KOA’s Doug Mulvaney is Named NFPA Chairman

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Doug Mulvaney, director of facilities development for Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA), has been named chairman of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Recreational Vehicle Committee (REC-AAA). According to a press release, the committee is responsible for the revisions to two standards documents, NFPA 1192 and NFPA 1194. The committee oversees changes to standards for recreational vehicles, as well as for RV parks and campgrounds throughout the U.S. Mulvaney has been with KOA for the... Read more

Wiley Metal Fabricating Garners Platinum Award

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Platinum Award Wiley Metal Fabricating Inc. recently received a Platinum Award from Wabash National Corp. in recognition of its excellence in supply chain performance delivery, quality, cost and innovation. According to a press release, Wabash National recognized Wiley Metal Fabricating and other top suppliers with awards for exceptional performance to help meet customer needs at its 2013 annual supplier conference held at its Ehrlich Innovation Center. Nearly 350 people attended the event, including... Read more

Jim & Judy Fogdall Give $4K to Learning Center

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Jim and Judy Fogdall no longer own and operate an RV dealership, but they are still a vital part of the industry, contributing $4,000 to the Mike Molino RV Learning Center. According to a press release, the Fogdalls’ donation fuels this year’s campaign to continue funding critical education and training resources for dealers and their staff. The annual fundraising effort ensures that the Learning Center can maintain high standards, keep pace with technology and meet dealers’ educational needs. In... Read more

Stag Names Stephens Canadian Sales Consultant

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Brian Stephens Stag-Parkway has named Brian Stephens as its new outside sales consultant for Canada. According to a press release, Stephens joined the Atlanta-based distributor on March 17. Stag reported that the majority of Stephens’ career has been with Fleetwood Canada Ltd. in Lindsay, Ontario, where he served as assistant production manager, assistant sales manager and district sales manager. After the closure of Fleetwood in 2007, Stephens continued to expand his industry experience... Read more

RV Power Breakfast Registration goes Live Today!

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Despite an epic winter that hampered business nationwide, the U.S. RV arena has exhibited an incredible resilience – a fact that was underscored by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) recently reporting the best February for wholesale shipments in eight years. Unemployment in the RV-building hub around Elkhart, Ind., likewise, has settled in at 6.2%, the lowest rate since May of 2008 and a far cry from the 20%-plus levels that brought President Obama and the national press to town... Read more

Dometic, KOA Partner on Camping Supplies Line

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Dometic Corp., a leading supplier to the recreational vehicle and marine industries, is partnering with Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) to provide a complete line of RV and camping products at KOA campground locations across North America. “Our goal was to become more relevant to camping customers,” said Mark Minatel, vice president of after markets for Dometic. “We wanted to be where the campers are, so of course we came to KOA.” Dometic, KOA display case Soon, campers will be able to... Read more

RVDA of Canada Examines New Ethnic Consumer

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The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada’s national Education and HR Committee has developed a two-part webinar series with Diversity Trainers Plus on the changing face of the RV industry clientele and the new ethnic consumer. According to a report in RVDA of Canada’s latest e-bulletin, the first webinar examines immigration trends and the opportunities available outside of your current European-centric RV clientele base. The second webinar explores four strategies on... Read more

VIDEO 3: Videos Target Consumers

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Editor’s Note: The following is a column authored by Chuck Woodbury, editor of, announcing  the completion of a new studio designed for producing RV consumer-oriented videos for use on YouTube. will be running a selection of’s latest videos as a regular feature on the site. To access the videos scroll down the right side of the home page to the VIDEO 3 slot. It’s a busy time around the offices. We’re moving!... Read more

Blue Ox Mines Military Segment During Downturn

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Jay Hesse When the national recession almost drove Blue Ox’s recreational vehicle business over a cliff, the Northeast Nebraska manufacturer looked for ways to diversify. Last year, that road took the company to the U.S. military as it sought to adapt its technology and craftsmanship to military vehicles. As reported by the Sioux City Journal, the small family business is known internationally for its line of towing products, such as hitches used to haul trailers behind RVs. But after the boom... Read more

Forest River Acquiring Startrans Shuttle Bus Unit

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Forest River Inc. announced the acquisition of certain assets of the Startrans Bus division from Supreme Industries Inc. According to a news release, Startrans Bus is a major builder of small to midsize shuttle buses for both the public and private transportation markets in the U.S. Forest River’s latest acquisition will be manufactured in one of their 100,000 square-foot plants in Goshen, Ind. David Wright, president of the new Startrans Bus division, noted, “Production of Startrans buses will... Read more

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