July '20

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26 • RV PRO • July 2020 RV PRO SPECIAL SECTION Good Deeds Amid COVID-19 RVIA Provides Resources, Advocacy During Outbreak Throughout the COVID-19 shutdown period, the RV Industry Association worked to make sure its members had all the resources at their fingertips to ensure they could continue to do business and come out the other side of the crisis in a viable form. Not only did the association provide advocacy at government levels, but it also provided resources for business owners to navigate the situation and also helpful direction to prepare to fully reopen their businesses once the all-clear was given. "Right from the outset, the focus of your industry association has been to ensure RV and related industry businesses were recognized as essential," President Craig Kirby said in a letter to members. "RVs inherently afford the ability to maintain social distance measures while pro- viding controlled access to the outdoors. However, this task has not been easy. We were quite successful early on in the vast majority of states to have RV manufacturers designated as an 'essential business.' RV dealers have also been viewed as essential businesses almost everywhere." The association also provided a valuable checklist of essential talking points to help members get their point across when talking to governmental officials on a local level. Among the more effective points are that RVs are uniquely able to be used as mobile staging units, testing facil- ities, command centers, sleeping units, mobile medical clinics, bathroom trailers, laundry facilities, and more. RV dealerships must be able to perform critical maintenance and repairs for consumers who are currently RVing and provide liquified petroleum gas refills for heat and refrigeration. Moreover, there are RV mobile medical clinics already on the road now that may need service. Additionally, RV parks and campgrounds play a vital role as for traveling medical personnel as their only source of temporary accommodations. Together with the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, the association was able to keep issues at the forefront of leaders' minds despite the outbreak. Together, they advocated to help sustain quality of life and the $778 billion outdoor recreation economy. "We strongly encourage Americans to follow federal and state guidelines, but as we emerge as a nation from today's stay-at-home orders, we are very confident that consumers are going to want to get outdoors again," ORR said in a release. "RVs provide a wonderful opportunity for people to continue to enjoy vacations with their families, while still adhering to social distancing which will likely be around in some form for the foreseeable future." LCI Donates Masks, Surgical Gowns Lippert Components partnered with Beacon Health System and Saint Joseph Medical Center to donate 1,000 masks for medical staff members. Surgical gowns for the interiors division also are in production. "Given the high demand of medical supplies in health care, LCI was able to provide masks to their hospitals and will continue to make efforts in helping our medical community and respond swiftly during this time of need," says President and CEO Jason Lippert. Lippert donated masks to local hospitals while gearing up to make surgical gowns. (Illustrated with Adobe stock images.)

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