RVDA NewsBrief
Jan. 20, 2010

Seven things to know about trends in the RV world
Victoria Advocate
Bob and Donna Purdy meandered through the Victoria Community Center, past RVs that boasted everything from outdoor kitchens to bunk beds and flat-screen TVs. With the South Texas RV Show in full swing last weekend, giving current and potential owners a look at what's new in the RV world, the Victoria Advocate provided readers with seven current trends in RVing.More

Analyst says RV deliveries rising
The Associated Press
A Baird analyst said dealers are ordering more RVs after a big decline in inventories, likely helping sales at RV makers. But, demand from customers -- key to a sustainable rebound -- is still uncertain. Analyst Craig Kennison said in a note last week that Baird surveyed nearly 100 RV dealers. Inventory bottomed in 2009, and Kennison said dealers plan to more than double orders of motorhomes, and to order 51 percent more towables, in the next six months.More

RV techs who complete online prep course more likely to earn RVDA-RVIA certification
RV Learning Center
RV technicians who complete the online RV Technician Certification Prep Course available through the RV Learning Center are significantly more likely to earn RVDA-RVIA Technician Certification than those who do not take the course. Seventy-nine percent of RV technicians who completed the online prep course passed the RVDA-RVIA Technician Certification test, compared to 61 percent of technicians who did not use the course to prepare for the test. More

Get hitched affordably
St. Petersburg Times
Terry Tomalin, outdoors editor for the St. Petersburg Times, always assumed RVs were for retirees who have put their child-rearing years behind them. But Dave Kelly, marketing director for the Florida RV Trade Association, was determined to prove him wrong.More

RV dealers signing up for 2010 Go RVing program
The Go RVing Dealer tie-in program is back and ready to help your dealership have a successful year in 2010. Based on dealer input, Go RVing has assembled a powerful, user-friendly, electronic consumer lead distribution system. This optional program also gives dealers, state dealer associations, and their agencies options to use material connected to the national campaign.More

RV sales projects to rise this year
The Patriot-News
University of Michigan economist Richard Curtin forecasts that shipments of recreational vehicles to dealers will increase by 27 percent in 2010, reaching a total of 203,500 units shipped. Each passing month brings new evidence of a continued economic recovery in the motorhome sales industry, as well as the rest of the country. More

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RV Learning Center
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