Airstream Inc., of Jackson Center, Ohio, has become the first manufacturer to distribute free to RV buyers a nine-volume safety education series developed by the Recreation Vehicle Safety Education Foundation (RVSEF).
“Our premise when we started with our safety training courses was that the series should be in every new unit that was sold,” said RVSEF President Walter Cannon of Merritt Island, Fla. “Airstream is the first to do that.”
Airstream President Richard “Dickey” Riegel said at a press conference during the 42nd Annual National RV Trade Show that concluded in Louisville, Ky., last week, that the instructional series will be stocked in every Airstream product manufactured in 2005 and 2006.
In addition, the safety series will be available for $18.95 to the 8,000 members of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International, the independent Airstream owners club.
“We are really pleased to be offering this package,” said Riegel, who estimated that about 3,000 copies of the series would be distributed in 2005 in Airstream RVs. “We all know that using a recreation vehicle safely takes a little bit of skill, a little bit of talent and a little investigation by our customers.”
Those receiving the texts from Airstream or through the Byam Caravan Club will be able to attend three free safety seminars based on the books that RVSEF will present at Airstream rallies.
“Stocking an RV with safety instruction is a great concept,” said club President Jim Haddaway of Hillsboro, Texas. “We are buying them from the foundation and making them available at cost to our members.”
The arrangement with Airstream and the club will more than triple distribution of the books. In 2004, RVSEF distributed about 1,000 copies of the series primarily through the 135,000-member Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA), Cincinnati, Ohio, and the 35,000-member Escapees RV Club of Livingston, Texas.
The nine-volume series offers RVers safety information on towing, weight distribution, tire inflation, fire prevention, electrical and propane systems, motor fuel, personal safety and driving.
The series was developed by retired RVSEF Executive Director John Anderson of Chuckey, Tenn. He created the foundation in 2000 as the predecessor to the now-defunct RV safety organization A’Weigh We Go, which he founded in the early 1990s.