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Airstream Partnering With Pedegro Electric Bikes

May 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Airstream Inc. has partnered with California-based Pedego Electric Bikes to produce the new Pedego Airstream Electric Bike, according to a press release.  Priced from $2,995, Pedego Airstream electric bikes are available in brushed aluminum to match Airstream’s classic silver bullet style and are being sold at Airstream dealerships and Pedego stores.  The bike carries a two-year comprehensive warranty. The Pedego Airstream electric bike features include: Cool brushed aluminum frame... Read more

Black Book: Towables Auction Sales Set a Record

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Black Book reported that towable sales at auction again set a record during April, while motorhome values slipped. “Summer has finally arrived, and retail sales remain strong,” said Eric Lawrence, director of specialty products, in a press release. “Auction volume and conversion rates continue to be high, increasing for the past several months, which indicates a strong demand for quality used units from RV dealers.” Taking a closer look at the markets, the average selling price for... Read more

Lance Camper Showcased at Overland Expo West

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Hellwig/Lance Rulebreaker Lance Camper once again attended the May 12-14 Overland Expo West in Flagstaff, Ariz., an annual trade show featuring camping vehicles, equipment and services along with seminars taught by the leading overland adventure. This year Lance partnered with Hellwig Suspension Products in a two-unit product display featuring a stock version of Lance’s flagship 1172 Truck Camper alongside the Hellwig/Lance “RuleBreaker” featuring the Lance 650 Truck Camper mounted on... Read more

SylvanSport Adds Legacy RV to National Network

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SylvanSport announced the addition of Salt Lake City-based Legacy RV to its national network for its GO camping trailer. “We are so excited to be carrying the SylvanSport GO,” said Kent Richards, founder of Legacy RV, in a press release. “The GO is perfect for a whole new RV buyer that is concerned with their environment and wants a multi-functional product that they can pull with their car.” “SylvanSport is proud to help conserve Utah’s vast and grandiose beauty and become a familiar... Read more

SEMA Lobbies Congress During Washington Rally

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More than 115 representatives from the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) gathered in the nation’s capital to participate in SEMA’s 2017 Washington Rally on May 17. Racing business owners and industry leaders took to the halls of Congress to remind lawmakers of the cultural and economic importance of motorsports and the automotive specialty-equipment industry.   According to a press release, a top focus during the rally was H.R. 350/S.203, the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports... Read more

RVIA: 14M RVers Set to Hit Road on Memorial Day

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Nearly 14.4 million Americans will travel in recreation vehicles over Memorial Day weekend, heading to the country’s 18,000-plus campgrounds, according to the latest survey of RV owners by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). The Campfire Canvass survey finds that 83% of RV owners plan to use their RVs more than, or as much as, they did last year. Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day are the most popular trip times, with Father’s Day RV outings fast gaining in popularity.... Read more

Spartan Motors Appointing Sharman as Chairman

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Spartan Motors Inc., a leader in specialty chassis and vehicle design, manufacturing and assembly, today (May 24) announced that James A. Sharman has been elected as chairman, effective immediately. Sharman will succeed Hugh Sloan, who is retiring from the role which he has served in since 2010. “On behalf of our employees, the entire management team, and our board of directors, I would like to thank Hugh for his leadership and support as we’ve navigated our way through the unique... Read more

RVRA Survey: RV Rentals, Fleets to Grow in 2017

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The North American RV rental fleet is expected to grow more than 12% in 2017, with almost two-thirds of rental operators expanding their rental fleets, according to a new survey by the Recreation Vehicle Rental Association (RVRA).   “This segment of the market continues to be a winner for the RV industry,” said Scott Krenek, RVRA chairman and owner of Krenek RV Super Center in Coloma, Mich., in a press release. “The RV rental market is healthy and growing. That’s why so many RVRA... Read more

Laurentian Bank is Acquiring Northpoint Finance

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Laurentian Bank of Canada said it reached an agreement to acquire Alpharetta, Ga.-based Northpoint Commercial Finance, which provides inventory financing to powersports, marine, RV and other dealers in the United States and Canada. The bank is proceeding with the transaction through its equipment finance subsidiary, LBC Capital. The transaction is expected to close before the end of fiscal 2017, the bank said. Laurentian Bank, in a press release, said it believes Northpoint Commercial Finance... Read more

Berkshire, Cummins may Face Texas Dealer Fines

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It’s a good thing Warren Buffett has deep pockets. My  Statesman reported that the billionaire’s holding company – Berkshire Hathaway Inc. – could be liable for civil fines in the range of $350,000 a day if an ongoing investigation by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles determines it to be in violation of Texas law prohibiting the owner of an automobile manufacturer from also owning automobile dealerships in the state. Berkshire Hathaway owns Berkshire Hathaway Automotive, which is... Read more

Elkhart Co.’s Unemployment Rate Falls Below 2%

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Elkhart County’s unemployment rate took another dive in April, retaining the lowest unemployment rate in the state along with Dubois and LaGrange counties.  The county’s unemployment rate now sits below 2 percent at 1.9 percent, nearly declining a whole percentage point from the March unemployment rate of 2.8 percent. It also marks the lowest unemployment the county has seen in 18 years, since May of 1999 when the unemployment rate sat at 1.8 percent, according... Read more

Iowa Paying Flexsteel $2M to Remain in Dubuque

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The state of Iowa will give Flexsteel Industries more than $2 million as part of a $10 million bid to keep the furniture company’s plant in Dubuque and save most of the site’s more than 200 jobs. The Iowa Economic Development Authority board approved a $2.1 million incentive package for Flexsteel, the Des Moines Register reported. That includes a $1 million forgivable loan and more than $1 million in tax credits and refunds. In addition to the state award, a lengthy project agreement... Read more

RVC Will Open up Yosemite RV Resort Next Week

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RVC Outdoor Destinations announced that it will open Yosemite RV Resort, a 34-acre property in Coarsegold, Calif., on June 2. The resort’s opening weekend celebrations start Friday morning with coffee and donuts and a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1 p.m. and continue through Sunday with an 11 a.m. farewell breakfast. Formally known as Yosemite South Coarsegold Ranch, a longtime favorite of guests looking a “basecamp” for visiting Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks, the park has... Read more

LSI Plans Prospective Owners Workshop In Sept.

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Leisure Systems Inc.(LSI) announced it will hold a prospective owners workshop Sept. 16-17 with seminars designed for people considering entry into the campground business as well as existing campground owners who are considering joining the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort network. The two-day workshop will be held at the award-winning North Texas Jellystone Park in Burleson, near Fort Worth. According to the announcement, the workshop will examine the different types of campgrounds,... Read more

Highland Ridge Rolls Out New Ultra-Lite Floorplan

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After months of preparation by its engineering and product development teams, Highland Ridge RV is launching an all-new Open Range Ultra-Lite floorplan, the UL2510BH, to dealers this week. According to a press release, the model is equipped with all of the options exclusively used on all Highland Ridge RV Ultra-Lite trailers, including a full-sized bathroom, large pass-through storage area with bicycle storage, chef’s kitchen, bunk sleeping for four, and a private master bedroom with a walk-around... Read more

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