Rand McNally and the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of North America (RVDA) are working on a project that should help RV enthusiasts easily find service providers and RV dealers while they’re on the road. The information, available this summer, will be included in new mobile phone apps and website maps and directions, as well as on board Rand McNally’s TripMaker RVND GPS units.
“RVers have unique service needs while on the road; providing RV dealer information across North America in a variety of formats will certainly assist them whether it’s an emergency or a routine visit,” says Dave Muscatel, CEO of Rand McNally. “RVers will be assured of top-tier service provided by RVDA member organizations.”
Rand McNally is developing a dealer-locator application for iOS and Android mobile phones. This app is designed to enable users to access a listing of nearby RVDA member dealers across the U.S. and Canada. Each listing will include critical information such as hours of operation, contact information, and services provided, as well as up-to-the-minute deals and specials available. Marketed by RVDA to their membership, this app will be available mid-summer, 2012.
RVDA dealer information also will be provided in Rand McNally’s TripMaker RVND line of GPS devices. The RVND product provides RV-specific navigation, as well as services that RVers need while on the road such as campgrounds, pet-friendly locations, rest stops and service centers. The RVDA information will be available on GPS units shipping later this summer and as a download for current owners of the product.
As part of the partnership, RVDA dealer information will be integrated into Rank McNally’s Best of the Road website, as well as into maps and directions on randmcnally.com.
“We are excited to be working with Rand McNally, a trusted source of maps, directions, and navigation content to provide applications and information that is critical to the on-the-road experience. The applications will enable RV enthusiasts to quickly access the information they need in a variety of formats – through phone, online, and navigation products,” says RVDA Chairman of the Board Andy Heck.
RVDA member dealers will be able to easily update their entries via an online portal specifically designed for the program. Updates will be regularly provided to all products and applications.