(July 20, 2016) — RV owners are a fun-loving bunch of people who are “living the dream” of travel and adventure they have seen advertised all over the internet, television and print publications. They have a lot of untapped power. But, they too, are contributing to the demise of the RV industry. How can that be? How can they be the foundation of the industry and be weakening it at the same time?
The problem is that the associations are deeply siloed around their own special interests. Worse, the voices within the groups are being silenced as big players buy up smaller players and remove their seats from the table. There is a lot of talk at industry meetings, but can anyone point to concrete resolutions that have been implemented to improve the RV industry as a result?
(July 15, 2016) — Campgrounds are the most essential part of the RV industry, yet the most overlooked. Without a place to use an RV, there is no sense to buying one. However, campgrounds are contributing to the demise of the RV industry in a powerful way and, some could say, at a pace faster than the others.
(July 13, 2016) — When it takes six weeks in the middle of the camping season to score an appointment at a service center, you know the dealership is blinded by sales and oblivious to the disaster unfolding the back of the house.
(July 11, 2016) — When it comes to the RV industry’s death spiral, suppliers do play a role, but they are also caught in a very difficult position in serving their manufacturing customers looking to keep costs down.
(July 7, 2016) — RV makers do spend a lot of money on bling, the flashy things that people readily see when they walk through an RV. But, they don’t seem interested in installing the best quality products to support the RV infrastructure.
(July 5, 2016) — It is as though everyone is having a great time at the wild and crazy all-industry party while delicately ignoring the dinosaurs in the room. I say dinosaurs because the problems have been around longer than I have – yet few people seem willing to really address them.
(July 4, 2016) — It becomes a game of getting all the stuff at the cost of everyone else. It is about success only at the cost of others’ failures. They will cut whatever can be cut, and give up the chase on anything that is too small all in the name of growing their bottom line.
(July 1, 2016) — From what I’m reading today, Thor’s acquisition of Jayco isn’t considered good news at all, except by traditional industry cheerleaders, ie: my competitors. Consumers are concerned, suppliers are nervous and Jayco dealers have an “oh, crap” attitude.
(June 28, 2016) — For an organization that routinely walks the tightrope of political correctness, it seems rather odd that RVIA would turn a blind eye to such a divisive book in this politically-charged environment.
(June 13, 2016) — If you thought the presidential election was going to be bad, wait until you see all the wonderful stories about Camping World popping up this summer all over the place. If I had a knack for marketing, I would sell red, white and blue Boy Wonder capes embroidered with a stylish capital L.
(May 25, 2016) — As the hard-working citizens of Elkhart gather in bars around the city to watch the president’s address on TV, they could chug a beer or down a shot every time Obama utters the word “I.” They’ll be blitzed in no time.
(May 5, 2016) — News today that Camping World is preparing to take the company public in an initial stock offering should come as no surprise to anyone in the RV industry. That has been the most speculated story of the past five years, and for good reason.
(May 4, 2016) — When people aren’t taught how economies work, they are more than willing to jump on the gravy train which, unbeknown to them, is on the fast track to economic bondage. People who like the idea of a $15 minimum wage forget the ripple up impact it will have on all employees and employers everywhere.
(March 25, 2016) — Kimberly’s fifth wheel is officially rated to hold 18,000 pounds, according to the labels affixed to her RV. However, she has since discovered each of her three axles are rated for just 5,200 pounds — for a total weight carrying capacity of 15,600 pounds — and the leaf springs on her toy hauler are rated to carry just 12,000 pounds.
(March 17, 2016) — Remember the good old days when businesses sought out any type of free publicity that would shine a positive light on their companies? It was thought that someone might read a story and share it with others in hopes that the company might earn a sale or two in response. My how times have changed!
(March 11, 2016) — A single plaintiff has filed suit against a number of Arizona RV parks in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona and has chosen an attorney whose sole line of litigation is the Americans with Disabilities Act. This plaintiff has apparently filed similar lawsuits against 44 other establishments. Is your campground next?