Throughout an unprecedented global crisis, the RV Industry Association staff has endeavored to check in on its members and alert them to some of the advisory resources available to them, according to RV Industry Association President Craig Kirby.

Taking everything into account, Kirby told RVBusiness that he couldn’t be “more proud to be part of an industry that has stepped up to the plate in the fight against the virus the way this industry has.”

“From manufacturing and donating masks to donating RVs for use in a variety of scenarios,” said Kirby, “I think it’s just been incredible how the industry is helping the country in this time of need. And, I have to say, the character of this industry has really shown through. All segments have come together in these trying times to work together – and we’ve been very effective working together.”

There’s no better example of that in Kirby’s mind than the daily and now three-times-a-week meetings involving representatives of RVIA, RV Dealers Association (RVDA) and National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) – all of whom lobbied early on for “essential” service designations for their members.

“Our focus has been on having all our industry segments – RV manufacturers, dealers, suppliers and campgrounds deemed ‘essential businesses’ provided they operate in compliance with the CDC guidelines,” said Kirby, who was just interviewed by Forbes magazine. “That required lobbying at the federal, state and even at the local level because in a number of states the stay-at-home orders are being issued by counties and municipalities."

Check out the full article from RVBusiness here.