Lewiston RV Earns Outdoors RV Distinction

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Lewiston RV named No. 1 Timber Ridge dealer in Idaho Lewiston RV was recently named the No. 1 Timber Ridge dealer in the state of Idaho for the past year by La Grange, Ore.-based towable builder Outdoors RV Manufacturing Inc. Pictured are Vernon Swearingen, Dan Bundy, Outdoors RV Sales Manager Darin Nelson, Dave Howard, Lewiston RV General Manager Norm Vanness, Martin Burns and Natasha Richards. Lewiston RV is known for outstanding customer service and as “an easy place to do business” in the... Read more

Congressional Action Seen on GSP Renewal

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It appears that Congressional leadership is preparing to consider a number of trade agreements including the renewal of the Globalized System of Preferences (GSP), which provides duty-free treatment for U.S. imports including products used by the RV industry such as luan. The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) said in a press release that it has been advocating for the renewal of GSP since its expiration. It appears those efforts may be paying off as the Senate is poised to consider reauthorization... Read more

RVIA Selects Candidates for Board Election

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The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) Nominating Committee has selected a slate of 15 candidates who will be vying for seven seats on the board during the association’s elections taking place in August. Seven candidates are in the running for five manufacturer seats with three-year terms, including Derald Bontrager, president, Jayco Inc.; Glenn Cushman, chairman and CEO, Carriage Inc.; Doug Gaeddert, general manager, Forest River Inc.; Bob Olson, chairman, Winnebago... Read more

MVP RV Rolls Out ’12 Sonoma Trailer Lineup

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MVP's Sonoma travel trailer Riverside, Calif.-based MVP RV Inc. announced today (June 30) the introduction of the all-new 2012 Sonoma travel trailer line. “Sonoma was developed with a clear direction and vision – affordability,” said Mark McFadden, Sonoma national sales and product manager. “We wanted to create a travel trailer line that the average working family could afford, without giving up the features these experienced campers demand. “Southern California is among the strongest... Read more

Sun Communities Closes RV, MH Acquisition

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Sun Communities Inc., a Southfield, Mich.-based real estate investment trust (“REIT”) that owns and operates manufactured housing and recreational vehicle communities, announced that on June 23 it acquired 17 manufactured home communities and one recreational vehicle community. According to a press release, the communities were acquire from certain entities controlled by Kentland Corp. for approximately $142.3 million. The company acquired the communities, personal property and other... Read more

SoCal Market Drives Slowly out of Recession

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This is the time of year many people stock up their RVs and roll them out for road trips. As reported by Southern California Public Radio, recreational vehicles, even moderately priced ones, stopped selling when the economy drove into a ditch three years ago. The economy’s back on the road now – sort of – and for some people, the time finally is right to buy an RV. There’s a sold sticker stuck to the windshield of Bernhard Puzik’s new RV. That new one is a used 37-foot, $72,000... Read more

FRVTA Sets Space Drawing for SuperShow

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The Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) will hold the space drawing Aug. 2-4 for the mid-January 2012 Florida RV SuperShow, according to a news release. FRVTA said that each manufacturer that has returned their contract with a deposit will be called during the drawing to pick a space in the show. The “Grandfathered Drawing Order” will determine the order in which space is selected. The theme of the 2012 Florida RV SuperShow is “Take Another Look!” The FRVTA said it emphasizes that “people... Read more

RVDA Confab to Offer Panel on Fuel Prices

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Chief economist John Felmy of the American Petroleum Institute (API) will explore the various factors that affect fuel prices and help dealers navigate the issue of volatility in the oil market during a special panel discussion at the 2011 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The convention is sponsored by the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), RVDA of Canada, and the RV Learning Center. Tom Walworth of Statistical Surveys Inc.,... Read more

Jayco Australia Unveils Double-Slide Trailer

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On the heels of the 2011 Sterling travel trailer launch by Jayco Australia comes the release of the new Double Slideout Sterling. According to the builder, which is an affiliate of Middlebury, Ind.-based Jayco Inc., the innovative Double Slideout Sterling brings “even greater levels of style and comfort thanks to its unique design and layout.” At the push of a button, both the bed and the dinette can expand or contract, providing extra room in the living area of the trailer. The interior includes... Read more

TaigMarks Hosts Marketing Alliance Debut

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TaigMarks President Steve Taig (L) and Vice President David Marks (R) talk to an area businessman about branding. A breakfast open house Monday (June 29) morning at TaigMarks Inc.’s office in Elkhart, Ind., officially launched a new business alliance formed by Spearhead Sales & Marketing, TaigMarks and Effect Web Agency. According to a press release, more than 20 representatives from area businesses attended the open house that featured a series of brief presentations about different services... Read more

Ore. Dealership Steers Through Downturn

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Dramatic declines in sales of travel trailers and motor coaches during the 2007-09 recession forced some dealers and manufacturers to close their doors in the Bend, Ore., area. But, according to a report in The Bulletin, Chris Jackson, co-owner and general manager of Beaver Coach Sales & Service in Bend, helped steer the company through tough times by getting the staff involved in creating a leaner, more efficient business model. Jackson and the other owners of Beaver Coach Sales & Service... Read more

Trailer Sales Heat Up in Northern Michigan

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Click here to view a video on the following story. This weekend, thousands of people will fill up the gas tanks and put the rubber to the road as they head to Northern Michigan, and many to go camping. According to a report on, the RV business is going strong and dealerships say that, right now, travel trailers are a hot sell. Inside it has all the essentials — a refrigerator, sink, and probably most importantly, a comfortable bed. RVers love what they do and lackluster economy... Read more

Chinese RVing Grows, Still Sees Obstacles

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Dong Linmin, 40, is planning a family vacation this winter to escape the cold and snow of Beijing, China. He said he wants to spend quality time with his family as they trek across the country to Hainan, according to a report in China Daily. But Dong isn’t flying there, nor is he taking a train. He’s one of the rare Chinese drivers who will be exploring China in a recreational vehicle. “A trip down to Hainan during the coldest days in Beijing is probably the best way to break in... Read more

Winnebago Towables Unit Launches RAVEN

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RAVEN fifth-wheel Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc. announced today (June 29) the launch of a new 2012 RAVEN towable line as part of the company’s SunnyBrook brand. According to a press release, the RAVEN is in full production and will initially be available in five fifth-wheel and three travel trailer floorplans. “Dealer response to RAVEN has been outstanding,” said Fred Hershberger, national sales manager for Winnebago Industries Towables. “Every dealer has been impressed... Read more

FedEx Adds EVs to Fleet, Four from FCCC

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FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. and the world’s largest express transportation company, continues its holistic fleet approach to fuel efficiency with significant expansion of its lower polluting, energy-efficient vehicles. Within the next two months, FedEx Express will place 24 new all-electric vehicles into service that includes four Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. vehicles, according to a press release. The company s also expanding to three new cities and more than doubling its... Read more

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