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Spartan Motors Reports 150% Net Income Hike

February 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Spartan Motors Inc., a Charlotte, Mich.-based leader in specialty chassis and vehicle design, manufacturing and assembly, today (Feb. 23) reported operating results for the fourth quarter and full year periods ending Dec. 31, 2016. Full Year 2016 Highlights For the full year 2016 compared to the full year 2015: Sales increased $40.4 million, or 7.3%, to $590.8 million from $550.4 million Gross profit margin improved 370 basis points to 12.3% of sales from 8.6% of sales Operating income rose $21.1... Read more

VIDEO 1: ‘TODAY Show’ Features Work Camping

February 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

NBC’s “TODAY Show” recently featured a segment on people using work camping as a means to retire early and travel while still being able to earn an income while out on the road. Included in the segment are Doug and Lisa Kasefang, a married couple in their 50s who sold nearly all of their possessions to buy an RV and travel full-time while taking seasonal jobs to make ends meet. Their lifestyle, known as “work camping,” is growing popular among people reaching traditional retirement... Read more

Go RVing ‘Experiences’ Set to Surprise, Delight

February 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s note: The following story, reprinted with permission, was published in the Winter 2017 edition of RVIA Today  Popping up in unexpected places to create a hands-on RV experience and a special bond with consumers is the core idea behind Go RVing’s experiential marketing campaign. For the past several years Go RVing has taken its show on the road reaching out to potential RVers at music festivals, fairs, games, music events and more. This year the team is shaking it up a bit, keeping some... Read more

RV Dealers Con/Expo Seeks Seminar Presenters

February 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Organizers are seeking submissions from those interested in presenting a workshop seminar at the 2017 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, which is Nov. 6-10 at Bally’s on the Strip in Las Vegas. According to a release issued Wednesday (Feb. 22), organizers seek presenters who are in “a position to offer dynamic, stimulating, and relevant training for dealership managers.” In addition, the 60-minute training sessions should “enable dealership managers to achieve their... Read more

LKQ Announces Results for 4Q, Full Year 2016

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LKQ Corp., parent company of Keystone Automotive and its NTP-STAG division, today (Feb. 23) announced results for its fourth quarter and full year ended Dec. 31, 2016. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $86.3 million, a decrease of 9.2% as compared to $95.1 million for the same period of 2015. Diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $0.28, a decrease of 9.7% as compared to $0.31 for the same period of 2015. On an adjusted basis, diluted earnings per share was $0.39,... Read more

Murabito Joins Winnebago Board of Directors

February 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Winnebago Industries Inc. of Forest City, Iowa, a leading RV manufacturer, today (Feb. 23) announced the appointment of John Murabito to its Board of Directors, effective April 1. Murabito will also sit on the human resources committee and the nominating and governance committee of the board. Murabito is the executive vice president and chief human resources officer of Cigna Corporation, a global health insurance company with 2016 annual revenues of approximately $39 billion. Other roles Murabito... Read more

VIDEO 3: Dealers Take Four Wheel Campers Trip

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Four Wheel Pop-Up Campers, a Woodland, Calif.-based manufacturer of truck campers, entertained members of its dealer base last summer with a camping trip, spending spent five days and four nights traveling through Wyoming. To view the video, scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page or click here.  Read More →

Camping World to Issue 2016 Earnings Report

February 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Camping World Holdings Inc., the nation’s largest network of RV-centric retail locations, Wednesday (Feb. 22) announced that its financial results for the fourth quarter and full fiscal 2016 will be released after market close on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. The company will host a conference call at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss the financial results. Investors and analysts interested in participating in the call are invited to dial 888-259-8724 (international callers should dial 1-913-312-1453)... Read more

SylvanSport Adds Ottawa, Houston Dealerships

February 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

In a company release Wednesday (Feb. 22), SylvanSport of Brevard, N.C., announced two new dealers — Ottawa Camping Trailers in Ottawa, Ontario, and Amazing RVs in Houston, Texas — have begun carrying the manufacturer’s award-winning GO camping trailer and the revolutionary ‘GO Easy’ adventure trailer According to the release, GO has been called the “Swiss Army Knife of camping trailers” and the “Coolest. Camper. Ever.” by National Geographic Adventure. The... Read more

Snowbirds Adding to Florida’s Bottom Dollar

February 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

According to a report by the Ocala Star Banner, the sector of the economy in Florida’s Marion County that serves snowbirds appears to be alive and well, a decade after the first rumblings of the Great Recession. Ocala Sun RV Resort is a case in point. The motorhome campground on Southwest County Road 484 is planning an expansion to begin in April that will add 200 lots and more than double its capacity, hopefully in time for next winter. Kandi Torres, Ocala Sun’s office manager, said... Read more

Heartland Announces Major Expansion Project

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Thor Industries Inc. announced Tuesday (Feb. 21)  that its Heartland Recreational Vehicles LLC subsidiary will undergo several building projects in 2017 that will add more than 500,000 square feet of production space to its Indiana campuses in Elkhart, Middlebury and Howe, as well as its West Coast operations in Nampa, Idaho. Construction of the new facilities, which are said to be in response to the growing demand for Heartland’s travel trailers, fifth-wheels and toy haulers, is expected... Read more

Dometic Plans Giveaway at Good Sam Show

February 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Dometic CFX refrigerator Dometic has generated a buzz recently with its CFX line of Portable Refrigerator/Freezers, a newer product consumers are calling “a game-changer.” The company will be hosting a giveaway each day of the Good Sam RV Super Show taking place Feb. 23-26 at Arizona’s Phoenix International Speedway. According to a press release, show attendees can visit the Dometic booth at B22 to enter the drawing for a chance to win a CFX-28. No purchase is necessary. Winners will be... Read more

NTP-STAG Canada to Sponsor Tech Bursaries

February 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada announced Tuesday (Feb. 21) that NTP-STAG Canada will be the title sponsor for its 2017 RV Technician Bursary Program. Through the agreement, the national association will again be able to offer financial assistance to Canadian RV service technicians in their educational endeavors. The RVDA of Canada awards 11 bursaries, or scholarships, valued at $1,000 each and one bursary at $1,500 to eligible RV technicians in all Canadian provinces... Read more

REV Group will Issue 1Q Earnings on March 7

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REV Group announced that it is planning to release its first quarter 2017 results after the market close on March 7. The company will also hold a conference call to discuss its results at 11 a.m. EDT on March 8. The Milwaukee-based specialty vehicle maker, which builds motorhomes under the Monaco, Fleetwood, American Coach and Holiday Rambler brands, reported in January that it expected to raise $231.4 million in its initial public offering (IPO) and use the money to pay down long-term debt. The... Read more

Torklift Intros Stow N’ Go Truck Camper Step

February 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Torklift International, the Sumner, Wash.-based manufacturer of hitches, camper tie-downs and stabilizers for all types of camper and towing requirements, debuted a new product to the GlowStep line called the Stow N’ Go truck camper step. Specifically designed for secure step storage during transit, the Stow N’ Go step has a simple deployment and fully adjustable connection all the way to the ground, eliminating the need for a booster step. “The Stow N’ Go truck camper steps are easily stowed... Read more

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