EDMONDS, Wash. —The Better Business Bureau has joined forces
with RVtravel.com and RV travel guru Chuck Woodbury to provide a
valuable consumer- education program for buyers of recreational
Titled "Buying a Recreational Vehicle," the 50-minute
DVD recognizes the fact that the purchase of an RV is often the
second largest purchase in the life of most Americans, behind a
"There are a lot of mistakes a new RVer can make when buying a
motorhome or travel trailer," said host Woodbury, who also operates
the nation's leading Web site for RV-related book buyers,
spend a lot of time in this DVD addressing all the points an RV
buyer needs to know to end up with the right RV at the right price,
and avoid making some classic buying mistakes."
Buying a recreational vehicle addresses the $10.4 billion
recreational-vehicle industry and focuses on different types, sizes,
and floor plans of RVs and the differences between gas and diesel
"The information we provide is based on the millions of calls the
Better Business Bureau has received through the years about RVs,"
said Woodbury. "Many of the callers are looking for buying
information, but, sadly, many are about deals gone wrong.
"The aim of this BBB video is to educate consumers so they don't
end up stuck with the wrong RV or a financing deal that can lead to
a financial nightmare down the road."
Woodbury and other experts interviewed on the DVD emphasize that
the decision to buy an RV should not be a rush job. "It's important
that a buyer avoid being emotional.
"Falling in love with a RV at first sight can lead to big
trouble." Woodbury advises consumers to avoid an impulse purchase by
sleeping on a purchase decision for at least a day or two.
Among the many consumer tips offered in the DVD is a caution
against buying recreational vehicles from parking lots or
campgrounds, making certain the previous owner has a verifiable
address, not to be rushed by the seller, and spending several hours
in an RV acting out a living routine.
"Many 6-foot tall guys have bought an RV without stepping inside
the shower first," said Woodbury. "On their first trip, they learn
that they can't fit without banging their heads."
Woodbury notes that a buyer of a used RV should check carefully
for water damage and "dry rot," as both are deceptively expensive to
repair, and to always call the BBB for a reliability report on a
dealer before signing a contract.
The DVD is available at
www.RVbookstore.com for $19.95. The Washington state-based
company has partnered with the Better Business Bureau, which
continues in its proud tradition of 100 years of protecting
America's consumers, according to Donald Burkholder, BBB Video
Series president. Woodbury, whose RV lifestyle and industry
knowledge has been showcased in the New
York Times, People Magazine,
Week, NBC's Today Show, and in dozens of leading
national publications, is among America's best known RV enthusiasts.
Additional information is available by contacting
Chuck Woodbury (425) 744-0415,
or Ryan Flynn, (425) 712-0740,