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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

FRVTA Sees Record Gate, Up Slightly From 2012

January 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

A steady flow of traffic visited the Florida RV SuperShow Attendance of 54,255 at last week’s Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa was up slightly over last year, but still set a record, according to the sponsoring Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA). ”We didn’t knock the doors off, but we had better weather last year,” said FRVTA President Lance Wilson, who noted that 54,016 passed through the show’s gates last year. ”We were very pleased. No. 1, we want to make sure enough people are there,... Read more

Tampa Show Attendees Reporting Robust Sales

January 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Although attendance numbers haven’t been tabulated, reports from attendees at the Florida RV SuperShow Jan. 15-20 at the Florida State Fairground in Tampa indicate there was strong traffic and brisk sales. “It was absolutely unbelievable,” said Mark Hollan, general manager of the Camping World store in New Port Richey, Fla., who reported selling 40 Itasca motorhomes from Winnebago Industries Inc. ”People have been staying on the sidelines and they have jumped in. I’ve... Read more

KZ Designs Bunk Model for Popular Spree Line

January 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

KZRV LP has added an interesting bunk configuration to its double-door Spree lightweight travel trailer series. The Spree 29IK, one of three new Spree floorplans introduced for 2013, has an island kitchen and features a living room/double-bunk slideout with a pullout trundle bed beneath that provides three sleeping positions. A fourth bunk is positioned over the rear entertainment center. The front-bedroom 29IK, with radius cabinets and two large pantries, is among 16 floorplans running 24... Read more

Navistar Dynasty Features Distinctive Front Cap

January 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Navistar RV, Wakarusa, Ind., has redesigned the 2014 Monaco Dynasty diesel-pusher motorhome with a distinctive front cap featuring a triple-chevron design set off by LED lights. Available in two 44-foot bath-and-a-half floorplans — one a quad-slide, the other a triple slide with a full wall extension — the 2014 luxury Dynasty is built on Navistar RV’s 44,000-pound GVWR proprietary Roadmaster chassis equipped with a 475-hp Navistar MaxxForce 13 engine with an aluminum side-mounted... Read more

Coachmen’s Pursuit A-Body Hits ‘C’ Price Point

January 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Coachmen RV, a division of Forest River Inc., has launched the affordable Pursuit by Mirada Class A gas-powered motorhome, positioned to compete with used units, Class C motorhomes and ultra-competitively priced Class A’s. ”It’s less money than most Class A’s and it’s more at a price point of a mini-motorhome,” said Dave Miller, general manager of Coachmen’s Class A plant in Middlebury, Ind., adding that the Pursuit retails for just under $100,000 and... Read more

Ohio RV Supershow Draws Crowd, Posts Sales

January 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Some 36,000 people attended the Ohio RV Supershow Jan. 9-13 at the I-X Center in Cleveland, Ohio, where sales were reported relatively strong by Detroit area-based General RV and manufacturer Jayco Inc., Middlebury, Ind. ”There definitely was a lot of positive customer sentiment,” said Loren Baidas, General RV president, whose company has 10 stores in Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Illinois and Utah. ”Sales were up slightly from last year. Across the board, we had good retail action.” Traffic... Read more

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