Louisville Show to Feature Roster of Seminars

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The RV industry will gather for the 50th anniversary of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) National RV Trade Show on Nov. 27–29 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. According to a press release, the industry’s premier trade event will feature 61 manufacturers and 215 supplier exhibitors showcasing the latest RV models, innovative new products and RV-related services across more than 712,000 square feet of exhibit space. More than 8,000 RV industry... Read more

‘ROTV’ Adds Nevada TV Station, New Sponsor

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Mattapoisett, Mass.-based “Rollin’ On TV” announced the addition of KLBC TV Channel 2, Laughlin, Nev., to its station lineup. According to a news release, the show will air on Sundays at 4:30 p.m. KLBC also has an extended reach to Bull Head City, Fort Mojave and the Mojave Valley area in Arizona while plans call for KLBC to be covering the whole Las Vegas area by the end of the year. In addition, Four Wheel Campers is ROTV’s newest sponsor. “We’re really looking... Read more

Capital Talk: Sprinter is Showcased in Chicago

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This week’s “RV Capital Talk” covers a Sept. 12-13 press event in Chicago where Winnebago Industries Inc. and Airstream Inc. played key roles as Mercedes-Benz USA LLC (MBUSA), a division of Daimler-Benz AG based in Montvale, N.J., showcased the motorhome and commercial aspects of the Sprinter van in various locations, including Soldiers Field, home of the legendary Chicago Bears. MBUSA also put the Sprinter through some adventurous rollover tests for the assembled press, including... Read more

Schmarder, Pelland Marketing Book Published

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Evanne Schmarder of Roadabode Productions and Peter Pelland of Pelland Advertising announced the release of their book, “Unconventional Wisdom Works – 25 Marketing Strategies to Build Your Outdoor Recreation Business Today.” According to a press release, readers will find over 200 pages of proven marketing techniques ranging from identifying target markets to Google Analytics to today’s most popular social media platforms. With chapters outlining cutting-edge tech tools, the book is written... Read more

Meridian is Named ’11 Canadian Dealer of Year

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Fore Looks Back on Service as RVIA Chairman

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RVIA Chairman Gregg Fore Editor’s Note: The following is a letter from Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) Chairman Gregg Fore that appeared in the latest issue of RVIA Today. As I write this I realize that this will be my last article to our membership as RVIA Chairman of the Board. The past 12 years as a member of the board of directors, including serving that last two years as the association’s chairman, have been especially rewarding and meaningful to me in many, many ways. I... Read more

Baird: Thor’s Financials Reveal ‘Solid Margins’

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Editor’s Note: Robert W. Baird & Co. issued a client newsletter to investors following the release of Thor Industries Inc.’s 4Q and year-end financials. The following offers a summary of the results. • Overview: Earnings per share (EPS) topped expectations on solid margin performance and a lower tax rate. After several disappointing quarters in which margin fell below expectations, the lack of any surprises is a plus. Meanwhile, reports from the Elkhart, Ind., industry event suggest... Read more

Trend: Young Buyers Back in ‘New Car’ Market

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Young buyers are inching back into the new-vehicle auto market after several years on the sidelines, helped by easing credit and a slightly improving job market. “Younger buyers have returned to market at a higher rate than any other age category,” according to a recent report by J.D. Power and Associates’ Power Information Network. The young buyer group — from teens through age 35 — is a hefty 23 percent of so-called retail buyers, the highest since 2008, according to Power. The retail... Read more

VIDEO 3: ‘ROTV’ Travels to Sportsmobile West

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Today’s “Rollin’ On TV” segment offers an in-depth look at Fresno, Calif.-based customer camper van builder Sportsmobile West while also offering tips on how to enjoy “Dutch Oven Cooking” while on the road.  Read More →

Judge Issues Final Ruling in FEMA Trailer Suit

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A federal judge gave his final approval Thursday (Sept. 27) to a $42.6 million class-action settlement between companies that made and installed government-issued trailers after hurricanes in 2005 and Gulf Coast storm victims who claim they were exposed to hazardous fumes while living in the shelters. The Associated Press reported that U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt ruled from the bench after hearing from attorneys who brokered a deal resolving nearly all remaining court claims over elevated... Read more

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