August '18

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86 • RV PRO • August 2018 rv-pro.com B U S I N E S S legislative agenda, Schutz said, "They lis- tened and understood our 'asks' clearly." Ingrassia said he and other attendees made it a point to again ask lawmakers to fix the portion of the 2017 tax bill relating to travel trailer floorplan interest deduction, which impacts dealers with $25 million or more in annual sales. "There are several congressional reps that are working on the travel trailer interest deduction, most notably Rep. Jackie Walorski … and Rep. Tom Emmer (of Minnesota). We have met several times, including last week during Advo- cacy Day, about this issue," he said. Susan Carpenter, director of business development for CPG Brands, said she was particularly pleased to be able to speak with members of Congress them- selves rather than staffers charged with reporting back to those lawmakers. "Our group from Indiana had meet- ings with our members of Congress themselves. This doesn't always happen and it's always interesting to see and hear how they respond to what we have to say," she said. Carpenter said two mem- bers of Congress immediately understood what RVIA members "asks" were, while a third member needed to be brought up to speed, so they spent a bit of time educating him on the issues. "No matter what you walk away with from your meeting, you should all be proud that you participated and made your voice heard. The RVIA staff is always working on these issues, but putting faces of those effected is important," she said. "If more people took to the marching of Capitol Hill, I believe that Congress would have no choice then to listen." Economist Maintains Optimism for RV Industry During a meeting of the RVIA Market Committee during Committee Week, RV industry analyst Dr. Richard Curtin told the group he continues to see bright prospects for RV wholesale ship- ments into 2019, despite his projection for a possible "short, shallow recession" sometime in the fourth quarter of that year, or possibly early 2020. Curtin, chief economist for the Uni- versity of Michigan's Surveys of Con- sumers and a longtime tracker of RV Airxcel President Jeff Rutherford (center) tells Dusty Johnson (left), a legislative aide for Colorado Republican Congressman Ken Buck that tariffs imposed by President Trump are already having a negative impact on his company and other suppliers and OEMs. U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (above) and U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (below) speak to attendees during the RV Caucus Reception. Donnelly and Walorski both represent Indiana in Congress and both are members of the RV Caucuses. RVIA reports that seven additional members of Congress joined the RV Caucuses following Advocacy Day.

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