Carefree Unveils New Lines at Elkhart Facility

May 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Carefree's new Premium Room Carefree of Colorado executives paid a visit to the company’s Elkhart, Ind., facility last week (May 14-17) to give OEM customers a ‘first glimpse’ of some new products and a jump-start on integrating them into the coming year’s motorhome and towable lines. Although Broomfield, Col.-based Carefree normally does this in August, well ahead of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) Louisville Show in late November, this year’s showing was moved... Read more

Redwood RV Acquires Carriage Rights at Auction

February 22, 2012 by · 7 Comments 

All assets of Millersburg, Ind.-based Carriage Inc. were liquidated during the one-day auction. On a snowy Indiana morning that was clouded with the past, the future emerged bright as Syracuse, Ind.-based Redwood RV, a division of Thor Industries Inc., purchased the brand names, trademarks and intellectual property of venerable RV manufacturer Carriage Inc. Tuesday (Feb. 21) during a court-ordered liquidation of Carriage assets. Carriage, a luxury fifth-wheel manufacturer established in 1969, was... Read more

Frontier Communications Gives $10,000 to HOF

February 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Hall of Fame's electronic sign The financially beleaguered RV/MH Hall of Fame received a boost to its fundraising efforts Tuesday (Jan. 31) when telecommunications giant Frontier Communications Corp. presented the Elkhart, Ind.-based facility with a check for $10,000. Frontier, based in Stamford, Conn., is a major provider of high-speed Internet, phone and, in conjunction with DISH Network, television programming packages to northern Indiana customers. “We are very excited to make a contribution... Read more

RVIA Holds Revamped Trouble Shooter Clinic

November 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Jim Fenner, from Heartland RV, was one of the instructors within the Foundation track, teaching basic electricity. The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) launched its first Trouble Shooter Clinic featuring a new “Career Ladder” format this week (Nov. 7-10) at the Century Center in South Bend, Ind. The revamped “hands-on” training classes are structured for both experienced RV technicians and new mechanics requiring a basic overview of RV operating systems. “We’ve been providing... Read more

NTP to Mark 50th Anniversary at Dealer Confab

November 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

When NTP Distribution was founded in 1961 to provide parts and accessories to RV dealers in the Pacific Northwest, the company employed five people — who delivered parts in an old station wagon. Five decades later, the Wilsonville, Ore.-based company employs more than 200, and deliveries are made using a fleet of trucks dispatched from five distribution centers throughout the U.S. But while a lot has changed, the company still adheres to its commitment to building long-lasting relationships... Read more

Keystone Unveils Vantage; Offers ‘New Concept’

September 21, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Keystone's new Vantage trailer Goshen, Ind.-based Keystone RV Co. unveiled its Vantage Tuesday (Sept. 20) at Elkhart County’s 4th Annual RV Open House Week, embodying a new concept in RV travel trailer styling that, according to Keystone President Bob Martin, evokes “timeless design while incorporating cutting-edge construction technology.” Designed and built in a separate facility that Martin playfully described as “Area 51” — “only about 20 people from our operations group had... Read more

CrossRoads Launches ‘Operation Appreciation’

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Roger Barry, founder and CEO of Yogi Bear's Camp Resort at Barton Lake (left) and Don Emahiser, president of CrossRoads RV, stand in front of the Hampton destination trailer being provided free of charge for active military members and their families. Executives of Topeka, Ind.-based CrossRoads RV, a division of Thor Industries Inc., officially launched the company’s “Operation Appreciation” program Thursday (May 26) at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort at Barton Lake in Fremont,... Read more

Atwood Will Debut Unique RV Fridge in August

May 5, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

Atwood's new helium-charged gas-absorption refrigerator The basic design of gas-absorption refrigerators — the type most often used in RV applications — hasn’t changed all that much since they first went into commercial use almost 90 years ago. Sure, they’ve been frequently upgraded with features that make them nearly the equivalent of compressor-driven residential units, and they’ve been restyled to today’s standards. Operationally, however, they still employ the same original concept,... Read more

No Substantial Break-Through in Hall Plight

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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, ask for assistance. “The Hall of Fame is up against it,” said Bill Garpow, who was voted in as chairman... Read more

RV Care Stores Carry Fuel Cell Generators

January 20, 2011 by · 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’

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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 · 1 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 · 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 · 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 · 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

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