Editor’s Note: This was published in the RV Industry Association’s (RVIA) News and Insights. 

In mid-January, we began our coverage of the 2020 federal affairs priorities with a look at tax and trade issues. Now we turn our attention to the federal priorities relating to campground modernization and expansion, infrastructure and outdoor recreation.


If there is one bedrock issue that is driving the RV industry’s interest in outdoor recreation it is campground modernization and expansion. The RVIA’s government affairs team has been at the forefront of addressing the need for improved campgrounds across the country through our work with policymakers in Congress, as well as with key staff at the departments of Interior, Agriculture, and Commerce.

The team also leads campground modernization and expansion initiatives within the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, ensuring this issue remains a focus of the influential group of outdoor recreation industries.

As a result of the 2019 efforts by the RV industry and our partners, the National Park Service (NPS) is currently undertaking the largest campground modernization and rehabilitation project in decades. We’re also seeing key advancements within the U.S. Forest Service and at state parks.

The foundation of many of these new programs was established last year. This year, the federal affairs team will continue to work closely with all stakeholders to develop, launch and promote these new programs, as well as continue to look for new and innovative ways to address campground modernization and expansion on public lands and within the private sector.

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