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RVDA of Alberta Tourney to Help Cancer Charity

June 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

To mark its 25th Anniversary Golf Tournament on Aug. 8, the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Alberta has set a goal to raise $25,000 for the local Kids Cancer Care Foundation (KCCF).

According to a press release, the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta is “dedicated to helping young people and their families affected by cancer survive and thrive in body, mind and spirit.” Their programs are uniquely designed to meet the needs of the whole family at each stage in the cancer journey, from diagnosis through treatment and beyond. The foundation is committed to changing the course of children’s cancer by providing programs and funding in four key areas: camp, research, hospital programs and scholarship.

In the release, RVDA of Alberta said it “is honored to have the support of their members and business partners in this effort to raise the $25,000 for the KCCF.” One member, Leslie Pringle of Eagle Lake RV Resort, will be celebrating the anniversary by donating her long hair to Hair Angels for Kids, finishing with a complete head shave at the tournament.

To help reach the $25,000 goal, donations for this event can be made by contacting the RVDA of Alberta or at the Kids Cancer Care Foundation at https://secure.csfm.com/kidscancer/donate/general/index.php. Once on the site, please fill out the form and choose “THIRD PARTY INITIATIVE” “RVDA”.

For more information, please contact Wanda Steele at the RVDA of Alberta at (780) 455-8562 or wanda@rvda-alberta.org.

 

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RVDA of Alberta Sets $25K Cancer Care Goal

May 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

To celebrate their 25th Anniversary Golf Tournament on Aug. 8, the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Alberta is aspiring to raise $25,000 for the Kids Cancer Care Foundation (KCCF) of Alberta.

The Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta is passionately dedicated to helping young people and their families affected by cancer survive and thrive in body, mind and spirit, according to a news release. Their programs are uniquely designed to meet the needs of the whole family at each stage in the cancer journey, from diagnosis through treatment and beyond. The foundation is committed to changing the course of children’s cancer by providing programs and funding in four key areas: camp, research, hospital programs and scholarship.

The RVDA is honored to have the support of their members and business partners in this effort to raise the $25,000 for the KCCF. One member, Leslie Pringle of Eagle Lake RV Resort, will be “celebrating” the anniversary by donating her long hair to Hair Angels for Kids, finishing with a complete head shave at the tournament.

To help reach the $25,000 goal, donations for this event can be made by contacting the RVDA of Alberta or at the Kids Cancer Care Foundation website https://secure.csfm.com/kidscancer/donate/general/index.php. Once on the site, please fill out the form and choose “THIRD PARTY INITIATIVE” “RVDA”. For more information, please contact Wanda Steele at the RVDA of Alberta at (780) 455-8562 or wanda@rvda-alberta.org.

 

 

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Alberta Dealers Prep for Edmonton Show

February 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

rv_expo_2011_edmonton-440A stream of Canadian-owned recreational vehicles heading south on Interstate 15 as Darcy Turgeon returned from a recent California RV vacation gives him hope for strong sales in the RV industry.

Turgeon, chairman of the Edmonton RV Exposition and Sale, said he couldn’t believe the number of motorhomes heading for a place in the sun. Baby Boomers are part of the group heading south. They have long been a commercial force in any market category they enter, and they’re expected to exert more influence on RV sales, The Edmonton Journal reported.

“Boomers want to enjoy the RV lifestyle,” said Turgeon, saying that he expects boomers will buy more motorhomes than travel trailers.

Several factors have come together to help sales in Canada’s fourth largest province, such as low interest rates, banks starting to loosen up on making loans and longer terms on loans, he said.

Dan Merkowsky, executive vice president of the RV Dealers Association of Alberta, expects prices will be attractive since there is more competition in the industry and dealers have sharpened their pencils.RVDA_logo_340

On the eve of the 31st annual show, RV dealers are “pretty optimistic,” Turgeon said. “All indications point to a better year this year than last year.”

That continues the turnaround that began in 2010. Merkowsky said last year was better than 2009, when sales suffered due to the economic slump.

The RV show will be held at the Edmonton Expo Center (formerly known as the AgriCom) at Edmonton Northlands from Feb. 10 to Feb. 13. The show will fill all ground-level halls of the Expo Center.

“Edmonton and area consumers will be guaranteed a great selection of new RVs, with more than 400 RV units on display, including tent trailers, travel trailers, fifth-wheels, park models and motorhomes,” Merkowsky said.

“The show’s varied exhibitors will showcase many related RV services, products and tourism destinations,” he said. “The popular RV Lifestyle Theater will present speakers with topics ranging from solar panels and maintenance tips to travel destinations.”

There will be one change in the dealer displays, since Otto Mobiles shut down during 2010. That exhibit space has been taken by All Star RV.

Merkowsky said Otto Mobile’s product lines have been picked up by other dealers, with Trailblazer RV now selling Bigfoot trailers and truck campers, RV City selling Pleasure-Way Industries Ltd. camper vans and Grove RV handling Triple E motorhomes.

Bigfoot has resumed building RVs with a smaller product line after being closed for more than a year.

Roadmaster RV will have the largest display, with 29,000 square feet of exhibitor space, while Woody’s RV will pack the most units of any dealer at the show into its 24,800-square-foot space, Merkowsky said.

He expects there will be many new units for consumers to check out, including about 20 new products. There will be a variety of revamped floor plans and new colour schemes.

Both Turgeon and Merkowsky expect to see more lightweight travel trailers. Turgeon expects to see lots of lightweight units, but perhaps not as many big fifth-wheel trailers. These lighter trailers mean campers don’t have to buy a large tow vehicle.

Show visitors will have the opportunity to participate in several contests in which they could win a $2,000 shopping spree at Safeway, a one-week stay at Alberta Beach Golf Resort and RV Park or $50,000 toward the purchase of any RV on display at the show.

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New Direction for the RV Industry in Alberta?

June 11, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

RVDA_logo_340As long as there have been recreational vehicles, there have been people new to its owners’ club.

Traditionally, first-time RVers have tended to be represented by younger families.

While that hasn’t changed in recent years, what has is this consumer segment is now driving a lot of the innovation that’s happening in today’s RV industry, says Dan Merkowsky, executive vice president of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of Alberta.

A recent industry trend toward lighter trailer models, which can, in turn, be towed by smaller sport utility vehicles, can be traced back to the demands of first-time RV buyers, many of whom are on tight family budgets and want to tow a trailer using their existing vehicle, according to the Calgary Herald.

In fact, virtually every recreational vehicle manufacturer takes into consideration the tow capabilities of today’s SUVs when designing future models, says Merkowsky.

Tight family budgets are also playing a role in the number of affordable models now on the market, he says. Many of these lighter RVs now ” fall into first-timers’ budget of $15,000 to $20,000.

Along with lighter models, hybrid trailers are also becoming increasingly popular.

Merkowsky describes hybrids as regular-looking trailers with sleeping areas that fold out — like a tent trailer — when they are parked.

This not only provides additional living space in trailers that might be only 16 to 20 feet long, but it also makes them easier to tow when they are compact.

Of course, tent trailers continue to be many first-timers buyers’ favorite choice due to their affordability and the fact they don’t require large tow vehicles.

For people who still associate tent trailers with the ones they camped in with their parents many years ago, things have certainly changed, says Merkowsky.

Today’s tent trailers are vastly improved, many coming equipped with furnaces, fridges and other features you’d expect to find on larger, and more expensive, RVs.

First-time buyers’ impact has even had an effect at the dealership level, says Merkowsky.

Many young families are so eager to get up in the morning and head out camping that some dealerships have started opening earlier in the day to meet customer demand, he says.

While many first-time RVers may be new to RV ownership, they are not new to camping and the lifestyle it provides.

Merkowsky says RVing remains a great way to spend time with family and friends, and “just get away from the rat race in the city.”

He adds many people realize the importance of spending some quality time with their family — and not just immediate family, but extended family as well.

RVers — first-timers among others– will often head out to the campsite, and have grandparents or other relatives come out for a few days — or even just stop by for a visit.

The bonus is that many of these visitors will also have their own units, thus giving everyone a bit of privacy, says Merkowsky.

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Big Edmonton RV Expo & Sale Opens Tonight

February 11, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

logo-EdmontonExpoThe 30th Annual Edmonton RV Exposition & Sale opens tonight (Feb. 11)  at the newly expanded Edmonton EXPO Center (formerly Northlands Agricom) in Edmonton, Alberta, with another 100,000 square feet of space over last year’s show, according to the Edmonton Journal.

This four-day event is the premiere showing of recreation vehicles, services and accessories in Western Canada in the largest facility west of Toronto – some 380,000 square feet in total.

More than 400 RVs will be on display – including tent trailers, travel trailers, fifth-wheels, park models, motorhomes and diesel pushers. The latest in RV services, products and tourism destinations also will be on board to check out. The ever-popular RV Lifestyle Theatre is back with speakers on a wide range of pertinent topics.

All show-goers have the opportunity to participate in the Passport to Prizes event sponsored by the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Alberta. Participants could win a $5,000 shopping spree redeemable with any participating show dealer. Other prizes include a one-week stay with golfing privileges at Alberta Beach Golf Resort and RV Park (a $1,200 value) or a 2010 Kona Fire Mountain Bike worth $600 from River Valley Cycle.

New to the show this year is a chance to win a $60,000 RV with the Ultimate Putting Challenge sponsored by EPA Ultimate Concepts Inc. Venture over to the on-site putting green for a shot at a variety of golf prizes as well as the RV grand prize.

As in other years, all the space is sold out. A total of 16 dealers, one more than last year,  and 100 small booths, a jump from 60 at the 2009 show, are in place to make a show that’s second to none.

“We’ve got a much larger space and we’ve filled it right up; we’re really happy about that,” says show manager Dan Merkowsky of the RVDA of Alberta. “Wear your running shoes – there’s lots of space and plenty to see.”

Show goers will be able to get around the expanded facility comfortably thanks to the two people-movers (golf carts) that show organizers have on hand. Getting to the center itself will be easier as well, with three shuttle buses around the parking lot.

Show chairman Bill Burnett of Trailblazer RV Center says the spacious surroundings give dealers more room to display their units to best advantage.

“They can bring more product, but they still have to pick and choose because there’s so much to show the public. There’s a lot of new product in terms of big and small units and the market is more diverse than ever.”

Innovative features to watch for include outside kitchens and more and bigger slideouts.

Attending the show gives everyone, from the experienced RVer to the newbie to the wannabe, a chance to see everything under one roof. “This way you can see it all up close,” which in turn helps you decide earlier and let the dealer know sooner what you want. That way you can be ready for the beginning of the season, Burnett says.

He noted the show is the first to take up all the main-level space at the centre – “a tribute to the industry and our customers. RVing is popular here. We have places to go and enjoy our recreation vehicles.”

Seminar topics at the RV Lifestyle Theatre include:

  • Getting Your RV Ready for the Road with Al Cohoe of Okanagan College.
  • Solar Power Systems and Inverters for your RV with Doug Grafton of Carmanah Technologies Inc.
  • All About Holding Tanks – What You Were Afraid To Ask by Sani-Dump.com.
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