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RVDA Takes Middle Road on Buy-Back Issue

Posted By RVBusiness On April 10, 2009 @ 8:51 am In Breaking News | 3 Comments

The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) contends that its hands are tied with regard to the issue of RV manufacturers being forced — under various circumstances — to buy back product from dealers.
So the national trade association, based in Fairfax, Va., isn’t taking a concrete stand one way or the other in what is becoming a major issues within the RV industry.
”We are a national dealers association made up of dealers from many states,”  said RVDA Chairman Larry Troutt, owner of Toppers Camping Center in Waller, Texas, in a Q&A session with RVBusiness due for publication next month. ”It’s not our position to take a position on what the states do.”
In a March 9 letter to RVDA President Mike Molino, Richard Coon, president of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), asked RVDA to  support amending or defeating ”buy back” legislation pending in 17 states, warning that RV manufacturers and dealers alike could be put out of business by the slew of legislation. 
However,  Molino immediately dismissed the request and has continued to do so as recently as a meeting held this week.
At issue are what RVIA characterizes as onerous provisions requiring inventory, in some cases regardless of age, to be repurchased by manufacturers ”with or without cause,” along with ”blue sky” requirements that would mandate manufacturers to compensate dealers for the value of their businesses and ”facilities assistance” for up to three years.  
”The dealers in the different states will take initiatives (that) we will support, possibly reinforce, at their request,” Troutt told RVBusiness. ”But we do not think it is appropriate to take initiatives as a national dealer organization that would cause dealers in different states to have to abide by some ‘law’ that they didn’t initiate or address themselves within their states. It’s a state’s rights thing.
”I’m not aware of any (dealer) who disagrees with that.”
RVDA Treasurer Andy Heck, president of Alpin Haus, Amsterdam, N.Y., said coordinating state laws would be too large a task for RVDA to muster.
”Each state has different laws,” Heck said. ”(Buy back laws) just happen to be one of them. For RVDA to get involved at the state level would be a gigantic task.”
Debbie Brunoforte, RVDA 1st vice chairman and owner of Little Dealer, Little Prices in Mesa, Ariz., said dealers are ”reasonable (and) fair-minded” and that manufacturers should communicate directly with dealers about state laws that concern them.
”The difference between RVIA and RVDA is that most of the manufacturers are in Indiana and a couple of other places,” Brunoforte said. ”Yet, (RVs) are retailed throughout the entire country. So RVIA has to have a more political view and I understand that. At RVDA, we have dealers in every single state, and we’ve always felt that dealers in a particular state should choose how they want to do business.”

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3 Comments To "RVDA Takes Middle Road on Buy-Back Issue"

#1 Comment By John On April 10, 2009 @ 1:44 pm

I can understand sending back a product that is defective or if the manufacturer isn’t paying warranties. But not if the dealer has ordered product and just wakes up one morning and decides he doesn’t want to carry the line anymore; that shouldn’t be cause for a buy-back. The dealer orders the product the way he thinks it will sell in his territory and if it doesn’t sell, then it’s the manufacturers fault? No way.
I think the RVDA rule should be rewritten.

#2 Comment By Bill Dudek On April 10, 2009 @ 2:13 pm

I have been reading your mag for 10 years. I love it. What I hate is your Fire Burner pop up that “pops up” every time i log on. I am already registered. The thing is like a virus; trying to get it off. What can be done?

#3 Comment By Debra Fioritto On April 10, 2009 @ 2:58 pm

Hi Bill,
We are working out the bugs and hope to have it solved by next week — we noticed it on some of our computers and weren’t sure if it was external as well. So, thanks for letting us know! Debra Fioritto


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