Senate Passes Landmark Travel Promotion Act

February 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Landmark legislation that establishes a multi-million dollar, public-private partnership to promote the United States as a premier travel destination and better explain travel security policies to foreign travelers gained final passage by a strong bipartisan vote of 78 to 18 in the Senate Thursday (Feb. 25). According to independent analysis by Oxford Economics, the program could attract 1.6 million additional visitors from other countries and create more than $4 billion in consumer spending annually.... Read more

‘Tin Canners’ Bring Vintage RVs to Florida Park

February 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

After a long haul, Dawn M. Bastian of Goodrich, Mich., was relaxing at her campsite under a bright blue sky at Lake Manatee State Park near East Manatee, Fla., sky Thursday. But next to her wasn’t a motorhome or a fifth-wheel trailer. She was camping out in a 13-foot, turquoise, 1966 Serro Scotty Sportsman trailer. It’s shape — like a canned ham — is not conducive to a fancy dining room or entertainment center, according to the Bradenton Herald. But that’s not what this little dude, which... Read more

RV Learning Center Offers $2,500 Scholarships

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The RV Learning Center is now accepting applications for its 2010-2011 scholarship program, according to a release from the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA). The RV Learning Center scholarship program awards $2,500 scholarships to deserving college sophomore, junior, and senior undergraduate students majoring in business, finance, economics, accounting or other RV related subjects. The scholarship is for RV company employees and their dependents. Dealer principals and their dependents... Read more

Dometic Thermostat: Single-Zone Management

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Dometic Corp. introduces The Thermostat,  a digital thermostat for smart climate management. The Thermostat features contemporary styling, set-and-forget operation and a large digital display for easy viewing. It works with air conditioners, heat strips, heat pumps and furnaces. The Thermostat is available in black or white. For more information, contact Dometic at (574) 294-2511 or visit  Read More →

Marine Site Shares Inventory with RV Dealers

February 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment is now offing RV dealers and manufacturers the ability to share inventory with same brand dealers through its portal, according to a news release. This portal will offer RV manufacturers and it dealers to share inventory 24/7. Also incorporated into the site is an online warranty registration system and a warranty claim form system that functions in real time. also offers dealers the ability to list any used product available... Read more

RVIA: January Wholesale Shipments Up 116%

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Ready for more good news? Wholesale shipments to retailers of all RVs were reported at 15,800 units in the January 2010 survey of manufacturers, more than twice the total from this same month last year. Both towable and motorhome categories participated in last month’s growth with all categories at the same or substantially above their January totals last year, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). This marked the sixth consecutive monthly improvement for RV shipments... Read more

Oh, Canada! Its RVDA Bulletin Goes Digital

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The Recreation Vehicles Dealers Association of Canada (RVDA of Canada) member bulletin has gone digital starting with this month’s edition, the association announced. The newsletter (whose February cover is shown at left) can be viewed as a flipbook (electronic magazine), where readers can also download it as a pdf or it can be downloaded as a pdf at the “News/Member Newsletter” link on the member side of where issues will be archived. In addition to regular features such as... Read more

17th Annual Providence Show Opens Today

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The 17th Annual Rhode Island RV & Camping Show opens today (Feb. 26) at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence and runs through Sunday. And after two years that saw sales off 50% due to the downturn in the economy, the industry is expecting to grow 25-30% this year, according to RVIA President Richard Coon, in a prepared statement. RVs of all shapes and sizes will be on display at the RV show in Providence this weekend, including a “dream” RV valued at over $500,000 that is “loaded... Read more

Trio to Carry Holiday Rambler Towable RVs

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Monaco RV LLC announced its new partnership with three dealer partners. Chesaco RV, Joppa, Md., Triangle Outdoor World, Frederick, Md., and LaJeunesse VR, St. Jerome, Quebec, all will carry the Holiday Rambler line of towable RVs, according to a news release. “We’re extremely proud to partner with theses tremendous organizations,” said Brad McKinney, national sales manager for Holiday Rambler towables. “Chesaco RV, Triangle Outdoor World and LaJeunesse VR are well established, respected... Read more

5K Campsites Planned Near Bristol Speedway

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The owner of Cedars Golf Course announced a project Thursday (Feb. 25) to gradually turn the Volunteer Parkway facility into a massive camping, parking, hotel and retail complex that would work in tandem with the nearby Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn. Bob Slagle, owner of Cedars Golf Course, said the project – called Bristol’s Thunder Mountain – would be built on 469 acres over a five-year period. He said it would create some 10,000 new parking spots and 5,000 camping spaces near the... Read more

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