Ind. Senator Sits Down With RVIA Member Firms

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Roundtable discussion with Indiana Sen. Dan Coats Senior executives from several Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) member companies met with Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) during his recent tour of Northern Indiana for a roundtable discussion that touched on a number of issues important to the RV industry. Key topics discussed during the meeting, held Aug. 17 at the Elkhart Chamber of Commerce, were how to spur economic growth to help all business and workers, including those in the RV sector,... Read more

KOA Expecting Strong Turnout for Annual Confab

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The campground business may have been a little sluggish this season, but there is nothing sluggish about Kampground of America’s (KOA) annual convention, set for Nov. 6-9 at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Nearly 500 franchisee representatives from across the 475-member chain are anticipated at the four-day convention, the largest serving the outdoor hospitality industry. Some new features have been added to this year’s convention, starting with the early-bird registration... Read more

TengoInternet Ranked No. 2,767 on Inc. 5000 List

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TengoInternet, the oldest and largest wireless Internet provider for the outdoor hospitality industry, announced that Inc. Magazine ranked TengoInternet on its fourth annual Inc. 5000 list, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. TengoInternet ranked 2,767 on the Inc. 5000 list based on revenue growth from 2007 through 2010, according to a news release. “Now, more than ever, we depend on Inc. 500/5000 companies to spur innovation, provide job, and drive the... Read more

Fleetwood Hires Marketing Firm, Taps Into Trends

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Fleetwood RV's John Draheim Fleetwood RV Inc. President and CEO John Draheim told dealers during the company’s Aug. 23-25 National Dealer Meeting at the Grand Wayne Center in Fort Wayne, Ind., that the Decatur, Ind.-based motorhome builder has been taking a close look at the way it’s perceived by its dealer network and end-consumers. Toward that end, Draheim introduced Fleetwood’s new “marketing partner,” Fort Wayne-based LaBov & Beyond, a niche marketing agency whose clients include... Read more

Learning Center, FRVTA Partner on DLN Program

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The RV Learning Center has joined forces with the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) for the sixth consecutive year to provide online training for RV dealership personnel through the Distance Learning Network (DLN). The subscription includes unlimited access to more than 50 DLN training sessions, coursework reviews, and test preparation sections, which are available anytime throughout the program year. The 2011-12 DLN program includes a range of subject matter to improve the performance of... Read more

Seven Elected to Three-Year Terms on RVIA Board

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Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) members elected five incumbents and two new board members in the association’s recently concluded annual elections. William Osborne, vice president, custom products, Navistar Inc., and Lyle Reed, executive director and chairman, Foretravel Motorcoach, were newly elected to three-year terms as manufacturer representatives. Meanwhile, Derald Bontrager, president, Jayco Inc., Doug Gaeddert, general manager, Forest River Inc., and, Bob Olson, chairman,... Read more

N.M. Resort to Offer RVers ‘Luxurious Experience’

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The scope of a construction project can often be inferred by its cost, and Angel Fire Resort officials plan to invest more in a new RV resort than on the multi-million dollar country club they erected last year in northern New Mexico, the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle reported The RV resort is to be built near the west entrance to Angel Fire, N.M., on Highway 64. With 260 RV sites, 109 RV storage units, 10 cabins, a full-service clubhouse, bathrooms, laundry facilities and dog runs, the 94-acre development... Read more

Hurricane Irene Swallows Vermont RV Dealership

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Everything “is completely gone,” said Gary Russell. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, his family’s business, Vermont RV Sales & Service in Brattleboro, was submerged after the Whetstone Brook swelled and engulfed his property, carrying campers to a neighboring cleaning business and ramming service vans parked there. Russell and the owner of the cleaning company were in the standing-room-only crowd at a community meeting at the town hall Monday (Aug. 29). The emergency... Read more

Senior RVers Find Help, Home at ‘Escapees Care’

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Faced with the usual options for senior housing and elder care, some older adults are inventing their own grass-roots versions — do-it-yourself senior living that’s friendlier, more autonomous and less expensive. Fellows in the News21 program at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism are posting video reports on four of these, including an RV community in East Texas. Below is a story that ran in the New York Times about Escapees Care, an assisted living facility for RVers... Read more

Drew Unit Kinro Inc. Acquires Starquest, Qualitec

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Drew Industries Inc., a leading supplier of components for recreational vehicles and manufactured homes, today (Aug. 29) announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Kinro Inc., acquired the business and assets of Starquest Products LLC and its affiliate Qualitec Manufacturing LLC. This is the company’s fourth acquisition of 2011, which together add more than $70 million in annualized sales. According to a news release, Starquest has annual sales of approximately $22 million, comprised... Read more

Consumer Spending Rebounds, Rises 0.8% in July

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Consumer spending grew in July by 0.8% reports the Associated Press, the largest amount in five months. That followed a decline in June and helped ease fears that the U.S. economy is on the verge of another recession. Americans bought more cars and spent more last month to cool their homes during a heat wave. Personal incomes increased 0.3% last month, the Commerce Department said. That’s slightly higher than the modest 0.2% in June, the weakest growth in seven months. Economists said the spending... Read more

Fleetwood Touts New Storm as ‘Crossover’ Coach

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Fleetwood RV Inc. unveiled its 2012 Class A gas-powered Storm during the company’s 2011 National Dealer Meeting last week at the Grand Wayne Center in Fort Wayne, Ind. Touted as a “crossover” motorhome, Fleetwood said the Storm features the sleeping capacity and value of a Class C coach along with the roominess and storage capacity of a Class A. “It’s a coach that is loaded with standard features, and offered at a value that appeals to a wide range of RVers,” said John Draheim,... Read more

King Controls, DISH Develop Portable RV Antenna

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Tailgater portable satellite antenna Bloomington, Minn.-based King Controls announced the launch of its Tailgater portable satellite antenna, making DISH Network high-definition programming an affordable option for all RV owners. Designed in conjunction with DISH, the Tailgater system is a fully automatic, portable satellite antenna that provides quick and easy access to a wide selection of premium HD channels, according to a press releasae. Innovative software integration for direct communication... Read more

World’s Largest RV Show Under Way in Düsseldorf

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More than 160,000 visitors are expected at this year's Caravan Salon, where more than 1,800 vehicles cover nearly two million square feet of exhibition space. Considered the largest single RV show in the world, Caravan Salon opened to the public Saturday (Aug. 27) at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre in Düsseldorf, Germany. Upwards of 160,000 RV enthusiasts are expected to attend the show, which runs through Sept. 4 and covers nearly 2 million square feet of exhibit space. This year’s event... Read more

Redwood Fiver Floorplan Meets Full-Timers’ Needs

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Syracuse, Ind.-based Redwood Residential Vehicles has improved upon one of the industry’s best selling fifth-wheel floorplans with its introduction of the 36FL, according to a press release.  Read More →

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