ARVC Confab Spotlights Outdoor Travel Survey

December 8, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) ended the 2014 Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo (OHCE) on Friday (Dec.5)  in Las Vegas with the results of an ARVC-commissioned survey of outdoor leisure travel. Peter Yesawich, vice chairman of MMGY Global, detailed the findings for the ARVC crowd, telling them, “You happen to be in this wonderful point in time when the stars are in alignment for your industry, your business.” A quarterly leisure-travel survey by MMGY earlier... Read more

‘Cruise Inn’ Convenes 1st Conference in Vegas

December 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Cruise Inn RV Parks celebrated the network’s first 13 months with its inaugural conference in Las Vegas, Nev., Dec. 5-7. The conference at the Hard Rock Hotel comes on the heels of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) conference which wrapped up earlier in the day at the Rio All-Suites Hotel. The event marks a year that Cruise Inn CEO Scott Anderson summed up as: “Fascinating, productive, educational and very rewarding.” From a concept announced last year... Read more

ARVC OHCE Attracts 600-Plus; Outlook Upbeat

December 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Attendees pause between education sessions in Las Vegas The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo (OHCE) is in full swing at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. The event, which opened Tuesday (Dec. 2) and closes Friday afternoon (Dec. 5), has more than 600 attendees, ARVC Chairwoman Marcia Galvin told Woodall’s Campground Management. “It’s going really well,” she said. The expo features 105 vendors,... Read more

KOA Touts Steady Growth as Convention Opens

November 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The 2014 Kampgrounds of America (KOA) convention kicked off this morning (Nov. 13) in Charleston, S.C. During the welcome breakfast, KOA President Pat Hittmeier and Vice Presidents Lorne Armer, Jef Sutherland and Toby Hedges updated the crowd – representing most of the 500 parks in the KOA system – on what’s been happening across KOA the past year. “The optimism that is abundant in this room and for KOA and this brand is pretty amazing,” Hittmeier said. KOA operators gather... Read more

Supplier Better Way Regrouping in Wake of Fire

October 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Better Way workers assess fire damage (Photo by Mark Shephard) While no manufacturer wants a fire at a plant, Better Way Products (BWP of Indiana Inc.) of New Paris, Ind., is in good shape to spring back from the blaze that destroyed Plant 2 early Thursday (Oct. 23). Authorities remained on site investigating the cause of the fire. “To be sure, we have some adversity in front of us,” said Clint Decker, general manager of the company, which produces fiberglass parts and components to the... Read more

Knaus Tabbert No. 1 in Germany, No. 2 in Europe

October 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

KTG_PM_Marktführer_RM_final_GB The German caravaning industry association CIVD published its annual “Caravaning Profile 2014” statistics report at the beginning of the Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf. This report documents the current economic situation of the caravaning industry in Germany, Europe, and worldwide, and also provides an overview of the market conditions for motorhomes and caravans. According to the report, Knaus Tabbert GmbH ( held the top spot in new motorhome... Read more

EverGreen Rolls Out Ascend Cloud Towable RVs

October 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

2015 Ascend Cloud by EverGreen The 2015 Ascend lineup fromEverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC has expanded with the introduction of the super lightweight Ascend Cloud series, the company said in a press release. The Ascend Cloud’s ultralight design is a welcome addition for those looking for a smaller trailer with all the standard features of larger coaches. A length range from 19 feet to 24 feet long and a width of less than 8 feet make the Ascend Cloud easy to tow behind sedans, SUVs... Read more

Quartzsite Show is Evolving Into a Phenomenon

October 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Quartzsite Show encompasses 20 acres What started as a small-town mineral show in the late 1960s in western Arizona has developed into a phenomenon that peaks in January by bringing more than 1 million people to the town of Quartzsite, where a huge RV show greets them. The Quartzsite Sports, Vacation and RV Show will run Jan. 17-25, but show founder and operator Kenny King is already hard at work with his business partners, “Mal” Mallory and his daughter, Kimberly King, to prepare for the show,... Read more

Family-Run ArrKann Trailer ‘Focused on Growth’

October 2, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

As Sarah Friedenberg takes over ownership at ArrKann Trailer & RV Centre, her eye is on growing the business started by her grandfather, which now boasts operations in Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta.  Growth and change have been part of the family’s business history, Friedenberg told She took over the reins this month when her father, Ken, stepped aside as general manager and joined the newly formed board of advisors. “We want to make sure there’s people who are smarter... Read more

Texas Dealer Wins Corvette in Thor’s Giveaway

September 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Kim Weir reacts to winning a Corvette in Thor giveaway When Kim Wier heard Bob Martin, president and CEO of Thor Industries Inc., call out a name in the drawing for a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 17), she shrugged it off like roughly 2,000 other people who were there and whose names weren’t called.  But when that person didn’t show up to claim the prize in the middle of the Thor display for the 7th Annual Elkhart County RV Open House, after a couple of minutes... Read more

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