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GE’s Annunziata Slated at World RV Conference

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Marco Annunziata The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) has announced that Marco Annunziata, chief economist and executive director of Global Market Insight at General Electric Co., will be one of the featured speakers at the 2nd World RV Conference being held Jan. 17–20, 2013, at the Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina in Tampa, Fla. According to a press release, Annunziata will examine how the increasingly complex global economy impacts business trends and markets during luncheon... Read more

Progress Made to Blend U.S., Canada Standards

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The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) Standards Department is reporting that efforts to harmonize the United States’ NFPA 1192 RV standard and Canada’s CSA Z240 RV standard are progressing toward a uniform approach. According to a press release, a joint ad hoc committee held its inaugural meeting March 13-14 at CSA’s headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario to begin the process of identifying issues that need to be changed to initiate harmonization. Members of the NFPA... Read more

Proposed Mass. Intiative Could Hurt RV Industry

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Editor’s Note: The following is an article from RVIA Today Express outlining a proposed “right to repair” initiative in Massachusetts aimed at the auto sector that, if passed, could pose a threat for the RV industry. For nearly a decade, independent car repair shops have battled unsuccessfully in state capitals and the halls of Congress to gain 24-hour a day, 7-day a week access to the same data, parts, and repair schematics that car manufacturers provide to their franchised... Read more

VIDEO #2: Slideshow from 2012 Good Sam Rally

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Today’s video offers a slideshow, courtesy of MotorHome Magazine, from the recently completed 2012 Good Sam Rally held March 22-25 at the Phoenix International Raceway.  Read More →

Capital Talk: Fleetwood RV Inc.’s John Draheim

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Today’s video offers the latest segment of RV Capital Talk featuring an interview with Fleetwood RV Inc.’s President and CEO John Draheim and a rundown of the Decatur, Ind.-based builder’s latest advancements in its motorhome lineup.  Read More →

VCA’s Efforts Successful in Legislation Session

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The Virginia Campground Association (VCA) spearheaded lobbying for two new pieces of legislation that will benefit the campground industry, according to a press release. The recent legislative session concluded March 14. VCA reported that the Virginia code now specifically permits campgrounds to submeter electricity, bringing uniformity to the practice across the state. Prior to the enactment of this new provision in state law, the 11 utilities were not regulated. In a second victory, VCA played... Read more

Consumer Confidence Helps Drive Up RV Sales

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Jayco's Sid Johnson The sales numbers for recreational vehicles the first two months of 2012 speak volumes. But what’s behind the numbers may say even more. The South Bend Tribune reported that according to the Reston, Va.-based Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA): • RV shipments to retailers rose 31.8% in February above January’s totals and were up 24.2% over February of last year. • The 24,600 units reported in the latest survey of manufacturers marked the best February... Read more

Report: Consumer Spending Rises, Income Flat

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U.S. consumers boosted their spending in February by the most in seven months. But Americans’ income barely grew, and the saving rate fell to its lowest point in more than two years. The Associated Press reported that the Commerce Department said Friday (March 30)that consumer spending rose 0.8% last month. Income grew 0.2%, matching January’s weak increase. And when taking inflation into account, income after taxes fell for a second straight month. Still, consumers are spending more... Read more

River Park Adds Upgrade to Infotainment Center

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Xite new graphics map Elkhart, Ind.-based River Park Inc. has introduced the next generation of its XSG2NA Infotainment Center offering the new Xite LV (Large Vehicle) navigation system. Developed for 2013 model RVs, the Xite LV system allows drivers to select an RV option and “set the specific vehicle dimensional parameters,” according to a press release. Once set, the Xite software provides efficient routing and general guidance while taking into account road restrictions and hazards contained... Read more

ASA Debuts All-in-one Stereo, Observation Unit

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ASA 's new VM9424 Elkhart, Ind.-based ASA Electronics has introduced the VM9424 multi-media high-definition radio receiver with built-in GPS navigation and rear camera input for RVs. According to a press release, the system will save space on any RV dash by combining the stereo and observation system into one unit. The 6.2-inch touch-screen stereo features 160 watts of power, an AM/FM tuner with 18 FM and 12 AM presets along with a high-definition radio receiver. Other features include: • Full... Read more

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