RVDA News Brief
May 7, 2008

Americans Still Traveling Despite Economy
from The Columbus Dispatch
The falling dollar, rising gas prices, and general economic fear apparently can't counteract Americans' wanderlust. The 2008 Travel Industry Association annual report, "Travel and Tourism Works for America," estimates that U.S. travelers once again spent a record amount, $739.9 billion last year. More

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Video: RV Rentals Strong Despite High Gas Costs Woes
from KVUE-TV
American Dream Vacations, an Austin, TX, RVRA member, says that demand remains high as the summer vacation months approach, even though fuel prices are soaring. More

Teardrop Trailer a Smart RV for Fuel-conscious RV Folks
from the San Francisco Chronicle
Teardrop trailers have been around almost as long as cars used for family recreation. While some of those trailers on the market are genuine antiques well suited for use behind a classic car or street rod, companies are also building brand new teardrops. Today's fuel prices, and the economy in general, are driving the growth in teardrop trailer interest and buyers are finding out how much fun they can be. More

Pilgrim International Becomes First RV Manufacturer to Offer 5-Year Warranty
from PR NewsWire
Pilgrim International, Inc. announces that it is offering the RV industry's first 5-year warranty on all flooring systems utilizing the CosmoLite composite substrate. More

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RV Manufacturers Going Green
from WSBT-TV
You've probably heard about using recyclable materials to make houses, cars, and food containers. Now some local RV manufacturers are becoming more environmentally friendly. Last year alone, RV companies in Elkhart County, IN, turned more than 2 million pounds of landfill waste into new products. More

Gas Prices Drop -- Have We Passed the Peak?
from U.S. News & World Report
Late last week, the average price of a gallon of gas dropped for the first time in nearly a month. The drop ended 18 straight days of record price increases. The price drop has a few analysts saying that the price of gas may have peaked. More

RV Supplier Buys California Company RBW
from the South Bend Tribune
At a time when the state of the economy has taken a toll on a number of manufacturing companies, AL-KO Kober Corp. isn’t falling into that trap. AL-KO Kober Corp. has acquired RBW Industries, Inc. of Chino, CA, a manufacturer of RV accessories. The acquisition allows the company to become a full-line supplier in a fast-growing and highly competitive environment. More

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