Former Monaco Plant Houses Cargo Trailer Firm

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A Georgia-based firm has started making trailers in the former Monaco Coach Corp. plant in Coburg, Ore., and will hire more people as production ramps up, with a target of 50 employees by the end of the year. The Register-Guard reported that Carry-On Trailer Corp. in December purchased a 33,000-square-foot building in the Coburg North industrial park near the Interstate 5 and Pearl Street interchange. Carry-On paid $1.4 million for the property, according to a deed filed with Lane County. The firm,... Read more

Progressive Offers New Package for LED Lights

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LED lights have new packaging Marshall, Mich.-based Progressive Dynamics Inc. is offering new packaging for its LED ceiling lights. According to a press release, four LED models are available, the single lens PD771WWLED and PD791WWLED and double lens PD772WWLED and PD792WWLED. All four models feature large lenses and reflector design for excellent illumination and are made with heat-resistant, high impact polymer to minimize accidental damage. The lights are easy to install and feature a snap-out... Read more

Livin’ Lite Featured in FOX ‘Super Bowl’ Special

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Livin' Lite's Game Day Trailer decked out for Super Bowl Wakarusa, Ind.-based Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles reported that its Game Day Trailer will be featured as part of FOX News Channel’s “Ultimate Tailgate Experience.” According to a press release, Livin’ Lite’s trailer will be showcased during FOX Super Bowl Sunday coverage. The unit is going to be filmed live on location at FOX’s downtown Manhattan studio during its Sunday morning “Fox and Friends” show. One segment... Read more

Winegard Debuts Lightweight, Portable Antenna

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  Winegard Co. has introduced the Pathway X1 satellite HD TV antenna developed exclusively for DISH high definition and standard definition programming. According to a press release, the Pathway X1 portable satellite antenna is the smallest satellite antenna on the market today. It is 40% smaller than the popular Winegard Carryout, weighing just 10 pounds, and is also the only portable satellite antenna available that offers the ability to convert to a permanent roof mount antenna. Consumers... Read more

Winnebago Recognized as RVB Top Newsmaker

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Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc. was named “Newsmaker of the Year” for 2013 by RVBusiness Magazine and “We picked Winnebago as our 2013 Newsmaker of the Year over and above other companies that also benefitted from last year’s recovering marketplace because the Iowa-based RV builder has to a great extent reinvented itself as it strives to become more of sales-driven company versus a manufacturing-centric firm,” said Sherman... Read more

EverGreen’s Eco-Friendly Approach Finds Niche

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In 2008, a group of four Pilgrim International executives had been planning a new model that the recreational vehicle maker would market as more environmentally friendly. As reported by the Elkhart Truth, they would incorporate more man-made composite materials rather than the commonly used luan, a wood that comes from trees in the rain forests of Malaysia and Indonesia. Because the composite weighs less than wood, the vehicle would also get better gas mileage, reducing fuel emissions. But... Read more

Florida Merchants Lament Loss of FMCA’s Rally

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Brooksville, Fla., restaurant owner Mary Smith said there was always one thing she could count on when the dreary and colder days of winter set: The arrival of scores of RV owners. The Tampa Tribune reported that with the annual Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) RV rally only about 10 minutes away at the airport, handfuls of “regulars” would drive into town and patronize her Mykonos II  restaurant. Over 16 years, these people developed friendships with staff and other RVers and it... Read more

RVIA PR Team Creates ‘Media Buzz’ for Industry

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The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) public relations team has been working with show promoters and reporters to generate media coverage of local RV shows. According to a press release, efforts helped create media buzz about consumer shows with stories appearing in major media outlets around the country. Stories have focused on brisk sales and record-breaking attendance. With 56,953 attendees, the Florida RV SuperShow set a new attendance record. “All the negativity that haunted... Read more

Roadtrek Dealer Training Session Well Received

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Class B motorhome builder Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc. recently hosted a three-day training event for select dealers at its production facility located in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. According to a press release, Roadtrek’s three-day event offered a full schedule that included factory tours, walk-through and training for each model, and in-classroom style training covering many of the features and components found in each vehicle. The company hosted 30 participants from dealers located across... Read more

FMCA Set for Busy Rally Schedule in 2014, 2015

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FMCA will return to the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis., in 2015 Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) is making final preparations for its 89th Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase, set to take place March 17-20 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter in Perry. According to a press release, the RV-friendly facility is located just off Interstate 75, a prime north-south route for snowbird RVers. More than 2,500 motorhome families and some 6,000 to 8,000 people are expected... Read more

Lazydays RV Partnering With ‘Florida State Fair’

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Visitors to this year’s Florida State Fair might be forgiven if they believe Lazydays RV just bought the whole property. As reported by the Tampa Tribune, the RV megadealership on Interstate 4 has just made a significant sponsorship deal with the agency managing the fairground to place the Lazydays brand name all over the property, all year long, and just in time for this year’s state fair, starting Thursday (Feb. 6). There will be Lazydays signs at the entrances facing U.S. 301 and Orient... Read more

RVIA’s Efforts Exempt RVs from New Jersey Bill

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The Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) was successful in exempting RVs from a New Jersey bill titled the “Motor Vehicle Owners Right to Repair Act” that was patterned after similar legislation passed in Massachusetts last year. According to a press release, the bill, now moving through legislative process, requires motor vehicle manufacturers to provide motor vehicle owners and independent repair shops with access to the same repair information and tools given to automotive... Read more

RVIA Adds Speakers to Annual Meeting Agenda

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Todd Buchholz The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) has added two speakers – a noted economist and an acclaimed futurist — to the RV Manufacturer/Supplier Forum, taking place the morning of March 6 at the association’s Annual Meeting, According to a press release, Todd Bucholz will discuss his thoughts on the economy and where it is headed in the first session of the morning. He is a former director of economic policy at the White House, a managing director of the $15 billion... Read more

Advanced RV Will Host First Open House in May

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Class B builder Advanced RV is hosting the 1st Annual Advanced Fest May 2-4 at its production facility in Willoughby, Ohio, just outside of Cleveland, Ohio. “We love the sense of community among motorhome enthusiasts. RVing is truly a lifestyle,” said Mike Neundorfer, founder and president of the certified Mercedes-Benz Class B upfitter, in a press release. Officially kicking off at 3 p.m. on Friday, Advanced Fest is a chance for motorhome enthusiasts to connect with others and learn about... Read more

NTP National Meeting Sees Bump in Attendance

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After record growth at its national meeting last year, NTP Distribution managed an even bigger event this year at “The Expo” – a new name for the Jan. 28-30 gathering held in a new venue and at a new time. “On the dealer side we’ve seen a 40% increase in people registered this year,” said Jane Donnelly, marketing director for NTP parent Keystone Automotive Operations Inc., inside the Sands Convention Center behind the Venetian Hotel on the Strip in Las Vegas. That’s even more... Read more

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