Report: Consumer Spending is Sluggish for June

U.S. consumer spending in June advanced at its slowest pace in four months as demand for automobiles softened, suggesting the economy lost some momentum at the end of the second quarter. But, according to a Reuters report, the moderation in consumer spending could be temporary as some automakers on Monday (Aug. 3) reported stronger-than-expected U.S. sales in […]

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Sees Thousands of RVs

A quarter-century ago, marking the 50th anniversary of South Dakota’s Sturgis motorcycle rally, a friend with a house a block off Main Street told me he had just rented his place for $6,000. “It will pay the property taxes for an entire year,” he gushed. “So, you going to pay the taxes?” I asked. “Naw, […]

August is family fun month

(Aug. 3, 2015) -- A recent survey supported in part by the U.S. Travel Association, noted that vacations have the potential to be life changing for the whole family. So, in the spirit of family togetherness, here are Rand McNally's 10 ideas for that last-minute, family fun, road-trip adventure.

NATM Receives ISO ‘Certificate of Accreditation’

The National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM) announced that it was granted a Certificate of Accreditation as an inspection body in accordance with ISO 17020:2012, the international standard for the competence of inspection bodies. According to a press release, the accreditation is a formal third-party recognition of competence to perform specific tasks and was awarded […]

Consumer spending flat in July

(Aug. 3, 2015) -- Americans' daily self-reports of spending averaged $91 in July, similar to June and essentially unchanged from monthly figures since April. The latest spending average is slightly lower than the average in July 2014, but higher than every other average for July since 2009.

U.K. RV Builders Report Rise in China’s Demand

Britain’s RV boom has found its way to China, as the nation’s manufacturers report rising demand among overseas customers eager to get their hands on a popular British pastime. Swift Leisure, which makes touring caravans and motorhomes from its Hull-based factory, has seen export sales surge by a third. Countries such as Holland and Germany remain […]