The 2022 RV Dealers Convention/Expo is set for November 7-11 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The event is presented by RVDA of U.S., RVDA of Canada, and the Mike Molino RV Learning Center. Just as dealerships strive for continuous improvement the RVDA Convention/Expo Committee is using the same principle when it comes to the RVDA Convention. The education program will provide segmented content based on dealership size, management structure, and revenue in addition to focusing on things dealers have in common. The annual RVDA Convention/Expo brings together dealers, manufacturers, suppliers, and RV industry business partners for the premier dealer education and [...]
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Although college enrollment has been declining since 2012, it’s clear that the pandemic has intensified the trend. Undergraduate enrollment has decreased by 6.6% since the start of the pandemic, equating to more than one million students skipping out on undergrad, according to data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. This downward trend has been continuing for a decade, one that’s driven in part by changing demographic patterns. As more young adults consider alternative paths to higher education, some may be interested in having a career in the skilled trades, a field with increasing demand. To meet this potential interest, the RV Technical [...]
The RV industry set a new record for retail sales last year as 567,079 registrations were recorded across North America in 2021. That’s an 8.4% increase – 43,981 units – better than the previous record of 523,098 set in 2020, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based supplier of RV industry retail and consumer demographic data. Nearly every segment also saw a year-over-year increase, with the exceptions being camping trailers (8,815 in 2021 vs. 9,629 in 2020; an 8% decline), Class A motorhomes (15,501 vs. 17,514; -10%) and Class C motorhomes (26,106 vs. 27,234; -4%). Otherwise, it was [...]
The National Park Service (NPS) has created a National Campground Office. This new program will be responsible for boosting visitor experiences across NPS’s more than 1,400 campgrounds by improving coordination and facilitating technical assistance to parks and regions on campground-related issues and services. "This initiative is great news for RV travelers and everyone who enjoys camping in our National Parks," said Phil Ingrassia, president of the National RV Dealers Association and past ORR chair. "The formation of a National Campground Office is a proactive step to enhance the visitor experience at NPS campgrounds across the country." NPS also released "Tools for Managing the Campgrounds in [...]
FTC Strengthens Security Safeguards for Consumer Financial Information Following Widespread Data BreachesAngie Diedrich2022-01-21T10:04:03-06:00
The Federal Trade Commission announced a newly updated rule that strengthens the data security safeguards that financial institutions are required to put in place to protect their customers’ financial information. In recent years, widespread data breaches and cyberattacks have resulted in significant harms to consumers, including monetary loss, identity theft, and other forms of financial distress. The FTC’s updated 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 system to keep their customers’ information safe. “Financial institutions and other entities that collect sensitive consumer data [...]
The board of directors of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation (Foundation) has announced the names of those who will be inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame (Hall) as members of the Class of 2022. Foundation President Darryl Searer said, “Congratulations to the ten new honorees. All of them have had or are having outstanding careers and are richly deserving of this high honor. The Hall of Fame could not be more excited to celebrate these ten phenomenal people along with their family, friends, and industry colleagues.” The 2022 RV inductee class includes: Mark "Mick" Ferkey, Greeneway, Inc. Don Gunden, Forest [...]
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced year-round camping reservations are now available at more than 20 state parks and forests. Temperatures may be dropping, but that doesn’t mean the end of camping for anyone looking for a winter adventure. With 100% reservable campsites, visitors can plan ahead and have peace of mind before hitting the road knowing that a site is waiting for them. Campers will no longer find campsite self-registration envelopes at state properties. Instead, make your reservations using the DNR’s online camping reservation webpage or by calling 1-888-WIPARK. Reservation service agents can assist by phone or online chat [...]
Infrastructure Investments And Innovative Technologies To Increase Access And Enhance Visitor Experience At National ParksAngie Diedrich2021-11-23T12:45:21-06:00
Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg announced new initiatives that will increase access, support jobs, and enhance the transportation experience on public lands across the country. At an event in Washington, D.C., the two Secretaries signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will strengthen the Departments’ coordination regarding infrastructure investments and the deployment of innovative technologies at National Park Service-managed sites. The MOU outlines priority initiatives – including innovative technology pilots, shared mobility integration, the electrification of major transit fleets, and additional electric vehicle charging stations – which will guide the Departments’ efforts to build world-class transportation systems [...]
Since the onset of the pandemic, the outdoor industry has been able find the so-called silver linings in what has been an unprecedented situation. Positive outlooks and creative innovations allowed companies and organizations to pivot around obstacles and keep things moving forward, welcoming more and more new people into the outdoors. While supply chain issues are still present, the industry has met this challenge head on and been credited for helping keep sectors of the economy afloat. As the journey continues, it’s evident the outdoor industry isn’t immune to the workforce shortage being experienced across the nation. For many reasons, [...]
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that Steven Schmelzer is the department’s new Parks Director. He started his new role July 19. Managed by the DNR, the Wisconsin State Park system boasts 49 state parks, more than 500 boat launches, 15 state forests, 44 state biking trails, over 5,000 campsites, plus thousands of acres for adventures. The DNR has logged more than 9.6 million visits to the 49 state parks so far this year – an 18% increase over last year and a 36% increase over 2019. As more people connect with the Wisconsin’s great outdoors more [...]