The Buzz: Millennials Adopt Full-Timer Lifestyle

June 14, 2017 by · 1 Comment 

Heath and Alyssa Padgett What began as pair of newlyweds traveling the nation in an RV for a feature-length documentary while also crossing an item off their bucket list, has become a way of life for Heath and Alyssa Padgett. The Padgetts were just 23 years old when they decided they could do better than the confining cubicles of corporate America. So they bought a used RV off Craigslist and set off to see the nation. While making their way across the country, they were able to connect with... Read more

Cavco Industries to Build Kim Lewis Tiny Homes

June 14, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Kim Lewis Tiny Homes is partnering with Cavco Industries to develop affordable tiny homes, the first of which will debut June 23-25 at the annual Dwell on Design trade show at the Los Angeles Convention Center, according to a release. “We have been looking for the right builder, the right partner, and we’re really excited to join with Cavco to build out our homes,” said Kim Lewis, an internationally known, Austin, Texas-based designer who was the lead designer for ABC’s “Extreme Makeover:... Read more

Landers: Advocacy Day ‘The Best We Ever Had’

June 13, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

From left: Jeffrey Reinbold, National Park Service (NPS) assistant director, partnerships and civic engagement; Chad Reece, director of marketing, Winnebago Industries Inc.; Shawn Benge, NPS associate director, park planning, facilities, and lands; Mike Happe, president and CEO, Winnebago Industries; Alice Wang, RVIA director of human resources; Jennifer Hernandez, RV OEM business development manager, Winegard Company; Bob Parish, RVIA chairman/Wells Fargo CDF; BJ Thompson, BJ Thompson Associates;... Read more

Renegade Valencia Super C Sees Strong Rollout

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New Renegade Valencia Super C Renegade RV, a Bristol, Ind.-based high-end builder of motorized recreational vehicles, heavy-duty trailers and specialty vehicles, is seeing early success following the March launch of the Valencia line of Super C motorhomes.  Sales and Marketing Director Kevin Erdman said consumers were “impressed” with the Valencia VRW (rear wardrobe) during its debut at the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) March convention in Chandler, Ariz. Renegade, which... Read more

Grand Design Intros Reflection ‘150-Series’ Fiver

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Grand Design Reflection 150-Series features Turning Point pin box Middlebury, Ind.-based towable manufacturer Grand Design RV Co. has taken direct aim at the massive half-ton towable market with the debut of its Reflection 150-Series line of fifth-wheels. With floorplans ranging from 26 to 34 feet and dry weights starting at less than 7,000 pounds, the 150-Series, with a base MSRP of $39,327, is well within the capacities of many half-ton trucks, noted Grand Design officials.     “It’s... Read more

Zinke Addresses NPS Issues at Committee Week

June 7, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

U.S. Department of Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke addresses Committee Week attendees Saying he “loves public-private partnerships,” U.S. Department of Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke gave a clear signal Tuesday (June 6) as to his intentions in dealing with modernizing the National Park System (NPS) campgrounds and related infrastructure. Zinke gave his remarks to an appreciative RV industry audience during a keynote presentation on the second full day of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA)... Read more

Coon Honored, Work Begins at ‘Committee Week’

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Former RVIA President Richard Coon is honored by RVIA Chairman Robert Parish (L) and RVIA President Frank Hugelmeyer The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) presented attendees with a packed agenda Monday (June 5) during the first full day of Committee Week, an annual conference at which industry leaders gather in Washington D.C. to set strategy and lobby Capitol Hill. Activities included a round of committee meetings, with more to come today, along with recognizing... Read more

Genesis & Kem Krest Join LCI’s Service Initiative

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LCI Director of Philanthropic Partnerships Michilah Grimes, Genesis President and CEO John Wenger, LCI CEO Jason Lippert, and Kem Krest CEO Amish Shah pose after the Elkhart press conference As they pledged their companies’ commitment to a sweeping effort of community service, the leaders of three Elkhart, Ind.-based companies yesterday (June 1) promised the growing initiative will establish a “culture of caring” in northern Indiana unlike any in the nation During a press conference at... Read more

Travel Lite RV Taking a ‘Bold Step’ with Expansion

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Artist’s rendering of new corporate setting for Travel Lite RV Following a final meeting with contractors this week, Travel Lite RV is set to break ground on a bold step forward in the development of the New Paris, Ind., towable manufacturer founded by Larry Johns in 1998 in Wakarusa, Ind. Dustin Johns, Larry’s son and the current owner of Travel Lite RV, recently signed the purchase agreements for seven of the 14 lots in the Syracuse Industrial & Technology Park at the southwest corner... Read more

Torklift Pricing Policy Yields Higher Dealer Profits

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Dealers continue to report increased profit margins due to implementation of the Torklift International Resale Pricing Policy (RPP), according to a press release. “Due to some retailers selling at low prices, it leads to erosion of prices and brand value that heavily affects brick-and-mortar dealers as well as our company overall,” said General Manager Jay Taylor. “We are very happy to see that the RPP we established in 2015 is improving daily to help these dealers have a level playing field.... Read more

The BUZZ: Canada Set for RVing, Camping Week

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Shane Devenish In just its third year, organizers reported that Canadian RVing & Camping Week, which begins tomorrow (May 23) and runs through Sunday (May 28), has gained a strong foothold among Canadians. Hosted by Go RVing Canada, the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada, and the Canadian Camping & RV Council (CCRVC), the week is a celebration of RVing and camping in Canada, and encourages Canadians to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Shane Devenish, executive director... Read more

‘Power Breakfast’ Panel Keys On Customer Needs

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Panelists offer viewpoints on a variety of issues during the RV Power Breakfast (Photo by Shawn Spence) A six-person panel that included two RV OEMs, two suppliers and two dealers touched on customer service and other hot-button issues, anchoring the second half of Thursday’s (May 11) RV Industry Power Breakfast at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind. In front of an audience numbering over 850 as well as those watching online via a livestream broadcast, the panelists stressed the need for... Read more

Horizon Adopting ‘Dealer Pickup’ Business Model

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In an announcement today (May 5), Horizon Transport has changed its business model from working on behalf of manufacturers to where it will now contract with dealers for RV deliveries. Joe Braun, vice president and general manager, told that for several years he had been discussing the change with owner and President Marion Schrock and other company officials to adopt what is commonly referred to as a Dealer Pickup (DPU) model. “Probably from the outside this looks a little more... Read more

Frost RV Partnership with Costco Produces Leads

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The ink is barely dry on the agreement, but Frost RV, a full service dealership in Tucson, Ariz., is already reaping the rewards of partnering with Costco as part of the members-only retailer’s RV Buyer & Referral Program. General Sales Manager Paris Inman said Frost RV has already seen double the amount of online leads since becoming Costco’s “exclusive designated RV Dealer in southern Arizona.” “We’re excited. It lends a tremendous amount of credibility to us as a store, to our... Read more

RVIA Hosts 2nd NHTSA Seminar at RV Hall of Fame

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About 250 people attended an all-day seminar today (May 2) at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., to learn about the latest safety-related requirements from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Sponsored by Thor Industries Inc. and Forest River Inc., the event was hosted by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). “We’re here today to present to the industry the rules and regulations and how to follow them, how to deal with things should they present... Read more

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