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Supply Side: Stromberg, Sys2K, Top Line, Valterra

December 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: This is the final installment in a Louisville Show spotlight focusing on the supply side that has run on RVBUSINESS.com over the past few weeks. Several dozen products from nearly as many industry suppliers that displayed in Louisville are highlighted in the series. Stromberg Carlson HC-75 Hose Caddy The HC-75 hose caddy from Stromberg Carlson Products Inc. can store up to 75 feet of fresh water hose that keeps hoses organized and ready, as well as many of hose accessories. For... Read more

Supplier Showcase: Infinite, ITC, Remco and RVS

December 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: This is the 10th of several installments in a Louisville Show spotlight focusing on the supply side that have run on RVBUSINESS.com over the past few weeks. Several dozen products from nearly as many industry suppliers in Louisville are highlighted in the series. Infinite Polymer Solutions Inc. Rexoseal RV Elastomeric Roof System Rexoseal RV Elastomeric Roof System, an affordable do-it-yourself product manufactured by Infinite Polymer Solutions Inc., has a unique process of embedding... Read more

Suppliers: BAL, Boogey Lights, Camco, Carefree

November 30, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: This is the eighth installment in a Louisville Show spotlight focusing on the supply side that will run on RVBUSINESS.com over the next few weeks. Several dozen products from nearly as many industry suppliers showcased in Louisville are highlighted in the series. BAL R.V. Products Tripod FASTJACK Full-Timer KingPin Stabilizer BAL R.V. Products (Booth No. 235) presents the new Tripod FASTJACK Full-Timer KingPin Stabilizer (model 21100000). Customers can increase their fifth-wheel’s... Read more

RVDA Honors ‘Quality Circle Awards’ Recipients

November 29, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

(L-R) RVDA Chairman Darrel Friesen honors Tiffin Motorhomes General Manager Tim Tiffin and National Sales Manager Andy Baer The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) honored RV brands built by 15 manufacturers with its Quality Circle Award Monday (Nov. 28) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, Ky., preluding today’s opening of the RVIA National RV Trade Show. (To view a slideshow of the presentation along with other Monday night Louisville activities and today’s Outlook Breakfast... Read more

Ken Schmidt: ‘Commoditization’ Breeds Failure

November 29, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Former Harley-Davidson executive Ken Schmidt delivers the keynote Monday in Louisville, Ky. The 2016 National RV Trade Show got off to a rousing start Monday (Nov. 28) when keynote speaker Ken Schmidt, the former director of communications strategy for Harley-Davidson Motor Co., warned of the downfalls of the “commoditization of an industry.” (To view a slideshow of Monday night Louisville activities and today’s Outlook Breakfast scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page. Photos... Read more

Supplier Review: Alpha Systems, Aqua Hot, ASA

November 28, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: This is the seventh of several installments in a Louisville Show spotlight focusing on the supply side that will run on RVBUSINESS.com over the next few weeks. Several dozen products from nearly as many industry suppliers showcased in Louisville will be highlighted during the series. Alpha Systems Butyl Tape Extrusion Line For more than 30 years, RV manufacturers have regarded Alpha Systems (Booth No. 280) as a “trusted source of excellence in quality and customer service.”... Read more

SUPPLIER SHOWCASE: RMA, Quest, RiverPark

November 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth of several installments in a Louisville Show spotlight focusing on the supply side that will run on RVBUSINESS.com over the next few weeks. Several dozen products to be showcased in Louisville will be highlighted during the series. LaSalle Bristol RMA XTRM Ply RMA XTRM Ply, available from LaSalle Bristol (Booth No. 293), is a flexible and durable PVC roofing membrane designed to meet the unique challenges of an RV roof. This innovative product offers the industry’s... Read more

SUPPLIER SHOWCASE: Lippert and MITO Corp.

November 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth of several installments in a Louisville Show spotlight focusing on the supply side that will run on RVBUSINESS.com over the next few weeks. Several dozen products to be showcased in Louisville will be highlighted during the series. Lippert Components Inc. Ground Control TT One-Touch Travel Trailer Leveling Lippert Components Inc. (Booth No. 245) introduces the first-ever one-touch leveling system for travel trailer RVs. Ground Control TT automatically levels and... Read more

‘Slim Shade’ by AP Products is Gaining Traction

November 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Chris Polley with Slim Shade at RVDA show A new OE and aftermarket product that is catching on with consumers is the Slim Shade, a uniform replacement window for standard RV entry doors manufactured by AP Products in Coldwater, Mich. Chris Polley of Tom Manning & Associates, which represented several RV supply companies at the recent 2016 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, said two features that set the Slim Shade apart are tinted glass and an integrated pleated shade. “The tinted glass... Read more

RVDA of Canada Chair Foresees Brighter Future

November 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Sam Parks During his chairman remarks at the RVDA of Canada annual meeting held in conjunction with the 2016 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo at Bally’s in Las Vegas, Sam Parks of Camp-Out RV in Stratford, Ontario, said certain signs indicate that the country’s sluggish RV industry is poised for a recovery. Speaking to a contingent of more than 112 Canadian delegates representing 34 dealerships, Parks acknowledged the Canadian RV industry has been “softer than what we would like.”... Read more

Supplier Showcase: Fusion and Infinity Fabrics

November 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: This is the third of several installments in a Louisville Show spotlight focusing on the supply side that will run on RVBUSINESS.com over the next few weeks. Several dozen products from nearly as many industry suppliers to be showcased in Louisville will be highlighted during the series. Fusion FUSION MS-AV750 The FUSION (Booth No. 26) MS-AV750 Entertainment Series is the premier audio system for any road trip, featuring a stereo with the power and flexibility to independently manage... Read more

SUPPLIER SHOWCASE: Airxcel Inc. and Blue Ox

November 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: This is the first of several installments in a Louisville Show spotlight focusing on the supply side that will run on RVBUSINESS.com over the next few weeks. Several dozen products from industry suppliers that will be showcased in Louisville will be highlighted during the series. Airxcel UNIMAXX Universal Vent Lid Replacement Kit Replacing damaged or worn-out vent lids is now easier than ever as MAXXAIR (Booth No. 210) introduces the new UNIMAXX Universal Vent Lid Replacement Kit,... Read more

RVDA: RV Dealer Con/Expo One of the Best Ever

November 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Total attendance for RVDA’s Con/Expo grew to 1,352 (Photo by Shawn Spence) With dealer attendance up 13.5% over a year ago at 698 people, organizers said the 2016 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, held Nov. 7-11 at Bally’s in Las Vegas, was “one of the best ever.” Total attendance also was up 4.3%, at 1,352 people while exhibitor attendees stayed the same due to space limitations reported Phil Ingrassia, president of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), which along... Read more

600-Plus Honor RVB Top 50 Dealers in Las Vegas

November 11, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Over 600 people attended Wednesday night’s RVBusiness Top 50 Awards banquet at Bally’s in Las Vegas (Photo by Shawn Spence) A standing room-only crowd of more than 600 people gathered to honor the winners of the 2016 RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Awards during a ceremony Wednesday evening (Nov. 9) at the Platinum Ballroom of Bally’s on the Las Vegas Strip. The Top 50 Dealer Awards, held in conjunction with the 2016 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, recognizes U.S. and Canadian RV... Read more

The BUZZ: Lippert Reflects on Solid 3Q Revenue

November 4, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Jason Lippert Jason Lippert, CEO of both Drew Industries Inc. and its Elkhart, Ind.-based subsidiary Lippert Components Inc. (LCI), said the company’s favorable third-quarter earnings report issued Thursday (Nov. 3) was the result of the RV industry’s continued momentum as well as the company’s ongoing focus on R&D, acquisitions and improved efficiencies. In its report, Drew announced consolidated net sales in the third quarter increased to $412 million, 19% higher than the 2015 third... Read more

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