RVDA NewsBrief
Nov. 3, 2010

RVDA urges new congress to consider needs of small business
The mid-term election results clearly demonstrate that Americans are concerned about jobs and the economy. The change of leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives provides another opportunity for RV dealers and other RV companies to educate elected officials on the industry’s impact on employment and the overall economy.More

Thor announces preliminary sales for quarter, backlog, cash and investments
Sacramento Bee
Thor Industries, Inc. announced that RV sales in the quarter ending October 31 were up 30 percent from the previous year, rising from $389,929,000 to $506,791,000. Preliminary consolidated sales in the quarter were $607,174,000, up 21 percent from $502,552,000 last year. "RV backlog is at a more reasonable level now that RV dealer inventory has been right-sized for current demand,” said Peter B. Orthwein, Thor chairman, CEO, and president. More

RVDA to present Quality Circle Awards for dealer satisfaction
RVDA will honor 25 RV brands built by 12 manufacturers with its Quality Circle Award just prior to the opening of the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, KY, on November 29. These brands/manufacturers received at least 15 dealer responses and scored 80 percent or above in overall dealer satisfaction in the association’s 17th annual Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) survey.More

Drew Industries posts 11 percent jump in Q3 profit
Drew Industries Inc., which makes components for RVs, posted an 11 percent rise in its third-quarter profit, partly helped by a rise in sales at its RV segment. For the July-September quarter, the company reported a rise in net income to $8 million, or 36 cents a share, compared with $7.2 million, or 33 cents a share, a year ago.More

Traveling the country, writing stories in an RV
Winona (MN) Daily News
James Hoch always loved things that went bump in the night. Now he writes about them. Hoch and his wife, Zoe Shepherd, sold their house and moved into a 36-foot RV they now call home. The couple has traveled the country and is now living in Albuquerque, NM. The RV life has led to many adventures. More

Georgia-Florida football fans bring RVs, spend money
First Coast News (FL)
A few hours after opening, RV City had about 150 RVs neatly parked near EverBank Field in Jacksonville, FL. With those football fans in their big RVs comes a lot of money spent on parking, food, even toilets. "It is fun, we have a great time. It is a tradition," said Jim Wilkerson of Atlanta, who spends about $300 a day during his stay in Jacksonville.More

Go RVing readies new Leads-Plus Program for 2011
Go RVing
The new Go RVing Leads-Plus Program, to be launched in 2011, will deliver more highly qualified leads categorized by RV purchase likelihood, helping dealers, campgrounds and manufacturers follow up more efficiently and effectively.More