Except for a few oblique references, no public comments were made about the rift between the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) during the RVDA’s International Convention/Expo which opened in Orlando, Fla., on Monday (Sept. 25).

RVIA President Dave Humphreys spoke to the RVDA Board of Directors Monday morning before the opening of con/expo but reporters were not allowed to attend.

After the meeting with Humphreys, representatives of both organizations said a joint statement might be issued, but none has been presented so far.

Basically, executives from RV manufacturers and dealers said they wanted to continue the dialog and RVDA President Mike Molino said, “We are making good progress and are beginning to address truly ‘hard issues’ about dealer-manufacturer relations.”

The dispute is over the RVDA’s decision to work with car dealers and the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), instead of the RVIA, when lobbying state legislatures on issues such as dealer-manufacturer agreements and and binding arbitration.

Basically, many RVDA members believe they will be more effective working with the auto dealers because car dealers, with their greater numbers, have more politcal clout.

Meanwhile, the RVIA believes the RV industry is significantly different from the car business and that laws written to cover the auto and RV industries might be harmful to the RV business.