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Tiffin Shows First Class C in 25 Years at FRVTA

January 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Tiffin’s new Wayfarer Class C on display at the Tampa SuperShow Tiffin Motorhomes Inc. rolled out its new Wayfarer, a Class C coach built on Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis, during Tuesday’s (Jan. 17) “Industry Day” at the Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa. Hosted by the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) at the Florida State Fairgrounds, the 32nd annual SuperShow opens to the public beginning today and runs through Sunday. Given a favorable weather forecast and positive consumer... Read more

NBA’s Magic Lauds Partnership with Orlando RV

January 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Orlando Magic motorhome supplied by Orlando RV The Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association recently lauded its corporate partnerships, including that with Orlando RV, part of RV One Superstores Inc. and its five dealerships in Tampa and Orlando, Fla., Albany and Buffalo, N.Y., and Des Moines, Iowa. Since 2010, Orlando RV has been the exclusive RV partner of the Orlando Magic. Orlando RV also provides the Magic with a custom branded, state-of-the-art RV for use at various community events,... Read more

The BUZZ: ‘ROTV’ Markets RV Industry, Lifestyle

December 27, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

ROTV Executive Producer José Moniz For the second straight year, “Rollin’ On TV” (ROTV), the nation’s leading weekly RV lifestyle television program, will broadcast the annual RVBusiness Magazine RV Of The Year Awards Show on Jan. 9 at the RV/MH Hall of Fame Museum/Northern Indiana Event Center in Elkhart, Ind. The awards program is scheduled to air the week of Jan. 29 before the show’s potential audience of close to 40 million homes on both cable and satellite TV. “We’re... Read more

NTP-Stag Expo Set to Roll Jan. 30-31 in Anaheim

December 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Bill Rogers, NTP-Stag vice president and general manager, addresses attendees at the 2016 Expo in New Orleans The 2017 NTP-Stag Expo, the RV industry’s largest aftermarket parts and accessories trade show, has become a “value-added event for the industry as well as our customers and suppliers,” said Bill Rogers, vice president and general manager for the industry’s dominant traditional two-step distributor. Slated for Jan. 30-31 at California’s Anaheim Convention Center, which offers... Read more

The Buzz: Canada’s Devenish Updates Tax Issue

December 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Shane Devenish Although the matter is far from resolved, some 1,760 Canadian campgrounds received welcome news in early December when it was learned government officials are recommending to reverse the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) decision to rescind the small business tax deduction for private campgrounds. It’s a somewhat complicated matter, but basically earlier this year CRA decided campgrounds with fewer than five full-time employees would no longer qualify for the small business tax deduction.... Read more

MARVAC Hosts Campground Industry Meeting

December 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

More than 45 people attended the 5th Annual Campground Industry Meeting last week, hosted by the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) at the state association’s offices outside of Lansing. The full agenda included an update on political issues affecting Michigan campgrounds as well as a presentation by Don Westphal, whose Rochester Hills, Mich.-based firm is widely recognized as one of the nation’s foremost authorities on manufactured home community design. Westphal... Read more

Mike Happe Addresses Grand Design’s Dealers

December 12, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Winnebago President and CEO Michael Happe at the Louisville Show (Photo by Shawn Spence) Saying the combined companies are “a good fit culturally, strategically and we hope financially,” Michael Happe, president and CEO of Winnebago Industries Inc., sought to put everyone at ease during an impromptu Q&A session during the Louisville Show with 200-some dealer members for Grand Design RV Co. Winnebago officially acquired Grand Design on Nov. 9 for approximately $500 million in cash and Winnebago... Read more

FMCA Reporting ‘Brisk’ Preregistration For Rally

December 6, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

With more than 1,100 units already preregistered, organizers are reporting “brisk” advance interest in the 95th Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) International Rally, March 7-10 at the Rawhide Western Town & Event Center in Chandler, Ariz. Pamela Kay, director of FMCA communications, told RVBUSINESS.com that, with the International Rally being held in the famed “Valley of the Sun” just south of Phoenix, they also expect a decent gate attendance from those not staying at the adjoining... Read more

Supply Side: Stromberg, Sys2K, Top Line, Valterra

December 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: This is the final installment in a Louisville Show spotlight focusing on the supply side that has run on RVBUSINESS.com over the past few weeks. Several dozen products from nearly as many industry suppliers that displayed in Louisville are highlighted in the series. Stromberg Carlson HC-75 Hose Caddy The HC-75 hose caddy from Stromberg Carlson Products Inc. can store up to 75 feet of fresh water hose that keeps hoses organized and ready, as well as many of hose accessories. For... Read more

Supplier Showcase: Infinite, ITC, Remco and RVS

December 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: This is the 10th of several installments in a Louisville Show spotlight focusing on the supply side that have run on RVBUSINESS.com over the past few weeks. Several dozen products from nearly as many industry suppliers in Louisville are highlighted in the series. Infinite Polymer Solutions Inc. Rexoseal RV Elastomeric Roof System Rexoseal RV Elastomeric Roof System, an affordable do-it-yourself product manufactured by Infinite Polymer Solutions Inc., has a unique process of embedding... Read more

Suppliers: BAL, Boogey Lights, Camco, Carefree

November 30, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: This is the eighth installment in a Louisville Show spotlight focusing on the supply side that will run on RVBUSINESS.com over the next few weeks. Several dozen products from nearly as many industry suppliers showcased in Louisville are highlighted in the series. BAL R.V. Products Tripod FASTJACK Full-Timer KingPin Stabilizer BAL R.V. Products (Booth No. 235) presents the new Tripod FASTJACK Full-Timer KingPin Stabilizer (model 21100000). Customers can increase their fifth-wheel’s... Read more

RVDA Honors ‘Quality Circle Awards’ Recipients

November 29, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

(L-R) RVDA Chairman Darrel Friesen honors Tiffin Motorhomes General Manager Tim Tiffin and National Sales Manager Andy Baer The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) honored RV brands built by 15 manufacturers with its Quality Circle Award Monday (Nov. 28) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, Ky., preluding today’s opening of the RVIA National RV Trade Show. (To view a slideshow of the presentation along with other Monday night Louisville activities and today’s Outlook Breakfast... Read more

Ken Schmidt: ‘Commoditization’ Breeds Failure

November 29, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Former Harley-Davidson executive Ken Schmidt delivers the keynote Monday in Louisville, Ky. The 2016 National RV Trade Show got off to a rousing start Monday (Nov. 28) when keynote speaker Ken Schmidt, the former director of communications strategy for Harley-Davidson Motor Co., warned of the downfalls of the “commoditization of an industry.” (To view a slideshow of Monday night Louisville activities and today’s Outlook Breakfast scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page. Photos... Read more

Supplier Review: Alpha Systems, Aqua Hot, ASA

November 28, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: This is the seventh of several installments in a Louisville Show spotlight focusing on the supply side that will run on RVBUSINESS.com over the next few weeks. Several dozen products from nearly as many industry suppliers showcased in Louisville will be highlighted during the series. Alpha Systems Butyl Tape Extrusion Line For more than 30 years, RV manufacturers have regarded Alpha Systems (Booth No. 280) as a “trusted source of excellence in quality and customer service.”... Read more

SUPPLIER SHOWCASE: RMA, Quest, RiverPark

November 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth of several installments in a Louisville Show spotlight focusing on the supply side that will run on RVBUSINESS.com over the next few weeks. Several dozen products to be showcased in Louisville will be highlighted during the series. LaSalle Bristol RMA XTRM Ply RMA XTRM Ply, available from LaSalle Bristol (Booth No. 293), is a flexible and durable PVC roofing membrane designed to meet the unique challenges of an RV roof. This innovative product offers the industry’s... Read more

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