Enjoy this month’s roundup of interesting news items, new products and RV trends of interest to RV owners

2014 Expected to Be Great Year for RV Industry:
New RV Sales Are Up; Demand for Used RVs Is High

After posting five consecutive years of steady sales growth, the RV industry expects 2014 to be a banner year. “RV shipments are growing,” RVIA President Richard Coon said at the annual Louisville trade show in December. “Consumer confidence is growing, credit is available, and RVs are visible, popular and even cool. This is a good time to be in the RV business.”

News is also good for RV sellers. A recession-driven decrease in new RV sales over the past few years has resulted in a shortage of late-model RVs on the used RV market which has created high demand for used rigs.

First-of-Its-Kind Indoor RV Park Opens in North Dakota

America’s first indoor RV park recently opened near Watford City, ND where winter storms frequently bring heavy snows and below-zero temperatures. Built by a group of savvy Minnesota investors to serve North Dakota oilfield workers, ND Indoor RV Park can house 236 RVs in 10 insulated buildings designed for year-round use. In addition to on-site management and security, a commons building offers mail service and on-site laundry services. The commons, which is equipped with flat-screen TVs, pool tables, couches, recliners, vending machines and restrooms, also provides a comfortable gathering place for residents. If the new concept takes off, expect to see more indoor RV parks for workampers. It could also pave the way for comfortable RV camping near popular winter sports destinations. More on the park here.

New Virginia License Plate Law Benefits RVers

Under a new law that went into effect January 1, 2014, Virginia RVers no longer have to surrender their license plates when their vehicles are not in use. Previously, RVers had to return plates to the DMV when placing their vehicle in winter storage and cancelling insurance. RV owners can now keep their license plates and deactivate and reactivate them online or by phone.