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Heartland Connects With Owners at June Rally

June 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Heartland owners gather for opening day dinner at rally Heartland Recreational Vehicles welcomed around 280 RVers towing 133 rigs June 14-17 at the Cam-Plex in picturesque Gillette, Wyo., marking the seventh running of the Annual North American Heartland Owners Rally. According to a press release, the national rally, hosted by the Elkhart, Ind.-based builder, has evolved into a major event for owners as attendees in Gillette represented 34 states and three Canadian provinces. Jim Beletti, director... Read more

Despite Floods, Alberta Parks Filled for Holiday

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Campgrounds in southern Alberta are booked solid for the upcoming Canada Day long weekend, according to Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation. Enthusiasm has hardly been dampened by the recent downpours that drenched southern parts of the province, the Calgary Herald reported. As the rain-battered ground starts to dry, campground owners are now bracing for the onslaught of campers heading out for the weekend. “It’s pretty soggy,” said Pauline Krause, park manager of the Lions Sheep River Campgrounds... Read more

Supreme Court OKs Health Care’s Centerpiece

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A sharply divided Supreme Court on Thursday (June 28) upheld the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s signature health care overhaul law that requires that most Americans get insurance by 2014 or pay a financial penalty, according to a Reuters report. “The Affordable Care Act’s requirement that certain individuals pay a financial penalty for not obtaining health insurance may reasonably be characterized as a tax,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the court’s majority... Read more

MCD’s GOLD Shade Popular at Good Sam Rally

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MCD Innovations’ GOLD Series Day/Night Shade System enjoyed strong sales during the recently completed Good Sam Rally in Louisville, Ky., according to a press release. “Everyone was excited to try out the new shades,” said Peggy Grich, a spokeswoman for the McKinney, Texas-based company. “We talked to hundreds of people, and they really liked the new innovations in the shades. We were delighted to be able to show RVers a way to gain solar and heat protection while still maintaining... Read more

Priority One Kicking Off 3Q Contest for Dealers

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Priority One Financial Services Inc. and its parent company, Forest River Inc., have partnered with TD Retail Card Services (TDRCS) to hold a third-quarter contest for dealers offering the Forest River Credit Card to consumers. According to a press release, consumers may use the card to purchase a cross section of Forest River products such as utility/cargo trailers, towable RVs, parts, accessories and service repair bills. The “Hook ‘Em Up” Forest River Credit Card contest... Read more

Keystone Cougar Moves to No. 1 in Fiver Sales

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Cougar Product Manager Jeff Kloska (left) and Group General Manager Jeff Runels Goshen, Ind.-based Keystone RV Co. reported that its Cougar brand claimed the No. 1 ranking in year-to-date fifth-wheel sales through April, according to the latest Statistical Surveys Inc. report. In a press release, the Thor Industries Inc. subsidiary said that it marks the first time Cougar has earned top ranking in the brand’s 14 year history. “Team Cougar is thrilled to have achieved this milestone,” said Keystone... Read more

Spartan/Isuzu Reach Van Begins Move to Mich.

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Reach delivery van Production of the new environmentally-friendly Reach delivery van has started to migrate from the Utilimaster Corp. plant in Wakarusa, Ind., to the Spartan Motors Inc. campus in Charlotte, Mich., according to a report by the Elkhart Truth. Although the manufacturing schedule was delayed by three months, the vans are being built. Spartan, parent company of Utilimaster, is expecting to ship a total of 500 to 1,000 Reach vehicles in 2012 and anticipates production will nearly double... Read more

Fla. Property Management Co. Adds RV Resort

June 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

AC Commercial, an Orlando, Fla.-based property management company, recently added an RV resort management contract to its portfolio in Central Florida. According to a press release, the company will be managing the Floridian RV Resort in Saint Cloud. Floridian RV Resort is a 650-space RV and 130-space mobile home park community that was established in the 1970s and has been attracting a customer mix of winter birds and semi-permanent residents ever since. AC Commercial has been growing its self-storage... Read more

Privatization, Donations Help Save Calif. Parks

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When California’s Department of Parks and Recreation announced last year it would be closing a quarter of its parks due to budget cuts, millions of nature-loving Californians were devastated. But, according to a report by the Huffington Post, there may be some relief ahead. With the July 1 closure deadline looming, nearly half of the 70 parks originally slated to be shut down have been saved, and the state is in the process of negotiating agreements to keep nearly two-thirds open past that... Read more

Six Bronze Sponsors Step Up for RVDA’s Expo

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The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) announce six bronze sponsors for the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, Oct.1-5, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, according to a press release. The convention is sponsored by RVDA, RVDA of Canada and the RV Learning Center. Bronze sponsors for the 2012 convention through today (June 27) are: Ally Financial; Diversified Insurance Management Inc.; Forest River Inc.; MBA Insurance Inc.; Reed Brothers Insurance Group,... Read more

‘Discovery’ Segment Features Winnebago Plant

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Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc. took the starring role in a half-hour episode titled “American Factory” which aired last night (June 26) on Discovery Network’s “Destination America,” a specialty television channel that was launched on May 26. As reported by RV Examiner, the show took an inside look at the “RV brand that’s been leading the way for half a century.” The “American Factory” episode focused on the four-day process involved in the construction of... Read more

New ADA Regs Keeping Pool Lift Makers Busy

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Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from a story authored by Jeff Crider for Woodall’s Campground Management profiling pool lift providers and their boom in business with new ADA regulations pending. To read the entire article click here. This has been a busy year for the Todd Harris Co. Inc. The Edison, N.J.-based company supplies portable and permanent swimming pool lifts, which many campgrounds will be required to install by January 2013 to comply with the latest federal accessibility... Read more

Patrick, Flexsteel to List on Russell 3000 Index

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Two key RV suppliers, Patrick Industries Inc. and Flexsteel Industries Inc., have  been added to the U.S. broad-market Russell 3000 Index. According to a press release, Russell indexes are widely used by investment managers and institutional investors worldwide for index funds and as benchmarks for both passive and active investment strategies. An industry leading $3.9 trillion in institutional assets are currently benchmarked to them. Todd Cleveland, president and CEO of Elkhart, Ind.-based Patrick,... Read more

Foretravel Partners With Platinum Coach & RV

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Foretravel Motorcoach announced today (June 27) it has entered into a sales agreement with Platinum Coach & RV in Lewisville, Texas, to sell its line of luxury motorhomes. According to a press release, Chad Dupuis launched the dealership earlier this year with his wife, Abby. Previously, Dupuis was a sales representative for Buddy Gregg Motor Homes and Marathon Coach. The dealership, which specializes in pre-owned high-end coaches, will be promoting Foretravel in North Texas, and at various motorcoach... Read more

SEMA Reports 2,000 Exhibitors for Vegas Show

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The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show priority space selection process concluded earlier this month, with nearly 2,000 exhibiting companies securing space for the upcoming event. The trade-only event will take place Oct. 30-Nov. 2 in Las Vegas. “After the three-week space selection, we are more excited than ever for the upcoming SEMA show,” said Peter MacGillivray, SEMA vice president of events and communications, in a press release. “Exhibitors have great optimism for... Read more

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