July '20

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RV Industry Good Deeds Amid COVID-19 Dealers, suppliers, RV makers, campgrounds and others donated trailers and motorhomes to hospitals and medical centers, fed their local communities, and retooled their manufacturing lines to make masks, gowns and face shields for first responders during the COVID-19 outbreak. By Chris Cieto, Tony Kindelspire, David MacNeal and Travis O. Pryor RV PRO is dedicating this year's special section, Good Deeds Amid COVID-19, to all the frontline workers and victims of the coronavirus pandemic. As of early June, 110,000 people have died. More than 40 million Americans are out of work, not including those who have been furloughed. It is hard to find anyone who has not been impacted by the pandemic in some way. Face masks, social distancing, and homeschooling are the new norms as we hit summer. Yet, there is still hope. Restric- tions are being lifted, businesses are re-opening and people are venturing out. Many are using the phrase "comeback" to describe the RV industry in the second half of 2020. RVing is being viewed as one of the safest ways to get outside and vacation. Some are calling it the "Year of the RV." Since March, the RV industry has stepped up in many ways, through donations of PPE and other contributions. Medical personnel are using donated RVs as quarantine spaces and testing centers. RV PRO has chosen to highlight the dealerships, manufacturers, suppliers, and associations for their good deeds. RV PRO recognizes the efforts of RVIA, RVDA and RVDA of Canada for working with national legislators and government personnel to designate our industry as essential. In addition, state and regional associations continue to work closely with their contacts to open campgrounds. Thank you for reading. Chris Cieto, publisher RV PRO magazine 18 • RV PRO • July 2020 RV PRO SPECIAL SECTION Good Deeds Amid COVID-19

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