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No Substantial Break-Through in Hall Plight

March 16, 2011 by Bruce Hampson · Leave a Comment 

If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to our Daily RV Industry News Feed. Thanks for visiting!Hall of Fame future still cloudy Faced with the “very real” prospect of closing the doors to the RV/MH Hall of Fame due to dwindling cash reserves and looming debt payments, administrators of the Elkhart, Ind.-based facility held a summit meeting Tuesday (March 15) with RV industry executives to explain the institution’s financial plight, discuss possible future revenue streams and, openly,... Read more

RV Care Stores Carry Fuel Cell Generators

January 20, 2011 by Bruce Hampson · 1 Comment 

EFOY 2200 fuel cell generator Brunnthal, Germany-based SFC Energy AG and the RV Care Network announced today (Jan. 20) their collaboration to distribute SFC’s EFOY eco-friendly fuel-cell generators through RV Care retailers throughout Canada. The announcement was made this morning (Jan. 20) during the opening day of the Toronto RV Show & Extravaganza at the Toronto Congress Center. EFOY fuel cell generators are fully automated battery chargers, which start up when the battery voltage is low,... Read more

Dicor Corp. Unveils New Vixen ‘Panelogics’

January 18, 2011 by Bruce Hampson · Leave a Comment 

Vixen Composites display at National RV Trade Show While Dicor Corp. executives had freely discussed the company’s new Vixen composite panel technology for several months leading up to the National RV Trade Show, they had steadfastly refused to unveil the new sidewall prior to the annual trade show. Not surprisingly, the buzz surrounding the new panels created quite a crowd at the Dicor Corp. exhibit inside Louisville’s Kentucky Exposition Center. “We haven’t necessarily reinvented anything,”... Read more

ASA Electronics’ Wireless ‘Back-up Camera’

January 14, 2011 by Bruce Hampson · Leave a Comment 

Pat McCullough, vice president of sales for Elkhart, Ind.-based ASA Electronics, showing the 5.6-inch LCD monitor of the company’s Voyager wireless observation system. Vehicle observation systems — referred to by many as “back-up cameras” — have been available for several years. Elkhart, Ind.-based ASA Electronics ramped up the technology at the recent National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., as the company unveiled its new Voyager wireless camera-and-monitor system. “This is new digital... Read more

Roadmaster Inc. Introduces Eclipse Slideout

January 13, 2011 by Bruce Hampson · 1 Comment 

Roadmaster Eclipse As a major supplier of towing and suspension equipment, it wasn’t surprising to find Roadmaster Inc. debuting a number of new products at the recent National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., but one of them — standing in its own booth — was a decidedly non-Roadmaster-like product. “Jerry Edwards (Roadmaster’s founder and president) is always looking for new products, something that’s a little bit out of our normal niche,” Wayne Wells, Roadmaster OEM sales manager,... Read more

Roadmaster’s Hook-Up-And-Go InvisiBrake

December 23, 2010 by Bruce Hampson · 2 Comments 

As the use of supplemental braking systems — used to engage the brakes of a towed vehicle — continues to expand, the choices available to consumers has likewise grown into a cottage industry of sorts within the RV industry. One of the newest concepts to come on the market, the InvisiBrake, was introduced by Roadmaster Inc. during the 48th Annual RV Trade Show in Louisville. “The InvisiBrake is, as it sounds, the ‘invisible brake,’” said David Robinson, marketing director for the Vancouver,... Read more

Santa, Carriage Inc. Start Holiday Tradition

December 16, 2010 by Bruce Hampson · 1 Comment 

More than 100 employees — and their children — of luxury fifth-wheel manufacturer Carriage Inc. attended the company's family Christmas party Dec. 15. For more than 100 employees of Carriage Inc., Christmas came a little early this year. Well, Santa did, anyway. “We had a tremendous event at Louisville this year and a great influx of new business,” said Ed Kinney, vice president of sales and national sales manager for the Millersburg, Ind., manufacturer of high-end fifth-wheels. “Carriage... Read more

Walworth: Industry Retail Inventories in Line

December 8, 2010 by Bruce Hampson · Leave a Comment 

Tom Walworth The atmosphere at the 48th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., was clearly more upbeat than 2009’s convention and reflected an industry that is obviously mending from the most dire effects of the recent downturn. But veteran industry statistician Tom Walworth noticed a fairly rampant theme at last week’s (Nov. 29-Dec. 2) Louisville Show that he’d like to address regarding U.S. RV shipments and dealer inventories because, Walworth maintains, there are some false assumptions... Read more

FRVTA’s 2011 Tampa Show Should Be Bigger

November 23, 2010 by Bruce Hampson · Leave a Comment 

With more than six weeks left on the calendar before the opening of the 2011 Florida RV SuperShow, space sales continue for what’s billed as the “largest consumer RV show in the country” and executives for host Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) anticipate in excess of 50,000 attendees during the event’s six-day run. Held at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, the Florida RV SuperShow is scheduled for Jan. 11-16. The theme of the show is “Wish You Were Here!” “It’s looking good,”... Read more

RV Industry Vet Joins Dutchmen Sales Force

October 15, 2010 by Bruce Hampson · Leave a Comment 

Tim Dunn Dutchmen RV announced Thursday (Oct. 14) the appointment of Tim Dunn as regional sales manager with responsibility for the Goshen, Ind.-based towables manufacturer’s Kodiak and Four Winds brands within the western sales region. A 21-year veteran of the RV Industry, Dunn spent the majority of his career as the general manager of one of the largest dealerships in the Rockies. He also held positions with a major RV rental firm and as an independent manufactures representative for several... Read more

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