NCA Reports Strong Turnout at 50th Conference

March 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Northeast Campground Association’s (NCA) golden anniversary celebration is off to a strong start in Sturbridge, Mass. There are 81 vendors packing the exhibit hall in the Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center for the 50th Northeast Conference on Camping & Trade Show, and the aisles between them are packed. The show opened Thursday (March 20) and concludes Saturday. “If somebody comes to a northeast conference, they’ll come back,” Cyndy Zbierski told Woodall’s Campground... Read more

Global Caravan Introduces ‘CR-1 Carbon’ Trailer

March 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Global Caravan Technologies executives Harrison Ding (L) and Charles Hoefer in front of the CR-1 Carbon trailer Global Caravan Technologies (GCT) unveiled a prototype of its high-end carbon-fiber composite RV Thursday evening (March 6) in Speedway, Ind., the headquarters of the new company. Chairman and President Harrison Ding said the 35-foot CR-1 Carbon travel trailer, when it enters production, will bring a new option to the top end of the RV market. “We’re proud to be part of this industry.... Read more

RV Industry Grapples with Epic ‘Tough’ Winter

February 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Harsh winter weather continues to plague Elkhart County Winter weather continues to be a major story in the RV industry this year, with a fresh storm bringing even more snow to the Elkhart County, Ind., area. RV manufacturers and suppliers are working through the latest storm — at least those who can make it to work — as they try to keep Old Man Winter from causing them to fall behind even more. Parts of Elkhart County received more than six inches of additional snow through this morning, and... Read more

NTP National Meeting Sees Bump in Attendance

January 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

After record growth at its national meeting last year, NTP Distribution managed an even bigger event this year at “The Expo” – a new name for the Jan. 28-30 gathering held in a new venue and at a new time. “On the dealer side we’ve seen a 40% increase in people registered this year,” said Jane Donnelly, marketing director for NTP parent Keystone Automotive Operations Inc., inside the Sands Convention Center behind the Venetian Hotel on the Strip in Las Vegas. That’s even more... Read more

Elkhart Co. Builders Dig Out from Winter Storm

January 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Snow and bitter cold hit Indiana's Elkhart County RV companies in northern Indiana are back to work today (Jan. 8) after a foot of snow, followed by intense cold, blanketed the area where most North American RVs are produced. “We shut down Monday and Tuesday, and that’s the first time in my 12 years we ever had to shut down,” said Tim Graber, general manager of Forest River Inc.’s Class C motorhome plant on Elkhart’s west side. “It was just not worth it. With the combination... Read more

Ashurst Details PR, Go RVing Strategy for 2014

December 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

James Ashurst addresses Outlook Breakfast audience James Ashurst, vice president of public relations and advertising for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), presented a compilation of public relations and Go RVing highlights from the past year during the Louisville Show’s Outlook Breakfast. After the breakfast, Ashurst shared with RVBusiness future marketing strategies for 2014 and beyond. “Our goal remains simple: grow and expand the RV market. Do what we know works, while constantly... Read more

RVIA Strengthening its Campground Connection

December 6, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

John Soard stands inside one of Fairmont Homes' units in Louisville during the 2013 RVIA show Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) leadership expressed a growing appreciation for — and desire to work with — the campground industry during the 51st Annual National Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., which concluded Thursday (Dec. 5). “They really are the missing leg of our three-legged stool,” said Matt Wald, RVIA park trailer executive director. “The manufacturers build... Read more

LSI Symposium Recognizes Top Camp-Resorts

November 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Attendees look at product during LSI's symposium Leisure Systems Inc.’s Annual Symposium ended Thursday evening (Nov. 14) with annual awards handed out to the top Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts. The 2013 Franchise System Entrepreneur of the Year awards went to: • Waller, Texas (large). • Nashville, Tenn. (medium). • Harrisville, Pa. (small). The 2013 Franchise System Operators of the Year were: • The Garcia family of Marion, N.C. (small). • Steve Stafford of Burleson,... Read more

Leisure Systems Gathering Caps Strong Season

November 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Attendees enjoy the LSI Symposium in Covington, Ky. This week’s Leisure Systems Inc. (LSI) Symposium in Covington, Ky., enjoyed a “great turnout,” said Dean Crawford, executive vice president for LSI, the franchise company for Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts. Crawford said 74 of the existing Jellystone parks sent representatives, and a handful of prospective parks attended the Nov. 11-14 event. Rob Schutter, LSI president, said it was a good year for Jellystone franchisees,... Read more

Blue Dog RV Adding Dealership in Portland Area

November 12, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Blue Dog RV General Manager Jeff Zemp Blue Dog RV is preparing to open a new dealership to serve what it views as an underserved market in Portland, Ore. It will be the fourth location for the dealership, which currently operates two stores in Idaho — Post Falls and Hayden — and one in Kennewick, Wash. Blue Dog will move into an old car dealership in Gresham, on Portland’s east side. The five-acre site will offer a full-service dealership and parts operation. It’s a move that General Manager... Read more

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