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Dicor Names Larry Lebryk Director of Marketing

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Larry Lebryk Elkhart, Ind.-based Dicor Corp. has named Larry Lebryk as director of marketing, replacing Dwayne Nickel who recently retired. According to a press release, Lebryk joined Dicor in January of 2011, serving as aftermarket manager where he assisted with aftermarket planning and execution along with other marketing and show activities. Prior to Dicor, Lebryk worked in marketing and communications for Girard Products in San Clemente, Calif., helping in the marketing and coordination of their... Read more

‘Capital Talk’: MBA Insurance President Alanko

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This week’s segment of “RV Capital Talk” features an interview with Bert Alanko, president of MBA Insurance, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based firm that specializes in rental insurance. Alanko is also the long-time chairman of RVDA’s RV Rental Association.      Read More →

VIDEO 1: Slideshow from FMCA’s 87th Reunion

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Today’s video features a slideshow of the recently completed 87th Family Reunion & Motorhome Showcase held in Indianapolis and the array of product on display.  Read More →

Newmar Holds ‘Comfort Drive Promo’ at FMCA

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Nappanee, Ind.-based Newmar Corp. announced today that during the recently completed Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) National Convention in Indianoplis, the company provide 72 attendees with test drives as part of its Comfort Drive Steering promotion. According to a press release, participants were awarded $100 in free fuel once they completed a test drive and a survey. “Comfort Drive Steering is an innovative feature that makes driving a Newmar diesel motorhome a much more comfortable... Read more

Bernanke Signals Fed is Gearing up to Do More

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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke offered a robust defense of the effectiveness of the central bank’s easy-money policies in his speech Friday at the Fed conference here, and left little doubt that he is looking toward doing more to give the economy a lift at the Fed’s next policy meeting in September. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, Bernanke also flagged deep worries about the pace of the economic recovery, calling it “far from satisfactory” and cited concerns... Read more

‘America’s Largest RV Show’ is Ready to Unfold

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Indoor booth area at last year's Hershey Show With the opening of “America’s Largest RV Show” less than two weeks away, organizers are anticipating a banner edition for the annual event that traditionally provides a timely checkup regarding the RV industry’s overall health. “The show has always provided a fine testing ground for new products, which the vast majority will be 2013 model year,” said Rebecca Lenington, executive vice president of the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association... Read more

Thetford’s Porta-Potti Curve Earns RVAA Honor

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Thetford Porta-Potti Curve Thetford Corp.’s new Porta-Potti Curve portable toilet received the inaugural Recreational Vehicle Aftermarket Association (RVAA) Product-of-the-Year Award, according to a press release. It was announced at the 2012 RVAA Executive Conference in Chicago, Ill., on August 22. The all-new Curve has a sleek, modern and homelike appearance. It also features a comfortable seat height,  battery-powered flush, convenient level gauges and an integrated toilet tissue holder. All... Read more

Icon Offers Aftermarket Skylight Replacements

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Aftermarket skylight from Icon Direct Icon Direct, a manufacturer of interior and exterior RV body parts, announced that the Manitoba-based company is building aftermarket replacements for RV skylights. According to a press release, 14 models are currently being marketed, each available in white and translucent clear along with square, rectangular and neo-angle shapes. The company said that the sizes offered cover the majority of OEM installed skylights. Icon has been manufacturing RV parts since... Read more

Jittery Buyers, Political Limbo Slow Auto Sales

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After tracking well for so many months, the hugely promising 2012 auto sales recovery has leveled off — and appears unlikely to regain momentum before year end. What’s the lowdown on the slowdown? Automotive News reported that pent-up demand and an aging used-vehicle fleet kept August new-vehicle sales afloat, executives and analysts say. But weak economic fundamentals have the market in a rut — stuck at a 14 million annual pace. “We’re not seeing upward spikes,”... Read more

Website Allows Retailers to List Used Inventory

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A website was recently launched specifically designed for RV dealers to list any aging, unwanted or unneeded inventory for sale to other dealers across North America, according to a press release. Dealer RV Store, a licensed wholesaler and auto-broker based in Vista, Calif., allows dealers to list vehicles on the website, then markets and sells them to other RV dealers while also handling transfer of ownership and title paperwork. The release stated that RV dealers typically have two main sources... Read more

Report: Indiana Business Confidence is Waning

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Heading into election season, Indiana business leaders throughout the state are not upbeat about the coming 12 months. The Indiana Business Council’s most recent study shows the Indiana Business Confidence Index (BCI) has fallen to 58%, the lowest point since the index was established nearly two years ago. According to a report by Inside INdiana Business, the BCI is a measure of the overall confidence business leaders and employees throughout the state have in their company’s opportunity... Read more

Calif. Parks Get 2-Year Moratorium on Closures

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In the fallout from the state parks funding scandal, the California Senate on Thursday (Aug. 30) approved a two-year moratorium on park closures and allocated $30 million in surplus funds to keep facilities operating, one-third of which would match private donations targeting specific parks. According to a Los Angeles Times report, the bill was introduced after parks officials admitted in July that some agency employees had stashed away $54 million even as the agency was cutting services and... Read more

Navistar Cleared to Sell Non-Compliant Engines

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Thursday (Aug. 30) that it will allow manufacturers to sell diesel engines that don’t meet federal emission standards. As reported by the Chicago Tribune, the ruling will allow Navistar International Corp. to sell its non-compliant engines by paying a maximum fine of $3,800 each — double what it has been paying. “We can now provide our dealers and customers with clarity and certainty as we transition to our clean engine technology... Read more

Allstar Coaches is Assisting Isaac Relief Efforts

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Allstar Coaches, a national RV rental dealer based in Florida, announced that it stands ready to assist in the wake of Hurricane Isaac. According to a press release, Allstar provided more than 30 RV rentals to government agencies, the Red Cross and various utility providers following Hurricane Katrina. “As a Florida-based company we understand what is needed after a storm and we’ll do what we can to help,” says Rob Tischler CEO of Allstar. The Federal Emergency Management... Read more

Full Roster of Workshops Set for RVDA Confab

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A slate of workshops is scheduled during the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, Oct. 1-5, in Las Vegas, designed to keep dealers up-to-date with the latest marketing strategies, consumer outreach methods and vehicle standards and in step with the latest technology. Programs include: • Internet Sales Panel Discussion features panelists John McCluskey, Florida Outdoors RV Center (moderator); Evan Davis, Nukleus; Bethany Grabher, Huebner Petersen; Tim Custer, RV Trader; and Kim Siex,... Read more

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