December '18

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EDITORS NOTE: 8 • RV PRO • December 2018 rv-pro.com P.O. Box 1416, Broomfield, CO 80038 (800) 669-0424 • (303) 469-0424 FAX (303) 469-5730 • rv-pro.com ©2018 National Business Media, Inc., all rights reserved. RV PRO (USPS 024-712) is published monthly by National Business Media, Inc., 2800 W. Midway Blvd., Broomfield, CO 80020.; (303) 469-0424; Fax (303) 469- 5730. Subscription rates in the U.S.: One year, $45; Two years, $80; Three years, $108; Canada: One year, $76; Two years, $142; Three years, $201 (U.S. funds); Mexico/International: One year, $98; Two years, $186; Three years, $267 (U.S. funds). Periodicals Postage Paid at Broomfield, CO 80020-9998 and additional mailing offices. USPS/National Business Media Automat- able Poly. POSTMASTER: Please send address changes to RV PRO, PO Box 460702, Escondido, CA 92046-0702. All items submitted to RV PRO be- come the sole property of RV PRO and National Business Media, Inc. and cannot be reproduced without the written consent of the publisher. Ad- vertisers and/or their agencies, jointly and severally, assume all liabilities for printed advertisements in RV PRO. Opinions expressed in RV PRO may not necessarily reflect the opinion of the magazine, its management or its advertisers. Letters, photographs and manuscripts welcome. A Season for Thanksgiving I t's hard to believe 2018 is almost behind us. The year just seemed to fly by. Like every year before it, this past year included a mix of ups and downs for the RV industry. As of this writing, rising materials costs associated with trade tariffs and the Federal Reserve's decision to hike interest rates remain causes for con- cern. Meanwhile, apprehension over potential government grid- lock following results of the mid-term U.S. elections and the impact of ongoing industry consolidation are giving some in the industry pause. Still, given that Thanksgiving is still a recent memory, I think it's worthwhile to take a moment to reflect on many of the pos- itive developments in 2018, some of which may not have gotten the attention they deserve. Below are just a few that came to mind: • More than ever, all signs point to the next generation embracing the RVing and camping lifestyle. This was perhaps best epitomized by KOA's 2018 North American Camping Report, which found that the number of campers is growing, trending younger and becoming more diverse. • This was a notable year for firsts, with the unveiling of Freightliner Customer Chassis Corp.'s 6-liter gas engine and chassis, and the debut of Forest River's East to West division, which is seeking to shake up the market for entry-level, stick-and-tin trailers by simplifying the production process. • It was a good year for shows – including consumer, distributor and trade. Elkhart Open House Week continued to draw strong dealer interest and feature plenty of innovative products, and a revitalized RVDA Convention & Expo saw a strong uptick in attendance. • While no firm numbers are available, many dealers this year reported they were renovating their facilities, expanding their operations and opening new loca- tions, indicating they see strong growth prospects moving forward. (On that note, be sure to read this month's profile on expanding Wyoming dealership Dalton's RV, starting on page 42.) • The industry's leadership is taking definitive corrective action to address issues that have dogged the industry for years. First and foremost, I'm talking about the RV Industry Association's $10 million RV Technical Institute initiative, which is looking to greatly increase the number of certified RV technicians. Additionally, RVIA took strides in 2018 to reinvent its annual dealer show with the planned March 2019 launch of RVX: The RV Experience. (For more on that event, be sure to check out the feature, "Not Your Grandfather's Trade Show," on page 10.) Taken together, these development portend good things not just for 2018 or 2019, but for many years to come. As always, thanks for reading. 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