(Aug. 23, 2016) — An association is like a rope or yarn. When business owners join together, whether at the local, state or national level, those business owners stand stronger and can do more than any one of those business owners can do alone.
(Aug. 18, 2016) — Washington is at it again. The dope smokers who run government — no, not Congress or any elected officials, but the unelected bureaucrats — have dreamed up a new rule that will reduce “greenhouse gases” by dictating that motorhomes must abide by new stringent rules concerning emissions and fuel economy.
What a novel idea. Only someone with the wisdom, testosterone and chutzpah of The Profit could come up with something so extraordinarily innovative as to create a efficient environment for vendors and suppliers to meet with the buyers of a wholesale distribution company.
(July 27, 2016) — The end result is that campers will pay different rates for the same sites on the same day, just as airline passengers often pay different prices for seats on the same plane.
(July 21, 2016) — Let’s face it, part of the reason the RV industry is in the pickle it is today is because the media is fast asleep at the wheel. As a journalist, it’s confession time.
(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.