Damon Introduces Retail Rebate Promotion

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Damon Motor Coach announced today (April 30) the release of its “Lightning in a Bottle” National Spring Cleaning Event. The retail rebate promotion, which offers rebates up to $10,000 for the purchase of any new, unused, unregistered Damon Motor Coach Daybreak, Challenger or Tuscany model purchased through an authorized, participating Damon dealership, is scheduled to run from May 1 through June 30. “We are very excited about this promotion,” said Matt Thompson, vice president... Read more

ARVC Fetes Lawmakers at D.C. Conference

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The National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC) presented its annual Public Service Award to U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican now involved in congressional budget-cutting efforts, and Sen. Byron Dorgan, a North Dakota senator and key member of the U.S. Senate’s Democratic Leadership team, during ARVC’s National Issues Conference Tuesday and Wednesday (April 27-28) in Washington D.C.   The 1 1/2-day issues conference principally involves national and state ARVC leaders... Read more

KOA Owner Testifies During D.C. Hearings

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Scott Bacher, owner of the Carlsbad (N.M.)  Kampgrounds of America (KOA) campground, was one of a panel of experts called to testify Tuesday (April 27) in Washington, D.C., during a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. The committee is looking into ways to better promote the National Parks as tourism destinations. Bacher, who owns the Carlsbad KOA with his wife, Susan, spoke of the relationships developed between National Parks and Monuments and private vendors,... Read more

Pickup Standards Reflect Input From RVIA

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New light-duty vehicle standards announced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) this month take into account comments submitted by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) Government Affairs department during the rule-making procedure, according to RVIA Express. In comments submitted earlier this year, RVIA emphasized the importance of retaining towing capability for light-duty trucks. The new rules, which... Read more

CrossRoads RV Joins ARVC Lodge Program

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CrossRoads RV, Topeka, Ind., has become the fourth Thor Industries Inc. company to join an exclusive promotion that provides special pricing for recreational park trailers to be used as rental lodges by members of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC). CrossRoads President Mark Lucas and Shane Ott, Thor Industries’ director of campground relations, announced CrossRoads’ entry into the ARVC-Thor promotion last week during the during the California National Association of... Read more

2010 Headed Up for Converter Liberty Coach

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Singer Charlie Daniels has had his Liberty Coach RV since 1994. That was 1.3 million miles ago. Country music legend George Jones likes a new luxury liner every three years, and singers Travis Tritt and Randy Travis also travel in Liberty Coach style. Frank X. Konigseder, vice president of Liberty Coach Inc., a 30-year-old, family-owned company, opened a sales and service facility in Stuart, Fla., in 2001 where it sells 24- to 40-foot-long custom motor homes for up to $2 million. The company sold... Read more

TriMas Corp. Reports Q1 Revenue Increase

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TriMas Corp., Bloomfield Hills, Mich., a manufacturer of hitches through its Cequent division along with other divisions that make an assortment of non-RV related products, has announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31. The company reported quarterly net sales from continuing operations of $220.1 million, an increase of 9.1% from first quarter 2009, according to a new release. First quarter 2010 income from continuing operations was $5.8 million, a 24.5% improvement from $4.6 million... Read more

Campground Professionals Meet in Maryland

April 29, 2010 by · Comments Off on Campground Professionals Meet in Maryland 

Attendance was up 21% at the 2nd annual Campground Association Management Professionals (CAMP) College held Monday (April 26) at Cherry Hill Park in College Park, Md., with 50 people representing 24 states.   Taking place immediately prior to the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) annual National Issues Conference in nearby Washington D.C., CAMP College is a one-day intensive learning program for CAMP members wholly sponsored by Evergreen USA. CAMP members primarily consist... Read more

ROUTE 66 RV Network Adds Club Benefits

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Passport 66 RV Club card The ROUTE 66 RV Network announced Wednesday (April 28) the launching of the Passport 66 RV Club, a major upgrade to its popular Classic Care Club that has been in existence since 2004. According to Dave Francis, managing partner of the network, “This new, enhanced product expands our customers’ benefit points to well over 5,000 partner locations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.” The paid-membership program is only available to RVers who either purchase a... Read more

Upcoming Cookbook Honors RV Centennial

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The Recreation Vehicle Industry Assocation (RVIA) has endorsed Evada Cooper’s upcoming RV Centeniall Cookbook: Celebrating 100 Years of RVing to mark the 100th anniversary of RVing in the United States.  “I’m just very excited,” said Cooper in a news release. “It’s all about family, friends and food.” The Coopers own and operate the Movile RV Acadamy, an online RV maintenance academy. A portion of the book sales will be donated to the Texas Recreation Vehicle Association (TRVA)... Read more

2011 Diplomat Boasts Four New Floorplans

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2011 Diplomat Focusing on the ‘livability’ of its floorplan offerings — including a full-wall slideout and bath-and-a-half layouts — Monaco RV today (April 29) introduced its 2011 Diplomat Class A motorhome, available in lengths ranging from 40 to 43 feet. “The four (new) floorplans deliver, each offering unique design layouts offering the most space utilization,” said Mike Snell, senior vice president of sales and product development for the Coburg, Ore.-based manufacturer.... Read more

Kempthorne to Speak at Dealers’ Convention

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Dirk Kemthorne Former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne will be the keynote speaker for the 2010 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., Oct. 4-8. Secretary Kempthorne will deliver his remarks to attendees at the Tuesday  (Oct. 5) General Session. The convention is sponsored by the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Assocation (RVDA), Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of Canada (RVDA Canada) and the RV Learning Center, according... Read more

March Wholesale Shipments Spike at 19.4%

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The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reports that March shipments of 24,000 new RVs marked an increase of 19.4% over February and 87.5% over March 2009. Improvements were reported in all vehicle categories with towables growing by more units while motorhome totals reflected the greater percentage increase, according to RVIA Express. First quarter totals this year show similar patterns with total shipments to retailers of 59,900 units, an improvement of 96.4% from this same period... Read more

Motorhome Sales up at Texas RV Dealership

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Sales are booming at Motor Home Specialist RV Center in Alvarado. Proof, the company said that despite the recession, people are still taking vacations and buying motor homes, according to NBC Dallas-Fort Worth. Craig and Sherri Bailey came all the way from Virginia  to buy a new RV from the dealership. “We figured hey you know, we’ve got the money right now, might as well do it. It’s something we’ve been saving up for,” said Bailey. Her husband bought the RV for their... Read more

FEMA Trailers Spark Debate in Washington

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The title of  hearings Wednesday (April 28)  before the House Energy Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection  was, “The Public Sales of Hurricane Katrina/Rita FEMA Trailers: Are they Safe or Environmental Time Bombs?” The bipartisan consensus on the committee seemed to be leaning heavily toward “environmental time bombs,” but now that the General Services Administration has completed the sale of more than 100,000 of the trailers, it is not clear what Congress... Read more

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