Industrial Finishes Celebrating 60th Anniversary

April 20, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Industrial Finishes & Systems Inc., a distributor of recreational vehicle paint, equipment and supplies, will mark its 60th anniversary with a special event today (April 20) at its headquarters in Eugene, Ore. Craig Floyd, general manager of the company’s RV division, said that owner Stuart Barr is hosting employees and key vendors such as BASF and Axalta for the anniversary celebration.  “Industrial Finishes is a company that’s very faith-driven, but it’s also very culture-driven,”... Read more

Newmar Honors Parks During Awards Ceremony

April 19, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

(L-R) Newmar President Matt Miller, Chairman Dick Parks and Vice President of Sales and Marketing John Sammut (Photo by Shawn Spence) In a stirring ceremony prior to its Dealer Awards festivities, Dick Parks was honored by Newmar Corp. Wednesday (April 18) night as part of the Nappanee, Ind.-based motorhome manufacturer’s 2017 Dealer Meeting. The three-day event concludes today at the Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas. With a heartfelt tribute, Newmar President... Read more

Newmar Rolls Out 2019 Lineup At Dealer Meeting

April 18, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Newmar Vice President of Sales and Marketing John Sammut rides “Pistol” into the company’s dealer meeting (Photos by Shawn Spence) Astride a horse named Pistol, Vice President of Sales and Marketing John Sammut helped get Newmar Corp.’s Dealer Meeting underway yesterday (April 17) at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the home page. Photos by Shawn Spence) With 100% of its dealer base in attendance, both Sammut... Read more

Q&A: Nest Founder Applauds Airstream’s New Line

April 12, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Nest founder Robert Johans Much like a proud parent watching his prodigy hitting a home run, Robert Johans was enjoying himself last November at the 2017 National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. He was holding court in the Airstream Inc. display, which was showing off a sneak preview of an aerodynamic, all-fiberglass travel trailer called the Nest – a trailer first created by Johans in his Bend, Ore., start-up company. In Louisville, two production prototypes of the single axle trailer were drawing lots... Read more

The BUZZ: Liberty Outdoors Finds the ‘Sweet Spot’

April 10, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Chris Baum Liberty Outdoors, the Somerset, Pa.-based towables manufacturer that traces its roots to Little Guy Worldwide, is enjoying a “wave of momentum” as it’s found a sweet spot in the compact travel trailer segment, officials said. (To view a video scroll to the right side of the home page). Highlighted by the launch last year of the Little Guy Max and the more recent introduction of the Mini Max – both teardrop-style single-axle campers – Liberty Outdoors... Read more

The BUZZ: ‘Reineke RV’ Celebrates Grand Opening

April 6, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

About 100 friends, family and local dignitaries gathered Thursday (April 5) for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Reineke RV in Toledo, Ohio. A similar event will be held April 9 for the company’s new RV dealership in Tiffin, Ohio. Reineke RV is the new venture for the Reineke Family Dealerships, which owns nine automotive dealerships in northwest Ohio. The Tiffin location, which carries the Starcraft and Flagstaff brands and was formerly Fort Ball RV, was acquired in February. At about the same... Read more

RVIA is Seeking Member Input on Proposed Tariffs

April 5, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) is asking its members who import from China to review whether those products and materials are included under a new proposed 25% tariff announced Tuesday (April 3) by the United States Trade Representative (USTR). The list of products and materials represents $50 billion worth of goods. The document is 45 pages long and about 1,300 items are included, with most targeting electronics, aerospace and machinery products. Michael Ochs, RVIA’s director... Read more

Starcraft RV Unveils Mossy Oak-Branded Trailers

March 29, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Marc Hauser, vice president of sales and product development for Jayco towable divisions, Ronnie “Cuz” Strickland, Mossy Oak’s vice president of media services, and Jayco Chief Operations Officer Matt Thompson At a press conference Wednesday (March 28), Starcraft RV officials debuted a line of Mossy Oak travel trailers that the company said would capture the attention of the outdoor brand’s legions of fans. (To view a video scroll to the right side of the home... Read more

Supplier Dave Carter & Associates Expands in Ind.

March 27, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Participating in the ground-breaking were, from left: Fred Ramser, Account Executive, Nuway Construction; Jeremy Stutsman, Mayor of Goshen; Andy Nesbitt, President, Nuway Construction; Dave Carter III, VP of Finance, Dave Carter & Assoc.; John Curran, President & CEO, Dave Carter & Assoc.; Rusty Branson, Area President, Center State Bank; Dave Froom, VP of Sales, Dave Carter & Assoc.; Doug Wilson, General Manager, Dave Carter & Assoc.; Congresswoman Jackie Walorski; Brent Diver,... Read more

See Grins RV Gives Buyers ‘Disneyland for RVers’

March 26, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

See Grins RV offers 500 RVs for sale, 185 of them inside the dealership’s indoor showroom. It’s all about promoting the RV lifestyle at See Grins RV, a full-service motorized and towables dealership whose location in Gilroy, Calif., is about 30 miles south of San Jose. Because the facility is a former Walmart store, See Grins has a 128,000-square-foot indoor showroom, which offers a year-round climate-controlled shopping experience and plenty of room for 185 RVs to display in typical campground... Read more

ARVC Michigan 45th Conference Now Underway

March 19, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

ARVC Michigan President Tim Wilcox addresses conference attendees The Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds of Michigan’s (ARVC Michigan) 45th Annual Conference & Expo officially got underway Sunday (March 18) with a full day of seminars, presentations and a cracker barrel discussion. Held at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mount Pleasant, Mich., the conference resumes today with another full day of seminars, plus a keynote presentation by Amy Wirtz on how listening skills can... Read more

Well-Attended WACO Convention Gets Underway

March 15, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

WACO Convention featured “Best Idea” cracker barrel Highlighted by a full day of educational seminars and an evening of exchanging “best ideas,” the Wisconsin Association of Campground Owner’s (WACO) 2018 Convention got underway yesterday (March 14) at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center in Stevens Point, Wis. Set to run through Sunday, the event includes another day-and-a-half of seminars, a two-day trade show, and a variety of fundraisers. Deemed the largest campground... Read more

Winnebago Reboots Dealer Meeting in San Diego

March 5, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Chad Reece Under the heading of “Winnebago Redefined,” Winnebago Industries Inc. is assembling its dealer network for a March 8-11 event at the San Diego Hilton Bayfront in San Diego, Calif. Noting that the meeting is only for dealers carrying Winnebago-branded motorized and towable product, Chad Reece, director of corporate relations for the iconic Forest City, Iowa-based OEM, said the event is an “opportunity to bring together a dealer body and share information about our Winnebago brand,... Read more

Hymer’s ‘Jeep-Branded RVs’ Mining New Market

March 1, 2018 by · 1 Comment 

Cliffride FE4 Jeep RV In addition to the long-anticipated debut of the Hymer Touring GT and Eriba Retro ultra-lightweight travel trailers, Erwin Hymer Group North America Inc. (EHGNA) surprised attendees during a special dealer meeting this week at the Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas with the rollout of two Jeep-branded RVs. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the home page.) With hundreds of dealer personnel in attendance – a contingent responsible... Read more

Mich. ARVC is Readying For Conference & Expo

February 24, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

For most Michiganders, the first signs of spring are grass poking through melting snow, robins looking for nesting material and fishing shanties breaking through thin ice. For Michigan campground owners, the first sign that spring is just around the corner is the annual Conference & Expo, hosted by the Michigan Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC Michigan). Set for March 18-20 at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mt. Pleasant, the Conference & Expo is the association’s... Read more

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