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

RV Dealer Arrested for Protecting His Property

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Aerial view of Ed Garner's Autorama RV Center in Des Moines, Iowa The owner  the Autorama RV Center in Des Moines, Iowa, said he was protecting his business from thieves and wound up getting arrested, the Des Moines Register reported. Ed Garner said he has been selling recreational vehicles at his business for 42 years, but recently had trouble with burglars breaking in. “We lost over $80,000 worth of TVs and stereos,” Garner said. When his night watchmen called in on Thursday (Aug.... Read more

Baird Adjusts Estimates as RV Rebound Slows

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Editor’s Note: Robert W. Baird & Co. recently issued a client newsletter on RV industry investments. Excerpts from that newsletter follow. Action Adjusting estimates. We maintain a cautious consumer outlook as confidence falls, unemployment festers, consumers reduce debt and tax policy targets discretionary wealth. Meanwhile, the housing recovery has stalled and the stock market has faltered, leaving consumers feeling less wealthy. We are adjusting our estimates to reflect these realities,... Read more

Carriage Salesman Wins $46K in Bass Tourney

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Todd Schmitz, champion fisherman and RV salesman. Photo courtesy of Without a doubt, Todd Schmitz of Goshen, Ind., is hooked on fishing. A pro for the past five years, Schmitz took first prize in the prestigious Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open Tournament on the Detroit River the weekend of Aug. 20-22, besting some of the biggest names in fishing and taking home a purse of $46,286 — the largest of his career, The Goshen News reported. Since his move from Minnesota to the... Read more

Florida RV Dealers Gear Up for Holiday Sales

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Recreational vehicles have become synonymous with the three-day weekend celebrating the efforts of working Americans and the end of summer. That means RV dealerships are gearing up for this week’s influx of customers, who are preparing for next weekend’s festivities, wherever the road leads them, the Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, reported. General RV in Orange Park is preparing for the expansion of its Wells Road dealership. Operations Manager John Dyer said that this is a perfect... Read more

MVP RV’s Job Fair Draws 3,000 Job Seekers

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As many as 2,000 people lined up Saturday (Aug. 28) at a factory that used to be one of Inland Southern California’s manufacturing hubs, hoping for a job with a company trying to revive what has become a moribund Southern California industry, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported. MVP RV LLC, which recently bought two Riverside facilities once part of Fleetwood Enterprises Inc.’s operation, held a job fair Saturday, looking to hire 80 people to start work next month. MVP RV will probably... Read more

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