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RVB Top 50 Dealers Honored at RVDA Con/Expo

November 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RVBusiness Publisher Sherman Goldenberg and RVB co-owner and Vice President of National Ad Sales Beverly Gardner The RV industry honored its best and brightest retailers Wednesday (Nov. 11) night at the RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Awards banquet during the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo in Las Vegas. The Con/Expo, convening for the first time at Bally’s on the Las Vegas Strip, attracted approximately 1,200 attendees, according to the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA). The event,... Read more

Hirsch Issues Challenge During RVDA Con/Expo

November 12, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Outgoing RVDA Chairman Jeff Hirsch (Photo by Shawn Spence) The 2014 RV Dealers International Convention & Expo moved into the next phase of activity on Tuesday (Nov. 11), featuring a wide range of workshops and the opening of vendor exhibits — as well as a customer satisfaction challenge from Outgoing Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) Chairman Jeff Hirsch. The Con/Expo, convening for the first time at Bally’s on the Las Vegas Strip, attracted approximately 1,200 attendees, according... Read more

Manhunt End Revives Pa.’s Campground Sector

November 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: The following article by Woodall’s Campground Management, sister publication to RVBusiness, examines the impact of the manhunt for fugitive Eric Frein on Pennsylvania campgrounds, and the resurgence since his capture. For the full report click here. Campground owners in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Poconos Mountains are welcoming a return to normal after the capture of a fugitive wanted in connection with the sniper-style deaths of two law enforcement officers. They... Read more

Redwood & ‘The Coopers’ Renewing Partnership

November 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Jim Lazzarino (L), general manager for Redwood RV, spends time with the Cooper’s, Terry and his wife Evada, and their dachshunds. A unique partnership between Syracuse, Ind.-based Redwood RV and a couple of well known full-time RVers took another step forward Tuesday (Nov. 4) at the company’s brand new Customer Service Center, a facility the company shares with its CrossRoads RV sister division in Topeka, Ind. Texas natives Terry and Evada Cooper took delivery of an upscale 2015 Redwood 39MB... Read more

RV Industry Leaders Set for ORVA’s Convention

November 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Featuring presentations by some of the industry’s most notable figures, the Oklahoma RV Association (ORVA) will host its 2014 state convention Nov. 16-18 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa. The theme for the convention is “2015-Growing Stronger Everyday!” and promises to resonate with all attendees as they hear from top leaders in the RV industry, including Richard Coon, president of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA); Doug Gaeddert, a general manager for Forest River... Read more

RVDA’s Con/Expo Attendance Surpassing 2013

October 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

With a couple of weeks still to go, the 2014 Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) International Convention & Expo already has surpassed last year’s attendance figure of 1,100 attendees by 15%. “It’s looking very, very good,” RVDA President Phil Ingrassia told RVBUSINESS.com. Billed as the “Passport to Excellence: Education & Training,” the RVDA Con/Expo, co-sponsored by the Virginia-based Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) and RVDA of Canada, runs Nov. 10-14 at... Read more

Q&A: Hesselbart Recalls 20-Year Career at ‘Hall’

October 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Al Hesselbart speaking at the 3rd Annual Hangzhou China Outdoor Lifestyle Show in Hangzhou, China Editor’s Note: The following article in the Elkhart Truth features a Q&A with Al Hesselbart, longtime historian for the RV/MH Hall of Fame who announced his retirement last week. Question: You started as vice president and general manager of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation in 1994. Compare that organization to the one you are leaving now. Answer: The organization I joined was an infant, disorganized... Read more

Workamper Rendezvous is Slated For Oct. 21-23

October 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Steve Anderson The 4th Annual Workamper Rendezvous, produced by Workamper News Inc. (WKN), is slated for Oct. 21-23 in Heber Springs, Ark. The event is geared toward workampers and those considering becoming workampers, featuring 18 different seminars provided by 15 industry experts. “Attendees will also benefit from networking – we provide three meals and one round-table session to bring the attendees together and encourage discussions,” said Steve Anderson, WKN president. “We’ll also... Read more

Detroit RV Show Sees Record Gate, Strong Sales

October 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

MARVAC’s Bill Sheffer The 25th Annual Fall Detroit Camper & RV Show, Oct. 1-5 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Mich., had another successful run. Organizers reported attendance figures totaled 12,000 people, up from last year’s record numbers. “We were extremely pleased with the turnout,” said Bill Sheffer, director of the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) which annually sponsors the show. “There was an increase in attendance and... Read more

RV Firms Unite to Donate Coach to ‘ARK Project’

October 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

From left, Jesse Moore, Dalton Lemert, Jacob Thatcher, Alex Radelich and Theodore Thatcher. A host of RV industry companies are donating a motorhome to a group of college-aged men on a mission to “inspire an epidemic of kindness in our society.” Lippert Components Inc., Thor Motor Coach, Atwood Mobile Products LLC, Patrick Industries Inc., Dicor Corp. and MITO Corp. have teamed up to donate a new motorhome to ARK Project Now, a grassroots organization determined to commit Acts of Random Kindness... Read more

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