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McHale to Serve as CalRVDA Executive Director

January 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Elected leaders of the California RV Dealers Association (CalRVDA) announced in a press release that Terry McHale of the advocacy and public relations firm Aaron Read & Associates will serve as the association’s executive director. CalRVDA is the membership association serving California RV dealers. CalRVDA President Ernie Friesen of All Seasons RV in Yuba City noted, “It’s time for CalRVDA to move in a new direction. I have very high respect for our board members and I look forward to... Read more

Byerly RV Center Giving $5K to Learning Center

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Byerly RV Center in Eureka, Mo., contributed $5,000 to the Mike Molino RV Learning Center this month, bringing the dealership’s total giving to $52,000. According to a press release, the donation fuels this year’s campaign to continue funding the critical education and training resources the Learning Center provides for dealers and its staff. “Russ Patton of Byerly RV Center is a strong proponent of education for our industry; not only making significant contributions to the Learning... Read more

Pa. Supreme Court Supports Park Model Usage

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied Dingman Township’s request for appeal regarding a provision in the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance after losing to Lake Adventure in the lower court earlier in 2013. According to a press release, the provision in question amended the definition of a recreational vehicle to one “that does not require a special highway moving permit when transported…” and “a vehicular unit, mounted on wheels, of such size or weight as not to require special... Read more

Connecticut State Parks ‘Not Protected Forever’

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If you think Connecticut’s roughly 270,000 acres of forests and parks are protected forever, you’re wrong. That’s according to a new report from Connecticut’s Council on Environmental Quality claiming state conservation lands aren’t always preserved forever. WNPR News reported that Eric Hammerling, who heads up the Connecticut Forest and Parks Association, said, “Certainly, there is an expectation from the public that if they live next to, or visit, a state park... Read more

Report: U.S. Registers Solid Growth During 4Q

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The U.S. registered solid economic growth in the final three months of last year, buoyed by rising exports and the biggest increase in consumer spending in three years, the Commerce Department said Thursday (Jan. 30). The Los Angeles Times reported that the economy’s 3.2% annualized growth rate in the fourth quarter was in line with analysts’ expectations and suggests that there was good momentum heading into this year. The pickup in personal spending was particularly encouraging as... Read more

Senior Couple Enjoy 1st Motorhome Road Trip

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As Boomers age, a key growth segment of RV travelers is the 55-and-older group. Longtime RVers Sylvia and Tom Gregory of New Bedford, Mass., say it’s the love of adventure that drew them to the lifestyle. The Vero Beach (Fla.) News Weekly reported that the Gregorys are transplants from the United Kingdom. They followed their children and grandchildren to the U.S. in 1998. Before that time, they had “caravanned” — the British term for RVing — throughout Scotland and the U.K. They started... Read more

Seattle RV Show Expanding; Slated for Feb. 6-9

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The 51st Seattle RV Show, taking place Feb. 6-9 at CenturyLink Field Event Center, has been expanded to accommodate more units along with a full slate of informational seminars. According to a press release, the largest gathering of dealers and exhibitors in years will be participating, displaying all of the latest RV models and accessories along with a manufactured home. Scheduled  seminars include “Ask the Technician” and “The Essential RV Walk-Through, presented by the “RV Doctor”... Read more

Report Says Auto Growth Could ‘Hit the Brakes’

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Another report claiming we’re hitting the automotive saturation point. This one, a global warning from IHS Automotive: “Trends in urban motorization could reduce the number of motor vehicles in use globally in 2035 by 250 million and trim new sales by 30 million units annually.” According to a report by USA Today, too many cars in too little space is spurring regulations limiting auto ownership and use. And that comes as worldwide factory production capacity already exceeds the... Read more

VIDEO 1: ROTV Spotlights Class B Marketplace

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This week’s “Rollin’ On TV” segment takes a look at the fast growing Class B motorhome market. Jeff Johnston shows what to expect in a Class B coach during a weekend adventure while ROTV also features a specific Class B designed for RVers that love off-road adventures. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

Thetford, Norcold Earn Readers’ Choice Awards

January 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Norcold Polar Max refrigerator Thetford Corp. and Norcold were selected as winners of three gold and three silver awards in the 2013 Motorhome and Trailer Life Reader’s Choice Awards. “We’re thrilled to be the reader’s choice,” said Andy Bialorucki, Thetford’s director of marketing, in a press release. “This vote of confidence from RV enthusiasts gives dealers additional confidence when selling Thetford and Norcold products.” Thetford won a Gold Award for its line of RV toilets from... Read more

FMCA Rally Leaving Tampa; Moving to Sarasota

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The board for the Southeast Area Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) decided Tuesday (Jan. 28) to move its annual winter rally from Florida’s Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport to the Sarasota County fairgrounds next year. As reported by the Tampa Bay Tribune, the organization’s president, Jim Duncan, said the decision to leave the airport site after 16 years came down to economics. The lack of permanent facilities for meetings, workshops and entertainment wound up costing... Read more

Germain to Build Business at Alliance Coach RV

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Wildwood, Fla.-based Alliance Coach RV Sales and Service announced the promotion of Jennifer Germain to the position of business development coordinator. According to a press release, Germain has extensive experience in RV sales, customer relations and promotional advertising. Since joining Alliance Coach in April 2011, she has held various positions and demonstrated excellent project management and organizational skills, the company said. In her new role, she will be responsible for organizing... Read more

Good Sam Travel Guide Identifies Top RV Parks

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The Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory has announced 2014’s Top Rated RV Parks. Awarded perfect 10/10*/10 ratings, these 101 RV parks and campgrounds feature the most desired amenities, cleanest facilities and most attractive properties and locations. Long considered the Gold Standard by RVers, the ratings given to these top rated RV parks and campgrounds put them on every RVers’ list of places to visit in 2014. With more than 8,000 RV parks, campgrounds and resorts... Read more

MARVAC to Roll Out Detroit Camper & RV Show

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The 48th Annual Detroit Camper & RV Show will roll out Feb. 5-8 in Novi at the Suburban Collection Showplace, featuring more than 275 units and 50 manufacturer brands. Sponsored by the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC), the show will feature all types of new 2014 recreation vehicles, along with an array of display booths offering parts and accessories, campground information, on-site RV financing and RV rentals. In addition, attendees can enter to win... Read more

January Consumer Confidence At 5-Month High

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U.S. consumer confidence has risen to its highest point since August on the strength of a brighter view of the job market and business conditions. The Associated Press reported that the Conference Board, a business research group, said its consumer confidence index rose to 80.7 in January from a December reading of 77.5. It was the second consecutive strong gain. “Confidence appears to be back on track and rising expectations suggest the economy may pick up some momentum in the months ahead,”... Read more

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