RVDA Announces Quality Circle Award Winners

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The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) will honor RV brands built by 13 manufacturers with its Quality Circle Award Nov. 26, prior to opening of the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. According to a press release, these brands/manufacturers received at least 15 dealer responses and scored 80% or above for overall dealer satisfaction in the association’s 19th Annual Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) survey. “The DSI Quality Circle Award recognizes the high level of success... Read more

Travel Channel to Air New ‘Extreme RVs’ Shows

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A new three-hour block of “Extreme RV” shows will premiere on the Travel Channel on Nov. 11. The RVing Examiner reported that Brentwood Communications International Inc. , a North Hills, Calif.-based TV production company, said the three-episode special will feature another impressive selection of cutting-edge motorhomes and travel trailers as well as a raft of classic RV restorations. The first one-hour episode, which airs at 6 p.m. Pacific, features country music group The Band Perry’s luxury... Read more

REDEX is Refunding Dues for 2nd Straight Year

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The Recreational Dealer Cooperative Association Inc. (REDEX), rebranded as the Priority RV Network, announced to its dealers that it will refund all 2012 membership dues for the second consecutive year. “This is, by far, the best financial investment for the RV dealer in our industry,” said Michael Peay, president of the Priority RV Network and Holiday World of Houston, in a press release. “No financial instrument can touch the ROI that our cooperative provides the RV dealer.” Peay... Read more

Crane Hires Andy Hahn as Application Engineer

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Goshen, Ind.-based Crane Composites Inc., a manufacturer of fiberglass reinforced plastic panels for RV exterior sidewalls, announced the hiring of Andrew (Andy) Hahn as application engineer. According to a press release, Hahn, who joined Crane Oct. 22, will be “aiding customers with product trials and troubleshooting any customer complaints.” Hahn received a bachelor’s in finance and accounting from Indiana University South Bend. He brings over five years of experience within... Read more

West Coast Firm Showing Gas Rail in Louisville

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Union Gap, Wash.-based Jones & Sons Chassis is in development of what the company calls the “next generation” of front-engine gas chassis design, with the work in progress scheduled for an unveiling at the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) 50th Annual National RV Trade Show, Nov. 27-29 in Louisville, Ky. Gary Jones, who founded the company in 2005, tells that this new platform is specifically designed and engineered for the RV body builder and will be... Read more

N.J. Dealers Stay Open, Cope With Power Loss

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Several RV dealerships in New Jersey are open today (Oct. 31) after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Northeast. But life, of course, is far from normal. ”We don’t have power,” said Ed Guest, sales and service manager for Ocean View Trailer Sales. ”We are running off a couple of generators.” Nonetheless, Guest reported, Ocean View has seen a couple of customers. ”One guy came in and bought some antifreeze and there’s another guy looking around,” he said.... Read more

Manheim Northeast Auctions Back on Schedule

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All Manheim Specialty Auctions locations have resumed their normal schedules, effective immediately, according to a press release. Auctions scheduled for this week include three sites in New York and Pennsylvania along with Fredericksburg, Va., and Manheim’s New England location in Maine. For up-to-date information visit the company’s website at      Read More →

RVB/Blue Ox Poll: Romney Wins by 3-1 Margin!

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If the rest of the United States mirrored the political opinions of those who work daily in the American recreational vehicle industry, the presidential election would be all but over today because GOP candidate Mitt Romney lambasted incumbent Democratic Chief Executive Barack Obama in the latest round of the RVB/Blue Ox Survey by a decisive 3-1 margin. The tally in our latest poll: 74.9% for Republican Mitt Romney (1,014 respondents), 23.8% for incumbent Democrat Barack Obama (322) and a statistically... Read more

Arndt Left Longstanding Legacy in RV Industry

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Ken Ardnt Ken Arndt, 59, president of Repco Marketing in Marietta, Ga., passed away on Oct. 28 after a battle with cancer. A long-standing figure in the RV industry, Arndt will be remembered for his many career contributions and for the relationships he cultivated. He began his career in 1979 working for A&E Systems in the Southeast and was instrumental in the growth of A&E for nearly a decade. Starting out as southeast territory manager, Arndt was recognized as a top performer and was later... Read more

Park Recovery Begins From Superstorm Sandy

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For the second straight year, campgrounds in the Northeast have faced the fury of a major tropical storm. This time around, “Superstorm” Sandy struck right before Halloween – when many parks were already closed for the season – instead of right before Labor Day as Hurricane Irene did in 2011, wiping out the weekend in many areas and ending the season in others. Still, the damage from Sandy along a 1,000-mile swath stretching from Florida north to Maine and westward as far as Lake Michigan... Read more

International Sales Drop Impacts Cummins 3Q

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Cummins Inc.’s third-quarter earnings fell 22% as the Columbus, Ind.-based engine maker reported that revenue declines in its international markets offset modest growth in North America. Earlier this month, Cummins trimmed its sales and profit guidance and unveiled cost-cutting measures as it said a weakening global economy was driving down demand for the company’s engines. The company, which is a major supplier to the motorhome sector, said the slowdown is particularly acute in... Read more

VIDEO 2: ’12 SEMA Show Kicks Into High Gear

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Today’s video comes from FenderBender magazine offering an overview of thise year’s Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show with Peter MacGillivray, vice president of events and communications for the event. The SEMA Show is the leading automotive trade gathering in the world, where manufacturers and buyers of automotive specialty parts and equipment gather to do business each year. The event attracts more than 100,000 industry professionals from more than 100 countries each year.... Read more

Startup Paradise Coast RV Looks for Investors

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Paradise Coast RV LLC, a new manufacturer in Benton Harbor, Mich., is looking for investors to ramp up production of its retro-style Silver Beach travel trailer. The company, founded in 2010, has produced a 14-foot all-aluminum prototype that was shown at the Elkhart County Open House in September and expects eventually to build 9-foot to 24-foot floorplans. ”We’ve been doing a lot of research and development for the last two years,” said President Ted Simpson, who has worked... Read more

Capital Talk: Newmar Embarks on ‘Road Show’

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This weeks’ version of “RV Capital Talk” catches the start of Newmar Corp.’s Road Tour as executive management embarks on a two-week trek to promote the company’s new motorhome lines and reconnect with its supplier and dealer base.  Read More →

Carefree Resorts Acquires 2 Florida Properties

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National RV Communities LLC is further expanding its presence in the Florida market with the acquisition of RV resorts in Zephyrhills and Naples. Settler’s Rest RV Resort in Zephyrhills and Marco Naples Hitching Post in Naples were acquired earlier this month and will be marketed using the Carefree RV Resorts brand name, which NRVC uses for all of its RV communities across the country, according to a news release. “Settler’s Rest RV Resort and Marco Naples nicely complement our existing... Read more

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