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Owasco RV Settles in at New Ontario Facility

November 16, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Owasco RV’s new glassed-in dealership in Ontario Retailer Owasco RV recently moved from its original location in Whitby, Ontario, to its newly-built facility just 10 minutes away in Clarington. According to the company, it moved into the new 30,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility officially on Sept. 21 with grand opening events held the week of Oct. 18. The move and expansion are significant with the business growing from a shared 11-acre property to a full-service, stand-alone RV sales... Read more

RV Country Breaks Ground for 8th Dealership

November 15, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Curt Curtis RV Country, formerly Paul Evert’s RV Country, just broke ground on a new sales and service facility in Sparks, Nev., representing the company’s eighth selling location in addition to a stand-alone service facility. “We just started last Monday so the crew is out there moving dirt now as we build this dealership from the ground up,” said Curt Curtis, president and owner of the chain. “It will have 10 service bays, a parts department and a good-sized sales lot with... Read more

Chinook Set to Go Into Full Production in 2019

November 8, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Chinook President and CEO Phil Rizzio Chinook Motor Coach Corp. (CMC) has been quietly building its entry into the Class B motorized and towable RV markets over the past 18 months.  In July of 2017, RVBUSINESS.com reported that the Las Vegas, Nev.-based Class B motorhome builder was setting up shop in Elkhart, Ind., investing nearly $2.5 million to potentially create over 100 manufacturing jobs. The company stated at that time it did not know when full production would begin, facing the hurdles... Read more

CalARVC Exec to Talk Regs at Glamping Confab

October 30, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The Global Glamping Conference, set for Nov. 27-28 at The Westin Long Beach in Long Beach, Calif., will spotlight the growing industry with a panel of speakers and a wide variety of vendors promoting the lifestyle.  According to the event website, glamping is defined as offering glamorous, luxury camping experiences in prime areas that maximize the value of under-utilized specialty locations, including vineyards, agricultural locations, nature reserves and spa retreats.  Debbie Sipe, executive... Read more

Hall Adds Conestoga Wagon, ‘Eagle One’ Coach

October 29, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Bill Thomas, owner of Bill Thomas RV, in front of the Conestoga wagon donated to the Hall of Fame Two new additions have been added to the museum collection at the RV/MH Hall of Fame, including a Conestoga-style wagon and a motorhome called “Eagle One.” “The old wagon has been restored to a beautiful condition and we believe it to be circa 1885,” said Darryl Searer, president of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation Inc. “The Eagle One is a tribute to the Philadelphia... Read more

CWRV Shuttle Brand Launched for Local Drivers

October 17, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV industry cluster in and around Indiana’s Elkhart County depends heavily on shuttle operations as a vital link to the delivery of RVs across North America. One of the largest carriers, CWRV Transport, is now branding and managing its local shuttle contractors to operate independently under the CWRV Shuttle name. According to CWRV Transport President Rob Jackson, the shuttle owner operators are considered local, not over-the-road drivers. CWRV Shuttle contractors earn payment based on... Read more

15th Montana Rally Attracts 300-Plus to Goshen

September 24, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

150 fifth-wheels gathered in Goshen for Montana rally The 15th Keystone Montana Owners Club drew a record 150 fifth-wheels and 300-plus campers to the Elkhart County Fairgrounds in Goshen, Ind., Sept. 19-26. One of the most well known Keystone brands, the privately run Montana Owners Club now has more than 15,000 members across the U. S. and Canada. Ron Aims of Fort Collins, Colo., who served as Wagonmaster for this year’s event, told RVBUSINESS.com that the growing club is marked by strong... Read more

‘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

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