RVDA NewsBrief
Jun. 6, 2012

RVers say they will adapt summer travel plans even as gas fluctuates
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
RVers are a hardy group. They endure traffic jams, mosquitoes, and the occasional bear, so fluctuating gas prices won't keep them stuck at home this summer. Whether gas is up or down doesn't make a huge difference to those like Bill Battle, whose Winnebago Itasca Suncruiser averages about 7 mpg. Battle and his wife plan to drive their 38-foot motorhome about 1,400 miles round trip from their home in southeastern Michigan to Forest City, Iowa, for the Winnebago Grand National Rally this summer.More

Early birds get the best convention room rates
Dealers and their employees who plan on attending the 2012 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, being held Oct. 1-5 in Las Vegas, can save money by immediately booking their hotel rooms. If you reserve with the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino by June 15, you'll pay only $99 per night. After June 15, the rate is $109, good until Sept. 4. More

RVDA monitors FTC updates to Internet advertising disclosure requirements
The Federal Trade Commission is in the process of modernizing its online disclosure requirements to keep pace with smartphones and other mobile devices. RVDA Director of Legal & Regulatory Affairs Brett Richardson recently attended an FTC workshop, "Advertising and Privacy Disclosures in the Digital World," that solicited public input about updating the FTC's existing online advertising guidelines. RVDA and its allies will be monitoring the issue and working to ensure that new rules won't be onerous for motor vehicle dealers.More

Pair chose vacation home on wheels instead of a condo
Over the Mountain Journal
When it came to purchasing a vacation home, Will and Ammie Akin of Mountain Brook, AL, considered two options — a condo or an RV they could take to football games, the beach, the lake. The possibilities with an RV seemed endless, so that's what they chose. And in their first seven months of Airstream ownership, they've already taken it on six outings. More

Jayco RV used in Major League broadcasts
Jayco via Inside Indiana Business
The Go RVing and MLB Network's "Home and Away Tour" Jayco Class C motorhome recently stopped by Jayco's headquarters on its way from a St. Louis Cardinals' game to the Tigers' stadium in Detroit. Since mid-April, the motorhome has been visiting the nation's ballparks as a touring studio that broadcasts features during the MLB Network's Game of the Week. The motorhome was used for on-air reports and interviews with players during the "On Deck Circle," the network's signature show featuring Major League Baseball highlights and analysis.More

Get outdoors: Free entrance June 9 at all 397 national parks
National Park Service
Get started on summer fun with free admission to any national park this Saturday. In celebration of National Get Outdoors Day, all 397 national parks will waive entrance fees. "Outdoor physical activity is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, and national parks are great places to get out, experience nature, and get your heart pumping," says National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "There are so many things to see and do in a park, either on your own or on a guided tour. Stroll a battlefield, hike to a waterfall, observe wildlife, paddle a waterway, walk on the beach, or enjoy a picnic."More

America's 10 greatest factory tours
Fox News
Who says America doesn't make stuff anymore? From RVs to coffee, hot sauce to jumbo jets, we have 10 great places to see how the proverbial sausage is made, including a tour of the Airstream Factory in Jackson Center, OH. Those iconic silver travel trailers are made in a tiny town set amid Ohio farm fields. It's a pilgrimage site for owners, who bring their houses on wheels to be serviced and camp out at the on-site RV park.More