Winnebago Honors Dealers in Las Vegas

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Winnebago Industries Inc. has announced its top motorized product dealer sales award winners for the 2012 model year. Winners were announced at the company’s Dealer Days event in Las Vegas, Nev., May 14-16. Top sales awards were given to dealers of Winnebago, Itasca and Era brand motorhomes in the United States and Canada, as well as the top rental dealer and new dealer of the year for the Winnebago and Itasca brands. This year’s award winners are: Top Winnebago Dealer North America – Lazydays,... Read more

Hail Storm Damage Hits $1M at Dealership

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A view of the sales lot at Lee's RV Superstore in Edmond, Okla., prior to this week's hail storm. Hail caused extensive damage to RV and auto dealerships Wednesday night (May 30) in Edmond, Okla. At Lee’s RV Superstore, owner Lee Litchfield said he sees the glass as half full even though he estimates damage to the RVs on his lot at more than $1 million. With more than 200 RVs for sale, he said most of the older or used models will have damage from the tennis ball- to baseball-sized hail... Read more

Media Focus on RVing, Industry Rebound

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RVIA's Richard Conn appears on Fox Business. RVs have had a strong presence in the media this spring as the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) continues its aggressive media relations outreach. Media reports reflect messages promoted by RVIA about the benefits of RVing and the RV industry’s recovery. RVIA President Richard Coon appeared in a live interview on Fox Business on May 25 to discuss the resurgence of RV sales. Coon attributed the industry’s recovery to consumers responding... Read more

Ultra-Fab’s Packaging Ups Dealers’ Profits

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Ultra-Fab display Editor’s Note: The following news release was issued by Ultra-Fab Products Inc., based in Elkhart, Ind. Gone are the days when RV dealers’ parts and accessory stores were dingy areas in poorly lighted corners of the dealership and the products displayed in dusty open boxes or stacked in racks. Today’s professional store managers have learned valuable lessons by observing top mass merchandizing experts such as Cabella’s, Bass Pro and Gander Mountain. Working... Read more

RVIA Names Han as Director of Asia Affairs

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Edward Han The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) has retained Edward Han to serve as the director of Asia affairs to help coordinate the association’s efforts in China and serve as a liaison with the Chinese and Japanese governments. In this role, Han will pursue RVIA’s China initiatives and promote U.S. products to the Japanese market. This includes working with the governments from both countries on standards and regulatory issues, according to a news release. A managing partner... Read more

Air Fares Send RV Rentals to Record Levels

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According to Allstar Coaches, the RV rental industry is poised to have its best year ever, thanks in part to the highest air fares seen in more than three decades. “The airline industry’s seemingly relentless commitment to create innovative new ways to bilk consumers is finally driving them away,” the Florida-based firm stated in a news release. “With no end in sight, even with fuel prices steadily declining, the cost of air travel continues to rise, reaching levels that travelers... Read more

Campground Recovering from 2011 Twister

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Some of the damage from the 2011 tornado that hit the Village Green Family Campground. Click here to watch a video, courtesy of the New England Cable Network, about the following story. The storm that hit Springfield and Brimfield, Mass. on June 1, 2011, left a trail of devastation. One of the places heavily damaged was the Village Green Family Campground, where one person was killed, and 95 of the 97 trailers on the property were destroyed. Now, new trailers line the plots where piles of debris... Read more

Beijing to Host Major RV Events Aug. 9-12

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An overview of a major RV show held in China. The fifth Beijing International RV & Camping Exhibition and the third China RVing & Camping Rally will be held Aug. 9-12 at the Beijing RV Exposition Center. The show and rally began in 2010. Since then, one show in March and one show and one rally in August have become the largest events on RVing and camping in China, according to a news release from the show sponsors. Makers of caravans, motorhomes made in China and imports, accessories and... Read more

Writer Finds a ‘Tribe of People’ While RVing

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Click here to listen to an interview, courtesy of National Public Radio, about the following story. Freelance writer and photographer Andy Isaacson rented a 19-foot motorhome in the summer of 2011. He enlisted two friends, and together they spent eight days traveling from California to Oregon and back. With a bathroom, kitchen and beds on board they found the freedom to roam without reservations — spending nights in a Walmart parking lot, a winery, and beside a stream in a national park. Isaacson... Read more

Jayco Inc. Mini Gets MLB Network Exposure

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Brothers Derald Bontrager (left) and Wilbur Bontrager (right) of Jayco Inc. visit with James Ashurst (green shirt), vice president of public relations and advertising for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), and Stephen Connors, director of Midwest advertising sales for the MLB, beside the Jayco Seneca in the Jayco parking lot in Middlebury, Ind. The Go RVing and MLB Network’s “Home and Away Tour” Jayco Seneca Class C motorhome stopped by Jayco Inc.’s headquarters in Middlebury,... Read more

KZ Marks 40th Birthday at Dealer Open House

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KZ Vice President Andy Baer (left) visits with Jim and Sharon Walter, Countryside Campers, Pana, Ill. There’s plenty of activity this week around the rural Shipshewana, Ind., facilities of KZRV LP, where some 70 U.S. and Canadian recreational vehicle dealers gathered for the towable RV builder’s 26th annual open house – this one a special salute to the privately held northern Indiana company’s 40th year in business. In addition to an introduction to the company’s 2013 product lines, displayed... Read more

FEMA Contractors Agree to $5M Settlement

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Four contractors that installed or maintained government-issued trailers for storm victims after Hurricane Katrina have agreed to pay a total of $5 million to resolve claims that the temporary shelters exposed Gulf Coast residents to hazardous fumes, according to court filings Tuesday (May 29). The documents don’t disclose how much would be individually paid by Shaw Environmental Inc., Bechtel Corp., Fluor Enterprises Inc. and CH2M Hill Constructors Inc. and the companies’ insurers, The Associated... Read more

Winnebago Names Towable Sales Managers

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Jason Howard Jim Kaylor Ryan Newcomer Winnebago Industries Inc. today (May 30) announced new regional sales managers for Remington and Sunset Creek towable product lines. The company and its subsidiary build quality motorhomes, travel trailers and fifth-wheel products under the Winnebago, Itasca, Era and SunnyBrook brand names. Winnebago Industries has received the Quality Circle Award from the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association every year since the award’s inception in 1996. Brief bios... Read more

Curtin: RV Shipments to Rise 6.9% in 2012

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Richard Curtin Editor’s Note: The following story appears in the Summer issue of “Roadsigns,” a publication of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), based on data collected by Richard Curtin, director of the Surveys of Consumers at the University of Michigan. He has conducted research on the RV market since 1979 for the RVIA.  RV shipments were 71,400 units in the 1st quarter of 2012, posting a 9.7% year-to-year gain and the most units shipped since the 1st quarter... Read more

Hoosier Agency Aids RV Industry Expansion

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Daniel J. Hasler The Indiana Economic Development Corp. (IEDC) has played a role in the expansion of the RV industry in Elkhart County. As reported by The Elkhart Truth, in Elkhart County since 2011, the economic development organization has been a part of nine expansions, including Lippert Components and Kinro Manufacturing Inc., Supreme Industries Inc. and Spartan Motors Inc. totaling $31.7 million in new investment and 1,608 new jobs by 2015. The companies that have grown in Elkhart County 2011... Read more

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