Fri Jun 7, 2019
Author: RV News Staff
RV industry leaders made their case on Capitol Hill this week, asking dozens of federal lawmakers for support
They described the need for improvements to roads and bridges, restoring parks and public lands, expanding campgrounds and correcting floorplan interest deductions to include towables.
The RV Industry Association hosted the annual event in Washington, D.C.
“Every year this week is a fantastic show of unity in our industry,” Paul Bambei, ARVC president and CEO, said. “This year, our delegation of campground owners and ARVC staff had important conversations with key legislators from a dozen states and worked together with RV manufacturers and dealers to share our industry’s impressive impact on the U.S. economy.”
RVIA released new data this week that shows the RV industry has a $114 billion impact on the nation’s economy. ARVC representatives met with 34 different lawmakers to share information about the value of the industry. They also encouraged senators and representatives to join the RV Caucus, a group of lawmakers who are known for their support of the industry.
“More than 30 of the 34 members of Congress the ARVC delegation met with were receptive to the legislative asks we presented,” ARVC’s David Basler told RV News. “We believe we were successful in signing on as many as three new members to the RV Caucuses -- a huge win for our industry.”
Leaders advocated for infrastructure improvements that would allow RVers to safely use the nation’s roads and bridges and talked to lawmakers about how tariffs on imported materials from China and Mexico affect the industry.
“The RV Caucus is an easy way for legislators to show their support for the RV industry and for our industry to clearly and concisely communicate with these legislators when important topics arise,” Jeff Sims, ARVC senior director of public affairs and program advocacy, said. “ARVC’s goal is to work with our industry partners to successfully invite as many legislators to this important group as possible.”
ARVC had a record number of members apply to represent the industry as delegates this year. Now, the national association is exploring ways to include even more industry leaders next year.
ARVC delegation pictured above from left: David L Berg (ME), Kim Huskey (VA), Jim Button (WI), Heather Blankenship (TN), Paul Bambei (CO), Wade Elliott (WA), Eileen Vaughan (PA), Steve Cross (OH), Jeff Sims (MO) and David Basler (CO).