Check out this week’s news stories and features about RVing, the RV Industry, and Snowbirds.
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LaGrange County RV manufacturer to expand
Cruiser RV LLC has received preliminary approval for tax abatement from the LaGrange County Council to expand its Howe operation. The company says it plans to invest $220,000 and create 15 jobs, which will pay an average of $42,000 a year. Cruiser RV says the move will also retain 86 positions, bringing its total work force to more than 100 employees. Cruiser RV, LLC, based in Howe, Indiana, is a leader in the production of lightweight towable recreational vehicles, including the Fun Finder X, the leader in the ultra-lightweight market.
RVIA training videos available for online viewing
The RV Industry Association’s Standards Department announced Thursday (April 15) the launch of a new website to host technical training videos and essential updates on industry standards issues. Available at www.rviavideos.com, the site offers both free and paid video clips from training seminars featuring knowledgeable industry experts.
RVIA Vice President of Standards and Education Bruce Hopkins said, “RVIA’s training seminars have been very popular among our members, but we understand that the costs of travel are sometimes prohibitive in tough economic times. We have launched our video website for those who weren’t able to make it to one of our past trainings. Those people can now get caught up on the information they’ve been missing, without having to leave home or work.”
For videos that are available for purchase, RVIA has designed an online purchasing system that features “tokens.” Users can purchase tokens either individually or in packs and discounts will be available to users who purchase multiple tokens. Designated training managers also have the opportunity to allocate tokens to employees to facilitate online learning opportunities.
Survey indicates RV travel to rise in spring/summer
As the RV industry celebrates its centennial this year, a new survey shows that interest in RV travel remains strong, with nearly half of RV owners planning to spend more time on the road this spring and summer than a year ago, according to the current issue of RVIA Today Express.
According to the latest Campfire Canvass, a biannual survey of RV owners by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), 45.4% of RV owners expect to travel more this summer than they did last year; 41.9% say they’ll travel the same amount. More than 8.2 million U.S. households own an RV.
Among the survey respondents, 75% cited the flexibility of RVing as a major benefit of owning an RV.
According to the survey, a primary reason so many RVers will be traveling this spring/summer is that they appreciate the value they get compared to flying, driving, and staying in hotels. Almost 82 percent per cent of owners say they save anywhere from 15% to 75% by traveling in their RVs. This is consistent with a study by international travel and tourism experts PKF Consulting, which found that family RV trips are, on average, 27% to 61% less expensive than other types of vacations.
State and national parks are among the most popular destinations for RV trips this spring/summer. Seventy-seven percent of the survey respondents said they’ll visit state parks, while 71% will visit national parks.
According to the survey, RVers plan to be on the move during major holidays, with 60% planning to travel over Memorial Day weekend and 64% over the July 4th holiday.
RV owners appreciate the recreational and health benefits associated with RV travel:
- 78% say RV travel provides them the opportunity to spend more time enjoying outdoor activities.
- 73% of RV owners say they are more physically active on RV trips compared to other types of vacations.
- 72% say RVs allow them to escape everyday stress and pressure.
- 80% say their children are more physically active on RV vacations than other types.
New resort and RV park in Texas to open June 15
A multimillion-dollar resort and RV park is being developed just east of Wichita Falls, Texas. The facility—Coyote Ranch Resort & RV Park—is being built on 90 acres by local investors, according to general manager Kelli Jordan. Jordan said the resort will boast a 6,000-square-foot grand lodge on the top of a hill, along with 150 full-service campsites (on concrete pads). It also will have a 120-seat wedding chapel, general store, two rally rooms, rental cabins, three yurts, storage units near the camping area, an indoor/outdoor kennel, swimming pool, and a trade days’ area. She explained the yurts (portable cabins) are designed similar to traditional structures used by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia. Construction started in late November. The targeted completion date is June 15. All of the sites will be for rent by the day, week, or month.
RV clips worker in Missouri construction zone
A worker resurfacing U.S. Highway 71 in Carthage was injured Monday when he was clipped by an RV traveling through the work zone. Officials said the worker was not seriously injured. The accident happened one week before MoDOT kicks off Work Zone Awareness Week, April 19-23, to call drivers’ attention to the dangers of driving in construction zones and the stiff penalties for drivers who cause an accident in a zone.
My comment: I’m sorry, but there’s NO excuse for driving an RV in such an irresponsible way!
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