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Campgrounds Find Normalcy with Manhunt Over

July 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Things are slowly returning to normal for campgrounds in upstate New York, where escaped prisoners Richard Matt and David Sweat were on the loose for three weeks. The two escaped June 6 from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y., allegedly with the assistance of at least one prison employee. After an intensive manhunt by multiple law enforcement agencies, Matt was shot and killed by police June 26. Two days later, Sweat was shot and captured by police. Matt was found nine miles from... Read more

VIDEO 2: ‘ROTV’ Tests F-350 With Eagle Trailer

June 29, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

This week’s “Rollin’ On TV” show (ROTV) features Jeff Johnston with an in-depth look at the new Ford F-350 pickup paired with a new Jayco Eagle travel trailer. Also, ROTV looks at how RVers can navigate without a GPS, smart phone or iPad by using the Delorme Atlas while Evanne Schmarder whips up an apple pie salad. To view the video click here or scroll down the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

Jayco Dealers High on Sprinter-based Melbourne

June 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Jayco rolled out new Melbourne motorhome at dealer show About 425 people from 190 dealerships attended Jayco’s annual dealer gathering, held June 21-24 at the Hyatt Regency and Colorado Convention Center in Denver, which showcased 74 motorized and towable products. Generating considerable buzz at the show was the rollout of the “reimagined” Sprinter-based Melbourne Class C motorhome. The Melbourne was previously built on a Ford E-450 cutaway chassis with a retail price tag in the... Read more

Richardson’s RV Garners Jayco Founders Award

June 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Richardson’s RV Centers Inc. was honored with the Founders Award by Jayco Industries Inc. during the manufacturer’s annual #LetsJayco Dealer Homecoming at the Hyatt Regency and Colorado Convention Center in Denver. About 425 people from 190 dealerships attended the event, which concludes today (June 24) and features 74 Jayco motorized and towable 2016 model year products on display. In presenting the award to Steve Richardson, Mark Richardson and Blake Beard, Jayco President and CEO Derald Bontrager... Read more

Champion CEO Anderson Bullish on Park Models

June 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Champion Home Builders Inc. and Winnebago Industries Inc. partnered in a licensing agreement for a line of park model RVs. Keith Anderson, the new president and CEO of Champion Home Builders Inc., has a specific goal in mind. He wants the Troy, Mich.-based producer of modular and manufactured homes, and park model RVs through its Athens Park subsidiary, to become “known as the best manufacturer in the industry from a quality and a customer satisfaction perspective.” Anderson, who first joined... Read more

Governor Greets Industry, Re-signs Bill in Elkhart

June 18, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Searer (left) and Pence talk at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum Wednesday (June 17, 2015). Saying it was “common sense” legislation, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed SEA 197, a measure that allows individuals without a chauffer’s license to transport an RV to the dealership for sale, Wednesday (June 17) at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart, Ind. Flanked by families visiting from Michigan and Ontario as well as a large contingent of representatives from the RV industry, the signing... Read more

Jayco Inc. Dedicates New Entegra Coach Facility

June 11, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Bertha Bontrager (center), flanked by sons Wilbur (L) and Derald (R), cuts the ribbon at today’s dedication of a new Entegra Coach facility Several hundred dignitaries, suppliers, dealers, employees and Entegra coach owners gathered under overcast skies today (June 11) as Bertha Bontrager, widow of Jayco Inc. founder Lloyd Bontrager, cut the ribbon on the company’s 27th and newest building at its 394-acre campus in Middlebury, Ind. Her sons, Jayco Chairman Wilbur Bontrager and Jayco President... Read more

RVIC, Mount Comfort RV Assist Indiana Campout

June 6, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

June is Great Outdoors Month across the United States, and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will be participating with the state’s first Capital Campout and related activities June 17-18 at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis. Although the governor will not be camping, he will deliver a proclamation the morning of June 18 followed by hosting a “Mile with Mike” walk at Fort Benjamin Harrison with the grade school kids who camped the night before. “Gov. Pence and his family enjoy the great outdoors... Read more

Hugelmeyer is ‘Bullish’ on RV Industry Prospects

June 5, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

Frank Hugelmeyer Frank Hugelmeyer, the former president and CEO of the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) who will officially take over as president of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) on Oct. 1, said RVs have the “potential to become the ultimate mobile solution for the world’s greatest mobile generation” in a Friday (June 5) Q&A with RVBusiness Associate Editor Rick Kessler. The interview offered insight into his past experience while identifying what Hugelmeyer... Read more

RVIA is Heading to Capitol Hill for Advocacy Day

June 3, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Contingent of RVIA members set out for Capitol Hill Advocacy Day Capitol Hill Advocacy Day, one of the most popular events during Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) Committee Week, takes place today (June 3) in Washington, D.C., and judging by participation alone it’s shaping up to be an enormously successful event. Last year, 27 RVIA members and staff met with eight congressmen in about 70 meetings. This year, those numbers rose significantly, as 52 RVIA members and staff will meet... Read more

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