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Garpow Announces Transition Plans for RPTIA

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Bill Garpow The Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association (RPTIA) has begun a nationwide search for a new executive director, according to a report by Woodall’s Campground Management. Current executive William “Bill” Garpow announced today (Nov. 30) that a tentative timeline for transition to retirement has been put in place. He said he will remain as executive director until a successor is hired and will help with training. The RPTIA also may move its current office in Newnan, Ga.,... Read more

Former RV PR Exec Heads Top Collegiate Event

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Fran Connors recently moved into a new position as the general manager of the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta after serving since 1997 as supervisor on Philadelphia-based PR Agency Barton Gilanelli’s account with the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). Connors assumed his new role on Oct. 3 to manage the largest collegiate rowing regatta in North America. Held annually on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia each May, the 74-year old Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta features nearly 3,000 competitors... Read more

TriMas Gets OK on Increase in Revolving Credit

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Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-based TriMas Corp., a diversified manufacturer of engineered and applied products and parent to RV supplier Cequent Performance Products, announced that it has received an additional $15 million commitment from Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. under its existing senior secured revolving credit facility. This increases the company’s total revolving credit capacity under the facility to $125 million. “The increase in our revolving facility commitments is another important step in... Read more

PR, Advertising Programs Reviewed at Outlook

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The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) “Outlook 2012: Up & Away” program that kicked off 49th annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., offered a diverse lineup for the early morning attendees. The breakfast, held at the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC), featured remarks from U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and appearances by SPEED Channel personality and NASCAR analyst Rutledge Wood, and country music singer/songwriter Chuck Wicks. The event was hosted... Read more

Fleetwood ‘Reinvents’ Excursion with 33-Footer

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Fleetwood's new Excursion Fleetwood RV Inc. has “reinvented its Excursion Class A diesel brand,” rolling out an all-new 33-foot floorplan – the shortest of the builder’s diesel pushers – during this week’s 49th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville Ky. “The 2013 Excursion gives buyers a choice in an emerging Class A diesel market, without compromising on luxury or function,” said John Draheim, president and CEO of Decatur, Ind.-based Fleetwood RV, in a press release. Great... Read more

EverGreen Adds 2 Floorplans to Ever-Lite Brand

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EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC is building its original all-composite Ever-Lite travel trailers in all seven of its popular deep-slide models and two additional floorplans for 2012 – the 27RB and the 29FK – which are showcased at this week’s 49th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. According to a press release, limiting production of the original Ever-Lite brand makes it the only EverGreen product “built for discriminating buyers looking for an all-composite, more... Read more

Fleetwood Bounder Classic Offers Diesel Option

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Motorhome builder Fleetwood RV Inc. unveiled a front-diesel chassis option for its 2012 Bounder Classic Class A motorhome during this week’s 49th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. According to a press release, the platform represents a collaboration between Fleetwood RV and Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC). Fleetwood said the new, front-engine diesel adds increased power and contributes to better fuel efficiency, featuring a Cummins ISB 6.7L engine, full air suspension... Read more

ARVC Conference Gets Under Way in Savannah

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After two days of pre-conference activities, the annual Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo sponsored by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) officially gets under way today (Nov. 30) in Savannah, Ga., according to a report by Woodall’s Campground Management. Held at the Westin Savannah Harbor Resort & Spa and the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, ARVC’s Conference and Expo will bring together campground owners and operators from across... Read more

Lance Grows Trailer Line, Debuting in Louisville

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Lance trailer with pop-out tent Lancaster, Calif.-based Lance Camper Manufacturing Corp. is introducing two additions to the company’s new line of travel trailers during this week’s 49th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. Along with the 1575 trailer, Lance is showing a 1274 model, its smallest unit, and the 2385 floorplan, the largest in the lineup. According to a press release, the 1274 travel trailer features a large slideout, pop-out tent sleeper and a dry bath. With a dry weight... Read more

Coon: Industry Enjoys Favorable Demographics

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RVIA President Richard Coon offers a demographic profile at the Outlook Breakfast In a presentation titled “What’s Up!” at Outlook 2012: Up & Away, held Nov. 29 at the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., RVIA President Richard Coon said that new findings from the just-released “RV Consumer Demographic Profile” provide encouraging news about the health and long-term viability of the RV industry. “RV ownership is at its highest peak ever with 8.9 million U.S. households... Read more

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