RVIA’s ‘Media Buzz’ Distributing Major Stories

June 6, 2013 by   - () Comments Off on RVIA’s ‘Media Buzz’ Distributing Major Stories

Each month, MediaBuzz, a service of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), delivers top RV news stories in print and broadcast straight to your email inbox.

The latest “Buzz” shows in a consolidated way how much the RV manufacturing and park and campground industries have hit the media “airwaves” during recent weeks in an significant way.

To read an entire article or to watch a broadcast clip, simply click the article’s title. To keep up with RV news hits in between issues of MediaBuzz, visit RVIA’s newsroom. You can also subscribe to receive e-mail alerts via RVIA’s RSS feed by following the instructions on <>.

RV Campers On Road For Comeback (Video) <>
ABC World News
Monday, June 3, 2013
Family vacations could include mega campers made in America. David Muir and ABC News made a visit to Winnebago Industries Inc.’s Forest City, Iowa facilities. Motorhome sales growth continues to out-pace the industry.

RV Comeback Drives Hiring Boom In Indiana Town <>
NBC Nightly News and “The Daily Nightly”
Thursday, May 23, 2013
When you see an RV on the highway or in a campground, there’s a good chance it came from this area of north-central Indiana: Almost half of RVs on the road today were made in Elkhart County. As the economy recovers, sales have come roaring back, rebounding 72 percent from 2009 to 2012.

Recovery, Boomers Send RV Sales Roaring Back <>
U.S.News and World Report
Friday, May 31, 2013
RV sales have boomed during the recovery, and demographics will be on the industry’s side for years to come.

Motor Home Sales Rise In Hopeful Economic Sign <> (Money)
Monday, May 20, 2013
If you find yourself on the road this Memorial Day weekend, you might want to keep track of the recreational vehicles you see. While not exactly a surefire economic bellwether, RV sales have been coming back after a disastrous recession for the industry, and they may be another indicator of a strengthening economy.

Summer Travel Forecast: Better, But No Blowout <>
Associated Press
Friday, May 24, 2013
The hunt for inexpensive vacations is helping companies that recreational vehicles, too. Traveling by RV means families don’t need to pay for hotels and can cook most of their meals. At El Monte RV, one of the country’s largest RV rental companies, summer bookings from domestic customers are up 20 to 25 percent compared with last year.

8 Ways To Hit The Road In An RV <>
CNN Money and Fortune Magazine
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
RV’s are a $10 billion industry, with 80 manufacturers and 3,000 dealers. More baby boomers are moving into retirement, and buying an RV is one of the ways they reward themselves when they do.

Winnebago Rolls As America Rediscovers The RV (Video) <>
CNBC “Behind The Wheel”
Friday, May 31, 2013
As the summer vacation season kicks into high gear and you head out on the road, expect to see a familiar sight. Recreational vehicles and motor homes are experiencing a rebirth. That’s welcome news for Winnebago Industries, which has survived one of the roughest periods for the RV industry.

Airstream 2 Go Offers RV Rentals With Retro Flair <> (Travel)
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Launched earlier this month, offers the first-ever rentals of the distinctive “silver bullets” that have been icons of the highway for more than 80 years. “Everybody recognizes them,” said Al Hesselbart, historian at the Recreational Vehicle Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart, Ind. “If it’s a bright aluminum trailer with rounded curves, it’s got to be an Airstream.”

RV Numbers Keep On Moving Up <>
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Based on the April figures released Tuesday by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, wholesale shipments of all RVs were up 10.8 percent over March and were 19 percent better than April 2012. Last year was the third straight year of increased RV shipments, and April marked the 16th consecutive month of increased shipments compared with the same month a year prior.

Northeastern Arizona  <>
Phoenix Magazine
Friday, May 31, 2013
The Navajo Nation is famous for its scenery and ancient ruins. For its hotels, not so much. Why not take an RV?

Guide To RV Trailers  <> and Sunset Magazine
Friday, May 31, 2013
Summary: Should one of these be your next hotel room? Find your camper style.
Best Of The Midwest Travel Picks 2013 <>
Midwest Living
Friday, May 31, 2013
Plan your best vacation yet! 25 scenic drives.
Bring Your Home On Wheels To These RV Parks In The Hills (Video) <>The River Cities Sunday Tribune, Marble Falls, TX
Friday, May 31, 2013
Whether you plan to stay a few days or several months, RV parks offer lots of flexibility and many of the comforts of home. With the right recreational vehicle, you can experience the Highland Lakes at your own pace and with your own place.

Bret Michaels Revs Up For Debut Of RV Travel Show <>
Monday, May 27, 2013
After decades in the spotlight as a glam metal frontman, 50-year-old rocker reality star Bret Michaels is throwing a new skill into the mix — tricking out RVs and rocking the open road.

RV Sales Rolling Up From Major Downturn (Video) <>
WBIR-TV Knoxville, TN
Monday, May 27, 2013
RV sales are rolling along the road to recovery, following a big slump during the economic recession.

Camping On RV Lets You See The Nation <>
The Gazette, Colorado Spring, CO
Monday, May 20, 2013
Four years ago, Bill Turner came home from his job as a bank CFO and announced to his wife that he was tired of sitting at a desk crunching numbers. How did she feel about early retirement and full-time RVing?

Plug Into Comfort With An RV <>
The Bellingham Herald, Bellingham, WA
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Yup, it’s all about comfortable camping, and it’s easy in Idaho where there are so many places to plug in your RV and enjoy fishing, boating and other activities. It’s fun to explore places across the state and just take your home with you whether you have a tent trailer, pickup camper, trailer or luxury motorhome. RVs sure make traveling across the state a lot easier.

RVs: Past, Present and Future (Slideshow) <> (Auto)
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
A historical look at RVs through the years.

RV Dental Clinic To Help St. Martin Students <>
KATC Lafayette, LA
Monday, May 13, 2013
St. Martin Parish students are eligible for dental care through a mobile clinic that’s scheduled to hit the roads this summer.

Schensul: Camping’s Not Just Roughing It Anymore <>
Sunday, May 12, 2013
In my recent sampling of campgrounds near the Jersey Shore, three out of four were places so full of activities and recreational possibilities that I couldn’t help but think “Club Med in the Pines.” I could see why some of the campers at these resorts were “seasonal,” setting up trailers or park model accommodations and staying the entire summer. The industry has coined a new term for the phenomenon: destination camping. As in the campground is your destination, like, say, Sandals would be in Jamaica.

RV Industry Rebounds From Recession <>, Gloucester, MA
Friday, May 10, 2013
The recreational vehicle market, hit hard by the prolonged recession, is making a strong comeback, industry officials reported Thursday in this RV capital of North America.

RV Fans Like Leaving Home Without Leaving Home Behind <>
Southern Maryland Newspapers
Friday, May 10, 2013
A weekend getaway doesn’t have to mean leaving behind the comforts of home. A whole pack of Southern Marylanders takes home on the road in recreational vehicles. For RV enthusiasts, just about any trip can become a camping trip.

Newly Opened RV Sprouts Delivers Gardening Supplies For RV Users <>
Friday, May 10, 2013
There are many joys that come with taking a Recreational Vehicle (RV) out on the open road to see the country. Healthy, inexpensive and nutritious eating isn’t usually on that list, however. Many RV enthusiasts are looking for a better option but don’t know where to turn. One new store currently celebrating its grand opening has the answer. RV Sprouts, recently established by entrepreneur James Crawford, is an Internet store that features home gardening supplies, seed starting supplies, and vegetable seeds and plants that are perfect for RV users.

RV Industry Power Breakfast Draws 400 Industry Folks Together In Elkhart <>
Elkhart Truth, IN
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Recreational vehicle manufacturers, RV suppliers, RV dealers, campground owners and area officials sat down together in the heart of the RV industry for an inaugural industry event, the RV Industry Power Breakfast.

Elkhart Hosts First RV Industry Power Breakfast <>
WSJV-TV FOX 28, Elkhart, IN
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Elkhart hosted the first RV Industry Power Breakfast at the RV Hall of Fame on Thursday. This is the first event to bring together the leadership of major RV-related companies, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association executive staff, economic experts, and government leadership for a special conference in the RV industry Capital of the World.

Industry Push Better Than Expected Says RVIA Head <>
Elkhart Truth, IN
Thursday, May 9, 2013
With the recent growth in the industry, manufacturers and suppliers are already having a tough time keeping up. “It is better than I thought it would be, but I think they’re running into spotty shortages now. If the industry continues at the pace they’re continuing before the season’s out, there will be some difficulties in keeping up,” said Coon.

‘Fancy Nancy’ RV Tour Coming To Tulsa Bookstore Tuesday <>
Tulsa World
Monday, May 6, 2013
Robin Preiss Glasser, illustrator of the popular “Fancy Nancy” children’s series, will swing through Tulsa on her RV tour to promote the newest picture book in the series, “Fancy Nancy: Fanciest Doll in the Universe.”

Family Vacation <>
Parents’ Resource Guide
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Spring is the perfect point to start thinking about family vacations. But with air fares and fuel prices shooting for the stars, financing a family-friendly getaway can be a colossal challenge. It’s time to put your home on wheels. Today’s Recreational Vehicles (RVs) are solving the economical and logistical challenges facing today’s active families. Available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, RVs are easily customized to fulfill your family’s vacation dreams.


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