July '20

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8 • RV PRO • July 2020 rv-pro.com Editors' NOTE Bradley Worrell EDITOR brad@nbm.com P.O. Box 1416, Broomfield, CO 80038 (800) 669-0424 • (303) 469-0424 FAX (303) 469-5730 • rv-pro.com NATIONAL BUSINESS MEDIA, INC. PRESIDENT Dave Pomeroy VICE PRESIDENT / FINANCE Kori Gonzales, CPA DIRECTOR OF CONTENT Regan Dickinson VICE PRESIDENT / AUDIENCE & EVENTS Lori Farstad DIRECTOR OF TECHNICAL SERVICES Wolf Butler CEO & OWNER Robert H. Wieber Jr. PUBLISHER: Chris Cieto (800) 669-0424, ext. 253 ccieto@nbm.com EDITOR: Bradley Worrell (800) 669-0424, ext. 299 brad@nbm.com MANAGING EDITOR: Travis O. Pryor (800) 669-0424, ext. 284 tpryor@nbm.com DIGITAL CONTENT EDITOR: Tony Kindelspire 800-669-0424 ext. 213 tkindelspire@nbm.com MEDIA CONSULTANT: Anthony Bowe (800) 669-0424, ext. 232 abowe@nbm.com SALES SUPPORT: Sara Dorheim-Davis (800) 669-0424, ext. 256 sddavis@nbm.com ART DIRECTOR: Kim M. Wright ADVERTISING DESIGN/PRODUCTION: Dayne Pillow MULTIMEDIA PRODUCER: Alison McDonald CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Lisa Dicksteen, Mike Harbour, John McCurry, Rob Merwin, K. Schipper, Don Reed and Bob Zagami SENIOR ADVISOR: Mike Wieber RV Industry Steps Up During COVID-19 Crisis Pride. That's the word that repeatedly came to the top of my mind as I put the finishing touches on this month's magazine, our annual Proudly Made-in-the-U.S.A. July issue. I should clarify that the pride I feel comes from being a part of this great industry of ours – especially now. I've been a journalist for more than 35 years, and in that time I've covered a number of industries: pharmaceuticals, medical devices, industrial chemicals, oil and gas, and public utilities, to name just a few. All of those industries are important in their own way. Many of them absolutely dwarf the RV industry in sheer size and scope. And yet, I can honestly say that in all of my years as a business journalist, I have never seen any industry come together in such a powerful way to support their local communities as the RV industry has done during the coronavirus pandemic. Even as their own businesses were battered, RV businesses of all kinds still found ways to assist emergency responders, doctors and nurses and vital nonprofit groups as they treated the sick and provided aid to those in need. That's why I'm so proud to be a part of this industry. I'm also very grateful to the many businesses and industry professionals who felt comfortable sharing their stories with us. As a result, we were able to dedicate more than 40 pages in this issue highlighting 80 stories of dealers, suppliers, manufacturers, camp- grounds and many others who donated medical equipment, materials, food, money, time and more to those in need. Be sure to read all of those inspiring stories in our feature, "RV Industry Good Deeds Amid COVID-19," starting on page 18. On the Road Again My wife Pat and I were originally scheduled this month to travel by plane to Bar Harbor, Maine, where we planned to see the local sights and dine on fresh seafood. But given ongoing concerns about commercial air travel and social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak, we instead opted to change plans and will spend a week in a rented motorhome at a KOA park in the Colorado Rockies. Honestly, this may end up being a better trip than our initial choice, as we'll get to bring our two small dogs with us, plus our bicycles and added gear, and we'll have a vehicle to use for day excursions. My wife and I are far from the only ones who see the value in using an RV to recreate during these uncertain times, based upon multiple news stories from across the country about RV rentals and RV purchases suddenly spiking. Many RV businesses are reporting unprecedented demand for rentals, and RV shipments are expected to rebound strongly from the depressed first quarter numbers, based upon the latest forecast from economist Dr. Richard Curtain. While it's difficult to predict the future, particularly in these unprecedented times, the RV industry now seems to be headed for a good year. That's obviously good news for all of us. As always, thanks for reading.

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