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Grand Design RV Helps Lift Winnebago 2Q Gains

March 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Winnebago Industries Inc. today reported strong gains in revenue and net income for its fiscal second quarter, ended Feb. 25, boosted by the company’s acquisition of towable builder Grand Design RV Co. completed in November. Towable sales rose 4% percent during the period while motorhome revenue slipped 3%. Revenues for the quarter were $370.5 million, an increase of 64.2%, compared to $225.7 million for the fiscal 2016 period. Second-quarter net income was $15.3 million, or 48 cents... Read more

Medallion ups Patrick’s Thermoforming Capacity

March 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Patrick Industries Inc. has again expanded its thermoforming capacity for recreational vehicle and other markets with the acquisition of Medallion Plastics Inc. As reported by Plastic News, Medallion designs, engineers and produces custom thermoformed products such as dash and trim panels and fender skirts for the RV market, plus complete interiors, bumper covers and other systems for automotive, specialty transportation and industrial markets. Both companies are based in Elkhart, Ind., in the heart... Read more

VIDEO 2: Pleasure-Way’s Plateau TS Tour Coach

March 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Pleasure-Way Industries CEO Dean Rumpel offers a walkthrough of the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based company’s 2017 Plateau TS Tour Class V coach. The twin sofa floorplan provides for a large bathroom with vanity, six cubic foot fridge and full size wardrobe while still leaving the bank of passenger side windows clear and unobstructed. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

Work Truck Show Attracts 11,800 to Indianapolis

March 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Last week’s Work Truck Show in Indianapolis featured more than 500 exhibiting companies while attracting 11,799 industry professionals to the Indiana Convention Center. According to a press release, the March 14-17 show expanded this year and occupied all available space in the convention center, making it the biggest event in the association’s history. In addition to product, the event included a wide range of new products and technology designed to make work trucks more efficient and... Read more

N.B. Campground Owners Protest Tax Bill Hikes

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The popular Shediac, New Brunswick, campground Camping Beausejour got a rare 33% cut on its property tax rate this year but owner Marie-Paul Martin has not been celebrating. As reported by CBC News, that’s because the province gave her business a 70% increase in its assessed value at the same time, pushing Martin’s tax bill up, not down. “I find that they are delirious,” Martin said of Service New Brunswick, which granted the tax cut and then imposed the assessment increase.... Read more

Meyer Adding ‘Firman Generators’ to RV Lineup

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Meyer Distributing announced the addition of Firman generators to its lineup of offerings for the RV market. “Firman has been producing high-quality generators for 17 years and is one of the largest producers of portable power on the planet,” Firman Vice President of Sales Craig Odell said in a press release. “Dealers have been telling us that they need a good quality, yet low priced option for inverters and generators that could be offered to their customers,” Meyer Distributing RV Towing... Read more

Signups Underway for Sept. NATDA Show in Indy

March 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The North American Trailer Dealers Association (NATDA) announced registration is now available to industry-related dealers for the 10th Annual NATDA Trade Show & Convention. The trade show will be held Sept. 7-9 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. According to a press release, is a must-attend for any dealership selling, distributing, servicing, renting or considering carrying trailers in any capacity. Hundreds of vendors and manufacturers in every segment – cargo,... Read more

Roadtrek Zion ‘B’ Offered as Food Network Prize

March 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Erwin Hymer Group North America Inc. has been named prize provider for Food Network Canada’s Watch & Win contest for the new series Chuck & Danny’s Road Trip, according to a press release. Partnering with Go Rving, Erwin Hymer Group is giving away a Roadtrek Zion to celebrate the cross-Canada culinary adventure. Chuck & Danny’s Road Trip airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Food Network Canada. For more information about the contest, visit https://contests.foodnetwork.ca/go-rving-canada/.  Chuck... Read more

RVIA Addresses Proposed Interior Dept. Cutbacks

March 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

In response to the Trump administration’s release last week of a blueprint for its FY2018 budget — entitled “America First, a Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again” — the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) has issued a press release cautioning against undue budget cuts, especially with regard to the Department of Interior. Offsetting a $52 billion hike in defense spending in the current federal budget proposal, RVIA points out, is a 21% decrease... Read more

Curt Manufacturing Names Lambert As New CEO

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Roch Lambert Curt Manufacturing today (March 20) announced the appointment of Roch (Rock) Lambert, as the company’s new chief executive officer, effective March 13. Lambert succeeded Greg Hooks, who joined Curt as CEO in 2000 and led the company through a series of acquisitions, including Aries Automotive, Towing Electrical Systems (TES) and Luverne Truck Equipment. He will continue to serve as a member of Curt’s board of Directors. “After a comprehensive search facilitated by a top executive... Read more

Lazydays Expanding Rental Fleet to Tucson Store

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Lazydays RV has expanded its growing RV rental fleet to Arizona. With the addition of Tucson to Lazydays’ RV rental initiative in Tampa, Denver and Northern Colorado, “travelers can now choose from an even wider range of rental units and travel destinations across the United States,” according to a statement. Lazydays Tucson is offering motorized RVs for rent, including new Class A and Class C motorhomes with full amenities. All rentals come with unlimited mileage, free generator... Read more

Guaranty Receives Newmar Mahlon Miller Award

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Guaranty RV staff attends gathering to mark dealer being honored with Newmar’s Mahlon Miller Service Award Guaranty RV Super Centers held a March 16 celebratory gathering at its Motorized Showcase facility in Junction City, Ore., marking the dealer’s acceptance of the Mahlon Miller Service Excellence Award and 2016 Platinum Dealer Award from Nappanee, Ind.-based builder Newmar Corp. According to a press release, the event was attended by Guaranty employees and staff along with several... Read more

KOA’s O’Rourke Named to Ad Age’s ’40 Under 40′

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Toby ORourke Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) Chief Franchise Operations Officer Toby O’Rourke has been named to the 2017 Ad Age “40 Under 40” list. According to a press release, the national award honors those under age 40 who have made significant contributions to the success of their companies through innovation and extraordinary leadership. “These are the forward thinkers. Risk-takers. Rainmakers,” said officials with Ad Age Magazine. “Our 2017 class is an... Read more

Black Book: Trailer Values Hit New High in March

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Black Book reported that spring weather spurred RV wholesale values at auction in March as travel trailers reached an all-time high. “With the exception of a few pockets of the country where the winter refuses to relax its grip, we have started to see nicer weather and an active spring market,” said Eric Lawrence, director of specialty products. “Travel trailer values hit an all-time high last month, while motorhomes, perhaps still feeling the effects of colder weather, declined... Read more

PRVCA Generator Course is Set to Open April 13

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The RV Generators Course, hosted by Northampton Community College in conjunction with the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), opens April 13 and runs through May 14. The RV Generators Course provides students with a very detailed look into the idiosyncrasies of the voltage and power-producing device. Understanding that mechanical motion (including mechanical adjustments) has a direct electrical result helps students through the nuances of this sometimes difficult-to-understand... Read more

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