RVbookstore.com and RVtravel.com will hold an open house and seminars about RVing on Saturday, April 23 at their headquarters in Edmonds, Wash., the RV News Service reported
Among the speakers will be the “RV Doctor” Gary Bunzer, RV performance expert Eric Davis, veteran Alaska RVer Nyla Walsh, RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury, RV Life columnist Dave Helgeson and RV driving instructor Lorrin Walsh. Topics will include RV plumbing and waste systems, preparing an RV for spring, maximizing an RV’s performance, how to drive a motorhome, boondocking, traveling with an RV to Alaskaand blogging for profit.
Speakers and other RVing experts will be on hand at the open house in RVbookstore.com’s warehouse to answer questions from visitors. Free snacks and beverages will be available. A live webcast will be held during the event with appearances by both seminar speakers and VIP guests from the RV industry.
A limited number of seats are available for the seminars and are expected to sell out before the event. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. at 170 W. Dayton St., Suite 103 in Edmonds with activities continuing until 5 p.m. Admission to the open house is free. An all-day pass for the seminars is $15.
The event is sponsored in part by RV Comfort Systems. More information and a registration form are available at RVtravelSeminars.com or by calling (425) 744-0415 during business hours.
Here’s another indication the RV industry is heading upward: the sales of books devoted to the RV industry are heading upward.
Chuck Woodbury, owner of RVbookstore.com, the largest store devoted specifically to books and DVDs about recreational vehicles and the RV lifestyle, says books sales have been heading upward again since last July, according to a news release that was distributed and posted by Woodbury’s RV News Service.
Woodbury gets an hour-by-hour sneak peek into RV consumers’ habits well before most others in the industry.
“About two to three years ago, our sales of books and DVDs aimed at novice RVers and RV buyers nosedived,” he said. “It was like night and day. At about the same time, consumers quit buying RVs. It was very clear to us that the industry was in big trouble. In the months that followed, one RV manufacturer after another filed bankruptcy.
“Our sales stayed down until about last July, when they shot up dramatically. Every month since the they have run about 150% of the year before. Titles that instruct RV buyers about how to negotiate a purchase, and DVDs that teach new RVers how to use their new vehicles are up the most. It’s obvious to me that consumers are once again in a buying mood.”
Woodbury started rvbookstore.com 10 years ago in his home garage. Now, the online store occupies a 2,000-square-foot warehouse near Seattle with about 700 RV-specific books, DVDs, CD-roms and eBooks.
Besides running RVbookstore.com, Woodbury also publishes many informational RVing websites including RVtravel.com, NewRVer.com, FreeCampgrounds.com and about three dozen popular blogs. He says that more than half a million different RVers visit the sites every month, making the audience one of the largest aimed at recreational vehicle enthusiasts. Woodbury’s weekly RVtravel.com newsletter is in its ninth year with an email circulation of 54,000 every Saturday morning.