Thursday

Texas RV park is home to laid back RVers


Pantagraph.com features a story on an unusual RV park in Austin, Texas.

Pecan Grove RV Park is surrounded by pricey condominiums, but is home to offbeat residents who thrive in the park’s laid-back atmosphere.

Some Pecan Grove residents are full time artists and adventurers who enjoy cheap rent. Others are visitors from distant cities who find comfort in the sense of community.

Are you a Pecan Grove resident? Do you have any stories to share about living there? Do you have a favorite RV park that has a sense of community you enjoy? Post a message below and tell us about it!
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Monday

Happy Holidays from RV Trader Insider


HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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Sunday

Tech gear for travelers


Business week magazine features an article on tech gear for travelers, ranging from PDAs to Ipod accessories.

While this article is aimed primarly at business travelers, who have to deal with long airline flights or train trips, these items could be used by RVers as well.

Some of the gear in the article, such as Ipod accessories, are just for fun. Other gear, like newer and smaller laptops, are meant to enchance workplace productivty while traveling.

For many RVers, work is the last thing they want to think about on the road. A new laptop with WiFi access can find campgrounds and roadside destinations. That still counts as productivity...right?
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Wednesday

Getting your mail while on the road


RVers who spend long stretches of time on the road can use technology to stay in touch. E-mail and cell phones are easy ways to talk to family and friends. You can even pay your bills online.

But sometimes you need regular mail service for certain tasks. How do you use the mail when you are always on the move?

The Full Time RVer website features a story on how to receive mail while traveling from city to city.

Services are available that can forward your mail to where you might be traveling. Other RVers just use relatives in different cities to handle their mail.

Do you have to deal with getting mail while traveling? Any suggestions or tips on how to handle it? Leave a comment below and share you story.
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Explosive growth for the RV industry ahead?


According to a story on the RV Trade Digest website, the RV industry is poised for massive growth and expansion in the coming years.

The story quotes economist Barry Asmus during a speech last September at the RV Industry Association’s annual meeting.

Asmus lists six points that will give the RV industry a boost in the coming years. Among the many factors fueling growth of the RV business are an expanding US population and the entrepreneurial spirit of the business.
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Tuesday

Chariot Vans Inc. adapts to the RV market


NWItimes.com features a story on Chariot Vans Inc., a company that made the switch from making customized vans to RVs.

For any company, switching their product line is a difficult step. Realizing that the days of the customized van were numbered due to the growing popularity of SUVs, Chariot Van Inc. owner John Wisolek decided to change his company's product.

Luckily Chariot Vans Inc. were supported by top notch manufacturing facility and talented employees. So far, Chariot has been able to adapt to the RV market, with sales enabling them to expand their factory workforce.
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Monday

Alternative fuel RV crosses country for only $47


Slashdot.org features a story on a 40 foot RV that can cross the country for only $47, powered by special converter that burns vegetable oil.

Driven by the Adler family, the "Frybrid" RV traveled from Seattle, Washington to Providence, Rhode Island in three months. The RV's fuel system is designed to take vegetable oil and filter it for use.

The vegetable oil technology used to power RVs is now being adapted for pickup truck use.
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Friday

Thor industries seeks baby boomer RVers


A leading maker of travel trailers, fifth wheels and other motor homes, Thor Industries Inc. is profiled on the Industry Week website.

Even with concern over the economy and fuel prices, Thor has seen their sales increase. Industry Week quotes a company statement that Thor's travel trailer and fifth-wheel sales were up 7% from last year, and that their motor home market share is up to 14%.

Thor is aiming for the market baby boomers and retirees, described as the industry’s “sweet spot” of 78 million people who have the money and time to devote to the RV lifestyle.

Anticipating an increase in RV demand, Thor is expanding their factory space and planning to acquire other RV manufacturers.
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Wednesday

RV Trade Show in Louisville shows off new RV products


RV Trade Digest features highlights of this year's RV Trade Show in Louisville, Kentucky.

Fleetwood, Winnebago, and Gulf Stream were just a few of the many manufacturers displaying their latest RVs for the coming year.

A standout at the show was National RV’s new space-saving telescoping slideout room, providing ample space inside the RV cabin, even when retracted.

Gulf Stream’s SuperNova Type C made a big impression with powerful towing capacity and Type A-like features.

Winnebago offered a new Type A motorhome with improved storage.

Business appears to have been brisk from the start of the show, generated by a positive reaction to the variety of the new products.
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Tuesday

Towable RVs make big gains with buyers


Airstream BasecampTowable RVs are the leading sellers in the RV market according to a story on FloridaToday.com. Many towable RV buyers never thought they would own an RV, but the affordability and features of towables motivated them to buy.

While motorcoach RV sales have fallen 21 percent, RV sales have increased overall thanks to lightweight towable models.

Another factor in the rising popularity of towable RVs are falling SUV sales. As consumers buy smaller vehicles, they need smaller RVs to match.

Airstream is a popular choice among towable RVs brands, with models like the Basecamp.

The Basecamp appeals to buyers who bring mountain bikes and other outdoor gear along for the trip. Baby-boomer RV buyers are not slowing down in their golden years, and RVs that appeal to their go-getter attitudes are big sellers.

Looking for your own Airstream Basecamp? Find a Basecamp on RV Trader Online.

Also check RV Trader Online's wide variety of towable RVs.
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Monday

Heat on the road - Saunas arrive for RVs


With features ranging from deluxe kitchens to home theaters, it is hard to think of what other luxuries you could fit on an RV.

How about a Sauna?

The Grand Rapids press features a story on how Grand Packaging has developed an infrared-heated sauna, meant specifically for installation in RVs.

The unit heats to 150 degrees within 15 minutes for 60 minutes of dry heat. According to the manufacturers, the challenge was to make the sauna not only compact, but also high-efficiency, drawing power from an RV's onboard generator.

Another advantage of the RV sauna is the use of infrared heat, which heats without the danger of burning the skin.
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Friday

Turkey and gravy in the great outdoors - Celebrating Thanksgiving in an RV


Could you eat Thanksgiving dinner outdoors, using paper plates and plastic forks?

The San Diego Union Tribune features a story on how RVers Donna And Russ Shelton have celebrated Thanksgiving in an RV park for over 16 years, sharing their holiday with over 40 members of their family.

They are not alone. According to a survey by the RVIA, 37 Percent of RV owners planned to spend this Thanksgiving on the road, along with 23 percent who plan to travel in their RVs for Christmas/Hanukkah.

RV parks are seeing big business thanks to holiday RV travelers, with some parks booking up to full capacity well in advance.

With the luxuries that many RVs now feature, ranging from electrical generators to flat-screen TVs, spending the holidays on the road without “roughing it” is not difficult.

Do you plan to spend this Holiday traveling in your RV? Leave a comment and tell us your story.
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Tuesday

RVer publishes his stories of life on the road


Hometownlife.com features a story about Ken Halloran, a 63 year old RVer that turned a collection of Emails about his RV adventures into his first published book.

Travel Tales: An Old Retiree, His RV, His Dog, and His Woman (not necessarily in order of preference)Hit the Road
was published when Halloran’s friends suggested he submit his humorous emails about his RV adventures to a publisher. Expecting to be rejected like most first-time writers, Halloran was pleasantly surprised when the publisher agreed to print his stories in a 254 page book.

Halloran’s stories are told from his dog’s point of view, ranging from a dispute over a campground space with grumpy fellow Rvers, to a rough and smelly encounter with a defensive skunk.

Want to create your own RV adventures that you can write your own book about? Check out the selection of RVs on RV Trader Online.
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More RVers than ever are traveling with their pets


RVs offer their owners the comforts of home, ranging from air conditioning, Internet access, and high-definition home theater.

Now RVers are bringing another comfort of home along for the ride: their pets.

According to a story on The Gainesville Times website, 19% of travelers are bringing their pets with them on the trip. More hotels and resorts are allowing pets to stay with guests, up 28% since 1999 according to the American Auto Association.

RVs allow for more flexibility when traveling with pets, but some animals might require some adjusting to life on the road. One RVing couple brings their cats along on their travels. To help the felines adjust to the RV environment before a trip, they spend a night in the RV’s cabin while parked in the driveway.

The story also features a handy checklist on what to bring for your pet on you RV journey.

Do you travel with your dog or cat in your RV? How do you prepare your RV for your pets? Leave a comment below and share your story.
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Monday

TracNet lets RV users cruise the Internet


Wi-Fi hotspots are found everywhere, from coffee shops to bookstores. Now your RV can become a Wi-Fi hotspot with TracNet, a service profiled on Boston.com.

TracNet works by using cell phone services from Verizon, giving users access to the Internet from in-vehicle video screens or laptop computers. TracNet helped a user who was having a tough time finding parking for his camper van, till his daughter saved the day by finding RV friendly parking online. Boat, SUV, and car owners can use TracNet too.

There are limitations to TracNet's access. Your vehicle needs to be within range of cell towers to connect to the service. The price of $1995 plus monthly fees may be a little steep for some users.

As more RVs video screens are sold, along with use of RVs as home offices, so will the demand for RV internet access.

Are you using a service like TracNet? Do you use it for work or recreation? Tell us your story and leave a comment below!
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Friday

Criminals watch out! Police RVs are on the job!


Used RVs are switching from the campground to the crime scene, serving law enforcement as mobile command centers.
The Herald Online reports on a RV used by the police of Rock Hill, South Carolina, purchased through classified ads and later modified for police work.

The RV's enhancements include high-powered video cameras, wireless internet connections for laptop computers, and a locating system that tracks the location of police cars.

The mobile unit serves police functions ranging from DUI checkpoints to a command center during murder investigations.

The Rock Hill Police RV program is inspiring other law-enforcement agencies purchase their own RVs.

Do you work in law enforcement and use RVs in your service? Send us an e-mail or leave a comment and tell us your story. Also check out the selection of RVs on RV Trader Online.
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Thursday

The RV Insider - The official newsletter of RV Trader Online


RV Trader Online is more than a place to buy and sell RVs. We offer The RV Insider newsletter to keep you informed.

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Tuesday

RV travel in 1937 - Old newsreel gives glimpse of early RVing


"One million Americans today are living in homes on wheels" boasts the announcer of an old 1937 newsreel featured on rv.tv, giving a glimpse back to the early days of the RV lifestyle.

Welcome to 1937 and the RV park of Trailer City, Florida, where over 1000 RVs and their vacationers are relaxing under towering palm trees. Parking is $1 for a week and electricity is 25 cents.

21st century RVers watching this newsreel might have a good laugh...or cringe. No DVD player or Ipods in these tiny early RVs, just the car radio. Probably no air-conditioning either on those hot Florida days.

This old newsreel is quaint, but does make you realize how much RVing has changed in 70 years, and how it is still about the adventure of the open road.
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Monday

RV Parking becomes an issue in Burbank, California


Some residents in Burbank, California consider RVs a driving hazard, even when they are parked. According to the Burbank Leader, The Traffic and Transportation Committee of Burbank is engaged in a public discussion with residents, considering changes to the city codes governing RV parking.

Complaints about RVs in driveways range from the cosmetic, claiming that the vehicles are unsightly, to traffic visibility worries when RVs are parked near busy intersections.

RV owners respond that they have few options to store their vehicles, countering that off-site storage is scarce and costly.

For RV owners in Burbank and beyond, this is sure to be a hot issue.

What do you think? Do you keep your RV in a storage facility? What would you suggest for Burbank RV owners? Post a comment and let us know.
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Friday

Camping and Cinema - RV park offers drive-in movies


Maybe you remember the days of the drive-in movie? Drive-ins have almost vanished from the American landscape due to multiplex theaters and home video.

Now Hi-Way Haven RV Park in Sutherlin, Oregon is lighting up the night with the flicker of the silver screen again. RVTravel.com features the story.

The RV park had been a drive-in theater before. New owners decided to bring back cinema memories once more by offering classic movies, which guests can watch from the comfort of their RV.

Do you have memories of drive-in movies? Do have a favorite film that you like to watch on your RV's home theater? Leave a comment and share your memories.
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Thursday

You can't pack you entire house into your RV - Downsizng your life


Even the most luxurious RV has a limit to how much stuff you can pack. If you want to live in your RV full time you will probably have to unload a lifetime of stuff.

But what do you keep and what do you discard? It can be difficult for some RVers, especially if you have a lifetime of memories in your home.

FullTimeRVer.com features a guide to downsizing your belongings so you can keep what matters, while still having room to move around inside your RV.

Of course, you can always buy a bigger RV on RV Trader Online.
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Wednesday

Roadtrek - Canadian manufacturer puts a lot of RV in a small space


Bigger is better is the motto of many RV buyers, but not all.

The Gazette at Canada.com features a profile of Roadtrek RVs, which are manufactured by Canada based Home & Park Motor homes. Roadtrek RVs might be smaller than their Class A cousins, but Roadtrek’s customers prefer their more manageable size, making Roadtrek the number one selling Class B motor home in North America.

Roadtrek RVs are created when General Motors and DaimlerChrysler vans are converted into motorhomes. The challenge for Roadtrek is to fit the accessories of a larger RV into a smaller space. New body panels and parts extend the back of the RV, giving the Roadtrek its distinctive raised fiberglass roof.

Roadtrek seems to be experiencing a similar shift in customers that other RV makers are. While most of Roadtrek's customers are over 50, younger buyers are now buying RVs too.

Are you looking for a Roadtrek? Find one on RV Trader Online. Do you own a Roadtrek? Tell us about your RV and leave a comment below.
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Monday

RV helps service reach out to job seekers


RVs are used by most people as an escape from work, carrying their drivers to vacations and relaxation. The Herald Tribune features a story of the The Jobs Etc. RV, an RV that helps people find work and serves as a rolling job placement service.

Equipped with 13 workstations, Microsoft office software, and a screen for outdoor presentations, the RV serves as Jobs Etc. office away from the office, connecting with employment-seekers in the field.

The RV helps workers who are facing layoffs, suffering a job loss due to a natural disaster, or just need to polish up their resume.

The Jobs Etc. RV is shows how an RV can be turned from vacation shelter to a more business-oriented purpose.

Do you work for a business or a government agency and use an RV? How did you adapt it to your use? Leave a comment or send us an E-mail at rvblog@traderonline.com and share your story.
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Friday

Working from your RV - Home offices hit the road with Datastorm


Having to work while on vacation sounds dreary. Who wants to be looking at a laptop screen while you are out in the great outdoors?

More RVers are changing the nature of work and RV travel. They are hitting the road with their work, integrating traveling and their jobs.

The Kerrville Daily Times features a story about the Prescotts, a retired couple who use their RV as a rolling office, financing their travels with editing textbooks online. They use an onboard satellite system called DataStorm to link up with Internet access, telephone, and TV signals to stay connected and working.

Beyond work and web surfing, DataStorm users are now building a community of RVers to organize during emergencies like Hurricane Katrina.

Do you work from your RV? Do you use a DataStorm system to keep connected? Leave a comment or send us an E-mail and tell us your story. We want to hear how you blend travel and work with your RV.

Looking to travel and stay connected? RVs with DataStorm systems are featured on RV Trader Online.
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Tuesday

Choosing an RV - Wait to buy big...or buy small now?


Baby boomers are big buyers of RVs, but some are deciding to hold off on their purchases for now.

According ot the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, boomers are retiring and want to hit the road in luxury RVs, but high fuel prices and borrowing costs are making some think twice.

RV sales surge when interest rates are low and consumer confidence is high. Uncertainty about the economy and future fuel prices appear to be dampening some buyers enthusiasm.

RV industry analysts hope that sales will be brighter down the road, as more consumers in the 55 and 64 age bracket retire.

Yet some RV buyers are not waiting, buying smaller and more efficient RVs that can be towed with a Sports Utility Vehicle, or chosing to rent rather than buy.

Are you a hesitant RV buyer? What will be your choice? Will you hold off and buy a big RV...or buy a smaller one now? Is renting the way to go for you? Leave a comment and tell us what you think.
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Monday

Generation RV - Younger buyers change the RV Market


If you think of a vehicle painted with funky dark flames, decked out with a high powered stereo, Ipod hookups, a sleek metal interior, and a name like Nitrous, you probably envision a slick new car aimed at young buyers from Scion or Toyota.

Actually, it's an RV...made by Fleetwood. Surprised?

According to an article on the Hardford Courant site, members of Generation X (born between roughly 1960 and 1978) are the newest RV customers, and manufacturers have responded with new models such at the Nitrous.

In the past, RV dealers had expected buyers to be silver-haired senior citizens or newly retired baby boomers. Now RV buyers are hitting the road in their in their 30s and even 20s, and manufacturers are meeting demand with new styles and models.

These new RV consumers want sleeker, stylish RVs and room for their toys, like dirt bikes, custom choppers, and High Definition TVs. Younger RV owners are bypassing quiet campgrounds, taking their campers to football lot parties and into the desert for remote camping.

Are you a new generation of RV owner? Want to share your tales of adventure? Post a comment and tell us about it! Or check out the other Fleetwood RVs and the Nitrous on RV Trader Online.
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Thursday

Welcome RV Trader Insider - The Official RV Blog of RV Trader Online!


The RV Trader Insider is ready to travel the Internet in search of RV news and adventure. As we roll along, we would like to tell you about who we are, why we have an RV blog, and how you can help us make this blog part of the RV community.

What is a blog?

A “blog” is an online diary or journal written by a “blogger” to inform others about a particular subject. “Blogging” is when a person uses a blog to share their thoughts and ideas. Businesses use blogs to inform their customers about their services and official news. Others use blogs to create online communities, where individuals with a common interest come together to communicate. The “Blogosphere” refers to the world of all bloggers, or bloggers in a particular community or subject, like sports, politics, or pop culture.

What is RV Trader Insider?


RV Trader Insider is the official blog of RV Trader Online.

RVTraderOnline.com is owned and operated by Trader Publishing Company. Formed in 1991, Trader Publishing Company is the nation's leading publisher of specialty classified advertising publications. RV Trader Online serves private parties wanting to buy and sell used RVs, yet also serves as a forum for dealers and brokers to advertise their vehicles for sale.

Trader's print magazines, like RV Trader, are distributed through hundreds of thousands of distribution points in most of the United States.

What does RV Trader Insider do?

The RV Trader Insider seeks to travel the World Wide Web to inform and create an online community for RV buyers and sellers, RV dealers, and all who are interested in RVs.

We hope our readers will use RV Trader Online’s services to buy and sell RVs, but we also wish to contribute to the online RV community through sharing news and information, not just about RV Trader Online, but the recreational vehicles of all types.

If you are a RV buyer, RV seller, own an RV dealership, or just like to read about RVs, we want you to enjoy our RV blog and offer your comments and feedback.

What do we blog about on RV Trader Insider?

While the RV community has so many issues and topics to cover, we want our focus to be on buying and selling both new and used RVs.

For RV owners, the RV is more than just a vehicle, it is their home away from home. RVers live and even work from their RV. Senior RV owners are spending their golden years on the open road. Baby boomers are hitting the road and not looking to slow down anytime soon. Even young families are discovering the RV lifestyle, taking their kids along for the ride.

RVs are riding the wave of high-tech innovation, now often equiped with Wi-Fi Internet access, satellite TV and radio and GPS navigation.

But world of RVs is more than just vehicles and technology, it is the people who use them and who have their own stories. We hope to use our RV blog to share their stories too.

You can help RV Trader Insider!

Do you like our stories? Do you have ideas for RV blog stories? Are you a RVer who has a blog? There are other RV bloggers out there, and we want to hear from you!

You can click on the little speech balloon under each story on our blog and leave a comment. Please be polite and write a comment related to the story.

You can also contact us at rvblog@traderonline.com. Send us your story ideas and comments.

If you have a RV blog, let us know about it! We want to know who is writing about RVs in the blogosphere. Even if you don’t have a blog, if you find an interesting RV related site or news story, send us a link. We need your help and contributions to keep this blog rolling.

If you have a RV blog, feel free to link to us! We can’t promise that we will link back, but if you find your blog informative and complies with our standards, chances are strong we’ll return the favor.

So let’s get rolling! There’s a big road ahead of us.
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Wednesday

RV Buyers Are Bargain Shoppers, Choosing Used RVs For the Best Value


RVTraderOnline.com, an online showroom of over 85,000 recreational vehicles across the US and a division of Trader Publishing Company determined that what RV buyers are looking for are pre-owned RVs over new ones.

In a recent survey of RV consumers on RVTraderOnline.com, 70% of the respondents told us they prefer to purchase their RVs used. Only 30% of the respondents actually prefer new or never-been-used RVs.

Rick Studley, the Sales Manager for RVTraderOnline.com remarks, “used RVs consistently tend to fly off our site. Most of our dealers are noticing that same trend as well.”

RVTraderOnline.com is the leading online classified ad service bringing RV buyers and sellers together in one virtual marketplace with over 700,000 visitors per month, (WebTrends, 2006). Advertising their inventory on RVTraderOnline.com, dealers and independent owners alike are reaching RV enthusiasts who are interested in researching and purchasing new and used recreational vehicles online.

Headquartered in Norfolk, VA, RVTraderOnline.com is part of TraderOnline.com’s network of websites covering new and used vehicle categories such as boats, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs, aircraft, equipment and collector car vehicles, and general merchandise. TraderOnline.com is a division of Trader Publishing Company, the nation’s largest distributor of photo-classified ad publications. For more information about RVTraderOnline.com, call toll-free 888-813-7304 or visit www.RVTraderOnline.com - where buyers and sellers in the RV lifestyle clickTM.
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The Top Ten Most Searched States for RV Campgrounds on RVTraderOnline.com


July 13, 2006 Norfolk, VA - RVTraderOnline.com, an online showroom of over 85,000 recreational vehicles across the US and a division of Trader Publishing Company discovered that Florida and California are the most requested states by visitors searching for campgrounds.

After observing campground searches performed on RVTraderOnline.com in the past 6 months, 12% of campground seekers are interested in parking their RVs in Florida. California is also a popular camp destination with 10% planning their trips there.

Trailing far behind the two front-runners are Texas with 5%, followed consecutively by North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Virginia, Michigan, Tennessee and scaling down to New York with 3% of the total campground searches.

“Florida and California have always been the most popular states where buyers go to look for RVs on our website,” says Scott Vollmer, Business Development Manager for RVTraderOnline.com. “As a matter of fact we’ve measured that 40% of our visitors are from the Pacific and Southeast regions of the country, so it makes sense that those states are most requested by campground seekers,” (comScore Media Metrix Ratings, July 2006).

RVTraderOnline.com is the leading online classified ad service bringing RV buyers and sellers together in one virtual marketplace with over 900,000 visitors per month, (WebTrends, 2006). Advertising their inventory on RVTraderOnline.com, dealers and independent owners alike are reaching RV enthusiasts who are interested in researching and purchasing new and used recreational vehicles online.

Headquartered in Norfolk, VA, RVTraderOnline.com is part of TraderOnline.com’s network of websites covering new and used vehicle categories such as boats, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs, aircraft, equipment and collector car vehicles, and general merchandise. TraderOnline.com is a division of Trader Publishing Company, the nation's largest distributor of photo-classified ad publications. For more information about RVTraderOnline.com, call toll-free 888-813-7304 or visit www.RVTraderOnline.com - where buyers and sellers in the RV lifestyle clickTM.
Trader Online Web Developer

Tuesday

Class A Motorhomes Have Taken a Backseat to Travel Trailers as the Most Popular Type of RV Searched on RVTraderOnline.com


May 26, 2006 Norfolk, VA - RVTraderOnline.com, an online showroom of over 85,000 recreational vehicles across the US and a division of Trader Publishing Company determined that travel trailers are the most requested RV type after observing an April report of class searches conducted by visitors to the website.

In April, 25% of the total class searches performed on the site yield results for travel trailers. Following closely behind with 24% of the total searches are class A motorhomes. However, compared to previous months these figures have recently flip-flopped since the largest percentage have always searched for class A motorhomes.

Trailing far behind the two front-runners are class C motorhomes with 13%, followed by fifth wheels, folding campers, toy haulers, truck campers, class B motorhomes, and scaling down to park models with less than 2% of the total class searches.

Scott Vollmer, the Business Development Manager for RVTraderOnline.com states, “well this doesn’t come as a complete surprise, certainly sales have been trending this way for some time now. We are only a bit surprised to see the Class A finally replaced at the top of our charts. This is certainly a trend we will continue to monitor carefully throughout 2006.”

RVTraderOnline.com is the leading online classified ad service bringing RV buyers and sellers together in one virtual marketplace with over 800,000 visitors per month,(WebTrends, 2006). Advertising their inventory on RVTraderOnline.com, dealers and independent owners alike are reaching RV enthusiasts who are interested in researching and purchasing new and used recreational vehicles online.

Headquartered in Norfolk, VA, RVTraderOnline.com is part of TraderOnline.com’s network of websites covering new and used vehicle categories such as boats, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs, aircraft, equipment and collector car vehicles, and general merchandise. TraderOnline.com is a division of Trader Publishing Company, the nation's largest distributor of photo-classified ad publications. For more information about RVTraderOnline.com, call toll-free 888-813-7304 or visit www.RVTraderOnline.com - where buyers and sellers in the RV lifestyle clickTM.

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Trader Online Web Developer

Wednesday

RVTraderOnline.com Aims to Drive RV Enthusiasts Wild with a Website Redesign


RVTraderOnline.com, an online showroom of over 85,000 recreational vehicles across the US and a division of Trader Publishing Company has undergone a website redesign in an attempt to simplify the search process for RV buyers and posting an ad for RV sellers.

Among the alterations to the website is a Quick Search function on the homepage, allowing visitors to begin their search immediately upon entering the site. This function appears above the fold so that it is easy to spot.

Another improvement is a Browse feature that allows buyers to see results by class, location, manufacturer, and also by dealer. Results can be formatted and featured by listing, photo gallery, or tabular view. The Browse feature is ideal for buyers who aren’t yet sure what they would like to see in a recreational vehicle. Each results page provides “bread-crumbs” to lead the user back to a more general results page so that they may continue to browse under different criteria.

Finally, buyers and sellers can find a table containing resources for their recreational vehicles on every page of the website. RVTraderOnline.com recognizes the importance of recommending services like insurance quotes, warranty, escrow, financing, parts & accessories, campgrounds and rental services.

Scott Vollmer, the Business Development Manager of RVTraderOnline.com shares his feelings on the website redesign, “this is a long-awaited change that we have been developing and testing for months. After nearly 5 years of the same website design, we’re ready for a new approach and more streamlined maneuverability for our users.”

RVTraderOnline.com is the leading online classified ad service bringing RV buyers and sellers together in one virtual marketplace with over 500,000 unique visitors per month,(WebTrends, 2005). Advertising their inventory on RVTraderOnline.com, dealers and independent owners alike are reaching RV enthusiasts who are interested in researching and purchasing new and used recreational vehicles online.

Headquartered in Norfolk, VA, RVTraderOnline.com is part of TraderOnline.com’s network of websites covering new and used vehicle categories such as boats, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs, aircraft, equipment and collector car vehicles, and general merchandise. TraderOnline.com is a division of Trader Publishing Company, the nation's largest distributor of photo-classified ad publications. For more information about RVTraderOnline.com, call toll-free 888-813-7304 or visit www.RVTraderOnline.com.
Trader Online Web Developer

Top Ten States For RV Searches


RVTraderOnline.com, the RV online classifieds industry leader, with over 75,000 recreational vehicles to choose from, announces the states that have received the most searches on RVTraderOnline.com for end of 2005 are California and Florida.

Focusing on the number of state searches conducted on RVTraderOnline.com from January 1, 2005 to the present, it was determined which states accumulated the most interest from RV enthusiasts. Those top ten states are

1) California
2) Florida
3) Arizona
4) Texas
5) Washington
6) Michigan
7) Georgia
8) Ohio
9) Oregon
10) North Carolina
Bobby Parks Web Developer