Fine Cut For ‘Unlicensed’ Campground Owners

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The Williams, N.D., County Commission decided Monday (Dec. 30) to impose a heavily reduced fine on the owners of Top Notch Services who were alleged to have operated an unlicensed RV park for two years without consequence. The Williston Herald reported that on Dec. 10, the commission postponed charging more than $1.2 million in fines on owners Johnny and Carmen Iovino. After much deliberation, the board reduced the amount to $12,000. Commissioner David Montgomery told Johnny Iovino he initially wanted... Read more

Guaranty Offers RV Driving School to Residents

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Guaranty RV Super Centers will offer a free RV driving school to Oregon residents at the Lane County Fairgrounds Jan. 8-12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. “We’re not aware of another venue quite like this one where folks can go to try out whatever kind of RV they want, be it driving a diesel pusher or towing a travel trailer or anything in between,” said Shannon Nill, general manager of Guaranty RV Super Centers, in a press release. Driving instructors include a team... Read more

Consumer Confidence Gets Boost for December

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Consumer confidence in the U.S. climbed more than projected in December as Americans’ views of current economic conditions jumped to the highest level since April 2008. Bloomberg reported that the Conference Board’s index rose to 78.1 from a revised 72 a month earlier that was stronger than initially estimated, the New York-based private research group said today. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey called for a gain to 76. Americans are growing upbeat about the economy as household finances... Read more

Report: Ford Plans Big Changes for F-150 Truck

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Ford Atlas concept pickup Ford Motor Co.’s F-150 pickup truck line is reportedly getting a significant makeover for the 2015 model year, though the OEM is officially remaining mum on the specifics as it plans to make a big splash at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI, Jan. 18-26. According to Fleet Owner, reports that the F-150 will feature an all-aluminum body to help lighten the vehicle and thus boost fuel economy, along with the addition of a smaller 2.7-liter version... Read more

RVIA: November Shipments Post 5.8% Increase

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Wholesale shipments to retailers of all RVs were reported at 21,748 units in the November survey of manufacturers, an increase of 5.8% over November one year earlier.  Towable RVs improved 2.4% to 18,711 units with motorhomes climbing 32.3% to 3,037 units.  Seasonally adjusted, November’s totals reached an annualized rate of more than 366,500 units, second only to last month’s 390,000 unit performance so far in 2013. Year to date, total shipments have grown 12.2% to 299,451 units through November... Read more

Magazine Lists Truck Camper Readers’ Awards

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Truck Camper Magazine (TCM) announced the winners in its First Annual Readers’ Choice Awards for 2013. According to a press release, the top vote-getters included: Best Truck Camper • First: 2014 Adventurer 116DS • Second: 2013 Four Wheel Camper Fleet Flatbed • Third: 2013 CampLite TC11 Best Truck Camper Gear • First: Free Spirit Energy Windwalker wind generators • Second: Torklift International SafeStep • Third: Torklift International SuperHitch Hero Best Truck Camper Innovation •... Read more

PRVCA Water Heater Course Runs Jan. 6-Feb. 2

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The RV Water Heater Systems Service course, run by Northampton Community College and the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), begins Jan. 6 and runs through Feb. 2.  According to a press release, the program allows students to gain an in-depth understanding of recreation vehicle maintenance with intensive, competency-based instruction. Students simply log on to access the lecture notes, hands-on assignments, quizzes and chat with the instructor and other students. The program... Read more

’71 Winnebago Spoofs National Lampoon Flick

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Keith Boreani started out about 11 years ago, renovating an old school bus. As reported by the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Journal Gazette, raising the $5,000 to buy the bus was the easy part. Finding partners to help him do the job was a challenge. Nobody could quite grasp the vision that Boreani had for the old hulk. By the time he was done, though, Boreani had created quite a showpiece: shiny black with purple lights on the exterior and thick carpet inside, with custom-designed furniture, a sink, a cooler... Read more

Tampa Area Becoming Hotbed for RV Retailers

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While Indiana has long been king of the recreational vehicle manufacturing market, Florida continues to rank high among the nation’s leaders when it comes to sales. According to the Tampa Times, the state is second to California in number of dealerships, and sites along Interstate 4 in the Seffner-Dover region are proving to be lucrative grounds for retailing. New York-based RV One Superstores is the newest dealership to join the local competition with the Jan. 2 opening of Tampa RV. RV One... Read more

Winnebago Appoints Mark McLaughlin As DSM

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Mark McLaughlin Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc. announced the promotion of Mark McLaughlin to the position of district sales manager. According to a press releaase, McLaughlin is responsible for sales of the company’s Winnebago, Itasca and Winnebago Touring Coach motorhomes, as well as dealer development and training in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Southern North Carolina and Northern Florida. McLaughlin is an 18-year veteran of Winnebago and has served in... Read more

Dutchmen Mfg. Inc. Names Cody Doody as RSM

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Cody Doody Cody Doody was recently named regional sales manager for the Aspen Trail product line at Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. According to a press release, Doody will be responsible for new market penetration and increasing Aspen Trail travel trailer sales. Doody joined Dutchmen in November 2013, and his territory comprises the Central and Western United States. “Cody is a perfect fit with our team, and I’m looking forward to his success with Aspen Trail,” said Ryan Thwaits, Aspen Trail general... Read more

Award-Winning Tenn. Campground Finds Niche

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Big Meadow Family Campground Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains in the sleepy one-traffic-light town of Townsend, Tenn., lies a quiet, tidy 14-acre property owned and operated by Malcolm and Barbara Johnson and their son Greg Johnson. This is Big Meadow Family Campground, the newest winner of the Small Park of the Year award from the National Association of RV Parks and ampgrounds (ARVC). According to a report by Woodall’s Campground Management, Big Meadow is actually part campground and... Read more

Former Cummins CEO Solso a Nice Fit For GM

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Tim Solso In 2001, about a year into his tenure as CEO of then-struggling Cummins Inc., Tim Solso did the unthinkable: He axed one of the two U.S. heavy-duty engine platforms under development, one in which the company had invested nearly three years and tens of millions of dollars. “To kill an engine platform at Cummins back then, it was like a sacred cow,” says Jean Blackwell, who was then a vice president at the diesel engine maker. “Tim’s message was: ‘We need the... Read more

Vintage Trailer Experience a Draw at Ariz. Event

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They’re a piece of Americana, making their debut in the 1930s. And the streamline design of vintage travel trailers holds a special place in Southern Arizona. As reported by the Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, the Shady Dell B&B in Bisbee, owned by Jennifer and Justin Luria, is home to nine fully restored trailers — ranging from a 1949 Airstream to a 1957 El Rey, which visitors can book for the night. The Shady Dell had been a campground for weary travelers on the legendary Highway 80, which... Read more

Livin’ Lite Rolls Out Sales Certification Program

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Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles LLC has launched an online retail sales and certification program for its line of products. “It is one of the first programs of its type in the industry,” said Scott Tuttle, president of the Thor Industries Inc. subsidiary, in a press release. “Retail sales personnel will not only learn how and what Livin’ Lite does, but they will also be educated on why Livin’ Lite does it.” Tuttle noted that Livin’ Lite is “bringing an entirely new demographic... Read more

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