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RVIA: Shipments Gain 4.5% in April, 9.5% YTD

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Total shipments to retailers were reported at 40,064 units in the April survey of manufacturers conducted by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), 4.5% greater than this same month last year. Year-to-date, total RV shipments have reached 148,259 units this year, the best start to any year since 2006 and the second best start since 1977. For the month, towable RVs provided the largest unit gains rising to 35,050 units. Meanwhile, motorhome shipments, representing 12.5% of all RV shipments... Read more

TMC Class A’s Sport Upgrades, Enhancements

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2017 A.C.E. Class A by TMC Elkhart, Ind.-based Thor Motor Coach has packaged a host of upgrades and feature enhancements in its 2017 Class A motorhome lines. “All Class A motorhomes have upgrades throughout adding extra convenience for owners,” says Troy Schultz, director of sales for the West Coast Class C and Class A gas division. “There are so many new updates to this model year, we can’t wait to see owners experience it for themselves.”  The best-selling A.C.E. continues to evolve... Read more

Campers Inn Teams with Camping Connection

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Campers Inn RV, one of the nation’s largest family-operated RV dealerships, and Camping Connection, an RV parts and service center, will celebrate the grand opening of their newest stores in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on June 1-5. According to a press release, the joint event will feature special pricing, prizes, music, food, and activities for the family. On June 29, the stores will welcome the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce for an official ribbon cutting ceremony. “We are thrilled to start the... Read more

Edmonton Park is a Refuge for Fire Evacuees

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An RV park west of Edmonton has become a little Fort McMurray. CBC.ca reported that when the fire known as “the beast” took hold their city three weeks ago more than 90,000 people in Fort McMurray had to flee to the south. Some of them, including Pat Caron, took their recreational vehicles. Now, many of those very RVs are lined up side-by-side at the Diamond Grove RV Campground in Spruce Grove. During the seven-hour-long journey down Highway 63 to safety, Caron rang up Paulette... Read more

Cannabis Condo Company is Adding RV Parks

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Grow Condos Inc., a real estate company providing condominium-style turnkey facilities to support the cannabis industry, announced that it is launching a new division for the development of cannabis-friendly RV campgrounds and resorts specifically tailored for owner/operators to cater to the recreational marijuana marketplace. “Recreational vehicle owners and campers want to be able to enjoy a stress-free experience and we feel that in the recreational marijuana states a cannabis friendly resort... Read more

Blue Ox Appointing Shilling Outside Sales Rep

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Andy Shilling RV industry veteran Andy Shilling has joined Blue Ox as an outside sales representative covering Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, according to Blue Ox President and CEO Ellen Kietzmann. “We are excited to have Andy on the Blue Ox team,” said Alex Walker, Blue Ox sales manager, in a press release. “He has many years of extensive industry experience at many levels. Andy has developed great relationships within the industry, and will be a great asset to our... Read more

ORVA’s Annual Convention Set For June 26-28

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The annual Oklahoma RV Association (ORVA) convention will take place June 26-28, at the Osage Casino Hotel in Skiatook. “We have much to be thankful for as we benefit from an industry that is experiencing double digit growth and unprecedented acceptance among pop culture and the general public,” said Kim Siex, president of the Oklahoma RV Association, in a press release. The event will feature a golf tournament and guest speakers, including Statistical Surveys Inc. President Tom Walworth, Phil... Read more

Go RVing, Outdoor Sportsman Group Partner

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Go RVing and the Outdoor Sportsman Group have partnered to create a summer-long promotion to encourage both recreational vehicle travel and outdoor activities through a “Weekends Away” adventure program. “Go RVing was interested in reaching a whole new audience that had a destination and adventure travel mindset,” Todd Smith, vice president of content development for Outdoor Sportsman Group Integrated Media, tells Marketing Daily. “Our audience is deeply passionate about being in the outdoors.” The... Read more

‘NHTSA’ Issues Latest RV-Related Recall List

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Editor’s Note: The following is a list of recent RV-related recalls compiled by the U.S National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA). • Thor Motor Coach (TMC) is recalling 32 2017 ACE and Road Bear Rental motorhomes manufactured Feb. 11, 2016, to March 9, 2016. The seat belt anchorages located in the slide out section may not meet the specified strength requirements, allowing them to pull loose during a crash. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal... Read more

Indy Driver Kanaan Selects Keystone Raptor

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left to right: Raptor product manager Jim Rzepka; Lauren Kanaan; Tony Kanaan; Walnut Ridge Family RV owners, Nathan Hart; Bobette Hart; Justin Hart. The tall, boldly colored, red-and-black fifth-wheel is a pleasantly surprising addition to the rows of cookie-cutter million dollar buses. The fifth-wheel is a 2017 Keystone Raptor 425TS and this shiny, new toy-hauler belongs to 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan. Kanaan, affectionately known as the Ironman of Indy racing with a record 249 consecutive... Read more

Tree Town Festival Lifts Forest City Economy

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Crowds packed last year’s Tree Town Festival in Forest City The inaugural Tree Town Music Festival entered the Midwest music scene with a bang three years ago when an estimated 12,000 people came to Forest City, Iowa, to see country music superstar Toby Keith. As reported by the Mason City Globe Gazette, more than 15,000 turned out for Blake Shelton last year. With ticket sales up and campsites in more demand than ever, officials say the thousands who attend the four-day music festival... Read more

Thor will Release Fiscal 3Q Earnings June 6

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Thor Industries Inc. announced that the Elkhart, Ind.-based company will release its fiscal third quarter earnings release on June 6 after market close. Thor will be hosting individual calls with investors following the release.  Interested investors may schedule 20-minute time slots with Director of Corporate Development and Investor Relations Jeff Tryka, beginning at 4:20 p.m. EDT on the release date. If you would like to schedule a call, e-mail or call Tryka at jtryka@thorindustries.com or (574)... Read more

Boating Sales On Rise Heading Into Summer

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Memorial Day weekend signals the start of the summer boating season, and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has reported boat sales are strong for the $35.9 billion U.S. recreational boating industry. According to a report by Best of Boating, an estimated 238,000 new powerboats were sold in 2015, an increase of 8.5% compared to 2014. NMMA anticipates sales of new powerboats to increase in 2016 as much as 5 to 7 percent. “New boat inventories are at historically low levels and... Read more

Bank of the West is Bronze Partner for RVDA

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The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) announced that Bank of the West is a Bronze Partner for the 2016 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo. The convention/expo will take place Nov. 7-11 at Bally’s in Las Vegas, sponsored by RVDA, RVDA of Canada and the Mike Molino RV Learning Center. “The reason our dealers can build a staff that is professional, educated, and ready to compete in a growing industry is because of great partners like Bank of the West, with their strong commitment... Read more

National RV Supply Adds Ray to Sales Force

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National RV Supply, a division of Camping World Inc., announced the addition of Curtis Ray to its sales ranks. Possessing over 30 years of sales experience with Coast Distribution Systems Inc., Curtis will be a primary inside sales representative. “I’m looking forward to this new endeavor with National RV Supply, collaborating with trusted colleagues and a team of industry veterans that have been the back bone of the aftermarket parts and accessories distribution business,” said Ray in a... Read more

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