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Airstream ‘Connecting’ With Millennial RVers

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In the age of iPhones, Slack notifications, and burritos delivered to our door, we all long for adventure. Call it unplugging, or #vanlife. But as it turns out, escaping the grind of the 9 to 5 is big business unto itself. For the past five years, Airstream Inc. — yes, the 86-year-old company that makes those gleaming aluminum trailers — has celebrated a new golden age of growth. With sales up 218% over that time, the company has been operating at full production capacity, building 110 trailers... Read more

RVIA: Proposed Bill Aids Floorplan Financing

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Editor’s Note: The RV Industry Association (RVIA) issued the following alert urging members to contact their members of Congress concerning proposed legislation on floorplan interest financing deductibility. Last year’s tax reform bill provided much needed relief for small businesses. However a last-minute definition change in one section of the bill unintentionally resulted in effectively removing travel trailers from the definition of “motor vehicle” for the purposes of... Read more

N.C. KOA Earns ‘Campground of Year’ Honor

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(L-R) New Bern KOA Holiday Operations Director Bonnie Day; KOA CEO Pat Hittmeier; New Bern KOA Holiday Manager Pat Holtzclaw; and KOA President Toby O’Rourke The New Bern KOA Holiday in North Carolina has literally weathered a lot of adversity in 2018. According to a press release, the campground, owned by Joel Tomaselli and managed by Pat Holtzclaw, has consistently been at the top of the list of Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) parks for the past few years, and Tomaselli had invested heavily... Read more

Pump Prices Plunge for Thanksgiving Travel

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Gas prices are plunging as the Thanksgiving holiday travel period approaches. USA Today reported that the dramatic drop in oil prices over the last several weeks is fueling the decline. Gas prices neared a four-year high in October, when they briefly topped $2.90 per gallon, but have since retreated. Ample global supplies of petroleum, which is refined into gasoline, have played a key role in delivering savings for consumers. “Thanksgiving gas prices are getting carved up at a time of... Read more

Mighway Launches ‘Dealer Partner Program’

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RV rental firm Mighway officially launched its dealer partner program at the Con/Expo last week, offering dealers tools on how to use Mighway’s peer-to-peer platform to sell more vehicles, accessories and add-ons. According to a press release, the program offers dealers access to free sales training packs and collateral informs RV salespeople how to utilize Mighway’s platform to enhance and close more sales opportunities — especially with growing niches like Millennials. “A strong theme throughout... Read more

ARVC Honors Members with Annual Awards

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Ann Emerson was honored with the Stan Martin Award The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) named this year’s best parks at the 2018 Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo, held November 5-8 in Oklahoma City, Okla. “The Park of the Year awards honor the best of the best in the ARVC community,” noted Paul Bambei, president and CEO of ARVC, in a press release. “These parks have worked hard to be the best and it is our honor to recognize their efforts and to have them as... Read more

Wildfires Scorch Huge Swath of Public Lands

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Southern Californians faced with the loss of lives and homes in a huge wildfire are also grappling with the destruction of a vast swath of public lands that are popular destinations for hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers. The Associated Press reported that the Woolsey fire has charred more than 83% of National Park Service land within the Santa Monica Mountain National Recreational Area, where officials announced Wednesday that all trails were closed. “We understand that folks are... Read more

Michigan Supplier Thrives in the Aftermarket

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You can’t buy a camper from Stromberg Carlson Products Inc. But about anything else one needs to embrace the recreational vehicle lifestyle can be found at the family-run Traverse City, Mich., company. The Traverse City Record Eagle reported that just like the alliterative slogan “Stromberg Strong” that adorns shirts and the company’s website, Stromberg Carlson is a strong player in the recreational vehicle aftermarket. The company that started in 1959 delivers products from... Read more

VIDEO 2: Overland Expo Goes ‘Off-The-Grid’

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“We’re The Russos” bloggers visits the Overland Expo featuring off-grid vehicles built by EarthCruiser Expedition Vehicles, Global Expedition Vehicles, Earth Roamer and Four Wheel Campers. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

RVIA Will Display Aftermarket Booth at RVX

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The RV Industry Association (RVIA), in coordination with the Aftermarket Committee, is putting together an Aftermarket Experience booth that will be on display at RVX, the industry’s first dealer-focused market development event, March 12-14, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. According to a press release, Motor Sportsland owner Jason Brown has offered a 2019 Thor Crossroads Volante fifth-wheel to showcase the latest and most innovative products the aftermarket segment has to offer. The... Read more

RVDA of Canada Names Cowen as Chairman

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Herb Cowen Herb Cowen of Pike Lake Golf Centre in Clifford, Ontario, has been elected as the new chairman of the board for the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada.  According to a press release, Pike Lake Golf Centre is a family-owned and operated RV dealership which first opened in 1961. Throughout the years the Cowen family has worked tirelessly to develop the resort and campground into the exceptional facility that it is today. In addition to the RV dealership... Read more

Consumer Prices Rise; Inflation Signs Mixed

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An underlying measure of U.S. consumer prices picked up in October while trailing forecasts on an annual basis, offering mixed signs on inflation that will weigh on Federal Reserve discussions over the path of interest-rate increases. Bloomberg reported that excluding food and energy, the core consumer-price index rose 0.2% from the prior month, according to a Labor Department report Wednesday, the fastest gain in three months and in line with projections. The gauge rose 2.1% from October 2017, slightly... Read more

Keller RV Hosts Open House at New Fla. Site

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Distributor Keller Marine and RV will host an open house event at its new warehouse in Thonotosassa, Fla., right outside Tampa on Thursday (Nov. 15).   The new warehouse is in part a result of Keller’s late 2017 acquisition of Lightning RV Supply. The transaction included Lightning’s management staff and personnel, and Keller subsequently opened the new warehouse to expand its service offerings from the Mid-Atlantic and New England states into the southeast United States. The open house,... Read more

Eberspächer Will Acquire A/C Supplier Kalori

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Germany-based thermal management system supplier Eberspächer announced the signing of a contract to acquire a 100% stake in Kalori SAS. The climate specialist based in Lyon, France, develops and produces air conditioning and ventilation systems for commercial and special vehicles. According to a press release, the acquisition strengthens Eberspächer’s strategic focus on vehicle air conditioning in the special markets area as Kalori’s clientele includes numerous well-known manufacturers... Read more

LCI Unveils New Options For RV Entry Doors

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Lippert G Class entry door Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) recently unveiled three new entry door options for the RV industry, the G Class entry door, Euro Latch, and Screen Shot. According to a press release, since entering the RV entry door marketing in 2009, LCI has brought over 50 new features and improvements to the product segment. Over the past 10 years, LCI has focused on improving aesthetics, functionality and ease of use for RV entry doors. The G Class Entry Door provides a consistent appearance,... Read more

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