Plans are Revealed For RVIA To Oversee RVAA

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In a letter to members, the Recreation Vehicle Aftermarket Association (RVAA) revealed it has been “in discussions” with the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) to place oversight of the RVAA under RVIA’s purview. (To view the entire letter click here). The letter stated, “We are pleased to report that after numerous meetings between the leadership at RVIA and RVAA, the full boards of both organizations have voted unanimously to move forward with RVIA representing... Read more

RVIA: Exhibit Space Sold Out at California Show

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The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) announced that exhibit space for the 65th Annual California RV Show, the largest consumer RV show on the West Coast, is sold out. The show, which takes place Oct. 6-15 at the LA Fairplex in Pomona, is the longest running RV show in the country. According to a press release, the show features over 1.3 million square feet of exhibit space and over 1,400 RVs from hundreds of brands, for guests to explore and purchase. In addition, the event offers... Read more

Lemonis Joins Bidding Group For Miami Marlins

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Marcus Lemonis A new name has emerged in the bidding to own the Miami Marlins. CNBC star and Miami native Marcus Lemonis joining former Florida governor Jeb Bush’s group that’s trying to buy the team. NBC 6 reported that Lemonis, host of CNBC show “The Profit,” said he was recruited by Bush, who recently united with Tagg Romney, the oldest son of former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and Wayne Rothbaum, an investment firm exec. Lemonis confirmed his new... Read more

ORIR is Calling on Congress to Fund Outdoor Rec

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Editor’s Note: The following statement issued by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) details efforts by the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) to urge support for federal outdoor recreation programs in the FY2018 budget now being crafted by the Congress. America’s Great Outdoors is vital to the quality of life for most Americans and key to the nation’s $887 billion per year outdoor recreation industry. The federal government manages nearly one-third of the... Read more

RV Groups Align to Raise ‘Customer Experience’

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Editor’s Note: The following is a joint statement issued by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) and RVDA of Canada on their continued commitment to improving the customer experience. Over the past decade, the elected officers of RVDA and RVIA have met twice per year to discuss issues critical to the health of the RV industry. Over the last 12 months, this group has met several times to specifically address the most pressing... Read more

REITs Spot Opportunities in Campground Market

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Commercial real estate offers plenty of opportunities for investors. Distribution centers, downtown office towers and modern apartment buildings all offer investors a safe harbor for their dollars. But, according to a report by, some investors are getting more creative, sending their dollars into real estate that doesn’t quite fit into traditional sectors such as multifamily, hospitality, industrial or retail. Consider what executives at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Camp-Resorts... Read more

ASA Electronics Partnering With ‘Klipsch Audio’

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ASA Electronics is partnering with Klipsch Audio to bring quality sound systems exclusively to MasterCraft boats. According to a press release, Klipsch has also granted ASA exclusive permission to market their audio equipment to the RV industry.  “It’s been a real pleasure working with ASA and Klipsch on our new 2018 audio systems.  They’ve been a great partner in helping us set a new benchmark for marine audio.  From an engineering standpoint, the rigorous testing requirements... Read more

Dometic to Intro Wi-Fi Enabled CFX Refrigerator

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Dometic announced the launch of the CFX-100W in its CFX portable refrigerator/freezer line during the July 26-29 Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City. According to a press release, the new model features a high capacity single-zone cooling chamber for extended trips or large storage needs and is Wi-Fi enabled allowing owners to monitor settings.   Although it looks like a standard cooler, the CFX is a powerful refrigerator/freezer, eliminating the need for ice. The award-winning CFX line... Read more

Dominion Rebrands Name to ‘Trader Interactive’

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Dominion Web Solutions, a leading online classifieds marketplace and marketing software solutions provider for commercial and recreational dealers, announced that it has changed its company name to Trader Interactive. According to a press release, the name change directly reflects the company’s focus on creating innovative online interactions for businesses and consumers, while leveraging the strength of the “Trader” brand. The announcement also follows the recent appointment of Lori... Read more

Class C Builder Born Free’s Iowa Facility Still Idle

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Born Free Motorcoach in Humboldt, Iowa, announced May 15 that it would be closed for the week. Six weeks later, it still has not reopened, and the phone has been disconnected. As reported by WHO TV, the Born Free Class C motorhome line was created by Dodgen Industries back in the late 60’s. Since the 70’s coaches have been manufactured at the Humboldt plant. Over two years ago the company was sold to an investor group and was led by President Jeff Butler. “We’ve been shut down now... Read more

La Mesa Earns ‘Telly Award’ for Corporate Video

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La Mesa RV Center was recently honored during the 38th Annual Telly Awards competition with a Bronze award for its “General Corporate Image” production. According to a press release, over 12,000 entries were received in this year’s nomination process, representing “a great achievement” for La Mesa RV as well as its production company, Wild Bird Studios. (To view the winning video click here or scroll to the right side of the home page). “With over 45 years... Read more

Lazydays Rolls Out Improved RV Rental Website

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Lazydays RV has launched a new and improved RV Rentals website that is designed to “provide a best-in-class customer experience,” according to a press release. Among the many benefits of the revamped site are expanded content, immersive imagery, simplified browsing and searching, an optimized mobile experience and exclusive trip planning and discount benefits. The new site also highlights rental advantages offered exclusively at Lazydays RV, including unlimited mileage, free generator... Read more

N.D. Retailer Suffers Second Blaze in Two Weeks

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For the second time in two weeks in Bismarck, N.D., fire crews have responded to Capitol RV, according to a report by KFYR TV. This time, one camper went up in flames, doing minor damage to the one next to it as well. This is after owner Bruce Bentz told us the last fire did several million dollars worth of damages to the main building. Firefighters arrived just before 8:45 and put the blaze out shortly after nine. Some remained on scene for at least an hour after that. No one was injured during... Read more

Athena Real Estate Adding Fla. Park To Portfolio

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Athena Real Estate is not your typical property investment firm. Instead of targeting homes, empty lots or office buildings, the Danbury, Conn.-based firm zeroes in on RV parks, manufactured home communities and self-storage facilities, the News Times reported. This week, Athena Real Estate announced its latest acquisition, Silver Springs RV Park and Campers Garden, in Silver Springs, Fla. It is a 199-site park located across the street from Silver Spring State Park, a well-known nature park. The... Read more

KPA Webinar to Cover Healthy ‘Work/life Balance’

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A webinar presented by the Mike Molino RV Learning Center, in conjunction with KPA, will examine how dealers can create an effective work/life balance for its employees, including flexible work scheduling. The session will run on Thursday (June 29) from noon to 1 p.m. (EDT). Register online.  According to a press release, attendees will learn how to offer a comprehensive work/life balance program that works for all generations and how to demonstrate the ROI of the program.  The... Read more

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