September '18

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rv-pro.com September 2018 • RV PRO • 109 real estate. They seem to illustrate whatever is happening, good or bad, in the province at any time. "After 18 years of trying to manage a business with a forever changing dollar, I do not believe we have an impact. We plan and budget for it every year and, because all dealers are on the same playing field, I really do not believe it has an impact on whether a consumer is going to buy. The price of gas and the cost of fueling up tow vehicles is a bigger concern for consumers. "I do have a larger concern regarding NAFTA because, if (U.S. President) Trump puts a tariff on importing RVs, I believe this will impact dealers negatively. If a dealer is not strong enough to sustain such a change, there may be a lot deciding not to stay in the business. Changes to NAFTA could impact the cost of materials for our manufacturers, which will continue to drive the cost of our product up higher and higher. In the end, I believe the U.S. government will leave NAFTA alone, at least between Canada and U.S., but who am I to say. "We are an exclusive Forest River dealer with the following product lines: Cherokee, Wolfpup, Arctic Wolf, Cedar Creek, XLR, R-Pod, Surveyor, Solaire, Rockwood, Geo Pro, Columbus, Sierra, Forester and Sunseeker. Product demand has been one of the largest challenges this year. We simply cannot stock some things quick enough and have had to make decisions to not even carry certain models this year as a result. As for parts, we use Canadian distributors for all local parts, and our manufacturer for warranty parts. "Popular add-ons this year are solar (power) systems, Wi-Fi, GPS, tracking and security systems, upgraded hitches, bike racks – basically anything that seems to save time and make life easier. "In order to find and retain technicians, we pay for their schooling and we reward them in terms of pay increases and bonuses. "This year, we were off to a good start and then the weather really took a toll. We are six to eight weeks behind in terms of sale. Currently, we're tracking for one of the best Mays ever, so I'm hopeful we can make up the sales. With product demand so high, and a shorter season in Alberta, I think sales will be flat compared to last year. "Basically, business is good. What I mean by that is, it's not terrible and it is not breaking records, but we are selling and ser- vicing RVs. Rentals seem to be up this year, which reinforces the 2018 Media Plan Consultants EMAIL ADVERTISING INQUIRIES TO: ryan@nbm.com (800) 669-0424 X 216 www.rv-pro.com Eastern U.S. Ryan Moorhead EMAIL ADVERTISING INQUIRIES TO: jfoos@nbm.com (800) 669-0424 X 212 Western U.S. Jordyn Foos PRINT/DIGITAL RETURN OPPORTUNITY

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