Livin’ Lite RV Ranks 491st in Inc. Survey

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Livin' Lite trailer on the October cover of Four Wheeler magazine. Just as Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles LLC moves into an 18,000-square-foot addition to its factory in Wakarusa, Ind., the small northern Indiana RV manufacturer has been identified as one of the 500 fastest growing companies in the U.S. in the September issue of Inc. magazine. Livin’ Lite builds modern-looking lightweight, all-aluminum folding camping trailers, travel trailers, truck campers and utility trailers. ”I... Read more

Councilman May Solve RV Parking Spat

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Residents of Venice, Calif., who want restrictions on overnight parking for oversize vehicles can now move forward with petitions that would get city signs in place on their blocks, the LA Weekly reported. Responding to criticism that his office has been slow to make moves when it comes to dealing the beach community’s “mobile homeless” issues, which include recent reports of sewage dumping, Councilman Bill Rosendahl this week opened his own floodgates for no-oversize-vehicle zones... Read more

Off-the-Wall RVs: Don’t Try This at Home

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Editor’s Note: The following photo package comes from the Seattle Post Intelligencer blog. Nomadic people (Greek: nomádes, “those who let pasture herds”) are communities of people who move from one place to another, rather than settling permanently in one location. Nomad. Gypsy. Wanderer. Vagabond. Location-independent traveler. All these terms describe a person who loves variable scenery. They move from neighborhood to neighborhood, town to town, or country to country, doing what... Read more

Navistar Asking Regulators for SCR Recall

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Navistar Inc. has urged U.S. and California environmental regulators to recall 2010-compliant heavy-duty truck engines using selective catalytic reduction (SRC) emissions technology that the company claims can be defeated by drivers, Transport Topics reported. In its attack on competitors’ solutions to the 2010 EPA emissions regulations, Navistar said all 2010 SCR engines are “programmed to run without diesel emissions fluid, with the wrong fluid, with slush or frozen DEF or with the system... Read more

McMahon’s Owner Offers Push-up Contest

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The owner of an RV dealership sued by Taylor Lautner over a customized vehicle challenged the “Twilight” star Monday (Aug. 30) to use his muscles instead of his lawyers to resolve the case, the Associated Press reported. Brent McMahon, who owns McMahon’s RV in Irvine, Calif., offered to compete in a push-up contest to settle the breach of contract lawsuit that Lautner filed Aug. 23 claiming the dealership failed to deliver a $300,000 RV on time for use as a dressing room on the... Read more

RV Education 101’s Adding Online Training

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RV Education 101, a video and RV consumer information company, recently launched a new online RV training program designed to assist in educating RV dealer customers after the sale. The program is titled “The RV Orientation Online Training Program.” Mark Polk, video producer and host of the long standing RV Education 101 instructional video series, said in a news release in describing the new program, “Our current line of RV training DVD’s remains strong and continues to grow in popularity,... Read more

NTP Unveils New Dealer-Friendly Web Tool

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NTP Distribution has launched its new and enhanced web tool – “via with InSight.”  This new addition to NTP’s portfolio of value-added services is loaded with new features to make it easier for dealers doing business with NTP, according to a news release. “We’re excited to be able to bring to market these new online tools. This product launch introduces the most comprehensive website in the RV industry for leveraging your parts and accessories distributor’s inventory and information,”... Read more

Gasoline Prices Falling Ahead of Labor Day

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There is good news at the gas pump, as Americans get ready to fill their cars, RVs and boats for the Labor Day weekend, Associated Press reported. The national average price for gasoline has been falling steadily this month, reaching $2.678 for a gallon of unleaded Monay (Aug. 30), according to AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service. That’s about 6 cents a gallon less than a month ago and 7 cents less than it was on the Friday before the July Fourth weekend. West Coast drivers... Read more

Kevin Finn New Dutchmen Product Manager

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Kevin Finn Rob Groover, general manager of the Colorado-Grand Junction division of Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc., announced today (Aug. 30) that Kevin Finn has been appointed product manager for the company’s Grand Junction brand. He is also the Southeast regional sales manager for the Grand Junction and Colorado brands. According to Groover, “Since Kevin has been with the company he has done a terrific job helping us to mold Grand Junction into the market leader that it is today. His product... Read more

LinkedIn Groups Benefit RV/Park Industries

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Editor’s Note: The following story was provided by Evanne Schmarder, veteran campground writer. Over 10,000 members representing every sector of the RV industry have a presence on LinkedIn, the powerful professional social network, extending their reach and influence. As opposed to the inter-personal chit-chat of Facebook and Twitter, LinkedIn functions as a best practices roundtable and prides itself on a B2B model “connecting” users representing over 150 industries, including executives... Read more

Rivers Bus & RV New Holiday Rambler Dealer

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Rivers Bus & RV, Jacksonville, Fla. Monaco RV LLC, Coburg, Ore., announced today (Aug. 30) that Rivers Bus & RV Sales of Jacksonville, Fla., is its newest Holiday Rambler dealer. Rivers Bus & RV Sales will be carrying the full line of Holiday Rambler towable products: Savoy, Mintaro and Campmaster as well as the Aluma-Lite and Vacationer motorhomes, according to a news release. The family owned and operated Rivers has been a part of Jacksonville since 1919. Selling and servicing RVs for... Read more

RVDA Con/Expo Comes at Industry Juncture

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The RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, scheduled for Oct. 4-8 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., comes at a crucial time for the U.S. economy in general and the RV industry in particular as both work their way out of the tough recession of 2008/2009. On one hand, the industry’s rebound has exceeded expectations in many ways, especially for manufacturers, suppliers and retailers aligned with the right towable recreational vehicle brands. On the other hand, however,... Read more

N.J. Fall RV Expo Set for EnergyPark Oct. 1-3

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FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, N.J., site for the New Jersey RV Dealers Association Fall RV Expo Oct. 1-3. The New Jersey RV Dealers Association will sponsor The Fall RV Expo at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, N.J., Oct. 1-3. First Energy Park is home to the Lakewood BlueClaws, the A-League affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, and is one of the largest facilities in the Northeast. RV buyers will be able to take advantage of very aggressive pricing on all the newest 2011 models as well as some bargain... Read more

It’s A Box Truck. No, It’s an RV Made in Japan

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Today’s Featured Video of a “tiny transformer house camper” comes from Japan. Thanks to for sharing this unusual video.  Read More →

FEMA Trailers, Five Years After Katrina Hit U.S.

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In the days after hurricane Katrina devastated southern Louisiana and Mississippi, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) bought 145,000 trailers to house the thousands of victims displaced by the storm. Over the next five years, the trailers — which emitted formaldehyde vapors, but which were nevertheless used by thousands who couldn’t find any other place to live — became a symbol of the federal government’s bumbling in the face of a national tragedy. Sold at auction,... Read more

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