RVDA NewsBrief
Jan. 5, 2011

Big vehicles can be environmentally friendly
The News-Herald (OH)
The idea of an environmentally friendly RV may seem like an oxymoron, but Brian Brawdy is making it his business to dispel such talk. The television news reporter-turned-activist, spokesman, and educator returns to northeast Ohio with his green RV. "I'm coming back just to hang out and teach people how to live off the grid," said Brawdy.More

RVs map a different road back
The Wall Street Journal
RV makers are trying to move things along with more fuel-efficient trailers aimed at frugal travelers tired of airports and motels. The industry is fighting back by offering lighter vehicles aimed at a broader range of buyers, while expanding advertising that touts the affordability of RV travel. It is also hoping that people put off by security pat-downs and other air-travel nuisances will turn to RVs.More

Registration now open for RVDAs first Virtual Expo
Dealers and their employees can now register free of charge for RVDA's first Virtual Expo, scheduled for March 15-17 and on demand through April 15. This virtual event will allow you to form profitable partnerships with some of the leading companies in the RV industry without time away from home or the dealership. You can also access information on educational resources available through the RV Learning Center.More

Winnebago buys RV firm in Indiana
Des Moines Register (IA)
Motorhome manufacturer Winnebago Industries Inc. said it has completed a deal to buy SunnyBrook RV Inc. of Middlebury, Ind., for $5.7 million in cash. The sale is Winnebago's first acquisition in more than 20 years, and analysts have said it indicates that the recreational vehicle market sees a sustained recovery Winnebago said it would continue to make the Indiana company's line of towable trailers under the SunnyBrook name.More

Couple visited almost all of the United States in an RV
Victoria (TX) Advocate
In 1990, Joe and Mary Tarver stood surrounded by friends, finding themselves at an unexpected impasse. "So Joe, now you've got that trailer, where are y'all going to go?" a friend had asked as the farewell party thrown by their adult Sunday School class got going. They answered the question simultaneously. "East." "West." The couple turned to each other, stuck for a moment. Then Joe laughed. Mary laughed. They didn't have to choose. They'd go both directions. They'd see it all.More

Sales of RVs rebound after economic downturn
It now seems that American families are finally ready to start hitting the open road again. This is great news for the RV industry. After all, the RV industry has just recently suffered its worst stretch in nearly two decades. RV makers are now starting to finally turn a profit once again. Dealers are finally starting to order more RVs for their showrooms again. Despite this, the damage has already been done for some RV markets and dealers.More

Free readiness tests help assess preparedness for certification
RV Learning Center
The RV Learning Center's free online tests help dealers identify employees' training needs and their preparedness for certification. Tests are available for service writer/advisor, service manager, parts manager, parts specialist, and warranty administrator. Each automated test takes just 10-15 minutes to complete.More

Sales of leisure products rebound
Journal Sentinel (WI)
The market has improved for expensive leisure products - including motorcycles, snowmobiles, and motorhomes - despite the fragile economic recovery, a new report from Robert W. Baird & Co. says.More