Bontrager: RV Industry Needs to Plan Long-Term

June 24, 2016 by · 3 Comments 

The following GuestView column by Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) Chairman Derald Bontrager appears in the June issue of Woodall’s Campground Management, sister publication to RVBusiness. Many of us who have been in the RV industry for decades have experienced many highs and lows. We have seen the oil crisis of the ’70s, the recession of ’79, the declining market in the late ’80s and the Great Recession of 2009. The industry is currently on a six-year run of increasing... Read more

Edmunds: June Auto Sales Set for 11-Year High

June 24, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The auto industry is expected to see the best June sales in 11 years, according to the latest forecast from The projected June sales will be a 0.2% decrease from May 2016, but a 3.8% increase from this time last year and the best June results since 2005. projects that a total of 8,656,267 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. this year through the end of June, up 1.6% from the 8,518,550 sales recorded through the first six months of the record-breaking year in 2015. “The... Read more

Jewell: Rural Areas get Funds for Parks Support

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U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced more than 1,900 local governments around the country are receiving a total of $451.6 million under the 2016 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. According to a press release, the payments represent the largest amount ever allocated under the PILT program to compensate counties and local governments for their support of national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands and waters as they forego property taxes due to non-taxable federal... Read more

Cameron Resigns as Brexit Shock Stuns Europe

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Britain has voted to leave the European Union, forcing the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron and dealing the biggest blow to the European project of greater unity since World War Two. Global financial markets plunged today as results from a referendum showed a 52-48 percent victory for the campaign to leave a bloc Britain joined more than 40 years ago. The dramatic move is expected to impact several industries, including RV, although to what extent is still unknown. World stocks saw more... Read more

Go RVing & ‘Country Living’ Expand Partnership

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The Go RVing Coalition has extended its partnership with Country Living Magazine. According to a press release, the partnership is an expansion of Go RVing’s sponsorship with the brand for the Country Living Fair. Go RVing is a sponsor for all four Country Living Fairs across the U.S., with interactive RV installations at each site. The fairs tend to attract dedicated readers who come to shop at hundreds of vendors and participate in seminars, demonstrations and chat sessions with Country Living editors... Read more

Southaven RV, Marine Earns Newmar CSI Award

June 24, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Newmar Corp. has awarded Mississippi-based Southaven RV & Marine the CSI award for providing excellent customer service in the RV industry over the past year. The Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Award is presented to RV dealers who scored highest in a predetermined percentile based on results from independent customer surveys. “You can tell if an RV dealer has great customer service as soon as you walk in their door. I certainly get that feeling here at Southaven. Newmar is privileged... Read more

Camp for Children with Health Issues is Opening

June 24, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Doug Armstrong’s dream of building a camp for children with serious health challenges will become bricks and mortar this month in Michigan’s Unadilla Township and a section of Putnam Township. The Detroit Free Press reported that North Star Reach, the barrier- and cost-free camp Armstrong dreamed for 20 years, will celebrate the grand opening of its new 105-acre home from 2-5 p.m. Saturday. “It’s been a long journey, but we’ve taken care to build the type... Read more

California Lawmakers Propose $3B Parks Bond

June 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

California lawmakers are proposing a nearly $3 billion November bond to pay for improvements at state and local parks. The Associated Press reported that supporters say many local agencies cannot afford to maintain their outdoor spaces. The Assembly approved the measure Thursday (June 23) on a 55-14 vote, with six Republicans joining Democrats in favor. The Senate must also approve it before June 30 for it to appear on the statewide ballot. It would join a crowded ballot that is expected to include... Read more

REV Expands Production, Visitors Center in Ind.

June 23, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

REV Recreation Group has initiated an expansion at its manufacturing campus in Decatur, Ind., including a renovation and expansion of its group visitor center, according to a posting on the company’s website. In addition, REV acquired a new facility and reconfigured another plant to accommodate further growth. Construction, totaling $6 million in improvements, is expected to be complete by the end of August. A special ribbon-cutting ceremony is also planned. The growing campus, which now... Read more

Universal Marine & RV Honored by Ally and RVB

June 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Universal’s Groves family (L-R) Jake, Jane, Cydney, Tyler and Greg Universal Marine & RV was recognized on Wednesday (June 22) by retail and wholesale lender Ally Financial Inc. and trade journal RVBusiness for hosting a unique, three-day, annual “Local Heroes” event at the Rochester, Minn., dealership. Owner-operators Greg and Jane Groves started celebrating the contributions of “Local Heroes” six years ago at their U.S. 14 facility in an effort to focus public attention – and a... Read more

VIDEO 1: MARVAC’s DeWitt Recalls 39-Year Run

June 23, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

Tim DeWitt, who will retire June 30 after 39 years with the Michigan Association of RVs & Campgrounds (MARVAC), recently sat down with for a discussion on the RV and campground industry. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the home page.  Read More →

Seal Design Intros Online Sales for Corner Seal

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Strong demand for Seal Design’s corner seal product sparked the creation of the new buy-direct website feature on The company reported in a press release that offering online purchase for the past few weeks has generated record sales for Seal Design, an affiliate of Elkhart, Ind.-based Dicor Corp. The new Seal-Tite corner seal tape is made to be applied where RV panels join at the corner of RV walls. The elastomeric material sticks and conforms to any smooth or irregular surface,... Read more

RVDA Early Bird Registration is Ending June 30

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Dealers that register by June 30 for the 2016 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo will receive a reduced rate of $599 will also lock in an even lower rate ($576) for every other dealership employee they register going forward. Online registration is available on the convention website, along with a fillable PDF that can be printed and faxed or mailed. The convention/expo, Nov. 7 -11 in Las Vegas, is the premier education event for dealers and staff. The theme this year is “Gear up for Success.” “These... Read more

Colorado Teardrop Introduces Top-Line Summit

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Colorado Teardrop announced the introduction of its fourth model, the Summit. According to a press release, the Summit, the company’s top-line model, is designed for extreme off-road use and can be towed by a jeep, crew cab truck, and four-wheel drive vehicle. The Summit also offers ample living space with a full cabin and bunk beds that convert into a sofa along with a full queen-size bed. Other features include: Plenty of shelving with underfloor storage and several lights. Large galley with... Read more

Camping World Flies ‘Old Glory’ in Panama City

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Old Glory flies high at many businesses and car dealerships around town, and now a RV dealership raised one of the largest flags in Panama City, Fla. WJHG TV reported that  Camping World Inc. put up a 40-foot by 80-foot American flag on a pole standing 130 feet tall. It’s a companywide initiative to show appreciation for our country and those serve. “It has been our vision to continue the tradition of raising these flags to show our company’s support and appreciation to our country and... Read more

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