RVDA News Brief
May 20, 2009

RV Industry--New Economic Indicator
from WRGB-TV
A sudden spike in sales has Andy Heck, president of Alpin Haus, an RVDA member in Amsterdam, NY, thrilled that business is booming again. "All of a sudden we had to double our workforce based on demand in two weeks. Out of the blue, one day it just started going crazy, says Heck. What's even crazier is that travel experts and economists are watching RV sales very closely and Heck knows why. "As our industry starts to rebound, its a good sign for other industries. More

Apply Now for the RV Learning Center College Scholarship Program
from the RV Learning Center
The RV Learning Center is accepting applications for its 2009-2010 scholarship program. The RV Learning Center scholarship program awards $2,500 scholarships to deserving college sophomore, junior, and senior undergraduate students majoring in business, finance, economics, accounting, or other RV related subjects. More

Join the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo Groups on Facebook and Linkedin
from RVDA
Get the most up-to-date information on the most important dealer meeting this year! Join the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo pages on Facebook and Linkedin to get updates on registering, the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, speakers, and exhibitors. More

RV Sales Rebounding with Arrival of Spring
from KSL-TV
Spring renewal doesn't just apply to flowers and trees. RV dealers in Utah are learning it's a time of rebirth for them as well. With the return of spring came the return of sales. "People start thinking, they get that itch to go outside and stop hibernating indoors, and they go camping again," said Rob Jensen, sales manager for Ardell Brown RV, an RVDA member in Draper, UT. More

Senator Praises SBA Move to Help RV Industry
from Trading Markets
Senator Evan Bayh, a member of the Senate Small Business Committee, praised the Small Business Administration (SBA) for expanding the agency's largest lending program, a decision that will expand access to capital for more than 70,000 additional American small businesses--including many RV dealerships across Indiana. More

Lower Gas Prices to Fuel More Memorial Day Travel
from The Press-Enterprise
Heading north for an annual fishing trip, Jaime Hernandez said the economy's instability isn't going to keep him from getting the most from his RV. In fact, gasoline prices more than $2 below last year's summer highs might make him more likely to pack up his Winnebago and hit the road. More

Register Now for RV Dealers International Convention/Expo and Pay Later!
from RVDA
Get ready for the most important convention in RVDA history. Register by the May 29 deadline, and you can break up the cost into four easy payments, and not start paying until January 2010! More

The Road is Home for Family Traveling USA in Their RV
from USA Today
Tom and Mary Claire Wahl are homeless. Well, kind of homeless. They don't have a house, or a hometown. What they have is a 41-foot RV that they are driving around America, joined by their three children: Joe, 12, Anna, 10, and Sam, 7. In the past eight months they have traveled almost 16,000 miles, visited 26 states, stayed over at 29 national parks, and clipped at least seven trees. More