Relations between manufacturers aligned with the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and dealers affiliated with the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) took a step backwards when the RVDA suddenly decided to support a proposed federal law that would prohibit mandatory binding arbitration in dealer agreements.

RVDA, much to RVIA’s dismay, also is refusing to promote RV-only franchise legislation the two associations agreed to late last year for states where dealers already are covered by automobile franchise laws.

RVDA’s recent policy reversal led RVIA to quit lobbying to pass RV-only franchise laws in several states and to revoke its previous approval of a model franchise law, which included mandatory binding arbitration and regulation over travel trailers.

The dispute arose during RVIA’s recent annual meeting in California.

For more details, see the May edition of RV Business.