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Keystone RV Co. Earns 7 ‘Quality Circle’ Awards

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The Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) has recognized Keystone RV Co. swith seven Quality Circle Awards. According to a press release, the DSI Quality Circle Award recognizes the high level of success companies have earned in working with their dealer business partners, according to RVDA Chairman of the Board Darrel Friesen of All Seasons RV Center in Yuba City, Calif. “Their commitment to continuously improving products and services ultimately helps dealers serve customers better... Read more

VIDEO 2: KOA Honors Supporters of ‘Care Camp’

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At the recent Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) Convention in Chattanooga, Tenn., owners were recognized for their ongoing support and efforts to advance the cause of KOA Care Camps. To view a video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page. This group of generous owners have raised more than $10 million dollars since the charity’s inception, ensuring that kids with cancer are able to attend medically supervised oncology camps at no cost to their families. The Board... Read more

Barnes & Thornburg is Relocating Elkhart Office

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Barnes & Thornburg LLP attorneys in Elkhart, Ind., are settling into new digs, having left the downtown office they called home since 1996 and moving closer to the growing industrial corridor of the city’s recreational vehicle base. As reported by Indiana Lawyer, J. Scott Troeger, managing partner of the Elkhart office, explained the firm’s new location near the Indiana Toll Road enables the attorneys to easily meet face-to-face with manufacturers throughout Elkhart County. Access to main... Read more

Hopkins Intros Endurance Easy-Pull Connectors

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Emporia, Kan.-based Hopkins, a leading supplier of automotive aftermarket products, announced the introduction of Endurance Easy-Pull connectors to the company’s towing solutions product line. The patent-pending, through-hole finger grip eliminates slipping and reduces damage to vehicle and trailer connectors. According to a press release, the “intuitive Easy-Pull is the easiest to use, all-environments vehicle for trailering 4-wire flat towing connector.” Easy-Pull is the latest... Read more

Thetford, Norcold Name Winner of Daytona Trip

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Bob Stewart, owner of Clairsville, Ohio-based Stewart’s RV Center, was the winner of the “Daytona 500 Experience” grand prize courtesy of Thetford Corp. and Norcold Inc. According to a press release, Stewart was selected at random from the many dealer, distributor and RV manufacturer entries at the Thetford and Norcold exhibit at the recently completed Louisville Show. The “Daytona 500 Experience” includes airfare, deluxe three-day/two-night accommodations at the Orlando Marriott... Read more

Air Lift Introduces Kits to Handle Extreme Loads

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Air Lift Co. is expanding its load assist product line with the new LoadLifter 7500 XL series kits, offering “extreme” load-leveling capabilities, according to a release. The LoadLifter 7500 XL is now Air Lift’s heaviest-rated air spring kit, built to provide 7,500 pounds of load- leveling capacity. The kit provides a combination of adjustability and ride quality for owners of 3/4- and 1-ton pickups that tow or haul heavy loads like slide-in campers, fifth-wheel RV trailers or... Read more

Bruce Alexander Remembered as Born Salesman

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Longtime RV sales representative Bruce Alexander passed away on Dec. 3 after a battle with cancer. He was 70. According to his obituary, Alexander, who graduated from California State University, Fullerton, “was a born salesman” who loved his work in real estate and the RV industry. During his tenure in the RV segment he was sales manager for Overland Motor Homes in Orange, Calif., while also working for several manufacturers including Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. Alexander finished his... Read more

Elkhart Co. Ivy Tech Offers MIG Welding Classes

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Welding has become a high-demand skill in Indiana’s Elkhart County, including the RV industry, and a new educational program aims to help generate a supply of workers to meet the need. Ivy Tech Community College will offer introductory MIG welding, advanced MIG welding and introduction to welding classes during the college’s spring semester beginning Jan. 17, according to a press release. The classes at Ivy Tech’s 22531 C.R. 18 campus will offer structural level instruction and... Read more

Opinion: Industry Addressing Customer Service

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As the industry resumes its workaday schedules in the aftermath of the 54th Annual National RV Trade Show, we thought we’d point out a couple of news stories posted last week that certainly merited more than a passing glance by the rank and file of the North American RV industry. Top of the mind was a joint statement announcing a precedent-setting agreement by the industry’s three lead trade associations – the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association... Read more

DexKo Acquires Aussie-Based Melbourne Trailer

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DexKo Global Inc., the amalgamation of Dexter Axle and AL-KO Vehicle Technology, is expanding its Australian operations, announcing it has signed an agreement to acquire Melbourne Trailer and Caravan Supplies (MTCS). According to a press release, MTCS is an Australian family-owned business and supplier of caravan and trailer axles, leaf springs and other trailer components, serving multiple market segments across Australia since 1968. It has also been the Australian distributor for the Dexter Axle... Read more

TMC Unveiled 31Y Chateau Class C At Louisville

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TMC 31Y Chateau interior Thor Motor Coach debuted the new Chateau 31Y Class C floorplan to dealers last week during the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. According to a press release, the 31Y offers a full-wall slideout and swivel captain’s chairs, a first in the Chateau lineup. Other features include sophisticated interiors, high-sheen cabinetry, and solid surface kitchen countertops. The 31Y also offers the MEGA-Storage compartment that includes a... Read more

Winnebago to Report Fiscal 1Q Earnings Dec. 21

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Winnebago Industries Inc. will report fiscal 2017 first quarter earnings on Dec. 21. The Forest City, Iowa-based company will also host a conference call at 9 a.m. CST to discuss the financial results for its first quarter of Fiscal 2017. Winnebago Industries’ conference call may be heard live via the company’s website, http://investor.wgo.net. The event will be archived and available for replay for the next 90 days. To access the replay, click on http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=85260&p=irol-audioarchives. For... Read more

VIDEO 3: ‘Surveyor’ Builds Comfort into ’17 Line

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Forest River Inc. has incorporated new features and residential-style amenities into its 2017 lineup of Surveyor towables that enhance the RV lifestyle. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com lineup.  Read More →

South Fla. RV Resort Posts Record Growth in ’16

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Silver Palms RV Resort, a five-star RV resort in South Florida, announced record annual growth, including the sale of 52 of its 195 available RV sites and 55 available cottage sites since January and 10 lots sold in the last quarter alone. According to a press release, Silver Palms is experiencing continued demand for lots in the Phase II section of the resort, with 32 lots sold in 2016 for a total of 37 sold since its completion in late 2014. “We are thrilled to be the destination of choice for... Read more

Documentary To Chronicle ‘All Things Airstream’

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If you were already intrigued by the Airstream Inc. lifestyle, wait until you see the trailer for Alumination, a documentary about the celebrated travel trailer that is slated for completion in late 2017. The Mens Journal reported that for three years, filmmakers Eric Bricker and Lisa Hughes, producing partners behind the award-winning Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman, immersed themselves in all things Airstream. Originally drawn to the streamlined trailers from a design perspective,... Read more

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