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U.S. Auto Sales Motor Toward Robust February

February 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

U.S. auto sales are on pace for the best February since 2002, forecasters say, even as relentless snow slowed demand in the Northeast. Automotive News reported that February is expected to mark the 12th consecutive month of year-over-year gains for the industry. Analysts said sales have been minimally affected by rising gasoline prices and a work stoppage at West Coast ports that could reduce March inventories of some vehicles imported from Asia. TrueCar, LMC Automotive and Kelley Blue Book are forecasting... Read more

Thetford Corp. Rolls Out New SmartTotes2 Line

February 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Thetford Corp. has introduced its SmartTotes2 line for portable waste tanks. “Our unmatched RV sanitation expertise enables us to improve on what was already the industry’s leading tote,” said Barry Eckel, Thetford vice president of sales and marketing, The Americas. “The new innovations to SmartTote2 make the unpopular process of filling and emptying a tote quicker, cleaner and easier.” According to a press release, SmartTotes2 LX models feature an AutoStop Level... Read more

TOP DEBUTS: Fleetwood RV’s Flair Motorhome

February 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

While Fleetwood RV, now a division of Allied Recreation Group (ARG), chose to resurrect a name from the days of Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. for its newest motorhome, the coach bears only a vague resemblance to its predecessor. “Flair previously lived in this sort of entry-level price point,” noted Steve Hileman, ARG’s director of marketing. “While we may be offering this at an entry-level price — we’re working on a consumer campaign so that we can advertise to buyers that the dealers can... Read more

RV Learning Center, Spader Create Scholarship

February 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Duane Spader The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) announced a new facet to the strategic alliance between the RV Learning Center and RVDA Associate Member Spader Business Management. According to a press release, the arrangement will promote leadership development programs for RVDA members and will offer one scholarship annually that will honor the RV industry service of Spader founder and former RVDA Chairman Duane Spader, as well as his leadership philosophy of life-long learning. Applications... Read more

Famed Spa Rebuilding with Cavco Park Models

February 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

When a wildfire destroyed the Wilbur Hot Springs resort last year, Dr. Richard Louis Miller, the resort’s owner since 1976, faced a critical challenge. Self insured, Miller needed to rebuild the Williams, Calif., resort – renowned for its therapeutic waters – as quickly and affordably as possible, while still providing his guests with the first class accommodations. According to a press release, Miller decided to rebuild with park models manufactured by Cavco Industries Inc. The 399-square-foot... Read more

Lazydays & Florida Strawberry Festival Partner

February 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Lazydays RV has aligned with the Florida Strawberry Festival as the exclusive RV dealership partner. Recently named one of the “Top 40 Fairs in North America,” The Florida Strawberry Festival will take place Feb. 26 through March 8 in Plant City. Lazydays will provide several RVs for the Florida Strawberry Festival’s exclusive use throughout the 10-day event. The RVs will be utilized by the volunteer staff and provide convenient on-site stations such as mobile offices and hospitality accommodations.... Read more

Reddick Posts NASCAR Win in Draw-Tite Truck

February 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Tyler Reddick, sponsored by Cequent Performance Products (CPP), captured his first win on the NASCAR Trucks circuit in the No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford. According to a press release, the win came in the first race of the season at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NextEra Energy Resources 250, at Daytona International Speedway. Representatives from Cequent were in attendance along with the company’s Hitch Pros, comprised of top installers and dealers of Cequent products. Reddick stayed near... Read more

TriMas Enjoys Record Fourth-Quarter Revenue

February 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

TriMas Corp. reported record fourth-quarter sales from continuing operations of $350.6 million, an increase of 9.5% compared to fourth quarter 2013. Net income from continuing operations during the quarter attributable to TriMas was $2.7 million, or 6 cents per diluted share, as compared to $6 million, or 13 per cents diluted share, during fourth quarter 2013. Operating profit totaled $15.6 million in fourth quarter 2014, as compared to $10.5 million during fourth quarter 2013. For the year, TriMas... Read more

VIDEO 1: NASCAR Driver Almirola Goes RVing

February 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Today’s video from Go RVing features NASCAR driver Aric Almirola promoting the RV lifestyle. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

Airstream’s Schumann Retiring After 44 Years

February 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Dave Schumann Airstream Inc. today (Feb. 24) announced the retirement of long-time employee Dave Schumann after 44 years with the Jackson Center, Ohio-based manufacturer. Rick March Sr., a 28-year factory veteran, will take over Schumann’s current position as general manager, parts and service. According to a press release, Schumann oversaw factory service, customer service and parts sales for the last 14 years. Prior to that, he was responsible for quality control and auditing procedures for... Read more

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