The Family Motorcoach Association (FMCA) may not schedule any more rallies in New York state because of its law prohibiting out-of-state RV dealers from selling during FMCA gatherings, according to FMCA executive Jerry Yeatts, who was quoted by the Buffalo News.
The three-day FMCA International Convention in suburban Buffalo concluded on Sunday (July 20). An estimated 4,000 motorhomes carrying around 10,000 people attended the gathering.
Yeatts, FMCA director of conventions and commercial services, told the newspaper, “Dealers are suggesting in the future that we go to a motorcoach-friendly state.
“You’re an over-regulated state,” Yeatts continued. “New York needs to take a serious look at the laws put in place and how restrictive they are.”
New York law prohibits almost all dealers from outside of the state from selling motor vehicles in New York, according to the newspaper. The exceptions are dealers from Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, who can get temporary licenses.
Out-of-state dealers can consign their units to a New York state dealer, but many were reluctant to do so last weekend because of insurance and liability issues. For example, Seffner, Fla.-based Lazydays RV SuperCenter did not participate in the FMCA event because of the New York law, a decision that cost the FMCA a significant amount of space rental revenue, according to the newspaper.
Bus converter Marathon Coach Inc., which sells from company-owned sales locations in Florida, Texas and Oregon, showed six units at the recent FMCA gathering, instead of the usual 10, and all were marked “Display Only,” the newspaper reported
One dealership in support of the New York law is Meyers RV Superstore in Syracuse, according to Dave McMann, vice president of sales and marketing.
The law protects New York consumers “from fly-by-nights” and, McMann estimated, he will lose 100 to 200 sales this year because New York consumers picked up leads from out-of-state dealers at the FMCA gathering.
The sales manager at Colton RV in North Tonawanda, a Buffalo suburb, disagrees. “This is a nationwide business,” said Jeff Schollnick. “This (FMCA) convention brings people to our front door. We anticipate a very large uptick in the business. There’s plenty of business for everyone to share.”