RVDA NewsBrief
Feb. 6, 2013

Report: REI chief executive Sally Jewell to head Interior Department
The Washington Post
Recreational Equipment Inc. chief executive Sally Jewell will be nominated to head the U.S. Department of Interior. Jewell — who will have to be confirmed by the Senate — has earned national recognition for her management skills and support for outdoor recreation and habitat conservation. In 2011, Jewell spoke at the White House conference on "America's Great Outdoor Initiative," noting that the $289 billion outdoor recreation industry supports 6.5 million jobs. Some key outdoor recreation leaders say the appointment appears to be "good news" because of Jewell's private sector experience and support for tourism on public lands.More

Get techs ready for the spring season
Do you have recently hired technicians who need to upgrade their skills? The RV Technician Certification Preparation Course provides learning materials and readiness tests for all aspects of RV repair, including propane, electrical, plumbing, generators and more. And best of all, you can save money when you register four or more techs at one time. More

Thor RV sales up 27 percent in second quarter
Thor Industries Inc. announced its fiscal 2013 second-quarter RV sales were up 27 percent from the second quarter of fiscal 2012. Towable RV sales for the second quarter were $522.4 million, up 17.6 percent from $444.2 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2012. Motorized RV sales in the second quarter more than doubled to $113.7 million from $56.8 million in the same quarter a year ago. For the six months ended Jan. 31, RV sales were $1.40 billion, up 32.1 percent from $1.06 billion last year. Towable RV sales for the six months were $1.16 billion, up 23 percent from $943.3 million last year. Motorized RV sales rose to $235.9 million from $119.3 million last year.More

Prime Time RV reporting strong sales
Elkhart Truth
Many of Prime Time's largest dealers have benefitted from record-level consumer traffic at their respective retail RV shows, according to the company. "With historically low interest rates still in place and fuel prices leveling off, there seems to be an upbeat attitude with our customers, and they are coming out to buy a new RV," says Eddie Unger, corporate sales manager of Tom Raper RVs in Richmond, IN.More

California RV dealers: Are your new commission pay plans ready?
The RV Learning Center
All California employers that pay employees on a commission basis must provide those employees with a written agreement or pay plan, and those plans have some very specific requirements about what needs to be included in them. Find out more in a free webinar that RVDA associate KPA and the RV Learning Center are sponsoring at noon ET Feb. 7.More

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In an effort to enhance the overall content of the RVDA Newsbrief, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of RVDA, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Colby Horton to discuss logistics and payment.More

RV dealers predict 'Mega' momentum at Jacksonville show
The Florida Times-Union
Jacksonville, FL, RV dealers say positive feedback from the Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa, coupled with strong RV sales locally in the last quarter of 2012, are pointing toward a strong showing at the upcoming Jacksonville RV MegaShow. Tom Tibbitts, regional president of the Florida RV Trade Association, says he talked with a dealer at the Tampa show whose sales were up nearly 35 percent from last year. "Based on everything we're hearing, the RV industry appears to be making a rebound," Tibbitts says.More

Shows offer inspiration to would-be RVers
The Detroit News
Doreen Thomas, a 75-year-old retired chemist, decided years ago that she wanted to travel with her pet Yorkies. "I hate motels," she says, "so I got an RV." That was a few years ago; now she’s president of RVing Women, a national association that offers resources and activities for female RVers. Members range in age from the 30s through the 70s and use their RVs for many different purposes. At first, "they think they can't handle the rigs — but we show them they can," says Thomas. She and others conduct how-to workshops. 2013 national events include RV driving school in Oklahoma, a maintenance seminar in Oregon and a rally in Sacramento, CA.More

Retired couple explores RV life on the road
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Nancy and John McIntyre are retirees who have discovered their version of the good life: Traveling carefree for months on end in their small RV, in no hurry to get anywhere. In three years as RV newbies, the Minneapolis couple logged 60,000 miles on their rig, traveling from Alaska to Florida and from California to Newfoundland.More

6 RV travel tips for beginner and seasoned RV enthusiasts
Seeing the country in an RV is an affordable and exciting way to spend quality family time. According to one study, a family of four can save up to 74 percent traveling by RV over more conventional travel. And with more than 16,000 public and privately owned campgrounds in the United States, there's a site to fulfill everyone's vacation fantasy, whether it's an oceanfront view, hiking trails, casino gambling or tennis. Here are six helpful tips that will come in handy for both beginning and seasoned RV enthusiasts.More

2013 model Type B motorhomes have plenty of cool features
VideoBriefRV bloggers Jennifer and Mike Wendland spent a lot of time touring the Florida RV Supershow, checking out the features in Type B motorhomes. Here are a few of the top trends — including heated floors and solar options — that they identified at the show, as well as some of the things they liked best.More

Do you know what your business is worth? You should
The New York Times
With the day-to-day demands of running their businesses, most owners put off getting a valuation until a sale is imminent. But some are starting to treat the act of valuing their business as an integral part of running it. "Everyone likes to think they're building something they can sell someday, but unless you measure it, you don't know if you really are," says Chris Myers, the 27-year-old chief executive of BodeTree, a start-up that created a cloud-based computer program that synchronizes with a company's accounting software to give owners constant, real-time estimates.More

4 storytelling techniques that can help you increase your sales
We've all heard of the elevator pitch: Explain your business in 30 seconds or less, the time it takes to get from the lobby to whichever floor your prospect is going. But what if your pitch is, shall we say, a little dull? A renowned storyteller offers tips that can help salespeople and small business owners engage with prospective clients and secure the sale.More