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VIDEO 1: Entegra Springfest Offers ’17 Preview

April 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Entegra Coach held a four-day Springfest Event April 18-21 at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., attracting around 300 people, including the owners of some 100 Entegra Coach motorhomes who were the first to view the company’s 2017 models. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

Lazydays Event Kicks Off Broncos Partnership

April 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Lazydays RV will host an RV Stadium Event in partnership with the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High April 28-30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. According to a press release, attendees can explore 125 new and pre-owned RVs and enjoy on-field activities, giveaways and potentially even a $5,000 prize. Among the family-friendly activities to be held on Sports Authority Field at Mile High are Miles the mascot and members of the Denver Broncos cheerleaders who will be available for... Read more

Priority One Names Ebner Dealer Coordinator

April 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Priority One Financial Services Inc., a subsidiary of Forest River Inc., announced the addition of Lauren Ebner to its sales department as a dealer coordinator. According to a press release, Ebner previously worked for three years as a specialty insurance agent at Veritas Insurance Group, a subsidiary of Priority One and Forest River. In her current role as a dealer coordinator, she is responsible for managing the relationships and growth of existing Priority One RV and boat dealerships as... Read more

Northpoint Hires Panchal to Expand Business

April 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Neil Panchal has joined Northpoint Commercial Finance as director of business development.  He will report to Bob Eddy, vice president of business development, and be responsible for advancing business and client relationships in Ontario and Manitoba.      “We are extremely happy to see Neil join the Northpoint team,” said Eddy in a press release. “We are experiencing significant growth, and having Neil focused on business development in Ontario and Manitoba is very important to our continued... Read more

RV General Store to Host ‘Wheelmobile’ Event

April 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

“Wheel of Fortune’s” Wheelmobile, the show’s promotional vehicle, will be rolling into the Oklahoma City area in search of contestants for the popular game show. According to a press release, RV General Store will host the contestant search on in the facility’s covered service bay area. Staff members from the “Wheel of Fortune” promotions team will begin handing out applications one hour before each show begins. Searches will be held at noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.,... Read more

CARAVAN SALON Readies for Record Turnout

April 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

CARAVAN SALON drew record numbers last year Marking its 55th anniversary as Europe’s premier RV exposition, CARAVAN SALON is expecting record numbers for this year’s show, set for Aug. 27-Sept. 4 at Germany’s Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre. Joachim Schäfer, managing director at Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, noted in a press release, “We are delighted with the continued growth of the leading fair for motorhomes and caravans worldwide. Once again, the entire caravanning industry will... Read more

Lippert Helps Build ‘Zero Energy Ready Home’

April 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Elkhart, Ind.-based Lippert Components, Inc. (LCI) announced its collaboration on the construction of a Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) coordinated by the Systems Building Research Alliance (SBRA) with support from the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) and led by The Levy Partnership (TLP). According to a release, the high-performance home is part of a U.S. Department of Energy-funded research project to develop affordable energy-efficient homes. LCI has partnered with the organizations spearheading... Read more

Dometic Reports Solid RV Performance in 1Q

April 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Sweden-based Dometic Group reported 4% sales growth and 17 % improved operating profit in its first quarter, boosted by strong RV performance. “Globally the RV markets continue to show strong momentum, especially in Americas and Europe,” said CEO Roger Johansson. “We can conclude that the outlook for the RV market remains positive while the truck market, in particular the U.S., is under pressure. In light of our current performance and conditions in our markets, we remain confident... Read more

Long View RV Superstore is Selling a Lifestyle

April 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

When Fran Roberts was 19, he asked his parents for $600 start-up money to buy and sell fold-out campers — they laughed at him, and told him to go to the bank. “I asked the bankers in the boardroom for $600. They were only going to give me $400, but an older gentleman in the back raised his hand and said, ‘give the boy a shot,'” Roberts said. As reported by the Hartford Courant, six decades later, Fran Roberts, now retired, laughs as he tells that story inside the sales center... Read more

Winnebago Appoints New Chassis Design Mgr.

April 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Bob Bloomingdale Winnebago Industries Inc. announced the promotion of Bob Bloomingdale to the position of chassis/electrical engineering manager. According to a press release, Bloomingdale is responsible for managing electrical and chassis design and bill of material functions for the company’s motorized products as well as oversight of the company’s test lab facilities. Bloomingdale has 27 years of experience at Winnebago and has held various engineering positions, including CAD/CAM systems... Read more

Report: NHTSA Latest RV-Related Recalls List

April 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: The following is a list of recent RV-related recalls compiled by the U.S National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA). • Jayco Inc. is recalling 43 2016 Octane travel trailers, model 222(V2), manufactured March 23, 2016, to March 30, 2016. The turn signal wires on the affected trailers may be crossed, activating the opposite turn signal of the one intended. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS)... Read more

Supreme Industries Sees 10% IQ Sales Growth

April 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Goshen, Ind.-based Supreme Industries Inc. reported first-quarter net income of $3.8 million, up from $1.9 million during the same period last year. The specialized commercial vehicle manufacturer is also reporting a 10% increase in net sales in the first quarter. “With positive momentum continuing in the medium duty work truck sector, 2016 is off to a great start at Supreme,” said Mark Weber, president and CEO. “In addition, our sales and operations teams continue to gain positive... Read more

VIDEO 1: Winnebago’s 2017 View/Navion ’24G’

April 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Winnebago Industries Inc.’s 2017 View/Navion 24G offers a dual slideout design 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 →

‘Michiana Benchmark Business Index’ Rallies

April 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Michiana Benchmark Business Index, based on a survey by the certified public accounting firm of Kruggel Lawton CPAs, increased in the first quarter of 2016 by 5% from the previous quarter. According to a release, the overall first quarter Benchmark Business Index in Michiana, which includes Indiana’s Elkhart County, was 58.20 out of a maximum possible score of 100, up from 55.59 for the 4th quarter of 2015. This quarter’s increase in the Benchmark Business Index comes after two straight... Read more

A Closer Look at KOA’s 2016 Camping Report

April 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Toby O’Rourke and Scott Bahr at KOA headquarters in Billings, Mont. Prior to Friday’s (April 22) release of Kampgrounds of America Inc.’s (KOA) 2016 North American Camping Report, KOA leaders and Scott Bahr of Cairn Consulting Inc., the lead researcher on the report, sat down to go through some of the high points with Woodall’s Campground Management. One of the biggest themes of the second annual look at all campers in North America — not just KOA campers — was the rise... Read more

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