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RV Professional Certification Week set for March

(Feb. 1, 2018) -- This week is about recognizing your certified professionals by celebrating their achievements and encouraging others to begin the process of certification through the RVDA-RVIA Tech Certification Program or the RV Learning Center’s parts and service management certification programs,” said RVDA President Phil Ingrassia. Read More »

Webinar on aluminum antidumping, countervailing duty investigation

UNITED STATES — RVIA members are invited to participate in a free webinar hosted by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) on Jan. 16 at 11:30 a.m. EST to learn more about the aluminum antidumping and countervailing duty investigation and how it could impact RV manufacturers. Attorneys from the law firm Mowry & Grimson will brief participants on the latest developments and upcoming steps. In December, the Department of Commerce (DOC) announced it had “self-initiated” an antidumping and countervailing duty investigation on alloy aluminum sheet from China. The subject of the investigation is “common alloy aluminum sheet, between 0.2 mm and 6.2 mm in thickness, in coils or cut-to-length.” Results of this investigation have the potential to significantly raise the cost of aluminum for RVIA members. The preliminary hearing was held on Dec. 21, 2017 before the International Trade Commission (ITC). The ITC has stated that it will make its initial threat determination by Jan. 16. The next step will be for DOC to investigate specific exporters in China to calculate a tariff that will be applied to those exports. The potential duties for antidumping could be nearly 60 percent, which is what DOC estimates are the dumping margins for Chinese aluminum alloy sheet. At the end of the preliminary process, the ITC will reexamine the domestic industry. RVIA will keep members updated as this case progresses and assist members in engaging with the ITC during the next phase of the investigation. RVIA is working closely with NMMA, the National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM) and other interested trade association partners to oppose these potential duties which would significantly increase the price of aluminum, whether from China or from domestic producers. If you have any questions on this issue, please contact Mike Ochs at or 571-665-5860. Register here. Source: RVIA press release Read More »

RVIA Top Tech winner from D&N RV Service

(Nov. 30, 2017) -- Sharonne Lee, senior director, education, said: “It was fascinating to see the depth of skill and knowledge that these techs possess when it comes to the complexities of RV maintenance and repair processes.” Read More »

RVIA hosts awards event in downtown Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — No industry gathering is complete without giving recognition where recognition is due, and that is exactly how the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) capped off the four-day run of the National RV Show. Attendees at the event, held in Louisville from Nov. 27-30, gathered Nov. 29 for the RV industry awards ceremony held in the Mercury Ballroom in downtown Louisville. The event highlighted the work of Derald Bontrager of Jayco by bestowing the industry veteran with the RVIA Distinguished Service to the RV Industry Award. This award is the RVIA’s highest honor and Bontrager was selected for his service and dedication to RVIA and his success at Jayco. Other award winners included Brian Wilkins of Wilkins RV, who received the  David J. Humphreys Industry Unity Award from the RVIA and the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA). Wilkins was recognized for his work connecting RV dealers, manufacturers and suppliers to grow and improve the industry. The Kampgrounds of America (KOA)-sponsored event also presented the RVDA Titan Award to Bob Tiffin of Tiffin Motorhomes. RVBusiness also gave the 2018 RV of the Year Award to the Winnebago Horizon. RVDA presented the Quality Circle Awards to RV manufacturers that achieve the highest rating in the RVDA Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) Survey. Those awards were as follows: Towables Category Winners: Airstream, Forest River, Grand Design, Gulf Stream, Heartland RV, Keystone RV, K.Z., Lance Camper and Livin’ Lite RV. Motorized Category Winners: Airstream, Gulf Stream, Leisure Travel Vans/Triple E, Newmar Corp.,Pleasure-Way Industries and Tiffin.   Read More »

RVIA sees product innovation abound

(Nov. 29, 2017) -- The new media preview adds a wonderful element to the National RV Trade Show, providing a relaxed opportunity for RV manufacturers and suppliers to present to and network with an audience of key trade and consumer journalists,” said Liz Crawford, RVIA senior vice president, Trade Shows and Events. Read More »

Attendees at National RV Trade Show challenged to let chaos create opportunity

By Ronnie Garrett LOUISVILLE, Ky. — While some people were still recovering from the Thanksgiving holiday, those in the RV industry had little time for such matters as they gathered in Louisville, Kentucky, at 7 a.m., Nov. 28, to hear keynote speaker Jeremy Gutsche tell them how to be better and faster in 2018. Gutsche’s talk officially kicked off the 2017 National RV Trade Show, touted as the largest annual industry gathering of RV manufacturers and component suppliers. The event, hosted by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) from Nov. 27-30 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky, started the day before with a gathering of media professionals, who were given a sneak preview of the week’s events. Here, RVIA president Frank Hugelmeyer boasted that the show offers 1.2 million square feet of display space featuring the latest and greatest that RV manufacturers and suppliers have to offer. The show is growing, with Hugelmeyer pointing out that there were 40 new exhibitors in the Outside Lifestyle Pavilion and more than 2,700 dealers in attendance, including 700 first-time dealer attendees. “This is all part of celebrating what is an incredibly exciting industry to be a part of,” he said. “Our goal is to make sure the show reflects the excitement and the energy we are seeing every day at both the dealer levels and in our manufacturing facilities.” Today, Gutsche talked at the annual Outlook 2018 breakfast where industry leaders looked toward the year ahead and predicted where the industry is headed. Go RVing and REV Group were represented, and their outlook noted that the age of RVers entering the industry is lower, with millennials entering in droves. Chad Reese told attendees that Go Rving is uniquely poised to take the industry to the next level, with 20 years behind them and much knowledge to propel the industry forward. “Go RVing brings the RV lifestyle to consumers,” which in turns, he said, helps you sell RVs. Tim Sullivan from the REV Group noted that the company saw $3 billion in sales in 2017 and attributed much of its growth to RVs. He noted that the company’s collaborative efforts and innovation enabled it to roll out the company’s first hybrid, wheelchair accessible van, and promised more innovations to come. And, Gutsche, a New York Times bestselling author, an award-winning innovation expert, and the CEO of Trend Hunter, told attendees that while ... Read More »