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’14 Hershey RV Show Hits New Attendance High

September 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Traffic was steady at this year’s Hershey Show The 46th running of America’s Largest RV Show proved to be the most successful edition to date as event organizers reported record attendance for Public Days, which ran Sept. 10-14 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa.  Heather Leach, marketing and education director for the host Pennsylvania RV & Camping Association (PRVCA), told RVBUSINESS.com that 46,143 attendees passed through the gate, eclipsing by 6% last year’s record total of... Read more

Hershey Sees Record Gate as Public Days Open

September 11, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RVs lined the grounds at HersheyPark Spurred by sunny skies and riding the tailwind of a surging recreational vehicle industry, the 46th Annual America’s Largest RV Show ushered a record number of attendees through its gates Wednesday (Sept. 10) as the event officially opened “Public Days” at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Heather Leach, marketing and education director for the host Pennsylvania RV & Camping Association (PRVCA), told RVBUSINESS.com that total attendance for the day reached... Read more

Forest River Builds Strong West Coast Presence

August 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Paul Eskritt As Forest River Inc. readies to ramp up production at its recently acquired manufacturing plant in Harrisburg, Ore., the builder hosted a toned-down version of the upcoming September RV Open House – in part to accommodate West Coast dealers not making the trek to Indiana’s Elkhart County. General Manager Paul Eskritt reported that the Aug. 19-21 Open House drew strong numbers, with 137 retail personnel representing over 60 dealerships gathering at Forest River’s established manufacturing... Read more

Developer Sells Out ‘Gauntlet’ For Open House

August 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Manufacturers along the “gauntlet” on Executive Parkway The “gauntlet” is filled for September’s Elkhart County RV Open House, as Northland Corp. has again secured tenants for the display space along Executive Parkway – the primary feeder leading to Thor Industries Inc.’s expansive exhibit area at the RV/MH Hall of Fame. This marks the third year that Northland, an Elkhart, Ind.-based development company, has leased sites during the annual event. Vice President Rob Letherman... Read more

Lance Camper Partners With Pro Angler Hite

July 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Brett Hite Lance Camper Manufacturing Co. has entered into a marketing partnership with Brett Hite, a pro angler based in Phoenix, Ariz. “As we put together our marketing strategy for this year, there were key lifestyle segments we wanted to be sure we had visibility in and one of them is fishing,” stated Bob Rogers, marketing director for Lancaster, Calif.-based Lance. “Based on owner surveys, we know fishing continues to be a favorite activity of Lance customers, especially with our... Read more

KOA Reporting Increase in July 4th Bookings

June 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Campers continue to flock in increasing numbers to Kampgrounds of America (KOA) locations in North America this summer. Advanced reservations for the upcoming Fourth of July Weekend are up 8%, compared to the same time last year. “The Fourth of July Weekend has always been a prime indicator of the popularity of camping,” said KOA President Pat Hittmeier. “It’s great to see our strong year continue through this key holiday, and we’re looking forward to providing a wonderful time for tens... Read more

PRVCA RV Plumbing Course Opens June 16

May 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV Plumbing System course, hosted by Northampton Community College in conjunction with the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), begins June 16 and runs through July 20. According to a press release, the program allows students to gain an in-depth understanding of recreation vehicle maintenance with intensive, competency-based instruction. In this course, the third of the major RV systems, the students get to identify and appreciate all types of plumbing systems associated with... Read more

Hoefer Files Suit Against GCT, Claiming Fraud

May 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Charles Hoefer Jr. has brought suit against Global Caravan Technologies Inc. (GCT), citing a “conspiracy to defraud” Hoefer of “rightful majority ownership, employment and executive leadership.” In a high-profile March 7 product launch, Speedway Ind.-based GCT unveiled plans for its 35-foot Carbon travel trailer that the company claimed would revolutionize the marketplace with its ultralightweight carbon fiber construction and space-age design. The planned starting price for the Carbon exceeded... Read more

Jayco’s Kevin Combs Victim of Area Car Crash

April 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Kevin Combs A letter distributed Monday (April 28) to Jayco Inc. dealers and obtained by RVBUSINESS.com confirms that 42-year-old Kevin Combs, product director for Middlebury, Ind.-based Jayco Inc., died early Saturday morning. Combs, who oversaw product design for Jayco’s toy hauler division, was killed in a car accident in South Bend. According to a report in the South Bend Tribune, police continue to investigate circumstances surrounding the incident. Dave Eash, vice president of towable sales,... Read more

Jenkins Back at Jayco to Head Motorized Group

April 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Jayco Inc. announced today that Tadd Jenkins is rejoining the company as president of the Jayco Motorhome Group, effective May 5. According to a press release, Jenkins will have responsibility for Entegra Coach and Jayco motorized products. Jenkins was formerly vice president of sales for Jayco’s motorized operations, stepping away last year to reportedly purchase a Chevrolet dealership in Idaho. He was succeeded by John Ganyard, who subsequently left the position. “I am extremely excited... Read more

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