DOT, EPA Unveil New Fuel Economy Labels

May 25, 2011 by · Comments Off on DOT, EPA Unveil New Fuel Economy Labels 

Federal regulators have unveiled new fuel economy labels for passenger vehicles in the program’s most extensive overhaul in 30 years, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. Beginning with cars and trucks from model year 2013, fuel costs and comparisons of environmental impact to other vehicles will be displayed on the decals, which were developed by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The labels must be affixed to all new vehicles, including... Read more

VIDEO #1: Forest River’s Wildwood Lodge

May 25, 2011 by · Comments Off on VIDEO #1: Forest River’s Wildwood Lodge 

Today’s video comes from Forest River Inc., offering a walk-through of the company’s Wildwood Grand Lodge 408FLFB park model floorplan.  Read More →

CrossRoads Promotion Supports Soldiers

May 25, 2011 by · Comments Off on CrossRoads Promotion Supports Soldiers 

Topeka, Ind.-based CrossRoads RV announced today (May 25) the launch of Operation Appreciation, an initiative designed to show its support for the men and women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. According to a press release, CrossRoads RV and Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resort at Barton Lake in Fremont, Ind., are offering free lodging to any active member of the U.S. military. The park is donating a seasonal lot while CrossRoads RV is supplying a Hampton destination trailer, which the... Read more

Go RVing Canada Touts Economy of RVing

May 25, 2011 by · Comments Off on Go RVing Canada Touts Economy of RVing 

With volatile gasoline prices, a vacation in a gas-guzzling RV may not sound like a great idea. But, as reported by the Canadian Press, Go RVing Canada is pushing this type of holiday as being more affordable than some other options. “Yes, it is affected (by high gas prices) like all other forms of travel, but it’s a lot more flexible than, say, flying and using hotels,” said Go RVing spokesperson Angele Lapointe. “You can control the amount of road time you do,” she added.... Read more

Thor to Greet Open House Dealers at HOF

May 25, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

The RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., has been selected as the venue for Thor Industries Inc.’s RV Dealer Open House, Sept. 20-22. According to a press release, this year’s event will feature products from all Thor RV companies including Airstream Inc., Breckenridge, CrossRoads RV, Dutchmen RV Manufacturing, Heartland Recreational Vehicles, Keystone RV Co., Redwood and Thor Motor Coach. “These are exciting times to be a Thor dealer,” stated Ron Fenech, Thor RV group president.... Read more

ARVC Study Probes Potential WiFi Liability

May 25, 2011 by · Comments Off on ARVC Study Probes Potential WiFi Liability 

Recently, the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) was requested to look into the issue of whether there could be liability associated with offering wireless access to campground guests and potential copyright infringement. According to a press release, ARVC engaged consulting firm McDermott Will & Emery (MWE) to conduct initial research on the subject. MWE concluded that there may be some risks associated with offering wireless Internet access on the campground’s premises,... Read more

Motorhome Sales Riding High ‘Down Under’

May 25, 2011 by · Comments Off on Motorhome Sales Riding High ‘Down Under’ 

The Australian RV industry is seeing strongth growth, fueled by an army of “gray nomads.” To watch a video from the Australian Broadcasting Commission, click here.  Read More →

Alabama City Continues Ban on FEMA Units

May 25, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

Frustrations erupted Tuesday night (May 24) at a city council meeting in Cordova, Ala., where 200 people turned out for a discussion on the city’s ban of single-wide trailers for relief victims. The Birmingham News reported that although several people urged the council to abolish the ban, the council meeting was adjourned without any action taken. Mayor Jack Scott told the crowd the council would take the matter under consideration. He said after the meeting that he doubted the council would... Read more

Gas Hurts N.C. Dealer’s Sales, Rentals Rise

May 25, 2011 by · Comments Off on Gas Hurts N.C. Dealer’s Sales, Rentals Rise 

The parking lot of Tom Young RV in Kings Mountain, N.C., should be packed with potential buyers this time of year. “We should be over-the-top busy,” owner Tom Young told WSOC TV, Charlotte. Young said instead, there are lots of RVs and no takers. “It’s almost like a perfect storm,” he said. He said skyrocketing gas prices have had the biggest impact on his business. Young wouldn’t say how much business he’s lost, but said it’s also cost him good workers. “At one time, we... Read more

Aging Boomers Driving Luxury Coach Sales

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The following article appears in the Wall Street Journal’s Smart Money, examining an aging baby boomer demographic that is gravitating toward high-end, fully-loaded motorhomes. The generation that grew up with “On the Road” is hitting the highway once again. Only this time, they’re leaving the bedroll and taking their granite countertops, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal’s Smart Money The second home is out. The winter home is for the birds. Baby boomers and... Read more

UVS Adding Translation Tool to Dealer Sites

May 24, 2011 by · Comments Off on UVS Adding Translation Tool to Dealer Sites 

UVS Junction, a supplier of RV dealer management software, has added a dynamic translation tool to dealer-member sites that will translate all content into one of the following languages: English, Dutch, French, Spanish, German, Chinese, Polish, Russian, Greek, Italian and Japanese. The translation buttons are located at the top of each of the client sites and each language is represented by that country’s flag, according to a press release. The tool will translate 95% of the content on dealer... Read more

FEMA Units Mostly Unoccupied in Alabama

May 24, 2011 by · Comments Off on FEMA Units Mostly Unoccupied in Alabama 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says it has approved providing almost 250 mobile homes for survivors of last month’s tornadoes, but says only 35 are occupied so far. According to the Associated Press, FEMA spokeswoman Denise Everhart says that before units can be delivered and occupied, a site must be cleared of debris and deemed suitable. She says septic, power and water services must be established and the unit must be anchored according to FEMA’s guidelines. She says... Read more

Expert: Summer Gas Price Spike Not Likely

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Drivers have something worth honking their horns over: Summer gasoline prices likely will remain below $4 a gallon, a Purdue University agricultural economist said in a press release. Market conditions that caused oil prices to shoot past $110 a barrel have improved in recent weeks, pushing oil back under $100 a barrel, said Wally Tyner, an energy policy specialist. He cautioned that pump prices could rise again if oil production is interrupted. Memorial Day weekend traditionally marks the beginning... Read more

Best Parks Raises Eligibility Qualifications

May 24, 2011 by · Comments Off on Best Parks Raises Eligibility Qualifications 

Best Parks in America has announced that it has stepped up it qualifications for park eligibility in the Best Parks system. Effective immediately, parks must have a 5 Woodall rating for facilities with a minimum of a 9 overall Woodall rating or a 27 Trailer Life rating. Prior to this change a park was eligible for Best Parks affiliation with a total Woodall rating of 9 or higher with either a 4/5, 5/4, or 5/5.  Under the new requirements, the first number must be a 5. Also prior to the change, parks... Read more

ARVC Issues Alert for ‘Confusing’ Website

May 24, 2011 by · Comments Off on ARVC Issues Alert for ‘Confusing’ Website 

The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) has alerted its members about possible confusion over a new RV promotional website. ARVC stated in its current “Flash Report:” “Please be aware that we have received several calls from ARVC members about a company called ‘Go RV Network’, who is billing our members for a web listing on their website.” Their invoice reads: “GoRVNetwork”. “Members are confused because the name is similar to the GoRVing campaign and they think... Read more

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