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rv-pro.com November 2019 • RV PRO • 49 signature charity, Care Camps. Donations to Care Camps resulted in extra entries for a raffle. Gifts Galore at Open House Week As in past years, RV makers and vendors showered dealer attendees with gifts, which in many cases included knickknacks at exhibits but in a few cases included big-ticket items. As in past years, Thor hosted a vehicle giveaway. This year, Emily Spicer of Highway Trailer Sales in Salem, Ore., won the Wednesday drawing and chose the prize of a new Chevy Silverado. Other prizes Spicer had to choose from included a Corvette, a Chevy Blazer, a pontoon boat and a pair of cargo trailers. At Forest River exhibit, the company reinforced its commit- ment to customer satisfaction by hosting a drawing Tuesday at the East to West exhibit in which the winning dealership, Roulottes Chaudiere of Saint-Nicolas, Quebec, Canada, won a Rockport Workport Ford E-450 customized mobile RV service vehicle. Forest River's Rockport Division was tasked with designing a mobile service vehicle specifically for RV service in the field. This custom design features a V10 Ford E-450 chassis and will be finished off with a customized graphics package featuring the dealer's logo and contact information. "What a truck," said Josée Bedard, owner of Roulottes Chau- diere. "This is going to change the way we do business on the road – and I am not just talking about the image that it's going to project. Thank you again for that unbelievable gift." Forest River reps said dealer response to this mobile service vehicle was very favorable, with a number of dealers inquiring about custom service vehicles for their dealerships. Walorski Urges RVWA to Bring Passion to Industry Members and supporters of the RV Women's Alliance got Open House Week off to an enthusiastic start Monday morning with a breakfast meeting featuring U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, R.-Ind., outside the Furrion facility. About 150 gathered to hear an update and encouragement from Walorski, who represents Indiana's 2nd District, which includes Elkhart. Walorski told of how her experiences as a missionary in Romania with her husband set the table for her to become a U.S. House representative. The Walorskis were in Romania on Sept. 11, 2001, when commercial planes that had been hijacked by terrorists brought down the World Trade Center. "We had a heart for Romania, but we wanted to help people in Indiana," she said. "The great thing about America is you can always remake yourself." She said that promoting the RV industry in Washington, D.C., has become a passion for her because the industry employs so many people in the area and provides a good living for many people. That passion translates to her persistence in the House and when talking to the president. "After working in a male-dominated environment, when you get in a room with a bunch of women who start sharing their stories, there's so much passion," Walorski said. Her next priority in the House is to use that passion to encourage her fellow representatives to pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement – a replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement – so President Trump can place his full attention of getting a trade agreement with China, something she expects to happen before the end of the session. "It is vitally important that women carry the torch of lead- ership," she said. "Women are passionate. When women get together, things move. Follow that passion. It can take you places you never thought you would be." Check Out More Coverage from Open House Week: http://rvpro.ly/open-house-gallery http://rvpro.ly/final-day http://rvpro.ly/jayco-early-start http://rvpro.ly/open-house-train U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (center) and some members of the RV Women's Alliance are pictured after the RVWA opening breakfast that kicked off Open House Week.

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