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Cummins Facility Tests Generator Noise Level

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Cummins Power Generation, a business unit of Cummins Inc., officially unveiled its Acoustical Testing Facility (ATC) at its Fridley headquarters Oct 6. According to a press release, it is the largest engine-testing facility of its kind in the world. By eliminating any external noise interference or input, the ATC, with its state-of-the-art hemi-anechoic (no echo) chamber, allows the company to measure precisely the noise output from fully assembled generator sets of all types and sizes. Pinpointing... Read more

Yellowstone Debuts Ridgeline Executive Fiver

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Yellowstone RV LLC, Nappanee, Ind., has introduced the high-line Ridgeline Executive Series fifth-wheel with up to five slideouts.  Read More →

2011 SEMA Show Kicks Offs Tuesday Morning

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Tricked-out Jeep Wrangler at 2010 SEMA Show In a market that has countered the negative economic news reports of the past few months by continuing to post strong sales numbers, the Specialty Equipment Market Association’s 2011 SEMA Show, billed as the nation’s premier automotive specialty products trade event, runs tomorrow through Friday (Nov. 1-4) at the Las Vegas Convention Center. With more than 2,000 exhibitors signed up early on, the show is expected to post about a 14% increase in exhibitors... Read more

Yellowstone Debuts Ridgeline Executive Fiver

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Yellowstone Ridgeline Executive interior Yellowstone RV LLC, Nappanee, Ind., has introduced the high-line Ridgeline Executive Series fifth-wheel with up to five slideouts. Available in 37- and 38-foot floorplans, the Ridgeline Executive Series features increased storage, a walk-around King bedroom and residential-style kitchen and livingroom. ”Instead of creating another brand and the confusion that goes along with that, we’ve extended the Ridgeline brand,” said Ken Geljack, general... Read more

Final Touches Applied to Virtual Outdoor Expo

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With the Virtual Outdoor Hospitality Expo II only 11 days away, the producers and the show’s software provider, VCopious, are putting the finishing touches on the event scheduled for Nov. 10-11. According to a press release, almost all the booths are now set up, the exhibitor roster and webinar schedule are complete and the training sessions are underway for sponsors and exhibitors alike. The producers are adding details to the appearance of the Expo slated to begin at noon EST on Nov. 10. The... Read more

Retailer Offering Vacation with Purchase of RV

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Buyers who purchase a new or used RV in November at Robert Crist and Co. RV in Mesa, Atiz., get an extra bonus offer: a free RV vacation at the award-winning Viewpoint RV, Golf & Tennis Resort in Mesa. According to a press release, buyers have up to six months to use the bonus. “You’ve been thinking about buying an RV, now is the best time to make your move and take advantage of this incredible offer,” the dealership stated in the release. The bonus offer ends on Nov. 30 and the dealership... Read more

‘Online Reputation Pro’ Available to RV Dealers

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Dealership Call Center, a division of Traffic Log Pro, introduces Online Reputation Pro, a reputation management suite of tools which will provide dealerships with the most comprehensive program for tracking and influencing online reputation. “Eighty-seven percent of customers decide to make a purchase after reading favorable reviews,” said Kelvin Stroud, Dealer Development Tools Product Manager for Traffic Log Pro. “It is critical that our RV dealerships embrace a proactive approach to not... Read more

Startup Company Building RVs for U.K. Market

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Paula and Brian Donat believe there is a niche in the RV market that hasn’t been filled. And, according to a report in the Goshen (Ind.) News, they intend to fill that void. The Donats have created Eterniti RV, which is headquartered in Goshen in a small manufacturing building. Inside the well-used building that has housed other manufacturing ventures, the Donats are assembling their team to build their product, a fiberglass shell travel trailer built to United Kingdom specifications that will... Read more

New RV Broker Finds Demand Outstrips Supply

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Harry Beaupre was enjoying the sun aduring the Labor Day weekend of 2010 when he encountered a doctor who groused about the fact that he only used his expensive wakeboard boat and even costlier RV a few times per year. According to a report in Northern Nevada Business Weekly, learning that the doctor had many colleagues with similar recreational setups, Beaupre hit upon the idea renting out otherwise-idle recreation equipment. His lesson after his first summer in business: Demand outstrips supply. American... Read more

Market Spurs NMMA to Nix Chicagoland Show

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The 2012 Rosemont Sportfishing, Travel and Outdoors show, scheduled to take place Jan. 25-29, was canceled this week due to low industry demand. “There just wasn’t enough critical mass to warrant an acceptable selling environment for our exhibitors and a quality event for attendees,” said the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) in a press release. With the cancellation of the Rosemont show, the NMMA will be focusing its energy on its Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, Sports and... Read more

VIDEO #1: Atwood’s Ellis Visits RV Capital Talk

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Today’s video features the latest segment of RV Capital Talk featuring an interview with Kip Ellis, vice president of sales and marketing for Elkhart, Ind.-based RV supplier Atwood Mobile Products.  Read More →

Two Nabbed in Large-Scale Theft at Dealership

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Deputies with Montana’s Flathead County Sheriff’s Office have made two arrests in a large-scale theft early Thursday morning at Gardner’s RV and Trailer Center in Kalispell. According to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office, Jan Vondrich, 24, and Kevin Everett, 22, were arrested and charged with felony theft Friday morning. Both are from the Flathead Valley. The arrests follow the forced entry into 12 recreational vehicles and theft of several flat-screen televisions, DVD players and... Read more

Wisconsin Dealer Expands, Service Side is Key

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Mick Greeneway got started in the recreational vehicle business in 1977 and has owned Greeneway Recreation in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., since 1987, according to a report in Central Wisconsin Business. “In 1995, we built the whole new facility here, and we thought we built it big enough,” Greeneway said with a laugh. The 1995 expansion featured eight bays, which is no longer enough for the busy RV dealer. The dealership broke ground this week for an expansion that will add 10 more bays.... Read more

Lippert, Kinro Gear up for Louisville Launches

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Goshen, Ind.-based Lippert Components Inc. and its sister company Kinro Inc., which combined are the nation’s largest RV OEM supplier, continued to grow on a number of fronts this fall on the brink of RVIA’s 49th Annual National RV Trade Show, Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. In the past three months, the 4,000-employee companies, both units of Drew Industries Inc., White Plains, N.Y.: • Announced the licensing from Texas Innovators LLC of the exclusive... Read more

Trouble Shooter Clinics Featuring ‘New Tracks’

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Certified technicians are encouraged to sign-up for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) popular Trouble Shooter Clinics starting on Nov. 7 in South Bend, Ind. The clinic will launch a format with new tracks covering chassis, power sources and appliances. In this first session, these new tracks are open only to technicians who hold a RVDA-RVIA RV Service Technician Certification. The new format also includes a “Foundation Track” open to all technicians, covering... Read more

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