Roadtreking Podcast Reaches 1M Download Mark

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Mike and Jennifer Wendland In a little over 10 months, “Roadtreking: The RV Podcast” that features interviews, RV news, bucket list destination reports, and tips and technology advice to enjoy the small motorhome lifestyle has just reached the one million download mark. Produced weekly by award-winning journalist Mike Wendland and his wife, Jennifer, the show began in October 2014 as an hour-long podcast. Show are also available from iTunes, Stitcher and various online apps and services,... Read more

Dealer Webinars Focus on Safety & Investigations

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This month begins another season of educational webinars for dealers and their top personnel provided by the Mike Molino Learning Center in conjunction with strategic partner KPA. On Sept. 17 at noon EDT, a safety compliance expert will present “The Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How of a Safety Culture.” Attendees will learn how to get companywide commitment to a safety program, how to keep safety top-of-mind and how to create a culture of safety awareness. On Sept. 24 at noon, dealers... Read more

Labor Day Likely to Continue KOA Growth in 2015

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When North Americans flock to the Great Outdoors this weekend, their strong numbers will put a cap on a very successful summer season for Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA). KOA reported in a news release that advanced reservations for the Labor Day Weekend show an expected 5.3% increase in camper nights at KOA’s 485 locations in the U.S. and Canada. That will extend KOA’s strong of strong holiday results this year,  which are up nearly 8% in camper nights overall for 2015, compared to... Read more

Ohio-Based Farber Debuts Sprinter-Based Mauck2

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Columbus, Ohio-based Farber Specialty Vehicles launched a road trip in late July to show off its unique new 2015 Mauck2 touring vehicle to the motoring public at Mercedes-Benz dealerships throughout the region. Currently operating on a factory-direct basis, Farber invites customers to work with its team of designers and engineers to custom order their coach, which is built on a fuel-efficient, 170-inch-wheelbase, V-6 turbo diesel-powered Mercedes Sprinter 3500 cab Chassis. The Mauck2’s aerodynamic... Read more

Keystone Automotive Will Add 2 Distribution Sites

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 Keystone Automotive Operations Inc. announced plans to open two additional distribution centers, securing its foothold and extending its reach in the Pacific Northwest, Great Lakes region and both Central and Western Canada. Keystone is a subsidiary of LKQ Corp., parent to NTP-Stag and The Coast Distribution System Inc. The new facilities in Cheney, Wash., and Brownstown, Mich., add an additional 500,000 square feet of inventory space to Keystone’s current 2 million-square-foot footprint, enhancing... Read more

McCluskey: Fall is a Time to Reflect & Look Ahead

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John McCluskey Editor’s Note: The following column, authored by Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) Chairman John McCluskey, appeared in the September issue of RV Executive Today offering a look at some priorities for dealers during the fall season. For many areas of the country, we’re nearing the end of the summer selling season. I hope everyone carved time out of their busy schedules to vacation with their families. We sell fun and the family experience and, like our customers,... Read more

Outdoorsy Founders Hit Road in Airstream Trailer

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Jen Young and Jeff Cavins, who co-founded startup — an Airbnb for RVs — are taking the challenge a step further, ditching their North Beach apartment to embark on a year-long cross-country odyssey in a 27-foot Eddie Bauer Airstream trailer. “To make Outdoorsy really work, we knew we had to live among the RV community,” said Cavins, 54, as he toted a suitcase and quilt to the Airstream on Monday, the couple’s Cockapoo Lucy Chew scampering ahead. “We need to see ’em, meet... Read more

Ala. RV Dealers Get Service Spike from Tailgaters

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It was the week leading up to the start of the college football season, and times at Camping World of Oxford in Aniston, Ala., weren’t terribly busy. That’s because the local RV owners who will join the mass exodus of fans from around the state heading to Tuscaloosa and Auburn for weekends this fall had gotten their required maintenance done months ago. The Aniston Star reported that Camping World employees said fans had recently trickled in to mostly admire the latest and greatest mobile homes... Read more

RVAA Welcomes New Leadership, Board Members

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Recreation Vehicle Aftermarket Association (RVVA) members welcomed a new Executive Board Committee along with five new board members during an Aug. 19 business luncheon in Vancouver as part of the organization’s Executive Conference. Membership unanimously approved the slate, which was voted on during elections this summer. Results showed: 2015–2016 RVAA Executive Board Committee Past President – Jim Stark – Dealer Resources Group President – Susan Carpenter – JR Products Vice... Read more

‘American RVer’ Checks Out Silverleaf Electronics

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The latest webisode of American RVer offers a look at SilverLeaf Electronics, based in St. Albany, Ore. According to a press release, hosts Jim and Peggy Grich visit with Martin Perlot, president and founder of SilverLeaf. The company specializes in instrumentation that monitors diesel engines, allowing RVers to improve gas mileage and avoid breakdowns. Martin demonstrates some of the digital dash displays and a virtual instrument panel software that runs on a laptop. provides... Read more

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