RVDA NewsBrief
Jun. 3, 2015

RV industry predicts 'robust growth' to continue into 2016
South Bend Tribune
The RV industry is only a few weeks into its summer selling season, but 2015 shipment totals are already expected to surpass last year’s. Industry officials are predicting the growth, driven by consumer demand, will continue well into 2016. RV shipment totals are expected to hit 380,000 by the end of the year, an almost 7 percent increase from 2014, according to RVIA. Shipment totals are expected to set an industry record in 2016, reaching more than 394,000 — totals that haven't been seen since 2006 when about 390,000 units shipped. More

Sen. Warren finds no support for CFPB dealer exemption repeal effort
Sen. Elizabeth Warren has spent the past six weeks calling for stronger government oversight of dealers’ loans to vehicle buyers. She is now trying to drum up support for a measure to bring lending at dealerships under the control of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). None of Warren’s fellow Democrats on the Senate Banking Committee have agreed to co-sponsor the legislation yet, several industry and congressional sources confirmed for POLITICO. RVDA strongly opposes repeal of the dealer exemption to CFPB oversight.More

Great Outdoors Month is underway
American Recreation Coalition
A host of activities are underway as the outdoor recreation community, including the American Recreation Coalition and RVDA, celebrate Great Outdoors Month. On Saturday, in Jefferson City, MO, Governor Jay Nixon teamed up with The Coleman Company and Missouri State Parks for Great Outdoors Day at the Capitol. RVDA member Bill Thomas Camper Sales provided a fifth-wheel for the event. There are many more events scheduled to celebrate outdoor recreation throughout the month.More

Popular Vendor Training +Plus training sessions set for 2015 RVDA Convention/Expo
More than a dozen major industry vendors will present in-depth product training during this year’s RV Dealers International Convention/Expo on Nov. 2-3. The roster of popular Vendor Training +Plus participants includes eBay Motors, IDS-Integrated Dealer Systems, Lippert Components, American Guardian Group of Companies, and more. Register for the convention by the end of the month to get the early bird rate.More

Free webinar: Making sense of wage and hour laws
Mike Molino RV Learning Center
Wage and hour law is one of the most complex areas of HR compliance for employers, but the experts at KPA can help you make sense of it. An expert will explain differences between state and federal laws, how to determine an employee versus a contractor, how to handle wage deductions legally, and more. This free event from the RV Learning Center takes place tomorrow, June 4, at noon Eastern.More

All in the family – an interview with Jayco's Derald Bontrager
The Huffington Post
Building a family business is hard work. But what’s even harder is to continue the legacy once the founder has passed away. Here are four lessons to carrying out a legacy, building a business, and keeping it all in the family ... the Derald Bontrager way.More

Winnebago Industries CEO on CNBC
Winnebago Industries Inc. CEO Randy Potts was interviewed on CNBC recently and discussed how lower fuel prices are affecting the RV manufacturer. "It helps in many ways – it lowers the cost of ownership, it lowers the cost of materials, it lowers the cost of freight – inbound and outbound. It's just a positive any way you look at it for our business," he said.More

How to get the most out of the national parks this summer
The New York Times
The National Park Service is expecting a record number of visitors to its 400+ sites as the agency approaches its centennial anniversary on Aug. 25, 2016. The parks, which range from Alcatraz to Yellowstone, can be places for spiritual and emotional renewal, say officials. The agency has created Find Your Park, an interactive website that registers users’ intellectual, geographical, and activity preferences in order to suggest a park that’s right for them. More

10 summer RV vacations for retirees
U.S. News & World Report
"RVers are creatures of habit," says Jennifer Schwartz, vice president of marketing for the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds. “They go back to the same place every year.” With so many great vacation spots, though, why not explore new surroundings this year? U.S. News talked to three RV travel experts about top RV trips for this summer.More

Survey reveals 2015 summer travel trends
Travel Pulse
A recent Citi survey reveals some interesting travel trends this summer. One major finding: Summer travel is on the rise, but Americans are trying to avoid holiday weekends. Also, travelers are likely to take multiple weekend trips during the summer; five years ago, taking one long vacation was more popular. Nearly 60 percent of travelers say they exceed their summer getaway budget every year.More

13 ways to show customers you love them
Small companies with conservative budgets still have plenty of creative ways to delight, surprise, and evangelize customers. Investing in customer service pays big dividends. Passionate buyers have a higher average order value, purchase more frequently, and tend to tell their friends. Here are 13 ways to regularly "wow" clients. More

How to build your email list
Fast Company
In the age of social media, is email still relevant to marketing? Yes, because it’s the only direct communication with scale to it, says Noah Kagan, whose company, SumoMe, offers tools for growing website traffic. "If I could go to everyone’s door every day, I would. Email is the next best thing." Fellow entrepreneur Brooke Thomas, who markets her products solely through email, says individuals have a bias in favor of this medium and are more likely to respond. So get busy beefing up your company’s email database with these ideas.More