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RVDA News Brief
May 6, 2009

More RV Dealers Eligible to Apply for SBA Loans
from The Journal Gazette
More midsize RV and vehicle dealers and auto industry suppliers can apply for federal loans to help pay for payroll, supplies, and other costs, the Obama administration announced Friday. In a policy move backed by RVDA, the Small Business Administration said it would temporarily expand its size limit for eligible businesses, making many dealers and suppliers eligible. More    E-mail article

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FTC Delays Enforcement of ‘Red Flags’ Rule Until August 1, 2009
from RVDA
The FTC has delayed the May 1 deadline until August 1, 2009. This is the date when the FTC will begin enforcement actions against businesses not in compliance with the new rules. More    E-mail article

Actor Matthew McConaughey Talks About RV Trip on "Live with Regis and Kelly"
from "Live with Regis and Kelly"
Matthew McConaughey told viewers of the “Live with Regis and Kelly” TV show that he loves his RV! While he may be a Hollywood superstar, McConaughey enjoys his time traveling and camping in his travel trailer. More    E-mail article

Summer Gasoline Prices Predicted to Stay Low
The price of regular gasoline tends to rise in the spring, a harbinger of the summer travel season. But Tuesday, energy experts said anticipated low summer prices may foreshadow a bump up in travel. More    E-mail article

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RVers Quit Good Jobs, Uproot and Set off to Help the Needy
from the Hartford Courant
In the midst of one of the worst economic downturns in decades, Amy and Dave Mueller have quit good-paying, steady jobs, sold their waterfront home in Clinton, CT, and are spending the next year traveling the U.S. to help others — including building homes and installing sewers — while living in an RV. More    E-mail article

RV Owners Love Freedom, Relaxation
There's something about an RV, from tent trailer to Class A motorhome, that makes it more than the sum of its parts. RV owners aren't just looking for a place to spend the night, cook meals, and hide out of the rain; they are buying into a lifestyle. More    E-mail article

Taking Your Home with You
from The New York Times
To most people, frugal travel means getting around by foot, bike, bus, and low-cost airlines. But for Randy Sturrock and Marianne Edwards, the RV is their preferred mode of inexpensive transportation. More    E-mail article

Buffett Admits Investment Mistakes, but Shareholders Keep the Faith
from The Guardian
The legendary stock picker dubbed the “Sage of Omaha” is still wowing the crowds despite 35 percent drop in Berkshire Hathaway share price. Berkshire is the parent company of RV maker Forest River. More    E-mail article

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