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Seal Design Intros Online Sales for Corner Seal

June 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Strong demand for Seal Design’s corner seal product sparked the creation of the new buy-direct website feature on sealdesignllc.com. The company reported in a press release that offering online purchase for the past few weeks has generated record sales for Seal Design, an affiliate of Elkhart, Ind.-based Dicor Corp. The new Seal-Tite corner seal tape is made to be applied where RV panels join at the corner of RV walls. The elastomeric material sticks and conforms to any smooth or irregular surface,... Read more

RVDA Early Bird Registration is Ending June 30

June 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Dealers that register by June 30 for the 2016 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo will receive a reduced rate of $599 will also lock in an even lower rate ($576) for every other dealership employee they register going forward. Online registration is available on the convention website, along with a fillable PDF that can be printed and faxed or mailed. The convention/expo, Nov. 7 -11 in Las Vegas, is the premier education event for dealers and staff. The theme this year is “Gear up for Success.” “These... Read more

Colorado Teardrop Introduces Top-Line Summit

June 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Colorado Teardrop announced the introduction of its fourth model, the Summit. According to a press release, the Summit, the company’s top-line model, is designed for extreme off-road use and can be towed by a jeep, crew cab truck, and four-wheel drive vehicle. The Summit also offers ample living space with a full cabin and bunk beds that convert into a sofa along with a full queen-size bed. Other features include: Plenty of shelving with underfloor storage and several lights. Large galley with... Read more

Camping World Flies ‘Old Glory’ in Panama City

June 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Old Glory flies high at many businesses and car dealerships around town, and now a RV dealership raised one of the largest flags in Panama City, Fla. WJHG TV reported that  Camping World Inc. put up a 40-foot by 80-foot American flag on a pole standing 130 feet tall. It’s a companywide initiative to show appreciation for our country and those serve. “It has been our vision to continue the tradition of raising these flags to show our company’s support and appreciation to our country and... Read more

VIDEO 2: Look at LCI History, Marine Expansion

June 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Lippert Component Inc. CEO Jason Lippert talks about the history of the Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier and its expansion into the marine market. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

CellTuck Launches New Update for Mobile Sites

June 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

CellTuck has released a mobile update that offers clients the use of templates to enhance website design. “The beauty of the templates is that once the dealer selects one, they then can easily just swap out the background image or even change the font colors,” said CellTuck Director Angie Cellucci. “This update offers flexibility to all user levels.” She added, “This new update allows clients to quickly change the look of their mobile site.  The templates in addition to full Cascading... Read more

ASA’s Harley Stereo Offers 6 1/2-Inch Speakers

June 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

ASA Electronics has introduced 6 1/2-inch speakers to enhance the audio capabilities of its previously released HD1BT525 Harley-Davidson replacement stereo package. According to a press release, the Jensen Power Sports audio kit, named HD1BT650, still features the “true” plug n’ play design that allows for both the stereo and speakers to fit into the factory fairings opening. “A 5 1/4-inch speaker can only reproduce so much bass — you need more cone area to produce more bass. The larger... Read more

Towables Help Lift Winnebago’s 3Q Profit 25.5%

June 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc. reported a 25.5% increase in net income for its fiscal third quarter boosted by strong performance in the company’s towable division coupled with a 20% cut in expenses. Revenues for the third quarter, ended May 28, were $272.1 million, an increase of 2.1%, compared to $266.5 million for the fiscal 2015 period. Net income was $14.4 million, or 53 cents per diluted share, compared to $11.5 million, or 43 cents per diluted share, in the same... Read more

Baird Survey: Dealers Post Solid Towable Sales

June 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: The following article, authored by Jeff Kurowski, director of industry relations for the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), appears in the June issue of RV Executive Today and recounts a spring survey by Robert W. Baird & Co. on RV sales. RV dealers reported solid growth in towable sales and more muted motorhome sales during the February through April period, according to investment firm Robert W. Baird & Co., which surveys dealers quarterly in partnership... Read more

Report: Manufacturing Driving Indiana Economy

June 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Indiana Manufacturers Association is celebrating new data released by the U.S. Department of Commerce which shows the strength of the state’s manufacturing sector. Inside Indiana Business reported that the data shows the industry contributed $100 billion to Indiana’s GDP last year, a more than $6 billion increase over 2014. The numbers reflect nearly 30 percent of the state’s economy. The IMA says Indiana’s economy grew by $18.6 billion last year with manufacturers contributing... Read more

Naming Rights Dispute at Yosemite Inspires Bill

June 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

A bill to protect California’s state parks and against trademark disputes, like the one Yosemite National Park is currently involved in, is making its way through the legislature. According to a report by KXTV, the National Parks Service (NPS) recently asked a federal trademark board to cancel trademarks obtained by the company that previously ran Yosemite’s hotels, restaurants and outdoor activities. That means Yosemite’s stone and timber hotel will no longer be called “The... Read more

Powerboat Sales See Small Increase During May

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The spring began with much promise in the recreational boat industry — 20% sales gains in March — but apart from a few reliable growth engines, overall sales in May weren’t much stronger than they had been during a weak April. Soundings Trade Only reported that sales of fiberglass outboard boats, and aluminum fishing and pontoon boats, rose in a range of 4.6% to 7.2%, but sales of summer fun boats such as ski and wake boats, jetboats and personal watercraft treaded water or fell below the pace... Read more

RVDA Confab will Feature ‘eMarketing’ Sessions

June 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

To stay savvy in the realm of social media and digital marketing requires constantly learning and upgrading skills and knowledge. The Social Media/eMarketing track of the 2016 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo features six top trainers who can help dealers make sense of the digital world and use it to best advantage. The RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, Nov. 7 -11 in Las Vegas, is the premier education event for dealers and their staff. The theme is “Gear up for Success.” Register... Read more

Social Media Helping Elkhart Firms Find Workers

June 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

File this under a good problem to have. As reported by the Elkhart Truth, several RV manufacturers are having a hard time finding qualified workers to staff their plants with Elkhart County’s unemployment rate around 3.5%. Some notable RV makers in the area have been complaining about the issue to the Elkhart Area Chamber of Commerce, saying this is a huge issue. Kyle Hannon, president of the chamber, said as a result numerous positions at Elkhart County RV plants simply aren’t being... Read more

Meyer Distributing Announces N.C. Cross-Dock

June 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Meyer Distributing Inc. announces the addition of a new cross-dock in Asheville, N.C. The cross-dock will have a direct feed from Meyer’s Jasper, Ind., distribution hub which houses comprehensive inventories of automotive accessories and RV parts. “Our RV/towing sales have increased dramatically in the Carolinas and are really taking off as we get our first RV catalog in the customers’ hands,” said Jason Lents, the RV/Towing sales manager, in a press release. “With our very experienced... Read more

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