MARVAC Travels to Michigan UP for Conference

April 13, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Nearly 35 people attended a Wednesday (April 12) campground/RV conference in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, hosted by the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) at the Don H. Bottum University Center on the campus of Northern Michigan University in Marquette. To view a video produced by ABC 10, click here. Around 65 private campgrounds and three RV dealerships are located in the Upper Peninsula, which, due to their isolation and distance from Lansing, could appreciate... Read more

Clean Seal: A Key Hoosier RV Industry Supplier

April 10, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Bill Dawson, vice president and general manager of Clean Seal Inc., and his wife Joan Clean Seal Inc., a key supplier of trim pieces to the RV industry since 1978, is fully equipped to keep up with the demand for manufacturing components to ensure customers receive prompt delivery on parts, according to Bill Dawson, the company’s vice president and general manager. The company’s facility in South Bend, Ind., includes more than 72,000 square feet of primarily warehouse space for stocking... Read more

ARVC Michigan Conference Draws 80 Attendees

April 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

According to organizers, the recent 2017 Michigan Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC Michigan) Spring Conference & Expo was a “great success.” Ali Gase of ARVC Michigan said more than 80 attendees and nearly 40 suppliers attended the annual Conference & Expo, which took place March 19-22 at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. “The attendees were generally very pleased with the overall experience, and the suppliers said they had a great time and can’t... Read more

The BUZZ: Outdoorsy Spin-off Wheelbase Grows

March 31, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Jeff Cavins San Francisco-based Outdoorsy, which bills itself as an “Airbnb for RVs”  matching would-be renters to consumers willing to rent out their personal RVs, is off to a successful start, co-founder and CEO Jeff Cavins told In fact, internal projections for 2017 have the company processing 75,000 rental transactions for 249,000 total rental days for its 5,000 clients — which grows by 500 every month. “It’s been growing very fast, faster than we really thought,”... Read more

Entrepreneur Developing ‘EZ-UP Light’ for RVers

March 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Thad Weed, owner of an RV rental business in Loganville, Ga., realized his customers often weren’t prepared for how dark a campsite can get. So, in true entrepreneurial fashion, he invented a compact and durable remote control light that brightens up a campsite. Called the EZ-UP Light, the product features a 30-watt LED providing up to 16 different light colors, 42-inch power cord, and an IP65 waterproof rating. “I realized from my many years of camping that campsites are very dark. So,... Read more

‘Bama Coach Saban Visits Tiffin’s Wayfarer Plant

March 29, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

From left are Tony Riley of Tiffin Motorhomes Inc., Lynn Tiffin, Tim Tiffin, University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban, Bob Tiffin, Winfield Mayor Randy Price, and Bobby White of Tiffin Motorhomes University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban was the honored guest recently for a ribbon-cutting, plant tour and photo ops as part of Tiffin Motorhomes Inc.’s grand opening celebration of the new production facilities for its Wayfarer Class C product.  A Class A motorhome manufacturer... Read more

MARVAC Back in Port Huron; Show is a Success

March 27, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Show attendees check out General RV’s display After about a 10-year hiatus, the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) returned to the shores of southern Lake Huron last week for the Port Huron Camper & RV Show, an event that organizers said was a solid success. MARVAC Director Darren Ing said more than 3,000 people attended the show, held March 23-26 at the Blue Water Convention Center, and featured five RV dealerships displaying 30 units as well as 14 campgrounds... Read more

Escapees’ 57th ‘Escapade’ Rally Draws a Crowd

March 25, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

CEO Shawn Loring meets with attendees to share information about the club and what lies ahead Friday (March 24) marked the final day of the 57th Escapade, the annual rally hosted by the Escapees RV Club — said to be the third-largest RV club in the nation — and event organizers are calling it a resounding success. Travis and Melanie Carr, Escapees president and vice president, respectively, and the third generation of the same family to head the group, told that 917 rigs and 2,652... Read more

Coach House Primed for Growth With Expansion

March 24, 2017 by · 1 Comment 

Steve Gerzeny Thanks to a recently completed expansion to its production facility, company officials said Coach House Inc., a Nokomis, Fla.-based manufacturer of a niche line of high-end Class B motorhomes, is poised for what could be another record-setting year. Vice President Steve Gerzeny, who runs the business along with his brother, David, said the 16,000-square-foot addition passed its final inspection and should be operational by the end of March. The expansion will house fiberglass and... Read more

Slideshow: WACO Convention Opens Trade Show

March 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

After two-and-a-half days of education seminars, the 54th Annual Wisconsin Association of Campground Owners (WACO) Convention and Trade Show, held March 15-19 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Stevens Point, Wis., moved into the trade show portion of its jam-packed agenda. In what has become tradition, members of the University of Wisconsin Marching Band opened the trade show be leading campground owners up and down the aisles in a parade before the vendors. The convention continues today (March... Read more

WACO’s 54th Annual Convention Gets Underway

March 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Carrie Geary, vice president of Severson & Associates, shows WACO attendees how to create a Live Facebook video The 54th Annual Wisconsin Association of Campground Owners (WACO) Convention and Trade Show got underway Wednesday (March 15) at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Stevens Point, Wis., as attendees took in a full slate of seminars and socializing. The convention continues today with another full day of seminars followed by an awards ceremony, a presentation by National Association... Read more

FMCA to Consider Adding Towable RV Members

March 10, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

FMCA members gathered at the Rawhide Western Town and Event Center for the 95th International Convention In an address to members Thursday (March 9) during the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) 95th International Convention, President Charlie Adcock announced that the organization is considering a proposal that would open membership of the group to towable RV owners. For all of its nearly 54 years in existence, FMCA membership has been limited to motorhome owners. The FMCA convention,... Read more

Total Value RV Honored By Forest River Diesel

March 8, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

At right, Total Value RV President Hank Schrock and Forest River’s Tim Cunningham with dealership’s team On Tuesday (March 7), Tim Cunningham, national sales director for Forest River Inc.’s diesel division, presented Total Value RV in Elkhart, Ind., with an award for being the top-selling retailer of the manufacturer’s Charleston, Berkshire and Legacy motorhome lines in 2016. Total Value RV is a family-owned dealership specializing in motorized units from Forest River and Thor Motor... Read more

New Consumer Magazine Targets Young RVers

March 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

About 30,000 copies of the premiere issue of ROVA, a brand new, highly stylized RV lifestyle consumer magazine focusing on Millennials and Gen Xers, hit the newsstands Tuesday (Feb. 28). Gemma Peckham, the magazine’s publisher and editor, reported to that the launch has received “terrific feedback” from readers. “Although Tuesday was the official launch date, some of the retailers had already put the magazines out on the shelves, and we’ve had some really great... Read more

Don’t Forget the 2017 RVB/Wells Fargo Survey!

February 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

A reminder to North America’s RV dealer body: Here’s hoping that retailers with the time and inclination to complete the 2017 RVB/Wells Fargo Survey, a quick, non-intrusive, 20-question poll first introduced on Feb. 13, will do so by the end of business on Monday, Feb. 27. Any dealer who hasn’t gotten the survey, which takes a retrospective look at 2016 and a speculative glance forward at the year ahead, can access it by clicking on the logo above or the same logo that appears on the right... Read more

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