Supplier B&B Molders Adds 4 New Employees

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B&B Molders LLC, a Mishawaka, Ind.-based plastic injection molding company, announced the addition of four new employees. According to a press release, they include: • Brian Shinabarger joins B&B as an RV sales representative. Past experience includes 15 years as general Manager at J-Mar Designs and seven years as sales manager at Custom Wood Products, both located in Elkhart, Ind. Shinabarger will play a key role in the design and development of new product solutions. His sales territory... Read more

New Brunswick Looks Into Campground Levy

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New Brunswick, Canada, tourists could soon be paying a new 3% levy to stay in the province’s campgrounds, hotels and motels. CBC News reported that the Department of Tourism says no final decision has been made on a new levy but industry officials say the proposal would create a tourism marketing fund. The levy has not been unveiled and it has already created a division in the tourism industry. Campground owners say the levy is just an extra tax that will make their short season even tougher and... Read more

Allison Reports Declines in Q1 Sales, Income

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Indianapolis-based Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. reported double-digit declines in net income and revenue for its first quarter. Sales for the quarter totaled $457 million, a 24% decrease from the same period in 2012. Net Income for the quarter was $28 million compared to a net income of $58 million for the same period in 2012, a decrease of $30 million. Allison said the decrease in net sales was principally driven by considerably lower demand in the North America energy sector’s hydraulic... Read more

Good Sam Purchases ‘’ from Dometic

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Good Sam Enterprises LLC announced today (April 30) that it has purchased the domain name from Dometic Group, according to a press release., one of the most recognizable URL’s in the industry, will be used by Good Sam to make it easier for RV and outdoor lifestyle consumers to learn about everything RV – from how to select and buy an RV that suits their lifestyle, to researching and reserving a campsite to interacting with fellow RVers. “The term “RV” defines not just... Read more

Survey: RV Usage To Rise in Spring, Summer

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RV owners will be hitting the road this spring and summer to enjoy time outdoors with family and friends, according to a press release. The latest Campfire Canvass survey of RV owners, conducted by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), reveals that 71% of RV owners intend to use their RVs more this spring/summer than they did last year, and 21% say they’ll use RVs the same amount. Just 5% said they’ll use their RV less. The survey of 378 RV owners was conducted by RVIA and... Read more

Alpin Haus Promotes Baker to Sales Manager

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Jonathan Baker New York-based Alpin Haus, one of the Northeast’s largest, family owned, independent RV retailers, has announced the promotion of Jonathan Baker to sales manager of the company’s store in Saratoga Springs. According to a press release, Baker is charged with the responsibility of overseeing all sales staff and training at the location. Baker is the son of longtime Alpin Haus employee Dave Baker, sales manager at the Alpin Haus RV store in Amsterdam. As a teenager, the worked... Read more

Fleetwood Offers Build Your Own Mobile App

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Fleetwood RV Inc. recently released a “Build Your Own” mobile tablet application that allows users to configure a Fleetwood motorhome to their own personal specifications. According to a press release, the app is free and available for download at the Apple App Store and Google Play. The new Fleetwood RV app lets users choose their preferred Fleetwood model and the floorplan that best fits their lifestyle. The app offers a selection of inviting exterior graphics, interior décor and cabinetry... Read more

Dealer Satisfaction Survey is Available Online

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Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) members are encouraged to participate in the 20th Annual Dealer Satisfaction Survey of manufacturers’ performance. According to a press release, the resulting Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) will be released to brand committee chairmen in time for the 2013 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo in Las Vegas, Sept. 30–Oct. 4. The DSI is not a scientific study, but it measures dealers’ attitudes about manufacturers’ performance in eight... Read more

Cummins Reports 12% Decline in 1Q Revenue

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Columbus, Ind.-based engine maker Cummins Inc. reported that first-quarter revenue of $3.9 billion decreased 12% from the first quarter of 2012, according to a company media release. Revenue in North America declined by 15% and international revenues declined by 10%. Net income  in the first quarter was $282 million, or $1.49 per diluted share, compared to $455 million, or $2.38 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2012. Earnings before interest and taxes were $437 million or 11.1% of... Read more

RV Pulse: Rawak Addresses Model Year Intros

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I was fortunate enough to have gone to work in the recreational vehicle industry in 1976 and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it since then. Looking back at this point, I marvel at the RV retailer who has survived gas rationing, staggering gas prices, high interest rates, housing bubbles and so on. Time and again, retailers and manufacturers weathered the storm and invariably came back in a reinvented state. Survival was the key. Having said that, with all the challenges in this arena, the one... Read more

U.S., Canadian Standards Process Progresses

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Steady progress continues on the effort to harmonize U.S. and Canadian RV standards with the CSA Z240 Technical Committee holding what is hoped to be the last in series of meetings dating back to March 2012 to update and synchronize CSA Z240 with NFPA 1192. According to a press release, the meeting resulted in a unanimous vote to approve all proposed changes agreed upon during the previous meetings. CSA will now format the draft 2014 edition of CSA Z240 and then issue a 60-day public review period.... Read more

Roadtrek Introducing CS-Adventurous Class B

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Sleeping area in Roadtrek's CS-Adventurous Class B motorhome builder Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc. has introduced the CS-Adventurous built on the fuel-efficient Mercedes Benz Sprinter van. “We had the avid RVer and camper top-of-mind when we designed this exciting new model,”  said Jim Hammill, president of the Kitchener, Ontario-based company, in a press release. “We made sure it had ample capacity for lengthy trips, both dry camping and otherwise – ample fresh water, propane... Read more

Ore. Glass Firm Moves to Former Monaco HQ

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Coach Glass and RV Glass Solutions moved into former Monaco headquarters Attending to heightened demand in the motorhome sector coupled with expansion into new market segments, Oregon-based Coach Glass and its sister company RV Glass Solutions moved operations in early April to the former Monaco Coach Corp. headquarters in Coburg. The company is fashioning Monaco’s expansive office area and primary manufacturing facility – encompassing a combined 162,000 square feet – to accommodate its glass... Read more

Webinar Preps Dealers for On-Site Inspection

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A free webinar from the RV Learning Center, slated for May 2 at noon EDT, will show RV dealers best practices in preparing for regulatory inspections from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or the Department of Transportation (DOT). According to a press release, the webinar is available through a strategic partnership with online marketing firm KPA. Register by clicking here. Maintaining a compliant workplace is always an important... Read more

On Display in Vegas: ‘New Age of Winnebago’

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Winnebago rolls motorhomes off the assembly line As the curtain rises today (April 29) on Winnebago Industries Inc.’s Dealer Days Event at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, RV retailers in attendance will encounter a financially revitalized company with an array of new 2014 product offerings, including at least one entirely new motorhome line. Representing the northern Iowa builder’s dealer body of 480 towable and motorized retailers, attendees will find a company that has, in... Read more

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