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VIDEO 2: Mad Money’s Jim Cramer Dissects Thor

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Analyst Jim Cramer examines Thor Industries Inc. on a recent segment of Mad Money on CNBC. He speaks with President and CEO Bob Martin to get a closer look at the structure and strategy behind the Elkhart, Ind.-based manufacturer which marked its 30th anniversary as a public company Monday (Aug.29) by ringing the closing bell on Wall Street. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

ARI’s RV Dealer Platform Integrated with RVT.com

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ARI Network Services Inc. announced that its Endeavor RV dealer website platform now integrates with RVT.com, a leading Internet classified ads site for new and used RVs. “Current positive trends in RV consumer spending, coupled with our deep roots in the RV industry and lifestyle, have allowed us to create an online platform that connects RV dealers with consumers,” said Shawn Friesen, RVT.com senior vice president, in a press release. “With this new integration, RV dealers in North America... Read more

RV Inspection Connection Targets Private Sector

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Fashioned after the Blue Shield Certified Pre-owned Program exclusively for dealers that was launched several months ago, RV Inspection Connection has opened its Blue Shield program to the private market. “The top two factors that customers consider a vehicle being a certified pre-owned unit is a thorough inspection and warranty or service agreement,” said Director of Marketing and Sales Todd Henson in a press release, citing 2014 and 2015 Autotrader CPO studies. “What RV Inspection... Read more

PickupTrucks.com Highlights Airstream’s Facility

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Editor’s Note: The following article appears on PickupTrucks.com offering a first-hand look at Airstream Inc.’s manufacturing complex in Jackson Center, Ohio. Driving to Airstream’s world headquarters isn’t the most exciting voyage you’ll undertake, but driving away from it with a snazzy aluminum travel trailer in tow is a much more exciting endeavor. After fighting miles of road construction on Interstate 75 south of Detroit, I exited and drove another dozen or so... Read more

Aliner’s New Designs Aid Breast Cancer Research

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Aliner announced two new breast cancer designs for its Scout-Lite and Ranger 10 camping trailers and will donate a portion of all proceeds to breast cancer research. According to a press release, the launch comes just weeks before breast cancer awareness month. The designs were initially inspired by Aliner’s President and CEO Brett Randall’s close personal experiences with breast cancer.  “As the concept was nurtured in-house it became apparent that breast cancer has touched... Read more

Cruise Inn’s Utah Park Recognized by Hotels.com

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Cruise Inn, with over 40 RV park and campground locations open or in development, announce that its Moab Valley RV Resort & Campground location in Moab, Utah, has received an “Excellent Reputation Score” from Hotels.com. The company reported in a release that as part of its “Loved By Guests Awards 2016,” Hotels.com recognizes indoor and outdoor lodging facilities with guest satisfaction scores of 4.0 or higher. Moab Valley’s earned a score of 4.1 indicating that the... Read more

Thor Team Rings N.Y. Stock Exchange Closing Bell

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Thor Industries Inc. engaged in a time-honored Wall Street tradition Monday (Aug. 29) by ringing the “Closing Bell” at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in Manhattan’s financial district. To watch a live stream, click here. Peter B. Orthwein, Thor executive chairman, along with President and CEO Bob Martin and other members of Thor’s management team officially marked the end of trading on Monday with a ceremonial gavel signifying the 30th anniversary of Thor’s initial... Read more

RVDA’s ‘Service Track’ Will Feature 11 Workshops

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Dealership service personnel can take advantage of nearly a dozen important education workshops and 28 Vendor Training Plus sessions at the 2016 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, Nov. 7-11 in Las Vegas. According to a press release, the service education track features 11 workshops from 10 presenters, four of whom are new to the convention/expo. Additionally, all service personnel are invited to attend an awards and education session for the Society of Certified RV Professionals on the evening... Read more

KOA Expecting Record Occupancy For Labor Day

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Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) parks throughout North America are expecting more record-setting crowds this week for the annual Labor Day Weekend. KOA reported in a news release that occupancy for the upcoming Labor Day Weekend is up 11.5% at the 490 KOA campgrounds in North America, compared to the same time period in 2015. “Labor Day Weekend 2016 will likely continue the string of increases in major holiday occupancy rates at KOAs this year,” the release stated The string began... Read more

Starcraft Tapping New Segment with ‘Comet Mini’

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Starcraft Comet Mini Continuing to capitalize on increased manufacturing capacities, Starcraft RV announced its entry into the euro-shaped lightweight travel trailer segment with the introduction of the Comet Mini. “Building on the momentum of our products in the marketplace, the growth of our company has opened new doors and allowed us to continue to listen and react to the needs of the market and provide the products our dealers want and retail customers are demanding,” said Akos Sefcsik,... Read more

Jellystone Parks Enjoy 13.4% Revenue Spike YTD

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Year-to-date revenues through Labor Day weekend are up by an average often 13.4% at Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts across the U.S. and Canada, according to an announcement from Leisure Systems Inc. (LSI), the Milford, Ohio-based franchisor of the family-friendly camping resorts. “We are having one of our best years ever,” said Jim Westover, vice president of operations for LSI, which oversees 84 Jellystone Park campgrounds with more than 17,000 campsites and vacation rentals across the U.S.... Read more

Thor, Patrick, Drew Vying for Top Public Co. in Ind.

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Thor Industries Inc. Drew Industries Inc. and Patrick Industries Inc. are among the finalists for the 2016 Indiana Public Company of the Year. According to a news release, the top performer will be unveiled and recognized at an honors banquet Sept. 15 in conjunction with the INVESTIndiana Equity Conference. A special team examined the 2014-15 performance of Indiana-headquartered public companies traded on the NASDAQ and NYSE exchanges. A set of weighted, quantitative metrics was applied to each company’s... Read more

ASA Appoints Nguyen as Junior Project Engineer

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Anthony Nguyen After interning with ASA Electronics for two summers while he completed bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and economics from the University of Notre Dame, Anthony Nguyen has been brought on full time as a junior project engineer. According to a press release, his primary responsibilities include handling ECOs as well as product performance testing. Since his promotion he has had more direct contact with vendors and suppliers overseas to improve product functionality. “My... Read more

Gorin Development Firm Buys Land for RV Resort

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David Gorin, past president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC) and a longtime industry consultant, and his partner Ed Rymer announced the acquisition of a 92-acre parcel in Palmetto, Fla., where they plan to build a new, modern 450-site RV resort. According to a press release, Gorin previously partnered with Rymer, a commercial and residential developer, to develop Holiday Cove RV Resort, a 97-site condominium RV resort in Cortez, Fla., near Sarasota.  Located... Read more

Colton RV Pursuing Expansion for N.Y. Dealership

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Rising customer demand is prompting Colton RV to consider plans to expand its parking and display area for the inventory at its Orchard Park, N.Y. location. The Buffalo News reported that the RV dealership is working with the Town of Orchard Park on a proposal to turn portions of a former mini-golf and batting cage operation on Southwestern Boulevard into the expanded outdoor vehicle display lot. Colton took the first step by acquiring the Fun & Games mini-golf and batting cage property from... Read more

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