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inTech, Lucas Resurrecting Holiday House RV

August 11, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Looking to capitalize on the nostalgia for vintage RVs — in particular the iconic early 1960s travel trailer featuring the wrap-around curved front window — Nappanee, Ind.-based inTech RV is resurrecting the iconic Holiday House RV brand under the oversight of industry veteran Mark Lucas. The first units, carrying an MSRP of about $30,000 for a single-axle, 3,000-pound (dry weight) 18-foot model, will be completed in time for the 2017 Elkhart RV Open House where Holiday House RV will... Read more

RV/MH ‘Hall of Fame’ Inducts 10 New Members

August 8, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

  Class of 2017 Hall of Fame inductees In a night that included longtime industry historian Al Hesselbart receiving the Spirit Award, the RV/MH Heritage Foundation inducted 10 new members into its Hall of Fame Monday (Aug. 7) before a crowd of about 400 family, friends and supporters at the Northern Indiana Events Center in Elkhart, Ind. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.COM home page. Photos by Shawn Spence). The group — which included five from the RV industry... Read more

MARVAC Will Regroup From Sales Tax ‘Setback’

July 31, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Bill Sheffer Bill Sheffer, executive director of the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC), termed Michigan Gov. Bill Snyder’s recent decision to not sign tax-related Senate Bills 0094 and 0095 into law an “unfortunate setback.” The legislation would have amended the General Sales Tax Act and the Use Tax Act, respectively, to increase the dollar amount that is excluded from taxation when a motor vehicle or recreational vehicle is traded in... Read more

The BUZZ: Millennials Rally at FMCA Convention

July 25, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Ryan, Amy and Abby Birge were among the 4,250 people who attended the recent Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) 96th International Convention & RV Expo in Indianapolis While it’s difficult to provide an accurate attendance figure when you factor in the 1,477 family registrations — the number of coaches whose owners had an event-long pass — and the 1,300 walk-up visitors, it’s safe to say the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) 96th International Convention & RV... Read more

Zinke: ‘Public-Private Partnerships’ Vital To Parks

July 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Forging public-private partnerships is the key to accelerating the modernization of America’s outdated, Eisenhower-era national parks with the end result being “a better parks experience all Americans could enjoy for the next 100 years,” U.S. Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke said repeatedly during a day-long event Tuesday (July 18) in Washington, D.C., as part of the Trump Administration’s “Made in America” week. The day began with Zinke meeting with members of the Outdoor Recreation Industry... Read more

Zinke Offers Insight at Outdoor Rec Roundtable

July 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, along with members of Congress and representatives of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR), met this morning (July 18) at the U.S. Department of the Interior for a discussion about integrating public-private partnerships into the national park system. Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) President Frank Hugelmeyer and Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) President Phil Ingrassia, both members of the ORIR, were among those... Read more

FMCA a Success; Towable Plan Moves Forward

July 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Motorhomes fill the Indiana State Fairgrounds during FMCA’s Convention & Expo (Photo by Shawn Spence) After sketchy weather early gave way to a glorious weekend, the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) 96th International Convention & RV Expo, held July 12-15 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Event Center in Indianapolis, saw robust crowds, brisk business and a historic decision by the motorized-only group’s governing board to allow a referendum on whether to open up membership... Read more

FMCA Set to Consider Towable Proposal in Indy

July 11, 2017 by · 2 Comments 

The Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) 96th International Convention & RV Expo is set to open Wednesday (July 12) at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Ind. Dubbed “Crossroads To Fun,” the four-day event will focus on the RV lifestyle, including a motorhome showcase as several OEMs and dealers have brought their latest offerings for tours and test drives. Booths offering a wide range of RV accessories, components, supplies, and services will be set up inside Champions Pavilion. Also... Read more

Liberty Debuts ‘Little Guy Max’ Teardrop Trailer

July 11, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Somerset, Pa.-based Liberty Outdoors announced the launch of the Little Guy Max lightweight teardrop camper.  “Little Guy Max has been built and fine-tuned with attention to detail to maximize the customers’ needs, comfort and experience,” stated Liberty Outdoors Co-founder and Managing Director of Sales and Marketing Joe Kicos in a press release. Godfrey F. Mendes, co-founder and managing director of manufacturing and operations, noted that while the company is new the leadership... Read more

Guest Blog: Social Media Drives Online Traffic

July 5, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Lauren McLean Editor’s Note: The following blog is authored by Lauren McLean, public relations manager for Dealer Spike, a company that provides websites as well as a suite of online advertising solutions designed to help dealers increase sales and service profitability. As a dealership owner or manager, you know that your website is crucial to the success of your business. It’s where potential buyers go first to get information about the RVs you sell. People are becoming more and more likely... Read more

RVAA Officials Supporting Alignment With RVIA

June 28, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Aftermarket Association (RVAA) announced Tuesday (June 27) in a letter to its membership that, pending a referendum, the group would come under the auspices of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). If approved by RVAA’s some 120 supplier and distributor members — a vote could take place as soon as mid-August during the group’s RV Aftermarket Executive Conference in San Diego, Calif. — one of the more visible changes would be that  the current... Read more

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

June 12, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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

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