consumer engagement is visits to GoRVing.com, which has seen a 20% increase in page views. The revamped website is the workhorse of the campaign, and the new functionality and use of video/animation greatly enhances the consumer experience while reinforcing the emotional draw of the ''AWAY' campaign creative.</p> <p>''When the site relaunched in February, having a mobile compatible version was key with over 107  million reported smartphone users in the U.S. today and an anticipated 50% of all web searches being done on a mobile device by 2014,'' said James Ashurst, RVIA vice president of advertising and public relations. ''That was the right move for our campaign because over 200,000 web visitors have come through the mobile site so far this year. Of that number, roughly 14,000 have used their smartphones to scan the QR codes in the 'AWAY' print ads.''</p> <p>The digital space continues to perform strongly, pulling in 41% of new leads. Creating digital ads that virtually take-over an advertising partner’s page, captures the attention of web surfers which drives them to GoRVing.com for information. Animated online ads coupled with Apple’s ground-breaking iAd product that created a game-like version of the ''AWAY'' ads, plus a digital game hub on GSN.com, allows Go RVing messaging to reach target market consumers in innovative and engaging ways.</p> <p>Partnerships with popular media outlets this year also helped boost exposure among consumers. Partnering with the Great American Country Network (GAC) and Outdoor Channel in March and April for two successful national sweepstakes programs drew more than 811,000 entries and yielded 46,239 leads from entrants who willingly opted-in to receive information from Go RVing partners.</p> <p>Other prominent multi-platform partnerships this spring and summer included Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Home and AWAY Tour, National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild’s Untamed Americas series, and the Cooking Channel Memorial Day Marathon. </p>
Wed, 05 Sep 2012 15:05:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Wed, 05 Sep 2012 | <p><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Go RVing has launched its ''Go the Extra Mile'' voluntary fundraising drive for 2013 - 2105 with new incentives for participants who wish to supplement the campaign’s new unit assessment funding.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>In an appeal sent to industry members, RVIA President Richard Coon said, ''We are wrapping up a very successful first year for Go RVing’s 'Find Your AWAY’ campaign and already planning for 2013 and beyond. While we recognize the current business climate remains unsettled, we know you share the desire to keep Go RVing’s messaging top-of-mind with consumers. With growing and expanding the RV market as our key charge, we encourage you to support the 2013-2015 'Go the Extra Mile Program’ to expand the effort’s reach and effectiveness and to demonstrate your company’s enhanced commitment to keeping  the Go RVing message strong and prominent in the crowded media space.'</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>''Go the Extra Mile'' donors qualify for various levels of industry-wide recognition based on their level of support.  Some of the benefits contributors will receive include:</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   A special full page ad in RV Business recognizing the campaign’s contributors and their commitment levels.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   Special Recognition for First-Time Contributors.  If this is your company’s first time contributing to the Extra Mile program, you will receive special recognition at the National RV Trade Show including a listing in the Outlook 2013 program.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   Special Reserved Table for the Outlook Breakfast at the National RV Trade Show for Pacesetter and Higher Contribution Levels.  If your company pledges $25,000 or more, you will receive one reserved table close to the stage for the Outlook program during the National RV Trade Show each year during the three-year campaign.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   On-line Recognition for All Contributors.  All contributors will receive special recognition on the RVIA.org website.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>The minimum pledge to qualify for recognition benefits is $2,000 over the three-year drive. Companies who pledge to contribute at the highest level -- $100,000 or more - are designated ''Go the Extra Mile Champions’ and are recognized with special publicity events.  Pledge payments can be invoiced in quarterly statements over the three-year period. In order to receive recognition at the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Nov. 27 - 29, pledge forms must be received by Oct. 5.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>The ''Go the Extra Mile Program’ has played in integral role in Go RVing’s success by providing additional income for the industry’s national advertising campaign. Over 16 years, it has raised more than $2.6 million for the effort.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>For more information on the program, including specific benefits for the various donation levels, contact RVIA’s Margie Spence at (800) 336-0154, ext. 357 or mspence@rvia.org. </font></div> </p>
Wed, 05 Sep 2012 15:02:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Wed, 05 Sep 2012 | <p></p><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Coverage last week by the New York Times, Fox News and About.com focused the national media spotlight on RV travel.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>In the ''Wheels'' column on nytimes.com, automotive reporter Ezra Dyer provided a very positive review of a 2013 Winnebago Via motorhome that he used for a family beach trip in a loan arranged by RVIA’s public relations team. He reported ''the Via is actually quite pleasant to drive'' and also that the motorhome was the envy of his beach neighbors, who asked, ''Is that thing as awesome on the inside as it looks from the outside?''</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>In another loan of a Winnebago Via arranged by RVIA, About.com published an article by travel writer Mark Kahler’s trip from Colorado to Las Vegas. ''On our test drive of the Winnebago Via, my wife immediately noticed a big advantage RV travelers enjoy: the view. The windshield is large, allowing scenic surroundings to be much more visible as you drive. This makes the trip far more enjoyable,'' he wrote. The online coverage also provided comprehensive information on RV travel and camping topics.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>On Wednesday, Aug. 22, Fox News highlighted three vehicles - a Roadtrek N6-Active type B motorhome, a Fleetwood Tioga type C (provided by El Monte) and a Winnebago Via type A, in several segments throughout the morning broadcast. FMCA spokesperson Ralph Marino toured the vehicles and told viewers about the continued popularity of RV travel and ownership.  The GoRVing.com website was also promoted throughout the various segments. </font></div> <p></p>
Wed, 05 Sep 2012 15:00:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Wed, 05 Sep 2012 | <p><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>RVIA members elected eight members to the Board of Directors in the association elections that took place in August.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>In the election for five Manufacturer seats, Andy Baer, vice president of sales and marketing, KZRV, LLP; John Draheim, president & COO, Fleetwood RV; Jeff Hanemaayer, chairman, Roadtrek Motorhomes; and Tim Tiffin, general manager, Tiffin Motor Homes, were re-elected as incumbents to three-year terms.  Dan Shea, president of the Towable Division at Gulf Stream Coach, was also elected to the Board as a Manufacturer representative for a three-year term.  He previously served on the Board from 2003 - 2011 but was required by RVIA bylaws regarding term limits to come off the Board for a year before running again.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Incumbents Garry Enyart, director of RV Business, Cummins Power Generation, and Jeff Rutherford, president, Carefree of Colorado, were re-elected to three-year terms as At-Large representatives.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Kevin Phillips, executive vice president, North America, Thetford Corp., was re-elected to a Supplier seat on the Board.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>The RVIA Board of Director Elections took place from July 30 - Aug. 24 with official representatives from member companies casting their votes electronically through an on-line ballot. Those elected to the Board begin serving their terms on Oct. 1, 2012.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>The RVIA Board of Directors has the highest level of authority in the association’s organizational structure and is responsible for association matters on a broad policy basis. </font></div> </p>
Wed, 05 Sep 2012 14:56:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Wed, 05 Sep 2012 | <p><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>New partnerships with the NFL Network and CBS Sports will bring the Go RVing message into the living rooms of millions of NFL and college football fans this football season with both popular networks focusing on how RV tailgating is an integral part of football tradition that enhances the gameday experience.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>The NFL Network will air Go RVing ads from September through December. The network will also produce a custom 30-scond vignette that is expected to reach 68 million households, highlighting the diversity of tailgating at NFL football games. During the network’s televised games the first week of the season, camera crews will capture RV tailgating footage prior to the game. The vignette will begin airing in late September through October during Game Day Morning on Sundays, 9 a.m. -1 p.m. ET, and will also air adjacent to Go RVing brand spots.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Go RVing television commercials will be seen on CBS Sports college football coverage through December.  In addition, CBS Sports’ Go RVing Football Series includes a pair of custom elements designed to bring Go RVing into 45 million households. The first half of SEC football games will feature an animated RV driving on screen to deliver three trivia facts about the college, stadium or tailgate experience for each week’s match-up.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>CBS will also produce custom vignettes from footage filmed at SEC football games where RV tailgating is revered. These six 60-second to 90-second vignettes, titled the College Football Tailgating Tradition Series, will air during Inside College Football or SEC Studio Show throughout the season.  They will celebrate the legions of faithful fans who follow their college teams, often turning stadium lots into impromptu RV towns for days preceding the game.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>''America recognizes that tailgating has become one of our favorite pre-game traditions, and our partnerships with NFL Network and CBS Sports will show football fans how to take their tailgate gathering to the next level with an RV,'' said RVIA’s vice president of advertising and public relations, James Ashurst. ''The segments focus not only on the typical parking lot cooking, but also on how an RV’s amenities like outdoor entertainment centers, and homelike comforts including your own bathroom, can add a whole new dimension to the tailgating experience.'' </font></div> </p>
Wed, 05 Sep 2012 14:36:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Wed, 05 Sep 2012 | <p><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>The RV market continued to track upward through July with total year-to-date shipments reaching 177,845 units, a gain of 9.8% over the 161,973 units during the same time frame in 2011, according to RVIA's latest survey of RV manufacturers.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Towable RV shipments are up 10.8%, rising from 145,563 units through July 2011 to 161,314 units through July 2012. Motorhome shipments are up slightly (0.7%), increasing from 16,410 last year to 16,531units this year through July.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Seasonally adjusted, the July total represented an annualized rate of nearly 296,500 units, a 10% increase over last month and the highest rate so far this year.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>The steady performance of the RV market through the first seven months of 2012 is tracking with the year-end industry projections made by Dr. Richard Curtin in the Fall 2012 issue of RV Roadsigns, RVIA’s quarterly forecasting newsletter.  Dr. Curtin expects RV shipments to sustain moderate growth to reach 273,600 units by year end, a gain of 8.4% over 2011 and the highest annual total since 2007.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>For more information on RV market statistics and research, visit the ''Market Data and Trends'' section of www.rvia.org. </font></div> </p>
Wed, 05 Sep 2012 14:26:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Wed, 05 Sep 2012 | <p><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>RVIA has opened an additional room block at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina for the 2nd World RV Conference with the original hotel block selling out five months ahead of the event.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>''The pre-registration for the event and demand for hotel rooms has been very strong,'' said RVIA President Richard Coon. ''We are encouraging those who have not made arrangements to do so now. We only have a limited number of rooms in the extended room block, and we are nearing capacity for the conference registration.''</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>The 2nd World RV Conference, hosted by RVIA, will draw RV industry executives and leaders from around the world. Taking place Jan 17 - 20 2013, it will feature an informative conference agenda that will provide attendees the opportunity to share market information and statistics, discuss technical issues and standards, and explore how RV companies can work together in an increasingly interconnected world market.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>In addition to compelling speakers and insightful general and breakout sessions, the 2nd World RV Conference will also include fun-filled social events along with trips to the FRVTA Florida RV SuperShow and Lazydays RV Super Center.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Online registration materials and full program information for the event is available by clicking on the '2nd World RV Conference'' tab at www.rvia.org. To make hotel reservations, contact the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina at (888) 789-3090 and ask for the ''2nd World RV Conference Room Block.'' </font></div> </p>
Fri, 17 Aug 2012 10:36:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Fri, 17 Aug 2012 | <p>RVIA has finalized the roster of speakers for the ''RVing and Caravanning Around the World'' Plenary Sessions at the 2nd World RV Conference, taking place Jan 17 - 20, 2013 at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina in Tampa, FL. </p> <p>These special sessions will give attendees the opportunity to learn more about established and emerging RV markets across the globe as RV industry leaders from various geographic regions share information about their marketplace and prospects moving forward.  These presentations, which are 45 minutes each, will take place the mornings of Friday, Jan. 18, and Saturday, Jan. 19.</p> <p>Friday, January 18</p> <p>9:30 a.m.     <br />Europe    <br />Stephane Cordeille, CEO, Thetford Corp. <br /> <br />10:45 a.m.   <br />Japan      <br />Keiki INOMATA, Japan RV Association (JRVA) <br /> <br />11:45 a.m.   <br />Australia  <br />Stuart Lamont, CEO, Caravan, RV & <br />Accommodation  Industry of Australia (CRVA)<br /> </p> <p>Saturday, January 19 </p> <p>9:30 a.m. <br /> China <br /> Wu Wenxue, Vice President, China Tourism Association (CTA)<br /> <br />10:45 a.m. <br /> Japan <br /> Keith Laing, Managing Director, Jurgens-Ci<br /> <br />11:45 a.m.  <br /> North America <br /> Richard Coon, President, RVIA<br /> </p> <p>Registration for the 2nd World RV Conference, hosted by RVIA, is available by clicking here. Registration has been heavy and will close when capacity is reached. For more information about the event contact RVIA’s Jay Landers at <a href='mailto:worldrvconference@rvia.org'>worldrvconference@rvia.org</a>. </p> <p><br /> </p>
Fri, 17 Aug 2012 10:32:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Fri, 17 Aug 2012 | <p>RVIA has unveiled a robust seminar schedule for the 50th National RV Trade Show, taking place Nov. 27 -29 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY, that will help dealer attendees boost sales and increase profitability. </p> <p>The sessions kick off on Tuesday, Nov. 27, with ''Dealing with Uncertain Market Conditions - Not Knowing What Will Happen Next Puts a Strain on Financial Planning'' from Randy Sobel of Sobel & Associates from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. This seminar will focus on helping dealers with business planning and forecasting in uncertain markets so they can be more productive and profitable. </p> <p>Sobel is president of Sobel Associates, Inc., a marketing, training, and consulting firm to the retail sales industry that has trained over 50,000 managers and salespeople in more than 400 dealerships throughout the United States and Canada. </p> <p>Wednesday, Nov. 28, will feature three seminars. The first is ''Measuring and Getting ROI from Social Media'' from Dennis Galbraith of DrivingSales.com, taking place from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.  This session will examine a comprehensive formula for measuring the return on investment (ROI) from social media and demonstrate how to capture the benefits of social media and determine the value of those efforts.</p> <p>Galbraith leads Research and Business Intelligence for Dealers at DrivingSales.com. He previously ran the internet division of J.D. Power and Associates and served as vice president of advertising products and training at Cars.com.</p> <p>''The Power of 5 - The 5 Main Ingredients to a Sale'' from Michael Rees of A World of Training will take place from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. This session will focus on the ingredients that every sale must have and cover which parts of the process are vitally important for each ingredient.</p> <p>Rees is a hands-on, results-oriented leader with a comprehensive successful background in RV and automobile sales, management, training and overall dealership operations. </p> <p>Dennis Galbraith returns for Wednesday’s final session, ''Profit Potential All Around Us - Capitalizing on Business Intelligence for Dealers'' from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. This seminar will demonstrate how to combine local knowledge with first-class business intelligence to boost business.</p> <p>On Thursday, Nov. 29, Michael Rees will present ''The Wow Factor - Making a Difference for Your Customers'' from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. This workshop will walk dealers through three easy steps - Service Tour, Video Email Follow-up; and Surprise Delivery Gift - that will help sales soar by blowing customers away with an unforgettable experience.</p> <p>All seminars will take place in South Wing Conference Room C108. For more information, contact Huyen 'Wen' Deng in RVIA’s Shows department at (703) 620-6003, ext. 305 or <a href='mailto:hdang@rvia.org'>hdang@rvia.org</a>. </p>
Fri, 17 Aug 2012 10:21:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Fri, 17 Aug 2012 | <p>The RV market strengthened in the first half of 2012 with total RV wholesale shipments reaching 154,988 units through June, an increase of 7.6% over the 144,031 units shipped during the same time frame in 2011, according to RVIA’s June 2012 survey of manufacturers.</p> <p>Towable RV shipments led the way as totals reached 140,412 units through June, an 8.6% gain over the same six-month time frame in 2011. Conventional travel trailers remained the largest volume category representing more than 60% of all RVs at 95,965 units. Fifth wheels represent nearly 1-in-4 with shipments of 35,532 units in the first six months of the year.</p> <p>Meanwhile, motorhome shipments are off slightly, falling from 14,756 units shipped through June 2011 to 14,576 units through June 2012 (a 1.2% decline). Type A motorhomes have increased slightly, improving to 6,960 units, a gain of 0.2%. Type B motorhomes also reported better totals, rising by 7.1% to 1,066 units. Type C motorhomes are off by 3.8%, falling to 6,550 units.</p> <p>On a seasonally adjusted basis, shipments through June were at an annualized rate of 270,000 units, which is tracking with the latest projection for 2012 shipments by Dr. Richard Curtin in the Summer 2012 issue of RV Roadsigns, RVIA’s quarterly forecast of RV deliveries to retailers. This total would be a gain of approximately 7% over 2011 and the industry’s highest annual total since 2007. </p> <p>For more information on RV market statistics and research, visit the ''Market Data and Trends'' section of <a href='http://www.rvia.org/'>http://www.rvia.org/</a>. </p>
Wed, 25 Jul 2012 10:32:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Wed, 25 Jul 2012 | <font face='Arial'>RVIA has published the <em>2011 Survey of Lenders’ Experiences</em>, a publication detailing the results of the association’s annual nationwide survey of financial institutions concerning their RV lending portfolios.</font> <p><font size='2' face='Arial'>The report provides an in-depth look at key data from both the Wholesale and Retail Indirect RV lending markets and illustrates why RV loans are an attractive product for financial institutions to include in their portfolios.</font></p> <p><font size='2' face='Arial'>With the RV market recovering and the dollar volume for RV lending on the rise, the information shows that RV financing continues to be a profitable market for banks, especially when considering the delinquency rate for RV loans continues to be among the lowest of other consumer loans tracked by the American Bank Association.</font></p> <p><font size='2' face='Arial'>In documenting the stability and potential profitability of RV loans, the <em>2011 Survey of Lenders’ Experience</em>s is a helpful tool for industry members to use educating banks and financial institutions about the RV lending market.</font></p> <p><font size='2' face='Arial'>RVIA has mailed complimentary copies of the publication to dealer, manufacturer and finance contacts.  Copies are available for purchase in the Publications store on </font><a href='http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/linktrack.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rvia.org%2F'><font color='#004677' size='2' face='Arial'>www.rvia.org</font></a><font size='2' face='Arial'> for $30.</font></p> <p><font size='2' face='Arial'>The <em>2011 Survey of Lenders’ Experiences</em> concentrated on the largest lenders in the Wholesale and Retail Indirect markets that together constitute approximately 80% of national lending activity. </font></p> <p><font size='2' face='Arial'>The research was conducted by Robert Hitlin Research Associates under the direction of RVIA’s Financial Services Committee, chaired by Bob Parish of GE Capital.</font> <br /></p>
Wed, 25 Jul 2012 10:30:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Wed, 25 Jul 2012 | <p>RVIA’s 60th Annual California RV Show, taking place Oct. 12 - 21 at the Fairplex in Pomona, will feature increased RV exhibit space and several enhancements to improve the show experience for attendees.</p> <p>This year’s show will cover 523,000 square feet of exhibit space, well over the 467,000 square feet at the 2011 event.  More than 925 RVs will be on display, including 150 RVs available for test drives by interested consumers. </p> <p>The 60th California RV Show will also offer a number of elements and enhancements to inform, entertain and engage attendees, including:  </p> <p>New Show Layout - A new floor plan will be unveiled this year that features one attendee entry point rather than four. A new mock campground and exhibitor tent will greet attendees upon entrance before they move onto the main show floor.. </p> <p>Extended Show Hours and Admission Pricing - Show hours will be extended by two hours on Fridays and Saturdays with the show open from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.  The later hours will create a night time camping atmosphere with the RVs being displayed with their lights on. Show hours will continue to be 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. from Sunday through Thursday. The daily show admission will remain at $10. Attendees can also purchase a wristband for $15 that provides for admission throughout the 10-day show.  Also, military personnel will be admitted at no charge this year following a $4 discount in admission price last year.</p> <p>Buy ''N'' Drive - Also new this year, guests who purchase an RV at the show will be able to take delivery of their RV the very next afternoon rather than needing to wait for a later delivery date. This also limits additional foot traffic in the RV and allows the consumer to begin RVing sooner.  </p> <p>The RV Factory Showcase - The different RV product types will be showcased in this popular area with RV manufacturer representatives on hand to meet with attendees and present product demonstrations showing how RVs work. There will be 10 product demonstrations in the McMahon’s Seminar Tent.</p> <p>California RV Show App - In addition to the show website at <a href='http://www.carvshow.com'>www.carvshow.com</a>, a new app for Apple and Android devices will be available in mid-August to provide a new level of show interactivity. Users will be able to view the RVs that will be on display as well as obtain information on seminars and other show events.</p> <p>Scavenger Hunt - The app will also feature a show scavenger hunt.  Users can enjoy taking specific show pictures as directed by their smart phone and win prizes, including Starbucks gift cards, movie passes and Shell gas cards.  </p> <p>60th Anniversary Celebration - To celebrate the show’s 60th Anniversary, special edition cupcakes will be given out free to the first 1,500 customers on opening day, Friday, Oct 12.</p> <p>Entertainment and seminars - The show will once again feature of number of entertainment options to keep attendees amused and informed, including celebrity autograph sessions with off-road racers Jeremy McGrath and Corey Weller be at the Eclipse RV display on Saturday, Oct 13.</p> <p>Access to Dr. Phil Show Taping - Guests staying at the on-site KOA will be loading up the bus and attending the taping of the Dr. Phil Show on Wednesday, Oct. 18.</p> <p>Kids’ Corner - Continued from last year there is a Kids Corner where families can take a break from the show.  New this year will be the unique pumpkin patch, where kids can paint their very own pumpkin.</p> <p>Daily RV Prizes - Camping World, Roadtrek Motorhomes and Temecula RV will be giving away daily prizes inside the exhibitor tent.  </p> <p>For more information about the California RV Show, visit <a href='http://www.TheBestRVShow.com'>www.TheBestRVShow.com</a> or ''Like'' the event on the show’s Facebook page - California RV Show.  For any questions, contact Tom Gaither, Western RV Show Director or Show Coordinator, Gloria Reeder at 818-248-6600. </p> <p><br /> </p>
Wed, 25 Jul 2012 10:16:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Wed, 25 Jul 2012 | <p>RVIA members will begin voting next week in the Board of Directors elections to select eight representatives from a field of 13 candidates for seats on the association’s Board of Directors, which holds the highest level of authority in the association's organizational structure.</p> <p>The elections begin July 30 with official representatives from RVIA members companies able to cast their votes electronically through August 24. Those elected to serve on the RVIA Board of Directors will begin their three-year terms on Oct. 1</p> <p>Six candidates are in the running for five Manufacturer seats. They are Andy Baer, vice president, Sales and Marketing, KZ-RV Inc.;  John Draheim, president and CEO, Fleetwood RV; Pam Graber, owner and vice president, Operations, Open Range RV;  Jeff Hanemaayer, co-chairman, Roadtrek Motorhomes, Inc.; Dan Shea, president - Towable Division, Gulf Stream Coach, Inc.; and, Tim Tiffin, general manager, Tiffin Motor Homes.</p> <p>Two At-Large seats are in contention this year in the election. The four candidates are Garry Enyart, director, RV Business, Cummins Power Generation; Matt Grierson, general manager, Foremost Transport; Jeff Rutherford, president, Carefree of Colorado; and, Tim Stephens, president, Atwood Mobile Products, LLC.</p> <p>The three candidates vying for one Supplier seat are Jon Corn, president, RV-ID, Inc.; Craig Floyd, national sales manager, Technology Research Corporation (TRC); and, Kevin Phillips, executive vice president, North America, Thetford Corporation. </p> <p>The candidates were selected by RVIA’s Nominating Committee, which is chaired by Matt Miller of Newmar Corp. and includes Norm Jacobson of Lance Camper Manufacturing Corp. and Doug Whyte of Dometic Corp. </p>
Wed, 25 Jul 2012 10:09:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Wed, 25 Jul 2012 | <p>RVIA’s public relations team is working with media nationwide to generate news stories delivering the message that RVing is a fun and affordable way for families to have a great outdoors experience. RV-related reports have appeared in national and local media, and RVIA has been laying the groundwork for future stories that will appear in high-profile outlets in the months ahead.</p> <p>Some of the highlights from the summer months:</p> <p>*   National Public Radio aired a story about a reporter’s 8-day trek through Oregon and California in a rented RV.</p> <p>*   ABC World News Tonight broadcast a story about how RVing is becoming more popular with American families. RVIA worked extensively with producers on the story.</p> <p>*   The Associated Press published a story about how RVers adapt to fluctuating gas prices. The report includes information from RVIA’s vacation cost comparison study, as well as a mention of new fuel-efficient motorhomes now on the market.</p> <p>*   Financial Times reported on the RV industry’s continued growth in shipments despite a sluggish economy and jittery consumer confidence.</p> <p>*   An MSNBC.com story from a Today show contributor told how Americans love RVs for the ''much-needed, uninterrupted family time.''</p> <p>In addition to these stories in national outlets, RV stories have appeared in dozens of local media markets. For a more comprehensive look at RV media coverage, please visit RVIA’s online newsroom at RVIA.org. </p>
Wed, 25 Jul 2012 10:02:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Wed, 25 Jul 2012 | <p>RVIA is reporting substantial progress in the association’s efforts to facilitate the involvement of U.S. RV companies in the growth and development of the Chinese RV industry following a fourth trade mission to China. </p> <p>RVIA President Richard Coon, RVIA Vice President and General Counsel Craig Kirby, RVIA Vice President of Standards and Education Bruce Hopkins and RVIA Director of Asia Affairs Edward Han visited Shanghai and Beijing from June 19 - July 1 for a series of meetings with Chinese governmental agencies and other companies and organizations to discuss further establishing and growing the RV market within China.</p> <p>One of the key achievements of the trip was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between RVIA and the China Automotive Technology and Resource Center (CATARC) to work together on RV standards issues. <br /><br />As a technical administrative body in the auto industry and a technical support organization to the Chinese government, CATARC assists the government in such activities as auto and RV standards development and product certification testing. The group met with RVIA in Beijing on June 25 to discuss the current voluntary minimal RV standard developed by CATARC and to receive a briefing from Hopkins on the NFPA 1192 standard. </p> <p>''This Memorandum of Understanding with CATARC is a significant step toward developing a more formal RV standard for China that is harmonized with our North American standards, which would be a boost to U.S. RV manufacturers and suppliers interested in doing business in the Chinese RV market,'' said RVIA President Richard Coon.''</p> <p>In other key meetings, RVIA met with:</p> <p>*   The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers to discuss RVIA’s role on a new RV committee formed by the organization.</p> <p>*   The China Ministry of Transport to discuss road use regulations pertaining to RVs.</p> <p>*   The Shanghai Tourism Administration to discuss their RV and campground projects and to visit a potential campground site.</p> <p>*   China Travel Services, the country’s leading travel services provider which operates an expansive campground near Beijing (which RVIA toured), to explore how the company can work with RVIA and its member companies.</p> <p>*   China National Tourism Administration representatives who are planning to establish an RV association and would like for RVIA to participate.</p> <p>''These were very productive meetings that allowed us to begin addressing some of the regulatory and market barriers limiting the involvement of U.S. companies in the Chinese RV market,'' said Coon. ''We were also able to further develop relationships with key contacts to lay the groundwork for future efforts. And, we added to our knowledge of the Chinese RV market and business culture. It was a very successful trip.''</p> <p>In addition, RVIA also met with foreign commercial services officers from the U.S. Embassy to enlist their support of RVIA’s efforts and scouted potential office locations while in Beijing. </p> <p><br /> </p>
Fri, 13 Jul 2012 14:08:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Fri, 13 Jul 2012 | <font face='Arial'>After reaching an agreement in March with RPTIA to represent recreational park trailer manufacturers as members, RVIA officially welcomed 16 park trailer companies as members on July 2.</font> <p><font size='2' face='Arial'>RPTIA significantly scaled back operations and members services on the same day as part of the two-year trial period stipulated in the agreement.</font></p> <p><font size='2' face='Arial'>''The park trailer industry is excited to be back in the RVIA fold. The RVIA standards, inspection and seals process, combined with phenomenal PR and government affairs capabilities are what compelled us to keep working to find a place at the RVIA table. It’s a great day,'' said Fairmont Homes’ John Soard, chairman of the newly-formed RVIA Recreational Park Trailer Committee. </font></p> <p><font size='2' face='Arial'>Recreational park trailer manufacturer members of RVIA are now fully integrated members of the organization with all the same rights, benefits and responsibilities as manufacturers of any other RV type. </font></p> <p><font size='2' face='Arial'>As a result, the first RVIA standards plant inspection of a recreational park trailer manufacturing plant took place on July 3 as RVIA inspectors fanned out across the country to inspect park trailer manufacturers to the ANSI A119.5 standard, which in turn allows RVIA park trailer members to affix the new RVIA A119.5 seal to the units they produce.</font></p> <p><font size='2' face='Arial'>Park trailer members are served within RVIA by a full-time dedicated Executive Director, Matt Wald, who spent the last eight years in the RVIA government affairs department. ''It has taken a lot of work over the past three months to integrate our new park trailer members into RVIA. But that effort was just the beginning. Next up will be strategic planning, where we will map out the priorities and opportunities for the park trailer segment of the RV industry. And once we’ve planned the work, we will work that plan,'' said Wald. </font></p> <p><font size='2' face='Arial'>According to RVIA President Richard Coon, ''This is a classic win-win. RVIA is made stronger with the inclusion of park trailer manufacturers, and the park trailer OEMs will be very well served by RVIA.''</font> <br /></p>
Fri, 13 Jul 2012 14:05:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Fri, 13 Jul 2012 | <p>Go RVing’s new ''AWAY'' iAd, launched on June 29, is helping drive exposure for RV travel and camping to millions on Apple’s proprietary ad network. </p> <p>Go RVing’s iAd reaches Apple iPhone and iTouch users from within their favorite app. When a Go RVing ad pops up, Apple users can play a custom Go RVing game which resembles a simplified app without ever leaving the ad.  Branded similarly to Go RVing’s mobile site, the Go RVing iAd features a large ''Find a Dealer'' option at the top of each game screen that takes users to GoRVing.com with one click.</p> <p>Early results from Apple indicate the Go RVing iAd is performing very effectively, outperforming the average benchmarks for all iAd metrics. The Tap Through Rate (TTR), which measures how many people see the banner unit and then actually tap it to reach the ad unit/game, is 0.75%. This is higher than the iAd TTR benchmark of 0.60%. The time spent by the user in the ad unit/game is 93 seconds on average, 33 seconds greater than the 60-second benchmark. </p> <p>The new iAd is Go RVing’s latest effort to boost the RV industry’s presence in the growing digital marketplace, joining the mobile site launched earlier this year in conjunction with the debut of the redesigned GoRVing.com.</p> <p>The Go RVing mobile site quickly and easily allows visitors to be introduced to the web site’s full array of information, including searching for an RV dealer or campground. More than 152,000 web visitors have come through the mobile site with nearly another 13,000 having used their smartphones to scan the QR codes in the ''AWAY'' print ads to reach the mobile site.</p> <p>''The iAd and our mobile site provide consumers with the ability to conveniently and easily access RVing information from their mobile device,'' said RVIA Vice President of Public Relations and Advertising James Ashurst. ''Having these resources in place is hugely important as more and more consumers are using smartphones and mobile devices for web searches and information gathering.''<br /></p>
Fri, 13 Jul 2012 13:54:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Fri, 13 Jul 2012 | <p>RVIA’s Nominating Committee has selected 13 candidates who will be running for eight seats on the Board of Directors during the association elections taking place in August.</p> <p>Five Manufacturer seats with three-year terms are open on the Board with six candidates running for the positions. They are Andy Baer, vice president, Sales and Marketing, KZ-RV Inc.;  John Draheim, president and CEO, Fleetwood RV; Pam Graber, owner and vice president, Operations, Open Range RV;  Jeff Hanemaayer, co-chairman, Roadtrek Motorhomes, Inc.; Dan Shea, president - Towable Division, Gulf Stream Coach, Inc.; and, Tim Tiffin, general manager, Tiffin Motor Homes.</p> <p>Two At-Large seats, both with three-year terms, are in contention this year. The four candidates are Garry Enyart, director, RV Business, Cummins Power Generation; Matt Grierson, general manager, Foremost Transport; Jeff Rutherford, president, Carefree of Colorado; and, Tim Stephens, president, Atwood Mobile Products, LLC.</p> <p>The three candidates vying for one Supplier seat with a three-year term are Jon Corn, president, RV-ID, Inc.; Craig Floyd, national sales manager, Technology Research Corporation (TRC); and, Kevin Phillips, executive vice president, North America, Thetford Corporation. </p> <p>The official representatives from RVIA member companies will elect candidates in each category to serve on the Board of Directors for the term beginning Oct. 1, 2012.  The elections will take place electronically through August.</p> <p>RVIA’s Nominating Committee is chaired by Matt Miller of Newmar Corp. and includes Norm Jacobson of Lance Camper Manufacturing Corp. and Doug Whyte of Dometic Corp.<br /></p>
Sun, 24 Jun 2012 12:22:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Sun, 24 Jun 2012 | <p>The RV industry has launched a major redesign of the <a href='http://www.rvtechnician.com'>www.rvtechnician.com</a> website.  The new site consolidates and updates information that had previously been available on RVDA, RVIA, and RV Learning Center sites. </p> <p>''RVTechnician.com is now the major source of information for technicians who are interested in certification, are looking for continuing education opportunities, or need to get recertified,'' said RVDA-RVIA RV Service Technician Certification Governing Board Chairman Marty Shea of Madison RV Center in Huntsville, AL.</p> <p>Features of the new site include:</p> <p>*   Easier navigation for technicians and their managers to find the basic information to get started on certification or get recertified.   </p> <p>*   Complete information on the RV Technician Career Ladder and a Frequently Asked Question section.</p> <p>*   Information on training opportunities and links to the RV Training Calendar.</p> <p>*   Links to download free copies of the new Certification Study Guides.</p> <p>*   Links to a new Certified RV Technician promotional video, dealer testimonials about the value of certification, and a gateway link to the Certified RV Technicians Facebook page.</p> <p>''RVIA and RV Learning Center staff worked together to build the site,'' said Governing Board Vice Chairman Jeff Rutherford of Carefree of Colorado.   ''It was a team effort to compile all the information based on RVIA and RVDA’s staff experience with common questions about the program from technicians and service management personnel.''</p> <p>RVIA provided website design, video production, and technical support funds as well as extensive staff support.  The RV Learning Center provided the web site licensing fees that allow the site to be built on a state-of-the-art content manager platform, the <a href='http://www.rvtechnician.com'>www.rvtechnician.com</a> URL, and staff support.</p> <p>The RVDA-RVIA Service Technician Certification Program is designed to assist the RV industry and the public in identifying those professionals who have demonstrated the knowledge and ability to satisfy established standards in RV diagnostic and repair procedures, as adopted by the Governing Board. The program tests and certifies only individuals; not dealerships, companies, or other types of business entities.  For more information, visit <a href='http://www.rvtechnician.com'>www.rvtechnician.com</a>. </p> <p><br /> </p>
Sun, 24 Jun 2012 12:16:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Sun, 24 Jun 2012 | <p>RVIA presented Winnebago’s Ray Beebe, Winnebago’s Steve Evenson, and FRVTA’s Lance Wilson with association awards at the Joint Committee Luncheon held June 11 at Committee Week in Washington, D.C.in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the  RV industry. </p> <p> David J. Humphreys RV Industry Unity Award -- Lance Wilson, executive director of FRVTA, was presented the David J. Humphreys RV Industry Unity Award, presented jointly by RVIA and RVDA to recognize those who strive to encourage the multiple constituencies of the RV industry to work collectively for the growth and betterment of the RV industry.</p> <p>''Through his work at FRVTA, with the Go RVing Coalition, and in industry education efforts, Lance has been untiring and unfaltering in his passion to advance the RV industry,'' said RVIA Chairman Gregg Fore. ''He also works to foster a productive, cooperative environment among RV manufacturers and dealers, understanding that our future success rests in our ability to overcome inevitable differences to find consensus and common ground.''</p> <p>National Legislative Award -- Ray Beebe of Winnebago Industries received RVIA’s National Legislative Award for his work on legislative matters during his long and illustrious career at Winnebago and as an RVIA volunteer.</p> <p>''As a founding member and former chairman of RVIA’s Lawyers’ Committee and member of RVIA’s Public & Legislative Affairs Committee, Ray has been deeply involved in the critical legislative issues facing the industry for the past 38 years and has worked diligently to find creative solutions to these issues,'' said Fore.</p> <p>National Education Service Award -- RVIA’s National Education Service Award was presented to Steve Evenson of Winnebago Industries for his contributions to the development of industry education programs as a member of the RV Service Training Council and RVDA/RVIA Certification Governing Board.</p> <p>''Through his dedicated participation on the committees directing the industry’s education and training initiatives as well as his work guiding service training efforts at Winnebago, Steve has played a crucial role in elevating and enhancing the RV service technician certification program and other industry education efforts,'' Fore said. </p> <p><br /> </p>
Sun, 24 Jun 2012 11:41:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Sun, 24 Jun 2012 | <p>RVIA enjoyed its strongest ever turnout for the association’s 10th Capitol Hill Advocacy Day with 30 RVIA members taking part in meetings with 78 different Congressional offices at this year’s event held June 13 in Washington, D.C in conjunction with Committee Week. </p> <p>During the meetings with members of Congress and their key legislative staff, participants were able to raise awareness of the RV industry at the federal level and discuss several key issues. Meeting topics included supporting HR 3210, the Retailers and Entertainers Lacey Implementation and Enforcement Fairness Act (RELIEF Act) to amend the Lacey Act, which regulates trade in protected species of animals and plants, including wood products used in manufacturing RVs; and the importance of preserving the second home mortgage deduction eligibility for RVs.</p> <p>''We had a very successful day on the Hill meeting with members of Congress and their staff to educate them on issues that are important to the industry,'' said Pam Graber, COO, Open Range RV.  ''In addition, these visits also help build and strengthen the relationships between RVIA members and the Congressional members who represent their states and districts.''</p> <p>Advocacy Day has played a valuable role in helping RVIA secure key legislative victories in recent years, including extending the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) that allows for the duty-free import of luan; exempting RV awnings from commercial width regulations; having EPA adopt the CARB wood products standard for formaldehyde emission levels; including RV retail and wholesale loans in the Term-Asset Backed Securities Loan Facility; and having tax breaks for motorhome purchases included in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. </p>
Sun, 24 Jun 2012 10:50:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Sun, 24 Jun 2012 | <font face='Arial'>The move toward setting new dates for the National RV Trade Show took another step forward at RVIA’s Committee Week when the association’s Board of Directors voted on Thursday, June 14, to support a National Show Committee motion to reschedule the event for Louisville, KY in the late September/early October time frame beginning in 2014. </font> <p><font size='2' face='Arial'>The Board took this action with the understanding that before a decision can be finalized further input from the all-industry ad hoc committee studying the industry event calendar and from the Kentucky Exposition Center about potential facility and hotel availability is needed.</font></p> <p><font size='2' face='Arial'>In other RVIA show-related news, the Board instructed staff to study the possibility of conducting a five-day retail show in Southern California, beginning in Spring 2013 if feasible, but no later than Spring 2014. This event would be in addition to RVIA’s California RV Show held in the fall.</font></p> <p><font size='2' face='Arial'>In other actions, the RVIA Board:</font></p> <p><font size='2' face='Arial'>*    Appointed Robert Harbin of Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. to an At-Large seat and Curt Yoder of Kropf Industries and Dick Grymonprez of Athens Park Homes to the two newly-added Recreational Park Trailer seats on RVIA’s Board of Directors.</font></p> <p><font size='2' face='Arial'>*    Moved that RVIA RV member manufacturers be required to build all units with wood products that are compliant with the CARB Formaldehyde Emission Level Requirements - Phase 2, effective July 1, 2012.</font></p> <p><font size='2' face='Arial'>*    Approved a motion from the Recreational Park Trailer Committee recommending that RVIA formally adopt the 2009 edition of the ANSI A119.5 and also the 2011 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC) instead of the 2008 NEC that is currently referenced within ANSI A119.5.</font></p> <p><font size='2' face='Arial'>*    Approved a motion from the Recreational Park Trailer Committee recommending that the RVIA recreational park trailer seal price be set at $150 to include a $75 association fee as well as a $75 market expansion assessment that will be collected and held for future promotional efforts.</font></p> <p><font size='2' face='Arial'>*   Approved the following locations for RVIA’s Trouble Shooter Clinics - Orange County, CA; Alberta, Canada; Elkhart, IN; and Denver, CO for FY2013 and Texas; Pennsylvania; Elkhart, IN; and a location in the Southeast for FY2014.  Additionally, an increase in registration fees from $15 to $20 per credit hour were approved for FY2013 with a portion of the increase to be used to offer a 10% discount toward RV technician certification testing fees if testing occurs within 90 days of attendance at a Trouble Shooter Clinic.</font></p> <p><font size='2' face='Arial'>*   Authorized the addition of wholesale shipment statistics for Canadian provinces to the <em>RVIA Monthly Marketing Report</em>.</font></p> <p><font size='2' face='Arial'>*   Approved holding an RVIA Annual Meeting in March 2013 with specific dates and a location in southern Florida to be determined; holding Committee Week 2013 in early June at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.; holding the September 2013 Board of Directors meeting in western Canada.</font></p> <p><font size='2' face='Arial'>The RVIA Board of Directors meeting took place Thursday, June 14, in Washington, D.C. at the Willard InterContinental Hotel and capped an intensive week of meetings at Committee Week 2012.</font></p>
Sun, 24 Jun 2012 10:34:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Sun, 24 Jun 2012 | Wholesale RV shipments are expected to reach 269,700 units in 2012, 6.9% above the 2011 total of 252,300, according to a new forecast by RV industry analyst Dr. Richard Curtin released at RVIA’s Committee Week, held in Washington, D.C. from June 10 - 14. Shipments will continue to increase in 2013 to 280,000 units, a gain of 3.8% over the projected 2012 total. <p><span style='font-size: 10pt'>''RVs are a bellweather industry,'' said Curtin, director of consumer surveys at the University of Michigan, who produces the monthly Index of Consumer Sentiment. ''I expect the RV market to consistently grow at a moderate pace over the next two years.''</span></p><br />The industry’s growth is a sign of the RV’s position in American culture, Curtin told RVIA members. According to Curtin, RVs have always been purchased as a means of achieving some valued outcome. Evidence from recent studies continue to support the traditional industry label of RVs being a family-oriented product.<br /><br />The positive RV outlook comes at a time when fundamental changes have taken root in the economy, in consumer demand, and in the RV market.<br /><br />''Future RV buyers will be both younger and older than before,'' said Curtin. ''They will likely have more limited budgets, own smaller tow vehicles, and will live and play in different locations.''<br /><br />''The RV’s iconic status is based on consumers’ strong desire to own an RV,'' said Curtin. ''This reflects deeply held family values, the enduring appeal of the natural environment, and people’s desire to instill in the next generation their cherished traditions.''<br /><br />While Curtin anticipates that core demand for RVs will remain strong in the decades ahead, he said the RV units themselves will continue to evolve at an escalating pace.<br /><br />''Just as today’s vehicles are similar, but completely different than yesterday’s, tomorrow’s RVs need to be transformed to meet the needs of an ever-changing consumer,'' Curtin said.<br /><br />''Consumers have only begun to express their changing RV preferences to match their changing economic circumstances and lifestyles,'' Curtin said. ''Consumers want an equivalent RV experience at a price that meets their new budget constraints. These limitations are likely to persist for some years to come. Importantly, lasting gains will come from innovative features and quality improvements based on a consumer-centric approach to each segment.''
Thu, 31 May 2012 09:03:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 31 May 2012 | <p> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'>The Go RVing and MLB Network ''Home and Away Tour'' wraps up in Detroit at a Detroit Tigers game against the New York Yankees on Friday, June 1.  This promotion featured a specially-wrapped Jayco motorhome traveling to ballparks across the nation this spring to function as a touring studio broadcasting features on MLB programs to boost exposure for Go RVing.</font></div> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'><br /></font></div> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'>The ''Home and Away Tour'' visited Jayco’s headquarters in Middlebury, IN on Wednesday, May 30, for an event with company employees. Pictured (from l to r) are Jayco’s Derald Bontrager, RVIA’s James Ashurst, MLB Network’s Stephen Connors, and Jayco’s Wilbur Bontrager in front of the tour motorhome. </font></div> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'><br /></font></div> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'>The ''Home and Away Tour'' was negotiated as a value-added element to Go RVing’s 2012 media buy with MLB Network. Prominent Go RVing graphics were displayed during on-air reports and interviews with, players conducted both inside and outside the motorhome on the popular On Deck Circle, the networks signature show featuring major league baseball highlights and analysis. There were also teasers and promotional mentions of Go RVing and the ''Home and Away Tour'' on The Run Down and the MLB Network Game of the Week.</font></div> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'><br /></font></div> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'>Jayco was selected through a member-lottery to provide the Seneca 37RB type C motorhome that served as the ''Home and Away Tour'' vehicle. It was wrapped with visuals from the new Go RVing ''AWAY'' national advertising campaign as well as logos for Go RVing.com, MLB Network and Jayco.  The tour broadcast from games in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Atlanta, Dallas and Detroit. </font></div> <div style='font: 10pt verdana'><br /></div> <p></p>
Thu, 31 May 2012 09:01:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 31 May 2012 | <p> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'>Go RVing’s new ''AWAY'' campaign is off to a strong start with leads up 70% over last year, and the effort’s new mobile site is proving to be an effective tool in providing interested consumers with RVing information from their mobile device.</font></div> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'><br /></font></div> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'>Launched earlier this year with the introduction of the redesigned GoRVing.com, the mobile site quickly and easily allows visitors to be introduced to the web site’s full array of information, including searching for an RV dealer or campground. More than 93,000 web visitors have come through the mobile site and nearly another 10,000 have used their smartphones to scan the QR codes in the ''AWAY'' print ads to reach the mobile site.</font></div> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'><br /></font></div> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'>''Having an attractive, appealing mobile site is crucial for success in the digital marketplace,'' said RVIA Vice President of Public Relations and Advertising James Ashurst. ''Research shows there are more than 107 million smartphone users in the U.S. today and an anticipated 50% of all web searches will be done on a mobile device by 2014.''</font></div> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'><br /></font></div> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'>Go RVing is also introducing a new promotion to capitalize on the other big draw of smartphones - game playing. Digital games continue to increase in popularity and with 39% of mothers admitting they hand over their smartphones to their children for entertainment while on car trips, Go RVing teamed with the Game Show Network’s GSN.com to produce digital versions of some favorite road trip games, including ''United States of Bingo,'' ''Funny Fill-Ins,'' Destination Alphabet,'' and ''Drive and Spy.''  The new GetAWAY Games are available as Android and IPhone apps or can be played along with other custom-created games on the branded Go RVing game hub on GSN.com.</font></div> <p></p>
Thu, 31 May 2012 09:00:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 31 May 2012 | <p> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'>RVs have had a strong presence in the media this spring as RVIA continues its aggressive media relations outreach. Media reports reflect messages promoted by RVIA about the benefits of RVing and the RV industry’s recovery.</font></div> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'><br /></font></div> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'>RVIA President Richard Coon appeared in a live interview on Fox Business on May 25 to discuss the resurgence of RV sales. Coon attributed the industry’s recovery to consumers responding to innovative new products being offered by RV manufacturers.</font></div> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'><br /></font></div> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'>The previous day, May 24, two Massachusetts television stations aired live reports on the RV travel market ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. The Fox Morning Show on Fox 25 Boston toured a Coachmen type C motorhome and interviewed Brian Sullivan with Campers Inn Raynham about the benefits of RV travel.  The ''Dan and Kim in the Morning'' show on WGGB Springfield interviewed Marc LeBrecque of Diamond RV in-studio about why now is a great time to RV and how to get started.</font></div> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'><br /></font></div> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'>On Sunday, May 20, The New York Times published a story chronicling a reporter's week-long West coast trek in a rental RV. The article described the freedom and flexibility that comes from traveling with your own kitchen and bathroom facilities.</font></div> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'><br /></font></div> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'>An April 11 broadcast of the PBS Newshour also examined the RV industry’s comeback despite the nation’s economic uncertainty. PBS reported on Elkhart’s drop in unemployment due to RV industry hiring.</font></div> <p></p>
Thu, 31 May 2012 08:58:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 31 May 2012 | <p> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'>The RV market continued to strengthen through the first four months of this year with total year-to-date shipments reaching 98,400 units through April, a gain of 9.7% over the 89,700 units shipped during the same time frame in 2011.</font></div> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'><br /></font></div> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'>Towable RV shipments were up 11.3% in April, rising from 80,000 units through April 2011 to 89,000 units through April 2012. Motorhome shipments were off 3%, dropping to 9,400 units this year as compared to 9,700 units last year through April.</font></div> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'><br /></font></div> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'>Monthly wholesale shipments to retailers of 27,000 units were reported in the April RVIA survey of manufacturers, 9.8% more than in April last year.  Towable RVs rose to 24,500 units in April, a gain of 12.4% over April one year ago while motorhome shipments were off 10.7% this month to 2,500 units. </font></div> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'><br /></font></div> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'>The performance of the RV market through early 2012 is tracking with the year-end industry projections made by Dr. Richard Curtin in the Summer 2012 issue of RV Roadsigns, RVIA’s quarterly forecasting newsletter.  Dr. Curtin expects RV shipments to total 269,700 units this year, a gain of 6.9% over 2011 and the highest annual total since 2007.</font></div> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'><br /></font></div> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'>The outlook for continued growth in RV sales is based on slow but consistent gains in jobs and incomes during the balance of 2012. Improved economic conditions and low interest rates will also support the expansion of RV sales. Stabilization of home prices as well as initial gains in home construction will begin to turn the past negative drag of the factors to a small positive. On the negative side, uncertainty about federal spending and future taxes is likely to moderate sales toward the end of the year and into early 2013.</font></div> <p></p>
Sun, 13 May 2012 15:40:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Sun, 13 May 2012 | <p><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Committee Week attendees will hear about the outlook for the RV market and the impact of the pending Supreme Court decisions on health care reform in two presentations taking place during the  Joint Committee Luncheons on Monday, June 11, and Tuesday, June 12.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><b>RV Market Outlook</b></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Dr. Richard Curtin, director of the Consumer Research Center at the University of Michigan, will provide his outlook for RV wholesale shipments during remarks at Monday’s Joint Committee Luncheon, taking place from 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>This will include projections for the year-end 2012 total as well as his first estimate for shipment numbers in 2013.  He will also take questions about the RV market and general economic climate.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Curtin authors RVIA’s RV Roadsigns, the association’s quarterly forecasting newsletter and has directed RVIA’s RV consumer demographic research since 1980.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>What Will the Supreme Court Decision on Health Care Law Mean to Your Business?</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>The Supreme Court decisions on the health care reform case, which will be announced by the end of June, will have a significant impact on the small and medium-sized companies doing business in the RV industry. </font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>At the Joint Committee Luncheon, taking place from 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.  on Tuesday, June 12, health care law and policy expert Bruce Merlin Fried (pictured above) will brief attendees on the business ramifications of a decision that upholds the law as well as one that overturns it fully or partially. Fried is a partner in SNR Denton’s Health Care practice in Washington, DC where he counsels and represents health plans, physician organizations, hospital groups, consumer organizations, health care information technology companies, pharmaceutical and biotech companies.   He has been recognized by Chambers USA and ExpertGuides as one of the nation’s leading health care attorneys.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>In addition to Mr. Fried’s remarks, Mark Weller (pictured left) will lead a secondary discussion on the provision of the law that exempts people opposed to buying health coverage for religious reasons, including the Amish.  Weller, who serves as RVIA’s federal lobbyist, has more than 25 years of public affairs and advocacy experience, much of it focusing on health care issues. Mark is a partner in SNR Denton's Public Policy and Regulation practice and he heads the firm’s Strategic Communications team. </font></div> </p>
Sun, 13 May 2012 15:38:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Sun, 13 May 2012 | <p><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Go RVing’s first ever national RV giveaways conducted in partnership with Great American Country Network (GAC) and Outdoor Channel this spring generated significant consumer interest while also providing impressive results for the national advertising campaign.  </font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>The two sweepstakes combined to draw more than 811,000 entries and yielded 46,329 leads for the Go RVing effort from entrants who opted into receiving information from participating Go RVing dealers, manufacturers and campgrounds.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>''The Ultimate Country Music RV Giveaway'' sweepstakes with GAC offered entrants the chance to win a 2012 Lance Campers Ultralight 1685 travel trailer as the grand prize along with two VIP tickets and backstage access to the CMA Festival in Nashville in June. Running from March 1 - April 16, it drew 646,714 entrants, of which 122,376 were unique entries, and generated 23,156 opt-in leads. According to GAC, these results represent ''a huge success for a custom sweepstakes.''</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>As part of the GAC partnership, two 60-second vignettes featuring country music artist Chuck Wicks enjoying RV getaways in the prize model Lance travel trailer aired on GAC. Go RVing also has a branded ''On-The-Road-Guide to Summer Hot Spots'' special section in the June People Country magazine (available on newsstand now). Featuring a country-music theme, the six-page custom section promoted the sweepstakes and RV travel. Details about the sweepstakes, Go RVing interactive banner ads, information on RVing, and the Chuck Wicks vignettes were featured on GACTV.com.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Go RVing’s ''Spring Fever'' sweepstakes with the Outdoor Channel attracted 165,000 total entrants, of which 31,217 were unique entries, and accounted for 23,173 opt-in leads.  This contest ran through April and featured a Columbia Northwest 2012 Somerset OR12SD off-road folding camping trailer as the grand prize.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>The promotion included four custom RVing vignettes featuring Outdoor Channel talent Pat Reeve and Nicole Jones, host of the hunting show Driven, and Mark Zona, host of Zona’s Awesome Fishing Show. Outdoor Channel also promoted the sweepstakes and the benefits of RV travel to audiences through outdoorchannel.com, their social media outlets, and targeted emails.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>''We were very pleased with the success of our first national RV giveaway sweepstakes,'' said RVIA Vice President of Public Relations and Advertising James Ashurst. ''These two promotions were popular with the public and helped spread our key messages about RVing with receptive audiences. The amount of leads created by the sweepstakes was particularly encouraging.''</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Lance Campers and Columbia Northwest were selected to provide the grand prize RVs through a lottery in January of RVIA members who offered a unit for the two sweepstakes. </font></div> </p>
Sun, 13 May 2012 15:36:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Sun, 13 May 2012 | <p><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>RV shipments continued to trend upward in early 2012 despite a jittery economy and elevated fuel prices according to market data collected by RVIA. Wholesale shipments to retailers in March reached 28,100 units - the best March total since 2008. In February, manufacturers shipped 24,600 units, giving the industry its best performance for these two months since 2008.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Through the first quarter of 2012, RV shipments were up 9.7% from 2011. Shipments for all of 2012 are projected to increase 5% from 2011. The projected total for 2012 is up 39% from the 2009 recession low.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>''RV ownership continues to rise in large part because of the versatility and affordability of today’s RVs,'' said RVIA President Richard Coon. ''While the recession created new economic realities for most Americans, RV manufacturers responded by designing products with the right mix of space, amenities and price points, further positioning RVs as the ideal way for families to share outdoor experiences together.''</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>In addition to popular traditional motorized products, much of the growth in shipments is in the towable RV category. Many of the new products offered by RV manufacturers include units that are smaller, lighter, more aerodynamic and more fuel efficient. These lighter travel trailers help reduce fuel consumption and allow them to be towed by smaller passenger vehicles.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Today’s RVs are chock full of functionality and technology, with many offering gourmet and outdoor kitchens, well-appointed bathrooms, expandable floor plans and layouts that allow for multi-function uses, and state-of- the-art electronics - including an innovative travel trailer that operates fully from a consumer’s tablet PC.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Rising shipments are good news for Elkhart, IN, where more than 80% of RVs are manufactured. Elkhart unemployment dipped below 10% in March for the first time since reaching more than 18% during the recession in 2009.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Several RV makers are upping their sales forecasts for 2012, and some have taken steps to increase manufacturing capacity to keep pace with demand. For example, Thor Industries broke ground in April on a 93,000 square-foot facility in Northern Indiana. Forest River recently purchased a 135,000 square-foot facility, and will soon begin construction on a new 100,000 square-foot plant.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>While shipments continue to rise, current RV owners plan to hit the road in a big way this spring and summer. In a March Campfire Canvass survey by RVIA and Cvent of existing RV owners, 64% said they plan to use their RVs more this spring/summer than they did last year and 24% said they’ll use theirs the same amount. Seven percent indicated they would use their RVs less.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>More than half (58%) said fuel prices would affect their RV travel plans. Respondents indicated they still plan to travel by RV, but that they’ll adjust by traveling to destinations closer to home and driving fewer miles.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>One reason so many RVers will be on the road is the built-in cost savings of RV travel. A 2011 study by travel industry experts PKF Consulting found that a family of four can save 23-to-59% when they travel in their RV, even when factoring in purchase price, maintenance costs, and fuel  prices. RV owners agree, as 74% of respondents to the Campfire Canvass survey of RVers said that RV vacations cost less than other forms of travel even when fuel prices increase.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>''Almost nine million Americans own RVs because of the unmatched freedom and flexibility RVs provide when traveling,'' said Coon. ''When fuel prices rise, RVers simply adjust their travel plans to reduce driving while still spending quality time outdoors with loved ones.'' </font></div> </p>
Thu, 26 Apr 2012 15:31:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 26 Apr 2012 | <p><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>RVIA has announced that online registration is now open for the 2nd World RV Conference, taking place January 17 - 20, 2013 at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina in Tampa, FL.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>The 2nd World RV Conference, which will draw RV industry executives and leaders from around the world, will feature an informative conference agenda that will provide attendees the opportunity to share market information and statistics, discuss technical issues and standards, and explore how RV companies can work together in an increasingly interconnected world market.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>In addition to compelling keynote speakers, including GE Chief Economist Marco Annunziata, and insightful general and breakout conference sessions, the 2nd World RV Conference will also include trips to the Florida RV SuperShow and Lazydays RV Super Center, the world’s largest RV dealership.  A preliminary schedule is available online.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Industry members are encouraged to check the '2nd World RV Conference'' tab at www.rvia.org for updates.  To make hotel reservations, contact the Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina at (888) 789-3090 and ask for the ''2nd World RV Conference Room Block. </font></div> </p>
Thu, 26 Apr 2012 15:24:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 26 Apr 2012 | <p><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>RVIA has opened membership in the association to recreational park trailer manufacturers.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>RVIA President Richard Coon sent a personal invitation, an RVIA Park Trailer membership application as well as association information to recreational park trailer manufacturers last week, according to Matt Wald, RVIA’s new park trailer executive director. A similar invitation package will go out to park model suppliers next week.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>''We are wasting no time folding park trailers into the RVIA family,'' said Wald. ''Richard and I have been reaching out to the park trailer industry leaders and making sure that they are comfortable through this period of transition. Meanwhile we have been laying the groundwork inside RVIA to accommodate park trailer members in key areas such as shows and public relations, and I will be spending time with RPTIA Executive Director Bill Garpow this week to try to figure out how to best fill his big shoes for the park trailer industry.'' (Wald (left) and Garpow pictured above at RPTIA’s offices)</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>RVIA and the Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association (RPTIA) reached an agreement in March for park trailer manufacturers to join RVIA as members. As conditions of park trailer manufacturers joining RVIA:</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   Park trailer members will have two representatives on the Board of Directors.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   RVIA will form a Park Trailer Committee as one of the association’s standing committees.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   RVIA will continue the Destination Camping Committee and its efforts to study and recommend initiatives to grow this market segment.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   ANSI A119.5 will be recognized and accepted as a park trailer standard and will be maintained by RVIA’s Standards Steering Committee. RVIA inspectors will inspect park trailer plants at least twice per year.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   RVIA will continue efforts to have HUD accept the A119.5 as an exception to the Construction Code.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   RVIA’s Government Affairs Department will represent the legislative interests of recreational park trailer manufacturers at both the state and federal levels.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   Park trailers members will be treated the same in terms of participation of the National RV Trade Show, with the understanding that there are size restrictions.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>As part of this agreement, RVIA named Wald to the newly created position of Park Trailer Executive Director for the association. In this role, he is responsible for promoting and protecting the interests of park trailer manufacturer members. By leveraging the activities of the existing RVIA committee and departmental structure, he will serve the park trailer industry by monitoring and acting on federal, state and local legislative issues; preparing, analyzing and distributing market data and demographics; helping to manage the ongoing development of and updates to the ANSI A119.5 national safety standard for park trailers through the RVIA standards process; serving as the liaison between RVIA and the media to promote the recreational park trailer industry as well as acting as an industry spokesperson with government agencies, industry trade groups and at industry trade shows. He will serve as staff liaison and manage the affairs of the Recreational Park Trailer Standing Committee.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>For information on RVIA park trailer membership, contact Matt Wald at (703) 620-6003 x.313 or mwald@rvia.org. </font></div> </p>
Thu, 26 Apr 2012 15:19:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 26 Apr 2012 | <p><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>With space now available to companies interested in exhibiting at RVIA’s 60th California RV Show, taking place Oct. 12 -21 at the Fairplex in Pomona, CA, RVIA has announced a number of enhancements to improve the show experience for exhibiting companies.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>New Pricing Structure - RVIA is now offering a tiered pricing structure for RV manufacturers to make it more cost effective for those companies opting to move in and arrange their units themselves.  A new discounted rate of $2.50 per square foot rate does not include electricity or move-in assistance. The $3.90 per square foot rate includes 20-amp electrical service and assistance from an RVIA crew for move-in and vehicle arrangement.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>New Show Layout - A new floorplan will be unveiled this year that features one attendee entry point rather than four. A new mock campground and exhibitor tent will greet attendees upon entrance before they move onto the main show floor where more than 1,000 RVs will be on display across 500,000 square feet of exhibit space.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Buy and Drive - Those attendees purchasing an RV at the show will be able to pick it up the very next day rather than needing to wait for a later delivery date.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>California RV Show App - In addition to the show website at www.carvshow.com, a new app for Apple and Android devices is being developed to provide a new level of show interactivity. Available through a QR code on the show brochure, the app will provide an interactive map, seminar reminders and a show scavenger hunt to win prizes.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>New Show Hours and Admission Pricing - Show hours will be extended by two hours on Fridays and Saturdays with the show open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Show hours will continue to be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday - Thursday. The daily show admission will remain at $10. Attendees can purchase a wristband for $15 that provides for admission throughout the 10-day show.  Also, military personnel will be admitted at no charge this year following a $4 discount in admission price last year.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>In addition to these new show components, several popular elements introduced last year will be continued. This includes:</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>The RV Factory Showcase - Different RV product types will be showcased in this popular area with RV manufacturer representatives on hand to give product demonstrations and show how RVs work.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Free RV Parking - Anyone driving their RV to the show can park for free. This helps insure that trade-ins are on-site so dealers can complete the deal.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Entertainment and seminars - The show will once again feature of number of entertainment options to keep attendees amused and informed.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>For more information about the California RV Show, contact Western Show Director Tom Gaither at (818) 248-6600 or tgaither@rvia.org </font></div> </p>
Thu, 26 Apr 2012 15:16:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 26 Apr 2012 | <p><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>The Go RVing and MLB Network ''Home and Away Tour'' is on the road with a specially-wrapped Jayco motorhome serving as a touring studio broadcasting features during the MLB Network Game of the Week from ballparks across the nation.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Through this special promotion negotiated as a value-added element to Go RVing’s 2012 media buy with MLB Network, there will be on-air reports and interviews with players conducted both inside and outside the motorhome over the next two months on the popular On Deck Circle, the networks signature show featuring major league baseball highlights and analysis. There will also be teasers and promotional mentions of Go RVing and the ''Home and Away Tour'' on The Run Down and the MLB Network Game of the Week. Video highlights showing the exposure being generated by the promotion can be seen by clicking here.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>The ''Home and Away Tour'' motorhome is a Jayco Seneca 37RB type C motorhome, which the company provided in response to an RVIA-member lottery invitation. It is wrapped with visuals from the new Go RVing ''Away'' national advertising campaign as well as logos for Go RVing.com, MLB Network and Jayco.  The tour kicked off earlier this month with the motorhome appearing at the Florida Marlins vs. Philadelphia Phillies on April 12 and at the Texas Rangers vs. Boston Red Sox on April 17.  The remaining schedule includes the following games:</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>April 27            Detroit Tigers @ New York Yankees</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>May 1               Philadelphia Phillies@ Atlanta Braves</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>May 11             Los Angeles Angels @ Texas Rangers </font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>May 18             Boston Red Sox @ Philadelphia Phillies</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>May 24             Philadelphia Phillies@ St. Louis Cardinals </font></div><div style='font-family: verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal; '><br /></div> </p>
Thu, 26 Apr 2012 14:23:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 26 Apr 2012 | <p></p><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>RVIA has released the schedule for Committee Week 2012, set for June 10 - 14 at the historic Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C. During the event, the association’s standing committees, Executive Committee and Board of Directors will meet to develop strategies and programs for the upcoming fiscal year. </font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>The Go RVing Coalition will meet in conjunction with Committee Week on Monday, June 11.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>RVIA’s Advocacy Day will once again be a centerpiece event at Committee Week. RVIA members will visit Capitol Hill on Wednesday, June 13, to discuss important RV industry issues with U.S. Congressional members and their key legislative staff.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><b>Committee Week 2012 Schedule</b></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'> </font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><b>Sunday, June 10</b></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Canadian Coalition Committee </font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>  3 - 6 pm </font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'> </font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><b>Monday, June 11 </b></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Committee Week registration will take place </font><span style='font-family: verdana; font-size: small; '>in the Ballroom Lobby -  Lower Level from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.</span></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Destination Camping Committee</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>  8 - 10 am</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Park Trailer Committee</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>  10:15 am - 3 pm</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Market Information Committee</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>  8 am - 12 noon</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>RVST Council / Industry Education Committee  </font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>  8 am -12 noon</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Joint Committee Luncheon </font></div><div><span style='font-family: verdana; font-size: small; '>  12 noon - </span><span style='font-family: verdana; font-size: small; '>1:30 pm </span></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Annual Meeting Committee</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>  1:30 - 5 pm</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Go RVing Coalition</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>  1:30 - 5 pm</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Industry Education Committee</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>  1:30 - 5 pm</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Lawyers' Committee</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>  1:30 - 5 pm</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Monday Evening Reception</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Madame Tussauds - The Presidents Gallery</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>  5:30 - 7:30 pm</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'> </font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><b>Tuesday, June 12</b></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'> </font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Committee Week registration will take place </font><span style='font-family: verdana; font-size: small; '>in the Ballroom Lobby - Lower Level from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.</span></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'> </font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Public Relations Committee</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>  8 am - 12 noon</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>National Show Committee  </font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>  9 am - 5 pm</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Public & Legislative Affairs Committee</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>  9 am - 5 pm </font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Standards Steering Committee</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'> 9 am - 5 pm </font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Joint Committee Luncheon </font></div><div><span style='font-family: verdana; font-size: small; '>  12 noon - </span><span style='font-family: verdana; font-size: small; '>1:30 p.m. </span></div><div><span style='font-family: verdana; font-size: small; '><br /></span></div><div><span style='font-family: verdana; font-size: small; '>Financial Services Committee </span></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>  1:30 pm - 5 pm</font></div><div><span style='font-family: verdana; font-size: small; '><br /></span></div><div><span style='font-family: verdana; font-size: small; '>Supplier Committee</span></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>  1:30 pm - 5 pm</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'> </font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><b>Wednesday, June 13</b></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><b><br /></b></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Pre-Advocacy Day Briefing</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>  8 - 9:15 am</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Advocacy Day Meetings - Capitol Hill</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>  9:30 am - 5 pm</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'> </font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Audit Committee</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>  7:30 - 8 am</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Long-Range Planning/Executive Committee  </font></div><div><span style='font-family: verdana; font-size: small; '>  8 am - 5:30 pm  </span></div><div><span style='font-family: verdana; font-size: small; '><br /></span></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Board of Directors & Advocacy Day Reception</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>  6:30 - 7:30 pm</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'> </font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><b>Thursday, June 14</b></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><b><br /></b></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Board of Directors' Meeting  </font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>  8 am - 1 pm </font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'> </font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>For more information about Committee Week or to register for the event, contact Doreen Cashion in the Meetings and Shows Department at (703) 620-6003 (ext. 324) or dcashion@rvia.org.</font></div> <p></p>
Thu, 26 Apr 2012 14:16:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 26 Apr 2012 | <p><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>The RV market strengthened in the first quarter of 2012 with total RV wholesale shipments reaching 71,400 units through March, an increase of nearly 10 percent over the 65,100 units shipped during the same time frame in 2011, according to RVIA’s March 2012 Market Report.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>After beginning the year with an encouraging 5.1% gain in January, wholesale shipments have jumped in the past two months, posting a 15.2% gain in February and a 9.7% gain in March.  The wholesale shipment totals of 24,600 units in February and 28,100 units in March were the highest monthly totals for both since 2008.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>On a seasonally adjusted basis, shipments in March were at an annualized rate of nearly 270,000 units, which is running slightly ahead of the 265,200 unit projection for 2012 shipments by Dr. Richard Curtin in the Spring 2012 issue of RV Roadsigns, RVIA’s quarterly forecast of RV deliveries to RV retailers.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>''These shipment figures are a reflection of the strong consumer interest in RV ownership and the confidence of RV dealers in the prospects for the retail RV market as we move into the spring and summer selling season,'' said RVIA President Richard Coon. ''With the economy gaining some steam, we should be able to continue to gain momentum.''</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>RVIA’s survey indicates that the towable categories are responsible for most of the RV market’s improvement. Those vehicle categories have grown from 58,200 units in the first quarter of 2011 to 64,500 units through the first quarter of 2012, an increase of 10.8%.  Motorhome shipments have remained even with 6,900 units shipped in the first three months of both 2011 and 2012.</font></div> </p>
Wed, 11 Apr 2012 15:09:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Wed, 11 Apr 2012 | <p><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>RVIA members will visit members of Congress and their key legislative staff during the association’s Capitol Hill Advocacy Day, scheduled for Wednesday, June 13, during Committee Week.  </font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>''Advocacy Day is one of the highlights of Committee Week for attendees and a vitally important element in RVIA’s efforts to increase awareness of the industry and our issues at the federal level,'' said Matt Wald, RVIA’s director of government affairs. ''These visits and meetings help strengthen relationships between RVIA members and the members of Congress who represent their states and districts.''</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>RVIA Government Affairs staff schedule appointments with elected officials, provide briefing materials and accompany members on visits. The program also gives participants the opportunity to have photos taken with Congressmen and Senators.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Advocacy Day begins with a morning meeting during which RVIA members are briefed on the issues they will be discussing with Congressional members and their staff. The briefing includes rehearsal exercises that help RVIA members practice discussing key issues before they set out to meet elected officials.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>For more information on RVIA’s Capitol Hill Advocacy Day, please contact Monika Geraci at mgeraci@rvia.org or (703) 620-6003 (ext. 318). </font></div> </p>
Wed, 11 Apr 2012 15:06:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Wed, 11 Apr 2012 | <p><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>The effort to harmonize United States’ and Canadian RV safety standards into one single North American standard continues with two key meetings taking place this spring where code change proposals to attain this goal will be considered.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>The CSA Z240 Technical Committee, which governs Canada’s RV standards program, will meet April 30 - May 1 in Toronto, Canada to review approximately 50 code change proposals to the Z240 program.  That session will be followed by a meeting of the NFPA Technical Committee on RVs from May 22 - 24 in Seattle, WA where over 100 suggested code changes to the NFPA 1192 standard will be discussed.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>The code change proposals that will be considered at the meetings were developed by a joint Ad Hoc Committee, composed of members of the CSA Z240 Technical Committee and the NFPA Technical Committee on RVs, during a meeting in March.  Members of this group, including Monaco RV's Jerome Hoover, Forest River’s Jeff Christner, Thor’s David Mihalick, and RVIA's Kent Perkins will take part in the upcoming meetings.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>The two groups are working toward publishing harmonized requirements in the 2014 editions of both the CSA Z240 and ANSI 1192 standards with a single CSA/NFPA documents with both designations potentially published in the 2017 cycle.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>In other RVIA Standards news:</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*    RVIA’s inspection staff will gather the week of May 7 at the association’s Reston, VA headquarters for their bi-annual meeting. These meetings are designed to maintain and improve consistency in RVIA’s inspection program. Specifically, staff will review the 2011 Handbook Update #2-11 program positions that were published in March and discuss other issues that have surfaced since the last meeting in November 2011.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>''The primary purpose in getting the inspection team together is to make sure we are applying the standards and respective enforcement positions uniformly, with an additional emphasis on becoming effective educators while conducting these in-depth monitoring inspections,'' said Kent Perkins, RVIA’s director of standards.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   RVIA also advises that the deadline for submitting code change proposals for the 2014 edition of the ANSI/RVIA 12-volt standard - Low Voltage Electrical Systems in RVs is May 25, 2012. Anyone interested in submitting a code change proposal(s), should refer to RVIA Standards News Bulletin SNB-16/11 posted on the RVIA.org website or contact RVIA’s Kent Perkins at kperkins@rvia.org. </font></div><div style='font-family: verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal; '><br /></div> </p>
Wed, 11 Apr 2012 15:04:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Wed, 11 Apr 2012 | <p><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Go RVing’s first ever national RV giveaways are in full-swing with consumer interest running high in the two sweepstakes conducted in partnership with Great American Country Network and the Outdoor Channel.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>''We were very excited to add these national sweepstakes to the Go RVing campaign this year,'' said RVIA Vice President of Public Relations and Advertising James Ashurst. ''They bring tremendous added value to our advertising efforts and help spread our messages with receptive audiences.''</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Running through April 16, ''The Ultimate Country Music RV Giveaway'' sweepstakes with Great American Country (GAC) offers entrants the chance to win a 2012 Lance Campers Ultralight 1685 travel trailer as the grand prize along with two VIP tickets and backstage access to the CMA Festival in Nashville in June. To date, over 400,000 entries have been received.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>As part of the partnership, two 60-second vignettes featuring country music artist Chuck Wicks enjoying RV getaways in the prize model Lance travel trailer are airing on GAC. Go RVing also has a branded ''On-The-Road-Guide to Summer Hot Spots'' special section in the June People Country magazine (available on newsstand now). Featuring a country-music theme, the six-page custom section promotes RV travel and the sweepstakes. Visitors to GACTV.com will also see Go RVing interactive banner ads, information on RVing, the Chuck Wicks vignettes, and details about the sweepstakes.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Go RVing’s ''Spring Fever'' sweepstakes with the Outdoor Channel features a Columbia Northwest 2012 Somerset OR12SD off-road folding camping trailer as the grand prize. In just the first week of the promotion, 13,000 entries have been received.  This sweepstakes runs April 1 - 30.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Included in the promotion are four custom vignettes featuring Outdoor Channel talent Pat Reeve and Nicole Jones, host of the hunting show Driven, and Mark Zona, host of Zona’s Awesome Fishing Show. Outdoor Channel will also promote the sweepstakes and the benefits of RV travel to audiences through outdoorchannel.com, their social media outlets, and targeted emails.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Go RVing sweepstakes entrants are encouraged to opt-in for information from participating Go RVing dealers, manufacturers and campgrounds.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Lance Campers and Columbia Northwest were selected to provide the grand prize RVs through a lottery in January of RVIA members who offered a unit for the two sweepstakes. </font></div> </p>
Wed, 11 Apr 2012 14:54:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Wed, 11 Apr 2012 | <p><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Go RVing’s new ''AWAY'' campaign is helping generate awareness of RV travel among consumers during the busy selling and travel season as illustrated by the increased activity on GoRVing.com since the campaign’s launch in February.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>From January 1 through April 9, total web visits are up 13% from 284,292 in 2011 to 321,342 in 2012 while page views are up 24%, rising to nearly 2 million this year from 1.6 million in 2011.  The number of unique visitors has also jumped from 241,761 in 2011 to 289,394 in 2012, a 20% rise.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Go RVing’s ''AWAY'' campaign drives consumers to the entirely new GoRVing.com website, which is designed to be a comprehensive information source to guide prospective buyers through the purchase process and travel experience.   The website features new interactive tools to help visitors explore RVs, choose the best type for them, compare typical family vacation costs, watch new videos featuring real RVers, and sign up for more information from participating Go RVing dealers, manufacturers, show promoters and campgrounds.  Consumers who opt in to be contacted are posted on the Go RVing leads database in the industry-only area of the site, ranked by likelihood to buy.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>The Go RVing ''AWAY'' effort is the first all-new industry advertising campaign since 2005.  Built upon the evocative concept of ''AWAY,'' the new ads return to the emotion-driven family focus of past campaigns, along with continued emphasis on the affordability and accessibility of RV ownership for multigenerational families. </font></div> </p>
Wed, 11 Apr 2012 14:51:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Wed, 11 Apr 2012 | <p><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>RV owners expect to hit the road in big numbers this spring and summer and plan to adjust to higher fuel prices by enjoying frequent weekend getaways and staying closer to home, according to a new survey.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Despite rising fuel prices, the latest Campfire Canvass survey of RV owners, conducted by RVIA, reveals that 64% of RV owners intend to use their RVs more this spring/summer than they did last year, and 24% say they’ll use theirs the same amount. Seven percent indicated they’ll use their RV less.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>The survey of 424 RV owners was conducted by RVIA and Cvent from March 14 through March 27 and has a margin of error of 4.5%.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>The top reasons for using their RVs more include enjoying outdoor activity, taking mini-vacations, spending quality time with family, and escaping from the stress and pressure of everyday life.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>More than half (58%) said that fuel prices will affect their RV travel plans. Respondents indicated they will still travel by RV, but will adjust their plans by traveling to destinations closer to home (74%) and driving fewer miles in their RVs (68%).</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>One reason so many RVers will be on the road is the built-in cost savings of RV travel. A 2011 study by travel industry experts PKF Consulting found that a family of four can save 23-to-59% when they travel in their RV, even when factoring in purchase price, maintenance costs, and rising gas prices. RV owners agree - 74% of Campfire Canvass respondents said RV vacations cost less than other forms of travel even when fuel prices rise.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>''Almost nine million Americans own RVs because of the unmatched freedom and flexibility they provide when traveling,'' said RVIA President Richard Coon. ''When fuel prices rise they can adjust their plans to reduce driving but still spend quality time outdoors with loved ones.''</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><b>Emerging Trends in RV Usage</b></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Approximately 18% of RV owners are engaging in ''seasonal'' or ''destination'' camping, according to the survey. Destination campers leave their RV parked at one location for the entire spring/summer (or longer) and travel back and forth to it using a family car.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Many families are taking shorter, more frequent getaways in their RVs to accommodate busy schedules. According to the survey, 70% of RVers plan to take more 1-4 day mini-vacations this spring/summer.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><b>Flexibility</b></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>RV owners appreciate the control RVs offer in today’s travel climate. Unlike air travelers, RVers can bring anything they want on vacation - including pets. According to the survey, 54% of RV owners bring pets along on trips. Most RVers traveling with pets bring dogs (92%) and cats (14%). Others bring along other pets such as birds, ferrets, snakes and horses.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><b>Health Benefits</b></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>RVing is a great way to stay active while on vacation, according to RV owners. More than 71% said they’re more physically active on an RV trip - 76% said their children are more active. RVers cite the flexibility to enjoy outdoor activities (79%), and escape everyday stress and pressure (70%) as primary benefits of RV travel versus other types of vacations.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><b>RVers Plan to Visit State and National Parks</b></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>America’s state and national park systems are popular destinations for RV trips this spring/summer, according to the survey. Seventy two percent of RVers plan to visit a national park this year; 74% say they’ll visit a state park. Two-thirds plan to visit historic site this spring/summer.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><b>Favorite Activities</b></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>RVers enjoy an array of activities while traveling in their RVs. Favorites include:</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   Sightseeing - 77%</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   Cooking out - 75%</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   Visiting friends and family - 58%</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   Hiking - 57%</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   Fishing - 50%</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   Visiting festivals or fairs - 49%</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Other popular activities include antiquing, biking, visiting museums, and attending family reunions and events. </font></div> </p>
Thu, 29 Mar 2012 15:07:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 29 Mar 2012 | <p><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Ninety RV service technicians took part in RVIA’s Trouble Shooter Clinic, held Feb. 27 - March 1 in South Bend, Ind., to build their skills through the new track-focused format that features more hands-on diagnostic training on the major RV systems.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>The Foundation/Plumbing Track was filled to capacity with 45 registrants.  Meanwhile, there were 22 registrants for the Power Sources Track; 14 for the Appliances Track; and five for the Chassis Track.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>''We were very encouraged by the strong participation in our last Trouble Shooter Clinic, which was the second one with the new format change,'' said Bruce Hopkins, RVIA’s vice president of Standards and Education. ''The reaction to the track-based curriculum from the industry has been very positive, and participants are very appreciative of the smaller class sizes and the opportunity to have more hands-on activities.''</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Under the new approach, Trouble Shooter Clinics now offer tracks covering Foundation, Chassis, Power Sources and Appliances.  Tracks are offered independently, providing technicians the ability to receive training suited to their individual needs and job focus.  Attendance in the Chassis, Power Sources and Appliances tracks requires technicians to be certified or have previously attended the Foundation Track.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>The Foundation Track is open to all technicians and covers basic RV knowledge, including propane, electrical, plumbing, pre-delivery inspection, preventative maintenance, and fire, life and safety topics.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>RVIA reorganized the Trouble Shooter Clinics to align the popular training sessions with the new RV Technician Career Ladder that was introduced last fall to provide technicians with two paths to technician certification.  The new track format is more customizable to a technician’s specific needs, limits the time needed to participate in the training, and offers more class time and smaller class sizes.  In addition, technicians can earn continuing education credits toward recertification while limiting the time away from the shop. The sessions focus on general and product-specific troubleshooting procedures to improve diagnostic and repair skils. While participation in the clinics can assist a technician in certification efforts, the program does not cover all the knowledge needed to pass the certification tests.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>RVIA’s Industry Education Committee will set the schedule for upcoming Trouble Shooter Clinics at their meeting in June at RVIA’s Committee Week. </font></div> </p>
Thu, 29 Mar 2012 15:06:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 29 Mar 2012 | <p><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>In 2010 California enacted a law highlighting 'human trafficking and slavery in a company’s supply chain' in an attempt to regulate companies doing business in California with respect to their overseas supply chains.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>This new law is broad and deep with regard to companies and their new obligation to publicly report their efforts to eradicate human trafficking and slavery in their supply chains. While the new law requires sensitive public disclosures, the true aim is to change working conditions in emerging markets that serve as supply chains to retailers and manufacturers who do business in California.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>The new law takes effect on January 1, 2012 and applies to countless companies directly and indirectly.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Does Your Company Qualify?</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>The new law applies to retail sellers and manufacturers which have $100 million in gross worldwide sales and have any of the following:</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   the company is organized and domiciled in CA;</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   the company's sales in CA exceed the lesser of $500,000 or 25% of the company's total sales;</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   the company's personal property in CA exceeds the lesser of $50,000 or 25% of the company's total personal property; or</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   the amount of the company's compensation paid in CA exceeds the lesser of $50,000 or 25% of the company's total compensation paid.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>The new law requires the California Franchise Tax Board to provide documentation to the California Attorney General of the companies that satisfy the above profile. Their first report is due November 30, 2012 and every November 30th thereafter. The Franchise Tax Board’s analysis is based on the California tax returns of companies. From initial estimates, it appears that at least 3,200 companies will be on that list.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>The sole enforcement under this law is found in the Attorney General's Office and its only remedy is injunctive relief at this time. Consequently, for those companies that fail to provide proper compliance, they can be sued by the Attorney General and forced to fulfill the obligations imposed by the law.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>As for those obligations, companies to which the law applies must provide a report which discloses to what extent, if any, the company does any of the following:</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   whether the company verifies its product supply chains for human trafficking and slavery, and if so they shall disclose any verification that is not conducted by a third party;</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   whether the company conducts audits of suppliers to evaluate their compliance with company standards (assuming they exist) regarding human trafficking and slavery, and if so they shall disclose any audit that is not independent and unannounced;</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   whether the company requires direct suppliers to certify that the materials they provide to make the product comply with the human trafficking and slavery laws of the countries where they are doing business;</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   whether the company maintains internal accountability mechanisms for employees or contractors regarding human trafficking and slavery; and</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   whether the company provides human trafficking and slavery training for management and employees.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>That report shall be public in one of two forms, either (a) posted in a 'conspicuous' fashion on the company’s Internet website, or if no such site, (b) provided within 30 days to any member of the public that requests it in writing.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>If you would like more information about the new law contact Matt Wald in RVIA’s Government Affairs Department at mwald@rvia.org or (703) 620-6003 x.313. </font></div> </p>
Thu, 29 Mar 2012 15:02:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 29 Mar 2012 | <p><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>For nearly a decade, independent car repair shops have battled unsuccessfully in state capitals and the halls of Congress to gain 24-hour a day, 7-day a week access to the same data, parts, and repair schematics that car manufacturers provide to their franchised car dealers.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Nowhere has this battle raged hotter than in Massachusetts where car manufacturers and dealers have been trying to reach a legislative accommodation with independent repair shops for six years. Frustrated by their inability to achieve a legislative compromise acceptable to all parties, Massachusetts independent repair shops have decided to pursue a ballot initiative to achieve their goals that would not only create many unintended consequences for the RV industry, it could make it impossible to sell RVs in Massachusetts should the initiative pass as drafted. Worst of all, the language of the initiative is unamendable.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>The ballot initiative would prohibit any motor vehicle manufacturer (the definition of 'motor vehicle’ in Massachusetts includes both motorhomes and RV trailers), starting with model year 2015, from selling a new motor vehicle in Massachusetts without allowing the owner, or the owner’s designated in-state independent repair facility, to obtain diagnostic and repair information electronically on an hourly, daily, monthly, or yearly subscription basis. Worse, the manufacturer would have to provide access to the information through a non-proprietary vehicle interface, using the SAE J2534 standard applied in federal emissions-control regulations for light duty vehicles.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>''The proposed ballot initiative affects an issue that is very complex just within the car industry. But its application to all motor vehicles, including RVs, is a classic case of attempting to drive a square peg into variously-shaped holes,'' said Matt Wald, RVIA’s director of government affairs. ''Further, it will lead to unintended consequences and irreconcilable issues for the RV industry.''</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>On March 21, Wald explained the potential threat that these unintended consequences pose to the RV industry in testimony before a joint Massachusetts Senate/House hearing on the Massachusetts Right to Repair ballot initiative. He highlighted the five concerns the RV industry has with regard to the initiative:</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   Concern 1: Definition of 'Motor Vehicle’</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Fundamental in terms of ambiguity with regard to the RV industry, the proposal lacks a satisfactory specific definition of or reference to a definition of 'motor vehicle.’ As drafted, this would leave both motorhomes as well as towable RVs subject to this law. RVIA is seeking the exclusion of RVs from the types of motor vehicles meant to be included under this potential law.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   Concern 2: Multi-Stage Built Vehicles</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>With regard to motorhomes, their unique method of manufacture is simply not contemplated by the proposal. The ballot initiative assumes that all motor vehicles are produced in a vertically-integrated manufacturing process. Because of the various manufacturing methods used in assembling chassis components and then building an RV on top of that assembly, vertically integrated chassis and RV final stage manufacture are not the norm in the RV industry. The ballot initiative does not account for this difference, making the proposal unworkable for the RV industry.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   Concern 3: RV Manufacturers Do Not Control Access to RV Emissions Systems and Data</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Given this unique method of manufacture, in the RV industry it is the RV engine supplier, not the RV manufacturer, that is legally responsible for certification and compliance, as well as repairs (both warranty and otherwise), for emissions-related as well as other drive train matters. So it is the engine supplier that controls the emissions and repair systems for the drive train. RV engine and drive train suppliers certify RV engine, chassis and transmission repair facilities and provide repair data, not RV manufacturers. For the RV manufacturer, this is not a question of not wanting to comply with the data and systems access provisions of the proposed initiative or finding compliance difficult. It is literally impossible for an RV manufacturer to comply with the requirement for the provision of data and access to systems over which the RV manufacturer itself has no control.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   Concern 4: Focus on the SAE J2534 Standard</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Another significant problem with the proposal as it relates to RVs is its focus on requiring the use of SAE J2534 for on board diagnostic (OBD) information on all motor vehicles.  J2534 is a light duty vehicle standard for delivery of emissions information not used in medium and heavy duty chassis component systems that many RVs are built on, including components built by RV manufacturers. As drafted, the proposal creates irreconcilable standards and ambiguity with regard to the non-J2534 medium and heavy duty systems used in RVs. Meanwhile, the application of this proposal to towable RVs is nonsensical, as towables don’t even have emissions systems through which to coordinate the use of the J2534 standard to deliver OBD information. So it is impossible for a towable manufacturer to apply the J2534 standard to their 'motor vehicles’ sold in the state.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   Concern 5: RV OBD Systems not Related to the Drive Train</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Finally, RVs contain household-like systems with OBD not contemplated in automobiles such as waste tank systems, kitchen appliances and propane systems. It is not clear from the proposal whether such systems would fall under the requirement to enable the owner or independent repair facility the capability to utilize such systems via the worldwide web. If it did, that would require massive investments of new technology in those OBD systems.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>''This proposed initiative is an imprecise, overly broad proposal that fails to take into account the significant differences among manufacturing, distribution and repair of motor vehicle types other than cars, creating unacceptable ambiguities and unintended consequences for the RV industry,'' said Wald.   ''If it is approved as drafted in November, there is a distinct possibility that RV manufacturers may no longer be able to sell RVs in Massachusetts starting with model year 2015. That is an unintended consequence that must be avoided''</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>RVIA is strongly opposing this proposed ballot initiative as drafted and strongly recommending that the legislative process for deciding these issues move forward, and that in that process the legislature exempt RVs from the final law.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>The car manufacturers, dealers and independent repair shops have until late June to hammer out a legislative compromise. If they fail then this ballot initiative will go before the voters of Massachusetts as drafted, where opinion polls indicate that it could pass by a wide margin. </font></div> </p>
Thu, 29 Mar 2012 15:00:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 29 Mar 2012 | <p><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>RVIA’s Standards Department is reporting that efforts to harmonize the United States’ NFPA 1192 RV standard and Canada’s CSA Z240 RV standard are progressing toward a uniform approach.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>A joint Ad Hoc Committee, composed of members of the NFPA Technical Committee on RVs and the CSA Z240 Technical Committee named by the respective chairmen of these two groups, held its inaugural meeting March 13-14 at CSA’s headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada to begin the process of identifying issues that need to be changed to initiate harmonization. Over 50 code change proposals were developed for the CSA Z240 RV standard and 13 proposals were drafted for the 2014 edition of NFPA 1192. These draft proposals will now be forwarded to the respective full Committees for review and action.  The NFPA Technical Committee on RVs will be meeting in May and the CSA Z240 Technical Committee is planning to meet in September.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>The development of the Ad Hoc Committee followed an RVIA-initiated meeting in October 2011 in Boston between CSA and NFPA to begin harmonization discussions. Both organizations indicated that the development of a single set of requirements that would apply to all North American RVs could be beneficial to the North American RV industry. </font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>''The first effort in a formalized harmonization is not likely to result in a single document with both designations. Instead, the harmonized requirements would be published in the 2014 editions of each standard. Hopefully a single CSA/NFPA document with both designations could be considered for the next cycle in 2017,'' said RVIA Vice President of Standards and Education Bruce Hopkins.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>''None of this would be possible without the input and participation of our members in this effort,'' he added. ''RVIA would like to thank Jeff Christner, Forest River, Inc.; Terry Elias, Triple E RV; Peter Gildenstem, Intertek; Jerome Hoover, Monaco RV LLC; and David Mihalick, Thor Industries for their willingness to participate and provide their vital expertise.'' </font></div> </p>
Thu, 29 Mar 2012 14:58:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 29 Mar 2012 | <p><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>RVIA has announced that Marco Annunziata, chief economists and executive director of Global Market Insight at General Electric Co., will be one of the featured speakers at the 2nd World RV Conference being held January 17 - 20, 2013 at the Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina in Tampa, FL.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Annunziata will examine how the increasingly complex global economy impacts business trends and markets during luncheon remarks on Friday, January 18.  ''We are extremely fortunate to have Marco Annunziata speak at the 2nd World RV Conference,'' said RVIA President Richard Coon. ''As an internationally respected economist and business analyst, he will help us gain a deeper understanding of the role global economic conditions have in shaping our business.''</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Annunziata is responsible for global economic, financial and market analysis to support GE’s business strategy. He is a member of the European Central Bank’s (ECB) Shadow Council and of the European Council of Economists.  He joined GE in January 2011 after serving as Chief Economist at UniCredit Group and Chief Economist for the Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa region at Deutsche Bank.  He holds a PhD in Economics from Princeton University and a BA in Economics from the University of Bologna.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Hosted by RVIA, the 2nd World RV Conference will draw RV industry executives and leaders from around the world to Tampa in January 2013. The event will feature an informative conference agenda that will provide attendees the opportunity to share market information and statistics, discuss technical issues and standards, and explore how RV companies can work together in an interconnected world market.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>In addition to compelling keynote speakers and insightful general and breakout conference sessions, the 2nd World RV Conference will also include trips to the Florida RV SuperShow and Lazydays RV Super Center, the world’s largest RV dealership.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Registration materials and full program information for the event will be available later this spring.  Industry members are encouraged to check the '2nd World RV Conference'' tab at www.rvia.org for updates.  To make hotel reservations, contact the Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina at (888) 789-3090 and ask for the ''2nd World RV Conference Room Block.' </font></div> </p>
Thu, 29 Mar 2012 14:54:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 29 Mar 2012 | <p><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>In addition to all new creative materials promoting RV ownership at the national level, Go RVing has created new resources for local RV businesses to capitalize on the ''AWAY'' campaign through the Go RVing Industry Tie-In Program.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Developed for RV dealers, show promoters, campground owners and their agencies, the updated Go RVing Industry Tie-In Program offers online access to campaign collateral, tools and consumer leads to use in incorporating the national advertising messages into their local marketing efforts.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Key elements of the program include:</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   Go RVing’s Leads-Plus Program - Leads are ranked according to the consumer’s likelihood of purchasing - highly likely, moderately, likely or interested - using a sophisticated mathematical model to analyze confidential credit bureau data.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   Go RVing Image Library - All-new high-resolution images from Go RVing photo shoots of consumers enjoying a variety of RV products are now available for download in the Industry Only section of GoRVing.com. These images are ideal for use in advertising, websites, and other promotional materials.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   Go RVing B-Roll - Footage shot during the Go RVing ''AWAY'' television production shoots will be available in April to download from the GoRVing.com Industry Only section for use in producing local television commercials.  The nine-minute video features footage of motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth-wheel travel trailers and truck campers driving along scenic roads. In addition to the new download option, high-definition HDCAM tapes and standard definition BETA tapes of the footage are also available.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   Taggable ''AWAY'' TV Spots - The three ''AWAY'' 30-second television spots will also be available to download and tag with company-specific information in the final five seconds of the commercial.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   Go RVing Posters - Participants in the Go RVing Industry Tie-In Program will receive a set of new posters featuring the ''AWAY'' theme.  These are perfect for displaying in a dealership or at special events or shows.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>RV dealers interested in learning more or registering for the Go RVing Industry Tie-In program should contact Chuck Boyd at RVDA at (703) 591-7130, ext. 113 or cboyd@rvda.org. The program cost for dealers is only $225.  Campground operators should contact ARVC’s Barb Youmans at (303) 681-0401 or byoumans@arvc.org for registration and pricing information for the program.  Other industry members can contact RVIA’s Margie Spence at (703) 620-6003, ext. 357 or mspence@rvia.org for more information.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>The new Go RVing ''AWAY'' effort is the first all-new industry advertising campaign since 2005.  Built upon the evocative concept of ''AWAY,'' the new ads return to the emotion-driven family focus of past campaigns, along with continued emphasis on the affordability and accessibility of RV ownership for multigenerational families. </font></div> </p>
Thu, 29 Mar 2012 14:53:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Thu, 29 Mar 2012 | <p><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>RV wholesale shipments to retailers tracked by RVIA rose sharply in February, climbing 31.8% above last month and up 24.2% ahead of the February 2011 monthly total. </font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>For the first two months of 2012, RV shipments stand at 43,300 units, up 15.2% over the 37,600 units shipped in the same period of 2011. Shipments of towable RVs have improved 17% to 39,200 units while motorhome products have held their own with 4,100 units produced so far this year.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>The 24,600 units reported in the latest survey of manufacturers marked the best February total in four years for all RV products. </font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>On a seasonally adjusted basis, February shipments were at an annual rate of more than 286,000 units, a gain of 12.9% over the January rate. While the annualized rate fluctuates monthly, this current rate is running ahead of the 265,200 unit projection for 2012 shipments by Dr. Richard Curtin in the Spring 2012 issue of RV Roadsigns, RVIA’s quarterly forecast of RV deliveries to RV retailers.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>''With economic conditions improving, we are optimistic that shipments will continue to trend upward as we've seen through the first two months of the year.' said RVIA President Richard Coon. </font></div> </p>
Wed, 14 Mar 2012 14:49:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Wed, 14 Mar 2012 | <p></p><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>During RVIA’s Annual Membership Meeting on March 8, Public Relations Committee Chairman B.J. Thompson and Vice President of Public Relations and Advertising James Ashurst provided attendees with an update on the industry’s public relations and marketing activities.   The presentation kicked off with the new ''AWAY'' campaign creative showcasing the industry’s return to the emotion-driven focus on family fun, affordability and flexibility of RV travel.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Ashurst offered an overview of the 2012 strategic media plan, detailing how the $10.3 million advertising spend for 2012 features a strong mix of proven media and several expanded and new media partnerships.  ''The advertising market is changing, and so are the days of the traditional ad buy.  Our strategic focus for 2012 is to identify advertising partnerships that allow for greater brand extensions than we’ve done in the past - opportunities that will stretch our ad dollars, add value, and encourage additional partnerships in the future with like-minded brands,'' he said.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Thompson led the public relations discussion by updating attendees on RVIA’s move to bring more of the PR function in-house, mentioning a couple consultants that have been contracted to supplement internal efforts.  He touched on several recent successes, including more than 100 newspapers picking up an AP story on the state of the industry, as well as dozens of local print stories touting the early RV consumer show season.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>''RVs continued to receive positive media coverage during the winter months, and our work with earned media throughout the year will continue to deliver the message that RVs provide consumers with the opportunity to pursue their passions, build connections through shared adventures, and that there is an RV that fits their needs and budget,'' Thompson said.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Thompson showcased several videos highlighting recent consumer media features including national broadcast coverage on Fox&Friends and Rachael Ray, as well as footage from HGTV’s RV 2012, and HGTV’s most popular series House Hunters - a segment featuring a couple looking to settle down in an RV. RVIA worked closely with producers on each of these segments, and have laid the groundwork for additional coverage moving forward.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Thompson concluded, ''PR continues to be a driving force behind our ongoing promotional efforts.  The PR team and our media consultants are working on numerous projects, and we are extremely confident that despite the ever-present uncertainty in the economy, 2012 will be a banner year in terms of positive media coverage for RVs.''</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>On the ''AWAY'' campaign front, Ashurst shared videos from Go RVing’s first-ever national RV giveaways with the Great American Country (GAC) and Outdoor Channel cable networks.  The GAC partnership is a multi-platform execution that features multiple vignettes starring country music artist Chuck Wicks, a six-page special section in People Country magazine, and culminates with the grand prize of a 2012 Lance Ultralight travel trailer.  The Outdoor Channel, which will air four Go RVing vignettes featuring the network’s popular hunting and fishing hosts, is offering a 2012 Somerset off-road folding camping trailer from Columbia Northwest as the grand prize in the network’s ''Spring Fever'' promotion. </font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Ashurst touched on several other promotions with top media brands including National Geographic Channel and an expanded partnership with Speed Channel that features popular host Rutledge Wood and his family traveling in a type A motorhome provided by Monaco in a custom on-air segment  </font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Additionally, Ashurst highlighted how Go RVing is staying aggressive in the sports category, with a more robust execution with MLB Network.  The 2012 partnership, dubbed the ''Home and Away Tour'', includes an 8-market stadium tour featuring a custom-wrapped motorhome from Jayco that allows for mobile studio interviews with players and managers in and around the RV.  An exciting new partnership has been forged with NFL Network, providing Go RVing a highly visible presence during the network’s popular Game Day Morning. The collaboration will feature editorial and advertising extensions in the league’s new monthly, NFL Magazine. </font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Additionally, Go RVing has struck a deal with CBS Sports Network that will include RV-specific content as part of packages celebrating unique college football tailgating traditions.  </font></div><div style='font-family: verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal; '><br /></div> <p></p>
Wed, 14 Mar 2012 14:46:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Wed, 14 Mar 2012 | <p><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>During the Annual Membership Meeting at Ranchos Las Palmas in Palm Springs, CA on March 8, RVIA honored industry leaders who exhibited outstanding contributions to the association and the RV industry this past year.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>''RVIA’s Awards program recognizes individuals in a variety of areas who work selflessly and diligently for the betterment of the RV industry,'' said RVIA Chairman of the Board Gregg Fore.  ''It is an honor to acknowledge the success they have achieved.''</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><b>Distinguished Service to the RV Industry Award</b> - Recognized as the Industry’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual within the RV Industry who sets themselves apart through outstanding service. This year’s recipient was Jeff Hanemaayer, chairman of Roadtrek Motorhomes. (center in photo)</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>''Through his leadership roles with RVIA, the Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association (CRVA), Go RVing and Go RVing Canada, he has served as an ambassador helping to unite the RV markets in Canada and the United States to create a true North American RV industry,'' said Fore. ''He helped guide the formation of RVIA’s Canadian Coalition Committee that is focused on harmonizing standards, synchronizing Go RVing advertising efforts, and coordinating legislative and regulatory lobbying efforts.''</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><b>Special Award</b> - Sid Johnson, director of marketing at Jayco, Inc., (right in photo) was honored with the Special Award for his extraordinary contributions to the RV Industry’s overall success. As a 12-year member of RVIA’s Market Information Committee, including service as chairman from 2006 - 20011, Johnson has helped guide the transition of industry shipment data into the electronic age.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>''Through his leadership, RVIA has advanced the accuracy, relevance and timeliness of industry shipment data and market research that members rely upon to make critical business decisions,'' said Fore.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><b>Distinguished Achievement in RV Standards</b> - The Distinguished Achievement in RV Standards Award, honoring an individual making outstanding contributions toward the advance of standards in the RV industry, was presented to Dave Mihalick, standards compliance manager at Thor Industries. (left in photo)</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>''In his service as a member of RVIA’s Standards Steering Committee and chairman of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee, Dave is leading the charge in addressing critical standards and harmonization issues related to the import and export of RV products,'' said Fore. ''This is critically important work as the RV industry develops an even greater global footprint.''</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>RVIA also announced the following award recipients who were not able to attend the Annual Meeting. These awards will be presented at RVIA’s Committee Week in Washington, D.C. in June.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><b>David J. Humphreys RV Industry Unity Award</b> - Lance Wilson, Florida RV Trade Association</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><b>National Scholastic Award</b> - Southern Alberta Institute of Technology</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><b>National Education Service Award</b> - Steve Evenson, Winnebago Industries</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><b>Distinguished Achievement in RV Journalism</b> - HGTV</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><b>National Legislative Award</b> - Ray Beebe, Winnebago Industries </font></div> </p>
Wed, 14 Mar 2012 14:42:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Wed, 14 Mar 2012 | <p><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>RVIA and RPTIA have announced an agreement under which park trailer manufacturers will be able to join RVIA as members.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>''This is something our members of RPTIA have been talking about for a long time. We feel this is the best time to move forward, and we are excited to be working with RVIA to better the park trailer and destination camping industry,'' said Dick Grymonprez, chairman of RPTIA and vice president of sales and marketing  for Athens Park Homes.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>''We are very happy to welcome park trailer manufacturers as RVIA members,'' said RVIA President Richard Coon. ''We look forward to representing them and firmly believe that we can leverage our association services and programs to help these companies achieve their goals.''</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>As conditions of park trailer manufacturers joining RVIA:</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   Park trailer members will have two representatives on the Board of Directors.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   RVIA will form a Park Trailer Committee as one of the association’s standing committees.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   RVIA will continue the Destination Camping Committee and its efforts to study and recommend initiatives to grow this market segment.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   RVIA will hire a full-time senior level staff person who will report to RVIA President Richard Coon.  This person will be responsible for providing guidance, managing information, serving as a spokesperson, and representing park trailer manufacturers’ best interests.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   ANSI  A119.5 will be recognized and accepted as a park trailer standard and will be maintained by RVIA’s Standards Steering Committee. RVIA inspectors will inspect park trailer plants at least twice per year.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   RVIA will continue efforts to have HUD accept the A119.5 as an exception to the Construction Code.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   RVIA’s Government Affairs Department will represent the legislative interests of recreational park trailer manufacturers at both the state and federal levels.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   Park trailer members will be treated the same in terms of participation of the National RV Trade Show, with the understanding that there are size restrictions.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>The agreement for RVIA to represent park trailer manufacturers reached with RPTIA calls for a two-year trial period.  RPTIA will ''safe harbor'' or ''mothball'' their association for these two years, pending an agreement of both parties to continue having RVIA represent park trailer manufacturers.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>RVIA’s Board of Directors approved the agreement to have park trailer manufacturers join the association at their meeting on March 5 in Palm Springs, CA.  In January the RPTIA Board of Directors and membership voted to suspend operations contingent upon favorable negotiations and the joint acceptance of a workable plan between RVIA and RPTIA that would result in park trailer manufacturers being allowed to join RVIA as voting members.  An effective date of when park trailer manufacturers can join RVIA will be determined in the coming weeks. </font></div><div style='font-family: verdana; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal; '><br /></div> </p>
Wed, 14 Mar 2012 14:38:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Wed, 14 Mar 2012 | <p><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Speaking to members at RVIA's Annual Membership Meeting at Ranchos Las Palmas in Palm Springs, CA on March 8, RVIA President Richard Coon detailed a number of key issues on the association’s agenda that will have long-term implications for the RV industry.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>''RVIA is working diligently on these important items because they will play a factor in the continued success of our members and the RV market,'' said Coon.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Coon said the association is continuing to identify and maximize the potential of global opportunities, noting that in addition to the established markets in North America, Europe and Australia there are potential new markets in China, Brazil and South Africa. ''There are tremendous growth opportunities for RV manufacturers and suppliers across the globe,'' said Coon. ''RVIA is working to make it easier for our members to take advantage of these global opportunities by studying the market potential and gaining an understanding of the legislative and regulatory environment in these markets.''</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>On a related note, Coon pointed to the ongoing efforts to harmonize United States and Canadian RV standards. ''Our goal is to have a uniform standard so that American and Canadian manufacturers can do business in a more efficient, cost-effective way,'' said Coon.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Coon also said the destination camping market is a new area of focus for the association. An ad-hoc Destination Camping Committee composed of RV and park trailer manufacturers as well as campground industry members was formed to determine the size, scope and potential of this market. ''With destination camping taking many forms, defining what it exactly is can be a little difficult, but we do know that it is a growing part of the RV and campground industries that requires our attention,'' he said.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Coon stressed that the association’s main focus remains on representing the membership's interests in the areas of RV standards, government affairs, market research and information, advertising and public relations, industry education and training, and national shows. He noted the association achieved considerable success in these areas in 2011 and shared a video highlighting those achievements.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Coon also told attendees that the RV industry is expected to have its best year since 2007 based on the latest RV wholesale projections from Dr. Richard Curtin in the Spring 2012 issue of RV Roadsigns. ''RVIA is projecting 265,200 units to be shipped this year, which would be a 5.1% increase over the 2011 year-end total of 252,300 units,'' he said. </font></div> </p>
Wed, 14 Mar 2012 14:36:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Wed, 14 Mar 2012 | <p>Beginning April 1, 2012, the cost of the RVIA seal to manufacturer members will decrease from $18 to $17 each.</p> <p>At its March 5 meeting at the association’s Annual Meeting in Palm Springs, CA, the RVIA Board of Directors authorized the seal price reduction by lowering the price for the fifth time since it was raised to $35 in July 2009. The new $17 seal fee will apply to all member manufacturer vehicle types. The Go RVing per unit assessment remains unchanged at the current levels of $46 for folding camping trailers and truck campers; $61 for travel trailers and 5th wheel travel trailers; and $74 for motorhomes.</p> <p>The Board also reaffirmed its desire to continue monitoring and reviewing shipment volume every 90 days.</p> <p>In July 2009, the RVIA Board temporarily increased the cost of the RVIA seal in order to address growing pressure on the association’s budget caused by the reduction in show and dues income caused by the downturn in the general economy. This action helped avoid further program cuts and severe service reductions that would have compromised RVIA’s mission to promote and protect the interest of the association’s membership and the RV industry.</p> <p>The table below details the new fee structure for the RVIA seal:</p>An RVIA seal should be placed on all RV products shipped by RVIA members to destinations within the U.S. and Canada. <p class='bold' align='center'>RVIA Seal Cost Effective April 1, 2012</p> <table class='ae_noborder' align='center'> <tbody> <tr> <td class='bold' align='middle'>Seal</td> <td class='bold' align='middle'>Vehicle Type</td> <td class='bold' align='middle'>RVIA Fee</td> <td class='bold' align='middle'>Go RVing Fee</td> <td class='bold' align='middle'>Total</td></tr> <tr> <td align='middle'>White</td> <td align='middle'>Camping Trailers & Truck Campers</td> <td align='middle'>$17</td> <td align='middle'>$46</td> <td align='middle'>$63</td></tr> <tr> <td align='middle'>Silver</td> <td align='middle'>Travel Trailers & Fifth Wheels</td> <td align='middle'>$17</td> <td align='middle'>$61</td> <td align='middle'>$78</td></tr> <tr> <td align='middle'>Gold</td> <td align='middle'>All Motorhomes</td> <td align='middle'>$17</td> <td align='middle'>$74</td> <td align='middle'>$91</td></tr></tbody></table> <p>Other Board Decisions</p> <p>In other actions at the meeting, the RVIA Board:</p> <ul> <li>approved the recommendation of the China Committee to establish an RVIA office in China to coordinate the association’s efforts to work with Chinese governmental agencies and the country’s developing RV and campground industries to remove regulatory barriers impeding the U.S. RV industry’s growth in China.</li> <li>Selected the Hotel Viking in Newport, RI to host the September Board of Directors meeting, scheduled for Sept. 26-29, 2012.</li></ul>
Wed, 14 Mar 2012 14:33:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Wed, 14 Mar 2012 | <p><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>In remarks at RVIA’s Annual Membership Meeting on March 8 in Palm Springs, CA, RVIA Chairman of the Board Gregg Fore praised members for their active participation in the association and in helping set the organizational agenda.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>''I want to thank you for giving your time, talents and resources on behalf of all industry members,'' said Fore. ''Your input helps us develop our strategic plan that guides all of our activities and identifies our long-term goals and objectives.''</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Fore stressed that the association’s Strategic Plan, reviewed and updated every two years, is crucial to the association’s success by helping identify opportunities and threats. ''This plan ensures our activities have relevance to all member groups. It provides the marching orders for the association and the baseline by which programs, activities and staff are measured,'' he said.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>He reviewed the progress on several key items on the current Strategic Plan, including:</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   RV Technician Training and Certification - Substantial progress has been made in this area through the joint efforts of RVIA and RVDA to enhance and improve technician training. After a process to identify barriers to deliver ongoing training to technicians, the industry unveiled the new RV Career Ladder that gives technicians the option of two paths to certification. One path maintains the existing testing process to become a certified or master certified technician while the new approach allows technicians to become certified in specialty RV service areas. In addition, revamped training programs are being introduced that are adaptable to the new career ladder.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   RV Industry Promotion - The debut of the new Go RVing ''AWAY'' campaign in February and the ongoing success of RVIA’s public relations programs in generating media coverage is boosting the profile of RV travel and camping. ''''These two efforts work hand-in-hand in making sure the public perception of RVing stays on a positive track to improve sales over time,'' Fore said.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   State Franchise Legislation - This legislation defines how RV manufacturers and dealers conduct business in each state. In recent years, RVIA has shifted its focus from constantly attempting to amend franchise legislation that is geared toward the automotive industry to address RV industry concerns to an approach that attempts to adopt RV-specific franchise legislation that takes into account the differences between automotive and RV industry business models. ''Working with dealer groups, we have been able to enact RV-specific franchise legislation in 15 states to date,'' said Fore. ''That is significant progress on this key point.''</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   RV Industry Trade Shows - Fore reported that while the National RV Trade Show and California RV Show are successful events that continue to offer value to the industry, the association realizes that new approaches and improvements need to be considered to ensure that industry and members’ interests are being served by these national events. ''We are having conversations with executives from across the industry to examine the potential size, scope, timing and venue for an event that could better serve the evolving needs of the industry,'' he said.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>*   RV Standards Harmonization - The fact that U.S. and Canadian RV standards are not harmonized has been a burden for both manufacturers and dealers on both sides of the border. ''With the formation of  RVIA’s Canadian Coalition Committee last year, significant progress is being made to address this issue and to become a more North American RV industry,'' Fore said.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>In addition to discussing the importance of being involved in association business, Fore also urged industry members to be active on external issues to help shape the economic and political landscape that impacts the RV industry.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>''It is incumbent upon each of us, as well as RVIA, to actively engage our political leaders to voice our positions on key issues that impact our businesses, employees and families,'' Fore said. ''We all need to continue to fight for a free business environment that is grounded in the proven laws of supply and demand, that promotes healthy and honest competition among business entities, and that is devoid of onerous and artificial market influences. We all have a responsibility to stay involved so that we are prepared for the issues we face today and the ones we will face tomorrow.'' </font></div> </p>
Wed, 29 Feb 2012 14:08:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Wed, 29 Feb 2012 | <div><font size='2' face='verdana'>RVIA has joined ''Friends of America's Byways,'' a coalition of 25 RV, outdoor recreation, travel and tourism organizations, in urging Congress not to repeal the popular National Scenic Byways program.</font></div> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'><br /></font></div> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'>The United States Senate and House of Representatives are currently considering their own versions of legislation guiding a new national surface transportation policy. In the House version (H.R. 7), a five-year highway bill also known at the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act, a provision would entirely repeal the National Scenic Byways Program. The Senate legislation (S. 1813), a two-year bipartisan bill also known as ''MAP-21,'' does not repeal the byways program, but it would not continue the competitive grant program and the technical assistance program through the America's Byways Resource Center. </font></div> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'><br /></font></div> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'>In their lobbying effort, the ''Friends of America's Byways'' are asking the House to remove language from Section 1601 of H.R. 7 that would repeal the National Scenic Byways Program while also urging the Senate to confirm that S. 1813 continues the byways program and that byways projects remain eligible for funds apportioned to the states.</font></div> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'><br /></font></div> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'>The National Scenic Byways Program was created in 1991 with strong and bipartisan champions. Support came from the transportation, recreation, tourism, historic preservation, conservation and scenic communities. Although small in budget, the program has now attained a large and national base of supporters. Secretaries of Transportation in each Administration since the creation of the program have designated a total of 150 National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads that showcase the nation's natural grandeur, history, and culture. The designation process has connected communities across the nation, prompting them to work together to tell stories and engage in voluntary conservation efforts which build local pride and create remarkable magnets for visitors, from this nation and around the world. Especially noteworthy is that this network of byways - which pass through and connect with hundreds of national and state parks, wildlife refuges and national forests - has been identified as a core element in promoting international visitation and creating jobs by the new Brand USA corporation chartered by Congress just two years ago.</font></div> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'><br /></font></div> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'>America's Byways are key to the economic vitality of many, many U.S. regions. They tell America's stories. They are vital to a successful national surface transportation program, delivering safe and enjoyable routes sought by many as alternatives to interstates.</font></div> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'><br /></font></div> <div><font size='2' face='verdana'>For further information on this issue, contact American Recreation Coalition (ARC) President Derrick Crandall, who is heading up the ''Friends of America's Byways,'' at dcrandall@funoutdoors.com or (202) 682-9530. </font></div> <div style='font: 10pt verdana'><br /></div>
Wed, 29 Feb 2012 14:04:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Wed, 29 Feb 2012 | <p><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Nearly 100 RV service technicians are participating in RVIA's Trouble Shooter Clinic, taking place Feb. 27 - March 1 in South Bend, Ind., to build their skills through the new track-focused format that features more hands-on diagnostic training on the major RV systems.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>This is the second Trouble Shooter Clinic with the revised format that offers tracks covering Foundation, Chassis, Power Sources and Appliances.  Tracks are offered independently, providing technicians the ability to receive training suited to their individual needs and job focus.  Attendance in the Chassis, Power Sources and Appliances tracks requires technicians to be certified or have previously attended the Foundation track. Those that attended a TSC within the last two years are also eligible to attend.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>The Foundation track is open to all technicians and covers basic RV knowledge, including propane, electrical, plumbing, pre-delivery inspection, preventative maintenance, and fire, life and safety topics. The Foundation track is at full capacity at this week's Trouble Shooter Clinic.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>''We are very encouraged by the strong participation in this week's Trouble Shooter Clinic, which is the second trial with the new format change,'' said Bruce Hopkins, RVIA's vice president of Standards and Education. ''The reaction to the track-based curriculum from the industry has been very positive, and we look forward to enhancing this approach for future clinics.''</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>RVIA reorganized the Trouble Shooter Clinics to align the popular training sessions with the new RV Technician Career Ladder that was introduced last fall to provide technicians with two paths to technician certification.  The new track format is more customizable to a technician's specific needs, limits the time needed to participate in the training, and offers more class time and smaller class sizes. In addition, technicians can earn continuing education credits toward recertification while limiting the time away from the shop.</font></div> </p>
Wed, 29 Feb 2012 14:02:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Wed, 29 Feb 2012 | <p><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>The first of Go RVing's two national RV sweepstakes kicks off later this week when Great American Country Network (GAC) launches ''The Ultimate Country Music RV Giveaway'' on March 1.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>The sweepstakes runs through April 16 with the grand prize winner being awarded a 2012 Lance Ultralight 1685 travel trailer along with two VIP tickets and backstage access to the Country Music Association (CMA) Festival in Nashville this June. Lance Camper was selected in a lottery of RVIA members to provide the vehicle as the sweepstakes prize.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>GACTV.com is promoting the sweepstakes as well as featuring Go RVing interactive banner ads and information about RVing, including favorite Roadworthy Recipes.  GACTV will be tweeting about the sweepstakes and running live feeds of the Go RVing Twitter posts on GACTV.com.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>''The Ultimate Country Music RV Giveaway'' is a key element of Go RVing's integrated media buy on GAC. In addition to Go RVing commercials now airing on GAC music and lifestyle programming, GAC and Go RVing teamed to produce two 60-second RV travel vignettes featuring country recording artist Chuck Wicks using a Lance travel trailer. In one, Wicks enjoys a weekend getaway with friends while he takes a hunting trip with his father in the other.  The vignettes will begin airing March 19 on GAC.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Go RVing will also have a branded On-The-Road-Guide to Summer Hot Spots special section in the June People Country magazine, available on newsstands nationwide. With a country music theme, the six-page custom section will promote RV travel. </font></div> </p>
Wed, 29 Feb 2012 13:59:00 EST -
Wed, 29 Feb 2012 09:47:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Wed, 29 Feb 2012 | <p><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>RVIA extends its gratitude to the sponsors of the 2012 Annual Meeting for their generous and gracious support of the event, taking place March 4 -9 at Ranchos Las Palmas in Palm Springs, CA.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Sponsoring companies include:</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Bank of the West</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Cummins Power Generation</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Dicor Corporation</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Fabric Services/Abercrombie Textiles</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Forest River, Inc.</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Freightliner Custom Chassis</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Jayco</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Kentucky Exposition Center</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Richloom Fabrics</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>RVT.COM</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Spartan Motors</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>Thor Industries</font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'><br /></font></div><div><font face='verdana' size='2'>TRA Certification </font></div> </p>
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Tue, 14 Feb 2012 10:23:00 EST -
RVIA Press Release from on Tue, 14 Feb 2012 | <p><div>RVIA's Nominating Committee has issues a call for candidates from the association's membership to run in this year's Board of Directors election.</div><div><br /></div><div>There are seven positions up for election this year including seats for four Manufacturer, two At-Large, and one Supplier representatives.</div><div><br /></div><div>The RVIA Board has the highest level of authority in the association's organizational structure.  It is responsible for association affairs on a broad policy basis. The Board meets three times per year: in March, during Committee Week in mid-June, and in mid-September.</div><div><br /></div><div>''We encourage any association member with an interest in working on the key issues facing the RV industry to run for a seat on the RVIA Board,'' said RVIA President Richard Coon. ''The Board plays an integral role in guiding the work of the association and shaping the future of the RV industry.''</div><div><br /></div><div>Each RVIA manufacturer and supplier member company is afforded a single vote in the association elections, scheduled to take place electronically in August. Newly elected Board members will begin serving their terms on October 1, 2012.  The deadline for nominations is June 8, 2012.</div><div><br /></div><div>Those interested in becoming a candidate for the RVIA Board elections should contact RVIA's Mac Bryan at (703) 620-6003, ext. 334, or mbryan@rvia.org for consideration by the RVIA Nominating Committee. That group is chaired by Matt Miller of Newmar Corp. and includes  Norm Jacobson, Lance Camper Manufacturing Corp.; Jonathan Randall, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp.; and Doug Whyte, Dometic. Corp. </div><div><br /></div> </p>