RVDA NewsBrief
Oct. 6, 2010

RV ally Dirk Kempthorne champions green technology for RVs
Former Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne, a long-time RV industry ally, told convention attendees at Tuesday’s opening general session that interest in the outdoors and the RV lifestyle is rebounding, and that’s good news for dealers still recovering from the worst economy since the Great Depression. More

The most scenic, comfortable drives this fall on America's byways
America's Byways Resource Center
According to a new national survey from The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and America’s Byways, 70 percent of Americans are planning on taking at least one road trip this autumn, and a combination of stable gas prices and abundant scenic routes should contribute to opportunities for weekend road trips or getaways. The survey, completed by Kelton Research, also finds that most travelers want their journey to be something that is beautiful and unique, not just another trip on a superhighway.More

RVs' return may indicate consumer recovery
Sales at leading RV maker Thor Industries are on the road to recovery after being slammed by high gas prices, scarce credit, and recession-racked consumers. U.S. consumers are favoring less expensive and more fuel-efficient models, analysts and industry experts say. Americans' willingness to spend, if not splurge, on so-called second homes on wheels could in turn provide a clue to positive trends in the broader economy.More

Analyst says RVs outperforming motorcycles in US market
Internet-based financial website stockcall.com says RV companies are outperforming motorcycle manufacturers in the fight for discretionary income. Motorcycles have been the hardest hit, while some RVs are attracting new types of clientele.More

New RV will help children without dental care
The Bay County Health Department is now the proud owner of a 40-foot RV destined for helping children who can’t afford traditional dental care. “You can take the service where it’s needed instead of having people come to a location,” Bay County Health Department Public Information Officer Juila Ruschmann said. More

Former RVDA executive vice president James B. Summers passes away
RVDA regrets to inform the membership that James B. Summers, Sr., passed away on Sunday, Oct. 3, in Columbia, SC. Summers was RVDA’s chief staff leader for a decade, serving as executive vice president from 1976 to 1986. During his tenure, Summers worked with volunteer dealer leaders to reorganize the association and led RVDA through the challenging gas crisis of the late 1970s. He also played a key role in the founding of the American Recreation Coalition in the early 1980s.More

Eight critical steps to getting your talent management strategy right
Thought Leaders
Great companies have a well-articulated strategy that guides their business decisions. But many of them fail to translate it into a talent management strategy. Yet the successful execution of a strategic talent management plan can determine a company's ability to succeed.More