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House Votes to Repeal CFPB’s ‘Arbitration Rule’

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The House of Representatives voted 231-190 this week to repeal a controversial new rule from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that would ban the use of mandatory arbitration clauses in financial contracts. RV Executive Today Online reported that the rule, which the CFPB finalized July 10 and is set to take effect Sept. 18, is meant to move more consumer disputes into class-action litigation rather than arbitration, which industry groups say benefit class-action lawyers at the... Read more

27 KOA Campgrounds Brace for Eclipse Onrush

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When the sun comes up along the East Coast of the U.S. on Aug. 21, it will be just another summer day – until about 10:15 a.m. (PDT) on a rocky point just north of Newport, Ore.   According to a press release, that small point of land will be the first spot in the U.S. to experience a total eclipse of the sun in the past 26 years. As the total eclipse cuts a 70-mile-wide swath of “totality” through the center of the country, 27 KOA campgrounds in 10 states will... Read more

RVIA, Outdoor Peers, Meet Commerce Secretary

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Outdoor recreation and its impact on the American economy took center stage at the U.S. Department of Commerce on Wednesday (July 27). The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and members of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) met with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and other administration officials to discuss outdoor recreation’s importance to the American economy, how increased partnerships can grow jobs and how trade agreements impact the outdoor recreation industry. ORIR... Read more

Jellystone Parks, ‘RVshare’ Launch Partnership

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Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts and RVshare.com announced a strategic partnership designed to make renting RVs and planning camping trips faster and easier. Through the partnership, campjellystone.com will become a “one-stop shop” for camping where consumers can book rental RVs and Jellystone Park sites. Rentals can be picked up by the consumer and driven to the park. Some owners will even set up the RV for the camper. “With the dramatic growth of RV camping, this new relationship... Read more

OIA Issues State Report on Outdoor Rec Impact

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Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) released the state-level Outdoor Recreation Economy Report featuring economic data for all 50 states across the United States, the largest and most comprehensive state-by-state report of its kind. The data underscores a growing economic force that generates billions in consumer spending and directly contributes millions of good-paying, American jobs in communities across the country. Earlier this year, OIA released its national Outdoor Recreation Economy Report,... Read more

Entries Open for Louisville ‘Top Tech Challenge’

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The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) announced that entries are now open for the first annual “Top Tech Challenge,” held during the 2017 National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 27-30. According to a release, the competition will pit RV service techs with a minimum of five years of experience against each other to determine the Top Tech of the year. RV service technicians will be asked to diagnose three different types of technical RV service issues, as fast as possible,... Read more

Lippert Introduces New Automated Brake Press

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The chassis division of Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) has introduced an automated brake press with a robotic arm that reassigns the formerly manual process of bending cross members to join I-beams. (To view a video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page). According to a press release, team members supply the machine with stacks of laser or pressed blank I-beams. The robotic arm communicates with the brake press and creates bends in the cross members and then... Read more

Merrill Lynch is Bronze Partner for RVDA Show

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The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) is announced that Bank of America Merrill Lynch is a Bronze Partner for the 2017 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo. The convention/expo will take place Nov. 6-10 at Bally’s in Las Vegas, sponsored by RVDA, RVDA of Canada, and the Mike Molino RV Learning Center. “Bank of America Merrill Lynch continues to have a strong relationship with dealers and an outstanding commitment to an educated and professional industry,” said RVDA... Read more

RV Education 101 Debuting New Blog For RVers

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RV Education 101 announced a new RV 101 blog site to help assist and educate RV owners and potential owners on how to safely and properly use and maintain RVs. “We are happy to announce the launch on our new RV blog site, titled ‘RV 101 with Mark Polk.’ Our goal with this blog is to make available qualified RV information to help RV owners learn about using and maintaining their RVs,” said co-owner Mark Polk in a press release. “I see things in some RV blogs and RV related... Read more

RVIA Partners with Sobel University for Training

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The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) Senior VP of Trade Shows and Events Liz Crawford has reached out to Randy Sobel, president of Sobel University, in an effort to provide instructional training to future show attendees. “I’m excited that RVIA saw the value in on-going instructional training that helps sell RVs and makes the dealer money,” said Sobel in a press release. The three-year instructional training contract will launch at the National RV Trade... Read more

Airstream ‘B’ Line Earns Certified Green Status

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Airstream’s Class B motorhomes have been designated as “Certified Green” by TRA Certification, according to a press release.    Airstream’s ‘B’ line earned the Gold level of certification and will begin labeling its RVs with TRA’s green label. “The Airstream ‘Silver Bullet’ has been green certified since 2010 so it is exciting to have the motorhomes involved as well,” said Mandy Leazenby of TRA Certification. In terms of... Read more

VIDEO 1: ‘ROTV’ Checks Out New Horizon Fiver

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On this week’s episode of “Rollin’ On TV” Jeff Johnston and the team head to Kansas to visit New Horizons RV, a company known for building luxury, high-end fifth-wheel trailers. For years, New Horizons, like many luxury car builders such as Bentley and Rolls Royce, catered to a select clientele that wanted a custom built fifth-wheel. New Horizons now offers a “semicustom” model that retails for less but with many of the same amenities and same quality... Read more

ASA Hires Steele As Marine RSM For SE Region

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Tim Steele Elkhart, Ind.-based ASA Electronics announced the appointment of Tim Steele as southeast regional sales manager for the marine industry. According to a press release, Steele, who brings 30 years of sales experience to the ASA Electronics marine division, will be working to build relationships and bolster sales in a territory of 16 southeastern states. “Tim brings extensive marine industry experience to our team and begins his role with previously established relationships with our customer... Read more

Patrick 2Q Revenue Up 29% As RV Sector Soars

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Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier Patrick Industries Inc. reported a 29% increase in sales for its second quarter, ended June 25, boosted by strong RV performance.   Net sales during the three-month period grew $92 million or 29%, to $407.2 million from $315.2 million in the same quarter of 2016. The increase was attributable to industry growth, acquisitions, geographic expansion efforts, and market share gains. The company’s revenues from the RV industry, which represented 69% of second... Read more

Camping World Buys Online Outdoor Gear Seller

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Camping World Holdings Inc. today (July 27) announced its purchase of TheHouse.com, an online retailer specializing in bikes, sailboards, skateboards, wakeboards, snowboards and outdoor gear.   According to a press release, the acquisition will build on and complement the significant foundation already in place to serve customers across the Camping World RV SuperCenter network and positions the company for even faster e-commerce growth in the future by expanding customer reach and adding new... Read more

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