RVDA NewsBrief
Apr. 17, 2013

Free RV Learning Center webinar: Complying with EPA paint regs
The RV Learning Center
EPA has recently sent out compliance orders to collision centers regarding federal paint spraying regulations. Violations of the Clean Air Act often incur heavy fines. Can your shop pass a 6H Paint Spray audit? Find out in tomorrow's free webinar, sponsored by the RV Learning Center and RVDA associate KPA. It starts at noon EDT. More

RV components manufacturer to move headquarters to Elkhart, add 800 new jobs
Drew Industries will relocate from White Plains, NY, to Elkhart, IN, and expand its manufacturing operations there. Drew, the parent company of Elkhart County-based Lippert Components and Kinro, plans to invest $12.75 million to renovate and equip four facilities in Goshen and Elkhart. The company will install new manufacturing and production lines.More

An RV travel renaissance
The Southern Illinoisan
RV camping is enjoying a renaissance, says Marvin Oetjen, owner of RVDA member Kamper's Supply in Carterville, Ill. A number of factors, including the cost and hassles of air travel, are driving interest in RVs. "A lot of younger families are finding out the RV lifestyle is great for family life," he says. "They're out doing things in nature."More

Friends and family steer couple's cross-country RV trip
The Dallas Morning News
Twenty-somethings John Ellis and Laura Preston quit their jobs and took to the road in an Airstream named Loretta, but before leaving, they created a website that lets friends, family and fans not only track their nomadic adventures but also vote on where the couple should go next. So far, they've gotten 120 suggestions and been to seven states and 20 cities.More

RVing full-time: How it's working out
By Michael Charland
The Charlands have just passed the two-year mark of RVing full-time, and now it's time to re-evaluate their future. But first, the couple recaps what they did and where they went during the past 24 months. "We've traveled approximately 40,000 miles and have been to 24 states and two Canadian provinces," says Michael Charland. "The longest we've stayed in one place is six weeks."More

9 New Hampshire adventures for RVers
The Boston Globe
Gorges, majestic mountains, caves. Stunning lakes, magnificent waterfalls, bears. A breathtaking aerial ride up a mountain, another heart-stopping mountain climb by train. A hot air balloon festival. Historic towns and national parks. Here's a New Hampshire-focused RV trip along Interstate 93, clustered around three RV campgrounds.More

Boomers set to change the RV industry
The Huffington Post
Whenever a large mass of people all want, need, or do the same thing at the same time, it's bound to have a cultural effect. According to a just released IBISWorld study, the RV industry will be benefiting soon as retiring baby boomers ready for adventure once more tilt the world in their direction.More

Washington RV dealer talks about past, future of his industry
The Spokesman-Review
Ron Little, owner of RVDA member RVs Northwest of Spokane, WA, was selling cars 20 years ago when a friend who worked at RVs Northwest offered him a job there. Ten years later, Little owned the business, and today the dealership is one of the region's largest. He says the transition from selling cars to RVs was easy: "People are more excited about shopping for RVs than cars, because they're fulfilling their family getaway dreams or retirement dreams. It's a fun business."More

Airstream brings back the Land Yacht
The Wall Street Journal
Airstream, the maker of distinctive aluminum-skinned premium travel trailers, is expected to announce the return of its trademarked "Land Yacht" trailers, based on a concept developed with Italian yacht designer Mauro Micheli.More

Help RVDA protect dealer-assisted financing
RVDA Chairman Jeff Hirsch is asking members to help the association protect dealer-assisted financing by contributing to the RVDA Advocacy Fund. In a special membership alert, Hirsch warned that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is, in the words of the media, "gunning for dealer reserve."More

RV sales rolling along with better economy
Billings Gazette
Manufacturers of recreational vehicles, a made-in-America symbol of money and luxury, expect to sell 7.5 percent more RVs to dealers this year. Pent-up demand for RVs, a stabilizing economy, low interest rates and stock market indices setting record highs are reasons for the jump.More

Yes, sequestration has hit the national parks, but they're still open and still spectacular
National Parks Traveler
The nation's parks are grappling with the loss of millions of dollars due to sequestration, but they're open and remain spectacular places to explore. On recent visits to Canyonlands and Capitol Reef national parks, rangers led hikes, campgrounds were full of laughing children, and budget cuts were carefully tucked out of sight. The National Park System parks seem to be making do.More

Businesses on alert as I-9 audits increase
By Jeniffer Betts
A drastic increase in audits of I-9 forms and record-breaking fines has prompted many employers to take extra steps to minimize their risk. Most employers understand the basics of the Immigration Reform and Control Act regarding hiring illegal workers, but what they don't realize is that there are penalties for technical paperwork errors on I-9 forms. A large number of companies have been fined, not for hiring illegal workers, but for poor recordkeeping and clerical errors.More