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Baird: RV Dealer Inventory Trends Encouraging

May 23, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

A survey conducted by investment firm Robert W. Baird & Co. showed that RV dealers reported some inventory expansion at the end of April but overall motorhome and towable retail trends are “encouraging.” According to a report by RV Executive Today Online, the survey also showed dealers’ days supply of towables this spring was “appropriate” and their days supply of motorhomes was in the “normal” range. Dealers who responded to Baird’s survey reported motorhome... Read more

Monaco Debuting ‘Dynasty Days’ Rebate Promo

May 23, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Monaco, a leading manufacturer of Class A diesel motorhomes, announced its newest retail summer savings promotion, “Dynasty Days.” Purchases made on all eligible, remaining in-stock 2015 Monaco Dynasty motorhomes will be qualified to receive a $25,000 retail savings. The retail promotion will run May 15 through July 31. “Purchasing a motorhome is a rewarding experience for all owners,” said Mike Snell, president of Monaco Coach, in a press release. “What better way to begin the 2015... Read more

Report: Gas Prices Should Stay Low In Summer

May 23, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

You’ve probably noticed that the price of unleaded gasoline has inched up over the past few weeks. That’s typical gas price behavior as Memorial Day approaches, and motorists set off on summer vacations. Forbes reported that the good news, according to a Purdue University researcher, is that gas prices this summer ought to be significantly lower than they were in summer, 2014. Purdue energy economist Wally Tyner is predicting that gas prices will remain below $3 a gallon for unleaded, except... Read more

MARVAC Out to ‘Make the Summer Memorable’

May 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) is touting the Memorial Day weekend as the unofficial start to summer and its website — www.marvac.org — as the starting point for a “memorable summer vacation.” “Memorial Day is widely considered the start of summer season and what better way to celebrate than by planning a classic Michigan camping trip in an RV,” MARVAC stated in a press release. According to a study prepared for the... Read more

Rockford Appoints Lowe As Marketing Director

May 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Tammy Lowe Rockford Corp., a supplier of high-performance audio systems, is announced that it has promoted Tammy Lowe to director of marketing, effective immediately. “Tammy has been with Rockford for more than 25 years, and has been associated with the marketing of our brands since the late 1990s,” said Theresa Anthony, Rockford vice president of sales and marketing. “As director of marketing, Tammy will remain focused on growing our brands by staying in alignment with the sales and product... Read more

VIDEO 1: ROTV Travels to Lake Shelan in Wash.

May 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

On this week’s edition of “Rollin’ On TV,” the crew heads north to Washington State to visit Lake Shelan.  This narrow, 50-mile long lake is 1500 feet deep in some areas and a great place for fishing, boating, kayaking and other water sports. Plus there are over a dozen wineries in the area with plenty of opportunities for RVers to enjoy some free wine tastings.  Also, Jeff Johnston heads to a vintage trailer rally in Oregon and Evanne Schmarder, along with an old RVing... Read more

Cavco Posts Gains in Revenue, Earnings for 4Q

May 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Manufactured housing and park model RV builder Cavco Industries Inc. reported gains in revenue and net income for the Phoenix-based company’s fourth quarter and year, ended March 28. Financial highlights include the following: Net revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2015 totaled $141.2 million, up 7.7% from $131.2 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014. Net revenue for fiscal year 2015 was $566.7 million, an increase of 6.2% from $533.3 million for the prior fiscal year. Income... Read more

KOA’s Memorial Day Reservations Look Strong

May 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Camping reservations for the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend are running strong at Kampgrounds of America (KOA) campgrounds throughout North America. KOA reported in a news release that advanced reservations for the holiday weekend are up more than 8% over the same time last year at the 486 locations in the KOA system in North America. The Memorial Day results are the latest indicator of another strong year of summer-season camping at KOA, according to an announcement from KOA Inc. “Our short-term... Read more

Winnebago Getting Tax Break on Ind. Expansion

May 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Winnebago Towables, a subsidiary of Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc., received a tax abatement from the town of Middlebury, Ind., for a previously announced expansion. (see related story). According to a South Bend Tribune report, the company purchased four facilities in Middlebury and plans to invest almost $300,000 in equipment over the next few years. The council approved the abatement because it is a relatively small investment from the town for a large job and salary boost for the area,... Read more

RVDA Confab Adds 4 Presenters to Workshops

May 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The 2015 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo announced four highly rated workshop speakers who have never been featured at the annual event which takes place Nov. 2–6 in Las Vegas. According to a press release, the program is balanced to include newcomers to the convention lineup along with expert RV industry trainers that dealers rely on and trust to meet their professional development needs. The additional speakers will present workshops in the sales, rental, parts, dealer/GM, and social... Read more

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