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Boomers, Accessible Credit Boosting RV Sales

July 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

After slumping during the recession, sales of recreational vehicles are on the rise as U.S. consumers give in to the lure of the open road — with amenities — and are once again able to get credit to buy what many consider an affordable second home, the Baltimore Sun reported. Sales of RVs, which include travel trailers and motorhomes, have been rising since 2010, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). Today, RV owners number nearly 9 million in the United States —... Read more

Go RVing/GAC Giveaway Winner is Announced

July 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Go RVing’s first-ever national RV giveaway, conducted in partnership with Great American Country Network (GAC), will culminate on July 31 when the RV is presented to the winner at Tom Stinnett Derby City RV in Clarksville, Ind. The winner, Clifton Johnson, won the 2012 Lance Camper Ultralight travel trailer in a drawing from nearly 650,000 entries. The sweepstakes, which ran from March 1 through April 16, generated a total of 811,000 entries and more than 46,000 leads for the Go RVing... Read more

Hall Induction Night Includes RVB Cover Shoot

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RV/MH Hall of Fame There’s still time for late sign-ups for the RV/MH Heritage Foundation Inc.’s 40th annual RV/MH Hall of Fame induction dinner, a catered event set for next Monday evening (Aug. 6) at the Hall. The once-financially embattled facility on the northeast side of the RV-building hub of Elkhart, Ind., has been experiencing a turnaround of sorts in recent months that should put the Hall – along with its library and museum — on better financial footing for the long haul. Indicative... Read more

Priority One Providing OFAC List to RV Dealers

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Priority One Financial Services Inc., a St. Petersburg, Fla.-based F&I outsourcing provider, is offering its dealer partners’ free online access to the government’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) list. According to a press release, the list is used to check on terrorists, narcotics traffickers and others engaged in activities and threats to national security. All businesses, including RV dealerships, are required by law to review this list prior to entering into any sales... Read more

Open Range Growing Customer Service Center

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Open Range RV Co. will be expanding operations at its facilities in Shipshewana, Ind., according to a press release from the LaGrange County Economic Development Corp. (LCEDC). The company plans to add a 15,000-square-foot addition to its customer service center located just east of the company’s main Shipshewana campus. The release stated that these investments “will allow Open Range RV to operate more efficiently and provide a higher level of service to their customers by having more... Read more

Latest ‘RV Technician’ Issue is Available Online

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The most recent issue of the RV Learning Center’s RV Technician, an online magazine published six times per year, is now available. According to a press release, a subscription includes access to back issues via a special subscribers-only website. RV Technician keeps service professionals up to date with articles that help all skill levels. Subscribers can view the magazine in a variety of formats, including as a flipbook. Subjects cover: • The latest technical information. • Training and tech... Read more

300 Protest City’s Plan to Permit RVs on Beach

July 30, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

About 300 protesters, carrying signs and chanting in unison, walked the Wildwood, N.J., boardwalk between Saturday (July 28) to fight a city plan to allow recreational vehicles on the beach. “No RVs on our beach, no RVs,” chanted protesters, many of whom own condominiums at the nearby Wildwood Ocean Towers, the Press of Atlantic City reported. A banner plane even flew overhead protesting the RV plan. The placards protesters carried summed up some of their concerns. “We want dunes, not RVs,”... Read more

30,000th Motorhome Shipped to Cruise America

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Rental firm Cruise America announced that it recently took delivery on its 30,000th Class C motorhome, acquired over its 40 years of operation. According to a press release, the Mesa, Ariz.-based company has 4,000 Ford-powered rental recreational vehicles operating throughout the United States and Canada. Cruise America reported that one of the reasons for its growth over the last 40 years, despite slowdowns in the economy, is the fact that the company enjoys a heavy percentage of repeat business. “I... Read more

TriMas Corp. Reporting Record Revenues in 2Q

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Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-based TriMas Corp. reported record second quarter net sales of $338.4 million, an increase of 17.5% as compared to $288.1 million in second quarter 2011. During second quarter, ended June 30, sales increased in five of the six reportable segments, primarily as a result of additional sales from bolt-on acquisitions, market share gains, new product introductions and geographic expansion as compared to second quarter 2011. TriMas is parent to RV industry supplier Cequent Performance... Read more

Oregon RV Workers Fashion New Opportunities

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As a child, Julie Greenwald sewed her own doll clothes and loved to tinker with old radios and other small appliances. “I would take something apart and try to make it work, or turn it into something else,” she said. The Register Guard, Eugene, Ore., reported that in the past few years, that resourcefulness has been quite an asset for Greenwald, now 56, and her husband, Jeff. When Oregon’s recreational vehicle industry tanked five years ago, the couple gathered up the pieces of their business,... Read more

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