Capital Talk: FMCA Rally to Celebrate 50th Year

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This week’s segment of “RV Capital Talk” features an interview with Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) Executive Director Jerry Yeatts discussing the upcoming Convention/Rally in Gillette, Wyo., that will recognize the club’s 50th anniversary.  Read More →

VIDEO 2: Winnebago Featured on CNBC Airing

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Editor’s Note: To view the video scroll down the right side of the home page and click on play or click here. CNBC recently visited Winnebago Industries Inc.’s campus in Forest City, Iowa, for a segment included in its “Comeback Companies” series. According to a press release, CNBC correspondent Phil LeBeau interviewed Winnebago Chairman, CEO and President Randy Potts, discussing the builder’s turnaround. After facing cutbacks and dwindling sales... Read more

Peterson Unveils Slideout Entry Door on Excel

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Excel fifth-wheel equipped with slideout entry door With a great deal of fanfare, Peterson Industries Inc., Smith Center, Kan., has introduced an entry door within a slideout in its high-end Excel Winslow fifth-wheel line — an innovation made possible by a set of locking exterior steps that fold up against the door. The new door configuration debuted during a 15-minute live video Friday afternoon on the company’s website hosted by Peterson President Bryan Tillett, who termed the innovation... Read more

Recovery, Boomers Sending RV Sales Soaring

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This spring, Jenny Miller and her husband bought a trailer to take their one-year-old son camping, but the plan had been in the works long before that. “We had been talking about buying one for a couple of years, and we were just kind of waiting for our finances to get in order so we could make the purchase,” says the 29-year-old Davenport, Iowa resident. As reported by U.S. News & World Report, Miller is representative of a broader national trend boosting the RV industry. Recreational... Read more

Atwood Introducing ‘Patriotic’ RV Power Jack

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Atwood Mobile Products LLC has announced a new “Made in America” deluxe power jack promotion to celebrate the upcoming Independence Day holiday. According to a press release, the limited edition deluxe power jack head cover is wrapped in the flag of the U.S. “This is a great product for veterans and anyone who wants to show their patriotic spirit not only on July 4, but throughout the year,” said  Trey Miller, director of sales – aftermarket.  “We are really excited... Read more

Reese, Good Sam Host ‘Get Re-Hitched’ Event

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Camping World, the Good Sam Club and Reese are trying to break the world record for Most Marriage Vow Renewals at the “Get re-hitched with Reese at the Camping World/Good Sam Rally” event at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. The event will take place in the Chevy Court on June 14 at 4 p.m. The current record of 1,087 couples was set in 2009 at the University of Miami (Ohio). Mark Gage, vice president of marketing, anticipates that the Camping World/Good Sam Rally event with... Read more

Summer Travel to See Uptick, But No Blowout

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This summer, high rollers are flying to lavish hot spots for their vacations. The rest of us are driving to less luxurious places like nearby campgrounds. The good news: At some U.S. campgrounds these days you get live bands, air guitar contests and chocolate pudding slip ‘n slides. According to an Associated Press report, Americans’ plans for summer travel mirror the current state of the economy. Rising home prices and a soaring stock market are encouraging those at the top of the income ladder... Read more

RVPulse: Plemmons Addresses Internet Sales

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Plemmons: RV Builders Should Limit Internet Sales Steve Plemmons has been seeing a pretty consistent uptick in business like many North American recreational vehicle dealers lately, particularly in his case in towable RVs. However, Plemmons, an outspoken businessman who’s been a regular presence at the dealership since he was eight years old, sees a couple of interesting and potentially disturbing trends afoot. “One of the things we’re seeing is that our trade-ins are way down,” Plemmons... Read more

Report: Consumer Spending Falls During April

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Americans cut back on their purchases in April for the first time in nearly a year as their income remained flat, a potentially bad sign for an economy that depends heavily on consumer spending. The Los Angeles Times reported that consumer spending dropped 0.2% last month, and March’s initially reported increase was cut in half to a revised 0.1%, the Commerce Department said Friday. Personal income failed to grow for the first time since falling 4.4% in January. Analysts had expected consumer... Read more

VIDEO 3: Triple E RV’s Commitment to Quality

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Today’s video comes from Winkler, Manitoba-based Triple E Recreational Vehicles offering a look at the company’s history and its evolution as a key builder of Class B and B-plus style Class C motorhomes. To view the video click here, visit the company’s website at or scroll down the right side of the home page.  Read More →

Towable ‘Tiny Houses’ Trend Attracts Retirees

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Greg Cantori plans to downsize when he retires. Really, really downsize. As reported by the Baltimore Sun, his retirement home is 238 square feet — one-tenth the size of the average new American house — and sits in his Anne Arundel County yard. He and wife Renee can hitch it to a truck and take it with them wherever they go. “It’s so cheap — that’s what’s so cool about this,” said Cantori, 52, who envisions a surf-and-turf future, alternating between the house... Read more

Forest Service to Offer Fee-Free Day on June 8

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The U.S. Forest Service is offering a fee-free day on June 8 in celebration of National Get Outdoors Day, an annual event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun. The Forest Service offers fee-free four times a year. The first such fee-free period in 2013 was Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The other days are Sept. 28 for National Public Lands Day and Nov. 9-11 for Veterans Day Weekend, according to a news release. “The country’s forests and grasslands beckon people from coast to coast to come hike,... Read more

Peterson Set to Unveil ‘Game Changer’ Today

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Smith Center, Kan.-based Peterson Industries Inc., manufacturer of the Excel luxury fifth-wheel brand, will be hosting the unveiling of a “game-changing” industry-first product during a live feed over the Internet today (May 31) at 2:45 ET. According to a press release, the builder will be  conducting the introduction in Moriarty, N.M. To watch the live feed, go to and click on “Breaking News Feed” or click here  on the day of the news feed. “This is the newest innovation... Read more

Former Navistar RV Exec Receives Promotion

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Bill Osborne Navistar International Corp. announced it has appointed Bill Osborne as senior vice president of global quality. Osborne, 53, most recently served as senior vice president of the Lisle, Ill.-based company’s specialty business, including Navistar RV. Navistar’s RV unit built motorhomes under the Holiday Rambler and Monaco badges along with R-Vision and Holiday Rambler towables. Navistar announced May 16 the sale of its RV assets to Allied Specialty Vehicles, parent to Fleetwood... Read more

RVDA Announcing Convention/Expo Speaker

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Today’s consumers expect immediate gratification thanks to the rapid fire growth of technology. That’s actually good news for dealers poised to tap into that consumer urgency and use it to gain a competitive advantage, according to Ross Shafer, a leading author and TV personality who will share his belief in the power of cultivating “customer empathy” during the opening keynote address at the 2013 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo on Wednesday, Oct. 2, according to a news release. The... Read more

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