Sky River RV Adds New Outlet, Phase 2 On Tap

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California-based Sky River RV has moved its Phase 2 expansion plans for its new Dublin store ahead of schedule, according to a press release. “Sky River RV has agreed to expand its current indoor facility by an additional 65,000 square feet.” said Rick Woodward of CRS Walnut Creek, who represents Sky River RV. Sky River RV Dublin recently held the grand opening at its new Dublin location. “The look on the customers face told the whole story. The owners have created an interactive environment... Read more

Julie Nickel to Manage Website, Events for Dicor

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Julie Nickel Julie Nickel has been hired as website administrator and events coordinator within the Dicor Corp.’s Marketing Group, according to a press release “This is an entirely new position we’ve created to help us handle our rapid growth in these two key areas of communication,” said Gregg Fore, president of the Elkhart, Ind.-based Dicor Corp. For the past 20 years Nickel has been employed by Dometic Corp., working in marketing/communications as well as special events coordinator,... Read more

Dunafin to Oversee CrossRoads Customer Care

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Topeka, Ind.-based towabler manufacturer CrossRoads Recreational Vehicles Inc. has announced the promotion of Alicia Dunafin to director of customer care for CrossRoads and sister company Redwood Residential Vehicles. In her new position, Dunafin will oversee the Customer Care Department for both of the Thor Industries Inc. subsidiaries. Her new responsibilities include managing the parts, service and warranty departments. Dunafin has been with CrossRoads RV for over 10 years and previously... Read more

Good Sam Club Adding New Member Programs

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In a lengthy column in the most recent edition of Highways magazine, Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Good Sam Enterprises LLC (formerly Affinity Group Inc.), outlined changes in the Good Sam Club that include: • A new fuel discount program. • More value-oriented insurance, roadside assistance and extended warranty programs. • A revamped trip-planning system. Lemonis said the changes are being made at the behest of ”literally thousands” of Good Sam Club members who e-mailed him... Read more

VIDEO #2: Tour the Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf

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Today’s video offers a close-up tour of the Caravan Salon at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre in Düsseldorf, Germany, which opened to the public Aug. 27. Sorry, the commentary is in German, but the video gives you a glimpse at the wide array of product on display.    Read More →

Woodland Park Holding Open House for Dealers

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Park model builder Woodland Park Inc. will be hosting an Open House at the company’s manufacturing complex in Middlebury, Ind., Sept. 20-22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The event will coincide with the 4th Annual Elkhart County Manufacturers’ Open House running Sept. 19-23. “It will be an Open House unlike any we’ve had for 20 years,” said David Burroughs, North American sales manager for Woodland Park, founded in 1983. According to a press release, Woodland Park will display new park... Read more

November LSI Symposium to Feature New Twists

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More than 200 people are expected to attend the annual Leisure Systems Inc. (LSI) Symposium Nov. 14-17 at the Embassy Suites in Covington, Ky. The event is open to all franchisees of the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts and their families in the U.S. and Canada. The theme for this year’s symposium is “Jellystone Parks: Always A Winning Hand” and will revolve around a Monte Carlo night theme, according to Kelly Jones, LSI’s director of franchisee development. The “Winning Hand”... Read more

Flooding Devastates Two Vermont Campgrounds

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Tropical Storm Irene has had “a devastating effect” on the private campgrounds in Vermont and at least two have suffered “total flooding,” according to a report from Peter Daniels, executive director of the Vermont Campground Association (VCA). “Camping on the Battenkill in Arlington will not be able to access the damage until the river recedes. They may not be able to open this fall,” Daniels told Woodall’s Campground Management. “Abel Mountain in Braintree has also suffered severe... Read more

Good Sam Sponsoring NASCAR Event in Atlanta

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The Good Sam Club, the world’s largest RV owners community, and Atlanta Motor Speedway announced the sponsorship of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Event will be titled the Good Sam Club 200 and is scheduled to run Sept. 2. Home of the biggest Labor Day party in the USA, the Atlanta Motor Speedway 1.54-mile track vies for the title of the “fastest track in NASCAR” and consistently delivers exciting racing. “We are proud to partner... Read more

VIDEO #1: RVAA’s Piar Adams on RV Capital Talk

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Today’s video offers a new segment of “RV Capital Talk” featuring Piar Adams, president of the Recreation Vehicle Aftermarket Association (RVAA), which is currently holding its executive conference Aug. 30 – Sept. 2 at the Hyatt Huntington Beach Waterfront Resort.  Read More →

Winnipeg Campers Protest Private Operator Fees

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A group of seasonal campers at Nopiming Provincial Park says a private campground operator is charging high fees and Manitoba Conservation has turned a blind eye to it, according to the Winnipeg Free Press. Jim Ilasewich, spokesman for the Caribou Lake Seasonal Siteholders Association, said Tuesday (Aug. 30) the province allows private contractors that operate campgrounds in provincial parks to charge whatever fees they want without requiring them to provide any of the traditional campsite services... Read more

Pleasure-Way to Unveil Class B Basis in Hershey

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Pleasure-Way Industries Ltd. will debut a new entry-level camper van, the “Basis”, at the 43rd Annual Pennsylvania RV & Camping Show in Hershey Sept. 14-18. “The Basis is engineered on the Chevrolet 3500 chassis and built with the same exceptional quality and craftsmanship you expect from Pleasure-Way,” said Dean Rumpel, CEO of the Canada-based builder. “The new Basis has a straightforward interior at a significantly lower price. Our goal is to offer the consumer an affordable... Read more

Go RVing Producing Solid Leads and Awareness

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The Go RVing ads are continuing to produce solid results in a faltering economy, with consumer leads through mid-August up 18% over last year at this time. According to a press release, a total of just over 113,000 consumer leads has been generated to date since January, offering participating dealers, campground and manufacturers access to potential customers who’ve requested more information since seeing the ads. Leads are now being ranked by likelihood to buy, enabling industry users to... Read more

Discount Rate for RVDA Expo Expiring on Friday

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Friday (Sept. 2) is the deadline for discounted registration for the 2011 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, running Oct. 3-7 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. According to the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), dealers who register by Friday and stay at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino will not only get the best rate for the convention/expo, but they’ll also be eligible to win a Las Vegas Weekend Getaway including a two-night/three-day stay at any Las... Read more

OEMs Post Improved Marks in Latest DSI Survey

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Dealers gave motorhome makers high marks on five of eight subjects in the latest Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) survey. The motorhome average rating on vehicle design has steadily increased from 3.86 in 2008 to 4.25 in 2011, out of a top score of 5. Motorhome makers also shine in the categories of sales territory (4.17), vehicle quality/reliability (4.16), sales support (4.09), and overall dealer communications (4.07). Towable makers received their... Read more

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