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RVIA’s California Show Posts Attendance Growth

October 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Steve Hauser and Pablo Camona look on as Tom Gaither affixes the RVIA seal to the Genesis travel trailer built at the California RV Show. (Photo courtesy of RVIA) Following a strong first weekend, the 10-day 62nd California RV Show that ended Sunday (Oct. 19) set a post-recession record of 33,269 visitors, up 15.1% over last year. “This show is turning the corner,” said Tom Gaither, western RV show director for the sponsoring Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). “The... Read more

Pomona Show’s Traffic Up 8% on First Weekend

October 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Attendees check out product and events at the Pomona Show Amid a recovering Golden State economy, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) 62nd Annual California RV Show at the Fairplex in Pomona saw an 8% increase in attendance during its first weekend. ”The economy in California is starting to see the improvement that other states already have seen,” said Tom Gaither, RVIA’s western show director. ”We got hit pretty hard out here during the Great Recession.... Read more

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’

June 4, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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

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