Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73 Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 8022 - January 2017 Woodall’s Campground Management An Upbeat Forecast, Top-Notch Speaker and the Latest RVs Draw Big Crowd to RVIA’s 2016 Louisville Show Continuing its now-eight-year resurgence, theRVindustry’sshipmentsareprojectedtotop 438,000unitsin2017,a4.4%increaseabovethe estimated2016totalof419,500units,theRecre- ation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) announced at the start of its 54th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. The forecast was prepared by RV industry analyst Richard Curtin of the University of Michigan and announced by RVIA President Frank Hugelmeyer at Outlook 2017, the all-in- dustry breakfast program that kicked off the show Nov. 29. By the time the show closed Dec. 1, RVIA reported that overall attendance was 7,675, on parwith7,725in2015.Itincludedan18.5%hike in international attendance, and exhibit space was up to 780,000 total square feet, a post- recessionrecord.Roughly95%ofNorthAmer- ica’s RV producers were represented at the show with displays of everything from tiny trailers to park model RVs, from standard-size traveltrailerstofifth-wheeltoyhaulers,trendy, Euro-style Class B motorhomes and hefty, luxuriousClassAdieselpushers.Morethan200 suppliers also exhibited during the show. TheRVIAshowalsosawajumpinthenum- berofcampgroundsattending.Whilestillatiny fraction of total attendance, the number of campground personnel at the show jumped by 32% over last year. That included Jeff Sims of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) — who led an informa- tional session on ARVC — as well as ARVC President Paul Bambei and Lorne Armer, Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) vice president of brand development. Armerledaninformaltalkintheshow’snew “Campfire”settingtofillinattendingRVdealers on the findings of the 2016 North American Camper Report commissioned by KOA. There also were dozens of campground owners who came to peruse park model RVs, and Joann Delvescio and Judy LaPorta of the NewJerseyCampgroundOwnersAssociation made the trip to help build ties between the campground and RV sectors. By all accounts, every RV-affected market should continue to grow, too. The RV industry’s good news has been consistent and impressive, with RVIA’s market projection including expected towable RVs to end2016at366,000unitsbeforerisingto383,000 unitsin2017.Motorhomeshipmentswereesti- mated to reach 53,000 units for 2016 and 55,000 units in 2017. “Thesearehistoricshipmenttotals,andthey marktheeighthconsecutiveyearofgrowthfor the RV market and an incredible gain of 161% from the market bottom in 2009,” Hugelmeyer toldastanding-room-onlycrowdattheOutlook Breakfast. “We’re optimistic about continued growth into next year due to favorable eco- nomic conditions. Inflation and interest rates arenearhistoriclows;amorevibranteconomy has created jobs and reduced unemployment tonearitslowestlevelsindecades;wagesare finally showing signs of improvement; and household wealth has begun to accumulate toward record highs. These are all working in the RV market’s favor.” Hugelmeyer added that beyond shipment statistics there are other metrics tracked by RVIAdemonstratingthattheRVindustryisaro- bust, vital component of the national economy. “This past summer, RVIA unveiled our ‘RVs Move America’ study. It was the first-ever look at the total economic impact of the entire RV market, and the findings were astounding,” he said. “The RV industry generates an annual economic impact of $50 billion per year. It employs289,000workerswhoearn$15.8billion inwagesandbenefits.Additionally,theindustry contributes$5.7billioninfederal,stateandlocal taxes.” Hugelmeyer said that those data provide a powerfulmessagetosharewithgovernmental contacts as RVIA works in a new political environment. “The political landscape shifted with the electionofDonaldTrumpandMikePence,and anewadministrationpresentsthepotentialfor fundamentalchangesineconomicpoliciesand regulations,” Hugelmeyer said. “As a non- partisan organization, RVIA will continue work on both sides of the aisle to promote and protecttheinterestsoftheRVindustry.I’mcon- fidentthatwewillbeabletosuccessfullywork with the Trump administration and the new Congress on issues impacting the RV market.” RVIAalsoofferedupdatesonnewresearch conducted by A.C. Nielsen and funded by the 20-year-old,all-industryGoRVingCoalitionthat identifiesthreekeymarketsegmentsreceptive Frank Huglemeyer details the excellent road signs ahead for the RV industry. Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger shares his insights with RV builders and suppliers.