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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

Ketelsen Garners ROUTE 66 Larry Coker Award

September 25, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Randy Ketelsen accepts Larry Coker Award Randy Ketelsen, president of Ketelsen Campers of Colorado, was honored with the Larry Coker Award at the 2014 ROUTE 66 Rally, Sept. 8-10 at the Hyatt Regency Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. The network’s highest honor, the award recognizes a ROUTE 66 dealer who epitomizes the values, vision and brand-building of the network. Ketelsen, who knew Coker well, was emotionally moved when he realized he was this year’s recipient. “The moment was so special so,... Read more

Campgrounds Readying for Power-Hungry RVs

September 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Wade Elliot Editor’s Note: The following story appears in the latest issue of Woodall’s Campground Management examining how the campground sector stays in stride with today’s “high-powered” RVs, equipped with an array of equipment requiring more electricity and amperage. For the full story click here. Today’s RVs are on a power trip and, if they haven’t already, campground owners need to make sure their parks are ready to meet the demand. RVs with multiple air conditioning units,... Read more

Press Event Kicks Off 7th Elkhart Open House

September 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

(L-R) B.J. Thompson of Bj Thompson Associates, Dicor Corp. President Gregg Fore, Jayco Inc. President Derald Bontrager, Coachmen RV President Mike Terlep, Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore (at podium), Kyle Hannon, president of the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce, Elkhart County Commissioner Frank Lucchese, and Thor Industries Inc. President & CEO Bob Martin. The 7th Annual Elkhart RV Open House officially got underway Monday (Sept. 15) afternoon with a press conference inside one of Forest River... Read more

VIDEO 3: Route 66 to Produce RV Documentary

September 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Campbell Brewer The Route 66 RV Network wants to tell the story of RVing to consumers via a reality-based television show, which it hopes will air on a major network sometime in the near future. To view a video previewing the show click here or scroll down the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page. At the group’s 11th Annual Rally at the Hyatt Regency Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz., Route 66 member dealers were told their organization has partnered with L.A.-based Little Village Films to... Read more

General RV Center Set to Open Two New Stores

September 3, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Editor’s Note: To view a time lapse video showing construction of General RV’s new Tampa, Fla., store click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page. Michigan-based multi-location dealer General RV Center, the nation’s largest family-owned dealership group, is eagerly anticipating the completion of two major projects over the next few weeks. Construction of its new Wixom dealership and corporate headquarters is complete and officials will soon be transferring personnel... Read more

NCRVDA Hosts ‘End-Of-Season Show’ in Raleigh

September 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Tar Heel state’s largest fall RV show is expecting another strong showing as the North Carolina RV Dealers’Association (NCRVDA) RV Show & Sale is set for Sept. 5-7 at the Raleigh State Fair Grounds in Raleigh, N.C. Jeff Haughton, director of events and sponsorships for Apple Rock which produces the RV show for the North Carolina RV Dealers’Association, told RVBUSINESS.com that about 7,600 people are expected to attend the show. “We’ve experienced double-digit growth the last few... Read more

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