Trail-Lite, Holiday Rambler Set For Open House

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Newly acquired by Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV), Trail-Lite by R-Vision and Holiday Rambler towable divisions will display their entire brand portfolio at the upcoming Elkhart County RV Open House, Sept. 17-19 in northern Indiana. According to a press release, the companies will show product at 53111 County Road 15 on the southwest corner of CR 6 and CR 15. The site sits on the main corridor that bridges the multitude of manufacturer displays, providing dealers with easy and convenient access. “The... Read more

NATDA Show Sells Out For Sixth Straight Year

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The North American Trailer Dealers Association (NATDA) is setting new records  selling out 292,000 square feet of show space for the 6th Annual NATDA Trade Show & Convention, slated to run Sept. 5-7 in St. Louis. According to a press release, the show has registered over 1,200 dealer personnel for the event. “The show started in 2008 in Ft. Worth with 106,000 square feet and we have continued to add exhibit space every year and have sold out the show every year,” said Andy Ackerman,... Read more

Don Abel, 66, Led Franklin Coach Co.’s Rebirth

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Don Abel Donald E. Abel, owner of Nappanee, Ind.-based Franklin Coach Co., died Tuesday (Aug. 27) at Elkhart General Hospital. He was 66. Abel’s father, Paul, founded the company in 1945 and was considered a pioneer in the RV industry. Franklin Coach, a travel trailer, fifth-wheel and park model manufacturer, was in the headlines after an F-3 tornado leveled four of the company’s manufacturing buildings in October of 2007. Don Abel vowed to rebuild and in April of 2010 the firm resumed... Read more

Thor Announces Cripe as Crossroads President

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Thor Industries Inc. today (Aug. 28) announced that Crossroads RV, a wholly-owned subsidiary, has named Andy Cripe as president, effective Aug. 26. “We are pleased to have Andy take a strong leadership role at Crossroads RV,” said Bob Martin, Thor president and CEO, in a press release. “Andy has a strong track record of performance at Keystone RV that should enable him to make an immediate impact on the operations of Crossroads. The ability to fill such an important position... Read more

Winnebago Debuts 2014 Adventurer, Suncruiser

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2014 Winnebago Adventurer interior The Winnebago Adventurer and Itasca Suncruiser motorhomes continue to deliver “diesel pusher style in the convenience and affordability of a Class A gas coach,” according to a press release. The lines are available in four floorplans, including the new triple slideout 38Q with multiple HDTVs and a front lounge with sectional sofa. High-end features include Ultraleather furniture, MCD solar/blackout roller shades, and LED lighting while a restyled front... Read more

Fall RV Tech Distance Learning Courses Slated

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The Fall RV Technician Distance Learning semester begins Sept. 30 with Pre-Delivery Inspections (PDI) followed by Liquid Propane Systems, which starts November 11. According to a press release, the program, run by Northampton Community College and the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association(PRVCA), allows students to gain an in-depth understanding of recreation vehicle maintenance with intensive, competency-based instruction. Students can simply log on to access the lecture notes, hands-on assignments,... Read more

Fleetwood Adds New Floorplans To Southwind

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Fleetwood RV Inc., has revealed innovative new floorplans for the 2014 Southwind 34A and 36L Class A gas motorhomes, according to a press release. Introduced in 1970, the iconic Southwind is one of the company’s original brands and has a reputation for innovation, quality and value. Boasting a generous galley kitchen area encased with stylish glass backsplash and solid surface countertops, the Southwind 34A provides a double-slide for optimal space when cooking and entertaining on the road. ... Read more

Jim Rogers to Present at RVDA Annual Meeting

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KOA's Jim Rogers Jim Rogers, CEO of Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA), will share with dealers the first comprehensive look at actual 2013 North American RV camping results and offer insights KOA has for future RV camping trends when he presents “A Campground Outlook” during the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) Annual Meeting on Oct. 3 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. According to a press release, the annual meeting is held in conjunction with the... Read more

Tourism Holdings’ Profits Benefit From Merger

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Tourism Holdings has reported a net profit of $3.8 million, following the successful 2012 merger of its New Zealand rental business with United Campervans and KEA Campers. Revenue from continuing operations in the 12 months to June 30 grew 12% to $225 million from $200 million in the prior year. According to a report by, the RV rental and tourism operator last year posted a net profit of $4.3 million for the 12 months to June 2012. THL also announced Rob Campbell had been elected as chairman,... Read more

Livin’ Lite Acquisition a ‘Win-Win’ for Wakarusa

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The announcement of the purchase of Wakarusa, Ind.-based Livin’ Lite RV LLC sits well with Town Manager Jeff Troxel, according to a report by the Elkhart Truth. “I think it’s great, I really do. I talked with Scott (Tuttle, founder of Livin’ Lite). He’s excited about this,” Troxel said Wednesday (Aug. 28), the day after Elkhart-based Thor Industries made the announcement. “I think it’s a win-win,” Troxel said. Between Forest River’s purchase of the Utilimaster campus, Thor’s... Read more

RV Products Builds 5 Millionth Air Conditioner

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One step closer to revealing the winner, RV Products has sold its 5 millionth Coleman-Mach air conditioner. According to a press release, the months-long contest will finally reveal its consumer winner soon, while Apache Camper Center in Lincoln, Neb., is the winning dealership. Both consumer and dealer will receive a prize package. Starting in the spring, RV Products announced it would be holding a contest based on the news that it recently manufactured is five millionth Coleman-Mach A/C unit. The... Read more

July Shipments Indicate RV Industry is Soaring

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After completing yearlong discussions that resulted Tuesday (Aug. 27) in the acquisition of Livin’ Lite RV LLC, Thor Industries Inc. President and CEO Bob Martin likes the look not just of 2013, but of the future as well. And, according to a report by the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune, the Wednesday release of the latest shipment numbers by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) certainly verified there’s much to like about the present. The industry announced that wholesale shipments... Read more

Westfalia Mobil, Peugot Unveil Conversion Van

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New Class B from Peugot and Westfalia European motoring giants Peugeot and Westfalia Mobil have teamed up for the first time to develop a small motorhome based on the existing Peugeot Expert Tepee model. Caravan Times reported that the companies are set to unveil their joint creation at the Caravan Salon in Dusseldorf, Germany, Aug. 31 to Sept. 8. The motorhome is marketed as a recreational vehicle, ideal for young families. The vehicle boasts a 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine and a six-speed automatic... Read more

ASA Names Jim Hess as RV OEM Account Rep

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Jim Hess Elkhart, Ind.-based ASA Electronics announced the appointment of Jim Hess as an RV OEM account representative. According to a press release, Hess will be focusing on providing RV industry professionals with “customized RV solutions” along with cultivating awareness of ASA’s premium Jensen, Voyager and Advent brands. Prior to joining ASA, Hess held an assortment of sales and marketing positions including owning and managing Linway Fitness located in Goshen. In this position,... Read more

Scott Tuttle: Acquisition By Thor is ‘Perfect Fit’

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Livin' Lite owner Scott Tuttle Scott Tuttle needed a partner. The founder of Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles LLC had always anticipated expansion, but Tuttle’s business plan didn’t account for the type of “explosive growth” that the Wakarusa, Ind.-based company has experienced since its founding in 2002. “We were to the point where we had grown so quickly that taking that next step was going to be a challenge,” said Tuttle, also a former co-founder of Heartland Recreational... Read more

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