Canadian GDP rises; U.S. personal spending falls

(June 29, 2012) -- April 2012 gross domestic product (GDP) in Canada rose a stronger than expected 0.3 percent in the month following an unrevised 0.1 percent gain in March and a 0.2 percent drop in February. Personal consumer expenditure (PCE) in the United States was unchanged in May 2012 following 0.1 percent gains in both April and March that marked notable downward revisions from previously reported 0.3 percent and 0.2 percent increases, respectively.

Elizabeth Taylor’s travel trailer sells for $51,660

(June 29, 2012) -- According to the auction listing; "Twentieth Century Fox spent a rumored $75,000 in 1960s dollars ($560,000 in today's dollars) to build a fully customized 36-foot dressing room/trailer for the star. Designed in the theme of the Egyptian/Roman epic, the RV was intended to keep Taylor in the true character of Cleopatra. The 36-foot Aljo trailer includes full columns mounted on the walls, hand-painted ceilings, and hand-painted murals in the bedroom.

RVIA leaders meet with Chinese RV officials

(June 29, 2012) -- Kirby said the rapid growth of China's automobile industry will greatly facilitate the development of RV industry in the United States, the paper noted. Hopkins, who oversees RV standards at RVIA, recognized the establishment of a motorhome committee by CAAM. “We finally have an RV unit to work with," said Hopkins. "We hope to carry out the in-depth exchanges with the parties concerned in China to jointly promote the development of the RV industry.” 

MCD Innovations debuts Gold Series shades

(June 28, 2012) -- The Gold Series is a new value-priced line that offers easily adjustable features, with the same MCD quality as its popular American Duo Day/Night Shade System, but at a lower cost. Its advanced window shade technology provides solar protection with Clearview Day Screens and privacy through its 100 percent light-blocking 4-ply vinyl night shade fabrics.

Registration opens for 2012 iRV2 rally

(June 28, 2012) -- Each year members of RV social networking website enjoy traveling, camping with friends and attending regional, member-organized rallies. Registration opened today for the 12th iRV2 National Rally being held Sept. 16 to 22, at the River Plantation RV Park in Sevierville, Tenn.

S.D. RVer answers questions about becoming full time

(June 28, 2012) -- Full-time RVers Susan and Hale Clark have been on the road since 2008 with their seven-year-old Lahsa, trying out new destinations, volunteering for different organizations, and joining new groups. Susan, writing for the Sequim Gazette, answers some common questions about overcoming the obstacles leading to a full-time RVer's lifestyle.