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Thor 2Q Income up 76% on 34% Jump in Sales

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Elkhart, Ind.-based Thor Industries Inc. today (March 5) announced improved sales and net income from continuing operations for the second quarter, ended Jan. 31, compared with the weaker results reported a year ago that were adversely affected by the harsh winter conditions in early 2014. Sales from continuing operations for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 were $852.4 million, up 34% from $635.3 million in the second quarter last year, as sales of both towable and motorized RVs posted gains from... Read more

Commission Looking to Modernize Calif. Parks

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Standing on the corner of Mission and 16th Street in San Francisco, a mixed neighborhood of yuppies and the Latino working class, Carlos Lopez, 19, said he’s heard of Mount Tamalpais State Park. But he thinks it’s far away and isn’t sure how to get there. When told it is only about 10 miles north of where he was standing, he was a little surprised. The images of rolling hills and rocky shores shown on an iPhone stoke his imagination. “Man, this is nice,” he said. “Now... Read more

TOP DEBUTS: CrossRoads’ High-end Carriage

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CrossRoads RV recently reintroduced the legendary Carriage and Cameo fifth-wheel brands, both of which had been shelved since the 2011 demise of Millersburg, Ind.-based Carriage Inc. CrossRoads’ parent, Thor Industries Inc., purchased the brands in 2012. The Carriage fills a top-of-the-line void for CrossRoads. Along with contemporary residential cabinetry and woodwork, the new Carriage, with three front master-suite floorplans in lengths ranging from 35 to 41 feet, features full-body-painted exteriors,... Read more

Safety Inspections Required on Texas Trailers

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Owners of some of almost 600,000 travel trailers, boat trailers and utility trailers registered with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles will get a surprise when they next receive notice that it’s time to renew that annual trailer registration. According to a report by the Houston Chronicle, some will learn they have been violating a law of which many were not aware. Included in renewal notices sent to owners of trailers with registration expiring this month and later will be notification... Read more

Grasshaven Outdoors Grows ‘Kiosk’ Presence

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Grasshaven Outdoors founder Dawn Bitz Dawn Bitz wants to take her business on a little road trip. Business Denver reported that Grasshaven Outdoors, Bitz’s Boulder-based car camping and RV supply retailer, is expanding around the U.S. with 40 new kiosks in RV dealerships from New Hampshire to Idaho. The company ultimately aims to expand to from 19 to 250 kiosks throughout the U.S. and into Canada. “There’s a huge glamping trend across the U.S.,” Bitz said. “There’s been tremendous reception... Read more

Thompson RV, Ally, RVB Aiding Kenyan Village

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“Spirit Award” presentation at Thompson Family RV in Davenport, Iowa (Photo by Todd Mizener) Mwalimu Karisa’s second dream is getting closer to reality. Karisa, 20, who spent a year in the Iowa’s Quad-Cities in 2012 as a foreign exchange student, first dreamed of seeing a drinking well built in his village in Kenya. About 18 months ago, that came to be. “This well has changed everything,” he said. Now, the freshman at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, is close... Read more

VIDEO 1: Winnebago Trend Survives Drop Test

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Today’s video comes from Winnebago Industries Inc. showing a recent “drop test” of a Trend Class C motorhome to demonstrate the durability of the Ram ProMaster chassis. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

Mike Thompson No. 1 California Dealer For ’14

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Data reported for 2014 year-end RV dealer rankings by the California Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (CRVDA) and Statistical Surveys Inc. have validated Mike Thompson RV as the No. 1 dealer for motorhome, trailer and overall sales in the state. According to Statistical Surveys, Grand Rapids, Mich., Mike Thompson RV sold more towables and Class A, Class C and Class B motorhomes than any other California RV dealer during 2014.  “Every member of the Mike Thompson RV team works hard every... Read more

Webinar Keys on Assessing Worker Strengths

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Focusing on individuals’ strengths is the key to increasing customer satisfaction and employee morale, while also boosting productivity. Dealers can learn how to use these strengths in the management of their businesses during a free webinar on March 12 at noon ET. According to a press release, dealer webinars are provided by RVDA’s strategic partner KPA as part of the array of educational offerings available through the Mike Molino RV Learning Center. Register online. In this webinar dealers... Read more

VIDEO 2: Bay Hill Featured in ‘GAC’ RV Special

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Bay Hill 379FL fifth-wheel interior Middlebury, Ind.-based EverGreen Recreational Vehicles’ new Bay Hill 379FL fifth-wheel recently made its national television debut on HGTV and Great American Country. The new front lounge model was featured on the latest edition of Great American Country’s RV 2015. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page. According to a press release, host Blair Herter took an energetic family along with viewers nationwide... Read more

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