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Missouri RVDA Exec Speaks at Parks’ Confab

MOARC logoThe Missouri Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (MOARVC) held its 43rd annual Spring Convention Feb. 15-16 at the Truman Hotel in Jefferson City, Mo., with 50 people attending and 25 parks represented, along with 10 vendors.

“Everyone was very upbeat and very optimistic about the upcoming campground season,” said Larry Helms, association president. “Pre-season reservations are up so far. Everyone is also looking forward to what the National Association for RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) is doing this year with Paul Bambei, new president and CEO.”

J. Scott Marrs, director for the Missouri Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (MRVDA), talked about the RV industry in the state. Missouri is the only state with a RV dealers franchise law that protects the dealers against unfair manufacturer’s trade practices and requires 30% markup on all warranty parts.

J. Scott Marrs

J. Scott Marrs

Other speakers included:

“He talked about all the issues campground owners need to be concerned about – the 10 hazards that cause litigation for campground owners,” Helms said.

On a legislative level, MOARVC members are concerned about a 1099 requirement contained in the national health bill.

“If this is not repealed by Congress, everyone agrees it would not be a good thing,” Helms said.

MOARVC also has plans to work with ARVC on the issue of water usage and sewage flow data. Helms maintains the date from the state’s Department of Natural Resources is inaccurately high.

“We want to have dialogue with the DNR and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to look at water usage and sewage flow data because we believe their numbers are too high,” Helms said. “We want to present some data to see if they will work with us on getting the numbers where they should be. Because the DNR’s numbers are too high, it creates extra expenses to maintain a park.”

MOARVC elected board officers as follows – Larry Helms, president, Boiling Spring Campground, Dixon; Anita Brooks, vice president, Ozark Outdoors Riverfront Resort, Leasburg; Eleanor Maggard, secretary, Akers Ferry Canoe Rental, Salem; and Linda Alcorn, treasurer, Countryside Adult and Senior RV Park, Sedalia.

Immediate past president Carolyn Strong was recognized for nine years of service as an Area 5 ARVC board member.

“We very much appreciate the advertising certificates that Woodall’s presented to us,” Helms added. “They gave us more than $13,000 of free advertising at our annual auction which was a huge success based on that contribution.”

The board voted to hold the next MOARVC convention again in Jefferson City with a tentative date sometime the first week of March 2012.

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