Sky River RV to Host January Expo at New Outlet

December 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Sky River RV will host the Bay Area RV Expo Jan. 6-16 at its new dealership in Dublin Calif., according to a press release. “The Expo will be the Northern California premiere of the new Vantage travel trailer from Keystone as well as the new Warrior toy haulers from Extreme Warrior,” said Scott Thorpe, managing partner of Sky River RV. The event will offer new RVs from a broad range of manufacturers along with pre-owned units. In addition, technicians and manufacturer reps will be on hand... Read more

FTC Ups Scrutiny on Dealer Advertising for 2012

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Dealers should review their advertising immediately to ensure it includes all federally-mandated credit terms and disclosures. According to a news release from the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Assocation (RVDA), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has stated it plans to more vigorously prosecute deceptive dealership advertising this year while it reviews what, if any, additional regulations are needed. Greater FTC scrutiny of dealership marketing and F&I practices was the trade-off for exempting... Read more

Ultimate Fighter Finds Peace at Vegas RV Resort

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Even when they’re simply enjoying the community horseshoe pit or making a friendly wager on the putting green with the rest of the visitors, Donald Cerrone and his friends stick out at Oasis Las Vegas RV Resort. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that the Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight, along with three friends and members of his fight team, are a bit of an oddity in a campground largely occupied by snowbirds and travelers with families. “It’s like a senior citizen community,”... Read more

Savvy Web Tactics Help Improve Little Guy Sales

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Little Guy Worldwide, Massilon, Ohio, has leveraged the web to raise awareness of the teardrop trailer product category, establish new dealers, service existing dealers and engage current and prospective customers. But, according to a press release, only four years ago the future looked uncertain for Little Guy Worldwide owners Joe and Christine Kicos. In 2007 the couple, then minority owners, arranged the purchase of the company from its majority owner who was looking to exit the business.... Read more

VIDEO #2: TMC’s ’12 Four Winds 31F Motorhome

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Today’s video comes from Thor Motor Coach offering a visual review of the 2012 31F Four Winds motorhome.  Read More →

Calif. RV Show Adds Buzz with Zero Motorcycles

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With the demand for RVs growing and signs that the economy is improving, organizers of the 24th Annual Manufacturers RV and Sports Show in Pleasanton, Calif., have decided to create a new kind of buzz around the event, according to a press release. GoodTimes Promotions is adding electric motorcycles created by Zero Motorcycles to its winter RV show for the first time. The show, sponsored by Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel, will feature four cutting-edge Zero Motorcycles models in addition to... Read more

Stand-Alone Heat System Targeting Park Models

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RV Comfort Systems has introduced a new stand-alone, all-electric forced air heating system for park model trailers. According to a press release, the new system does not require a gas furnace to be hooked inline with the electric heater. It has its own fan with cabinet and works with the RV Comfort System’s CheapHeat controller and electric heater. This system is UL certified and RVIA compliant in both the United States and Canada. The system consists of a multi-position combination-ducted/plenum... Read more

RV Shipments Show 22% YOY Gain in November

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Shipments to retailers in November this year were 16,300 units, up 21.6% from this same month last year. On a seasonally adjusted annual rate basis, November’s total represented shipments of more than 290,000 units, an increase of 13.8% over the previous month and ahead of November last year by 22.5%. Towable RVs were up 27.1% over this month one year ago while all motorhome totals slipped 18.8% in the November survey of manufacturers. Year to date, all RV shipments to retailers tracked by RVIA... Read more

Rand McNally: Navigating Your Travels Via GPS

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The following is an article authored by Rand McNally offering a review of the proliferation of GPS devices and specific RV applications. GPS devices have become nearly ubiquitous in personal vehicles. Today, mapping and directions can be delivered via mobile phone, or a device mounted or factory installed in a vehicle. With so many options, one may begin to wonder what really is the difference between routing solutions? Is it simply a brand preference, or is there more to it? What about “specialized”... Read more

Dennis Dillon RV to Carry New Mirage Towables

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Dennis Dillon RV & Marine Center has been selected as the first North American dealer to handle Nampa, Idaho-based Mirage Enterprise Inc.’s new travel trailer and toy hauler lines. According to a press release, the dealership, with locations in Boise and Caldwell, Idaho, finalized its agreement to be the sole outlet for Mirage, a specialty trailer builder with a network of 250 dealers in the Western U.S. and Canada that recently entered the RV marketplace. “We’re excited to add these... Read more

Keystone Delivers First Vantage to Dean’s RV

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Dean’s RV Superstore of Tulsa, Oklahoma, recently took delivery of the very first production Keystone RV Co’s Vantage travel trailer.  Read More →

Thetford Names New Aftermarket Sales Manager

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Brett Motheral Brett Motheral has joined industry supplier Thetford Corp. as its new aftermarket sales manager. According to a press release, Motheral has 20 years experience in aftermarket products, including auto accessories and consumer electronics. “Brett brings us a wealth of aftermarket account knowledge and we are excited to have him joining our team,” said Mike Mesharer, director of RV sales for Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Thetford. Motheral, a graduate of Western Oregon University,... Read more

VIDEO #2: Little Guy Revives T@b Travel Trailer

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Today’s video comes from Little Guy Worldwide, Massillon, Ohio, offering a tour of the company’s diminutive T@b travel trailer. The T@b was first introduced in the U.S. by Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. Little Guy reintroduced the brand in September.  Read More →

Rollin’ On TV to Begin Airing On Elkhart Station

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“Rollin’ On TV” announced that it will begin airing on WSJV FOX 28 in Elkhart, Ind., on Jan. 1. The premiere on WSJV will feature a special program looking back at 2011 and the companies, destinations and stories covered by “Rollin’ On TV” this past season. Regularly scheduled programs will begin on Jan. 8 with a segment on Sportsmobile West along with a special Dutch Oven cooking segment with host Jeff Johnston. In addition, “Rollin’ On TV” announced... Read more

CrossRoads Planning to Expand Ind. Operations

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CrossRoads RV, a manufacturer of towable recreational vehicles, said it plans to expand its operations in the northern Indiana town of Topeka, creating up to 250 jobs by 2014. The Indianapolis Business Journal reported that the company plans to invest $3.9 million to buy land and construct a 93,000-square-foot facility adjacent to its existing 45-acre campus in Topeka, which is between Elkhart and Fort Wayne. The new facility will house the company’s Cruiser product line and is expected... Read more

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