Skyline RV Introduces Layton Trident Fifth-Wheel

September 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Interior of 359RL Trident fifth-wheel by Skyline Skyline RV, a member of the EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC family of companies, announced the launch of the Trident fifth-wheel as part of the company’s Layton brand. According to a press release, the Layton Trident series is an affordable fifth-wheel extension of the well-known Layton line. Two floorplans are available, the 359RL rear lounge and 399BH bunkhouse.  “We’re incredibly excited to introduce the Layton Trident series fifth-wheels... Read more

CrossRoads Unveils New Sunset Trail ‘Ultra-Lite’

August 28, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Sunset Trail Ultra-Lite by CrossRoads Topeka, Ind.-based towable builder CrossRoads RV announced the newest floorplan addition to its Sunset Trail product lineup, the Sunset Trail Ultra-Lite. According to a press release, the Ultra Lite offers all of the style and functionality of the traditional Sunset Trail while minimizing weight and length. Ultra Lite’s introductory floorplan, the ST 198RB, weighs in at approximately 3,900 pounds and measures 22 feet overall. The units come equipped with... Read more

Webinar to Detail ‘Cost-Effective’ SEO Strategies

August 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

RV business owners interested in using simple, cost-effective SEO strategies to stay ahead of competitors may register now for RV Camping Connect’s free webinar, “SEO Uncovered: Seven Secrets Every Business Must Know to Legally Steal Floods of Free Google Traffic from Your Competition.” Scheduled for Aug. 26 from 11 a.m. to noon PDT, RV park and dealership owners will learn simple search engine optimization tips, including: “White hat” SEO strategies to improve online visibility How SEO... Read more

FROG Rally Draws 1,300-Plus Members, 700 Rigs

August 11, 2015 by · 3 Comments 

Forest River CEO Pete Liegl addresses FROG members Bob Byrne, director of the Forest River Owners Group (FROG), distinctly remembers the directive handed down by Forest River Inc. CEO Pete Liegl when the organization was formed in January of 2012. “Pete told me FROG was one of the ways that Forest River could express appreciation to our owners and customers,” Byrne told “He said that all of our members had bought their RVs from us and the goals were to make sure they bought... Read more

La Mesa Opens Three-Day Job Fair in Elkhart Co.

July 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Gary Wilson, director of sales for La Mesa RV, interviews Monique Pavey of Walkerton, Ind. (Photo by Mark Shephard) For the second time this year, La Mesa RV Center is holding a job fair in Indiana’s Elkhart County seeking workers to fill primarily service and sales positions at its network of 11 dealerships in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Florida. Steve Love, marketing manager for La Mesa RV, told that the three-day hiring event, which opened today (July 24) at the Fairfield... Read more

Developer Offering Prime Sites for Open House

July 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Manufacturers along the “gauntlet” on Executive Parkway A locally-based development company is looking to draw in a wider range of companies for September’s Elkhart County RV Open House by expanding availability of lots tailored to smaller manufacturers along the Executive Parkway “gauntlet.” Northland Corp., which is leasing space for the fourth year on the prime acreage leading to Thor Industries Inc.’s expansive exhibit area at the RV/MH Hall of Fame, has sectioned off two areas that... Read more

RVDA Confab F&I Track Offers Top Presenters

July 8, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

F&I education at the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo has been expanded to a full track of workshops for 2015, already featuring five top presenters, with more to be added. The 2015 RV Dealers International Convention Expo will provide the most comprehensive and affordable education and training opportunity specifically for the RV industry’s service professionals, Nov. 2-6 in Las Vegas. The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) reported in a release that dealership F&I professionals... Read more

Cequent Partnering With RVIA on ‘TnT Program’

July 7, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Technicians during a training session conducted by Cequent and RVIA’s TnT program Cequent Performance Products Inc. (CPP) announced it has partnered with the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) Technicians in Training (TnT) Program to provide classroom and hands-on installation of towing products, set-up, trouble shooting and maintenance skills to technicians in the industry. Starting in early February, Cequent and RVIA have been providing eight-hour training sessions for... Read more

PleasureLand Opens New Site; Adds Budget Lot

June 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

New Pleasureland dealership in Brainerd, Minn. Extending its presence in Brainerd, Minn., located in the heart of the state’s lake country, PleasureLand RV Center Inc. is hosting a grand opening Thursday (June 18) through Saturday to officially christen a new 28,000-square-foot facility representing the company’s sixth location. In conjunction with the opening of the full-service dealership, PleasureLand will also be adding the third outlet in its chain of “budget lots” catering to price-conscious buyers... Read more

Genesis Products Acquires Welformed Materials

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Genesis Products, an Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier of laminated panels and interior components, continues to build and refine its product portfolio with the acquisition of Welformed Materials. Welformed, established in Elkhart in 2014 by Chris Welch and two co-founders, utilizes a proprietary forming and molding process to transform raw materials into premium grade composite products. Genesis President and CEO Jon Wenger told that Welformed offers the company “two key value propositions”... Read more

Winnebago Garners Safety Recognition Award

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Winnebago Industries Inc. has received a hazard control recognition award from the Iowa-Illinois Safety Council. According to a press release, the award was announced at the safety council’s professional development conference and expo held in Dubuque, Iowa, April 22-24. Winnebago was one of 101 entries from industries and government agencies in Illinois and Iowa. The company submitted hazard control projects and programs designed to improve the safety culture of the organization. Specific strategies... Read more

Power Breakfast Attracts Crowd of 748 to Hall

May 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann Offering testament to its standing as a viable, growing piece of the RV industry’s trade-centric event circuit, Thursday’s (May 14) RV Industry Power Breakfast delivered a fast-paced, information-heavy format to nearly 750 attendees that packed the RV/MH Hall of Fame’s Northern Indiana Event Center. Marking its third year, the Power Breakfast strategically caters to the industry’s manufacturing fulcrum in Elkhart County. That targeted audience accounts for the event’s... Read more

Spring Hall of Fame Show Opens Tomorrow

April 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The 3rd Annual Spring Hall of Fame RV show will be held at the RV/MH Hall of Fame & Museum in Elkhart, Ind., opening tomorrow (April 23) and running through the weekend. Ten of the area’s top dealers will kick off their summer selling season with special show pricing on the latest model RVs. Dealers will bring the best of their inventory and the selection will include RVs to fit every budget. Show visitors will see a wide selection from popups to luxurious Class A motorhomes. “The show... Read more

Brave New World: Winnebago Park Model RVs

April 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Athens Park Dealer Days team included (L-R): Daryl Muzio, Adam Anderson, Scott West, Joe Uhlenkott, Dick Grymonprez, Chuck Bleth and Marty Martin Winnebago Industries Inc.’s recent agreement with Champion Home Builders Inc. and subsequent foray into the growing park model sector was officially christened as part of Winnebago’s Dealer Days last week in Las Vegas. Two Champion-built park models, badged with the iconic Winnebago logo, received scrutiny from Winnebago’s dealer body during the... Read more

Dealer Profile: Smart Growth Drives Alpin Haus

March 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Alpin Haus store in Amsterdam, N.Y. Alpin Haus President Andy Heck is admittedly cautious by nature. As steward of the family grown dealership in upstate New York established by his father, Bud, in 1964, Heck has incrementally expanded the company through “smart growth” – a business acumen that has translated into not only success, but also longevity. “I guess it’s fair to say that I’m not a big risk taker,” said Heck who officially took over day-to-day operations in the late 1990s.... Read more

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