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RVDA of Alberta Offers Aid to Wildfire Victims

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Fort McMurray wildfire threatened to engulf fleeing motorists (Phot0 by Jerome Garot/EPA) The RV Dealers Association (RVDA) of Alberta is working with members to try to help their customers who are among the 88,000 people displaced by the Fort McMurray wildfires in the northeastern part of the province. “We don’t have any dealerships up in Fort McMurray, but we have a lot of customers who go up and set up there,” Dan Merkowsky, executive vice president of RVDA of Alberta. “All those people will... Read more

International RV Opens 2nd Indiana Location

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Elkhart, Ind.-based International RV Wholesalers has expanded in northern Indiana, opening a second store in Plymouth on April 1. According to a press release, the company has been family-owned and operated in Elkhart since 1957. Owners Dave and Vikki Titus chose Plymouth for a few specific, and strategic, reasons. “There was a big hole in the Plymouth area,” Dave Titus said. “The nearest dealership is over an hour west, east and south of here and the next closest dealership is our store... Read more

Eberhardt to Direct La Mesa’s Roadtrek Sales

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La Mesa RV Center announced the recent addition of Jim Eberhardt to its sales team as Roadtrek sales manager. Eberhardt comes to La Mesa RV with over 20 years of RV industry experience working with retail customers. According to a press release, Eberhardt will be training La Mesa RV sales personnel about the features and benefits that are unique to Roadtrek products. In addition, he will be working with retail customers in helping them identify the Roadtrek product and plan that meets their... Read more

NYT: Camping World Going Public With IPO?

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Marcus Lemonis is well known for writing checks to fund small businesses as the star of CNBC’s “The Profit.” His company may soon receive a large cash infusion of its own. The New York Times reported that Camping World Inc., where Lemonis is chairman and CEO, is readying an initial public offering, people briefed on the discussions said. The company, which sells recreational vehicles and products and accessories for camping, is aiming to generate $350 million in proceeds, said these people,... Read more

Pence to Help Mark Grand Design Expansion

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Grand Design RV Co. will host Ind. Gov. Mike Pence on May 12 for a private invitation-only ground-breaking ceremony at its campus in Middlebury, Ind., set to take place shortly after Pence addresses the RV Industry Power Breakfast at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in nearby Elkhart. On the heels of the recently completed 62,000 square foot expansion to the current Grand Design lamination and PDI facilities, the company has secured an additional 48 acres across the street with plans... Read more

Tennessee Enacts RV-Specific Franchise Law

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The Tennessee Recreation Vehicle Franchise Act of 2016 was recently signed into law by Gov. Bill Haslam. RVIA Today Express reported that the legislation was negotiated by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), Tennessee RV dealers, the Tennessee Automotive Association, the state’s Motor Vehicle Commission and the Tennessee legislature. The act removes the RV industry from the state’s automotive franchise law and establishes an RV-specific law that addresses key issues critical to... Read more

PleasureLand RV’s Bea Pearson Passes Away

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PleasureLand RV Center Inc. announced that one of its co-founders, Beatrice Pearson, passed away early today (May 5). Pearson, along with her husband B. Vern Pearson, founded Minn.-based PleasureLand RV Center in November of 1971. The dealership is currently headed by Beatrice and Vern Pearson’s son, Dan, who serves as president and CEO. Following the death of Vern in 1988, Beatrice remained active in the business and attended several RV industry events until the late 2000’s. Along with... Read more

RVIA Aligns with CalARVC For Pomona Show

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The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), producer of the California RV Show held every October at the Pomona Fairplex, and the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC) are teaming up to promote California camping to more than 28,000 RVers, according to an announcement from CalARVC. The show is getting bigger every year and the exhibitor booths sell out early, so CalARVC members should take advantage of member discounts and reserve booth space now for the Oct. 7-16... Read more

Black Book: April RV Auction Prices Level Off

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Black Book reported that in line with seasonal trends April wholesale values at auction showed signs of leveling off. “This is not surprising for this time of year, as most dealers have been buying inventory for the past several months in order to be fully stocked when the first wave of shoppers were lured into their stores by the nicer weather,” said Eric Lawrence, director of specialty products for Black Book. “As the year progresses, I expect that most dealers in ‘seasonal’... Read more

Elkhart Firms Receive Tax Breaks For Growth

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Two manufacturers are planning expansions in Elkhart, Ind. Inside Indiana Business reported that Shield Restraint Systems Inc. and Cleer Vision Tempered Glass LLC have received tax abatement approvals from the City Council on proposals that call for a total of 51 new jobs. Shield Restraint Systems and parent Kingfisher/Elkhart LLC of Montana plan to invest nearly $11.5 million into technology and equipment upgrades. The company wants to add 40 jobs that will pay an average salary of $47,000 per... Read more

SUVS, Pickups Power U.S. Auto Sales in April

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The U.S. may be the lone bright spot in an otherwise sluggish global economy as American consumers continue to buy expensive new vehicles at record levels. Bloomberg reported that with several automakers having reported U.S. sales, companies say the industry is on pace for the best April ever. They’re selling more expensive sport utility vehicles and pickups, a clear sign that consumers are confident enough to make big purchases. April’s results show a rebound from the first quarter, when sales... Read more

Drew Acquires Italian RV Component Supplier

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Drew Industries Inc. today (May 4) announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) has acquired Project 2000 S.r.l., a Florence, Italy-based manufacturer of motorized entry steps, bed lifts and RV accessories. Sales of the acquired business for 2015 were approximately $12 million. “This is a significant step for LCI,” said Jason Lippert, CEO of Lippert Components and Drew Industries, in a news release. “We have been working tirelessly to establish a presence... Read more

Motorhome Chassis Gains Boost Spartan 1Q

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Charlotte, Mich.-based Spartan Motors Inc., parent to Spartan Chassis Inc., reported a 4.1% increase in sales for its first quarter, lifted by strong performance in its motorhome chassis segment. Revenue during the period, ended March 31, totaled $133.7 million compared with $128.4 million from a year ago. Spartan reported net income of $0.5 million, or 2 cents per share, compared to a loss of $2.9 million, or (9 cents) per share in the first quarter of 2015. Specialty Chassis & Vehicle (SCV)... Read more

Campers Inn Plans Openings at 3 New Outlets

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Campers Inn RV, one of the nation’s largest family-operated RV dealership, will celebrate the grand opening of new locations in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Pa., and Fredericksburg, Va. from May 9-15. The company acquired the stores in the fall of 2015. “Since we began operating these stores this fall, we have been working hard to become the trusted resource for the local RV community,” said Eddie Unger, regional sales director. “We have been honored to meet so many new RV enthusiasts, and... Read more

Winnebago Adds Floorplan to ‘Minnie’ Lineup

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Winnebago Minnie 2500RL travel trailer Winnebago Industries Inc. has released the 2500RL floorplan for its Minnie line of travel trailers. According to a press release, the new Minnie 2500RL features an open living space, master bedroom and an easily accessed bathroom. At 27 feet, 11 inches long, the 2500RL has one slideout housing the dinette and a large open space in the living area. Within the living space there is a jack knife sofa, galley kitchen and opposing dinette slide. In addition, the... Read more

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