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Inaugural Good Sam Super Show Hits the Mark

March 2, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Adopting a revamped format intended to tap into a broader consumer base, Good Sam Enterprises LLC rolled out its inaugural Good Sam Super Show Feb. 23-26 at the Phoenix International Raceway. “The show definitely surpassed expectations,” reported Vilma Fraguada, president of Good Sam consumer shows. “We’re still tabulating the final count, but we are estimating total attendance to be around 18,500. We saw an increase in people who used our camping site and also in our day traffic, which was... Read more

Lazydays RV is Ranked No. 1 Dealer in Florida

February 27, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Lazydays RV has been ranked as the No. 1 RV dealer in Florida across multiple categories, according to a news release. The annual rankings are compiled and published by Statistical Surveys Inc., the premier provider of market intelligence for RV manufacturers and dealers. Lazydays Tampa was the top-ranked Florida RV dealer in the following categories: • No. 1 dealer in Florida • No. 1 towable dealer in Florida • No. 1 motorized dealer in Florida • No. 1 travel trailer dealer in Florida •... Read more

Phoenix is Site of First ‘Good Sam Super Show’

February 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

RVers check out units at the Good Sam/Camping World Rally in Phoenix in this 2015 file photo. Ushering in a new template for a series of shows embracing more of a general RV-centric consumer draw, Good Sam Enterprises LLC will present its inaugural Good Sam RV Super Show Feb. 23-26 at Arizona’s Phoenix International Raceway. Known for its high-profile national member rallies over the years, Camping World Holdings Inc.’s Good Sam Club is intent on broadening its scope on the consumer show circuit... Read more

Guaranty’s RV Park Grows Destination Concept

February 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Map of new RV park at Guaranty RV Shannon Nill’s vision of a “true RV destination” is close to fulfillment as Guaranty RV Sales moves into the final stages of a $7 million expansion project that will effectively beef up service operations while adding a 55-site, eight-acre RV park on the dealer’s sprawling Junction City, Ore., campus. “The RV park will build on to the destination concept that was started when we launched our RV Travel Center in the latter part of 2014. It offers everything... Read more

VIDEO: Heartland Terry Classic Taps Retro Fad

February 10, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Elkhart, Ind.-based Heartland Recreational Vehicles LLC has rolled out an iconic badge with the Terry Classic “retro” trailer, which debuted as a concept vehicle at last September’s Elkhart RV Open House. (To view a video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.) Coley Brady, vice president of sales and marketing, told RVBUSINESS.com that in late 2009 Heartland acquired all the travel trailer trademarks and brands from Fleetwood Enterprise Inc. following... Read more

Black Book: Jan. Auction Values Head Higher

February 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Black Book reported that RV values at auction showed impressive gains in Januar for both motorized and towable units, reversing course from the seasonal trends established in earlier months. “Just when you think the markets have stabilized and settled into long established seasonal patterns, they do something to surprise you,” said Eric Lawrence, director of specialty vehicles for Black Book. “Both motorized and towable units shook off their recent losses and posted impressive gains... Read more

‘RV Whisperer’ Pumps up Total Value Web Sales

January 27, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Total Value RV in Elkhart, Ind. Scot Moody acknowledges that his Youtube alter ego, “The RV Whisperer,” has gained him some notoriety – and perhaps a few groupies – in the recreational vehicle community. “I’ve been amazed at how many people watch those videos,” said Moody, who serves as towable sales manager for Elkhart, Ind.-based dealership Total Value RV. “In fact, I’ve had people approach me when I’m traveling and ask me if I’m the ‘RV Whisperer.’ “In the videos, I... Read more

RVIA: Growing Buyer Base Fuels Benchmark ’16

January 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The overall tenor delivered by yesterday’s (Jan. 25) year-end industry shipments report from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) offered confirmation of the sector’s continued resilience and its ability to keep pace with shifting demographics and emerging consumer trends. Highlighting the glowing report card were some significant benchmarks as 2016 marked the highest shipment total in more than 40 years with 430,691 units landing on dealers’ lots. The December tally, by itself,... Read more

RVIA Tackles Ore. Park Model, Tiny Homes Issue

January 9, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Since December, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) has continued to monitor a proposal by the state of Oregon Standards and Codes program with regards to the classification and regulation of park model recreation vehicles and tiny homes. At issue, according to RVIA Senior Director of Communications Bill Baker, is whether units are being used as a permanent on-site residence as opposed to strictly recreational use. Accordingly, the move has caused a stir with dealers that sell park... Read more

VIDEO 1: 1976 Airstream Serves as Mars Habitat

December 30, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Mobile Extreme Environment Research Station (MEERS) at the Daytona Beach Campus is a student-run project to design and build a mobile laboratory and space habitat simulator out of a 31-foot 1976 Airstream trailer for the purpose of testing and advancing space technologies. It will allow for the study of human behaviors and performance in extreme environments, such as Mars. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

‘CDFconnect’ Links RV Retailers With Resources

December 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Tim Hyland Extending its scope beyond inventory floorplan financing, Wells Fargo CDF recently launched CDFconnect, providing a bridge between its expansive customer base and the globally-based company’s full range of resources and expertise. “CDFconnect is about broadening our relationship with our customers and providing the tools to help them run a better business,” said Wells Fargo CDF RV and SV President Tim Hyland, noting that areas of focus include increasing revenue and improving margins,... Read more

Thor Votes in Three Directors at Annual Meeting

December 10, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Thor Industries Inc. announced the results of voting at its annual meeting of shareholders held on Dec. 9, in the wake of the company’s record-setting first-quarter earnings report issued Nov. 29. At the meeting, approximately 90.5% of the eligible votes were cast in person or by proxy for the election of three directors, the ratification of Thor’s independent registered public accounting firm, the advisory vote on executive compensation and the approval of the Thor 2016 equity and incentive... Read more

‘National Indoor RV Centers’ Expanding Footprint

December 5, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

National Indoor RV Centers store in Lewisville, Texas The concept behind National Indoor RV Centers (NIRVC) was born, to a large degree, out of frustration. “My wife and I bought our first coach in 1985 and we have been avid RVers ever since,” related Brett Davis, CEO of the Lewisville, Texas-based company that is poised to unveil its second location in Atlanta during a three-day grand opening this week. “We used to keep the motorhome in a hangar at the airport, but they came out with a ban... Read more

Cruise Inn Honors Top Parks at 2016 Convention

November 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Cruise Inn wrapped up its third annual member conference with a weekend full of education, brand updates, voting, awards and fun. According to a press release, the brand of RV parks, campgrounds and cabins has 42 locations open or in development. Taking place at the Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas, Nov. 11-13, the Cruise Inn conference was designed to give members the tools and strategies to help increase their park’s profitability. Cruise Inn staff and members, vendors,... Read more

SHOWERMI$ER is Seeing Growth in OEM Sector

November 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Aqua View SHOWERMI$ER – a product designed to recirculate cool water that cycles through a faucet before heated water – is gaining momentum with the RV OEM market, according to a release.Aqua View Inc. President Gus Searcy reported that several OEM manufacturers will be installing the Aqua View Inc. SHOWERMI$ER’s water saving family of products as standard equipment in upcoming year models.Among the first OEMs to be offering the product will be Forest River, which will include the product... Read more

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