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‘RV Caucus’ Co-Chair Sponsors Outdoor Rec Bill

September 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

After meeting with RVIA members during Advocacy Day coupled with continued outreach by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) Federal Affairs Team, Senate RV Caucus co-chair, Senator Joni Ernst, R-Idaho, recently underscored her support of the $50 billion RV industry and $887 billion outdoor recreation industry by cosponsoring S. 1633, the Recreation Not Red-Tape Act of 2017 (RnR).  As reported by RVIA Today Express, RnR was one of the key asks during Advocacy Day and is... Read more

Cargo Trailer OEM Adding Second Facility in Ind.

September 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Bristol, Ind.-based Stealth Trailers announced plans to add a second location in the state. Financial details were not disclosed, however the Indiana Economic Development Corp. says the new facility in Marion will create up to 115 jobs by 2020. Inside INdiana Business reported that the cargo trailer manufacturer has already begun installing equipment inside the 48,000-square-foot Grant County facility. The company says the new location will house trailer manufacturing operations, including trailer... Read more

Report: Powerboat Sales Tick Up 2.5% in August

September 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Led by aluminum pontoon and outboard fiberglass boats, ski and wake boats and jetboats, sales of new recreational boats had their best percentage gains in three months in August. Soundings Trade Only reported that sales in the main powerboat segments rose 3.5%, to 10,239, and industrywide sales climbed 2.5%, to 17,454, in 28 states that represent about 58% of the U.S. market, according to Statistical Surveys Inc. Pontoon sales rose the most — 8.9%, or 228, to 2,789 — and sales of 11- to... Read more

VIDEO 2: Thor’s Martin Applauds RV Open House

September 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Thor Industries Inc. President and CEO Bob Martin touts the relaxed nature of the Open House and its emergence as a key event for RV dealers and OEMs. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

California RV Show Kicking Off Oct. 6 in Pomona

September 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Anticipation for the launch of the the California RV Show is mounting as the 10-day event, hosted by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), is set roll out Oct. 6 featuring more than 1.2 million square feet of exhibit space. As reported by RVIA Today Express, the California RV Show is expected to draw over 45,000 guests to the Los Angeles County Fair & Exposition “Fairplex” in Pomona, Calif., where over 1,400 RVs will be on display. The show... Read more

RVIA, Pence Policy Director Examine Key Issues

September 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Mike Pence Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) President Frank Hugelmeyer and the Government Affairs Leadership Team of Craig Kirby and Jay Landers met with Vice President Pence’s Deputy Director of Domestic Policy Stephen Pinkos. As reported by RVIA Today Express, the 30-minute meeting quickly turned into a 90-minute session covering issues from the booming RV industry, campground modernization, outdoor recreation and labor shortage to tax and trade policy measures. During the... Read more

Martin Slated For Sales Track at RVDA Con/Expo

September 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The 2017 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo will feature two hour-long workshops in the sales track presented by David Martin. According to a press release, Martin has 40 years of sales, management and training experience and been a featured speaker at 35 conventions in seven countries. Martin will present two 60-minute workshops in the sales track. The convention/expo, the premier education and networking event for North American RV dealers, takes place at Bally’s in Las Vegas, Nov.... Read more

‘Valley Screen’ is Marking 50th Year of Operation

September 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Founded in 1967 by Jerry Bauer and Galen Heckbert, Mishawaka. Ind.-based Valley Screen is marking its 50th anniversary. According to a release, the company was formed with a handful of employees and has grown into a multimillion dollar business in the large format graphics business, providing state-of-the-art digital graphics and design work for the RV and marine industries, fleet vehicles and interior architectural community. Following Jerry Bauer’s passing in 2007, Valley Screen is now owned... Read more

KOA Garners Ranking as a Top Franchise Brand

September 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) has been named one of the Top Franchise Brands of 2017 by Entrepreneur.com and Entrepreneur Magazine. According to a press release, KOA was ranked 131st from nearly 1,000 franchise brands under consideration. Only 200 of the top franchise brands made the final list. “The Top Franchise ranking was determined by taking companies that applied for this year’s Franchise 500, and analyzing additional factors such as social media followers, system size, number of years... Read more

RV Factory Names Ornatowski as VP, Operations

September 22, 2017 by · 1 Comment 

Michell Ornatowski The RV Factory, an Elkhart, Ind,-based factory-direct manufacturer of high-end fifth wheels under the Luxe Elite, Luxe Gold, Ambition name brands and the Weekend Warrior fifth-wheel toy hauler, announced the appointment of Michell Ornatowski as vice president of operations.  According to a press release, Ornatowski has logged a notable career in the RV industry. “As I look over the operation of this revolutionary business design and high-end product, I’m excited about... Read more

Coachmen Adrenaline Adds Jensen A/V Package

September 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Adrenaline Sales Manager Mark Sorg (L) and ASA Electronics RV OEM Account Manager Cedric Waters Elkhart, Ind.-based ASA Electronics is providing a complete JENSEN audio/video package for Coachmen’s 2018 Adrenaline toy hauler, including the App Ready JWM70A stereo, 12-volt JMPSW800 amplified subwoofer, marine grade MS650 coaxial speakers, and a 40-inch LED TV. “When it comes to quality engineered electronics, ASA is my first choice. A big part of that is I’ve seen first-hand the kind of... Read more

Capital Talk: Hyland Sees Continued RV Strength

September 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

During this week’s Elkhart RV Open House, RVB Publisher Sherman Goldenberg sat down with Tim Hyland, president of Wells Fargo CDF’s RV Group, offering a snapshot of the industry’s accelerated growth and a look at what’s around the next bend. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

VIDEO 3: ROTV Views Thom Thumb Retro Trailer

September 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

With the continual growth in popularity of vintage and vintage-style retro RVs, “Rollin’ On TV” (ROTV) examines a new offering from Ore.-based Thom Thumb Trailers — an exact replica of the early Rod & Reel trailer. Also, Mark and Dawn Polk from RV Education 101 demonstrate some popular trailer towing accessories and Evanne Schmarder whips up her apple pie salad. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

Louisville Display Space Exceeds 1M Square Feet

September 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The 2017 National RV Trade Show, scheduled for Nov. 27-30 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, will feature over one million square feet of exhibit space filled with all the top manufacturer and supplier brands in the RV industry. Beyond being able to connect and engage with key industry stakeholders, this year’s show will be bigger and better than ever before with new outdoor industry exhibitors from verticals including camping and lifestyle accessory brands, according to a press... Read more

RVIC Hosts Indiana Legislators At ‘Open House’

September 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Members of Indiana’s state legislature and representatives of the state’s congressional delegation, visited the Elkhart RV Open House on Wednesday (Sept. 20). In attendance were State Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind.-2; Sen. Blake Doriot; State Rep. Doug Miller, R-Ind.-48; Lauren Varga, regional director for Sen. Joe Donnelly; and Courtney Papa, regional director for Sen. Todd Young. Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council’s (RVIC) Matt Rose, director of RVs, along... Read more

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