RVDA NewsBrief
Sep. 25, 2013

Yes! You CAN still register for next week's convention
It's still possible to register online — or onsite — for the 2013 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo in Las Vegas Sept. 30–Oct. 4. This is the biggest single source for training, education, networking and more. If you've been waiting until the last minute, start packing your bags! Come see how education can be your competitive edge. More

Can investors win with Winnebago and Thor?
The Motley Fool
This popular investing site is bullish on Winnebago, calling it "a glittering brand with financial results to match," and Thor, which has been "profitable for more than 30 consecutive years." While Winnebago isn't the largest RV manufacturer, "it has a long-standing reputation for quality, earning the Quality Circle Award from RVDA every year since 1996." And Thor, which is the largest RV manufacturer in the world, recently released preliminary sales results for its fourth quarter and for the full year — both were record performances.More

RVs: From tailgating to traveling
Whether you use them for a grand tailgate party or for traveling across the country, RVing is picking up steam. Americans love the ability to take to the road, with all the creature comforts of home. And now that it's fall tailgating season, what better way to indulge than with an RV? Staff from RVDA member Brambilla's RV of Shakopee, MN, give the Fox 9 Morning News team a tour of their 26-foot Sunstar tailgating special.More

Elkhart County a leader in GDP gain
The Goshen News
Elkhart-Goshen's GDP grew by 11.4 percent in 2012, one of the top gains in the country. Much of the growth was fueled by an increase in manufacturing. Local RV makers, including Keystone RV Co. and Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc., have been rebounding since the recession of 2007, and RV suppliers, including Lippert Components Inc. in Goshen, are all up as well. "When the economy is good, we're leading the parade and when that happens, everything else in Elkhart County responds accordingly," says Chamber of Commerce president David Daugherty. "It's more fun to lead the parade when it comes back. The continued growth should be good for the next couple of years."More

Fall's here — Time to winterize your RV
Nulty Insurance via PRWeb
RVs for the most part are seasonal vehicles. In Michigan, winter can be cold and long — and for many residents, the difference between a costly maintenance bill in the spring and an RV that's ready to go is their winterization preparation. Many people don't realize how hard the cold can be on vehicles that are unequipped to handle it, and storage is only half the battle! Winterization is one of the most significant things when it comes to prolonging the life and enjoyment of a vehicle. Here are general tips for winterizing.More

Considerations and costs for adding boat RV/storage to a self-storage property
Inside Self-Storage
Because many communities have restrictions against parking boats and RVs on the street or in driveways, storage operators have an excellent opportunity to meet the resulting demand for space. If you're looking for ways to bring in new revenue, consider adding storage buildings or parking for boats and RVs. Smart facility operators provide not only storage but a host of complementary services. Here are some considerations for a smooth ride into the world of RV storage.More

Florida man to be featured on 'Extreme RVs'
Tim Heintz got into RV restoration for fun. He's since turned it into a business that's gaining national attention. As the CEO of Heintz Designs Vintage Trailer Restorations in Panama City, FL, he's restored dozens of RVs. "It's a bad hobby to get into because you can't stop at just one. I have nine trailers in my collection alone," he says. Heintz caught the eye of Travel Channel's "Extreme RVs" series, whose producers recently taped an entire episode in his shop that shows the restoration of a very rare 1957 airfloat.More

Overall Midwest consumer prices rose, but transportation, fuel costs dropped
The Elkhart Truth
Although natural gas, clothes, housing and medical care all cost Midwesterners at least 2 percent more in August than a year ago, the good news is that gasoline cost 5.3 percent less, and the non-gasoline cost of transportation was down 1.3 percent over the same period. That's according to information compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.More

Tow or toad — That is the question
By Laura Weaver
Whether you decide to use a tow dolly or a tow bar system for your extra vehicle when you go RVing depends on a number of factors. Either way, taking your tow vehicle along on your camping trip can only enhance your sight-seeing enjoyment. More

RV Care-A-Vanners working on 25 years building homes with Habitat for Humanity
The hugely successful Habitat for Humanity volunteer program known as RV Care-A-Vanners is approaching 25 years of building homes to help reach Habitat's goal of eliminating poverty housing. If you're looking for a worthy project, investigate this opportunity to do good work, expand your heart and stay in shape.More

Thor delivers a Class A motorhome on a Class C chassis with better mileage than either
The Elkhart Truth
Thor Motor Coach is showing off a pair of new models that mix the benefits of Class A and Class C motorhomes, while coming in not much larger — and not much more expensive — than a luxury SUV. The new design — the Vegas/Axis — will get roughly 11 or 12 mpg, compared to eight or nine for many Class C motorhomes, according to the company.More

Idaho RV plant moving to Pendleton, OR
The Times-News
Dutchmen Manufacturing will relocate its Burley, ID, RV plant to Pendleton, OR, where it already has a production campus. The move will allow the manufacturer and its dealers to "maintain our lead over the competition with products built for the western market," according to a spokesman.More

'Vampire Diaries' star shows off his Airstream, tweets props to dealer
Ian Somerhalder from "The Vampire Diaries" on CW took a break from the action on set this weekend to add something new to his life. Somerhalder shared a photo of his new environment friendly Airsteam trailer on his Twitter. He also tweeted a personal thank you to the dealership he picked up the item from.More

Kentucky Wildcat fans tailgate in style with their tricked-out vehicles
Lexington Herald-Leader
For some University of Kentucky football fans, the stadium's luxury boxes have nothing over their luxury tailgating vehicles of choice. In the tailgating city that surrounds Commonwealth Stadium before home games, you'll see that almost any kind of vehicle can be converted into a tailgating dream.More

The 5 worst pieces of advice for small business owners
When you're starting a business, there's no shortage of people eager to hand out advice on how you should develop your product, run your marketing, handle your finances and more. Nellie Akalp will be the first to admit she's had great mentors over the years whose contributions were invaluable to my success. Yet after launching two companies over two decades, she's also gotten some terrible advice. Here are the top five bits that she could have done without, including "social media is free."More