The Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) was unsuccessful earlier this year in challenging an Oklahoma state law that bans sales by dealers from outside of Oklahoma at events such as FMCA’s rallies, when they occur in Oklahoma.
But FMCA President R.G. Wilson wrote in an editorial appearing in the June edition of Family Motor Coaching magazine that the FMCA may try again next year to get Oklahoma’s law changed.
Wilson added that he wants to change similar laws on the books in other states, including Texas and Missouri.
In his editorial, Wilson stated there are few facilities adequate to accommodate RV rallies the size of FMCA’s international conventions.
Therefore, he wrote, “These facilities must be located in a state that has laws friendly to out-of-state dealers and manufacturers. This is a problem in many states.”
Wilson continued that he believed Oklahoma’s law was an example of “laws on the books (that) are outdated and a hindrance to the state’s economic growth.
“Although we failed this year with legislative efforts in Oklahoma, we will probably try again next year. I want to get similar legislation (to lift bans on sales at rallies and shows by out-of-state dealers) passed in some of the other restrictive states such as Texas and Missouri. We must develop other possibilities for convention sites.”
The support for state laws banning sales by out-of-state dealers at rallies and shows comes from dealers who believe they cannot compete against the price slashing that often occurs near the end of rallies by dealers whose stores are hundreds of miles away and who do not want to incur the cost of transporting the units back to their home base.
Dealers who support state laws such as Oklahoma’s also believe sales at rallies and shows by far-away dealers often give the industry a black eye because buyers frequently encounter difficulties when they need aftermarket service on units sold by far-away dealers.