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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

Livin’ Lite RV Resurrects Iconic Coleman Camper

April 3, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Color-matched Coleman camper towed by Smart Car Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles recently introduced an all-new line of Coleman “automotive” camping trailers designed to leverage the tenting community’s allegiance to the iconic brand while tapping into a growing demographic base seeking an RV capable of being towed by the family vehicle. “We are targeting the 44 million-plus people that go tent camping,” said Scott Tuttle, president of the Wakarusa, Ind.-based Thor Industries Inc. divison,... Read more

FMCA’s Show in Perry Enjoys Attendance Bump

March 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Indoor displays saw heavy traffic at FMCA show Despite less than favorable weather conditions, the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) 89th Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase enjoyed an uptick in attendance and an overall upbeat atmosphere as the group gathered March 17-20 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter in Perry. “We had a real downpour on Monday and then it’s been pretty chilly for Georgia,” FMCA Executive Director Jerry Yeats told RVBUSINESS.com this morning,... Read more

RVIA to Host ’14 Standards Webinar on April 17

March 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) will host a webinar reviewing the upcoming 2014 editions of several RV standards on April 17 from 10 a.m. to noon (EDST). RVIA’s Senior Director of Standards Kent Perkins and Chief Inspector/Standards Administrator John Proteau will host the session which will examine the NFPA 1192 Standard on Recreational Vehicles, ANSI LV, and National Electrical Code 551. Other topics will include the new NFPA code making process, the RVIA handbook process... Read more

National Park Service Seeks Volunteer Workers

March 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Whether you’re a recent retiree with time on your hands or a traveler in search of an opportunity to give back, consider volunteering at one of America’s 401 national park units. You won’t be paid, but you’ll enjoy new acquaintances, wildlife in its natural habitat, sparkling night skies — and a sense of performing a meaningful service. USA Today reported that the National Park Service (NPS) actively recruits volunteers to assist in necessary aspects of operating its... Read more

Forest River’s Legacy Diesel Gains Market Share

February 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Forest River's Dave Carpenter (L) and National Sales Manager Mike Peterson display new Legacy coach Looking to expand market share in the growing Class A diesel marketplace, Forest River Inc. initiated an across-the-board restructuring of the division over the past year. “We completely rebuilt the management, sales and design teams, but most importantly the product has taken on a new design and direction,” said Jeff Babcock, general manager. The product redesign includes improved floorplans... Read more

Work and Play Debuts New ‘Catalyst’ Toy Hauler

February 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Extending its reputation for “super-duty” construction, Work and Play launched its Catalyst line of fifth-wheel toy haulers at January’s Florida RV Supershow sporting three robust 42-foot floorplans. “For the past two years, Work and Play has been the top-selling travel trailer toy hauler,” said Kevin Finn, general manager for the Goshen, Ind.-based division of Forest River Inc. “We realized that if our customers outgrew our toy haulers, we didn’t offer a step-up. We developed... Read more

Skyline Aiming for Revenue Reversal in FY 2014

February 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Skyline Corp. had about a 10% net sales revenue decrease for its RV operations in 2013, according to its annual report. The Goshen News reported that the decrease was opposite of the RV industry in general for the year, which experienced a 12.4% gain in wholesale shipments to dealers. Elkhart, Ind.-based Skyline also builds manufactured housing. In the report the company announced it would take actions this year to turn its RV Group around. Skyline recently named Don Emahiser as president followed... Read more

Noble RV Partnering With ‘RV Warranty Forever’

February 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Warranty Forever Inc. (NWAN) announced that Noble RV will be the company’s dealer representative in the southern half of Minnesota. According to a press release, the dealership operates four locations in the state, including Owatonna, Rochester, Madelia and Minneapolis. “Pat and Mike Noble have the energy and passion that we are looking for in our RV Warranty Forever dealer partners,” said Kelly Price, president of NWAN.  “They strive for pure customer satisfaction and are looking... Read more

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