RVIA’s government affairs team has taken a multi-pronged approach: working collaboratively with the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, while also setting up our own individual meetings with members of Congress and policymakers at the Departments of Interior, Agriculture and Commerce.

Hugelmeyer is leaving RVIA to become president and CEO of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). “As many of you know, one of my life’s passions is boating and fishing, and this leadership role with NMMA truly represented a dream opportunity,” he explained.

With steady growth in 20-foot and under travel trailer sales, and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that the RV industry and the outdoor industry is a partnership ripe for the taking.

In the end, the final legislation preserved the 100%  deduction for floor plan financing for “motor vehicle” dealers. However, a change in how “motor vehicle” is defined has led to the current situation where dealers of towable RVs are capped at a 30 percent deduction of floor plan interest.

The annual three-day conference enables suppliers and distributors meet annually to strategize how to grow the market, introduce new products and services and learn business information from those who have a record of success in the industry, the release noted.

This year, the updated RVs Move America Economic Impact Study will be released on Capitol Hill with the House and Senate RV Caucuses. The 2018 RV industry advocacy event was RVIA’s largest ever, with 120 industry members conducting 170 meetings.

The RV Industry Association’s March survey of manufacturers found that total RV shipments ended the month with 38,015 wholesale shipments, a decrease of (-26.3%) from the 51,607 units shipped last March. Towables were down 25.8% while motorhomes were down 30.3%

The RVX Task Force’s immediate goal is to collaborate together and build on the successful components of the RVX show, as well as to reach out to dealers and other industry stakeholders for input and guidance over the next few months.

Created for technicians and service and parts managers, the hands-on training sessions offered comprehensive training on troubleshooting, diagnosing, repairing and replacing RV components.

With a background in trial law, Smerconish is a nationally-syndicated radio host, CNN host, newspaper columnist and New York Times best-selling author.

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However, as part of the decision to explore a Version 2.0 concept of an RV industry week event, the association’s board of directors voted to not move forward with the currently scheduled RVX March dates in San Antonio next year or Salt Lake City in 2021.

“The key takeaway here is that RV consumers of all ages prefer to shop and buy their aftermarket parts and accessories in a store, with a sizeable segment preferring to shop where they purchased the RV,” said Senior Director of Research Bill Baker.

At the hearing, Ochs requested that the IRS use its regulatory authority to clarify whether RV trailers are included in the term “motor vehicle” for floor plan financing interest deductions.

“Seeing RVX and the vast array of member products really helped the policymakers see how the RV industry fits into the bigger outdoor recreation picture,” said Landers.

The RV Industry Association’s February survey of manufacturers found that total RV shipments ended the month with 36,421 wholesale shipments, a decrease of -15.4% from the 43,038 units shipped last February.

Galbreath was not only crowned the Top Tech, he was presented with a $10,000 grand prize for correctly diagnosing and repairing the sabotaged equipment in record time.

“If we embrace new ways to build, market and service our products, if we support our customers at every turn, if we innovate, excite and attract new consumers to our diverse outdoor lifestyles, the future of the RV industry remains very bright,” said Hugelmeyer.

“Adding San Antonio to the event rotation allows us to promote the RV lifestyle in major market destinations,” Crawford explained. “We look forward to bringing the $50 billion RV industry to the San Antonio community.”

Attendees can enjoy domestic and craft kegs, as well as a s’mores station and snacks in the Hall 4 dining area and near the United States Warranty Corporation display at Booth 929.


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