Winnipeg Campers Protest Private Operator Fees

August 31, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

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

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

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