RVDA News Brief
April 1, 2009

Make Money with the RV Damage Repair Estimator
from the RV Learning Center
Many dealers have found a new profit center using the RV Damage Repair Estimator, available through the RV Learning Center. This comprehensive book contains what dealers need to know about estimating all types of RV damage. A new video explaining how to use the RV Damage Repair Estimator is also available from the RV Learning Center. More

Campfire Canvass Shows RVers Plan to Use Their RVs More
from PR Newswire
Consumer confidence may be down, but RVer confidence remains high, according to the latest Campfire Canvass survey of RV owners, conducted by RVIA. Fifty-five percent of survey respondents intend to use their RVs more this spring/summer than last year, and 45 percent are considering another purchase. More

Forget Flying, RV Rental is the Way to Go
from the Travel Examiner
RVs can provide the comforts of home on the road and off, as well as save expense of a hotel. When times are tough, RVing is the new flying. More

For Some RV Dealers, Sales are Good
from the Daily Press
Although the recession has slowed sales nationally, RV experts say itís a great time to buy. At Dodd RV, an RVDA member in Portsmouth, VA, business is good. During the first 10 days of March the company's sales were higher than during the same time in 2008. More

RV Dealers Optimistic People will Keep Camping Despite Economy
from The State-Journal Register
Even though the economy is shaky and unemployment is on the rise, many RV dealers in Springfield, IL, are optimistic about the upcoming summer. Some people might change the way they camp -- by buying smaller campers or taking shorter trips, for instance -- but they will still have the urge to hook up the camper and hit the road. More

Tour Urges Students to Aim for College
from the San Antonio Express-News
Since February, a team of Texas A&M University staff members has toured the state in a $1.5 million RV, stopping at schools with low numbers of college-bound graduates to encourage students to think about college. More

New Lower Room Rates for the 2009 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo
from RVDA/RV Learning Center
RVDA and RVDA of Canada are getting ready for what will be the most important convention in the history of the industry! To help make the convention more affordable, room rates at the Rio are only $95 per night, plus tax. The 2009 RV Dealers International Convention runs Oct. 6-9. More

Hiring the Facebook Generation
from The Wall Street Journal
If your company hopes to attract the most creative and energetic members of Gen F -- the Facebook Generation -- it will need to understand these Internet-derived expectations, and then reinvent its management practices accordingly. Sure, itís a buyerís market for talent right now, but that wonít always be the caseóand in the future, any company that lacks a vital core of Gen F employees will soon find itself stuck in the mud. More