Colonial Airstream Plans Expansion as Sales Rise

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Staff at Colonial Airstream Lakewood, N.J.-based Colonial Airstream, which was recently recognized as the top overall motorhome and Class B dealer in the state by Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), is planning a major expansion designed to keep pace with current demand while also accommodating future growth. “This year, we are already seeing in the first quarter a 20% increase over last year, so that is looking really good,” Jim Lenzo, who co-owns the dealership with his brother John, told... Read more

Canadian Campgrounds are Bracing For Tax Hike

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Southwestern Ontario campground owners know the tax axe could fall at any time, according to a report by the St. Thomas Times-Journal. As they prepare to file their returns this spring, they know they might be one Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) audit away from a reclassification that could cost them thousands. “It’s a huge worry. It’s very unfair, and it’s all across Canada,” said Joe Bardoel, owner of Golden Pond RV Resort west of Ingersoll. The CRA is re-examining campsites’ eligibility... Read more

Black Book: Warm Temps Heat Up Auction Sales

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Towable and motorhome sales at auction soared in April, according to the latest report from Black Book. “Warmer weather is here and the spring market is upon us,” said Eric Lawrence, director of specialty products. “Towables set a another record in April while motorhome values hit their second highest value since the summer of 2010. “The overall economy is strong, consumer confidence is up, and consumers are buying RVs in record numbers. Many of these new RV sales result... Read more

Alpha Systems Eyes $8.5M Expansion in Elkhart

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Elkhart, Ind.-based Alpha Systems LLC  is seeking to invest $8.5 million in an expansion plan that will add 20 jobs by the end of 2020.  As reported by the Elkhart Truth, the Elkhart City Council passed a resolution to continue the process of seeking a five-year tax abatement during the phase-in period of the expansion project. Formed in 1984, the company manufactures and distributes construction products and accessories to the recreational vehicle, marine and manufactured housing... Read more

Camping World Moving Ahead on Ohio Site Plans

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A proposed Camping World store took another step forward when Franklin City Council approved the rezoning of 35.7 acres fronting Interstate 75 near the Ohio 123 interchange. The Hamilton Journal News reported that the city council approved the zoning change so the property owner, Lawrence Schumacher of Schumacher Dugan Construction, can sell about 18 acres of the parcel in the Franklin Interstate Park to Camping World. Camping World purchased in 2015 the former Tom Raper RV dealerships... Read more

’17 Airstream Basecamp Features Truma ‘Combi’

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The Airstream Basecamp will feature the Truma Combi as its combination water heater and forced-air furnace appliance for 2017. “We needed systems on the Basecamp to be robust, reliable, efficient and provide an Airstream level of comfort,” noted Bryan Melton, general manager of travel trailers for Airstream, in a press release. “The Truma Combi does just that. The Combi’s small footprint and combined furnace and hot water system leave room for outdoor enthusiasts to pack... Read more

Alberta Startup Adopts Airbnb Model for Rentals

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Chad and Cherie Ball were struggling during the 2008 recession but still wanted to take their family on a vacation, so they started looking for more affordable options. “We turned no farther than our neighbor’s driveway and we saw his trailer that literally just sat there for months on end, not being used,” Chad said. “So we approached him and said: ‘Hey, not using your trailer? What are the chances of you renting that out to us?’” The neighbor was up for it, but raised... Read more

Polk Audio Marine Speakers Earn TopTen Awards

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Polk Audio recently earned the gold and bronze awards from TopTen Reviews for the best marine speakers of 2017. According to a press release, after over 80 hours of research and 30 hours of testing, the top ten team found that the Polk Ultramarine MM6651 was the best sounding, most durable marine speaker. To determine the winner, the team tested the audio quality, power handling, and durability of each speaker. “It’s an honor to receive the gold award for the MM series and the bronze... Read more

California RV Parks Are Reporting Record Spring

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RV parks across the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys in California are experiencing higher occupancies this spring, with some parks reporting record levels of business for this time of year, according to an announcement from the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC). “2017 is shaping up to be a very strong year for campgrounds, RV parks and resorts across California,” said Debbie Sipe, executive director of CalARVC, which hosts, the travel planning... Read more

Searer: HOF Not on Short List To Host RVIA Show

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Darryl Searer The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) National RV Trade Show may be relocating from its longtime home in Louisville, Ky., but don’t expect Indiana’s Elkhart County to be its new home anytime soon.  The Elkhart Truth reported that RVIA announced Monday (April 17) in a press release it is currently working with an independent research firm, Stax Inc., to conduct extensive research to identify opportunities for improvements and to understand... Read more

Starcraft RV Debuts New Branding with ’18 Lineup

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In conjunction with the introduction of its new 2018 model year lineup, Starcraft RV, a division of Jayco Inc., has rolled-out a “bold new  look” for the brand that includes several product enhancements, a refreshed logo and a plan for a completely updated website to enhance its digital presence. “Our executive management group tasked the entire product development team at Starcraft to reboot and focus on what today’s retail customer is looking for in an RV,”... Read more

LCI Teaming With Communities in Outreach Event

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Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) has scheduled its Community Day for April 22, slated to be held at all of the Elkhart, Ind.-based company’s U.S. facilities. According to a press release, LCI employees will volunteer at public places and local recreational areas in their respective communities. Each LCI plant location has teamed with local officials and parks departments to coordinate the multilocation outreach event. LCI employees will tackle service projects at more than 30 parks and recreational... Read more

ELS: Strong Property Demand Continuing in 2017

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Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS) CEO Marguerite Nader and CFO Paul Seavey offered an optimistic outlook for the company during a talk with investors and analysts Tuesday morning (April 18), a day after ELS released its quarterly financial report. “We see strong demand for our product and property,” Nader said of the real-estate investment trust, which owns a national network of RV and manufactured housing parks. “With respect to the RV portfolio, our teams are focused on delivering... Read more

‘Fun Roads’ to Launch This Summer on Xfinity TV

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Fun Roads, the first television programming channel dedicated to the open road, will be launching on Xfinity TV this summer, according to a press release. Led by CEO Ashley Gracile, a television industry veteran, Fun Roads will air in several markets across Comcast’s Florida region including southern Florida, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, southwest Florida and the Panhandle.  Gracile entered RV television programming in 1989 with “Distant Roads,” the first weekly TV series... Read more

Lemonis Continues Fight to Raise Flag at Ky. Site

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Marcus Lemonis Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis said he will fly an American flag instead of erecting a sign in front of his planned Georgetown, Ky., store, but he will need to go back to the Georgetown Board of Adjustment before that can happen. The Lexington Herald Leader reported that Camping World in Georgetown is set to open this summer near the southbound side of exit 125 on Interstate 75. In January, Camping World obtained a conditional use permit from the Georgetown Board of Adjustment for... Read more

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