The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) board wrapped up Committee Week, held May 31-June 4 at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C., by naming a new leader and approving a host of motions at their June 4 meeting.
The board approved the recommendation of the Presidential Search Committee to hire Frank Hugelmeyer to replace Richard Coon as RVIA president. Hugelmeyer, who was president of the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) from 2000-2014, will join RVIA as president-elect on July 13 before officially taking over the position on Oct. 1 following Coon’s departure. Coon has served as RVIA president since January 2006 following a 30-year career in the RV industry.
RVIA also named two new board members at the meeting. Jim Jacobs of Allied Recreation Group (ARG) will fulfill the term of the company seat vacated by John Draheim. David Carson of Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC) will assume the company seat that had been held by Bob Harbin. Draheim and Harbin recently announced their retirements from their respective companies.
In other actions, the RVIA board approved:
• Conducting an update to “The RV Consumer: A Demographic Profile” in FY2016 that will focus on RV ownership characteristics and examine changing demographic patterns impacting future RV ownership. RVIA has conducted this research in conjunction with the University of Michigan since 1980 with the last update published in 2011.
• Setting an effective date of July 1 and an enforcement date of Jan. 1, 2016, for the 2015 edition of the ANSI A119.5 Standard for park model RVs.
• Adding the following language to the park model RV seal: “This park model RV is designed for temporary recreational, camping or seasonal use.”
• Establishing a program requirement that RV manufacturers address the speed limit rating of originally installed ST tires in their owner’s manual.
The RVIA board actions were the result of recommendations from many of the association’s standing committees that met from May 31-June 2. Programs with specific budgets for FY2016 are pending until final approval by the RVIA Executive Committee at its August budget meeting and the RVIA board at its September meeting.