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‘Sobel University’ Atlanta Course Nearly Sold Out

September 1, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The upcoming Nov. 27-30 Atlanta comprehensive sales course with Sobel University is nearly sold out. According to a press release, enrollment currently has surpassesed 100 RV students with nearly three months remaining before it is scheduled to start. Sobel University added this additional East Coast comprehensive sales course earlier this year in Atlanta due to requests from the nation’s top dealers. “Our dealers had this week reserved for the National RV Show in Louisville before it was cancelled.... Read more

‘Road & Travel’ Transitions Website To Target RVs

August 30, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Los Angeles, Calif.-based “Road & Travel Magazine,” founded in 1989 by Editor-in-Chief and Publisher Courtney Caldwell, has shifted the publication’s focus to showcase the RV lifestyle and emerging trends among enthusiasts. Initially a print magazine targeting the women’s automotive market, the publication transitioned into an online publication in 2000 catering to the automotive, travel and RV sectors. Caldwell told RVBUSINESS.com that she decided to gear content toward RVs... Read more

Updated ‘RV Book’ a Practical Guide for RV Owners

August 24, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

“The RV Book,” authored by RV Education 101 co-founder Mark Polk, offers a generic guide for RV enthusiasts to better understand all aspects of ownership. First published in 2006, the book has sold more than 49,000 copies and was just updated to include more of the technical aspects of owning today’s RV. “We’ve had five reprints but this is an actual update of the book to include a lot of new technical information,” said RV Education 101 co-founder Dawn Polk. “For many years... Read more

FROG Rally Draws 1,400 to Elkhart 4-H Fairgrounds

August 15, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Motor coaches parked during the 2018 Forest River Owners Group (FROG) rally (Photograph by J. Tyler Klassen) Over 650 RVs and 1,400 campers gathered for this week’s 6th Annual International Forest River Owners Group (FROG) International Rally at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds in Goshen, Ind. Company officials reported that 35 Forest River brands were represented during the Aug. 12-18 event which officially got underway on Monday with a kickoff dinner. According to FROG Director... Read more

Arrow Distributing is Readying for Two Key Events

August 13, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Arrow Distributing Inc. is asking RV dealers from around the country to mark their calendars for two upcoming events, as the company is readying for its first Elkhart RV Open House gathering followed by the annual 2019 Exhibitor’s Showcase in January. Arrow President Andy Mullin told RVBUSINESS.com that its Indiana branch will be welcoming dealers on Sept. 25 from noon to 5 p.m. at 1312 Westwood Drive in Elkhart during the Open House. Guests that stop by will be able to meet Arrow Distributing... Read more

‘Harvest Hosts’ is Guiding RVers to Unique Venues

August 10, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Harvest Hosts offers camper stays in pastoral settings Under the control of new ownership, Vail, Colo.-based Harvest Hosts continues to build an intriguing niche marketplace, offering RV camper overnight stays in its network of 600 plus wineries, farms, breweries and other pastoral settings for a membership fee of $49 per year. Don and Kim Green founded Harvest Hosts in 2009. They sold the company in May of 2018 to Joel Holland, who told RVBUSINESS.com there is a “solid transition plan in... Read more

Canada’s Snowbirds & RV Travelers Grows Niche

August 3, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Snowbirds & RV Travelers magazine has effectively carved out a loyal and growing readership, as the Kelowna, B.C.-based publication has been serving the consumer RV travel and destination audience for 15 years. “It’s a consumer-based magazine concentrating on the RV lifestyle and focusing more on destinations and tech tips,” said Steve Fennell, one of the publication’s managing editors who works remotely from Toronto. “We focus more on things to do with your RV rather than... Read more

‘Vintage Trailer Magazine’ Keys on RV Nostalgia

July 27, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Vintage Trailer Magazine Publisher Lisa Mora travels the country in her 1953 Hudson with trailer in tow For those who favor nostalgia over the latest technology-laden RVs, Vintage Trailer Magazine champions the products of the mid-century camping RV pioneers. The Oakland, Ore.-based publication comes out in print six times a year and is solely dedicated to retro-styled, restored trailers.  Each magazine features stories, photos, restoration chronicles and input from vintage trailer... Read more

2nd nüCamp RV Rally Fills Up Ohio Campground

July 24, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

nüCamp CEO Scott Hubble addresses attendees The second annual nüCamp RV rally was completely sold out as T@G and T@B brand teardrop trailer enthusiasts filled all 170 sites at the Winklepleck Grove Campground near the company’s headquarters in Sugarcreek, Ohio.  The July 16-21 event was hosted by nüCamp RV as a way for its owners’ community to connect with each other and with the nüCamp employees that build the teardrop trailers just minutes from the rally site. Allison Stutzman,... Read more

Jayco Touts RV Industry to ‘Boys & Girls Club’

July 11, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Boys and Girls Club members with Jayco mascot J. Jay Thor Industries Inc. and its subsidiary Jayco Inc. Tuesday (July 10) hosted the second of four “RV Days” events at the Boys & Girls Club of Elkhart County clubhouse in Middlebury, Ind. The event provided over 100 youths ranging from elementary to middle school age insight into Elkhart County’s largest industry cluster. The programs were designed to provide an introduction to RVs while also acting as an outreach to the industry as a potential... Read more

Elkhart Firms Adopt ‘Advanced Manufacturing’

July 9, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

HEA Director Dr. Jason Harrison The $9.5 million awarded to the Advanced Manufacturing Sector Partnership (AMSP) of Elkhart County during a June 28 gathering at Lippert Components Inc.’s (LCI) Plant 66 in Elkhart, Ind., will directly benefit the RV industry manufacturing community. The funding will support the development of the future workforce of Elkhart County with training in advanced manufacturing, industry-specific apprenticeship programs and minority workforce development.     Four... Read more

$9.5M Pledged for Ind. Advanced Manufacturing

June 28, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

HEA Director Dr. Jason Harrison Business and industry leaders gathered this morning at the Lippert Components (LCI) Plant 66 in Elkhart, Ind., to acknowledge four sources of funding totaling nearly $9.5 million awarded to the Advanced Manufacturing Sector Partnership (AMSP) of Elkhart County. The partnership was formed just one year ago when Elkhart-area manufacturers came together with local education leaders. At that time industry representatives from a full spectrum of companies shared their common... Read more

Open Range, Highland Ridge Host Owners Rally

June 11, 2018 by · 1 Comment 

Open Range/Highland Ridge rally drew 80 trailers to the Elkhart County Fairgrounds The sixth annual Open Range and Highland Ridge travel trailer and fifth-wheel rally drew 80-plus RVs and 175 club members from as far away as Texas and California to the Elkhart County Fairgrounds in Goshen, Ind., June 4-9. Shipshewana, Ind.-based Open Range RV Co. was established in 2007 and transitioned to Highland Ridge after being purchased by Jayco Inc. in 2014. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of... Read more

Chris-Craft Exec: Marine Buyouts will Continue

June 11, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The marine industry is “unusually fragmented,” and Chris-Craft President Stephen Heese thinks that will continue to change in the coming years. “Public companies have capitol and private companies don’t unless they lever up with debt,” Heese told Soundings Trade Only Today after announcing Winnebago Industries Inc. would buy Chris-Craft. “The marine industry is fragmented, and it’s unusually fragmented given its maturity,” said Heese. That’s because boat building has become... Read more

Lippert’s Tax Abatement in Goshen is Approved

June 7, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Goshen City Council members Tuesday approved on a 5 to 2 vote a resolution establishing a new tax increment financing district on the city’s southeast side. The Goshen News reported that tax increment financing, or TIF, is a tool that allows municipalities to promote economic development by earmarking property tax revenue from increases in assessed values within a designated district. Creation of the new TIF district, coined the Lippert/Dierdorff Economic Development Area, was proposed in part... Read more

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