The Federal Trade Commission announced it is extending by six months the deadline for companies to comply with some of the changes the agency implemented to strengthen the data security safeguards financial institutions must put in place to protect their customers’ personal information. The deadline for complying with some of the updated requirements of the Safeguards Rule is now June 9, 2023. The Safeguards Rule requires non-banking financial institutions, such as mortgage brokers, motor vehicle dealers, and payday lenders, to develop, implement, and maintain a comprehensive security program to keep their customers’ information safe. The Commission is extending the deadline based on [...]
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By RVIA Staff from RVNews Vegar California 2015 RVIA’s latest 2023 wholesale shipment forecast projects an RV industry stepping back eight years to 2015. The Winter 2022 issue of RV RoadSigns, the quarterly forecast prepared by ITR Economics for RVIA, projects a wholesale RV shipment range of 379,200 RVs to 403,600 RVs. The most likely forecast total is 391,400, the RoadSigns issue reported. The RV industry has not shipped fewer than 400,000 wholesale RVs in one year since 2015, when the industry totaled 374,246 wholesale RV shipments. The new projection is a 6.5% decline from the 419,000 wholesale [...]
RVDA Says Proposed FTC Rule Would Frustrate Consumers by Adding Costs and Increasing Sales Transaction TimesAngie Diedrich2022-10-20T11:03:01-05:00
The national RV Dealers Association (RVDA) has filed comments highly critical of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) proposed Motor Vehicle Trade Regulation Rule. In formal comments filed on September 12, RVDA noted that if adopted as proposed, the rule would increase sales transaction times for consumers and add to the cost of the RVs by adding unnecessary administrative overhead for dealers. The FTC’s proposed rule would significantly alter the way motor vehicles are sold, marketed, and financed in the U.S. by adding additional disclosures on pricing, vehicle add-ons, and onerous new recordkeeping requirements. RVDA argues that the FTC proposed rule [...]
Register today for the WRVDA 2022 Annual Conference! This year's annual conference has two parts to it with the addition of a week long Level 1 RVTI in-person training. WRVDA Annual Conference November 30 & December 1, 2022 Business Track includes industry finance panel, DOT requirements, OSHA safety, and discussion about the dealer protection legislation with much more. Plus Level 3 Technician Training from Lippert and Dometic, and F&I Training from Brown & Brown. Register online and see registration form for more details! Check out the sponsor and exhibitor opportunities! Technician Training November 28-December 2, 2022 Level 1 technician training with an option to [...]
The Mike Molino RV Learning Center has launched a brand-new online course for parts specialists. The new course will help front line dealership fixed operations professionals handle service after the sale as the industry deals with the record number of first-time buyers. The online course is priced at $150 per student and is an ideal way to prepare for parts specialist certification through the RV Learning Center, which is available for an additional fee. The Parts Specialist online course provides instruction on: Store merchandising Inventory management Online sales Seasonal promotions Over-the-counter sales Marketing parts and accessories The training includes assessments to track [...]
The RVDA Board of Directors approved several programs to support the industry’s Repair Event Cycle Time (RECT) initiative during its meeting on June 7 in Washington, DC. RVDA is forming dealer task forces to provide feedback on RECT reporting features that are provided by Dealer Management Software (DMS) providers. RECT reporting provides information that can help dealers identify and remove bottlenecks in their service and parts departments. To improve service management efficiency and RECT performance, the Mike Molino RV Learning Center is also preparing to add an online parts training program to complement service writer/advisor training that is currently available. [...]
There is a fundamental change happening in the way Americans travel, work, and live. More and more people are choosing RVs as their preferred option for travel as they prioritize spending time in the great outdoors and embracing the freedom that comes with RVing. Just how much the RV industry has grown is captured in the new RVs Move America Economic Impact Study, released today by the RV Industry Association. The study revealed that the RV industry has an overall annual economic impact to the US economy of $140 billion, supporting nearly 680,000 jobs and paying more than $48 billion in wages. This [...]
The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR), along with federal, state, private, and nonprofit partners, is celebrating June as Great Outdoors Month. On May 31, 2022, President Joe Biden issued the 25th consecutive presidential proclamation of Great Outdoors Month saying, “As part of my administration’s efforts to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion, we are committed to ensuring that everyone can access and enjoy America’s great outdoors. Outreach efforts — including the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program — expand trails, conserve rivers and restore green space so that more people can benefit.” Great Outdoors Month has been proclaimed by every president since 1998 and has been [...]
Noel Russell, California, Photo: Adam Clark/Brody LevenNoel Russell Faces of RVing In 2015, the RV Industry Association successfully petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for exemption from the Class A and B commercial driver’s license (CDL) requirements for the transport of newly produced RVs. The FMCSA renewed this exemption in 2017 until April 6, 2022. Today, the FMCSA published its notice renewing this exemption for another 5 years, until April 6, 2027. The renewal is retroactive to April 6, 2022. This exemption is restricted to employees of driveaway-towaway companies, RV manufacturers, and RV dealers transporting RVs between the [...]
Outdoor Recreation Industry Showcases Power of Americans Getting Outside in New Video Touting Recreation’s Economic and Health BenefitsAngie Diedrich2022-05-13T14:07:10-05:00
Applauds Senate committee approval of first-ever recreation package that will improve outdoor access, experiences RV shoot, Lime Park, Coloradophoto:Adam Clark On the same day the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee passed the first-ever recreation package, Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) and its members released an energizing video highlighting myriad outdoor recreation activities, the $689 billion outdoor recreation economy, and the over 4.3 million jobs it supports while urging Americans to get outside and recreate. The video also emphasizes how the outdoor recreation industry boosts our local and national economies, and how recreating outdoors has been a fun, healthful respite for many over the past [...]