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KOA & GEICO Partner to Promote RV Travel

January 29, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

GEICO and Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) have joined forces in a partnership to expand their brand presence throughout the growing RV community. KOA has more than 485 campground locations throughout North America and hosts nearly 7 million camping nights each year. “Kampgrounds of America has long been the world’s leading provider of the outdoor lifestyle experience of camping,” said Lorne Armer, vice president of brand development for KOA. “Whether you are showing up in an RV, ready to... Read more

Honken Leads Winnebago ‘Design Services’

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Vern Honken Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc. announced the promotion of Vern Honken to the position of design engineering manager. A 38-year veteran of Winnebago, Honken is responsible for managing the company’s design services, and body and soft goods engineering support activities, in which he will organize and oversee day-to-day activities and provide professional level support to product management and manufacturing areas. “Vern brings an unparalleled depth of knowledge... Read more

Pleasureland Gives $10K to Learning Center

January 28, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Minn.-based Pleasureland RV Centers recently contributed an additional $10,000 to the Mike Molino RV Learning Center, making good on its holiday challenge to match the next $10,000 in donations. More than 15 donations totaling far more than $10,000 came in between the date the challenge was announced and Dec. 31, 2014. The current fundraising drive continues through June. “Dan Pearson’s brilliant and generous idea certainly bore fruit,” said RV Learning Center Chairman Jeff Pastore of Hartville... Read more

Elixir Selling RV & Baggage Door Equipment

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Industry supplier Elixir Industries is selling off equipment from its RV and baggage door divisions. The company reported in a release that items up for sale include: • RV entry door manufacturing equipment capable of making minimum 24-inch-by-65-inch and maximum 36-inch-by-80-inch sized doors. • RV baggage/compartment door (square corner/surface mount/screw cover) manufacturing equipment capable of making minimum 4-inch-by-4-inch and maximum 64-inch-by-48-inch sized doors. • RV baggage/compartment... Read more

Forest River Building 1st RV Site in Michigan

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Elkhart, Ind.-based Forest River Manufacturing Inc. will spend $7 million to build its first recreational vehicle production site in Michigan over the next three years. MLiv.com reported that the expansion into White Pigeon is expected to mean 396 new jobs over the next five years. The complex will be situated on what is now green space at 500 W. Chicago Road in White Pigeon. According to regional economic development organization Southwest Michigan First, the project involves erecting three buildings,... Read more

Ohio Auditor: Replace Cabins With RV Spots

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In a recommendation that would go the opposite direction of what the private campground sector is experiencing, Ohio State Auditor Dave Yost recommends that the state should create more campsites for towable RVs and motorhomes in state parks and should dump 29 less-profitable cabins, the Columbus Dispatch reported. The changes could generate more than $3.3 million in average annual returns and $3.8 million in one-time cost avoidance, says the audit, one of a series conducted at the Ohio Department... Read more

TOP DEBUTS: Gulf Breeze Side-Patio Trailer

January 28, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Nappanee, Ind.-based Gulf Stream Coach Inc. turned up production last summer, debuting both a laminated widebody toy hauler — named, logically enough, Wide Open — and a Gulf Breeze 30RKP, a 35-foot travel trailer with a 60-square-foot side patio capable of supporting 2,500 pounds of campers, friends and equipment. Access to the Gulf Breeze patio is through a sliding glass door, and the company built the unit to allow the interior TV to be placed on mounts for outside viewing (or add another... Read more

Little Dealer, Little Prices to Open New Store

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Little Dealer, Little Prices has chosen to build in Prescott Valley for its new northern Arizona site. As reported by the Prescott Valley Tribune, owner Debbie Brunoforte remembers camping and traveling all over Arizona – most of the time in her family’s Coleman camp trailer. “We spent the most time in that,” she recalled. That idyllic fixture in her memory helped shape what has become one of the state’s premier RV dealerships. Little Dealer, Little Prices will celebrate... Read more

MBA Insurance Rental School Signup Opens

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MBA Insurance announced that registration is open and going strong for the 15th RV Rental School, according to a press release. The MBA Rental School, running March 3-5 at the Tuscany Suites & Casino in Las Vegas, covers the RV rental gamut including staffing, pricing concepts, fleeting, advertising/promotion and the daily operating procedures. Instructors and students discuss renting motorhomes and trailers and debate the unique advantages of the two operational models – dealer-owned versus... Read more

Florida Coach Resort Offering ‘Vacation Club’

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The Fountains Vacation Club and The Fountains Premier Motorcoach Resort received positive response during the Tampa RV Supershow, where they unveiled their new “industry changing concept.” According to a press release, the first-ever resort vacation club created for motorocoach owners provides members of the Fountains Vacation Club with the ability to stay at The Fountains flagship resort in St. Augustine, as well as other resorts worldwide. “The new concept we presented was met with... Read more

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