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Mich. ARVC is Readying For Conference & Expo

February 24, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

For most Michiganders, the first signs of spring are grass poking through melting snow, robins looking for nesting material and fishing shanties breaking through thin ice. For Michigan campground owners, the first sign that spring is just around the corner is the annual Conference & Expo, hosted by the Michigan Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC Michigan). Set for March 18-20 at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mt. Pleasant, the Conference & Expo is the association’s... Read more

Valterra Expands Through Strategic Acquisition

February 23, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Bryan Fletcher, Valterra vice president of sales and marketing, at the NTP-STAG show (Photos by Shawn Spence) In the last several years, there has been no shortage of acquisitions by many OEMs, suppliers and dealerships as companies look to gain market share, grow their product lineup, and, in general, position themselves to gain that all-too elusive competitive edge. One such company is Valterra Products LLC in Mission Hills, Calif., which in the last four years has acquired no less than seven companies... Read more

LCI’s ‘Camping Connection’ Eyes Further Growth

February 22, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Camping Connection service technicians from three different states worked together as a team at the 2018 Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa, including (from left) Kyle Crossman of Indiana, Keith Masson of Florida, Jeff Ard of South Carolina and John Chism, also of Florida. (Shawn Spence photo) In the 14 months since Lippert Components Inc. acquired Camping Connection, the mobile RV repair business has experienced steady growth – more than doubling the number of technicians on staff – and officials... Read more

Friends and Colleagues Salute Fore’s Retirement 

February 21, 2018 by · 3 Comments 

Gregg Fore addresses attendees at his retirement party A crowd of friends, family and colleagues gathered last night (Feb. 20) at the Elcona Country Club in Bristol, Ind., to celebrate the official retirement of industry executive Gregg Fore, who stepped down as president of Elkhart supplier Dicor Corp. at the end of 2017, a little more than a year after he and his partners sold their interest in the firm to Wichita, Kan.-based Airxcel Inc. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.come... Read more

Mercedes-Benz Intros ‘VanCare’ Service Program

February 20, 2018 by · 1 Comment 

Josh Harrison, key account manager for after-sales business development at Mercedes-Benz USA LLC, inside one of the new VanCare mobile service unit (Photo by Shawn Spence) In an effort to provide aftermarket service to end-users of its Sprinter-based Class B motorhomes and cargo vans, Mercedes-Benz USA LLC has introduced VanCare, a program that provides preventive maintenance and minor repairs through a growing fleet of mobile technicians. Josh Harrison, the key account manager for after-sales business... Read more

Despite Snow, Detroit RV Show Officials Pleased

February 12, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Apparently only a major snowstorm could prevent another record-setting crowd at a consumer RV show this year. Significant snowfall on four of the five-day Detroit Camper & RV Show kept people at home as officials reported a 25% drop compared to the previous year’s show. Hosted by the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC), a little more than 20,000 people attended the 52nd Annual Detroit RV Show, which was Feb. 7-11 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi,... Read more

RVIA Reveals Concept For Revamped Trade Show

February 6, 2018 by · 2 Comments 

RVIA President Frank Hugelmeyer lays out the concept for new trade show at the HOF (Photos by Shawn Spence) While a number of details were still to be determined, a crowd approaching 100 RV industry executives and managers witnessed the concept for the new RV trade show, set to debut in the spring of 2019, during a presentation today (Feb. 6) at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind. While acknowledging most details will emerge over the next several months as officials continue developing the... Read more

Dodd RV Named Dealer of the Year by DealerRater

January 30, 2018 by · 1 Comment 

Jamie Dodd For the third year in a row, Dodd RV in Virginia was named the RV Dealer of the Year by DealerRater, a leading automotive and RV dealer review website. Award recipients are recognized for distinction in outstanding customer service based upon consumer reviews of dealership experiences shared on DealerRater.com and DealerRater.ca. Reviewers evaluated Dodd RV on its customer service, quality of work, friendliness, pricing, and overall experience, according to a release that also listed... Read more

Detroit Camper & RV Show is Expecting Big Crowd

January 27, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Based on a host of favorable factors – including a rare override of the governor’s sales tax veto – officials at the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) are expecting a huge turnout for the 52nd Annual Detroit Camper & RV Show, slated to run Feb. 7-11 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Mich. MARVAC Director Darren Ing told RVBUSINESS.com  that the Jan. 17 vote by the Republican-led Michigan Legislature to override... Read more

Escapees’ Online University ‘Making Better RVers’

January 26, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s been a little more than a year since the Escapees RV Club launched RVers’ Online University, and officials said its Internet-based training and education program has proven successful in helping end-users better enjoy the RV lifestyle. Saying the program falls under the industrywide effort of “helping make better RVers,” Escapees CEO Shawn Loring, who’s also president of the club’s seven-location Rainbow Parks, said the program has experienced “good growth” and organizers... Read more

‘NTP-STAG’ Wraps Up a Successful Two-Day Expo

January 24, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Bill Rogers, vice president and general manager of Keystone Automotive’s NTP-STAG division, addresses attendees to the Expo (Photos by Shawn Spence) The 2018 NTP-STAG Expo concluded Tuesday (Jan. 23) with a full day of trade show activities, and by all accounts the two-day event hosted by the RV industry’s dominant national parts and accessories distributor was a solid success. Held at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas, the Expo featured 33 standing room-only product training seminars... Read more

Slideshow: NTP-STAG Expo is Underway in Texas

January 23, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

NTP-STAG Expo opened Monday in Grapevine, Texas With a first day marked by 33 standing room-only product training seminars, expert-led PRO education seminars and a jam-packed trade show, NTP-STAG’s 2018 Expo got underway Monday (Jan. 22) at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas. The Expo concludes today with a full day of trade show activities. (To view the slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page. Photos by Shawn Spence). The opening day also featured luncheon... Read more

Hyland: 2018 is Shaping into Another Growth Year

January 19, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Tim Hyland at Tampa show Among the record crowd of 19,000-plus people who attended the opening day of the Florida RV SuperShow – the annual industry consumer show hosted by the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) at the state fairgrounds – was a contingent from Wells Fargo CDF’s RV Group led by President Tim Hyland. Hyland reported that, given what other economists have to say and marrying that information with RV industry data, 2018 appears to be off to a good start. “Early out of the blocks,... Read more

Industry Reflects on Louisville Decision At FRVTA

January 18, 2018 by · 1 Comment 

Tampa Show attendees were shoulder-to-shoulder Wednesday While yesterday (Jan. 17) was noteworthy in that the opening day of the Florida RV SuperShow, the annual industry event in Tampa, Fla., was marked by shoulder-to-shoulder crowds throughout most of the day, the buzz among the manufacturers, suppliers and dealers working the show was the news that morning that the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., was to be replaced with a “completely new” event set to take place in early... Read more

Jayco, Spartan Partner on 
All-New ‘Embark’ Diesel

January 16, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Featuring an all-new platform from Spartan Chassis Inc., Jayco Inc. has entered the diesel pusher market with the introduction of the Embark, a moderately short Class A coach that represents a significant step for both companies. With an MSRP between $275,000-$295,00, the Embark will debut with three floorplans between 37 and 39 feet long. The first configuration is the 37-foot, 11-inch long 37E, a quad-slide with a sticker price of about $275,000. A fourth floorplan was expected to be released... Read more

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