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RCD RV Employee Earns Kindlund Scholarship

August 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Kayona Wade Kayona Wade, an employee of RCD RV Supercenter, has been chosen to receive the Mike Molino RV Learning Center Scholarship for academic year 2017-18. Endowed through the Kindlund Family Foundation, the $2,500 award goes to a deserving RV company employee or their dependent enrolled in undergraduate studies. According to a press release, this year’s scholarship winner is a full-time employee at RCD RV Supercenter in Pataskala, Ohio, where she assists with sales deal processing, payoffs... Read more

KING, DISH and REV Partnering on Nation Tour

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KING, in partnership with DISH and REV Group, embarked Monday (Aug. 14) on the “DISH Nation Tour,” a two-week road trip across the U.S. to educate consumers about premium RV television. Led by DISH Senior Vice President of Sales Amir Ahmed, the tour will showcase a Fleetwood Jamboree Class C fully loaded with outdoor products, including the award-winning Tailgater satellite antenna, as well as DISH’s “Pay As You Go” programming. The road trip kicked off in Grapevine, Texas, and... Read more

Sales Soar in Mich., Driven By ‘Younger RVers’

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The newest living trend in Michigan is hitting the road, literally. As young professionals try to make more out of less, RV living has become a prime choice. Coupling all the amenities people are typically used to — electricity, Wi-Fi, full bathrooms and kitchens – it’s the obvious choice for many, according to FOX 17. “The buying trend was always that 40-60, you know, the Baby Boomers,” said Chad Neff, general manager at American RV site in Grand Rapids, Mich. “But now,... Read more

Flexsteel Reports Dip in 4Q Revenue & Income

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Furniture supplier Flexsteel Industries Inc. reported a dip in sales and net income during the Dubuque, Iowa-based company’s fourth quarter. Net sales were $117.4 million for the quarter ended June 30 compared to $122.8 million in the prior year quarter, a decrease of 4.4%. Lower residential net sales are primarily due to changes in product mix in upholstered goods and to a lesser extent a decrease in sales volume in ready-to-assemble products. Lower contract net sales are equally attributed... Read more

‘Xscapers’ Converging in Ore. for Total Eclipse

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It is estimated that more than 14 million people will set aside two and a half minutes on Aug. 21 to view the total solar eclipse, including members of Xscapers, a lifestyle group within the Escapees RV Club. From Aug. 17-22, approximately 90 Xscapers will gather in Madras, Ore., to experience the historic solar eclipse. Full-time RVers David and Cheryl Goldstein organized the convergen. “Xscapers is all about seeking out adventures and exciting experiences with like-minded RVers,” said... Read more

Land ‘N’ Sea Now Carries Torklift’s Full Lineup

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Torklift’s Glowstep Revolution Land ‘N’ Sea Distributing now offers the entire Torklift International product line, including the SuperHitch Outlaw Towing Series and GlowStep Revolution, stocked at warehouses across the United States. “Land ‘N’ Sea is a great partner because so many truck camper folks tow with boats. It’s a great fit,” said Torklift President Jack Kay in a press release. “They’re not only carrying the Torklift line, they also have the latest 2017 tie-downs,... Read more

Workers Strike at Reyco Granning Plant in Mo.

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Union workers at a Reyco Granning Suspensions plant in Mount Vernon, Mo., are on strike after they couldn’t reach an agreement on a new contract with the company. The strike at involves 100 to 120 employees. Teamsters Union Local 245, based in Springfield, represents the employees, who went on strike on Monday (Aug. 14) night. Reyco Granning makes front end suspensions for ambulances and recreational vehicles.  An employee told a reporter that the pay scale now tops out at between... Read more

RVDA’s Con/Expo to Feature 20 New Exhibitors

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Dealers walking the expo floor at the 2017 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo will notice more than 20 new exhibitors and will likely see two sold-out exhibit halls for the second year in a row. According to a press release, only a few booths remain unsold, and 24 exhibitors have signed up to be part of the expo for the first time. The convention/expo, the largest education and networking event for North America’s RV dealers, will take place Nov. 6-10 at Bally’s in Las Vegas. “Interest... Read more

Ind. Gov. Will Introduce ‘Jobs Initiative’ At LCI

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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb will visit Lippert Components Inc.’s corporate marketing and showroom facility on Aug. 17. According to a press release, Holcomb, along with several other state and local officials, will introduce the Next Level Jobs Initiative which launched on Monday (Aug. 14). The proceedings will get underway at 10 a.m. The “Next Level Jobs” initiative includes a pair of grant programs aimed to place Hoosiers in high-demand, high-paying... Read more

Registration Opens Up For ’17 Louisville Show

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The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) announced today (Aug. 15) that attendee registration is now open for the 2017 National RV Trade Show. The event, held Nov. 27-30 at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Ky., will feature a large concentration of recreation vehicle manufacturers, suppliers, dealers and campground managers. According to a press release, RV industry buyers, technicians, media, and others interested in developing partnerships within the growing industry are encouraged... Read more

SSI: Canadian Motorized Sales up 27% in June

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Canadian motorhome registrations continued to surge in June, pushing overall sales to a 26.8% gain for the month and 47% year-to-date. According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), Thor Industries Inc. was the motorized sales leader for the first six months, capturing a 41.5% market share, ahead of Forest River Inc. with a 37.9% share. Winnebago Industries Inc. was No. 3, owning 11.4% of the market. Class A registrations rose 14% in June and 19.6% year-to-date.... Read more

Lemonis: Some Gander Stores to Open in Nov.

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Some of the rebranded Gander Outdoors stores will open come November, according to the company’s top executive. Guns.com reported that Camping World Inc. CEO Marcus Lemonis — who bought out Gander Mountain’s intellectual property and store leases in an April bankruptcy auction — told investors last week he remains committed to “only open stores with a historical level of profitability.” “In line with that, we believe to have a unique opportunity to expand into the broader outdoor lifestyle... Read more

Highland Ridge Rolling Out Revamped Lineup

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Highland Ridge RV, a division of Jayco Inc., will be launching a completely updated and retooled product lineup at the Elkhart RV Open House, Sept. 18-21 at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind. According to a press release, Highland Ridge currently offers models under the Open Range, Mesa Ridge and Highlander brand names. Changes for the 2018 model lineup include: Open Range Ultralight Travel Trailer: The ultralight travel trailer utilizes a residential A/C system; redesigned furniture which... Read more

Trump May Ease Emission Rules For Pickups

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A move under consideration by the Trump administration could ease tough fuel-efficiency standards set to take effect in 2021 on pickups, SUVs and other light truck — the bulwark of U.S. auto industry sales and profits and also key vehicles for towing. Bloomberg reported that for the 2021 model year, light trucks must average roughly 33 mpg to comply with the current standards, a gain of more than 6% from the 2020 model year according to estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration... Read more

Daimler Makes Key Moves in Communications

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David Giroux Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) announced two transitions in the senior leadership of channel marketing and corporate communications for the company.   According to a press release, David Giroux is taking over as director of channel marketing, DTNA. In this newly created position, he will lead the development and implementation of all Freightliner and Detroit brand marketing communications and brand strategy.   Giroux will be responsible for executing digital marketing,... Read more

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