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Outdoors RV Adds Pan Pacific to Dealer Body

September 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

La Grande, Ore.-based Outdoors RV Mfg. has added Pan Pacific RV Centers Inc. to its dealer base, according to a press release. The dealership, with locations in Sacramento, Morgan Hill and French Camp, Calif., will represent the Wind River, Timber Ridge and Creek Side brands. “We believe Pan Pacific RV Centers will be a strong addition to our new network of dealers as we continue to expand into the California market,” said Outdoors RV General Manager Jim Croxton. Pan Pacific RV began as... Read more

Pursuit: Pleasure-Way’s First ‘B-Plus’ Class C

September 27, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Pleasure-Way's new Pursuit motorhome Canadian builder Pleasure-Way Industries Ltd. announced the launch of it first B-Plus style Class C motorhome, the Pleasure-Way Pursuit. According to a press release, the coach is built on Ford E350 dual rear-wheel cutaway chassis and offers several “special features,” including its 22-foot length. “Building a B-plus was the next natural progression for us,” said Dean Rumpel, CEO of Saskatoon-based Pleasure-Way. “We received a lot of feedback... Read more

RVtravel.com Poll: Leaky Roofs Are a Problem

September 27, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

There are a lot of leaky roofs on the RVs in America, according to last weekend’s reader survey at RVtravel.com. Of the more than 1,600 RVers who responded, about 43% reported their RV’s roof had leaked, 20% more than once. “I’m not sure these people know how serious this can be,” RVtravel.com Editor Chuck Woodbury said in a press release. “The cost to repair the damage can easily run into thousands of dollars.” Gary Bunzer, better known as the RV Doctor,... Read more

Van Market Grows; Sprinter Could be Retooled

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Modern commercial vans are emerging as a competitive segment in the U.S., and automakers are launching new products, many from Europe, as versatile offerings better equipped to handle a wide range of duties for small businesses and corporate fleets alike. The Detroit Free Press reported that Chrysler is creating a Ram Commercial division to handle development and sales of commercial vehicles in preparation to sell Fiat Ducato commercial vans in the U.S. while Ford is using the Transit name on three... Read more

VIDEO 2: Featherlite’s New $2.3M Motorcoach

September 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Today’s video comes from Featherlite Coaches offering a look at the company’s newest luxury motorcoach, the Vantaré Celebration III. Equipped with triple sliderooms, the coach is built on the “Ultimate Class” Prevost H3-45 bus shell. This motorhome offers every option and boasts a $2.3 million dollar price tag.  Read More →

RV Technician Refrigerator Course Scheduled

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Northampton Community College and the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association’s (PRVCA) next RV Technician Distance Learning Course, RV Absorption Refrigerators, is set to begin on Oct. 8 and run through Nov. 11. According to a press release, the course (RVTNC101.1) will focus on the appliance that causes the most confusion; how to use heat to produce cold. The theory of absorption and associated processes are fine-tuned and presented in a way that makes this sometimes perplexing device a... Read more

Go RVing Canada Debuts ‘Interactive’ Website

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Go RVing Canada is launching its new interactive website for Canadian RV travelers at www.GoRVing.ca. According to a press release, the updated website is designed to serve as the primary resource for Canadian consumers, highlighting dealer and campground information, RV tips, special features and social media initiatives. “The new website is user-friendly and offers better functionality, easier navigation and will feature upgraded tools for Canadian travelers,” said Go RVing Canada Executive... Read more

Finally, Gasoline Prices Providing Some Relief

September 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

In June, amid plummeting gas prices, the prospect of a $3-per-gallon national average seemed like it could become a reality by Halloween. Time reported that after reaching the most expensive ever gas prices for September — which came on the heels of the highest-ever end-of-summer gas prices — that forecast seems highly unlikely to become reality. But at long last, drivers are finally seeing some relief at the pump. The latest Energy Information Administration report indicates that the national... Read more

CONY Exposition Offers Full Slate of Activities

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Campground Owners of New York (CONY) will host its 49th Exposition for the Outdoor Hospitality Industry, Nov. 1-3, at the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Water Park, Lake George, N.Y. According to a press release, attendees invited include campground operators, managers and staff, as well as people buying, selling or developing campgrounds and RV parks. The exposition will feature professional development seminars, a trade show and awards banquet. “We’ve always had great themes... Read more

Buckmeier Will Head CrossRoads Engineering

September 26, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Topeka, Ind.-based towable builder CrossRoads RV announced that Jamie Buckmeier has taken over as director of engineering, replacing long-time employee Lavern Bontrager. According to a press release, the change was affective Sept. 19. “Lavern Bontrager was the fourth employee hired at CrossRoads,” said Joel DeVries, vice president of materials management for the Thor Industries Inc. subsdiary. “He has been an integral part of CrossRoads’ history. His energy, enthusiasm and... Read more

Report: Navistar Moving Past Emissions Issue

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Navistar International Corp. won’t apply SCR to its 15-litre MaxxForce engine and will instead lean on Cummins Inc. for its high-horsepower requirements, Jim Hebe, senior vice-president of North American sales operations confirmed during a press briefing in Salt Lake City. Truck News reported that it’s the first official confirmation that the company won’t pursue its own 15L engine once it uses up its remaining emissions credits and can no longer pay non-conformance penalties for engines... Read more

California OKs Parks Funding, Stops Closures

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California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed several bills to keep state parks open and ensure greater spending oversight after a scandal in which parks officials hid $54 million. According to a report in the San Jose Mercury News, the bills establish a two-year moratorium on parks closures, provide about $30 million in funding and give the parks new fundraising tools. AB1478 by Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield, D-Woodland Hills, splits $30 million to help state parks that already are at risk of closure... Read more

Family Tree Talks With Dealers on Franchising

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Family Tree RV Brand Management, which plans to sell a new kind of dealer franchise, reported a “very successful meeting” resulting from its Sept. 19 sitdown with potential dealer partners in Middlebury, Ind. According to a press release, dealers from Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Missouri and the Carolinas were present for a 2 1/2-hour meeting at Meadow Valley Golf Club. Several topics were discussed during the session, including the brand awareness campaign and the name of Family... Read more

Pennsylvania Walmart Opts to Turn Away RVs

September 26, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Known as a big-box retail store that has something for just about everyone, Walmart has also garnered a reputation for being friendly to the traveling camper. But, RVers hoping to stay in the Carlisle, Pa., Walmart parking lot for an extended period of time can expect to be turned away. Or, ticketed and towed. According to a report by The Sentinel, the store has installed large signs at the entrance of the lot reminding customers that overnight parking for RVs or trucks is prohibited. Carlisle Police... Read more

August Boat Sales Stall, Show 2% YOY Growth

September 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Recreational boat sales improved in August with increases among aluminum fishing and pontoon boats and smaller fiberglass outboards and declines among smaller fiberglass sterndrives, cruisers and yachts. Soundings Trade Only reported that the industry’s growth lagged the pace it set earlier in the summer, but sales in the main powerboat segments gained 4.7% compared with August 2011 and industrywide sales rose 1.9%, according to figures compiled by Aarn Rosen, national sales manager at Statistical... Read more

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