Ted Davis, owner of Airstream Adventures Northwest, stopped by the Tents for Troops ( T4T ) booth at the National Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) Conference in Las Vegas, Nev., earlier this month, according to an announcement from T4T.

Near closing of the show on the last day Davis visited the booth and spoke with T4T volunteer Trevor Wilson, a former U.S. Navy SEAL and full-time RVer.

Within a matter of only a few minutes Davis made a contribution to the T4T “RV Loaner” program — but it was not the $1 per RV T4T asks dealers to make. Davis felt that was not enough, so he plans to donate $10 for each Airstream trailer sold at his dealerships to help fund the loaner program.

“Airstream Adventures Northwest has the largest Airstream inventory in the world and this donation is just huge for us,” said Charlie Curry, T4T’s founder.

T4T, a “pay it forward” program started at Toutle River RV Resort in Castle Rock, Wash., eight years ago, has grown into a nationwide network of RV parks and campgrounds all providing free RV sites to active-duty military members and their families.

The RV loaner program was a natural extension of the program. “We want to be sure that all troops and their families are able to take an RV vacation regardless of their ability to borrow or rent an RV,” Curry explained.

It works like this: RV dealers and OEMs are encouraged to donate $1 for each RV they build or sell. RV dealers may also offer retail buyers the opportunity to donate a buck as well. The program potentially could generate $3 every time a new RV hits the road.

Larger donations such as that by Davis and donations of RVs of any type, size or age are always welcome too. “There are plenty of ways for industry suppliers to donate as well, just give us a call and let’s get creative. With industrywide support this program could make an RV vacation a reality for all of our troops,” Curry said.

Funds raised will be used to acquire new or used travel trailers which will be set up and fully outfitted in participating T4T parks nationwide. Each unit will provide 50 or more military families per year a vacation they will never forget.

Newmar was the first OEM to join the program which now has two OEMs and six RV dealers onboard. “It’s been slow to get moving but we are confident it will pick up speed. With Thanksgiving just a couple days away please consider this — without our troops its unlikely that any of us would be where we are today,” Curry said. “For just a buck anyone in the RV industry can make a difference. This truly is less than a cup of coffee. Please think it over and if you want to help simply give us a call at 503-425-9105  or shoot us an e mail tentsfortroops@aol.com,” he said.

For more details about the charity, go to tentsfortroops.org.