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Keystone Bullet Features Coastal Cottage Decor

September 18, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Keystone RV Co.’s 2019 Bullet lineup will feature a new Coastal Cottage interior decor, replacing the brand’s brown color scheme. According to a press release, the Coastal Cottage theme is designed to reflect brightness and tranquility similar to the trending Coastal home design. “Based on the feedback from RV shows, customers are asking for a look more like the current homes being built, as well as a lighter feel on the inside. The majority of the industry is using dark brown cabinets... Read more

Travel Lite to Intro EVOKE Trailer at Open House

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Travel Lite RV (TLRV) is entering the full-size towable market after 20 years with the debut of its 2020 EVOKE travel trailer line at this year’s Sept. 24-27 Elkhart RV Dealer Open House. According to a press release, Travel Lite RV will be hosting a private EVOKE preview for dealers at 6:00 p.m. For more information visit Travelliterv.com/RSVP. “With the industry leaning towards repeating the same look over and over again, year after year, our EVOKE comes at a time when dealers and their... Read more

Campers Inn Adding Capital RV To Dealer Body

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Jacksonville, Fla.-based Campers Inn RV announced the addition of Capital RV Centers Inc. to its dealer network, upping the number of sites to over 20 locations across the U.S.  According to a press release, Capital RV is a full-service dealership serving RVers in the upper Midwest with two locations in North Dakota. Headquartered in in Bismarck, the company also operates a store in Minot. Woody’s RV World, a Canadian dealership chain, will remain as a partner in both North... Read more

Thor Industries will Acquire Erwin Hymer Group

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Thor Industries Inc. and the shareholders of Erwin Hymer Group SE (EHG) today (Sept. 18) announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Thor to acquire Erwin Hymer Group, a privately held international company, for an enterprise value of approximately $2.45 billion, with the purchase price to be funded with cash and equity. According to a press release, equity consideration will consist of approximately 2.3 million shares of Thor. The Hymer family will thereby remain engaged in... Read more

Innovator Names Hernandez VP Sales, Marketing

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Johnny Hernandez Bremen, Ind.-based Innovator RV announced the appointment of industry veteran Johnny Hernandez as vice president of sales and marketing, according to a press release. “We are extremely pleased with the addition of Johnny to our company,” stated Phil Biscan, who co-founded the startup company with Randy Carr. “Johnny has held executive positions in several companies including Fleetwood, Thor, Winnebago, and REV Recreation Group. We worked together at Fleetwood’s motorhome... Read more

4G LTE and Wi-Fi are Standard in Keystone Line

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Addressing the growing need for connectivity in RVs, Keystone RV Co. is equipping its entire towable lineup with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi ready capability. Set to roll out at the Sept. 24-27 Elkhart RV Open House, the new Furrion technology offers an antenna that integrates 4G LTE and Wi-Fi with standard VHF/UHF/AM/FM reception. According to a press release, Wi-Fi and cellular signals are routed to a wall-mounted base inside the trailer. Owners looking for enhanced connectivity can purchase a Furrion modem... Read more

IMHA/RVIC Event Lauds Ind. Senate Committee

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The IMHA/RVIC held a successful fundraising event for the Senate Majority Campaign Committee (SMCC) on Monday (Sept. 18) at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., featuring new President Pro Tempore of the Indiana Senate Rodric Bray; new Senate Majority Floor Leader Mark Messmer; and Elkhart area State Senator Blake Doriot, a key member of the Transportation Committee. The event was organized to show support for passage of key legislation that directly impacted the RV industry. Senator... Read more

VIDEO 1: Lemonis Details Future on Mad Money

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Camping World Holdings Inc. Chairman and CEO Marcus Lemonis issued a vote of confidence in his RV and camping accessory retailer when he bought a chunk of its stock on Friday (Sept. 14), according to a CNBC report.  “I set up the bid and I ended up only with 25,000 shares. I was kind of disappointed,” Lemonis, also host of CNBC’s “The Profit” admitted to fellow CNBC host Jim Kramer in a “Mad Money” interview on Monday (Sept. 17). While... Read more

China Hits Back at Trump; Levies $60B in Tariffs

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China has hit back at the U.S. with a fresh series of tariffs less than 24 hours after President Donald Trump announced tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. Business Insider reported that the Chinese Ministry of Commerce on Tuesday (Sept. 18) that it would levy tariffs of between 5% and 10% on $60 billion of new U.S. goods being imported into China, with 5,207 individual products impacted. They will take effect from Sept. 24. “In order to safeguard its legitimate rights and... Read more

Airstream Line Returns to MARVAC’s Novi Show

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For the first time in two decades, the iconic Airstream RV brand will be on display at the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) 29th Annual Fall Detroit RV & Camping Show, running Oct. 3-7 at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. ‘We are very excited to have multiple Airstreams included in the RV lineup this fall,” said Darren Ing, show director, MARVAC RV and camping shows, in a press release. ”The quintessential Airstream RV has always been... Read more

Aliner & Somerset Models Include 6,000 Btu A/C

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Aliner announced the addition of an upgraded air conditioning unit on all Aliner and Somerset models. According to a press release, the LG 6,000 Btu unit will be installed on all trailers years 2019 and going forward. “Aliner takes its competition seriously and with that comes the need to always be reinventing the models and upgrading its features,” said Allan Reeping, director of sales. “This new air conditioning unit is a quality enhancement that we are sure will please all of our... Read more

VIDEO 2: Hymer Rolls Out Touring GT Ultralight

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Hymer identifies the features and benefits of its new Touring GT ultralight travel trailer that is easy to tow and features a sleek European design. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

RVDA: Baird’s July Survey on RV Field Inventory

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Editor’s Note: The following story by RVDA Director of Industry Relations Jeff Kurowski appears in the September issue of RV Executive Today reporting on results from a Baird dealer survey. About half of the dealers surveyed late in July said their new towable RV inventories were too high while a little more than half of motorhome dealers said their inventory levels of new models were “about right,” according to Robert W. Baird & Co., the Milwaukee-based investment firm that surveys... Read more

SB Trib Sees ‘Business as Usual’ for RV Industry

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It was a foggy morning in Elkhart, Ind., but that didn’t stop Douglas Luckey and his wife from showing up at Total Value RV early Friday morning to shop for a 28- to 30-foot towable trailer. The South Bend Tribune reported that the couple from Cadillac, Mich., were out in the expansive lot with salesman Brett Yoder when more customers came into the office looking for a salesperson to help guide them through the buying process. It was business as usual at Total Value RV despite some worries... Read more

Ivy Tech Program Targeting Employee Retention

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Northern Indiana employers facing manpower shortages should consider Ivy Tech programs designed to train and retain workers, college leaders told Chamber of Commerce members. The Goshen News reported that Kyle Hannon, executive director of Ivy Tech Community College’s Elkhart County campus, and Mark Melnick, executive director of Workforce Strategic Partnerships for Ivy Tech, explained their skills training programs at the Goshen Chamber’s monthly “Wake Up, Goshen!” breakfast meeting at Maplecrest... Read more

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