Tuesday

Survey Shows Interest in RV travel Remains Strong



The RVIA homepage reports 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.

The latest Campfire Canvass, a biannual survey of RV owners by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), 45.4 percent of RV owners expect to travel more this summer than they did last year; 41.9 percent say they’ll travel the same amount.

More than 8.2 million U.S. households own an RV. RV travel is as popular today as it was in 1910 when the first mass-produced RVs were built.

“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.”

Source: RVIA
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Finding the Best Wi-Fi Signal On The Road



Having a Wi-Fi enabled laptop in your RV can keep you connected to the world while you travel on the road, but finding a reliable Wi-Fi hotspot can be as tricky as parallel parking a Class A RV.

RV.net blog features a story on finding the best Wi-Fi connection when you camp. Many parks offer Wi-Fi service to please their increasing numbers of tech savvy RVers, but your connection can be affected by factors such as distance or another RV blocking your signal.

 Source: RV.net.
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Evergreen Recreational Vehicles Eco-Friendly Composite Trailers


The Evergreen Recreational Vehicles homepage features a YouTube video on Evergreen's eco-friendly RVs from WTS Outdoor Adventure and an interview with President Douglas Lantz.

 
Photo Courtesy of Evergreen RV
EverGreen Recreation Vehicles LLC has already revolutionized the industry with innovative, eco-friendly Ever-Lite travel trailers. The trailers are the first all composite-construction, lightweight, formaldehyde-free, recyclable travel trailers ever produced.

Source: EverGreen Recreation Vehicles
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Wednesday

David Woodworth Travels On Historic RV Journey


This year is the 100th anniversary of RVing, marking a century that has seen the industry change from early camping trucks to futuristic vacation machines equipped with GPS and Wi-Fi.

Photo Credit:RVIA

MSNBC features a story on David Woodworth and his Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA)sponsored RV journey from Elkhart, Indiana to New York, then on to Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

According to the story, Woodworth is traveling in with two RVs that represent both the past and present of RV travel. One is a 2010 Fleetwood Discovery. The other is 1916 Model T outfitted with sleeping and storage compartment called a Telescope Apartment.


You can learn more about the RV centennial at the official homepage set up by the RVIA.

Source: MSNBC and RVIA
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Monday

Jeep Shows Off New RV Campers From Livin Lite



Here are photos of the two different versions of automotive campers that Jeep introduced to the public this week in Moab, UT during the 2010 Moab Jeep Safari. These campers are made exclusively for Jeep by Livin Lite Recreational Vehicles, located in Wakarusa, IN.


One is an extreme off-road edition (the orange one) which features large 37” Jeep rims and tires; a steel skid plate with hidden axle; articulating pintel hitch for maximum flexibility when off-road trailering; Jeep tail lights with cages; Jeep latches; sprayed on liner on roof (like a rhino lining) with the Mopar logo in it; heavy duty support legs; custom painted exterior to match the consumer’s Jeep; tent and sofa with Jeep branding on it; and more.


The other version is the “Street” version which features the actual Jeep rear bumper with matching fender flairs; Jeep tail lights; Jeep latches; Jeep Rubicon tires and wheels; Jeep branding on the tent and sofa and more.

These vehicles are part of Jeep’s product offerings to their dealers and were introduced at MOAB, along with their other new Jeep products.

Pictured here is the media day event where Jeep executives showed off their new products to the media by letting them drive the new vehicles – including pulling the Jeep trailer on the famous trails of Moab.


Jeep has approx. 3,000 dealers nationwide who will be selling these new campers and are excited to offer a product that fits in so well with the “lifestyle” they promote with their off-roading vehicles. Jeep dealers can order the campers in exact colors to match new vehicles being sold, including matching interiors, rims and tires.


Scott Tuttle, “I don’t know if I can adequately convey how blessed we are at Livin Lite to be able to work on this project with Chrysler/Jeep to design a unique camper that is going to bring the RV lifestyle to a truly mainstream audience.” Tuttle reported that Chrysler/Jeep was attracted to Livin Lite’s unique all-aluminum lightweight design and the fact that the campers offer a nice sized living space in such a compact size.


“I have been beating the drum of affordable, lightweight automotive campers years now and I couldn’t be more excited that the number one brand name for off-roading and number one in vehicle retention has chosen our campers to offer to their valued customers,” states Tuttle, “Recent reports show that for every 1 family that will purchase a traditional, self-contained RV this year, there are 175 more families who are camping in tents out of their cars.

Livin Lite campers are designed to appeal to this massive demographic to help get them off of the ground – whether it’s a Jeep camper or a Quicksilver camper – we are excited to help them take their first step in the RVing lifestyle.

Source: Livin Lite
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Friday

Submit Your Photos To RV Trader's "Camping Critters" Contest. You Could Win a Flip Camcorder


Do you have photos or even video of you and your pets enjoying the great outdoors? If so, send them to us for the RV Trader "Camping Critters" photo and video contest.

Three Finalists will be selected and then it's up to you to vote for the best "Camping Critter!" The winner will receive a Flip Camcorder courtesy of RV Trader.

How it works:
  • Submit your photos or videos by emailing to us at rvblog@traderonline.com.
  • Be sure to put "Camping Critters" in your email subject line.
  • Judges select three Finalists. RV Trader users (that's you!) vote for their favorite between May 31 – June 11.
  • Winners will be announced on July 1, 2010. 

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