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Lance Shipping 1st Double-Slide Travel Trailer

May 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Lancaster, Calif.-based Lance Camper Manufacturing Corp. has starting shipping to dealers its first double-slide travel trailer, the all-new 2155. The 21-foot 2155 features a dual-slide, island floorplan that is ideal for entertaining with abundant counter space and an available 32-inch LED TV and standard blue-tooth audio system with app control. The available fireplace creates a warm and cozy retreat while RVers will enjoy the owners suite and exclusive Lance “Sky View” window that... Read more

Winegard Introducing ‘Rayzar z1’ RV Antenna

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Winegard Co., a leading U.S. antenna manufacturer since 1954, has introduced the Rayzar z1 Amplified Local HD and Digital Broadcast RV TV Antenna. According to a press release, the Rayzar z1 offers optimal UHF reception along with strong high-band VHF provide access to the major broadcast networks. Optimized for North American digital TV frequencies the Rayzar z1 is designed to eliminate interference from other non-TV frequencies (like radio) to maximize signal reception. With high-quality HD... Read more

ASA Electronics Issued Patent for DVD Radio

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ASA Electronics has been awarded a new patent based on its cutting-edge product development, the Elkhart, Ind.-based company announced today. The patent covers the ornamental design of the JWM9A wall-mount DVD radio. According to a release, after assessing the direction of the industry and the trends of their customers’ purchases, the need for a “sleek RV stereo with residential styling became clear to the team at ASA Electronics.” Once the product was developed, the company quickly applied... Read more

Reese Debuts Gooseneck Kit for Nissan Titan

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Cequent Performance Products has launched the Reese Elite Gooseneck Accessories Kit, now for use with the Nissan Titan OE underbed kit. According to a company release, the kit (PN: 30137) provides the “comfort of knowing they have North America’s leading brand of towing products and accessories backing them up.” “Those who tow want to be able to use the same hitch for everything they pull,” said product manager Tom Stalder. “This kit enables them to do just that.” The Reese Elite... Read more

Winegard Introducing ‘Rayzar z1’ RV Antenna

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Winegard Co., a leading U.S. antenna manufacturer since 1954, has introduced the Rayzar z1 Amplified Local HD and Digital Broadcast RV TV Antenna. According to a press release, the Rayzar z1 offers optimal UHF reception along with strong high-band VHF provide access to the major broadcast networks. Optimized for North American digital TV frequencies the Rayzar z1 is designed to eliminate interference from other non-TV frequencies (like radio) to maximize signal reception. With high-quality HD and... Read more

Registration Tops 400 For Sept. NATDA Show

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The North American Trailer Dealers Association (NATDA) announced that over 400 dealerships are registered to attend the 2016 NATDA Trade Show & Convention, Sept. 8-10 at the Music City Center located in Nashville. “Our team is extremely excited by the number of dealerships already registered for the trade show, with still three more months remaining to register,” said Executive Director Jesse Battle. NATDA is seeing a 30% increase in registered dealers since last year’s show thanks... Read more

Report: 80% Of Americans Plan Summer Trips

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With spring in full swing, Americans are looking ahead to summer getaways, with eight in 10 planning to travel this season. According to the most recent American Express Spending & Saving Tracker, 80% of Americans, or 195.9 million people, plan to travel in the coming months and expect to spend an average of $941 per person on their trips. Millennials, in particular, plan to travel more this summer than the average American (89% vs. 80% general population), despite busy lifestyles and plans to... Read more

RVRA Survey Shows Rental Market is Thriving

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A recent study conducted by the  Recreation Vehicle Rental Association (RVRA) to gauge profitability and trends in RV rentals revealed that the market appears solid, with a majority of dealerships that rent RVs reporting rising revenues as well as plans to expand their fleets, in addition to longer-term rental contracts. “This segment of the market continues to be a winner for dealers. For the third year running the survey results underscore what many of us in the rental space already know,”... Read more

Opinion: Wald Probes HUD Ruling, Tiny Homes

May 26, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

Matt Wald Editor’s note: The following column by Matt Wald, appearing in the May-June issue of RVBusiness magazine, examines the recent HUD proposal that better defines the differences between RVs and manufactured housing and also the impact of the tiny house trend. Wald spent the past 3 1/2 years as the Park Model RV Executive Director for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and was recently promoted to assistant vice president for the organization. Prior to that he worked in... Read more

Obama’s Visit: More Politics than Economics?

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President Barack Obama’s visit to Elkhart County on Wednesday could be more about politics than patting himself on the back, according to two area political science professors. The Elkhart Truth reported that Sean Savage, a political scientist at St. Mary’s College in South Bend, sees Obama’s visit as a chance for him to defend his handling of the economy, countering criticism from the likes of GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump. Trump has been particularly critical of his Trans-Pacific... Read more

TMC Showcasing Luxury in ’17 Class C Lineup

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Synergy Class C Thor Motor Coach announced that its new 2017 Quantum and Synergy Class C motorhomes are now available at dealerships across the United States and Canada. The Quantum features upscale amenities throughout, including leatherette furniture, solid-surface kitchen counters and hardwood cabinetry. According to a press release, Thor Motor Coach went big this year with additional storage both inside and out, plus larger windows in the living area to accentuate the Quantum’s spacious floorplan... Read more

Starcraft RV Launches ‘User-Friendly’ Website

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Topeka, Ind.-based Starcraft RV, a subsidiary of Jayco Inc., recently launched a redesigned website with new functionality, comprehensive product information and easy-to-use navigation. “Our goal has always been to provide our consumers with accurate and accessible information. We recognize that our website is the best channel for this. We’re confident that our redesigned website will prove to be a useful tool for campers in all stages of life,” said Ashley Lehman, director of marketing, in... Read more

Supplier Panel Solutions Eyes $5M Expansion

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An Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier is looking to expand its operations and hopes to add between 50 to 75 jobs in the process. As reported by the Elkhart Truth, Panel Solutions Inc., which makes tiling and other products for the recreational vehicle industry and retail stores, plans to spend about $5 million to build a 96,000-square-foot manufacturing and warehouse facility at the corner of Middlebury Street and Patricia Court on the city’s east side. The company is scheduled to appear before the... Read more

Analysis: Patrick Growing Through Acquisition

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Editor’s Note: The following analysis by Seeking Alpha offers an overview of longtime industry supplier Patrick Industries Inc. and its strategy for growth.  Companies don’t often radically transform themselves, but that’s exactly what RV parts manufacturer Patrick Industries has done coming out of the recession. With an aggressive acquisition-driven growth strategy, Patrick has created substantial shareholder value. The question is if this can continue: after analyzing the company’s... Read more

First Full-Brand Cruise Inn Park is Announced

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Cruise Inn announced that it has brought in its first fully branded park and first location in Minnesota in one fell swoop with the addition of Cruise Inn RV Park & Lodging in Alexandria, Minn. Formerly called Alexandria RV Park, Cruise Inn RV Park & Lodging offers spacious, full hookup RV sites with 20-, 30- and 50-amp service. The unique establishment is also home to an 18-room motel, giving travelers more options in one location. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, a playground, volleyball court,... Read more

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