RVIA's Richard Coon with Fox Business Network's Dagen McDowell

RVIA's Richard Coon with Fox Business Network's Dagen McDowell

Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) President Richard Coon appeared on FOX Business Network Wednesday (Aug. 26) discussing the future of the RV industry with host Dagen McDowell in a segment titled “The Road Ahead for RVs.” 

According to an RVIA Today Express release, the segment opened with McDowell admiring the Fleetwood Icon diesel motorhome lent to RVIA for the appearance on Fox, and praising its fuel efficiency, saying, “You won’t believe what that RV gets in gas mileage!” 

McDowell cited sharp declines in shipment numbers as she asked Coon about the difficulties the RV industry has faced over the past year. While Coon acknowledged that the industry was hit “harder than the auto industry” by the nation’s recession, he added, “We’ve been around for a long time, and we’ve been through lots of recessions. And we’re pretty resilient.”

Coon highlighted the many reasons for optimism for the future of the RV industry, including the fact that 16 new RV companies have started up this year, and more than 2,000 people have been re-hired in Elkhart, Ind., over the past two months.  Campgrounds are full, Coon reported, and RV rentals are up. “Business is coming back,” he said, adding, “The lifestyle is very popular, and RVing is a very inexpensive way to travel.”