Airstream Hotels Offer Unique Accommodations

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What is it about Airstream design that continues to engender such passion more than 80 years after the trailer first appeared? Is it the alluring, streamlined aluminum shell? The cozy interiors? The nostalgia for a simpler era? “It’s a part of American culture that transcends time,” architect Matthew Hofmann told the Los Angeles Times.  “It symbolizes style and adventure. There is something very fundamental about getting in your car and driving across country. It’s in our blood.” Hofmann... Read more

Noted Speakers Slated for RVIA Annual Meeting

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KOA CEO Jim Rogers A lineup of seminars featuring a noted economist and numerous RV industry leaders will highlight the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) Annual Meeting, set for March 4–7 at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando, Fla. Taking place the morning of March 5, the sessions will include: • Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) CEO and Chairman Jim Rogers will examine the outlook for the campground industry. Rogers’ 40-year career in the hospitality industry began... Read more

FMCA to Mark 50 Years at June Family Reunion

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Motorhomers will celebrate the association’s 50th anniversary at the Family Motor Coach Association’s FMCA 88th Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase, June 19-22 at CAM-PLEX Multi-Events Facilities in Gillette, Wyo. According to a press release, a “nostalgia room” will display FMCA artifacts and vintage bus conversions, such as the Flxible brand bus that graces the association’s membership emblem, will be on hand for inspection. Many special events are in the planning stages as... Read more

Startup Wolfpack Chassis Receives Seed Money

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A startup frame builder in Kendallville, Ind., has received $755,000 in seed funding from Elevate Ventures and private investors. According to a press release, officials with Wolfpack Chassis LLC have leased space to manufacture chassis and chassis components for the RV and manufactured housing markets, aiming to start production this winter. CEO Robert Frost hopes the operation can start producing prototypes within the next week. The company is looking to hire about 20 skilled welders and frame... Read more

Veteran RVRA Chairman Alanko Stepping Down

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Bert Alanko After two decades of service, RV Rental Association (RVRA) Chairman Bert Alanko of MBA Insurance has announced he will step down from that position following the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association’s (RVDA) board meeting in March. According to a press release, Alanko is a long-time contributor to RVDA and has served as chairman of the rental association for 19 years. His years of service have been marked by multiple RVDA/RVRA awards for membership recruitment, the RVDA Chairman’s... Read more

Roan Joins LCI Window Unit’s Leadership Team

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Lippert Components Inc (LCI) announced that Josh Roan has been promoted to the senior leadership team for the window division, based in Goshen, Ind. According to a press release, Roan has worked in the RV industry for over 17 years. For the past 10 years he oversaw divisions for Lippert and sister company Kinro Inc., including managing LCI’s largest chassis division in Goshen as well as its specialty products division. In his new position, Roan will help lead 955 employees producing an... Read more

FMCA Chapter Looks at Relocating Annual Rally

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For the past 15 years, the Brooksville-Tampa Regional Airport has served as a roost for the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) annual Southeast Area rally. The Tampa Bay Times reported that the wintertime event, which attracts upward of 1,000 well-to-do recreational vehicle owners from all over the South, has been a welcome boon to Hernando County’s economy, with visitors packing restaurants, grocery stores and local attractions during their weeklong stay. But the good times... Read more

Report: Private Equity Firm May Sell NTP Parent

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Private equity firm Platinum Equity is exploring a sale of Keystone Automotive Operations Inc., which makes specialty auto parts and is also parent to NTP Distribution Inc. According to a Reuters report citing “three sources familiar with the matter,” Platinum Equity, which acquired Keystone through an out-of-court debt restructuring in 2011, has hired investment banks Baird and UBS to run a sale process that could fetch between $400 million and $500 million. Representatives for Platinum,... Read more

Despite Ruling, Union’s Still Hopeful on Cequent

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Despite losing one battle Wednesday (Jan. 31), United Steelworkers Local 9550 still plans to fight the war as the union tries to save 450 jobs at the Cequent Performance Products plant in Goshen, Ind. In fact, they won another battle in the ruling handed down by Judge Robert L. Miller Jr. Wednesday in U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana. Miller ruled against the union’s attempt to be granted a preliminary injunction that would have prevented Cequent from moving equipment... Read more

Best Parks in America Adds Four New Affiliates

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America's Best Campground Best Parks in America, a national network of RV parks and campgrounds, added four new affiliated parks in Florida, Missouri, South Carolina and Arizona. “The addition of these new parks come in popular markets where RVers enjoy visiting and we’re delighted to have new affiliates in the Tampa, Fla., metropolitan area, Myrtle Beach, S.C., Branson, Mo., and Yuma, Ariz.,” Best Parks President David Gorin stated in a news release. “As we expand we are looking towards... Read more

Bickel a Catalyst in Growing Conversion Market

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Donald “Skip” Bickel, a 30-year marketing veteran of the van/truck conversion industry, passed away Jan. 26 following a year-long battle with cancer. Bickel, 60, was instrumental in the successful startup of Advantage Corp., Goshen, Ind., and the restructuring of Alabama-based Kustom Kreations. He also owned Biarritz Motor Coach, Goshen, and Cruiser’s Auto/Truck Outfitters, Naples, Fla. Bickel is survived by his wife, Jane (Weldy), and daughter, Jessica Dallas of St. Augustine, Fla. Also surviving... Read more

Journalist, Go RVing Teaming up for Super Bowl

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Sports journalist Kerry Byrne touts RVing on FOX & Friends Football journalist Kerry Byrne and Go RVing have teamed up for a 1,500-mile RV road trip to the Super Bowl, designed to generate media interest from Boston to New Orleans. According to a press release, Byrne and celebrity chef Steve DiFillippo are traveling in a motorhome provided by El Monte RV to promote RVs as a fun and flexible way to travel, tailgate and experience the big game. The tour included an appearance on the FOX & Friends... Read more

Grand Design Delivers 1st Solitude to Dandy RV

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Solitude fifth-wheel by Grand Design After a solid Florida RV SuperShow, startup manufacturer Grand Design Recreational Vehicles has shipped its first unit — the extended-stay 38-foot Solitude fifth-wheel — to Dandy RV Superstores in Anniston, Ala. Grand Design, founded in October by industry veterans Don Clark and brothers Ron and Bill Fenech, made its retail debut at the Tampa show in a Lazydays RV Center booth earlier this month at a prominent display that drew a steady stream of consumers... Read more

TMC Reports New Products Driving Retail Sales

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With the early retail RV shows now in the rearview mirror, Thor Motor Coach reports the company is continuing to see an influx of new buyers for its products. “The 2013 RV shows have been great, getting this year started on the right note,” said Joel Grimm, national sales manager for gas motorhome sales. “Our dealers have achieved excellent sales at our retail shows this year. Consumers are seeking out our products as a result of our great dealer base, introduction of new model... Read more

NTP Projecting Record Numbers for Trade Show

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Wilsonville, Ore.-based NTP Distribution announced Atwood Mobile Products LLC as the title sponsor of its annual trade show and conference, which the company is projecting to be its largest event to date. According to a press release, the upcoming NTP show is set to run Feb. 12-15 in San Diego. “Atwood has been a partner with NTP for over 30 years and we’re proud to have them as the title sponsor of our annual trade show,” said Greg Boyd, president of NTP. “This year, we are seeing... Read more

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