Towable RV owners lose benefit with new tax bill

The recently passed tax reform bill will benefit the RV industry and further the industry’s current period of historic growth, according to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). But one thing it won’t do is help the owners of towable RVs. For many years, owners of all types of self-contained RVs could deduct the interest on their RV loan as…

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Top RV dealers of 2017 announced

RVBusiness Magazine has named its 2017 Top 50 RV Dealers. The program is held in conjunction with the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) and is designed to honor the top dealerships in the U.S. and Canada based on their commitment to professionalism and customer care.  Singled out among the 50 for their exemplary performances were five Blue Ribbon honorees: Colerain Family RV…

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Buying a bargain-priced “flooded” RV? Beware!

Dear Gary, I’m thinking of buying a previously flooded travel trailer off a salvage site. The unit was in a freshwater flood with water sitting in there for about 15 days before it was cleaned up. Water was up over the fuse panel but the batteries were not hooked up and it wasn’t plugged in at the time of flooding.…

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Politics: Would the end of mortgage interest deductions hurt RVers?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris As Washington lawmakers battle it out over a tax plan, everyone wonders who the winners – and losers – will be. We don’t have a working crystal ball, but published information about the House tax bill, which has already passed, could be of interest to RV buyers – and present-day owners who’ve floated loans…

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Full-time RVing — the plague of cargo capacity

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Here’s the case of the couple that wants to break into full-time RVing. That’s a serious step, since “all your worldly goods” go with you, wherever you go. Their decision is to go with a motorhome – and they want to stay with a gasoline engine rig. After paring down their “stuff” they need…

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The readers write: RV financing and more

  Edited by Russ and Tiña De Maris Getting off our assets In his editorial column in Issue 811, Editor/Publisher Chuck commented with some alarm about the real cost of financing new RVs. “After 10 percent down, at 4.99 percent APR, that monthly payment stretches for 20 years! That’s crazy — 20 years of payments, while the coach depreciates to…

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