The Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) is a division of the Michigan Manufactured Housing, RV and Campground Association (MMH & RVCA), which is a full-service, non-profit, state trade association, representing the manufactured housing, recreation vehicle and private campground industries in the state of Michigan. The MMH & RVCA offers a wide variety of services to aid you in the operation of your business and save you money as well. Services include legal counsel and legislative advocacy, and governmental relations, in-house public relations programs, liability insurance and a clearinghouse of information where members can obtain a wide variety of general and technical publications. The MMH & RVCA is comprised of two divisional organizations (MMHA and MARVAC), with each serving their specific industry’s needs. MMHA and MARVAC have separate boards of directors that represent their respective industries. An executive board, made up of four representatives from each of the two divisional boards, governs the association.
Through legislation, education, marketing and public awareness, MARVAC works to improve the business climate for its members and to encourage growth in the recreation vehicle and private campground industries while contributing to the quality of Michigan tourism.
Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds
The Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds is the only full-service, non-profit, state trade association that represents all segments of the recreation vehicle and private campground industries in Michigan. MARVAC’s members include RV manufacturers, dealers, suppliers, private campgrounds, financial/lending institutions, insurance companies and special service firms.
All members are encouraged to participate in MARVAC’s camper and RV shows and educational programs, as well as the association’s many other services. Whether you need insurance, legal counsel, an architect, engineer or some other related service firm, the association has the answer! Members seeking a particular service or specific advice need only contact the association office to have their questions answered. The staff serves as a referral service to help members locate the services they require. Versed in all segments of the industry, the staff can assist you in responding to technical questions or help you deal with the local and state government units. The professional staff is always as near as your phone. You can reach our staff Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (after hours, just leave a voice mail message) by calling 517.349.8881 or 800.422.6478.
Public Relations for the Industry
The association has ongoing public relations programs that continue to develop positive images of the RV and campground industries. MARVAC keeps consumers, government officials, trade publications and media sources throughout the state informed by releasing a steady flow of information about the vital contributions the RV and campground industries make to Michigan’s tourism economy. Our programs are dedicated to creating positive images about the industry; we remind sources how our industry creates a more vibrant Michigan by constantly improving our recreation resources.
Communication-Publications and Seminars
One of the most important features of MARVAC is its ability to communicate information to its members quickly! MARVAC sends regular “Industry Insights” via e-mail to keep each member informed about legislation, changes in laws and government regulations, and current trends in the industry. The e-mail also lists activities and events which are important to manufacturers, dealers, campground owners and service companies.
Continuing education for members is a major priority of the association. Dealer, campground and service seminars have been highly successful at keeping our members informed. Through our seminars, members from all segments of the industry are kept up-to-date about new business procedures, legal and legislative issues, and governmental regulations that could affect their business and the industry. These seminars offer intense learning opportunities for members who are interested in sharpening their skills, and provides members with an opportunity to share information with industry experts.
Annual Outings and Public Shows
MARVAC’s annual outing combines a full range of seminars and workshops with social activities. The event provides members with an opportunity to discuss common problems and exchange ideas with industry associates. This event serves as a culmination point for the year as the association’s officers are welcomed for the new term.
MARVAC’s camper & RV shows are among the most heavily attended shows in Michigan with shows in Novi (2), Battle Creek, Flint and Traverse City. Over 200,000 campers and potential RV buyers attend MARVAC shows each year.
The Tim DeWitt HARVEST Education Foundation
The Tim DeWitt HARVEST Education Foundation is a non-profit education foundation created by the Michigan Manufactured Housing, Recreation Vehicle and Campground Association in 1991. Recently, the Self Storage Association of Michigan was added to the HARVEST family.
Tim DeWitt HARVEST Education Foundation establishes educational programs and opportunities for students who wish to make a career in the RV and campground, manufactured housing or self-storage industry. In some cases, the Tim DeWitt HARVEST Education Foundation will award scholarships to students even though their career goals may not lead them back to these industries. In cases like these, awards will be made to outstanding scholars or students with compelling needs.
Since the foundation’s inception, the Tim DeWitt HARVEST Education Foundation has granted $304,000 in university and college scholarships to 569 students. In addition, the Tim DeWitt HARVEST Education Foundation has been the recipient of numerous research/study grants from the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and the Traffic Safety Association of Michigan. The foundation also coordinates short-term education seminars and meetings for association members.
An annual fundraiser is a golf outing held late spring, with all proceeds benefitting the Tim DeWitt HARVEST Education Foundation.
The Tim DeWitt HARVEST Education Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation and receives 100 percent tax-deductible gifts from individuals and corporations. It also accepts grants from other nonprofit organizations and state and federal agencies. To donate to this foundation, or to participate in an upcoming fundraiser, please contact Lauri at 517.349.3300.
All Seasons Communications, the association’s marketing agency, manages the Tim DeWitt HARVEST Education Foundation scholarship program. To obtain a scholarship application or inquire about requirements, please call 586.752.6066.
The 2016-2017 Scholarship Application is now available. Deadline to submit is March 28, 2016.