The new administration in Washington is much more supportive of outdoor recreation on federal lands, which provides great opportunities for the RV industry, according to Dave Humphreys, president of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).

Humphreys expressed his opinion during the RVIA’s recent Committee Week gathering in Tysons Corner, Va.

Committee Week occurred in conjunction with the American Recreation Coalition’s (ARC) Great Outdoors Week.

During a luncheon speech, Humphreys lavishly praised ARC President Derrick Crandall and the RVIA’s public relations efforts for greatly improving the image of outdoor recreation and outdoor recreation products including RVs.

“Twenty years ago, we (the RV industry and other outdoor recreation products manufacturers) were the bad guys,” Humphreys said. “Now we have the Surgeon General standing next to us saying what we produce is good for America.”

The Bush Administration’s more supportive attitude towards outdoor recreation “is 90% of why we have a wonderful opportunity” to build upon the foundation laid by ARC and the RVIA’s public relations efforts, Humphreys said.

For Outdoor Week, there were displays near the Washington Monument that included a motorhome, boats and snowmobiles showing the new technology available to outdoor enthusiasts, he continued.

The Surgeon General also had an Outdoor Week display touting the health benefits of outdoor activities.

Additionally, Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton and Assistant Surgeon General Dr. Susan Blumenthal participated in Outdoor Week activities.

It would be most unfortunate if the RV industry does not seize upon the opportunity created by the new administration’s attitude, Humphreys added.