RVT.com, a leading Internet classified ad site for new and used RVs for sale, said that dealer signups for online accounts during the 2010 National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., last week were up more than 50% over 2009 and over 80% from 2008.
“We were very encouraged by the positive response we got at this year’s show, and want to thank all of those who stopped by our booth,” Shawn Friesen, RVT.com marketing director, stated in a news release. “It’s always nice to meet our customers face to face, as well as meet new ones.”
For the third straight year, Sumas, Wash,-based RVT.com held its annual Harley Giveaway for RV Dealers at the show. Doug Ross, managing partner of Grove RV and Leisure in Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada, was the winner of a new 2010 Harley Street Bob.
Friesen said that based on positive dealer response to the RVT.com dealer listings program, the website is extending its RVIA Show Special until the end of the year. The promotion allows new customers to sign up for a dealer listings account that lets them place their entire inventory on RVT.com‘s powerful classifieds network, and receive up to three months free. To join the over 450 dealers who use it as a source of quality leads, contact the sales team at (800) 282-2183 for details.
According to Friesen, the website generates over 7,000 leads per month by exposing dealer inventory and private RV listings to over a half million monthly RV shopper visits. RVT listings appear on the site’s network of RV related websites, including RVTowables.com and RVMotorized.com.
Every RVT.com listing is optimized to be indexed by Google and other popular search engines; listings have received over 4 million visits in the last year from Google alone.
Earlier this year, RVT.com introduced its Mobile iPhone app, an iPad RV shopper magazine, a Facebook Marketplace presence and a new partnership with Google Dart for Publishers for targeted RV ad placement by geography, category or keyword.
The site also provides an online ad generator so posting an ad and photos is simple and streamlined, and the RVT Price Checker searches the entire site’s inventory to provide high, low and average prices by vehicle make and model.
For dealers, RVT.com offers a Dealer Management Interface that allows dealers to easily upload and change multiple ads, track email leads and monitor traffic. Multiple listing accounts are available for a low monthly fee. RVT.com can also receive inventory from a dealership’s existing database.
RVT.com is North America’s leading RV Classifieds provider and part of a larger network of RV related websites with over 500,000 monthly visits, showcasing 40,000 new and used RVs for sale by owner and dealer. Built on a platform of “Bringing RV Buyers and Sellers Together,” the website has assisted in the sale of over 45,000 RVs since 2002, and currently hosts inventory for over 450 RV dealerships.
Most people only dream of a lakeside vacation home, but a growing number of RVers are discovering they can afford that summer cabin experience — and they don’t have to travel far to get it, according to The Edmonton (Alberta) Journal.
Buying a spot or renting one long-term in an RV resort is becoming increasingly popular, said Doug Ross, general manager of Grove RV and Leisure, a dealership in Spruce Grove. “People like to get away from the city, but the cost of towing and gas prices and everything sometimes makes it a little more expensive.”
Now, however, holiday playgrounds where RVers can leave their units year-round are popping up within easy driving distance of Edmonton, Ross says. Among them are Lake Arnault RV Resort, an hour west of the city, and Allan Beach Resort on Hubbles Lake in Stony Plain, 30 minutes from Edmonton.
“This way, they can drive in their car out to where their recreational vehicle is set up,” said Ross. “They can have everything all set and ready to go the minute they arrive.”
That’s the kind of person developer Pablo Galvez hopes to attract to Allan Beach Resort, which will start pre-selling lots on spring-fed Hubbles Lake this summer.
“People are just so busy, and they don’t have time to drive three or four hours to a cabin on a lake,” Galvez said. “Imagine: Get off work at five o’clock on a Friday, and by 5:30 you’re at your cabin with a glass of wine on the deck.”
Property prices in the four-season resort will start at about $145,000. Owning land in an RV retreat is attractive for another reason, said Galvez. “RV condos like this are the cheapest form of lakefront ownership,” he said.
Don Dobing, owner of Lake Arnault RV Resort, agreed. Pre-sales have begun for lots in his project. Prices range from $60,000 to $100,000.
“It’s a nice alternative (to traditional lakefront property),”Dobing said. “You own your property, and if you want to give it to your family or you want to sell it, you have title to it. So you’re going to get your investment back.”
And then some, said Arnie Lank, sales manager for Gleniffer Lake Resort and Country Club, southwest of Red Deer. The popular vacation spot started out as an RV resort 20 years ago. The gated community has indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a hot tub, fitness center, golf course and swimming and boating on Gleniffer Lake. When it first opened, lots sold for $12,000 to $18,000. Lank says a property for sale now in an older part of the park has an asking price of over $200,000.
The final phase of the resort is restricted to cabins and recreational park trailers or park model RVs, but the only time the huge units move is when they’re towed to a permanent or semi-permanent site.
A number of resorts close to Edmonton rent spots for the entire summer.
At Hubbles Lake RV Resort on Hubbles Lake in Stony Plain, seasonal rates start at about $1,800. Customers can store their units at the resort over the winter for $150.
“It’s a cottage atmosphere,” said park owner Laurie Zimmer. “We’re (within) proximity to Edmonton here. People can just quickly run out with the van or a small car.”
Many rental places are so popular, spots are snapped up even before the season starts. That’s the case at Hilah-Ayers Wilderness RV Park on Mulhurst Bay at Pigeon Lake, an hour’s drive from Edmonton.
There are no spots left for this year, said spokesperson Charlene Dawson. Spaces are rented for a one-year period. Rates start at about $2,100.
The Whitemud Creek Golf and RV Resort in southwest Edmonton has monthly rates from about $750.
“In Edmonton, you only have so many RV spots, so we’re busy,” said Manager Jo-Ann Ruff.