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By: On: Tuesday November 22 2011

Thor Motor Coach has announced plans to introduce several new floorplans for the 49th Annual National RV Trade Show which takes place Nov. 29 – Dec. 1, 2011 at the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC) in Louisville, Ky.

Thor Motor Coach will be displaying a total of 11 new floorplans not seen before at the RVIA show, including the all new Class B+(Plus) Citation 27SB, Challenger 37DT, and the Tuscany 45LT.

Citation 27SB: A fuel efficient B+(Plus) with more exterior storage:
• Glazed cherry or maple cabinetry
• Mega-Storage™ oversized exterior storage compartment
• Onan RV MicroQuiet™ 4000-kilowatts generator
• Patio plus entertainment package
• 32” HD LCD TV
• 30″ residential microwave
• Optional solid surface kitchen countertops
• Over-sized 36” wide shower
• Standard U-shaped dinette

By: On: Tuesday November 22 2011

CrossRoads RV has added the new Cruiser Aire to its current product offering. The Cruiser Aire comes in five travel trailer and four fifth wheel models designed for easy towing.

Models range from 24 to 32 feet in length, have full depth slide-outs and weigh 4,500 -7,000 lbs. According to CrossRoads RV, pricing for the Cruiser Aire starts around $23,900. CrossRoads RV says these aluminum-framed units are equipped with many standard features that other RV manufacturers offer only as options:

• 60” x 80” Deluxe Memory Foam Mattress
• LED Lights Throughout Interior
• Enormous Pass Through Storage
• Cathedral Ceiling Throughout
• ALL Double Slide Floor Plans

By: On: Tuesday November 22 2011

Redwood RV will introduce the Blackwood fifth wheel line this year at the RVIA Show in Louisville, Ky. Nov. 29 – Dec. 1, 2011.

“The team at Redwood is excited to be expanding our product offering,” says Paul Craven, Redwood RV product manager. “With a strong demand from our current dealer base, we are taking the successful components of the Redwood story to the Blackwood fifth wheel. Large territories, zoned freight, level pricing and MSRP advertising will be the cornerstone of this product. Our business philosophy is simple, the dealer is our customer and we’re developing products and programs to ensure their success and profitability.”

By: On: Tuesday November 22 2011

CrossRoads RV will be unveiling its new Sunset Trail fifth wheel with innovative front cap slide-out system at the RVIA Show in Louisville, Ky. Nov. 29 – Dec. 1, 2011.

The Sunset Trail’s length starts at 25 feet and up, have full depth slide-outs and they start around 7,500 lbs. true weight. Standard features include:

• Industry Frist Front Cap Slide-out-B.O.S.S. Bi-lateral Operating Slide-out System
• Barreled Ceilings In A Fifth Wheel With 8’3” Of Interior Height
• Aerodynamic Front Cap With 8’ LED Strip Lighting
• 90 Degree Turning Radius
• 33% Larger Windows With Automotive Trim Seal
• Residential Interiors With Solid Surface Counter Tops

By: On: Tuesday April 27 2010

rvia-lg0427According to a recent survey, nearly half of RV owners are planning to spend more time on the road this spring and summer than a year ago as the RV industry celebrates its Centennial.

The survey comes from the latest Campfire Canvass, a biannual survey of RV owners by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). It shows that 45.4 percent of the more than 8.2 million U.S. RV owners expect to travel more this summer than they did last year, while 41.9 percent say they’ll travel the same amount.

“For a century, Americans have enjoyed exploring what’s over the next hill and around the bend,” says Richard Coon, president of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association. “That pioneering spirit is still alive and well today.”

By: On: Thursday April 15 2010

rvtravel0415With the summer vacation season approaching and airlines announcing additional passenger fees, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) says RV rentals are looking more attractive than ever.

RVs eliminate airline passenger fees for luggage, fuel surcharges, meals and in-flight entertainment, while helping travelers avoid flight delays and airport gridlock.

“Travelers leave all the hassles behind when they go by RV,” says Richard Coon, president of the RVIA. “What they don’t leave behind are all the comforts of home.”

By: On: Friday November 27 2009

2rvia1127The $789 billion federal economic stimulus package signed into law in February, 2009, included a tax provision for motorhomes that is now set to expire as the year ends.

For the remainder of the calendar year, tax provisions under the stimulus package allow for sales and excise tax deductions for new purchases of qualified motor vehicles, including motorhomes. The deductions are attributable to taxes applying to the first $49,500 of the purchase price. Individuals with an adjusted gross income of up to $125,000 and joint filers with an adjusted gross income of up to $250,000 are eligible for the deduction.

When the calendar year ends on December 31, the tax credit will no longer apply.

By: On: Friday November 27 2009


RVIA’s 47th Annual National RV Trade Show brings 2010 product lines, thousands of industry officials and a renewed sense of optimism to the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC) in Louisville, Dec. 1-3, 2009.

With pre-registration numbers for show attendees higher than last year’s numbers – and RV dealer pre-registration a full 15 percent higher than at this time last year, industry members are feeling positive as they head to the show, which comes on the heels of encouraging sales this fall at consumer shows across the country.

“This year’s show provides a rallying point for the RV industry as we start to recover from a historic recession,” says RVIA President Richard Coon. “And I’m glad to say that we have many reasons for optimism.  RV shipments are improving, Americans still love our products, and the forecast is for market growth in the upcoming year.  I think we will have a strong show that will help speed us along the road to recovery.”

By: On: Thursday October 1 2009

reputable-rv-dealership-bullyans-minnesotaMac Bryan, RVIA vice president of administration gave a cautiously optimistic presentation to the association’s board of directors at a meeting on September 14th.

Bryan cited projections from University of Michigan researcher Dr. Richard Curtin, forecasting a total of 146,200 units shipped by the end of 2009, with a 27% increase to 185,800 units in 2010.

Other factors including a strengthening stock market, low inflation and attractive interest rates, as well as the enduring popularity of the RV lifestyle are expected to help the industry’s recovery.

“The appeal of the RV lifestyle will help overcome economic barriers,” Bryan said. “The basic demand for RVs is rooted in the appreciation that consumers have for the freedom, flexibility and comfort that RVs provide as they enjoy the nation’s Great Outdoors.”

By: On: Wednesday September 9 2009

VENTURA, CALIF. (June 10, 2009) – The Good Sam Club, the world’s largest RV owners’ organization with nearly one million member families, today unveiled first-ever model motorhome “lemon law” legislation, developed in conjunction with RV industry officials and the International Association of Lemon Law Administrators (IALLA).

If enacted by a state, the legislation will provide specific rights and remedies for motorhome buyers against product defects if the motorhome does not conform to material provisions of the manufacturer’s warranty. If the motorhome purchaser can demonstrate that a purchased unit does not conform to the statutory standards prescribed in the model law, the remedy available can include replacement or repurchase of the unit by the manufacturer.

Most states currently either provide no lemon law coverage for motorhome purchases, or offer protection that is extremely limited, typically covering only the chassis. The proposed new model legislation would extend coverage to the structural integrity and functionality of major system components relating to the living quarters of a motorhome.

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