Industry PR Team Hitches Ride with Today Show

July 18, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

RVIA’s Director of Media Relations Kevin Broom Next week’s television broadcasts by NBC’s “TODAY” show from a Boston wharf and a Maine campground in a Winnebago Navion motorhome is the latest example of how perseverance and partnerships can pay off with national publicity. Early next week, TODAY hosts Al Roker and Craig Melvin are driving a Winnebago Navion 24G – hand-picked by Roker – from New York City to Boston, where they’ll broadcast live on Monday, and then up the East... Read more

MARVAC Appoints Three to Board of Directors

July 11, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) announced Tuesday (July 10) the appointment of three people to its board of directors, including Terry Goddard, Ryan Krenek and Bob Rohn, who was re-elected. Goddard is a field sales representative at Tom Manning & Associates, a Michigan-based manufacturers representative firm for the RV and manufactured housing industries. “I am excited about the opportunity to serve on the MARVAC board,” Goddard told Read more

Go RVing Canada Expands ‘Wildhood’ Campaign

July 2, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Go RVing Canada, an offshoot of the 20-year-old U.S.-based Go RVing Coalition’s national marketing program, continues to add to its successful “Bring Back Wildhood” campaign for 2018. While it’s closely aligned with the U.S. program, Go RVing Canada was established to give Canada’s RV industry more creative independence in an effort to reach the country’s buyers.  Toward that end, Go RVing Canada conceived the “Bring Back Wildhood” campaign about four years ago. A play... Read more

Troy James: RVX ‘Absolutely the Right Direction’

June 27, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Troy James While details continue to be worked out, organizers of “RVX: The RV Experience” (RVX) say the event’s concept is beginning to catch on as more people understand it’s not so much a replacement for the now defunct National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., as much as it’s a completely new and “reimagined” industry-only event. Set for March 12-14 – the cusp of the North American camping season – next year in Salt Lake City, Utah, RVX is designed to provide both OEMs... Read more

‘Destination Trailers’ Gain Popularity With RVers

June 22, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Tim Kress (L) and Darin Elswick with CrossRoads Hampton destination trailer Park model RVs and destination trailers are similar, although there are some key differences. Destination trailers are fully contained RVs but are generally larger – 8 1/2 feet wide – than other towable RVs and less aerodynamic since they’re not meant to be transported as frequently. However, they are designed to be pulled by consumers. Typically 12 feet wide, park model RVs (PMRVs) are larger and require special... Read more

Escapees Celebrate RV Club’s 40th Anniversary

June 18, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Escapees members relax and interact at 58th Escapade Almost 660 rigs and 1,300 people attended the 58th Annual Escapade hosted by the Escapade RV Club, which ran May 27 to June 1 at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, Mo. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the home page.) “We actually had – and this is always interesting and exciting for us – two people in tents. So, two people who aren’t even in the lifestyle, they found us and joined our... Read more

CWRV Staff Moved by Camp Watcha Wanna Do

June 14, 2018 by · 2 Comments 

Participants at Camp Watcha Wanna Do In what participants described as an “amazing camp experience,” CWRV Transport staff spent time Wednesday (June 13) at Camp Watcha Wanna Do, a not-for-profit organization providing camping opportunities for young cancer survivors in Wolcottville, Ind. (To view a slide show of the experience, scroll to the right side of the page.) Rob Jackson, president of CWRV Transport which delivers RVs primarily for Camping World dealerships, told Read more

Tariffs Dominate RVIA’s ‘Advocacy Day’ Agenda

June 6, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Moderated by RVIA President Frank Hugelmeyer, former Florida Congressman Bill McCollum, a Republican who led the impeachment efforts of former President Bill Clinton, and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, once head of the Democratic Party, participated in a political panel discussion as part of the Committee Week & Advocacy Day event. (Photo by Cable Risdon) More than 120 RV industry executives are “storming Capitol Hill” in Washington D.C. today (June 6) as part of the RV Industry... Read more

RVIA Convenes Pivotal ‘Committee Week’ in D.C.

June 5, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

RVIA President Frank Hugelmeyer addresses Committee Week attendees With meetings by the Market Information, Public Relations, Park Model RV, Suppliers, and Lawyers committees, as well as the Go RVing Coalition and the Repair Event Cycle Time (RECT) task force, the 2018 Committee Week and Advocacy Day event got underway Monday (June 4) at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. Hosted by the RV Industry Association (RVIA), the five-day gathering also included a welcome by RVIA Chairman Bob Parish... Read more

Happe: Building a ‘Premier Outdoor Lifestyle Co.’

June 5, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Winnebago President and CEO Michael Happe Monday’s (June 4) announcement that Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc. had acquired 300-employee Florida recreational boat builder Chris-Craft from Stellican Ltd. came as a surprise to most industry watchers including those gathered this week at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., for the RV Industry Association’s 2018 RV Committee Week. Along with a heralded brand that dates back to 1874, the acquisition, Winnebago’s first in the marine... Read more

Rebranded RVIA Launches New Website & Logo

June 4, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

As part of the first day’s events during Committee Week, Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) President Frank Hugelmeyer announced that the Reston, Va.-based organization officially was rebranding itself as the “RV Industry Association,” an initiative that includes a revamped logo and website. (Scroll to the right side of home page to view a video from RVIA explaining how to use the new website interface.) The reason for the change is to more clearly and immediately... Read more

Australian Launches ‘#RV’ Consumer Magazine

May 30, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Richard Robertson An Australian who’s found success with iMotorhome, an electronic magazine geared toward RV consumers in the land Down Under, is hoping to duplicate that success with a similar digital-only publication in North America. Called “#RV,” the monthly publication is aimed at Millennials and GenXers, Publisher and Managing Editor Richard Robertson told Each issue features consumer-oriented content including RV tests, product releases, news, technical and travel stories,... Read more

Supplier ‘ICON Technologies’ Marking 20th Year

May 29, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

ICON owner John Loewen Headquartered in Winkler, Manitoba, ICON Technologies, one of the RV industry’s premier suppliers of aftermarket thermoformed and roto-molded repair and replacement skirts, holding tanks and other parts, celebrated its 20th anniversary May 24 with the grand opening of a new 105,000-square-foot production facility. About 100 guests gathered in a 1,600-square-foot section of the new facility, symbolic of the original building owner John Loewen leased from a cement contractor... Read more

Escapees to Mark 40th Year at Annual Escapade

May 25, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

At the same time the group is marking its highest ever membership total at almost 62,000 families, the Escapees RV Club is set to welcome nearly 640 rigs and their owners to the 58th Annual Escapade, which runs from May 27 to June 1 at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, Mo. In addition to more than 80 educational seminars, classes, and workshops as well as activities, entertainment and camaraderie, the Escapade will also celebrate the 40th anniversary of the club founded in 1978... Read more

Hershey Show Marking 50th; Big Gate Expected

May 24, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Expectations are high for the 2018 edition of America’s Largest RV Show, slated for Sept. 12-16 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. — and not just because this marks the 50th anniversary of one of the industry’s marquee events. Hosted by the Pennsylvania RV & Camping Association (PRVCA) and featuring some 160 vendors and 1,300 RVs from 45 manufacturers — all occupying more than 1 million square feet of indoor and outdoor display space — the “Hershey Show” will likely... Read more

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