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VIDEO 1: TMC Rolls Out Four Winds Sprinter ‘C’

October 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Thor Motor Coach introduces the 2018 Four Winds Sprinter Class C built on Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

PRVCA Hosting 2 Succession Planning Webinars

October 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle and Campground Association (PRVCA) will be hosting two webinars in November outlining strategies for succession planning. The sessions are scheduled to run Nov. 10 and Nov. 17 from 10-11 a.m. (EST). “For many business owners, their business represents 80% to 90% of their wealth. It is crucial to understand how to unlock this value at some point in the future because it will make a significant difference in an owner’s retirement lifestyle,” PRVCA... Read more

Industry Icon Lee: A Luxury Motorhome Pioneer

October 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Bob Lee Country Coach Inc. founder and RV industry icon Bob Lee, 78, passed away on Oct. 8 at his Oregon home surrounded by family. “RVIA mourns the passing of Bob Lee, one of the RV industry’s leading innovators and pioneers,” the leadership of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) stated in a Tuesday (Oct. 17) morning release. “His entrepreneurial spirit and vision shaped and defined the high-end luxury RV market as he successfully founded and built... Read more

‘Camping World’ is Acquiring Cooper’s RV in Pa.

October 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Camping World Holdings Inc. continued its rapid expansion with the planned acquisition of Cooper’s RV Center in the greater Pittsburgh, Pa., market. “We are pleased to announce the planned acquisition of Cooper’s RV Center,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman of Camping World Holdings, in a press release. “For over 65 years, the Conard family and their teams have served western Pennsylvania with a broad assortment of RVs and top-notch customer service. We look forward to upholding... Read more

ELS Reporting 6.8% Gain in 3Q Sales to $241.6M

October 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Chicago, Ill.-based Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc. announced results for the quarter and nine months, ending Sept. 30. The company has 404 properties in 32 states and British Columbia consisting of 149,448 sites. For the quarter, total revenues increased $15.4 million, or 6.8%, to $241.6 million compared to $226.2 million for the same period in 2016. Net income available for common stockholders for the quarter increased $7.5 million, or 8 cents per share, to $48.5 million, or 56 cents... Read more

App Now Available for RVDA’s Convention/Expo

October 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The upgraded Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) mobile app for the 2017 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo is ready for free download in the Apple and Android app stores. According to a press release, the app will help improve the overall convention experience by making all the event details available on a person’s smartphone. Features include social media sharing, personalized scheduling, session handouts, and up to the minute alerts.  Convention/Expo attendees... Read more

‘Blue Ox’ Hosts Annual Service Awards Banquet

October 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

2017 Blue Ox Service Award recipients Blue Ox employees came together on Oct. 6 at Crave at the Hilton Garden in Sioux City, Iowa, for the company’s annual service awards banquet. According to a press release, the event was hosted by the board of directors, including Chairman Mike Hesse, Secretary Sandy Hesse and Ellen Kietzmann, CEO and president. This year, 21 employees were recognized for their years of service and dedication with the company. Blue Ox employees are recognized in five-year increments... Read more

Canada Will Cut Small Business Tax Rate in 2019

October 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Federal government will cut the small business tax rate from 10.5% to 9%, starting Jan. 1, 2019. The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada reported that the announcement follows the recent backlash the Liberal government received from its tax planning proposal earlier this summer and is aimed at resolving criticisms that the proposed changes would hurt the middle-class and small business owners across the country. In... Read more

Crane Composite Fund Supports Local Charities

October 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Goshen, Ind.-based Crane Composites, a subsidiary of Crane Co. and a leading provider of fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP), recently presented 36 local organizations with donations as part of its long-standing tradition of supporting local communities through the Crane Fund for Widows and Children. Since the company’s inception in 1914, these funds have provided support to former employees in need and local charitable organizations, according to a press release. Crane Foundation... Read more

VIDEO 2: Entegra Offers Look at 2018 Aspire 40P

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Andy Baer, general manager of Entegra Coach, offers a detailed look at the company’s new 2018 Aspire 40P. Entegra is the luxury motorhome division of Jayco Inc. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

‘Arbutus RV’ Promoting Kennedy To Branch Mgr.

October 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Jennifer Kennedy Arbutus RV & Marine Sales Ltd. announced the promotion of Jennifer Kennedy from sales representative to branch manager. According to a press release, Kennedy started with Arbutus RV in 2014 at the company’s site in Nanaimo, B.C., location and later was named as branch manager at the Mill Bay store. Kennedy brings a wealth of sales, management and PR experience, having served for a number of years in the travel and sports fields. Her focus has always been on forming strong... Read more

Chemo RV Presents Checks to First Responders

October 16, 2017 by · 1 Comment 

Chemo RV owner Jason Bell donates $18,000 to the Canadian Red Cross, Williams Lake Fire Dept.’s Chief Des Webster and 150 Mile House Volunteer Fire Dept. Chief Stan McCarthy Chemo RV owner Jason Bell followed through on a great promise. On Saturday (Oct. 14), he donated $18,000 each to the Canadian Red Cross, the Williams Lake Fire Department and the 150 Mile House Volunteer Fire Department. Accepting the checks on behalf of their fire departments were Williams Lake Fire Chief Des Webster and 150... Read more

Former IT Worker Finds Success as Wis. Retailer

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During 25 years of traveling and working long hours for information technology firms, Todd Oberg would steal away from his career in RVs, boats and motorcycles. The Wisconsin Journal reported that in June 2014, the McFarland resident flipped the script and bought Country Campers in Lake Mills, Wis., adding Fathead’s — his childhood moniker — to the business name and jumping into a growing industry. “I always had a bit of an entrepreneurial itch,” said Oberg, 52. “Being able to find something... Read more

Automakers are Resigned to Life Without NAFTA

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The political rhetoric is looking more like reality. Automotive News reported that automakers and suppliers are starting to envision a world without the North American Free Trade Agreement amid growing signs the Trump administration is determined to gut the 23-year-old deal, which has integrated the U.S., Canadian and Mexican economies, and made the regional auto industry globally competitive. Going into the fourth round of negotiations last week, U.S. negotiators adopted hard-line positions that... Read more

Lazydays RV Hosts Florida Gator Pregame Event

October 16, 2017 by · 1 Comment 

Lazydays RV partnered with the University of Florida Gators to host its 3rd annual pregame welcome event exclusively for Lazydays RV Tailgating Lot pass holders. According to a press release, attendees gathered at a private event outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville before the Florida Gators, Texas A&M game on Saturday (Oct. 14) to browse new RV models and meet former Gator Scot Brantley. As the official sponsor of the University of Florida RV tailgating lots surrounding the UF... Read more

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