The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) board is expected Thursday (June 9) to decide whether to reverse an earlier decision to exempt manufacturers from paying the Go RVing assessment on travel trailers ordered by the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) for temporary emergency housing.
The Go RVing Coalition, meeting during RVIA Committee Week at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C., earlier this week, recommended reversing the exemption created last fall after a series of hurricanes struck Florida and the southeastern U.S.
The rationale for the exemption was that FEMA officials had told manufacturers that trailers FEMA ordered would not show up on the retail market. FEMA indicated they would be refurbished and stockpiled for use during the next disaster.
Much to the industry’s surprise, in February FEMA began to auction some of the trailers on the Internet, a practice that is ongoing.
The Fort Myers (Fla.) New-Press reported that FEMA purchased 18,647 units for $316.9 million – some of which were purchased directly from manufacturers and others acquired directly from dealers’ lots.
The basic RVIA seal, indicating that the unit complies with industry standards, costs $4.05 for each unit shipped. An additional fee is added to support the national Go RVing market expansion advertising campaign.
At the same meeting, with a unanimous vote, the coalition recommended that the Go RVing portion of the fee be increased $8 to $74 for motorhomes, $6 to $61 for travel trailers and fifth-wheels and $2 to $46 for truck campers and folding camper trailers.
The RVIA board is expected to ratify the fee hike recommendation when it meets at the conclusion of Committee Week on Thursday.