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2017 TRVA Convention Helps Dealers ‘Navigate’

August 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Appropriately themed “Navigating the Future,” the Texas RV Association’s (TRVA) 43rd convention offered attendees a fast-paced, instructive agenda as the Aug. 11-14 event drew 57 dealerships to the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol. “Overall attendance was 165 people as a lot of the dealerships operate multiple stores,” reported TRVA Executive Chairman Phil Elam. “We always want to provide a venue where our members have a chance to socialize and also network, which is a very important... Read more

Canada Campgrounds See Busy Summer Traffic

August 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Licence plates from all over Canada have been showing up at Pictou County, Nova Scotia, campsites in the past few months. According to The News, Kim Tattrie, owner of Seafoam Campground, said they’ve seen a lot more Canadian traffic this year than they have in previous years. Along with people opting to stay in the country for vacations as opposed to heading south, Tattrie said Canada 150 has played a role in the shift. “Every time we see people checking in they have that pass... Read more

Sluggish Wage Growth May Hold Interest Rates

August 7, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Employers added a solid 209,000 jobs in July, but sluggish wage growth contributed to lingering doubts that a lack of inflation could slow the Fed’s efforts to raise interest rates. CNBC reported that average hourly wages rose 0.3%, as expected, but the 2.5% annual gain remains below the 2.9% high reached last December, and it comes after several months of slowing in a variety of inflation measures. The number of jobs added was above the 183,000 expected and puts job growth back above 200,000... Read more

Camp Anytime Helping Parks Boost Bottom Line

July 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Real Hospitality Group COO Ben Seidel With a focus on improving sales and ultimately the bottom line, Ocean City, Md.-based Real Hospitality Group is now setting its sights on the campground industry with the official launch of Camp Anytime Management. Applying a sophisticated business model that yielded a successful seven-year run in the hospitality industry, Camp Anytime provides campground operators with a suite of management services including day-to-day operations, marketing and sales,... Read more

5 OEMs Fill Up Park Model Village at Open House

July 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

In a move designed to bolster sales while also providing a high-profile platform for the park model industry, five manufacturers are pooling costs and creating the first “park model village” during September’s Elkhart County RV Open House. The primary motivation is accessibility, as the approximately five-acre site will be located on prime property at the southwest corner of County Roads 6 and 17 alongside Executive Parkway — the main artery feeding foot traffic to Thor Industries Inc.’s... Read more

SylvanSport Sees Growth as Dealer Base Rises

July 13, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Tom Dempsey With demand peaking for its GO “adventure camper,” SylvanSport is well underway with the next phase of a methodical growth plan as the builder transitions from niche player to securing market share in the crowded lightweight towable space. “The technology and the design came from the outdoor gear side,” said founder and President Tom Dempsey, who held executive positions with Coleman and Perception Kayaks before founding SylvanSport in 2004. “We actually started manufacturing... Read more

Lemonis Hands $100K to Gander Logo Winner

June 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Gander Outdoors CEO Marcus Lemonis, left, awards Benten Woodring $100,000 Gander Outdoors unveiled its new logo Thursday. Guns.com reported that CEO Marcus Lemonis shared the first image of the winning design with his Twitter followers after a six-week contest gathered thousands of crowd-sourced submissions to rebrand the former Gander Mountain logo. Early Thursday morning, Lemonis teased followers the new design would be “clean, simple and easily used in multiple applications.” He then... Read more

Slideshow: Thor, Keystone Visit KOA Care Camp

June 19, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV industry’s growing support for children’s cancer camps via the KOA Care Camps charity was on full display last week, with leaders of Thor Industries Inc. and its Keystone RV Co. subsidiary visiting a cancer camp in northern Indiana. Keystone President Jeff Runels and Thor Vice President of Administration and Human Resources Ken Julian spent time June 14 with campers at Camp Watcha Wanna-Do, a specialized oncology camp outside Wolcottville, Ind., about an hour east of Thor’s... Read more

Dip in Oil Could Signal Low Summer Pump Prices

June 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Oil prices continue to lag despite efforts by supply-giants Saudi Arabia and Russia to reduce a stubborn glut in world supplies. According to Business Report, that’s good news for U.S. drivers looking for affordable gas prices this summer – but not so great for oil companies who rely on robust prices to boost profits. “If oil prices remain below $50 a barrel, as they are currently, that will keep gasoline prices low,” said Pavel Molchanov, an energy analyst at the investment... Read more

Power Breakfast Sees 850-Plus; Holcomb Inks Bill

May 11, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Indiana Gov. Holcomb addresses Power Breakfast crowd The throngs began arriving just before sunup Thursday (May 11), filling the RV/MH Hall of Fame’s Northern Indiana Event Center in Elkhart, Ind., to capacity for the fifth edition of the RV Power Breakfast – an event that has evolved into an integral cog on the industry’s trade show circuit. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page. Photos by Shaw Spence). Eclipsing last year’s attendance high mark, the... Read more

‘GMC Motorhome Rally’ Wheels Into Northern Ind.

May 8, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

GMC Great Lakers Club gathered in Indiana for a rally Thirty-five classic GMC motorhomes rolled into the South Bend/Elkhart KOA in northeast Indiana last weekend, marking the 41st anniversary of the Great Lakers Motorhome Club. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page). The organization, an affiliate of the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA), rates as the country’s oldest regional GMC club that continues to celebrate the legacy behind one of the industry’s... Read more

Airstream Workers Pitching in on ‘Habitat’ Home

April 5, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Airstream Inc. is paying for materials and providing labor to help complete a Habitat for Humanity home in Jackson Center, Ohio, for Kara Mullen and her three children, according to a report by the BellFontaine Examiner. “Airstream is proud to be involved with this upcoming build in partnership with Habitat for Humanity and the Village of Jackson Center,” said Bob Wheeler, president and CEO of Airstream. “We have incredible associates who are willing to volunteer their time... Read more

Keystone Automotive Sponsors ‘GReddy Racing’

April 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Keystone Automotive Operations Inc. is joining the “vibrant history” of Formula Drift as an associate sponsor of GReddy Racing. According to a press release, the name has been synonymous with speed and performance for 45 years. Keystone Automotive will representing driver Ken Gushi’s beloved Toyota 86. “Keystone recently brought GReddy Performance on board as part of the growing offering of sport compact brands available to its customers. GReddy is well-respected in the segment, and... Read more

Curtin: Shipments Primed to Reach 445,700 in ’17

March 14, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Richard Curtin The watershed gains achieved in 2016 by the RV industry will serve as a launching point for another potential record run this year as overall shipments are in line for a 3.5% bump to 445,700 units, according to the latest forecast by industry analyst Richard Curtin. “RV shipments ended 2016 at higher levels than any other time in the past four decades,” stated Curtin, director of consumer surveys at the University of Michigan, in the Spring 2017 issue of Roadsigns, a quarterly... Read more

FMCA ‘Rally in the Valley’ Sees Strong Turnout

March 9, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Settling in this week at an all-new venue, the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) “Rally in the Valley” has pushed capacity limits at the Rawhide Western Town and Event Center in Chandler, Ariz. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page. Photos provided by Guy Kassleman, FMCA art director). Organizers are reporting that the FMCA’s 95th International Convention is emerging as one of the strongest gatherings for the Cincinnati-based motorhome... Read more

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