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BUZZ: Director Sees RVTI as ‘Signature Model’

January 4, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Curt Hemmeler Set to officially take the helm 10 days from now, incoming RV Technical Institute (RVTI) Executive Director Curt Hemmeler said he envisions a time when the operation is held in the same regard as the Go RVing campaign and seen as the “signature model” for other industries to follow. Hemmeler will play a key role in establishing RVTI’s new headquarters and training facility in Elkhart, Ind. — an announcement of an exact location is said to be imminent by the RV Industry Association... Read more

Mike Happe: ‘Dynamic Times For Our Business’

December 20, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Winnebago President and CEO Michael Happe After issuing a mostly favorable first-quarter earnings report Wednesday (Dec. 19), Winnebago Industries Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Happe said the Forest City, Iowa-based manufacturer is eyeing a 2019 where, in terms of industrywide performance versus projection, a flat bottom line “would not be the worst result.” “Depending on some of the other factors that are weighing on consumers’ minds, it could go up a point or two... Read more

MARVAC Event Offers RVX & SSI Overviews

December 5, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

RVIA’s Liz Crawford offers detailed preview of RVX during MARVAC event Saying it’s all about “selling more RVs,” Liz Crawford, senior vice president of trade shows and events for the RV Industry Association (RVIA), stated the case for “RVX: The RV Experience” to about 15 Michigan RV dealers in a special event Tuesday (Dec. 4). The presentation, which was hosted by the Michigan Association of RVs and Campgrounds (MARVAC) at the organization’s offices in Okemos, Mich., also featured... Read more

RVB All-Industry Party Culminates RV of Year

November 30, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Guests gather at RVB All-Industry party A good time was had by all at the RVBusiness All-Industry Elkhart Party, held Thursday (Nov. 29) at Luchesse’s Italian Restaurant, a charitable event that was preceded by the taping of the RVBusiness RV of the Year Awards Show by “Rollin’ on TV” at the RV/MH Hall of Fame & Museum. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page. Photos by Shawn Spence). This marks the first year RVB has hosted its All-Industry... Read more

Full-Time RVers Author ‘Living the RV Life’ Book

November 20, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Julie and Marc Bennett Just in time for the holidays, “Living the RV Life: Your Ultimate Guide to Life on the Road” — a 256-page book jam-packed with full-color photos and practical information to help anyone hit the road and enjoy the RV lifestyle – is available for purchase beginning today (Nov. 20). Published by Adams Media, a division of Simon & Schuster, “Living the RV Life” was written by Marc and Julie Bennett, full-time RVers who operate a popular website, YouTube channel... Read more

RVDA’s 2018 Con/Expo ‘One of the Best Ever’

November 9, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

RVDA reported attendance was up 16% at Con/Expo (Photo by Shawn Spence) After two compliance seminars this (Nov. 9) morning, the 2018 National RV Dealers Association Convention & Expo will come to a close and, by all accounts, the event has been deemed an unqualified success. Organizers reported attendance rose to 1,600-plus — an increase of 16% over 2017 — and the general consensus among attendees was that it was the “best in years” if not “the best ever.” The Con/Expo, hosted... Read more

RVB Top 50 RV Dealers Honored in Las Vegas

November 8, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Burlington RV President Tim Wegge addresses Top 50 Dealers attendees With a standing-room only crowd overflowing out of the Champagne Ballroom at the Paris Las Vegas Wendesday night (Nov. 7), the RVBusiness Top 50 Dealers Awards reception honored North American RV dealers for their outstanding customer service, community involvement and general excellence in overall operations. (To view a slideshow of the RVDA Expo scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page. Photos by Shawn Spence). The... Read more

Travel Lite Debuts Evoke X Series at Con/Expo

November 8, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Travel Lite President Dustin Johns One of the busiest people on the trade show floor during the 2018 RV Dealers Convention/Expo at the Paris Las Vegas, has been Dustin Johns, president of Travel Lite RV. The towables and truck camper manufacturer brought two models of its Evoke travel trailer – including the all-new X Series – and Johns stayed busy as dealer after dealer wanted a personal tour of the lightweight, aerodynamic units. “I took a lot of time developing the Evoke – nine months... Read more

Lively Keynote Highlights ‘Con/Expo’ in Vegas

November 7, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Jason Dorsey signs books following his keynote at Con/Expo  While preliminary events such as the Society of Certified RV Professionals reception took place a day earlier, the National RV Dealers Association Convention & Expo officially got underway Tuesday (Nov. 7) with a full day of Vendor Training +Plus sessions with suppliers and dealers, a Mini Rental School, the opening of the Expo floor itself, an RVDA of Canada reception, and several presentations including a lively keynote from Jason... Read more

Ryan Krenek a Call-in Guest on TV’s Mad Money

November 2, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Ryan Krenek Ryan Krenek, general sales manager for Krenek RV Super Center in Coloma, Mich., and a familiar face at many industry events, was an invited call-in guest Wednesday evening (Oct. 31) on CNBC’s popular “Mad Money” TV show hosted by Jim Cramer after several days of communicating via email and Twitter with the program’s producers. Roughly 15 minutes into the 6 p.m. show, Krenek, 19, who works with his father, Scott Krenek, at the family-held dealership in southern Michigan, took the... Read more

RVDA Reporting Preregistration Best in 10 Years

November 1, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Phil Ingrassia Preregistration for the 2018 RV Dealers Convention Expo is at a 10-year high, according to Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) President Phil Ingrassia. The event, set to run Nov. 5-9 at Paris Las Vegas, is annually presented by the RVDA, RVDA of Canada and the Mike Molino RV Learning Center. “We’ve probably got the best preregistration we have had in a decade with more than 600 dealers coming in, and even more from Canada. We’re going to have a packed Expo... Read more

Keller Marine To Host Two Dealer Open Houses

October 30, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Keller Marine & RV, Port Trevorton, Pa., is hosting two separate Dealer Open Houses, the first slated for Nov. 15 at its brand new Florida warehouse followed by a Dec. 11-12 event in Lancaster, Pa. The Florida Open House will be held at the company’s new warehouse outside Tampa in Thonotosassa, which is in part a result of Keller’s late 2017 acquisition of Lightning RV Supply. The transaction included Lightning’s management staff and personnel, and Keller subsequently opened the new warehouse... Read more

Land ‘N’ Sea Wraps Up Successful Trade Show

October 22, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Michael Conners and Tom Schuessler By all accounts, Land ’N’ Sea Distributing Inc.’s RV & Marine Dealer Trade Show, held Oct. 18-19 at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, was a success. Officials for the Pompano Beach, Fla.-based company noted attendance was at least 20% greater than last year and exceeded their goal of 250 RV-specific dealership personnel in attendance at the show that featured a slate of product training seminars and more than 300 vendor... Read more

Eighth Graders Take Tour of ‘Coachmen RV’ Plant

October 13, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

8th graders tour Coachmen RV’s plant As part of Manufacturing Days in Indiana’s Elkhart County, a group of eighth-grade students from Northridge Middle School recently toured Coachmen RV plant No. 310 in Middlebury, Ind. From Oct. 2-11, Elkhart County Manufacturing Days provided nearly 2,000 8th grade students the opportunity to visit local production companies such as Coachmen RV to explore the diverse education and career pathways available in modern manufacturing. Several Coachmen... Read more

MARVAC’s Fall RV Show Registers Record Crowd

October 10, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

A record 15,000-plus people attended the 29th Annual Fall Detroit RV & Camping Show, hosted Oct. 3-7 by the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. The final gate attendance represents a 3% increase over last year’s show, which was a record crowd over the previous year, said Darren Ing, director of MARVAC RV and camping shows. “It was a good show, and the attendance really speaks to the fact that we’re still seeing... Read more

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