Dutchmen Mfg. Inc. Names Cody Doody as RSM

December 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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

December 28, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

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

Snowbird RVers Help Boost Tucson’s Economy

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Snowbirds staying in RV parks are putting money into the Tucson, Ariz., economy. KVOA TV reported that the most recent scientific study shows winter visitors who live in RV parks bring about $600 million to the state’s economy. It was conducted by Arizona State University in 2003, but Tim Vimmerstedt, with “Visit Tucson,” believes the numbers are probably comparable today, adding that Tucson draws more snowbirds than Phoenix, the state’s largest city. “Because of the... Read more

Mont. Golf Club Eyes Adding ’5-Star RV Resort’

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The Old Works Golf Club in Anaconda, Mont., is quite the tourist draw during the summer months, but economic development experts say they’ve found a way to attract even more people to the area and capture tourism dollars. According to a Montana Standard report, the facility wants to build a five-star RV park near the golf club. Working with the Butte-based community development organization Headwaters Resource Conservation and Development Area, the Anaconda Local Development Corp. (ALDC) has... Read more

Country Band’s Motorhome Showcased on GAC

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Eli Young Band's motorhome Eli Young Band’s tour bus will be featured in an upcoming episode of Great American Country’s Celebrity Motor Homes, airing Sunday (Dec. 29) 29 at 5:30 Eastern. As much as they enjoyed showing off their home away from home, they admit there was an awful lot of work that went into making the bus camera-ready. “We had to do a pretty deep cleaning of our bus, just to get it to where it was good enough to be photographed,” Chris Thompson said. “It was a process,... Read more

Hirsch: Are Your Workers Engaged or Fatigued?

December 27, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Jeff Hirsch Editor’s Note: The following is a column by Jeff Hirsch, chairman of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) and owner of New Hampshire-based Campers Inn, focusing on how dealers can effectively engage employees following severe cutbacks during the recession. The column appears in the latest issue of RV Executive Today. Few things are more enjoyable than providing a workplace where employees feel that they are important, empowered, and fulfilled. As an employer, being... Read more

Tecnoform’s New Cabinetry Offers LED Lighting

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TecnoLed cabinetry from Tecnoform Italy-based Tecnoform, a supplier of innovative RV furnishings, has introduced its TecnoLed line of modular cabinetry. According to a press release, TecnoLed is a complete unit ready to be mounted in the vehicle. The predominantly white cabinetry offers clean, modern lines set off by blue LED lights that border the openings of the drawers and doors. TecnoLed also employs lightweight design for safe and easy transport, and is available in a choice of flat or glossy... Read more

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