By Chuck Woodbury
Three weeks ago I proposed the creation of a new organization for RVers, which I suggested might be called AARVO— an acronym for the American Association of RV Owners.
The idea was well received by readers — except for some: those in Canada! We should have included our best friends from the North right away. So we have tweaked the proposed name to NAARVO, for North American Association of RV Owners. We have purchased the domain name Naarvo.org.
The way I see it, the RV Industry Association (RVIA) has one job: to do whatever it can to help its members, mostly RV manufacturers, sell RVs. What happens to those RVs once they are sold is not one of its mandates.
The fact that so many defective RVs are rolling off the assembly lines is not important enough to the industry to do anything about it. The RVIA fights lemon laws wherever they are proposed. Great for manufacturers, but not you, me and other RVers who can get stuck for months, years — or forever — with RVs that are too defective to even be on the highway.
The RV industry’s loyalty to its members compared to us (RVers) is akin to those of the fox and the chickens in the henhouse. The fact is, the foxes want to eat the chickens. The chickens don’t want to be eaten: they want to be protected from the foxes. How could one organization represent both the foxes (RV industry) and us (RVers)? It can’t!
There is no national organization that represents the interests of RVers. None. You and I are at the mercy of the industry, which only cares about our money. RVtravel.com along with the RV Show USA are the only two media organizations gutsy enough to even discuss this.
That’s all I will say for now, but if you would like to be included on our mailing list for occasional updates about the North American Association of RV Owners please sign up here. Leave a message if you are interested in being significantly involved. I cannot take this project on by myself, but I can help get it started.
If you want to learn more about the RV industry and how it is unknowingly self-destructing, please read Greg Gerber’s eight-part series “The RV Industry Death Spiral,” available as a PDF download.