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 [...]
A Senate companion bill to H.R. 3552 – The Travel Trailer and Camper Tax Parity Act – was introduced last month by U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Angus King (I-ME). Earlier this year, U.S. Representatives Jackie Walorski (R-IN) and Dina Titus (D-NV) introduced legislation to fix a provision in the tax code so all types of RVs, including travel trailers, are treated equally. The bill has the strong support of RVDA and RVIA “These made-in-America products will play a vital role in our economic recovery, but one provision in the tax code is putting certain RVs at a disadvantage. [...]
A new competitor in northern Indiana’s vast recreational vehicle industry has announced plans to invest $4 million to grow operations in the Elkhart County town of Bristol and add 150 jobs by the end of 2023. Ember Recreational Vehicles Inc., a startup RV manufacturer, is entering the marketplace with lightweight travel trailers for off-road and off-grid capabilities. The company says it is building an 88,000 square foot plant, an upgrade from its current 18,000 square foot facility in Bristol. Ember expects to complete the construction project next month. Read more in the Inside Indiana Business.
For the very first time, the outdoor recreation industry is united by a single comprehensive directory. The new Outdoor Business Directory exists to connect outdoor recreation-related businesses, manufacturers, organizations, agencies, and entities who make up the outdoor recreation industry in Wisconsin. Highlighting Wisconsin’s large and diverse outdoor industry, the directory aims to strengthen the network by facilitating relationships between industry leaders and organizations. Please help us grow the Outdoor Business Directory. Search the directory and review your listing. Submit a request to add your business or organization or to update information in the listing.
This month (July 2021) marks the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Mike Molino RV Learning Center’s Service Writer/Advisor online course. The program provides training on managing service appointments, generating additional revenue, coordinating with technicians and other departments, and more. Modules cover 43 key competency areas and prepare front-line employees with the knowledge required to meet and exceed customer expectations. Multiple sections on customer service reinforce the top skill sets for top performing fixed operations personnel. The course concludes with a timed, comprehensive final assessment to test knowledge and skills learned in the course. Over 250 service personnel have [...]
The Dealer and Agent Section (DAS) is now offering a voluntary dealer training program to dealer owners and their representatives interested in expanding their knowledge of dealer business practices. The program covers all aspects of dealer business with a focus on DAS’s mission of “Keeping dealers in business, doing business right”. During training, attendees can expect to learn how to: reassign titles and complete odometer disclosures complete the Wisconsin Buyer’s Guide properly advertise vehicles complete the MV11 and purchase contracts electronically process titles and issue temporary plates The 4-hour training program is voluntary and offered at no cost to you. You [...]
At Go RVing, we are always looking for new ways to engage with the RVing community and provide resources, expert advice, how-tos, and inspirational content. Keeping new and potential RVers engaged is top of mind as the supply chain issues persist and manufacturers work to fulfill the needs of dealers who are seeing RVs flying off their lots at an unprecedented pace. When RV interest is this high, it can be difficult for dealers to engage and keep up with the leads coming in on Go RVing’s website, so the team has launched a newsletter to help keep leads warm [...]
The RV Technical Institute is offering Level Two courses both online and in-person at its campus in Elkhart, Indiana. This four-week course, which takes place August 2-27, 2021, is for RV technicians seeking Level 2 certification. Subjects covered will include electric, water, appliances, propane tank, generators, and chassis. There are two ways to complete the course. The first option is to attend all four weeks in-person at RVTI, which includes classroom instruction and hands-on labs. Alternatively, you can take the course online for the first three weeks and then attend in-person during the fourth week to perform the hands-on labs and activities. Review [...]
Business Community Asks for Taxes to be Returned Gallery Business Community Asks for Taxes to be ReturnedAngie Diedrich2021-06-24T10:08:39-05:00
In response to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau report anticipating that the State of Wisconsin will end its’ fiscal year with a significant surplus, The Coalition to Repeal Wisconsin’s Personal Property Tax is asking the Governor and the Legislature to return a small portion of the surplus dollars to the business community by fully repealing the personal property tax. The coalition wants to applaud Speaker Vos and Majority Leader LeMahieu for their statements calling for the surplus revenue to go back to taxpayers. Businesses are the primary source of tax revenue generated–whether as the taxpayer or tax collector on behalf of [...]
Registration for the 2021 RV Dealers Convention/Expo, set for November 8-12 at Paris Las Vegas, is now open. The convention/expo will be returning to an in-person format and bring together dealers, manufacturers, and RV industry business partners for the premier dealer education and networking event of the year. Click here to register. The RVDA Convention/Expo Committee and staff are working hard to bring dealers relevant educational content and new speakers. Updates are available on the convention website, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. “RVDA volunteer leaders and staff are looking forward to seeing everyone at Paris Las Vegas in November,” said RVDA President Phil Ingrassia. [...]