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Pfalzgraf Reflects on Year of Challenge, Promise

(RESTON, Va.) In his remarks at RVIA’s Membership Meeting on March 3, RVIA Chairman of the Board Carl Pfalzgraf characterized the five-month period between his address at the 2007 Annual Meeting in September and the association’s 2008 Annual Meeting on the Big Island of Hawaii as “short on time but long on activity.”

“After seeing shipments close 2007 on a high note, we’ve watched industry forecasts drop as gas prices rose and credit tightened,” Pfalzgraf said, also citing FEMA disaster relief housing and changes to CAFE standards as issues the industry has focused a large amount of time and energy on in the past months.

“In looking at the overall picture, I can unequivocally tell you that our association and industry are strong,” he continued. “Although we are now facing short-term uncertainty, the future remains bright. Collectively, we provide a tremendous experience enjoyed by millions of Americans, and the demographic factors that have been the source of great promise are still in place. We have many reasons to be optimistic.”

Speaking specifically on the issue of formaldehyde levels in FEMA temporary housing units, Pfalzgraf discussed RVIA’s response. “This is an issue that RVIA and our industry take very seriously, and I firmly believe the association has taken the correct approach,” he said. “With the health and safety of our customers our first priority, we took substantive action by requiring all manufacturer members to meet HUD’s formaldehyde emission levels for wood products.”

Pfalzgraf also detailed a wide range of activities conducted by RVIA in the areas of government affairs, standards, industry education and shows to advance the RV industry. He pointed to the success of the California RV Show and National RV Trade Show, which both enjoyed record-breaking years, as proof of the industry’s strength.

He also praised the Government Affairs department and its success on several fronts in the past year, including their work on RV dimension legislation in New Jersey and on the “RV Friendly” initiative.

Pfalzgraf then detailed progress achieved in the Standards and Education department. Notable highlights in this area included the introduction of the 2008 editions of the National Electrical Code, NFPA and ANSI standards; the development of RV-C, a communication area network for the RV industry; the launch of the on-line RV Technician Certification preparation course developed by RVIA and available through RVDA’s RV Learning Center; and the commission of a demographic study of the RV service technician.

“We are fortunate to have invested in and built an association that is well equipped to rapidly adjust to the ebb and flow of short term challenges while also focusing on our long term success,” he said. “The association’s Board of Directors, committees and staff work diligently on your behalf.”

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