RVDA Convention/Expo to Provide Financing Options

June 30, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Responding to the critical need to improve financing options for RV dealers and their customers, the RV Learning Center is assembling a series of workshops focusing on retail and wholesale financing issues for the 2009 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, scheduled for Oct. 6-9 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. According to a Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) release, here are some of the workshops scheduled: SBA Dealer Floor Plan Financing Ed Brown, Small Business... Read more

South Florida RV Dealers Hit Hard by the Recession

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The recession has hit RV dealerships in South Florida harder than in most areas of the nation. A year ago, nine dealers were selling new motorhomes or towable trailers on the Treasure Coast and in Okeechobee County. Four have since closed their doors, according to TCPalm, West Palm Beach. Nationwide, about 5% of 3,100 dealerships have succumbed, said Kevin Broom, spokesman for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) in Reston, Va., while about 10 of 105 U.S. RV manufacturers have stopped... Read more

Keystone Introduces Swing-Away Hidden Garage

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Keystone’s RV Inc.’s Fuzion division has introduced a new 383 floorplan — the Hidden Garage — which features a swing-away bulkhead wall that easily converts the garage of the towable SURV into a luxury living zone. When the Fuzion 383 garage is in use to haul large, bulky items like motorcycles or ATVs, the swing-away wall locks flat against the sidewall creating maximum storage space. With the garage empty, the wall can be positioned crosswise at the rear of the coach... Read more

Fleetwood Motorhome Owners Converge on Wyoming

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The newly formed, 3,000-member Fleetwood Motorhome Association (FMA) wraps up its first rally today (June 30) at the CAM-Plex in Gillette, Wyo., with the hope that it won’t also be its last. Some 405 coaches were registered for the rally June 27-30 with attendance of about 900, including about 50 children who were there with their parents or grandparents. The rally took on a special significance in that on Wednesday, a bankruptcy court in Riverside, Calif., approved the sale of Fleetwood Enterprises... Read more

Forest River Chaparral Fiver Features 90-Degree Pivot

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Forest River Inc.’s Coachmen RV division has redesigned the 2010 mid-profile Chaparral fifth-wheel with a new fiberglass front cap that allows the coach to pivot 90 degrees from the tow vehicle. “We call it ‘TurnTec engineering,”’ said Fred Hershberger, sales manager for the Chaparral, one of the first new products offered by the Coachmen division since Forest River purchased it from Coachmen Industries Inc. in December. The company said the new Chaparral was built to... Read more

Canadian Mounties Don’t Get Their Man, This Time

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For a week a police investigation at the Hidden Valley Campground in New Brunswick was the biggest mystery and best kept secret in the province – making headlines across Canada’s Maritime provinces.  Now one of the men who found his campground and business at the center of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) search has broken his silence, according to the Saint John Telegraph-Journal.  The Mounties, David Weaver said, were looking for a body the campground that he and his father... Read more

Former RVIA Exec Humphreys Promotes Trailer Safety

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Unless you were told that David J. Humphreys, the former president of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), had ”retired” from the RV industry you’d never know it by listening to him. Besides maintaining a Washington, D.C.-area law practice, Humphreys has become an advocate for trailer safety with the invention of the Peace of Mind Safety Link, a device that is intended to replace trailer safety chains. He’s also representing Ride-On tire sealant to RV manufacturers... Read more

RVDA of Canada Releases 2008 Dealer Survey Results

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The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of Canada (RVDA of Canada) has released the results of its 2008 Warranty and Parts Survey. The trade group had 97 dealers, nationally, respond to the survey, which examined warranty and labor rates, warranty parts and handling as well as rated manufacturers in terms of their overall support, according to the association’s current newsletter. In the manufacturer ratings, KZ RV LP, Shipshewana, Ind., got the top score, 82.4, out of 100. Jayco Inc., Middlebury,... Read more

Thor, Winnebago In Deadlock for Motorhome Lead

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Thor Industries Inc. and Winnebago Industries Inc. moved into a dead heat for first place in retail sales of motorhomes through April, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc., Grand Rapids, Mich. Dealers reported retail sales for each company through April 30 of 1,214 for an 18.4% market share. Winnebago had held a solid lead over Thor but Thor’s Damon and Four Winds International divisions posted impressive retail sales numbers catapulting Thor into a tie for the... Read more

Livin’ Lite RV LLC Moving into New Facility This Week

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Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles LLC this week is moving into a new 35,000-square-foot factory in Wakarusa, Ind., which replaces a temporary plant nearby that the company had been using to build RVs since an October fire destroyed Livin’ Lite’s production facility. ”It’s going to be like the Taj Mahal for us,” said Livin’ Lite President Scott Tuttle. ”We built it from scratch and we built it for our own needs, which is one blessing that came out of... Read more

Solar Power Designer Explains Some RV Applications

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Editor’s Note: Miguel Scaccialupo is a qualified solar power systems designer and solar panel consultant. This article was distributed by Solar power systems are a great addition to recreational vehicles that are used for any length of time in remote areas. They are relatively simple to install and if well maintained can provide years of clean, reliable electrical power without having to resort to the use of noisy generators which produce pollutants and greenhouse gases. Most... Read more

Beaudry RV Prepares to Emerge from Chapter 11

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Beaudry RV, a nationally prominent RV dealer with two sales and service dealerships in Arizona, obtained the approval of its plan of reorganization by all of its lenders on Thursday (June 25). Formal bankruptcy court approval is expected to follow upon proper documentation over the next two to three weeks. “This reflects major changes in management, structure, spending and inventory coupled with an aggressive and well-thought-out future business and marketing strategy which Beaudry RV believes... Read more

Lazydays Launches Free Maintenance Promotion

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Lazydays RV Center Inc., Seffner, Fla., has launched an aggressive sales promotion that provides an estimated $1,500 to $5,000 in free scheduled maintenance to purchasers of towable and motorized RVs. ”The value is significant because it’s a real cost (savings) to the customer,” said Lazydays Marketing Director Tina Richey. The promotion on both new and used units runs through July 31, and may be extended, she said. With the purchase of an eligible RV — ”as is”... Read more

Mohawk Mobile Column Lift

June 28, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

RV and tow-vehicle repair tends to be a seasonal task, making it tough on dealers who have to determine space and equipment needs. Mohawk Lift’s mobile column lifts allow facilities to dedicate resources to specific jobs as demand requires. Available in 2-thru-8 column sets in capacities of 18,000-, 24,000- or 30,000 pounds per column, the mobile lifts offer a total capacity of as much as 240,000 pounds. Mohawk’s mobile column lifts are ALI/ETL certified to meet nationally recognized safety standard... Read more

Honda Introduces New EU3000i Handi Generator

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Primitive campsites are perhaps the best way to appreciate the outdoors — unless, of course, your RV isn’t fitted with an onboard AC generator to power all the things we just can’t leave behind. The new EU3000i Handi from Honda Power Equipment provides 3kW of portable power — in a package 45% lighter than the company’s EU3000i. Weighing in at just 77.6 pounds, the Handi features built-in wheels, two fixed handles and a folding handle to allow it to be pulled by a single person. The GX160... Read more

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