I was recently made aware of a disturbing trend from some trailer manufacturers ... who in an attempt to shore up dealer sales territories and prices ... have ordered dealers to stop internet advertising.
Most recent manufacturer was R-Vision, maker of Trail Lite, Trail Bay, etc. As you may or may not know, several internet-savy dealers (Camper Factory Outlet in Wisconsin and Worldwide RV in Arizona) have really made a name for themselves, offering consumers RV's at a steep discount while maintaining a high level of customer service, etc.
No, these are not molded fiberglass trailers ... but I thought you all might be interested in a letter that was sent from R-Vision's co-president to all its dealers, stating a new internet policy which went into effective July 21, 2003:
In the letter, Co-President Doug Bailey outlines the policy and defines the action it will take if dealers do not obey the new policy.
The letter is a GIF file. In my browser, I clicked on a little floating box on the lower right of the letter to enlarge it big enough to read. You may have to go through extra steps to enlarge the image so you can read it.
Bottom line, however, is that effective July 21, 2003, dealers who continue to advertise R-Vision products on the internet, will first be warned ... and then the company will take steps to terminate its dealer agreement with the offending dealer.
Truly a sad day for RV'ing on the internet.