Musician’s Motorhome A Sour Note in RV Storage Lot

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Even though an old bus-turned-motorhome has been peacefully collecting dust in a dirt lot for almost a year, it’s kicking up a small cloud of controversy in Sun City, Calif. The motorhome’s presence, albeit motionless, has upset some people enough to spark a lawsuit, according to the Riverside Press-Enterprise. At issue is whether the motorhome, stamped with a few faded black-and-white cartoons of horn players and pianos, should be allowed to stay in Corbett Park, an RV storage lot owned... Read more

Outdoors RV Delivers First WindRiver Travel Trailer

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Rick Breeden (right), general manager of Big Country RV in Bend Ore., takes delivery of the first WindRiver travel trailer produced by Outdoors RV Manufacturing from Darin Nelson, Outdoors RV sales manager. The WindRiver is one of four brands Outdoors RV will be focusing on in producing rugged and durable RVs for the Northwest and Western Canada. The WindRiver is Outdoors RV’s luxury-lite brand. Stainless steel appliances, Halogen ceiling lights, electric awnings, LCD TVs, shock absorbing... Read more

RV Business Announces 2009 Top 50 Dealer Awards

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RV Business today (Aug. 31)  has announced selections for the 2nd Annual RV Business Top 50 Dealer Awards, which are based on the nominations of North American RV manufacturers and are to be presented on the evening of Wed., Oct. 7, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas during the annual RV Dealers International Convention/Expo. A volunteer panel of industry veterans concluded its review of dealer applications on Aug. 21 at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., keeping a keen... Read more

Curtis Was 1998 Inductee into RV/MH Hall of Fame

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  Myron Curtis Pioneer RV dealer Myron Curtis, founder of Curtis Trailers Inc. in Portland, Ore., and father of Cammy Pierson, past chairman of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Associaiton (RVDA), died on Aug. 22, RVDA has announced. Curtis entered the RV industry in 1948 by purchasing an old Army surplus trailer which he repaired and sold. Eventually he had six rental trailers and purchased property in Portland where the family business exists today. Over the years Curtis worked hard at building... Read more

Hi-Lo Dealers Respond Favorably to Streamlining

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One of the new Hi-Lo models for 2010. Hi-Lo Trailer Co. Inc. had some surprises for its dealer body when it unveiled its 2010 product line at the annual dealer meeting Aug. 13-15. To streamline and simplify operations, the company has done away with the Tow-Lite and Classic brands and “everything the company produces will simply carry the Hi-Lo brand,” according to Lukas Donough, sales and marketing director. Hi-Lo, in business since 1955, scaled back from eight floorplans to four and... Read more

KOA’s Rogers Joins Panel at RVDA Convention/Expo

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  Jim Rogers Jim Rogers, chairman and CEO of Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA), will join an industry panel discussion examining the current economic factors affecting the RV industry during the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The panel, titled “RV Market: Rebound in Sight,” will be led by RV industry’s retail scorekeeper Tom Walworth of Statistical Surveys Inc., Grand Rapids, Mich., on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 2:30 p.m., according... Read more

California RV Dealer Chides State on Wrong Turn

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Editor’s Note: The following opinion piece was provided by Andy Coyle, a resident of Laguna Beach, Calif., and a longtime RV dealer in Southern California, to the Riverside Press-Enterprise. It was published on Saturday (Aug. 29). I am going to share with you one typical month in the life of a California small-business owner. Business owners deal with the consequences of laws passed by state and federal governments. I own a recreational vehicle dealership with sales this year of less than $7... Read more

‘RV Buddies’ Heading to PRVCA Show in Hershey

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“RV Buddies” will be shooting upcoming segments for its Internet television show at the 41st Annual Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show from Sept. 16-20 in Hershey, Pa. Billed as the “The Largest RV show in America” and featuring over 58 leading manufacturers and 110 supplier vendors, this year’s PRVCA show is expected to draw over 35,500 attendees. “Not only is it the largest RV show in the country, but it’s the first chance to see the new 2010 models and all... Read more

Newcoast Financial Services Launches New Website

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Newcoast Financial Services, a leading finance firm specializing in the recreational vehicle industry, announced Friday (Aug. 28) the launch of a new website: The website has been designed from the framework out to educate RV customers on how Newcoast Financial can provide specialized financing programs to meet their unique needs, according to a news release. Headquartered in Clearwater, Fla.,, Newcoast Financial Services has been offering retail financial services in the boat,... Read more

Floridians Win Keystone Outback in Sweepstakes

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Nancy Heckert of Panama City, Fla., has won a new Keystone Outback travel trailer valued at more than $26,000, the management of Keystone RV Co. announced Thursday (Aug. 27). The Outback, the second of four grand prizes Keystone will award during its year-long Live Your Dreams promotion, was chosen at random from more than 85,000 sweepstakes entries. The Heckerts — Nancy, husband Clay and 11-year-old son PJ (shown at left) — currently enjoy camping in a folding camping trailer, reports... Read more

Electric Motors Corp. to Unveil EMC Flash Sept. 5

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Electric Motors Corp. is sponsoring  “Green Jobs for America: An Entertainment and Education Exposition” Sept. 5 at its facility in Wakarusa, Ind. The company will provide a sneak peak of the EMC Flash — the first ever American-made electric light duty pick-up truck. EMC and its like-minded business partners want to inspire and educate the communities of Northern Indiana on the benefits of emerging “green” technologies and the jobs being created as a result, according... Read more

Lexington Corporation creates Sleeper Sofa with Style and Function

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The experienced designers at Lexington Corporation blend form and function, along with style and comfort, to produce a quality sleeper sofa. The new sofa, with a superior sleeping experience, provides many desired features suitable for installation in a recreational vehicle. Beyond the quality, custom design, this state-of-the-art sofa includes valuable storage under the sofa, weight savings of over 50 pounds when compared to traditional sleeper sofas and an adjustable comfort controlled air mattress... Read more

RVIA Clarifies Its Position on CARB Enforcement

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The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) Standards Department has issued the following clarification of the association’s position on the use of California Air Resource Board (CARB) certified wood in response to recent questions about whether the association plans to alter its enforcement position, according to RVIA Today Express. The increased production of RVs over the past 60 days has spurred a concern among some RVIA members that there could be a shortage of  CARB-certified... Read more

Northwest RV Show Set for British Columbia Venue

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The 13th annual 2009 Snowbird RV Show & Sale is coming to the Tradex in Abbotsford, British Columbia, from Sept. 24 to 27 and is bringing the latest in recreation vehicles, accessories, gadgets and travel destinations, according to the Abbotsford Times. There will be over 180,000 square feet for display space at the Tradex, located beside the Abbotsford International Airport. This event is offering everyone from avid, full- and long-time RVers to families interested on taking recreational trips... Read more

Virginia Candidates Stump in Class A Motorhomes

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This summer, both the Republican and Democratic candidates in the hotly contested race for governor of Virginia embarked on RV tours of the state, employing motorhomes to reach as many towns — and voters — as possible before the election in November, according to RVIA Today Express.  The Deeds RV Democratic candidate Creigh Deeds kicked off his month-long “Deeds Country” tour of Virginia’s rural regions in early August, saying “I need to get as many votes as... Read more

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