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RVIA Board Approves Immediate Fee Reduction

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) board Thursday trimmed by $5 to $30 the cost of the RVIA seal members pay for each unit they build to support the organization. The new fee was effective Thursday (April 1).

The board, meeting at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C., also agreed to reestablish negotiations with the Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association (RPTIA) for a possible reunification of the two associations.

Last July the RVIA board approved an increase in the seal fee from $4 to $35 as the RV industry was in the midst of the worst sales slump in more than 30 years. Seal fees and income from two major shows — the Louisville National RV Trade Show and the retail California RV Show in Pomona — are RVIA’s primary source of income.

The board’s action Thursday rolls back part of that increase. The board also ordered that a board subcommittee review seal fees in 90 days to determine whether further reductions are warranted, according to RVIA President Richard Coon.

”Business has picked up better than we originally expected,” Coon told RVBusiness. ”Sales the first part of the year have been better than we expected. And now that we are doing better, we are going to back off the seal fees.

”We all agreed when we put in the increase that it was only temporary.”

The GoRVing market expansion assessment will remain unchanged at $46 for folding camping trailers and truck campers; $61 for travel trailers and fifth-wheels; and $74 for motorhomes.

The on-and-off negotiations between RVIA and RPTIA are on again at the request of RPTIA, which abruptly called off talks last fall.

RPTIA Chairman Curt Yoder, vice president of park trailer manufacturer Kropf Industries Inc., spoke to the RVIA board Thursday about restarting the unification talks.

”Our door is always open to that,” Coon said. ”He explained that when they took the vote (to call off negotiations) that there was a misunderstanding. We are interested in seeing if we can pull the thing together.”

Coon said he hoped that a decision could be made by Jan. 1.

”When we first started talking we had a goal of working toward January 2011,” Coon said. ”That might still be reasonable. We worked through most of the issues in our earlier discussions.”

In addition, the RVIA board voted to invite RPTIA members to display product at the 2010 Louisville Show scheduled for Nov. 30-Dec. 4 at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

In other action the RVIA board:

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