RVDA NewsBrief
May. 30, 2012

Forest River, Jayco, Keystone Partners in Progress Brand Committee meetings slated for convention
Partners in Progress Brand Committee meetings give dealers the opportunity to talk face to face with executives from the brands they carry and raise the issues that matter most to them. The meetings are held in conjunction with the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, which will be held Oct. 1-5 in Las Vegas. To date, three sessions have been scheduled. On Monday, Oct. 1, Forest River will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m., and Jayco will meet from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. On Tuesday, Oct. 2, Keystone will meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m.More

Gas prices expected to fall further heading into summer
The Washington Post
Millions of travelers breathed a sigh of relief when gas prices fell in the weeks leading up to the heavily traveled Memorial Day weekend. Now, a touch of good news for those already daydreaming about summer road trips: Gas prices could fall even more in the weeks ahead, and even if they do rise in July and August, they likely will remain well below the $4 or $5 per gallon that some observers had feared. More

Protective supports RV Dealers International Convention/Expo with gold sponsorship
Protective Life Corporation's Asset Protection segment is a Gold Sponsor of the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, being held Oct. 1-5 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The convention is sponsored by RVDA–The National RV Dealers Association, RVDA of Canada, and the RV Learning Center. "RVDA has endorsed Protective's XtraRide service agreement since 1992, and Protective's continuing support of employee education through its convention sponsorship is another example of its commitment to the association and its dealer members," says RVDA Convention/Expo Committee Chairman Peter Albano of American RV in Olive Branch, MS.More

Renting an RV
The Chicago Tribune
"Would you like to include a bedding package with that rental?" isn't something you overhear at a rental car counter. Neither is "How about a kitchen box?" But they're standard questions when you're reserving an RV.More

Best Parks resorts report increased summer camping, RV reservations
Best Parks in America reports that overall enthusiasm for getting outdoors is improving over 2011. Many of its 66 affiliates say bookings for RV sites and cabin rentals are ahead of 2011. "Trends at our affiliates clearly indicate that consumers are anxious to get outdoors and spend quality time with family and friends, enjoy the natural environment found at RV parks and campgrounds, and enjoy leisure time closer to home," says David Gorin, president of Best Parks in America.More

Rand McNally offers new destination for RVers
PR Newswire via MarketWatch
Rand McNally has expanded its award-winning travel community Best of the Road with a new microsite dedicated to RVers. The "Best of RVing" site, at bestoftheroad.com/rv, kicks off with a prize-a-day giveaway featuring items such as Rand McNally RV GPS devices, e-reader tablets, and campground memberships. In collaboration with the Good Sam family of RV clubs, the site also features an "RV Stories" contest in which RVers can win up to $5,000.More

Retro 'Trail Along' highlights vintage RVs
Back in the day, travel-trailer owners used their personal vehicles or shop trucks to tote their Airstreams or Vagabonds cross-country — there were no 1-ton turbo-diesel crew cabs with navigation systems and leather seats. The fifth annual "Trail Along to Pismo" vintage RV show recently featured an eclectic collection of old pickups, station wagons, woodies, and a few truly unusual tow-vehicle creations. Highlights included Streamliners, Silver Streaks, and the always cool teardrops.More