Monday

RV Financing Still Available For Qualified Buyers


There has been a steady stream of news stories about tight credit hurting businesses and consumers seeking loans. How difficult is it to get RV financing?

According to a story on MarketWatch.com, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reports that RV financing is still available to well-qualified buyers.  Buyers who have good credit and a healthy down payment can still get loans.

RV buyers can often get loans through their dealer, provided by RV financing lenders, local banks, credit unions and fiance companies.

Source: MarketWatch.com
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Tuesday

RVers Adapt To The Economy


RV owners love the RV lifestyle, but just like everyone else, they’re concerned about today’s sagging economy and looking for ways to save money and cut costs.


According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s fall/winter survey, RVers are adjusting to the economy by traveling closer to home and staying longer in one place. By having their “homes on wheels” with them, RV owners say they can stretch their dollars by saving on costly airfares, hotels and restaurant meals.

The latest Campfire Canvass fall/winter survey of RV owners by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, reveals that 29 percent plan to travel more this fall and winter than last year; 56 percent plan to travel the same amount as last year; and 15 percent plan to travel less than last year.

Sixty-two percent of survey respondents say they’ll travel to destinations closer to home, while 38 percent say they’ll stay longer at the same destination.


One of the biggest reasons why RV travel appeals to families is because of the value that RV vacations offer. Eighty percent of the RV owners surveyed say RV vacations cost less than other types of vacations. The survey shows that 60 percent of RVers plan to take more mini-vacations (1-4 days) this fall/winter compared to last year.

Because RVs have full kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms, RV owners can get away at a moment’s notice. And they don’t have to worry about hotel reservations or the hassles of flying such as long security lines and costly baggage fees.With an RV, everything is onboard and ready to go.


According to a new study comparing vacation costs by PKF, an international consulting firm with expertise in travel and tourism, family RV trips are, on average, 27 to 61 percent less expensive than other types of vacations, even with today’s higher gas prices and factoring in RV ownership costs.

Forty-three percent of the survey respondents said they’ll use their RVs to attend festivals and fairs this fall/winter; 33 percent will use their homes-on-wheels for foliage tours; and 30 percent for antiquing and flea market trips.

Source: RVIA
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Monday

Verdier Solar-Powered Camper Saves Energy And Brings Back Memories Of The Classic VW Van


The classic VW Van is a symbol of low-impact travel and minimal living on the road. Many VWs still roam the highways, still providing the simple life for their devoted owners.


According to CleanTechnica.com, a new camper takes inspiration from the VW Van, but add its own eco-friendly and high-tech twist on the faithful traveler.


According to GreenTechnica, Verdier Solar-Powered Camper gets power from a 170 watt solar system. It also comes with a state of the art sound system, GPS, and other luxuries that you would not have found on a VW back in the 1960s.


The story also reports that the van is not for sale yet, but reservations are being taken for 2009.

Source: GreenTechnica, Inhabitant, and Verdier
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Wednesday

Green RVers Make Their Vehicles Eco-Friendly


The New York Times profiles RV owners turning their recreational vehicles into eco-friendly vehicles for travel and to promote sustainable living.

According to the New York Times story, these RVers are often do-it-yourselfers who retrofit their vehicles to get more mileage-per-gallon. Biodiesel or vegetable oil is the fuel of choice for stretching their fuel dollar and reducing emissions.


Among the RV owners profiled in the story is Brian Brawdy, who drives his “Wonder Explore Believe” custom Lance Camper that uses solar power, wind, and even captured rainwater.

RV manufacturers are responding to the interest in “green RVing” and studying how to incorporate energy saving features into future RV designs.

One interesting statistic in the story: 18 percent of RVers use solar power.

Here is Brian Brawdy explaining the features of his "off the grid" RV.



Source: The New York Times
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