RVDA News Brief
Aug. 20, 2008

RVs Provide “Efficient” Travel
from The Wall Street Journal
RV owner Ted LeBaron of Camarillo, CA, drives a 34-foot Winnebago motorhome. He believes that despite its size, the RV is more efficient, pound for pound, than a big SUV. One reason RVs are faring better than some might expect is because fuel economy isn't necessarily as much of a concern to buyers as comfort and convenience features. Travelers are likely to compare the cost of operating motorhomes or large trailers not just to the cost of driving the car, but also the price of hotel rooms and restaurant meals. More

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RVDA Member Seeing More Traffic
from WBOC-TV
There are many strategies to help boost an RV business. Parkview RV Center, an RVDA member in Smyrna, DE, says it's made several adjustments to help sales. "We're actually getting a bit more floor traffic through the dealership a lot more customers calling in," said Ryan Horsey, V.P. of fixed operations at the dealership. More

Analyst: “RV Lifestyle Not Going Away”
from the New York Times
RV manufacturers are developing new ways to meet the demands of today’s customers. “I don’t think the lifestyle is going away, but I think people are pursuing it in a different way. And the companies that innovate to meet consumer demand best will be the survivors,” said Craig R. Kennison, a consumer leisure industry analyst with Milwaukee-based Robert W. Baird & Company, a wealth management and private equity company. More

Video: Dedicated RV Owners
from WSJV-TV
RV owners are still hitting the road this summer. "It's a lot more sociable life. And we just like the lifestyle," said RV owner Bob Heiland. He said he wouldn't give up his RV. In fact, he just bought one in June. More

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RVDA Convention Workshops Focus on Hot Topics
from RVDA
Workshops on managing cash flow, developing pay plans, and a panel on where the RV market is heading are just some of the session that await dealers attending the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, Sept. 23-26, in Las Vegas. More

RVDA Member Helps Humanitarian Organization
from the Quad-City Times
In the coming months, a custom-built RV, outfitted from top to bottom to serve as a mobile medical unit, will be delivered to the AID Village Clinics. Designed and built by RVDA member US Adventure RV, it is the first project of its kind for the Davenport, IA, dealership. The handiwork of the dealership — and many of its suppliers — will reach around the globe to help a humanitarian organization provide health care services to the rural reaches of Africa in southeast Kenya. More

RV Learning Center Scholarship Recipient Selected
from RVDA
The 2008-2009 RVDA Education Foundation’s RV Learning Center Scholarship recipient is Lindsay O’Bryan of Ft. Myers, FL. O’Bryan received $2,500 toward her higher education. The Kindlund Family Foundation endows the scholarship. More

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RVDA NewsBrief is a weekly roundup of articles of interest to RV retailers and is provided as a member service. This email may contain an advertisement of RVDA and/or third party products and services. Opinions expressed in these articles do not necessarily reflect the views of RVDA or its advertising partners. The RVDA NewsBrief is compiled by MultiBriefs, a division of MultiView, Inc. Factual errors are the responsibility of the listed publication.

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