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KVH Rolls Out New ‘TracVision RV1’ Antenna

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KVH Industries Inc. has introduced the TracVision RV1, a powerful and compact stabilized antenna that provides satellite TV reception in RVs and other vehicles. According to a press release, the new system is designed for simple, trouble-free operation. Measuring 12 1/2 inches, TracVision RV1 enables reception of satellite TV from moving vehicles by using a motorized antenna to constantly track orbiting satellites. This tracking ability is coupled with fast acquisition capability to facilitate... Read more

RV Warranty Forever Dealers Seeing Results

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RV Warranty Forever (NWAN), which  launched in October, 2013, reported that dealers were seeing results since affiliating with the program. “People do come in and say they came to us because of the RV Warranty Forever,” stated Steve Plemmons, president of North Carolina-based Bill Plemmons RV World, in a press release. “Recently, we had a customer drive to North Carolina from New Jersey to look at a $60,000 Winnebago Destination towable solely because of RV Warranty Forever.” Plemmons... Read more

‘The RV Guys’ Selling Alfa Gold, Tesla Brands

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Alfa Gold fifth-wheel The RV Guys, Valley View, Texas, has expanded its offerings with the Alfa Gold fifth-wheel by Lifestyle Luxury RV and EverGreen RV LLC’s Tesla toy hauler. Lifestyle is a subsidiary of Middlebury, Ind.-based EverGreen. According to a press release, The RV Guys specialize in travel trailer and fifth-wheel sales. “We’re excited to see what the upcoming RV season brings,” said The RV Guys owner Guy Dankel. “Lifestyle is a brand that has proven... Read more

PRVCA RV Plumbing Course Opens June 16

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The RV Plumbing System course, hosted by Northampton Community College in conjunction with the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), begins June 16 and runs through July 20. According to a press release, the program allows students to gain an in-depth understanding of recreation vehicle maintenance with intensive, competency-based instruction. In this course, the third of the major RV systems, the students get to identify and appreciate all types of plumbing systems associated with... Read more

LCI Launches myLCI Trailer Information App

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Elkhart, Ind.-based Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) today (May 29) announced the launch of myLCI, an RV and trailer product information database application for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The company said in a written release that the app provides users with comprehensive product information, photos and videos, as well as customer support material including manuals, components lists and Lippert Informational Sheets. “The myLCI application will allow employees, dealers, distributors and consumers... Read more

Saskatchewan RV Mall Adding New Tenants

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Scott Engele, the dealer principal of Scotty’s RV SOURCE is ecstatic about the new location now open in an RV mall in Martensville, Saskatchewan. The StarPhoenix reported that one of the other tenants is TRX RV, whose owner Tom Oakes was looking for more room to market trailers and motorhomes when he sold his six-acre Saskatoon location on North Idylwyld. His vision was for an RV mall, with room for his dealership and other recreational outdoors-related businesses. A two-year stint at a temporary... Read more

Younger RVers Help Drive Shipments Higher

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It was the best April for RV shipments in seven years, according to figures released Wednesday by the Reston, Va.-based Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). And the upward trend could keep going, at least one RV leader believes, according to a report by the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune. Mark Bowersox, executive director of the Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council (RVIC) credits the long-running Go RVing ad campaign, which he believes has attracted a younger demographic to the lifestyle, with... Read more

Lance Camper Participates in Overland Expo

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Lance display at Overland Expo Lance Camper Manufacturing Corp. participated in the 7th annual Overland Expo May 16-18 in Mormon Lake, Ariz., southeast of Flagstaff. According to a press release, the expo is a unique event for do-it-yourself adventure travel enthusiasts, with classes offered for 4-wheel drive and adventure motorcycling, inspirational programs, the Overland Film Festival, roundtable discussions, demonstrations, food, and a large expo featuring over 180 vendors of adventure travel... Read more

Motley Fool: Patrick ‘ROI’ Outshines RV Peers

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Editor’s Note: The following is a column by The Motley Fool analyzing the growth of Patrick Industries Inc. and its healthy return on investment. Patrick Industries, a national manufacturer and distributor of a wide variety of building and component products for the recreational vehicle industry, has outshone its peers in the past few years. A dollar invested in a customized group of eight listed peers in 2008, including companies like Thor Industries Inc. and Drew Industries Inc., would... Read more

April Shipments Up 5.4%; Best in Seven Years

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Manufacturer shipments to retailers of all RVs were measured at 33,774 units in April this year, a gain of 5.4% over the same month last year. After a hectic winter where severe weather constrained some deliveries, it appears a semblance of normalcy has returned to the RV market. This was the best April in seven years for all RV shipments as towable RVs grew by 5% this month while motorhome shipments moved up 8.3% from totals on year earlier. Shipments to retailers for all RVs were reported at 123,745... Read more

AGS Reaches $50k Charitable Donation Mark

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The AGS Cares Program made second quarter donations to seven charities that work to improve the lives of children, veterans, impoverished people and animals, both here and overseas. According to a press release, AGS provides guest guides (site maps) and website services (through TXAD Internet) for more than 1,000 campgrounds, RV parks and resorts across the U.S. and Canada. “These charities continually work to make a difference in the world and we are pleased to support their efforts with a portion... Read more

Consumer Confidence Up Slightly During May

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Consumer confidence rose slightly this month as better weather, higher stock prices and signs of an improving job market lifted Americans’ mood. The Conference Board said its Consumer Confidence Index rose to 83, up from 81.7 in April. It fell in April from 83.9 in March. Consumers’ expectations for the economy in the short-term, jobs and personal finances also improved. The percentage of consumers expecting their incomes to grow over the next six months rose to the highest level since... Read more

KOA Posts Gains for Memorial Day Bookings

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More than 110,000 campers flocked to Kampgrounds of America (KOA) parks over the Memorial Day Weekend, according to a written announcement from the Billings, Mont.-based company. The 486 KOA locations in North America saw 3% more camper check-ins this year, compared to results from the Memorial Day Weekend in 2013. Thus far in the 2014 camping season, KOA has seen an increase in short-term camping nights of nearly 5% compared to the same period in 2013. KOA campgrounds saw a more than 6% increase... Read more

Lichstinn Unveils New Forest City Dealership

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Carolyn and Lawrence Lystig sat in comfortable chairs in Forest City, Iowa, last Thursday morning. Carolyn Lystig had an electronic device plugged into a wall outlet and she sat reading a book. Lawrence Lystig was drinking coffee and looking through a window at a motor home inside an enclosed bay. As reported by the Forest City Summit, the Lystigs are long-time Winnebago motorhome owners and were getting a feel for the new recreational vehicle facility at Lichtsinn RV in Forest City. “It’s... Read more

‘RV Cooking Show’ Beginning Australian Tour

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“RV Cooking Show” has joined forces with PathFinder OutDoor Destinations in Australia to launch the “90daysdownunder: 2 Americans 1 Road Trip tour,” designed to explore and inspire Australian caravan holiday park, travel and food experiences. The new tour was developed following discussions between Evanne Schmarder, host and producer of the “RV Cooking Show” and Terry Goodall principal at PathFinder. “We’re boomer-age travelers visiting with an eye toward... Read more

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