BUZZ: CampgroundViews Founder Growing Site

May 15, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

CampgroundViews founder Mark Koep The future of the campground industry is bright and only growing brighter, as more and more people are discovering the affordable fun that a camping trip can provide. A number of familiar reports support this claim including the “2018 North American Camping Report,” a study commissioned by Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA), showing the number of camping households in the U.S. is now estimated at more than 77 million. In addition, after more than 500,000... Read more

RVB’s Kessler: Inside Look at Trump Elkhart Rally

May 14, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

RVB Managing Editor Rick Kessler Editor’s Note: The following is a first-hand account by RVBusiness Managing Editor Rick Kessler on President Trump’s rally held May 11 in Elkhart, Ind. As a working journalist for RVBusiness magazine, I covered former President Barack Obama’s rally two years ago at Concord High School in Elkhart, Ind. So on May 10 when President Donald Trump came to Elkhart for his own rally inside the old North Side Gym, the journalist in me was equally eager at the... Read more

Trump Supports Braun, Touts Agenda in Elkhart

May 11, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

President Trump addresses rally attendees including Art Decio and Elkhart Mayor Tim Neese with front row seats At what amounted to a victory rally for the 45th President of the United States Thursday (May 11) in Elkhart, Ind., Donald Trump painted a bull’s-eye on U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, stating that for him to move forward with his agenda he needs Indiana to send him “reinforcements” in the person of Mike Braun, the GOP nominee looking to unseat the man Trump called “Sleepin’ Joe.”... Read more

NomadFEST Sold Out; RV Nomad Movie to Debut

May 9, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

NomadFEST, an event created by Nomadic Life Films and organized by EPIC Nomad TV to host the world premiere of “RV Nomads: The Movie,” has officially sold out of the 400 tickets available for the first showing of the film. The event will include a content creators summit, film festival and a plethora of additional events for full-time nomads. Set to take place Oct. 18-22 in Wellington, Texas, organizers said the level of enthusiasm shown for the film and NomadFEST has surpassed their... Read more

Jason Lippert Humbled by ‘Bids for Kids’ Tribute

May 8, 2018 by · 1 Comment 

Jason Lippert again chaired the Bids for Kids auction In addition to raising $1.5 million for the Goshen, Ind., location of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County, the May 5 “Bids for Kids” Charity Auction & Dinner also managed to surprise the event’s longtime chairman Jason Lippert. Lippert, president and CEO of Lippert Components Inc. (LCI), typically begins each auction by taking the stage to thank everyone for coming to the fundraiser and supporting the club which provides... Read more

‘Bids for Kids’ Charity Auction Raises $1.5 Million

May 7, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Jason Lippert again chaired the Bids for Kids Charity Auction & Dinner. Strongly supported once again by members of the RV industry, the 18th Annual “Bids for Kids” Charity Auction & Dinner, held Saturday evening (May 5) at the RV/MH Hall of Fame’s Northern Indiana Event Center in Elkhart, Ind., raised about $1.5 million for the Goshen location of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County. The auction has become a philanthropic favorite for many in the RV industry, particularly... Read more

Horizon Set to Consolidate Certain U.S. Operations

May 2, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

In a move designed to streamline U.S. operations, Horizon Global Corp. is moving forward with plans to consolidate facilities in Solon, Ohio, and Mosinee, Wis., into the company’s Plymouth, Mich., location. Officials noted in a press release that the stated focus of consolidation is “to bring together all roles and responsibilities of Horizon Americas team, with the exception of manufacturing and distribution facilities, into a primary location. This integration will align areas of the business... Read more

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 · 1 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

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