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Cruise Inn Campground Network Set to Roll Out

November 1, 2013 by · 4 Comments 

Cruise Inn A group led primarily by hospitality industry veterans is establishing the Cruise Inn campground network, a membership organization the goal of which is to sign up 120 campgrounds within the next three years in an effort to become ”the largest brand in the outdoor facility space.” ”We are being very conservative,” said Scott Anderson, president and CEO of Cruise Inn RV Parks LLC. ”If we do all the things we expect to do, we think we will grow faster than that. Where the outdoor... Read more

Martinez Pens Book on Overseeing a Dealership

August 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Marco A. Martinez with his new book All things considered, it’s not that often that an individual who works in the daily trenches of an RV dealership becomes a published author. But Marco A. Martinez, you will find, is not a regular guy by any stretch of the imagination. Martinez currently lives a double life as a business consultant to RV and marine dealerships and as founder and owner of Florida dealership RVCR of Ocala Inc. that specializes in used and consignment RV sales, and extensive service... Read more

RVIA Adds PR Firm to Promote RVs with Media

June 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

RVIA PR Chairman B.J. Thompson Members of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) Public Relations Committee were informed of the hiring of another consultant to promote the RV industry among national trade publications during RVIA Committee Week June 2-6 at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington D.C. James A. Boyle of Boyle Public Affairs, McClean, Va., has joined Diane McNamara of Fire it Up, PR, Boston, under contract to generate publicity for the RV industry. McNamara has already... Read more

Coast Begins Trailer Remodel in ‘Project Terry’

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As part of an unusual new promotional project, Coast Distribution Systems Inc. has begun the renovation of a 1978 Terry travel trailer that will leave the exterior primarily intact, but equip the interior with modern amenities such as air conditioning, solar power, LED lighting and Corian countertops — all products supplied to the aftermarket by the West Coast distributor. Proceeds from an auction, scheduled for next March on eBay, will be donated to the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind. ”We... Read more

Peterson Unveils Slideout Entry Door on Excel

May 31, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Excel fifth-wheel equipped with slideout entry door With a great deal of fanfare, Peterson Industries Inc., Smith Center, Kan., has introduced an entry door within a slideout in its high-end Excel Winslow fifth-wheel line — an innovation made possible by a set of locking exterior steps that fold up against the door. The new door configuration debuted during a 15-minute live video Friday afternoon on the company’s website hosted by Peterson President Bryan Tillett, who termed the innovation... Read more

Airstream 2 Go Offers Premium RV Experience

April 2, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Former Thor and Airstream exec Dicky Riegel In a completely new twist for the RV industry, former Thor Industries Inc. executive Dicky Riegel in May will launch Airstream 2 Go LLC, a company that plans to rent Airstream travel trailers hitched to GMC Yukon Denali SUV tow vehicles to retail consumers. ”Airstream 2 Go is entirely new for people who never have had the experience of an Airstream,” said Riegel, former president of Airstream Inc. and senior president of Thor, Airstream’s... Read more

RVIA Makes Push to Step Up RV Tech Training

March 15, 2013 by · 3 Comments 

RVIA's Bruce Hopkins Editor’s Note: The following is a column by RVBusiness Senior Editor Bob Ashley examining the current state of tech training in the industry that will appear in the next issue of RVBusiness magazine. Training for RV technicians may be at a crossroads after the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) board of directors in early March allocated an additional $150,000 to develop education outreach programs. The board’s action during the RVIA Annual... Read more

NeXus RV Readies to Ramp Up Ghost ‘Super C’

February 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Factory-direct NeXus RV LLC plans to be in full production in May on its new custom-built Ghost ”Super C” motorhome shown for the first time to the general public at the Florida RV Trade Association’s (FRVTA) Florida RV SuperShow in mid-January. The Ghost, built on 19,500-pound GVWR Navistar International Terra Star chassis powered by a 300-hp Maxx Force 7 diesel engine, is available in triple-slide 34-foot and double-slide 36-foot floorplans. Selling at ”wholesale”... Read more

Advanced RV Ocean One Van Debuts in Tampa

February 5, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Startup Class B manufacturer Advanced RV LLC displayed the Ocean One van camper for the first time at the Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa in mid-January. Ocean One and two other Advanced RV B-van brands — Stream and Upstream — are built on the imported Mercedes-Benz dual-wheel Sprinter 3500 chassis in 22-foot 9-inch to 24-foot 1-inch floorplans. With retail prices starting at about $120,000 and technical features that exceed those of most of today’s Class B’s, Advanced... Read more

Grand Design Delivers 1st Solitude to Dandy RV

January 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Solitude fifth-wheel by Grand Design After a solid Florida RV SuperShow, startup manufacturer Grand Design Recreational Vehicles has shipped its first unit — the extended-stay 38-foot Solitude fifth-wheel — to Dandy RV Superstores in Anniston, Ala. Grand Design, founded in October by industry veterans Don Clark and brothers Ron and Bill Fenech, made its retail debut at the Tampa show in a Lazydays RV Center booth earlier this month at a prominent display that drew a steady stream of consumers... Read more

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