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Celebrity Quotes

Dolly Parton
country music legend


Dolly Parton


"My husband and I have a little RV that we travel around in. We enjoy [RVing]. We enjoy the outdoors and we love to drive."


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Peter Greenberg
renowned travel expert


Peter Greenberg


"With RVing, you control your own time, where you go, where you stay — and the price is right."


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Mike Andretti
Race Car Driver


Mike Andretti


"It gets old sleeping in hotel rooms every weekend, and [RVing] makes things a lot more comfortable."


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Natasha Henstridge
Actress and Model


Natasha Henstridge


"We had a glamorous road trip. We upgraded from a tent to an RV."


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Rob Lowe
Actor


Rob Lowe


"My kids love riding around in these big [RVs] -- like an old fashioned American road trip like when I was a kid."


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Drew Barrymore
Actress


Drew Barrymore


"It was one of the most fun, soul-fulfilling, entertaining, interesting experiences of my life! "


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Will Smith
Actor


Will Smith


"Education isn’t just school. Let your kids do stuff and go places and see things."


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Al Roker
American television broadcaster


Al Roker


"We’ll get an RV and go down to the Super Bowl!"


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Ludacris
Rapper/Actor


Ludacris


"I have everything I need on there. I got my shower, everything you need to cook...I love it!"


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Greg Louganis
Four-time Olympic diving gold medalist


Greg Louganis


"Home is in California, but the RV, it's a house on wheels."


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Mats Wilander
Former Grand Slam Tennis Champion


Mats Wilander


"I like camping so I like to drive around in the Winnebago...I don't like airplanes, airports and hotels that much.."


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Jennie Garth
Actress


Jennie Garth


"The minute I step foot in the motorhome, I feel at ease."


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Bode Miller
U.S. Olympic skier


Bode Miller


"My team is sabotaging me by not letting me sleep in my motorhome."


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Jim Kaat
Former Major League Baseball Pitcher


Jim Kaat


"You can’t beat the convenience and comforts of an RV. It really takes the stress and hassle out of traveling."


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Jeff Gordon
NASCAR driver


Jeff Gordon


"My RV is the only place where I can find some peace and quiet."


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Dean Karnazes
ultra-marathon runner and best-selling author


Dean Karnazes


"It's great for family bond and eating healthy on the road because you can prepare your own foods."


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Matthew McConaughey
Actor


Matthew McConaughey


"There's nothing not to like about it.. It’s a great way to see the country."


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Tisha Campbell-Martin
Actress


Tisha Campbell-Martin


"... The family is together. No telephone. No TV. Just us just spending quality time with those you care about. I really love this."


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Robert De Niro
Actor


Robert De Niro


" I’ll feel much more comfortable knowing I have my own posturepedic bed; my own thermostat; my own lavatory facility."


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John Ratzenberger
actor and TV host/producer


John Ratzenberger


"RVing changed our family for the better. Instead of playing video games my son was out learning new things in the RV."


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Mike Leonard
NBC Today feature correspondent


Mike Leonard


"I visit a lot of small towns on my travels, and there’s no better way of doing this at any age than by RV, to really capture the culture of America."


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Bill Weir
Weekend Host


Bill Weir


"We rented an RV to find the heart and soul of America."


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Gordon Elliott
Host


Gordon Elliott


"RVs have changed the nation’s roadways forever. RVers see America in style."


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Clarence Thomas
U.S. Supreme Court Justice


Clarence Thomas


"Being an RVer helps me do my job better. The RV world ... allows me a sense of freedom."


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Gary Burghoff
Actor


Gary Burghoff


"After a while, you think of it [an RV] as home. It’s a terrific way to live."


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Jeff Daniels
Actor


Jeff Daniels


I just enjoy kind of the whole RV thing. I’ve had RVs forever and of course on movie sets you live in those things."


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David Letterman
Host


David Letterman


"[RVing] is a nice activity, because it’s you and the wife and the kids and you go everywhere."


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Davis Love III
Pro Golfer


Davis Love III


"Having all your clothes in the motorhome and not having to pack suitcases, you can get used to that."


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Mike Hegedus
Correspondent


Mike Hegedus


"RV sales are up. The RV industry is definitely in the fast lane!"


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Home » Legislation and Advocacy » U.S. House & Senate RV Caucuses

 

Ask your Member of Congress to Join the Senate RV Caucus and the House RV Caucus. 

It’s easy! Click here…

 

What’s a Caucus and what do they do?

A Caucus is a group organized by Members of Congress who have an interest in a special area or industry. They hold educational meetings and sometimes help as a cohesive group to support certain legislation in their area of interest - like RVing and camping! One of the benefits of having an RV Caucus is the Co-Chairs in the House and Senate will have at least one staff person assigned to the caucus, which means RV industry partners have a constant and streamlined contact with our allies on the Hill.

Who started the House RV Caucus?

The House RV Caucus was established by Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15), a lifetime RVer from Florida, and by Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN-02), whose district in Indiana holds many RV manufacturers and suppliers. Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV-1) has joined as co-chair of the House RV Caucus to show her support for the many campgrounds and RV parks in her district.

Who started the Senate RV Caucus?

Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) recently established the Senate RV Caucus. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) enthusiastically joined as co-chair. Senators Donnelly and Ernst are delighted to support the RV industry!

Why do we need RV Caucuses?

RVing is an estimated $18 billion-a-year industry. We contribute to both the local and national economies. RVing touches every state of the Union, in manufacturing, sales, repair, rentals, and campgrounds. When you take into account all RV-related businesses across the country, the combined revenue would total $40 billion. You can see motorhomes, travel trailers – both traditional and fifth wheel, truck campers, folding camping trailers, and park model RVs in all corners of America, from the rural areas to the big cities, from the suburbs to large and small towns all across the country—literally from sea to shining sea. RVs are the quintessential All-American product -- made in America, made by Americans and made for Americans. It’s important for the industry to have a well-supported voice in Congress as this industry continues to grow.               

 

Past Events:

RVIA, in cooperation with the House RV Caucus, hosted the Great American RV Experience on July 23, 2014 and in cooperation with the Senate RV Caucus on June 3, 2015The purpose of these events is to illustrate how the diverse parts of the RV industry work together to create great American outdoor experiences that also drive economic growth. The events have two components: first, the outdoor RV display; and secondly, the evening hosted campfire experience and cocktail reception.

Featured outdoors during the 2014 House RV Display, were two iconic American recreation vehicles – a 2014 Trend Type C Winnebago motorhome and an Airstream Silver Cloud 25’ travel trailer. The 2015 Senate RV Display featured a 2016 Newmar Canyon Star Type A motorhome. Members of Congress and Hill staff toured these amazing RVs while enjoying an ice cream treat and a bottle of chilled water.

Once arriving at the campfire experience, guests picked up their Camp Guide, a card with a “map” of the event room and continued their RVing adventure.

Over 200 guests including Members of Congress, senior Hill staff, and allied industry representatives flowed into the Veterans' Affairs Committee Room, and over 250 guests including Senators, senior Hill staff, and allied industry representatives atteneded the Senate event held in 902 Hart Senate Office Building overlooking the Capitol dome and Washington Monument.

The guests were immersed in a familiar campsite environment that evokes strong positive memories of family road trips and childhood (or, perhaps, a trip taken just this past weekend!) They saw the familiar accouterment of this scene: foldout camping chairs, fishing poles, board games, checkered tablecloths. Subtle outdoor sounds played in the background to set the scene further: a crackling fire, chirping birds, and the call of a bullfrog. The familiar smell of hamburgers on the grill and macaroni and cheese filled the room. A graphic display added context by showing RV imagery, interspersed with fun facts about the impact of the RV industry around the United States.

The four themed campsites were demarcated by classic wooden campground signs. Guests strolled among the 4 campsites, guided by RV industry leaders acting as campsite hosts. Guests mingled with these industry leaders and engaged in a dialogue on RVing while enjoying cold frosty beverages, summery picnic foods, and delightful desserts, located near each campsite.

Featured during the House event, was Smokey Bear who brought his message of camping fire safety to our guests, and was swamped with Congressmen and other guests who wanted to snap their photo with the gentle giant. During the Senate event guests were able to have their photo taken in front of a green screen and magically appear in a RV campground setting!

Doug Gaeddert, RVIA Chairman (2013-2014) and general manager of Forest River RV, Inc. manned the podium, and special guests, the co-chairs of the House RV Caucus, Rep. Dennis A. Ross and Rep. Jackie Walorski, delivered brief remarks during the House event.

Derald Bontrager, RVIA Chairman and CEO of Jayco, Inc welcomed the crowd and introduced Senate RV Caucus co-chairs Senator Joe Donnelly and Senator Joni Ernst.

As Members of Congress and staff left the event, they received a Rolla Roaster campfire fork engraved with “RV Caucus – Go RVing S’more” and packaged with a personal S’more kit. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

State of the RV Industry: 

 

  • Approximately one in twelve American households own a recreation vehicle (RV)

  • There are more than 12,000 RV-related businesses across the U.S., generating combined annual revenues of more than $37.5 billion.

  • The RV industry employs over 378,000 American workers and has added billions of dollars to the U.S. economy every year

  • The RV industry shipped 357,000 RVs in 2014 with a retail value of $15.4 billion. RV shipments are projected to reach 379,000 units in 2015 and are on track to meet or beat the 2007 industry peak of more than 350,000

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For more information or to join the House or Senate RV Caucus, please contact:

Sara Budsock, 202-225-1252 (Sara.Budsock@mail.house.gov​) - Rep. Dennis Ross’s office  

Brandt Anderson, 202-225-3915 (Brandt.Anderson@mail.house.gov​) - Rep. Jackie Walorski’s office

David Rosenbaum, 202-225-5965 (David.rosenbaum@mail.house.gov) - Rep. Dina Titus' office

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Nick Catino, 202-224-4814 (Nick_Catino@donnelly.senate.gov) - Senator Donnelly's office

Andrea Hechavarria, 202-224-3254 (andrea_hechavarria@ernst.senate.gov) - Senator Ernst's office

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Mike Ochs, 703-620-6003 x320 (mochs@rvia.org) - RVIA Government Affairs

Chris Bornemann, 703-620-6003 x317 (cbornemann@rvia.org) - RVIA Government Affairs

 

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