RVIA: February Wholesale Shipments Up 95%

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Here’s some good news to end your week: RV shipments were up in February. Way up. RV wholesale shipments to dealers were reported at 20,100 units in the February survey of manufacturers, an increase of 27% over last month and 95% greater than this same month one year ago, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reported today (March 26). February 2010 was the best monthly total in nearly two years. Seasonally adjusted, these results represent an annualized total of more than 231,000... Read more

Rotel Tours’ Hotel on Wheels: Almost An RV

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Editor’s Note: From comes this look at a unique  hotel on wheels from Rotel Tours. We’re accustomed to being toted around from place to place on vacation — cruise ships, anyone? — but the Rotel takes the concept to new heights. The bright red hotel-on-wheels from Rotel Tours has 24 seats and 26 capsule-sized sleeping areas for trip participants. The sleeping berths on the custom-modified Mercedes 0404 don’t exactly sound comfortable. Each bed measures six feet long,... Read more

Colorado RV Shows Mirror Market Resurgence

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To watch a video on this story, click here. More people are answering the call of the open road, according to the Denver Business Journal. Recreational vehicle dealers report big sales increases, and RV show organizers say there’s been higher attendance at their events in early 2010. The number of RV units shipped from national manufacturers to dealers rose by 116% from January 2009 to January 2010, from 7,300 units to 15,800, according to the Reston, Va.-based Recreation Vehicle Industry Association... Read more

Elkhart Jobless Rate Steady 15.5% in February

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Elkhart County retained the dubious title of having the highest jobless rate in the state of Indiana in February. The county’s rate stood at 15.5%, about the same as January’s 15.6%, the Department of Workforce Development reported today (March 26). Rates for the cities of Elkhart and Goshen also topped the charts, at 17.1% and 14.4%, respectively. Unemployment trends mimic the path of the RV industry which is heavily concentrated in Elkhart County. The state’s unemployment rate... Read more

Registration Now Open for RVDA Convention

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Registration is now open for the 2010 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., Oct. 4-8, sponsored by the National RV Dealers Association (RVDA), RVDA of Canada and the RV Learning Center. Themed “Go to Grow – Innovative Ideas, Revolutionary Results,” the convention will be filled with vital information that will prepare RV dealers and their employees to take advantage of new opportunities in today’s RV market, according to a news... Read more

El Monte RV: Good Start for Used RV Website

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The Used RV Factory, the wholesale sales business unit of El Monte RV,  announced today (March 26) that its new online used RV sales portal,, was exceeding all expectations in new dealer signups, according to a news release. “It’s amazing,” said Jeff Gibson, sales manager for The Used RV Factory. “We launched the site and had almost 20 dealers sign up the first day.” Currently the company estimates that within a month there will be more than 100 dealers registered... Read more

Zach’s March for Homeless Starts at Lazydays

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Zach Bonner (brown shorts at left front) prepares to start his March Across America at Lazydays RV in Seffner, Fla. The men and women of Lazydays RV are once again proud to support Zach Bonner, 12-year-old philanthropist as he began his “March Across America” a 2,478-mile walk to raise awareness for the nearly 1.3 million homeless children in America, according to a news release. The walk began Tuesday (March 23) at Lazydays dealership in Seffner, Fla., and will culminate in Los Angeles. Zach... Read more

Thefts from Myrtle Beach RV Dealers Top 100

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A string of RV and camper break-ins in Horry County, S.C., has topped 100 incidents and left thousands of dollars in damage in its wake. Now, some businesses in Horry County fear the crimes are too much for local law enforcement to handle, according to WMBF-TV, Myrtle Beach. Sgt. Robert Kegler, spokesman for the Horry County Police Department, says investigators were dispatched to Camper Country on South Kings Highway on March 12 following reports of a RV break-in. During the commission of the crime,... Read more

12 RVs Added to Lake Rudolph Resort Rentals

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Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort in Santa Claus, Ind., will open for its 52nd season on April 2 with the addition of 12 new super king size rental RVs, according to a news release. With the addition of these new rentals Lake Rudolph now offers three different options of rental RVs: 38-foot standard size, 44-foot king size and the new 44-foot super king size. All told, the campground features 197 rental RVs, all trailers built by Hy-Line Enterprises of Elkhart, Ind. The super king size units... Read more

Beaver Coach Sales Adds Holiday Rambler Line

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Monaco RV LLC announced that Beaver Coach Sales and Service in Bend, Ore., will carry the Holiday Rambler brand of motorhomes. The Beaver Coach Sales and Service complex encompasses six acres with an 8,000-square-foot indoor showroom. Their 15-bay service center includes paint booth, complete parts department and a national reputation for excellence, according to a news release. “We are excited to be involved with the Holiday Rambler product and also its clubs,” states Chris Jackson, general... Read more

$50M in RVs on Display at Tulsa, Okla., Show

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Today marks day one of the Green Country RV and Recreation Show at the QuikTrip Center at Expo Square in Tulsa, Okla. The three-day event is the largest RV show in the area, followed by a smaller show at the end of summer, according to the Tulsa World. Organizers and RV dealers are actually reporting an uptick in interest and sales of pleasure vehicles this year as Oklahomans try to shake off the poor economy of the last 18 months. “Interestingly enough with the economy the way it is, the RV industry... Read more

Tom Johnson RV Agrees to Pay Back Wages

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Tom Johnson Camping Center has agreed to pay $144,984 in back wages to its employees following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor, according to WBTV-TV, Charlotte, N.C. The company sells and provides maintenance of recreational vehicles, trailers and campers with locations in Concord and Marion, N.C. Investigators with the Labor Department said the company violated provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and that back payments are due to 54 workers. The Labor Department found that... Read more

Gulf Stream Amerilite Appeals to First Timers

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Gulf Stream Coach Inc., Nappanee, Ind., recently introduced the all new 255BH Amerilite travel trailer model. This model is designed with first time RVers in mind and has several features to make family camping comfortable and easy. The model is the first in the lightweight lineup to offer the Super Slide, nearly doubling the living room and kitchen space. The 255BH sleeps up to eight, while maintaining a private main bedroom and abundant storage. With a dry weight of 4,880 pounds, the Amerilite... Read more

Thor Expanding Rental Lodging Market Reach

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Shane Ott, Thor Industries Inc. Editor’s Note: Thor Industries Inc. on Tuesday (March 23) announced that it is joining Midwest Leasing Inc. in rolling out a leasing and financing program for the rental lodging arena. Coupled with Thor’s previously announced vendor relationship with the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), the Midwest Leasing deal brings Thor’s team of RV lodging professionals full circle. Thor manufactures “ruggedized” rental lodging units... Read more

Electronics Thieves Targeting S. C. RV Dealers

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Horry County, S.C., police and at least one RV dealer are seeking help from area residents in finding out who is responsible for dozens of electronic thefts from new recreational vehicles, according to the Myrtle Beach Sun-News. At least 20 RVs have been burglarized this month with electronics such as large flat-panel televisions and DVD players reported stolen from the vehicles, Horry County police Sgt. Robert Kegler said. Police have seized items at the scene of some of the burglaries and are testing... Read more

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