The American Recreation Coalition (ARC) has formed the Recreation Futures Project, uniting factions in the recreation industry that are reliant upon consumer vehicles with adequate towing capabilities.
According to a press release, the group has been formed to address the issue of a possible reduction in the availability of tow vehicles which would impact the millions of Americans who enjoy RVing, boating, equestrian activities, snowmobiling and other activities that require the availability of adequately powered tow vehicles.
“If new government regulations cause these types of vehicles to become less available to American consumers, a wide range of businesses in the $400 billion per annum recreation industry will face real challenges,” said Richard Coon president of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
The group, made up of representatives from RVIA, the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the American Horse Council, held a conference call with representatives from Chevrolet and GM on Oct. 24. This was one of several planned meetings with motor vehicle manufacturers and government officials to seek information about key characteristics of future consumer vehicles.
The goals of the Recreation Futures Project include:
• Understand current plans of the vehicle manufacturers for production of models capable of meeting recreation community towing, hauling and adverse conditions movement.
• Insure that consumer vehicle manufacturers understand the magnitude of recreation community towing, hauling and adverse conditions movement needs, and are considering this market in product design and marketing.
• Explore changes in recreation items that would enhance the capability of planned consumer vehicles to meet recreation industry towing, hauling and adverse conditions movement needs, including but not limited to changes in overall weight and trailer weight distribution, as well as he potential for aftermarket changes in consumer motor vehicles that would increase towing and hauling capabilities.
• Identify actions, including legislation and regulations, that would avoid future constraints on the recreation community arising from an absence of consumer vehicles with needed characteristics.