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Jackson is Enjoying the Ride at ‘CWRV Transport’

June 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Rob Jackson It’s been less than three months since RV transport industry veteran Rob Jackson took over as the new president of CWRV Transport, Camping World’s exclusive transporter for its nationwide network of RV stores. But Jackson has quickly acclimated to the demands of his new position, and is thoroughly enjoying the ride. Jackson said that he views his role as providing an opportunity – a way for drivers to see the nation and earn good money, and ultimately the opportunity for... Read more

Passport America Rally Marks 25 Years Of Growth

June 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Ryan Simmons at the Passport America rally in Goshen It’s been 25 years since Passport America launched its 50% camping discount club, and the organization is going stronger than ever. Ray Fernandez, Dresden Fernandez and Vernon Simmons started Passport America, and today it remains a family-run operation with Dresden (now Simmons) and two of Vernon’s sons helping to run the growing operation. “Back in 1991, they came up with the concept. Dresden and my father put in two years on the road,... Read more

Travel Lite Sees Sales Surge; Eyeing More Growth

June 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

While the RV industry as a whole is on an upward trajectory, New Paris, Ind.-based Travel Lite Inc. is enjoying an extra-strong surge that has resulted in impressive year-over-year gains. “As of last week we had already surpassed our revenue from last year, and it’s only the second quarter,” President Dustin Johns, majority owner of the business, told RVBUSINESS.com. “We actually grew 60% last year on our dollar volume. This is growth on top of growth, and it’s only going to continue.” Travel... Read more

CEO Arnold: Cruise Inn ‘Simply Ahead of its Time’

June 19, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Trent Arnold After 3 1/2 years of working to create a new concept in the RV park and campground sector across North America, Florida-based Cruise Inn’s financial backers opted to terminate operations in June. It wasn’t necessarily because Cruise Inn was a flawed concept, maintains Trent Arnold, who joined the company last year and was named president and CEO in May, expecting to accelerate growth for a unique network that consisted of 42 independently owned parks at the time of its closure. But... Read more

Thor, Keystone, CWRV Give Care Camps a Boost

June 15, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Thor’s Ken Julian (rear, left), Jen Balkema with the camp and Keystone’s Jeff Runels interact with pediatric cancer campers The RV industry’s growing support for children’s cancer camps via the KOA Care Camps charity has been on full display this week, with leaders of Thor Industries Inc. and its Keystone RV Co. subsidiary visiting a cancer camp in northern Indiana. And CWRV Transport, an affiliate of Chicago-based Camping World Inc., outfitted its office staff with shirts as a reminder... Read more

‘RVillage’ Seeks to Connect Dealerships & RVers

June 10, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Curits Coleman (L) and Cameron Mills (R) of RVillage flank RV/MH Hall of Fame VP of Operations Jeff White The business plan behind RVillage, an RVer-centric social network, is designed to not only engage its growing membership base but also serve as a conduit between businesses and on-the-road RVers. Curtis Coleman of RV Friend Network, the Phoenix-based company behind RVillage, said the website offers an effective way for dealerships to connect potential customers... Read more

Cruise Inn Network of RV Parks Ends Operations

June 8, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

In a move that surprised many in the campground sector, the board of the Cruise Inn brand — one of the fastest growing names in private RV parks — voted last week to end its operations three-and-a-half years after its launch, Cruise Inn personnel told Woodall’s Campground Management, sister publication to RVBusiness. Trent Arnold, the new president and CEO, said the board and remaining personnel aren’t yet ready to comment as they work with the 42 member parks to transition them out... Read more

Lawmakers, KOA Exec Address Power Breakfast

May 11, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Rep. Jackie Walorski The second half of the 5th Annual RV Industry Power Breakfast, an annual spring event that took place Thursday morning (May 11) at the RV/MH Hall of Fame’s Northern Indiana Event Center, featured several key elected officials representing Elkhart and neighboring counties who addressed the crowd of 850-plus on the industry’s overall impact to the area economy. During her time at the podium, 2nd District Rep. Jackie Walorski, who was was instrumental in establishing the... Read more

Care Camps’ Elliott Inviting RV Industry Support

April 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

KOA Care Camps is a nonprofit organization that’s been around for three decades, helping to send children with cancer to specialized oncology camps. And while the charity was started by Kampgrounds of America (KOA) franchisees and is supported by Kampgrounds of America Inc., over the years it has expanded its focus — and today, it’s inviting the RV industry to come alongside and help out. Care Camps Chairman Wade Elliott is coming to Elkhart, Ind., May 11 for the RV Industry Power Breakfast... Read more

Happe: ‘These Are Dynamic And Exciting Times’

March 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Mike Happe Winnebago Industries Inc. President and CEO Michael Happe and Vice President and CFO Sarah Nielsen talked with investors today (March 22) about the significant results the Eden Prairie, Minn., company posted during its fiscal second quarter. As reported in this morning’s (March 22) earnings release, Winnebago’s revenues for the quarter, which ended Feb. 25, were $370.5 million, up 64.2% from the same period of 2016, while gross profit rose 95.1% to $49.3 million and operating... Read more

NCA Conference Wraps Up; Boasts Solid Turnout

March 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Northeast Campground Association’s (NCA’s) 53rd Northeast Conference on Camping and Trade Show wrapped up Saturday evening (March 18) in Nashua, N.H., after three days of solid turnout by campground operators from Maine to Maryland and all points in between. In all, more than 310 people attended the conference at the Radisson Hotel Nashua, the third year for the event at that venue. Of those attending, 180 were campground owners and operators and 130 came from the 70 exhibitors at the show,... Read more

Calif. KOA Park Offers an Array of Rental Options

March 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

While many RV parks and campgrounds offer some sort of rental option, Scott Cory’s experience working for Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) helped drive his choices to offer a range of rentals when he decided to leave the company and become a franchisee. Cory and Steven Bitter own the Ventura Ranch KOA, and they have taken it to a new level since purchasing it in 2009. “We bought the campground at the end of 2009,” Cory told Woodall’s Campground Management. “With my background at KOA... Read more

‘NCA Confab’ Features Packed Agenda For Day 2

March 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Radisson Hotel in Nashua, N.H., is hosting the Northeast Conference on Camping The Northeast Conference on Camping entered day two (March 17) of its three-day run in Nashua, N.H., marked by a full agenda and a decidedly upbeat tone by members following a year in which both public and private parks were setting records. “People are cooped up and ready to camp. They’ve been posting on Facebook, ‘Is it Spring yet?’” said Michelle Viola of The Pines Campground, whose park, The Pines Campground... Read more

KOA: Camping Market Gets Younger, More Diverse

March 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

There’s no question that growth in camping is one of the biggest themes in the 2017 North American Camping Report, released today (March 14). Generation X and Millennials are driving a lot of growth in camping in general, but also in family camping, group camping and minority camping, according to the report, which was commissioned by Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) but which looks beyond KOA guests to all campers across the U.S. and Canada. In fact, since KOA first commissioned Scott Bahr of... Read more

Members Are Upbeat for 2017 at NCA Conference

March 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

David Berg of Red Apple Campground in Kennebunkport reporting on the Maine Campground Owners Association while other NCA members listen The Northeast Conference on Camping opened Wednesday (March 16) in Nashua, N.H., with a wave of apparent optimism for the upcoming camping season from nine member states from Maine to Maryland comprising the Northeast Campground Association (NCA). “We have a wonderful program planned over the next three days,” said NCA Executive Director Cyndy Zbierski at the... Read more

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