Tom Raper RV Marking 50th Year in Business

July 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Tom Raper RV President and owner Dave Bane In 1964, a young Tom Raper opened a used car lot with his father on the corner of North 14th and E streets in Richmond, Ind. This year, Tom Raper RV, one of the most successful and well-known RV dealerships in the nation, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. “Everyone I knew, with the sole exception of my father, told me I was going to go broke, that I wouldn’t make it. I told them, ‘You know what? I’m going to give you a chance to say I told you... Read more

Indiana Senators Work to Ease RV Financing

July 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Joe Donnelly Indiana’s two senators have asked the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to bring “much-needed clarity” to the organization’s “ambiguous definition” of the RV exemption in federal manufactured housing standards. On July 16, Indiana Sens. Dan Coats (R) and Joe Donnelly (D) sent a letter to HUD outlining their stance. Mark Bowersox, executive director for the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association-Recreation Vehicle Industry Council (IMHA-RVIC), received... Read more

Go RVing Shows RVs at Jamboree in the Hills

July 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Neal McCoy (white hat) in a “pop-up” concert promoting Jamboree in the Hills country music festival The 2014 Jamboree in the Hills country music festival starts today (July 17), and the industry’s national Go RVing marketing campaign has a strong presence at the event. For over 36 years, more than 100,000 fans have flocked annually to the rolling hills of east-central Ohio near the community of Belmont to take part in the popular “Jamboree in the Hills” country music festival. As part of... Read more

RVIA’s ‘13 Industry Profile Shows RV Growth

July 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Mac Bryan The good news in the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) 2013 Industry Profile released last week is that the RV industry is as strong as it’s ever been. Production and sales are up and the typical RV owner is younger than ever before. The bad news, in turn, is that the bar has been raised even higher for this year and beyond for RV manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, dealers and campground owners, reports Mac Bryan, RVIA vice president for administration. RVIA’s... Read more

2015 ‘World RV Conference’ Set for Australia 

July 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The 2015 World RV Conference will be held Feb. 25-27 at the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne, Australia. Registration details are expected to be announced in the near future. Sponsored by Dometic Corp., the 2015 World RV Conference follows the successful 2nd Annual World RV Conference, which attracted 216 delegates representing 16 countries from around the world to the Marriott Waterside Hotel in Tampa, Fla. The 2015 event will be hosted by the Caravan Industry Association of Australia (CIAA), which becomes... Read more

RV Week Offers Look at Massive Tri-Level RV

June 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Travel Channel’s “RV Week” continued Tuesday (June 24) with two more premiere episodes of “Mega RV Countdown” and “Extreme RV.” From Sunday through Thursday, “RV Week” features no less than 11 premieres of RV-related programs, airing every night at 9 and 10 p.m. EDT. “RV Week is a build up for the network’s July 27 premiere of “Big Time RV,” which promises to give viewers an all-access pass inside Lazydays RV, one of America’s largest RV dealerships... Read more

‘RV Week’ Showcases Racer’s Marathon Coach

June 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Travel Channel continued its “RV Week” programming with two more premieres last night, highlighted by a semi trailer Michael Andretti converted into a 53-foot RV. From Sunday (June 22) through Thursday, “RV Week” features no less than 11 premieres of RV-related programs, running every night at 9 and 10 p.m. EST. “RV Week” is a build up to the Travel Channel’s July 27 series premiere of “Big Time RV” which promises to give viewers an all-access pass inside... Read more

Travel Channel Showcases ‘Over the Top’ RVs

June 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Travel Channel’s “RV Week” debuted Sunday (June 22) night with four program premieres, including a “Mega” motorhome owned by an 18-year-old who was given the 2009 Millennium Fuego as a high school graduation gift. It may not have the same bite as the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, but the Travel Channel’s “RV Week” will surely strike a chord with millions of RVers. From Sunday through Thursday, “RV Week” features no less than 11 premieres of RV-related... Read more

RV Caucus is Actively Seeking New Members

June 11, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Rep. Jackie Walorski The Congressional RV Caucus, created last June by Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., and Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., is looking to create awareness and recruit additional congressmen. Sam Fletcher, legislative assistant for Walorski, told that letters went out to other members of Congress last week, including the delegation from Indiana, asking them to join the nine representatives already part of the RV caucus. This campaign follows the personal requests made by the... Read more

RV Travel’s ‘RV Talk Live’ Launches Saturday

June 10, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

RV Travel Editor Chuck Woodbury The premiere of “RV Talk Live,” a live webcast hosted by RV Travel Editor and Publisher Chuck Woodbury, is slated for noon EST, Saturday (June 14) on the RV Travel YouTube channel. “RV Talk Live” is a 45-minute program featuring Woodbury and an RV expert answering viewer questions submitted via chat, among other features. The expert for Saturday’s premiere will be RV Travel’s technical editor, Chris Dougherty. Future RV experts will either be live in studio... Read more

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