RVDA NewsBrief
Apr. 15, 2015

Bipartisan House bill seeks to stop CFPB's attack on vehicle financing
RVDA supports a bipartisan bill introduced in the House this week that would prevent the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from eliminating vehicle financing discounts. H.R. 1737 would repeal a controversial 2013 CFPB bulletin that put pressure on lending institutions to do away with financing discounts. RVDA firmly believes that dealer-assisted financing promotes competitive financing rates for consumers and is good for business. The association will keep members updated on this bill and other actions to protect dealer-assisted financing.More

Free webinar: How building a safety culture can boost dealership profitability
The Mike Molino RV Learning Center
Find out why instilling a safety culture at your dealership can also save you money in the long haul during a free one-hour webinar at noon ET tomorrow, April 16. A risk management consultant from KPA, an RVDA strategic partner, will explain the five practices dealers must implement to keep the workplace safe and boost profitability at the same time. More

Winnebago leads growing compact motorhome market trend with 43 percent market share
Winnebago Industries Inc. is carving a niche in the new market segment for compact, fuel-efficient motorhomes. The segment is defined as any Class A, B, or C product that has a narrow-width body (90") and is less than 26 feet long. Products in this segment appeal to buyers who want the RV lifestyle in an easy-to-drive, fuel-efficient and maneuverable motorhome, says Winnebago. The company had a 44 percent market share of the segment last year. More

Free webinar on tire standards and safety
When it comes to pairing the right tires with the right RV, tires should be viewed as safety equipment and not just commodities. Tire design, load ratings, inflation pressures, common failures and their causes, and more will be discussed during a free webinar on April 23 at 11 a.m. ET. The event is hosted by RVIA and features remarks by NHTSA's Bruce York, Tredit Tire's Tim Ball, and RVSEF's Walter Cannon. More

Federal safety officials grant partial license exemption to RV transporters
The Elkhart Truth
The partial license exemption that federal safety officials recently gave RV transporters covers only a narrow slice of trailer deliveries but is a good first step in getting the feds to recognize that RV delivery drivers shouldn’t be treated the same as tractor trailer drivers. RVIA sought the exemption to help avert a repeat of last year’s driver shortage that left RV deliveries backed up on manufacturers' lots.More

Thor Industries is Silver Partner for RVDA Convention/Expo
RVDA is pleased to announce that Thor Industries Inc. is a Silver Partner of the 2015 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, Nov. 2 -6 at Bally's in Las Vegas. As part of its 2015 partnership agreement, Thor will once again support the centrally located dealer lounge that offers comfortable seating and other amenities for convention attendees. More

Protective is RVDA Convention/Expo Gold Partner
RVDA is proud to announce that Protective Asset Protection is a Gold Partner of the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo. The convention is sponsored by RVDA–The National RV Dealers Association, RVDA of Canada, and the Mike Molino RV Learning Center. For more than two decades, RVDA has exclusively endorsed Protective’s XtraRide® service contract program.More

The most popular US road trips for summer 2015
National parks are still the most popular stops on Americans' road trip itineraries, but the routes and alternative stops travelers are planning are changing the nature of this year's typical road trip. Rather than make the traditional cross-country journey, most travelers will opt for shorter, regional routes closer to home this summer. More

Why you should use education marketing for lead generation
Business 2 Community
People go back to the same websites time and again if they like what they see there – they feel they're getting a benefit from the content. In time, they begin to view those websites as subject authorities and they come to rely on the information and look forward to updates. Even though it might be awhile before they actually buy, they’ll think of you first if you’ve already established yourself as an educational source.More

How to be more resilient when things get tough
You can’t fight change or avoid adversity. But you can develop the skills to cope with, and even thrive in them. One characteristic of resilient people is that they don’t try to solve problems with the same thinking that caused them. These individuals also remind themselves that much of what they're facing is temporary, and that they've overcome setbacks before and can do it again. More