RVDA NewsBrief
Mar. 5, 2014

Free webinar: How to handle the dealership's hazardous wastes
Mike Molino RV Learning Center
Find out how to identify and correctly contain and dispose of hazardous wastes during a free webinar at noon EST tomorrow, March 6. A former regulator with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection will discuss hazardous waste issues that pertain to dealerships, including the required paperwork. This free event is provided by the Mike Molino RV Learning Center through a partnership with KPA. More

RV Learning Center catalog is not just about books
Mike Molino RV Learning Center
Dealers looking to get their staffs ramped up for the busy season ahead will find all the resources they need online in the RV Learning Center's new catalog. This compendium of the center's resources comes in a full-color flip book format that's user-friendly and easy to page through online. Its table of contents covers much more than just books and publications.More

Thor says it's ranked top motorhome brand in nation
The Goshen News
Thor Motor Coach has been ranked the top motorhome brand in the nation, according to the company. Statistics compiled by Statistical Surveys, Grand Rapids, MI, show the company's motorhome brands had a 23 percent market share in 2013, making it the top-selling brand.More

Big automakers post weaker overall sales, gains in pickup sales
The Wall Street Journal
Winter storms chilled overall auto demand in February, but some pickups made gains. Ford sold 2.6 percent more of its F-series pickups than it did a year ago, making it the best February for the highly profitable model in eight years. Fiat Chrysler sales jumped, driven by a 26 percent surge in Ram sales. The vehicle types Americans are buying are shifting away from cars and toward SUVs and pickups. Last month, SUVs and trucks made up 51 percent of all light-vehicle sales, and cars were 49 percent. A year ago, those numbers were reversed.More

Roadrunner blog: Saying goodbye
Tallahassee Democrat
An RV owner looks back nostalgically on the adventures she and her husband have had in their 9-year-old fifth wheel and steels herself for the day when their new RV arrives and she has to trade in the old one. "Sometimes it feels like we are living a dream that we hope will never end," she said. "Our RV is a symbol of freedom and adventure, of good health and good fun. At our age, there will be a day when we are no longer able to travel so freely and easily. That makes every memory of time spent RVing seem more special."More

RV supplier buys thermoforming assets
Plastics News
Chasing growth in the recreational vehicle industry, Drew Industries Inc.'s Lippert Components subsidiary plans to buy Star Design, which makes thermoformed RV components. Drew's subsidiaries have been on an expansion spree, riding recent and projected growth in RV markets. In the past several months, the companies have made acquisitions in metal and electronic RV components. Drew derives more than 85 percent of its sales supplying a wide range of RV components. Its sales to the motorhome sector alone rose 30 percent in 2013.More

Retirees love the RV lifestyle for travel
Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal
For retirees Janet and Bill Dowling, an RV is giving them a new way to do what they love — travel. For Rita and Larry Mitchell, traveling in their RV means they can bring along their two Australian shepherds. And for Donna and Jim Smeall, a post-retirement RV is enabling them to visit out-of-state relatives and visit "some of Mother Earth's wonders around the USA."More

Mardi Gras fun at RV city in Mobile
If you've driven on I-10 in downtown Mobile during Mardi Gras, you've probably seen the clusters of RVs and campers under the interstate. People start gathering at RV City weeks before Fat Tuesday for camping, cooking and of course, all the Mardi Gras parades.More

Camping on a budget in Tickfaw
Just 45 minutes from New Orleans, Tickfaw State Park offers fishing, hiking, boating, camping and a boardwalk that runs through the swamp. There's also a nature center where visitors can learn about the dozens of wildlife species present in the park. Inexpensive camping sites are available for RVs and travel trailers.More

'My business's website is my favorite,' said no one ever
By Mark MacDonald
What's your favorite website? It's probably not your business's — even if you designed and produced it. And the sobering truth is that your customers and clients will never say your website is their favorite online place, either. It will never happen. Should you just give up on creating a good small-business website? No. Instead, take a few tips from America's favorite corporate websites.More

Automakers agree on uniform towing capacity tests
USA Today
Chrysler, Ford, General Motors and Nissan all plan to join Toyota in using a uniform, independent test for the towing claims they make for their full-size pickups. Towing capacity is one of the most important performance figures for pickups.More

The MINI meets an Airstream
AutoWeek via MSN Autos
Makers of the popular MINI Cooper have paired one of the diminutive cars with a 22-foot long Airstream trailer and given the odd couple a watersports theme. One side of the trailer opens into a sunbathing bed, and its exterior is partially wrapped in neoprene, the synthetic rubber used for wet suits, in homage to surfing. More

Work force, diversity drive recession recovery
The Associated Press via Fort Wayne Business Weekly
Northern Indiana communities are diversifying their industries and working to improve workers' skills as they recover from the Great Recession. Although Elkhart County's unemployment rate jumped to nearly 19 percent in 2009, the area feels better able to handle an economic downturn now, says chamber of commerce director Jeff Kitson.More