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Jayco Initiating Expansion For Jay Flight Brand

August 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Due to unprecedented growth in its towable division, Jayco Inc. announced another expansion at the company’s Middlebury, Ind., campus. According to a press release, groundbreaking on a 237,000-square-foot facility will occur at the end of September.  The facility will house two new production lines for the Jay Flight brand. The expansion will also maximize efficiencies, increasing production capacity for several other Jayco brands.  The new “mega-facility”... Read more

MPs Visit Erwin Hymer to View Autonomous RV

August 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

(L-R) Bardish Chagger, Marc Garneau, Jim Hammill- president and CEO of EGHNA, Charlie Rossi- Engineer and Marwan Tabbara Erwin Hymer Group North America (EHGNA) Inc. recently welcomed several members of Parliament (MPs) to discuss plans for the first autonomous RV. According to a press release, officials included Minister of Transportation Marc Garneau along with the Minister of Small Business and Tourism Bardish Chagger and Marwan Tabbara, a member of Parliament for Kitchener-South Hespeler. EHGNA... Read more

Airstream is Officially Relaunching Brand in UK

August 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The iconic American Airstream brand will officially relaunch in the UK at October’s Motorhome and Caravan Show 2017, the UK’s largest leisure vehicle show. After a couple of years’ absence, Airstream returns with the appointment of a new UK distributor. The Chorley Guardian reported that three new models for the UK include the flagship four-berth Colorado retailing as well as the smaller Yukon and Missouri models. The aerodynamic, silver-bullet Airstream shape is handcrafted with... Read more

Flexco, Gaska Give Equipment to Elkhart Police

August 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Two RV suppliers are stepping up to assist the Elkhart Police Department with needed equipment. The Elkhart Truth reported that Thomas Jellison, CEO of Elkhart-based Flexco Products Inc., recently purchased a Case IH Scout utility vehicle and an aerial drone for the department. The drone is equipped with a high definition camera and thermal imaging. Both items will be beneficial to the police department during special events, training and investigations. Jack Smith, CEO of Gaska... Read more

Lemonis Responds via FB to RV Industry Critics

August 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Camping World Holdings Inc. (CWHI) President and CEO Marcus Lemonis addressed the blowback from a CNBC interview he conducted last week in which he addressed the divisive atmosphere and attendant violence that occurred in Charlottesville, Va. Lemonis, who doubles as host of “The Profit” on CNBC, said he had received widespread criticism and felt a need to respond. Camping World’s chief executive, miffed by last week’s events in Virginia, emphasized that he’s “not in favor of violence... Read more

Tourism Holdings Sees Record Full-Year Profits

August 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Booming motorhome rentals at home and overseas have contributed to New Zealand-based Tourism Holdings Ltd.’s record $30 million annual profit for its fiscal year.  The Waikato Times reported that higher than expected local rentals resulting from the Lions rugby tour, a better shoulder season, and expansion in the U.S. all contributed to the 24% increase in net profit. The company reported revenue of $341 million for the year, and paid a dividend of 11 cents per share.  Just over... Read more

VIDEO 2: Forest River Plant in ‘Path of Totality’

August 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Employees at the Forest River Inc. manufacturing plant in Harrisburg, Ore., took a break from getting ready for the company’s West Coast Open House to view the total eclipse Monday (Aug. 21). The facility was the one of the few RV plants located in the eclipse’s “Path of Totality.” To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.      Read More →

KPA Webinar will Focus on Affordable Care Act

August 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

KPA, in conjunction with the Mike Molino RV Learning Center, will host a webinar on Aug. 31 focusing on the Affordable Care Act, keying best practices for navigating the current requirements, and reviewing how potential changes to the law may affect employers and employees going forward. According to a press release, the session will run from noon to 1 p.m. Join presenters Jeana Parker and Christina Johnson, as they examine how ACA has shaped the benefits landscape. Johnson, KPA’s... Read more

Jellystone Expanding West; Seeks Franchisors

August 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Cincinnati, Ohio-based Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts, the nation’s second largest campground chain, is inviting prospective franchise investors and owners to an on-site workshop Sept. 16-17 at its award-winning park in Burleson, Texas. The Jellystone Park system, which currently has 84 parks throughout the U.S. and Canada, is targeting the West and Southwest U.S. for expansion. Real estate investment trusts, as well as individual park owners joining the system, have driven recent growth. According... Read more

Volkswagen Unveils Plans for Electric Microbus

August 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

A staple of coastal California’s towns, the Volkswagen Microbus will be reincarnated as an electric vehicle. The Verge reported that VW announced that it will build a version of its I.D. Buzz concept bus, which it hopes to begin selling by 2022. Unveiled earlier this year the Detroit Auto Show, the vehicle is a clear homage to the iconic vehicle that the company sold in North America between 1950 and 1980. The production version of the concept is expected to deviate little from the... Read more

Dometic Backs Cleansing Hope Shower Shuttle

August 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Dometic recently donated Fan-Tastic Vent products to Cleansing Hope Shower Shuttle, an organization that provides clean mobile showers for the homeless.  According to a press release, Dean Dodd, founder of Cleansing Hope Shower Shuttle in Sacramento, Calif., reached out to Dometic for Fan-Tastic Vent fans to use in his second converted bus.   “Coming from a background of homelessness myself and knowing what it’s like to not be able to get a shower, I had a heart for those... Read more

‘Thousand Trails’ Facilities Filled up for Eclipse

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Monday’s (Aug. 21) solar eclipse came and went with tremendous fanfare across Encore/Thousand Trails RV & Camping Resorts that were located in or near the path of totality. According to a press release, traveling to one of the many campgrounds for the total eclipse was quite the experience for guests staying at the properties which fell directly within or near the path of totality. The facilities offered a variety of options for guests, including staying in their RV... Read more

The Hauler Allows RVers to Carry Heavy Cargo

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The Hauler, a device that can lift up to 1,000 pounds utilizing a patented winch design, allows RVers to carry weighty cargo including a quad bike, motorcycles, powerized wheelchairs and motorized scooters. According to a press release, the Hauler was developed by Mike Conner, a life-long camper, outdoorsman and inventor. Once securely installed, cargo can be positioned and then lifted by the Hauler’s tempered steel forks. “To make this idea practical I knew we had to make it... Read more

Report: NHTSA Issues Latest List of RV Recalls

August 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: The following is the latest RV recall list compiled by the National Highway Safety Association (NHTSA). • REV Recreation Group (REV) is recalling 219 2017-2018 Fleetwood Discovery and Discovery LXE, and Holiday Rambler Endeavor, Endeavor XE, and Admiral XE motorhomes, as well as 2018 Monaco Diplomat, Fleetwood Pace Arrow, Bounder, Flair, and Storm motorhomes, and Holiday Rambler Navigator and Vacationer XE motorhomes. The affected vehicles may have been manufactured with headlights... Read more

‘ATC’ Holds Grand Opening for New Plant & HQ

August 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Chad Ganger of Mishawaka works inside a trailer being manufactured in the new ATC plant Aluminum Trailer Co. has opened its new factory and headquarters in Nappanee, Ind. As reported by the Goshen News, the company cut a ceremonial ribbon last week on its plant at 751 N. Tomahawk Trail, just south of C.R. 52 and on the west edge of the city. ATC is building its custom and semi-custom all-aluminum car hauler trailers at the plant. The company now has three plants in Nappanee. “We have been... Read more

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