August '18

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rv-pro.com August 2018 • RV PRO • 85 marking our effort against customer satis- faction – the ultimate indicator of success." RVIA Members Report Successful Advocacy Day RV industry executives who met with members of Congress as part of Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill during Committee Week called the event a success, saying law- makers were receptive to their concerns. According to RVIA, 120 Committee Week attendees met with more than 170 members of Congress or their staffs – marking a 30 percent increase from 2017 and representing the largest event to date. Specific concerns that RVIA asked attendees to share with members of Con- gress include the negative impact steel and aluminum tariffs are having on manufac- turers and suppliers; the need for revisions to the tax bill Congress passed late year, which inadvertently removed travel trailers from the definition of "motor vehicle" for the purposes of floorplan financing interest deductibility; and the need for campgrounds on federal lands to be mod- ernized and expanded to accommodate the growing number of RVers and campers. Attendees also asked members of Congress to join the RV Caucus, which advocates for the industry on Capitol Hill. "I thought the Advocacy Day was suc- cessful," said Bill Rogers, vice president and general manager of NTP-STAG. "I visited with eight congressional offices where I was able to convey the industry voice on the subjects of tariffs, national park improvement legislation, the need for a correction to the recent tax law to address an oversight regarding dealer financing and to solicit more support and partici- pation for the RV Caucuses in the House and Senate. "I appreciated the opportunity to do this and the significant support from the RV Industry Association. I felt like the effort was effective and our concerns res- onated with our representatives in Con- gress," he added. Dick Grymonprez, director of park model sales for Athens Park Model RVs, echoed Rogers' assessment of how RVIA members were received by members of Congress. "I had eight meetings and they all went really well," he said. "I felt we were well-prepared and that our message was heard. They certainly understood our con- cerns – especially about the tariffs when we explained just how much aluminum and steel are used in a typical RV and how much the price is going to go up over the next few months. They all said they would do what they could to help." Dave Schutz, senior VP of RV OEM sales for Dometic, called Advocacy Day "the best so far and the event continues to improve." While none of the members of Congress that his group met with made any specific promises related to RVIA's dicor products vixen composites seal design united shade THE AFTERMARKET IS NOT AN AFTERTHOUGHT Airxcel has one of the largest distribution and dealer networks in the entire RV industry, supported by the most qualified and seasoned sales force of any industry. Airxcel's North American footprint includes six main manufacturing/distribution sites along with a large network of distributors located throughout the United States and Canada. When a dealer needs to upgrade an appliance before a family trip, Airxcel has the parts, staff and know-how to get that coach on the road in time. Don't treat the aftermarket as an afterthought, get the products, service and attention you deserve from Airxcel. DCA_17_Aftermarket_HalfPg_RVPro_02.indd 1 5/8/18 11:35 AM

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