b'INDUSTRY NEWSRVIA: 53,722 RVs Shipped inWis. Town Creates $250 February, Up 11.3% Over 2021ResultsfortheRV In- bychangingattitudesAnnual Campsite Fee; dustryAssociationsaround the increased im- WACO Opposes Move(RVIA) February 2022 sur- portanceconsumersare vey of manufacturers de- placing on the health ben-terminedthattotalRVefits of getting outdoors. We shipmentsendedtheexpect this trend towardsThe Town of Bass Lake,this issue, we are confident month with 53,722 units,an active outdoor lifestyleWis., has begun to assess athat the state of Wisconsin an increase of 11.3% compared to theto continue into the foreseeable future,$250 annual fee on eachwill oppose any local licensing 48,286 units shipped during Februarywhich bodes well for the RV industry.campsite within its jurisdic- systems as an intrusion on 2021.TowableRVs,ledbyconventionaltion, a fee the town has nothe States responsibilities. Through February, RV shipments aretraveltrailers,endedthemonthupauthority to assess, accordingWe will oppose any local li-up 13.6% against the same point last10.9% against last February with 48,220to the Wisconsin Associationcensing ordinance emphati-year with 107,012 wholesale shipments.shipments. Motorhomes finished theof Campground Ownerscally. Our latest shipment report showsmonth up 14.5% compared to the same(WACO).WACO learned of Bass the RV industry is continuing its strongmonth last year with 5,502 units.WACO Attorney MarkLakes $250-per-campsite fee start to 2022, said RVIA President andParkModelRVsendedthemonthHazelbaker sent Bass Lakefrom someone who was look-CEO Craig Kirby. While the pandemicdown (-17.2%) compared to FebruaryTown Chairman Justin Hall aing to purchase a camp-has had an impact on peoples desire to2021with309wholesaleshipments.letter on Feb. 2 requesting thatground in Bass Lake. purchase an RV, our data shows the in- Through February, park model RVs arethe town rescind the fee,Mark Hazelbaker Hazelbaker said its important creased interest in RVing is being drivendown (-8.9%) with 641 shipments.WCMwhich was authorized by anthat Wisconsin park operators ordinance that the town adopted on Junenotify WACO as soon as they hear of any 14, 2021.proposed taxes or regulations that are con-Simply, the town does not have the au- trary to park operator interests. thority to adopt such an ordinance, Hazel- Hazelbaker noted that residents of Bur-baker wrote, noting that campgrounds arekett County, Wis., launched an anti-camp-licensed by the state of Wisconsin.ground campaign last year and persuaded There is only one license issued tocounty officials to adopt regulations that campgrounds in Wisconsin, and it is themake it much more difficult for existing state license, Hazelbaker wrote. Towns,parks to expand or for new private parks to villages, and cities have no statutory au- be built. thority to require a local license. The onlyIts unfortunate that the propaganda local involvement can be by a local healthcapacity of misinformation had taken root departmentbut then only as an agent ofand become so widespread before we the State for issuance of that single state li- heard about it, Hazelbaker said, referenc-cense.ing recent ordinances in Burkett County The Town of Bass Lake has not re- that hurt private park operators. sponded to Woodalls Campground Maga- But if WACO is notified early on when zines (WCM) request for comment.anti-campground efforts get underway, the WACO, for its part, is prepared to takeassociation can work to use facts about the the Town of Bass Lake to court if it fails tocamping industry to stop misinformation rescind the $250 fee.before it takes root. If you do not rescind the ordinance,People dont spend $80,000 or more to you will be forced to do so and refund allbuy an RV so they can trash a rural area the money you have collected, Hazelbakerwith it, Hazelbaker said. They are looking said, adding that WACO has dealt with thisfor an escape in an attractive area, not a issue before. From prior experience onghetto.Jeff Crider WCMSenators, Economist, Dealer Panel DiscussionScheduled to Anchor 2022 Power BreakfastIndianaSenatorsTodd Youngand Mike Braun, in a mid-term election year, are both scheduled to address the an-nual RV Industry Power Breakfast slated for 7:15 a.m., Thursday, May 12, at the RV/MH Hall of Fame/Northern Indiana Event Center on the northeast side of Elkhart, Ind., according to breakfast or-ganizers. Jimtown Republican Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, who has represented In- MarcusLemonis,ofCampingWorld dianas 2nd District since 2013, will appearHoldingsInc.,Lincolnshire,Ill.;Loren in a short video presentation.Baidas, of General RV Center, Wixom, Among the others scheduled to speakMich.; Jarrod McGhee, of Fun Town RV, at the breakfast, facilitated by Elkhart- Cleburne,Texas;andJeffHirsch,of basedRVBusinessMagazine(RVB),isCampers Inn RV, Jacksonville, Fla. writerandTVcommentatorStephenTickets for the event were available for Moore, an economist and former mem- sale April 4. ber of The Wall Street Journals editorialFor more information, contact RVBusi-board.ness at 574-266-7980 or event coordinator RVBusiness is the sister publication toJudySchutzat574-849-0578or WoodallsCampgroundMagazineSchutz22442@comcast.net.Event spon-(WCM). sors are Airxcel Inc., Dometic Group, The Anchoring this years Power Breakfast,Shyft Group, RVIA, THOR Industries Inc., is an RV dealer panel discussion in whichForest River Inc., Winnebago Industries four well-known, high-volume RV retail- Inc., Cummins Onan Corp., Wells Fargo ersareslatedtoparticipateincludingCDF and KOA.WCM6 May 2022Woodalls Campground Magazine'