LCN Outdoors’ Fishing Tourney Helps Charities

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Norman Boucher of LCN Outdoors holds up two nice smallmouth bass he caught on the Connecticut River during the fishing tournament his company sponsored on July 13, which launched from Riverside Park in Hartford, Conn. Each boat was given the choice of Make A Wish-USO or Flowers 4 MS for part of the registration fee to be donated to. FLW Outdoors offers anglers worldwide the opportunity to compete for millions of dollars in cash and prizes over the course of almost 200 tournaments operated... Read more

Mike Larocque Named as Parts Buyer for Danzy

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Mike Larocque Robert Thibert Inc. has appointed Michel (Mike) Larocque as the new buyer for RV parts and accessories in its Danzy Distribution division. According to a press release, Larocque has more than 20 years experience in the RV business and in the distribution sector. His background includes serving as a buyer, inventory manager, parts department manager at a dealership and a distribution center director. “Knowing the RV industry inside and out, we’re confident that Michel Larocque... Read more

Low Inflation Spurs Fed to Keep Buying Bonds

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The Federal Reserve continues to claim that low inflation could hamper the economic expansion and pledged to keep buying $85 billion in bonds every month, according to a Bloomberg report. “The committee recognizes that inflation persistently below its 2% objective could pose risks to economic performance, but it anticipates that inflation will move back toward its objective over the medium term,” the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) said today (July 31) at the conclusion of a two-day meeting... Read more

Camping World’s Lemonis Stars in ‘The Profit’

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RV industry executive Marcus Lemonis last night (July 30) offered a primer on how to run a business in CNBC’s new business-based reality show “The Profit.” Lemonis, the 39-year-old chairman and CEO of Camping World Inc. and sister division Good Sam Enterprises LLC, wasted little time in the show’s season premiere in throwing his weight – and money – around in helping to fix a struggling Manhattan used car buyer called Car Cash. Run by brothers Jon and Andrew Baron, whose father,... Read more

Fleetwood RV Readying for Aug. National Rally

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Decatur, Ind.-based Fleetwood RV Inc. announced the slate of activities and seminars scheduled for its 5th Annual Fleetwood RV National Rally, set to run Aug. 2-5 at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo. New to this year’s event are guest appearances and seminars by Johnny Trigg from TLC’s television series BBQ Pitmasters. Rally attendees will have the opportunity to learn tips for barbecuing on-the-road from Trigg, a barbecue champion and reality TV star. Also highlighting this year’s... Read more

Young Executives Format Slated at RVDA Expo

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A series of track workshops has been tagged for young RV executives attending the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, Sept. 30 – Oct. 4 in Las Vegas. According to a press release, the Convention/Expo Committee also developed two special workshops designed to appeal to the needs and professional development goals of these younger members. A special session on Wednesday (Oct. 2) features new presenter David Nelson of VitalSmarts, and Thursday’s special session will be presented by... Read more

VIDEO 2: Leisure Travel Van Debuts ’14 Models

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Today’s video comes from Winkler, Manitoba-based Class B builder Leisure Travel Vans reviewing the company’s lineup for 2014. To view the video click here or scroll down the right side of the home page.  Read More →

MotorHome Exec Settles in at Winnebago Rally

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Bob Livingston looked at a lot of new products during the recently completed Winnebago Itasca Travelers Grand National Rally (GNR) at the builder’s Rally Grounds in Forest City, Iowa. But, according to a report in the Mason City Globe Gazette, he doesn’t intend to buy any. Instead, his opinions can help potential buyers with decisions about Winnebago products. “I come out every year to look at new products,” said Livingston, publisher of MotorHome and Trailer Life magazines. Livingston... Read more

General RV Ready to Break Ground for New HQ

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(L-R) Wade Stufft, VP operations, Loren Baidas, president, and Robert Baidas, CEO (right) General RV announced its future growth plans with a move from its current headquarters in Wixom, Mich., to the previous Ford Wixom plant site, according to a news release. While repurposing the former plant’s site, General RV will be maintaining current jobs in the Wixom area, and adding roughly 75 new employees. The dealership said that the new site will become the largest RV retail facility in the... Read more

Iowa Widening RV Registration Fee Collections

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Owning a recreational vehicle is getting more expensive for some Iowans. As reported by The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, it’s not that the price to buy a motorized mansion is going up, but that the state is getting tougher on collecting registration fees. Already, the state has recovered about $1 million in unpaid tax and registration fees and a law change that went into effect July 1 is expected to channel more revenue into the underfunded state Road Use Tax Fund. “It’s well worth our time and effort,”... Read more

Lance’s Website, Social Media Spurring Growth

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Lance Camper Manufacturing Corp. announced that its website,, along with a comprehensive social media program have produced double-digit growth throughout 2013. According to Mark Hovanec, director of marketing for the Lancaster, Calif.-based builder, “It’s a coordinated effort. A quality site with good SEO and engaging content attract and retain a potential customer for a longer period of time.” Hovanec reported that typical viewers stay on the site twice as long as last... Read more

Keystone RV Grows Hideout/Retreat Sales Team

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Scott Taylor Responding to record retail sales in its Hideout/Retreat travel trailer lines, Goshen, Ind.-based Keystone RV Co. is adding two salespeople to “better serve the growing dealer accounts.” According to a press release, the brand has enjoyed an approximately 30% increase in retail sales year-to-date. To keep pace, Scott Taylor joins Keystone’s Hideout/Retreat sales team as district sales manager for the southwest. Taylor comes to Keystone with 10 years of automotive and... Read more

RV Camping Connect Conducting SEO Webinar

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RV Camping Connect will be hosting a free webinar Wednesday (July 31) demonstrating how to use search engine optimization (SEO) to appear on the first page in Google search results. “How to Stand Out in Search Results and Drive Qualified Customers to Your Website,” set to run from noon to 1 p.m EDT, will give RV park and dealership owners information about SEO strategies that can reach buyers and boost sales. To register click here. Key topics include: • Actionable, “white hat” SEO... Read more

Jellystone, General RV Partnering on Promotion

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Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts is now offering one free night of camping to anyone who purchases a towable or motorized RV from General RV Center through Nov. 30. “We are excited to offer this special promotion in partnership with General RV because it gives us a unique opportunity to introduce Jellystone Parks to both new and existing RV enthusiasts across the country,” Lauri Hart, who manages the Club Yogi Rewards program, said in a press release. Customers who purchase an RV from any of... Read more

Coach-Net Rolls Out Premier Membership Level

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Coach-Net has launched a Premier membership level as part of its suite of roadside assistance plans, according to a press release. Coach-Net’s new Premier Towable and Premier Coach plans provide members with all-inclusive coverage for the RV owner and family, including coverage not only on the RV, but also all other personal vehicles owned, rented, borrowed or leased. Details include: • Global emergency services benefits: Emergency medical evacuation by ground or air ambulance; vehicle... Read more

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