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Board Adopts Strategic Plan, Maintains Show Space Rates

Primary Contact:
Bill Baker
Sr. Director, Communications & Publications
703-620-6003 ext. 331

RESTON, Va., March 2007 – During a meeting held Feb. 24 in Scottsdale, Ariz., the RVIA Board of Directors adopted a revised strategic plan developed by the Strategic Planning Committee to guide the association through 2009. The Vision and Mission Statements were amended (see page 10) while several new goals were adopted to address emerging issues and their impact on the association and industry.

Fuel was a key topic of discussion, particularly the effect of future conservation efforts on the availability of tow vehicles. “Having adequately powered, safe tow vehicles is crucial to our future,” said Monaco’s Jim Sheldon, chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee. “We have made it a priority to aggressively oppose unreasonable CAFE increases that would limit the availability and use of vehicles essential to the industry.”

Another area of focus was the issue of children’s health and obesity and how the industry can help alleviate these problems. “We need to emphasize the connection between being outdoors and being healthy as well as show that RVing ties into other key societal values such as education, family connectivity and the environment,” Sheldon added.

Other notable goals added to the Strategic Plan included promoting the environmental compatibility of the RV lifestyle to address misperceptions about the RV industry; harmonizing U.S. and Canadian RV standards; and pursuing and developing opportunities for members to expand markets globally.

The Board also unanimously voted not to increase the cost for members to display at RVIA’s retail and trade shows, keeping space rates for the National RV Trade Show and California RV Show at current levels; however, the rate for non-member manufacturers exhibiting in Louisville will increase slightly. It was also decided to provide complimentary admission to the California RV Show for those 18 and younger who are accompanied by an adult.

In other actions, the Board:
  • Moved to remove RVIA’s restriction capping the maximum square footage for travel trailers at 320 square feet to allow units up to 400 square feet; and to pursue federal legislation to allow the maximum square footage for fifth wheel travel trailers to exceed 400 square feet. The effective date for both would be when approval is granted by the federal government on the fifth wheel issue.
  • Selected the Ritz Carlton Kapalua in Maui to host the 2008 Annual Meeting in March, contingent upon finalizing arrangements with the property, as the association transitions back to holding the Annual Meeting in March.
  • Voted to include wholesale shipment figures for hybrid trailers in totals for conventional travel trailers and to continue tracking shipments of sport utility trailers independently.
  • Approved the recommendations of the Standards Steering Committee to exempt manufacturers using diesel exhaust systems compliant with new EPA regulations beginning 2007 from complying with paragraph of the 2005 NFPA 1192 standard and to change the definition of “Accessible” in the proposed 2008 ANSI/RVIA 12V Standard to read “capable of being removed or exposed without damaging the vehicle or its finished interior or exterior surfaces.”

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