RVDA NewsBrief
Sep. 12, 2012

Popular Mechanics: Lessons from an RV newbie
Popular Mechanics
John Brandon describes what it's like to be an RV first-timer, learning how to drive a 25-footer on the highway and how to keep a home-on-wheels fully stocked when you've got three teens on board. But the most valuable lesson, he says, is that an RV forces your family to drive together, live together and enjoy the outdoors together.More

Save time at the RVDA convention — register your staff now
Don't waste precious time at the convention dealing with last-minute registration details — register all of your staff members today. It's quick and painless — to add employees, call RVDA at 703-591-7130 and we'll take care of it right away. You also can register online by visiting RVDA's website.More

Silver Streaks in El Monte, CA
Mid Valley News
Author Wyman Kinders, proud owner of a 1954 Empire 12-footer, recalls the early days of the Silver Streak travel trailer, one of the largest and most enduring brands that were made in El Monte, CA, during the 1950-1970 heyday of American recreational trailer manufacturing. The very words "Silver Streak" hinted at the post-war trend of aerodynamics in car and trailer designs, when "streamlining" was all the rage. Distinctive with its curved ends, rivets, "Magna-Vue" windows and later a wide gold panel on the sides, the Silver Streaks were noted for their exceptionally strong frames, lightweight balanced towing and the latest interior amenities.More

Follow the RVDA convention on Twitter
Get daily Twitter updates from the 2012 RVDA Convention/Expo, Oct. 1-5. Through special proprietary workshops and expo exhibits, the RV industry's leading companies will be on hand to offer ideas, tips and advice you can use right away. It's the education event of the year, with more than 40 workshops and panel sessions. Visit RVDA's website for more information and to register.More

First-of-its kind indoor RV park opens
Williston Herald
A first-of-its-kind indoor RV park in North Dakota is opening soon that will provide spaces for people living in their RVs. The park will have 240 indoor sites for rent and will accept fifth wheels and travel trailers. The complex will include a laundry facility, mailboxes, and a common area with pool tables and cooking amenities.More

Best Parks launches fall RV park and campground recruitment
PRWeb via Digital Journal
Best Parks in America has announced the kickoff of its fall affiliation campaign and its 2013 marketing initiatives to recruit RV resorts and campgrounds. The network currently has more than 70 affiliated parks and expects to grow to 100 as it expands into new markets. In 2013 it will expand its Internet outreach programs to raise its visibility, produce a new newsletter with promotional opportunities for affiliates, and expand its loyalty and rewards membership program. More

Retro vibe spices up Portland RV show
The Oregonian
Wholesale sales of RVs are up 7.6 percent for the first half of the year compared with the same time last year, according to RVIA, and Portland, OR, show organizers are expecting a good turnout for this weekend's event. In addition to dozens of the very latest models, the show will feature a special display of Cowgirl Cabins restored vintage trailers, each one themed after a famous cowgirl.More

A lone wolf, his lost dog, an RV circle, and an Internet miracle
The Arizona Republic via USA Today
When Rusty Reed's dog wandered away from Reed's campsite and into the vast Utah landscape, Reed feared he'd never see him again, especially since a wildfire was forcing Reed to flee the area. But a fellow RVer used her blog and Internet followers to track the dog down 1,000 miles away and reunite the pair.More

RV Care-A-Vanners help build homes for Habitat for Humanity
RV Care-A-Vanners, a group affiliated with Habitat for Humanity International, travel across the United States in their RVs to volunteer at local Habitat chapters. Most are either retired or semi-retired. Retiree Jim Lilja "wanted to do something where I could see it help people," and has helped out on 45 to 50 different builds. He's currently at a New York site, building a home for a mother and her disabled son.More

Vintage Winnebago RV added to resort's sleeper lineup
For those who hanker for a retro camping experience, Castle Rock, WA-based Toutle River RV Resort has added a vintage 24-foot, 1971 Class A Winnebago motorhome to its collection of overnight rentables. The classic Winnie — which is outfitted with two twin beds, a dinette bed and a fold out overhead bunk above the driver's area — effortlessly will transport you (and your bell-bottom trousers) back to an era of the Bee Gees, pop rocks and political chicanery at the Watergate Hotel.More

How innovative companies maintain their edge
The authors pinpoint three key things that distinguish innovative companies. First, these companies have leaders who ask provocative questions that challenge the status quo and who experiment relentlessly to test new ideas. More

What small businesses need to know about data breaches
Business News Daily
From losing money and information to losing your customers' trust, data breaches affect small businesses in big ways. As larger businesses improve their defenses against these breaches, small businesses are left more vulnerable to attacks.More

Secret sources of cash for your business
American Express OPEN Forum
Important election years notoriously are difficult times for financial institutions and investors to make long-term decisions. There's too much uncertainty associated with a potential change in the administration or a shift of control in Congress. But there's one thing investors like more than certainty — returns. Right now, they're sitting on one of the largest stockpiles of cash in history, waiting to deploy that cash if the right investments come along. For some investors, your company may be the perfect opportunity.More

Listen up, business leaders: It's time to rethink everything
The past five years have left many business people asking fundamental questions about their companies: Will our strategy work in this environment? What must we change, and what must we not change? Do we need a new business model? One way to think through your strategy in today's uncertain environment is to answer three basic questions.More