Sokol Resigns, Ending Buffett Successor Talk

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David Sokol A top executive of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., who was believed to have had the inside track to one day succeed billionaire Warren Buffett as CEO, has suddenly resigned. Buffett said today (March 30) that David Sokol’s resignation letter, delivered by his assistant late Monday, came as a “total surprise,” the Associated Press reported. Buffett said Sokol, who had been serving as chairman of Berkshire’s MidAmerican Energy, NetJets and Johns Manville units, indicated... Read more

The Nation’s Largest RV Rally Expands in 2012

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Vince Gill to headline 2011 "Rally" With a much stronger focus on and commitment to Good Sam members and their experiences, Good Sam, the nation’s largest RV community, announced today (March 30) a ramp up going forward on their rally activities. The colossal Phoenix International Raceway in Arizona is gearing up for The Rally March 22-25, 2012, followed by charming Louisville, Ky., June 21 – 24. Historic Daytona International Speedway in Florida will fly the green flag for RVers Oct.... Read more

Canadian RV Dealer Thanks RCMP for Efforts

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Doug Allan has proof that sometimes, the system works. When his RV business in British Columbia, CountrySide RV, was robbed and vandalized last fall, he felt demoralized and frustrated, the Cowichan News Leader, Duncan, British Columbia, reported. First, one of his trailers was stolen from his lot, and just a few weeks later 21 RVs were damaged when a crook broke in with a crowbar and stole a bunch of TVs and stereos. But Allan’s thankful hard work from local RCMP and Duncan’s Crown counsel office... Read more

Britton was 2007 RV/MH Hall of Fame Inductee

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Jerry Britton Jerry W. Britton, a longtime RV and manufactured housing financier, died Monday (March 28), while exercising at a health club in Naples, Fla. He was 60. Britton was president of the Distribution Finance Group at Textron Financial Corp. (TFC). He joined the company in 2000 and was a member of the TFC Executive Committee. Prior to joining TFC, Britton was with Green Tree Financial Corp. as president of its commercial lending business. He also spent 17 years with ITT Commercial Finance... Read more

Affinity Group Sells RVBusiness to G&G Media

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G&G Media Group LLC, a new Elkhart, Ind., publishing firm launched by two well-known RV industry veterans, has announced the acquisition of the flagship trade journal RVBusiness (RVB) from Affinity Group. The sale to current RVB Publisher Sherman Goldenberg and Beverly Gardner, proprietor of Beverly Gardner & Associates, an Elkhart, Ind., publishers representative firm, includes the popular website and relevant trademarks. “RVBusiness is a venerable and respected trade name... Read more

How Co-Buyers Help Secure RV Loan Approval

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Editor’s Note: The following advice column was written by Lorraine Mariotti, vice president of lending for Priority One Financial Services. Priority One has been serving the marine and RV industry since 1987. Acquired in 2007 by Forest River Inc. a Berkshire Hathaway Inc. company, Priority One serves as the F&I managed services provider for hundreds of dealers nationwide. For more information, visit Co-buyers aren’t the solution for every credit-challenged customer you see,... Read more

Online ‘Mark’s RV Garage’ Tops 23,000 Visits

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Mark Polk Video producer, RVer and host Mark Polk teaches new and experienced RVers how to use, maintain and accessorize their RV in the 30-minute television-style online show titled “Mark’s RV Garage.” In each episode, there are segments on RV product reviews, RV product installations, EZ RV upgrades, Q & A, camping destinations, RV trivia and much more, according to a news release. The feature segment in each episode is a vintage trailer restoration project Polk is doing from... Read more

RV Dealer Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud Charges

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The owner of a Jacksonville, Ill., business waived indictment and admitted in federal court to a mail fraud and money laundering scheme to defraud people and financial institutions of at least $1 million. Gebhardt Trailer Sales owner Jacklyn Still, also known as Jacklyn Gebhardt, 49, of Lynn Haven, Fla., pleaded guilty Tuesday (March 29) before U.S. Magistrate Judge Byron G. Cudmore in Springfield to mail fraud and money laundering, the Jacksonville Journal-Courier reported . Sentencing is set for... Read more

United Shade Expands Motorized Shade Lines

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New shades from United Shade on display at 2010 National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. United Shade has significantly expanded its offerings for RV window coverings with some trendy new styles and the added convenience of motorized options for most of its product lines, the Elkhart, Ind.-based manufacturer said in a news release. “We’re very excited about the new choices we’re bringing to the RV market,” said Braden McCormick, president of United Shade. “We have some great new options... Read more

Baird: Shipments to Track ’11 Retail Demand

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Editor’s Note: Robert W. Baird & Co. issued a client newsletter following the release of the February wholesale shipments report by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). Excerpts from the Baird newsletter follow. Action February shipments up 1%. Total RV shipments increased 1% in February, as motorhome shipments increased 6%, while towable shipments were flat. Growth decelerated versus recent months; however, this was expected. Dealer inventory is in good shape and we expect... Read more

SBA Extends Deadline on 504 Loan Program

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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is removing a deadline on a small business loan program, opening debt refinancing opportunities for thousands of additional companies across the U.S. Small business owners with eligible commercial real estate mortgages maturing before or after Dec. 31, 2012, will be able to secure more stable, long-term financing through the SBA’s temporary 504 refinancing program, according to a news release from the Indiana Statewide Certified Development Corp. Previously,... Read more

Keystone RV’s Montana No. 1 Fiver 10th Year

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Montana' the nation's best-selling fifth-wheel 10 years running. For the 10th consecutive year, the Keystone Montana has been named the No. 1 retailing fifth-wheel, according to Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI) of Grand Rapids, Mich. This is an accomplishment no other fifth-wheel brand has ever achieved, Keystone noted in a news release. In a letter to Keystone, SSI President Tom Walworth recognized Montana: “Statistical Surveys Inc. would like to congratulate the Keystone Montana Fifth... Read more

USDA Exec Stresses Recreation in ARC Talk

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Tidwell Tom Tidwell, chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, stressed the role of recreation in his March 24 address to the Recreation Exchange, hosted by the American Recreation Coalition (ARC) in Washington, D.C. Tidwell leads the agency responsible for the management of 193 million acres of national forests and national grasslands. These lands provide an amazing diversity of outdoor recreation opportunities, connecting people with nature in an unmatched variety of settings... Read more

Winnebago Outlines New Towables Strategy

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Pictured in the photo are (from left to right): Elvie Frey, Winnebago Industries Towables president; Randy Potts, Winnebago Industries president; Sarah Nielsen, Winnebago Industries vice president and CFO; and Bob Olson, Winnebago Industries chairman and CEO. Winnebago Industries Inc. will call its new Winnebago of Indiana LLC towable subsidiary in Middlebury, Ind., ”Winnebago Industries Towables” following its December purchase of SunnyBrook RV Manufacturing Inc. The SunnyBrook name... Read more

Indiana Chamber Renews Pro-Business Push

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Indiana Chamber of Commerce pushes for pro-jobs, pro-economy legislation. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has a list of more than two dozen bills it is hoping to see action on now that House Democrats have ended their month-long walkout. Representatives of the two political parties reached a compromise this week that led to an end to the walkout that had ground the legislative session to a standstill. The proposals range from charter schools, to a reduction in the state’s corporate income tax... Read more

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