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Automakers’ Extension on Fuel Comments Denied

August 24, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

U.S. regulators denied a request by major automakers to extend the comment period on environmental analysis to determine whether government fuel efficiency requirements are feasible through 2025. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a July report that automakers have the technology to meet aggressive mandates to hike fuel efficiency, but improvements will not be as great as the Obama administration once forecast because buyers are... Read more

Lazydays Adds Bruce to Sales Management Team

August 24, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Lazydays RV announced that Tony Bruce has joined its expanding sales management team, working alongside eight other managers to lead the 100-plus person sales team at its Seffner, Fla.-based dealership in suburban Tampa. Prior to joining Lazydays, Bruce held several positions with La Mesa RV, serving as sales consultant, sales manager, and most recently general sales manager. “Tony joins Lazydays with a very successful track record in the RV industry,” said Ron Fleming, Lazydays vice president... Read more

Calif. Senate Votes to Forbid Trademarks at Parks

August 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The California Senate is backing legislation prohibiting trademark claims at state parks following a dispute that led to renamed landmarks in Yosemite National Park. The Associated Press reported that senators unanimously approved AB2249 on Tuesday (Aug. 23), sending it back to the Assembly. The bill would prohibit concessionaires from claiming ownership of a name associated with a California state park. It would not affect federal landmarks, including those in Yosemite. The Yosemite dispute erupted... Read more

RVIA’s Board Member Election Deadline is Aug. 31

August 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Elections for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) board of directors will continue through Aug. 31 with members casting ballots online to select eight representatives from a field of 13 candidates. According to a press release, RVIA is reminding official representatives of member companies to cast their online vote. Candidates include: • Two manufacturer seats are in contention this year. The three candidates running are Bob Martin, Thor Industries Inc.; Kevin McArt, Forest... Read more

K-Z Spree Line to Offer Lippert Ground Control TT

August 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) and K.Z. Inc. announced today (Aug. 23) that Ground Control TT, Lippert’s industry-first automatic leveling system for travel trailers, will be featured on the builder’s 2017 Spree travel trailer line. K-Z Product Manager Brent Froman noted “Our Spree customers are looking for more convenience features usually found in higher-end fifth-wheels. We’re excited to offer Lippert’s leveling system as a standard feature on K-Z’s newly-designed 2017 Spree travel... Read more

KING Garners Product of the Year Nod from RVAA

August 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

KING’s new RV Bluetooth weatherproof speaker and awning light was name “Product of the Year” by the Recreational Vehicle Aftermarket Association (RVAA) during its recently concluded 2016 Executive Conference in Chicago.  “We are ecstatic for our RV Media product to be recognized by RVAA as the 2016 Product of the Year,” said Vice President of Sales bob Barra. “Our commitment to bringing new and innovative products to the RV market is the driving force instilled... Read more

Report: Fed’s Yellen on Track for Rate Hike in 2016

August 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen may struggle later this week to convince financial markets she can steer a divided U.S. central bank to raise interest rates at least once in 2016 after it started the year with four hikes on its radar. TRUNEWS reported that Yellen will deliver the keynote speech at a global central banking conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, on Friday, an event that Fed chiefs have traditionally used to signal the direction of monetary policy. Fed policymakers began this year... Read more

VIDEO 3: Overview of Newmar’s ’17 Mountain Aire

August 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

First introduced in 1990, the Mountain Aire by Newmar Corp. includes several new features and enhancements for the 2017 model year. The luxury Class A diesel motorhome now includes six floorplan options, including the 4525, an all-new two-bunk, two-full-bath layout that includes a full-wall slide. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

Northgate Converts Texas Site into Jellystone Park

August 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Northgate Resorts, which acquired the Guadalupe River RV Resort in Kerrville, Texas, late last year, is transforming the facility into a Jellystone Park. A private company that owns and operates seven other Jellystone Parks across the country, Northgate is highly regarded for the quality of its RV resorts, according to statement from the company. Three of the seven Jellystone Parks Northgate owns received national awards last year from Leisure Systems Inc., the Milford,... Read more

‘Hughes Autoformers’ Debuts New RV Power Unit

August 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Hughes Autoformer has developed a new RV power solution that offers full surge protection along with low voltage boosting. The product, which also features a full panel show of shore power diagnostics, generates 2,400 joules of surge protection in the 30-amp model, and 4,800 joules in the 50-amp unit. According to a press release, RVs are getting bigger and are equipped with more electronics, particularly multiple air conditioners. It is not uncommon for shore power to drop to 105 volts (good... Read more

Protective Acquires Fla.-Based USWC Holding Co.

August 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Protective Life Corp. has reached an agreement through its wholly owned subsidiary, Protective Life Insurance Co., to acquire the Pompano Beach, Fla.-based USWC Holding Company and its affiliated operating subsidiaries via a stock purchase agreement. According to a statement, the acquisition is subject to receipt of standard regulatory approvals and satisfaction of customary closing conditions. USWC, whose primary operating subsidiary is United States Warranty Corp., currently markets vehicle service... Read more

Louisiana RV Parks Dealing With Flood Aftermath

August 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Historical flooding in Louisiana earlier this month swept away homes, cars and possessions — but not the positive attitudes of some local RV park owners. Woodall’s Campground Management reported that over a three-day period beginning on Aug. 11, the Baton Rouge area received more than two feet of rain. As rivers rose (the Amite River eventually crested at 58 feet, beating the former record by more than six feet), water began flowing into streets and homes. Once the water receded, officials... Read more

RVDA: OSHA Heightens Fines on Safety Violations

August 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rolled out much stiffer fines for workplace safety violations this month, according to a report by the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA). The new fine structure imposes substantial maximum penalties, which have increased 78% over previous fines. In addition, OSHA will adjust the amounts annually based on the Consumer Price Index. Congress adjusted the fines in a one-time catch-up adjustment for inflation for the first time since... Read more

VIDEO 1: ‘ProViu’ Camera Improves Driving Safety

August 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Continental’s ProViu ASL360 vehicle camera system improves RV driving safety and security with 360-degree surround view technology. It eliminates blind spots and gives RV drivers a better view of obstacles, other vehicles and pedestrians, in order to operate the vehicle safely. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

Fed Official: U.S. Economy is ‘Close to our Targets’

August 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The U.S. economy is close to the Federal Reserve Board’s job and inflation targets, and growth is expected to pick up in the coming months, Stanley Fischer, the central bank’s vice chairman, said Sunday (Aug. 21). USA Today reported that in comments prepared for The Aspen Institute’s “Program on the World Economy,” Fischer said employment has “increased impressively” since a 2010 low after the national financial crisis, and the unemployment rate has hovered... Read more

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