RVIA Board Finalizes Park Model Membership
The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) board voted unanimously to continue representing park model RV manufacturers on a long-term basis as members of the association during its meeting on June 5 in Washington, D.C.
RVIA reported in a news release that in the spring of 2012, RVIA and the Recreation Park Trailer Industry Association (RPTIA) reached an agreement allowing park model manufacturers to join RVIA as members for a two-year trial period. RPTIA “safe harbored” its association during that time with RVIA representing the park model industry on a wide range of issues under the guidance of a dedicated staff person, Matt Watt, RVIA’s park model RV executive director. Upon the successful completion of the trial period this year, RVIA’s board unanimously supported the continued representation of park model RV manufacturers by the association.
In other actions, the RVIA board:
• Approved lowering the price of the RVIA seal from the current level of $16 to $15, effective Oct. 1. The new $15 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 fifth-wheel trailers; and $74 for motorhomes.
• Moved to establish a Transporter Committee that will work to identify and resolve issues in the RV transportation segment of the industry. B.J. Thompson of B.J. Thompson & Associates will chair the group with Dianne Farrell, RVIA vice president of government affairs, and Jay Landers, senior director of government affairs, acting as committee liaisons. The board instructed that the committee be formed as a coalition of RV transporter companies, manufacturers, dealers and others (as the committee may determine) to address current and potential issues affecting the transport and delivery of RVs.
• Named Mary Pouliot of Thetford Corp. to replace Jeff Rutherford of Airxcel as vice chairman of the Certification Governing Board.
• Approved a five-day spring RVIA retail show at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif., with the exact dates to be determined.
In addition, the board approved a number of committee recommendations during their meeting, including:
• Three proposals from the RV Service Training Council (RVST) that encompass conducting a Trouble Shooter Clinic in the “Michiana” area in FY2015; expanding and extending the RV Technician Training Pilot Program; and developing a voluntary program to raise supplemental funding for the industry’s technical training initiatives.
• Two motions from the National Show Committee that allow park model RVs manufactured for the Canadian market and bearing the CSA Z241 seal to be displayed in the National RV Trade Show and increase the advertising budget for the California RV Show by $25,000 to fund advertising in Hispanic media and expand the promotional footprint into the San Diego market.
• The Market Information Committee’s plan to create a new 18-foot-and-under category to track towable RV wholesale shipments and change the 20-foot-and-under category to 18-19-feet, 11 inches.
• A Park Model RV Committee proposal to work with The Richards Group on a seasonal camping branding project to identify key message points to use in marketing communications efforts to promote seasonal camping.
• The Annual Committee’s proposal to host the association’s Annual Meeting in southwest Florida in 2015 and in Arizona in 2016.
The RVIA board meeting capped the association’s 2014 Committee Week, held June 1-5 at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C.