Thor Completes Headquarters Move to Elkhart

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Thor Industries Inc. Wednesday (March 27) announced that it has completed the planned move of its corporate headquarters to Beardsley Avenue along the St. Joseph River in downtown Elkhart, Ind. According to a news release, Thor was previously headquartered in Jackson Center, Ohio, and announced the move in January as a strategic decision to be more accessible and active in the community where a large majority of RVs are produced and more than 70% of the company’s operations are located. The... Read more

VIDEO 1: ROTV Spotlights Trailer Renovations

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This week’s segment from “Rollin’ On TV” features a growing interest in classic travel trailer restoration along with tips on maintaining trailer wheel bearings. Also, Britta, ROTV’s TrailerChix cooker, whips up another great meal.  Read More →

KOA University Offers Training to New Owners

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Kampgrounds of America Inc (KOA) graduated 39 new KOA owners representing 23 campgrounds during two sessions in February and March at its KOA University in Billings, Mont. The new graduates were schooled in KOA facilities development, financial planning, human resources and hiring practices, merchandising, marketing and recreation, along with other important facets of campground operation, according to a news release. The specialized, one-of-a-kind training is designed to get new KOA owners... Read more

EverGreen Adds Bunkhouse Unit to Sun Valley

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Middlebury, Ind.-based towable builder EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC announced that its Sun Valley line of travel trailers now offers a new bunkhouse model, targeting extended families or large groups of campers. According to a press release, the Sun Valley S300BHSL travel trailer features a walk-around queen bed in the front of the coach with a side-aisle bath separating the sleeping quarters from the main living and dining areas of the coach. A spacious kitchen slideout sits opposite a deep-slide... Read more

Winnebago Motorhome Backlog Nearly Triples

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The strength and profitability of Winnebago’s motorhome business during its fiscal second quarter – punctuated by a backlog that nearly tripled from a year ago – outweighed “sustained underperformance” in the company’s still evolving towable division. In a conference call today (March 28) delivered in the wake of a report that showed a 34.6% sales increase and a swing to a $6.3 million profit, the Forest City, Iowa-based firm touted the results from its motorhome operations that... Read more

RVDA Appoints Krenek as Chairman for RVRA

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The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) board elected Scott Krenek, owner of Krenek RV Center of Coloma, Mich., to chair the RV Rental Association (RVRA). According to a press release, he will serve out the unexpired term of outgoing RVRA Chairman Bert Alanko of MBA Insurance and serve an additional year as the rental association’s representative on the RVDA board. “I would like to thank the RVDA board on my election to RVRA Chairman,” Krenek said. “I look forward to working... Read more

Coast Reports 4Q Net Loss; Revenue Up 10.6%

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The Coast Distribution System Inc. reported a net loss for its fiscal fourth quarter, ended Dec. 31, on an increase in sales. The Morgan Hill, Calif.-based aftermarket supplier incurred a net loss of $1.5 million, or 32 cents per diluted share, for the fourth quarter compared to a net loss of $1.4 million, or 32 cents per diluted share, in the same quarter of 2011. For the full year, Coast recorded a net loss of $2 million, or 44 cents per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $886,000, or 20... Read more

Airstream’s No. 1 on RV Award List

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Airstream Inc. was named as the winner of the 2013 Readers’ Choice Award by in the RV or camper category. According to’s website, the Jackson Center, Ohio-based trailer and motorhome builder rated as the readers’ top choice followed by Keystone RV Co. and Forest River Inc. Runners-up included Leisure Travel Vans, a division of Triple E RV Ltd., and Cruiser RV LLC. Starting in mid-January, began accepting reader nominations for hundreds of award categories.... Read more

NPS Director Jarvis Reviews Sequester Impact

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Editor’s Note: The National Park Service (NPS) is ramping up for the spring and summer months, just as the mandated across-the-board federal budget cuts known as sequestration are setting in. Despite current budget woes, NPS Director Jonathan B. Jarvis still thinks he has the best job in America. He spoke to The Hill about the impact of budget cuts on the parks, what the public can expect this spring and his vision for the agency’s future. Q: Now that the sequester has gone into effect,... Read more

Report: Economists Positive, Consumers Wary

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Consumers’ confidence has wobbled in March — but economists’ confidence is rising quickly. USA Today reported that even as the Conference Board reported Tuesday (March 27) that budget fights in Washington dragged down its consumer confidence index for March, economists are quietly raising forecasts for first-quarter economic growth to as much as a 3% annual clip. That’s well above the 1.8% median in a USA Today survey of economists last month. Economists’ improving outlooks... Read more

Morgan Allows Foreclosure on 2 Maine Resorts

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The owner of two recreational vehicle resorts in Maine failed to stop their foreclosure sales last week, according to a report by the Bangor Daily News. An attorney for Megunticook RV Resort LLC and Camden Hills RV Resort LLC — both located in Rockport — filed a request March 20 in Knox County Superior Court for an emergency temporary restraining order to prevent the foreclosures on the campgrounds. After Justice Jeffrey Hjelm denied the request on March 21, the resort owner filed an appeal March... Read more Tracks Down RVers’ Missing Pets

March 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment has introduced an electronic tracking device that offers RVers a nationwide system for locating missing cats and dogs. According to a press release, the service works off of a “physical ID tag” that links to the pet’s free online profile. “It’s like a Facebook page for pets,” said founder and CEO Tom Arnold. When a pet is found, the tag provides vital information, allowing people to contact the owner by: •  Calling the free 24/7 “Found Pet” hotline where... Read more

Retailer Offers Buyers 2-Day ‘Camping School’

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“Look at this, this is pretty cool,” said Ross Holmquist, warming to his impromptu walk-through of the new 32-foot North Trail travel trailer. According to a report by the Post and Courier, Charleston, S.C., he edges over to the built-in television and nudges the wooden siding. Like the bookshelf in the movies that gives way to a secret passageway, the encased TV rotates 180 degrees. There’s a good reason for that, said Holmquist, general partner at Palmetto RV in Mount Pleasant, S.C. A... Read more

Sculptor Ending ‘Military Tour’ in Keystone RV

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Sculptor Mike Jernigan Michael Jernigan is most of the way through his cross-country project to honor the U.S. military with sculptures, operating out of a mobile studio provided by Goshen, Ind.-based Keystone RV Co. The Elkhart Truth reported that Jernigan spent time in Iraq and Afghanistan, deciding to use his skills to honor 21 members of the U.S. military, an idea that came about after he saw a headline critical of Gen. David Petraeus. He roughed the sculptures out, and then Keystone leased... Read more

Lippert Names Perna VP for MH Window Group

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Frank Perna As part of its succession planning, Lippert Components Inc. has hired Frank Perna as vice president of operations for the company’s manufactured housing windows division. Over the next twelve months, Perna will be succeeding Jim Chamberlain, who has served Kinro, LCI’s sister company, for over 17 years. “Frank will assume the position immediately. Jim will stay on with the company for a year in an advisory role and will help oversee several high-level projects until... Read more

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