Pedata RV Center, Phoenix, Ariz., has released its suggested list of the top three smart phone applications to help motorhome travelers save money on gas.
According to a news release, the dealer’s top three list of iPhone apps are:
- WHERE: This application combines GPS and GasBuddy to get motorhome travelers gas prices from the closest gas stations. This application is made by uLocate Communications. This application is free.
- FuelGage: This application is made by Joseph Kueser and costs 99 cents. It tracks mileage and offers quick comparisons of performance. It can track multiple vehicles and tally trip totals. It’s particularly useful for splitting gas costs.
- NetRouter: This application saves fuel by creating optimal routes. This can be particularly advantageous for motorhome owners who have a multiple stop trip scheduled for the holidays.
Gerard Pedata of Pedata RV Center said, “Saving money on gas has always been of interest to motorhome owners and travelers. It’s even more interesting now that the recession has made Americans more aware of how much they’re spending and where they are spending it.”
Everyone in the RV industry has been hit hard by this economy and the tough times have been a lesson in survival, says Clint Ethington, general manager of Pedata RV Center in Tucson, Ariz.
“When we started to experience a slowdown in 2007, we started looking for ways to stay on top. We have found that you really do have to be sharp and malleable to survive,” he stated in the most recent release in a series of news releases designed to boost business. “We have always tried to keep up with technology which has really paid off because we streamlined workflow and cut costs right as the economy started to get really tough.”
Ethington credits staying on top of Internet marketing and implementing ESF (Electronic Sales and Followup), an Internet application, as tools that have helped the RV dealer stay current. “It’s pretty interesting what the Internet can do for a business these days,” he said.
Proponents of the TALF (Term Asset-Backed Loan Facility), which rolls out this month, say this could be what opens credit markets and attracts more dollars to the RV industry, says a Southwest RV dealer.
“We are entering a popular season for RV sales,” said Clint Ethington, general manager of Pedata RV Center, Tucson, Ariz. “Our prices are at record lows. We are getting interested buyers left and right. However credit is still an issue.”
Ethington, who has been aggressive on the Internet lately with regard to RV industry issues, noted that the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) hosted a seminar in South Bend, Ind., on March 11 titled “TALF and the RV Industry.” The seminar outlined how the TALF may help the RV industry recover from the economic crisis. Robert Snow, an RV finance and asset backed loan specialist of Capital Carillon, led the seminar and explained in part:
“Under TALF, the United States Treasury is providing $20 billion in credit protection to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which will then lend up to $200 billion to investors looking to purchase asset-backed securities (ABS) that are backed by the following loan collateral: RV, auto, motorcycle, credit cards, student loans and SBA loans, as well auto and RV floorplan facilities. Through the effort, financial institutions will be encouraged to make RV floorplan and consumer loans because they can be assured a secondary market exists for those loans when securitized…”
Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., was also a presenter at the seminar and addressed RV industry leaders. According to RVBusiness.com, Donnelly said, “TALF is expected to be very lucrative and profitable for lenders and investors with the Treasury Department backing up loans in a big way. As the program rolls out this month, our hope is that it will open up credit markets and attract more dollars to the RV industry.”
“We have some good supporters of our industry leading the push forward,” said Ethington. “We applaud their efforts and hope the TALF not only helps our industry, but the economy as a whole.”