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TCM: Alaskan Campers Under New Management

March 27, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: The following article and Q&A appears in Truck Camper Magazine reporting on the sale of Alaskan Trailers. For the full story click here. Alaskan Campers has been acquired by John Macpherson, a satellite communications business owner servicing the Alaska oil, fishing, and marine industry. He’s also a passionate outdoorsman and takes any opportunity he can get to go fishing and hunting in his personal Alaskan Camper. Alaskan Campers was founded in 1958 by Californian Don... Read more

Dodd RV Garners Top Honor From ‘Dealer Rater’

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For the second year in a row Virginia-based Dodd RV was recognized with the Dealer Rater National Dealer of the Year award for the highest customer satisfaction rating. According to a press release, the award recognizes top U.S. and Canadian RV dealers that demonstrate excellent customer service as expressed by consumer reviews submitted to DealerRater.com. “RV buyers have spoken and identified Dodd RV as the best recreational vehicles dealer to do business with in the U.S,”... Read more

Report: NHTSA Releases RV-Related Recalls List

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Editor’s Note: The following is a list of recent RV-related recalls compiled by the U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA). • Thor Motor Coach (TMC) is recalling 6,561 2014-2015 ACE, Hurricane, Challenger, Daybreak, Miramar, Outlaw, and Windsport motorhomes. These vehicles have windshield wiper systems that may have been improperly installed and secured, possibly causing the wipers to fail during use. For additional information click here. • Jayco Inc. is... Read more

RVIA Asks Members to Weigh in on Federal Regs

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Editor’s Note: The following statement was issued by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) asking members to weigh in on a survey to determine “the most burdensome and costly regulations or federal tax policies that negatively affect your business or slow your business down?” We are entering an unprecedented political environment where there may be opportunities to eliminate burdensome federal regulations and reduce onerous federal taxes. Now is the time to examine... Read more

VIDEO 1: Outback Trailer Offers ‘7-Point Leveler’

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Keystone RV Co. offers a breakdown of its 7-point Auto-Level System from BAL available on its lightweight Outback trailer. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

CellTuck Tool Allows Fast Response to Inquiries

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CellTuck announced that the company has updated all client websites with Text SMS Widget that allows for quick and immediate response to inquiries.   “When a prospect uses the tool, an e-mail is delivered,” stated CellTuck Director Angie Cellucci in a press release. “The dealer clicks the provided link which then sends them right to the texting option of their phone. They reply to the prospect via text.   “Now that such a great majority of prospects are mobile,... Read more

Universal Trailer Christens ‘Cutting-Edge’ Facility

March 25, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Media gathers for press conference at Universal Trailer’s ribbon-cutting A Bristol, Ind., manufacturer took a step into the future on Friday (March 24) afternoon, unveiling a new $25 million, 200,000-square-foot plant that will create more than 200 new jobs.  As reported by the Elkhart Truth, Universal Trailer Corp. told a group of more than three dozen people that the new facility — which sits on 43 acres located at 2020 Blakesley Parkway, just south of the... Read more

Show Space Opens Soon for 65th Pomona Show

March 25, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The California RV Show, taking place Oct. 6-15 at the Pomona Fairplex, is sending space applications out to manufacturer and supplier members within the next couple of weeks. The deadline to submit an application at the reduced rate early bird pricing and space drawing is May 12. According to a press release, the new show layout will have room for 1,325 RVs in one million-square-feet of space with a beautifully landscaped campground front entrance. Manufacturers will be bringing their new... Read more

RVRA Seeking Input for Survey on Rental Market

March 25, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV Rental Association (RVRA) is conducting its annual survey of RV rental operators to gauge the state of the market in terms of fleet size and makeup, economic impact, and consumer preferences. According to a report by RV Executive Today Online, the results are used to promote this segment of the industry and alert consumers to RV rental options. An aggregate report on the results will be available this summer. No individual company responses will be released. This online survey is being conducted... Read more

Spartan Honors Top Suppliers at Annual Confab

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Spartan Motors Inc. SPAR, a global leader in specialty chassis and vehicle design, manufacturing and assembly, has named St. Paul, Minn.-based Waterous as its Supplier of the Year. Additionally, Spartan recognized 12 suppliers with Spartan Diamond awards, and nine others earned Honorable Mention recognitions as part of Spartan’s Annual Supplier Conference, held March 9, at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center, in Charlotte, Mich.   According to a press release, Spartan’s Annual Supplier... Read more

National RV Supply Releasing ’17 Master Catalog

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National RV Supply (NRVS) announced the introduction of its 2017 Master Catalog. Featuring more than 820 pages of RV aftermarket accessories, parts and supplies, the 2017 Master Catalog is a printed reference source for the company’s extensive range of offerings that complements the online catalog and ordering systems. “We are very excited to offer the first edition of the National RV Supply Master Catalog. Our commitment is steadfast to helping our dealer customers put profit... Read more

Ford Contingent Launches Elkhart Trade Mission

March 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Ford’s F-53 chassis An entourage of 15 Ford Motor Co. executives last week (Mar. 16) paid a visit to the RV-manufacturing center of Elkhart, Ind., and — without public fanfare or media coverage – stopped by a series of high-volume clients before hosting an afternoon meeting at the RV/MH Hall of Fame. During the HOF meeting, Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) Vice President of Standards Bruce Hopkins provided the Ford contingent, representing both European and U.S. aspects... Read more

Universal Trailer Unveils $25M High-Tech Facility

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Universal Trailer’s new office and production facility Universal Trailer Corp. today (March 24) unveiled a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Bristol, Ind., for the production of Wells Cargo and Haulmark cargo trailers. According to a press release, the $25 million-plus facility represents over two years of innovation adapted from the automotive industry to produce lighter and more durable Wells Cargo and Haulmark performance-grade cargo trailers. The new facility will employ over... Read more

Lippert Plans $19M Project for Signature Seating

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Lippert Components Inc. plans to build a $19.17 million, 380,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in New Haven, Ind., at the former Signature Seating plant that is expected to create 140 new jobs by the end of 2019. The Fort Wayne News Sentinel reported that in 2015 Lippert completed a $16 million deal to acquire Signature Seating, a maker of furniture for the marine industry. That operation, and its 185 employees, will be incorporated into the New Haven facility. Elkhart-based Lippert paid... Read more

RVDA of Canada Lauds ‘De Minimis Rate’ Ruling

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The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada issued a statement Thursday (March 23) supporting the Liberal government’s position on maintaining current de minimis rates in the recently released Federal Budget. According to the statement, “Yesterday, the Honorable Bill Morneau presented the 2017 budget in the House of Commons. This budget maintained the government’s current position on de minimis rates for Canada. The current de minimis rule exempts imported parcels... Read more

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