Survey: Indiana Manufacturers Face Headwinds

October 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Indiana’s manufacturers see their prospects for growth lagging for the second year in a row, according to a study released Wednesday by the Indiana Manufacturers Association. According to an Indianapolis Business Journal report, the roadblocks to prosperity include health care regulation, diminishing returns on new technology and improvement processes, and a stalled national economic recovery. More than 80% of survey respondents said their company’s recent financial performance is stable or better,... Read more

FMCA Names Chris Smith as Executive Director

October 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Chris Smith The Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) announced the promotion of Chris Smith to the position of executive director/chief financial officer effective immediately. Smith replaces Jerry Yeats who stepped down as executive director in February. According to a news release, Smith joined the association in August 2013 as director of administrative services/controller. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor’s in accounting. Prior to coming on board at FMCA, he served... Read more

RVDA Con/Expo Crowd Invited to Top 50 Awards

October 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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Report: Boat Sales Surge Sputters in September

October 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The recreational marine industry followed double-digit August sales gains with a slow-growth September, adding to the unpredictability of a year marked by inconsistent sales.  As reported by Soundings Trade Only, sales rose 3% in the main powerboat segments to 6,454 and only 1.6% industrywide to 9,821 from last September in 24 states that represent about 59% of the national market, according to Statistical Surveys Inc. Sales in two stalwart categories — aluminum pontoon boats (up 3.8%, to 1,380)... Read more

Ford is Idling F-150 Production At Kansas Plant

October 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Ford Motor Co. will temporarily halt production of its top-selling F-150 pickup at its Claycomo, Kan., plant next week as it deals with slower consumer demand. As reported by the Detroit News, the announcement was one of several moves being made by Ford to match production of several of its products with demand that has weakened in the second half of the year compared with a year ago. This week, Ford is is shutting down its Louisville, Ky., factory building the Escape and Lincoln MKC sport utility... Read more

VIDEO 1: Pikes Peak Maintains Family’s Legacy

October 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Pikes Peak Traveland offers an in-depth look at the history and philosophy of the Colorado Springs, Colo.-based dealership, a family-owned company that is a member of the Route 66 RV Network. To view the video click here.  Read More →

‘Truck Camper’ Reviews Northern Lite’s 10-2 EX

October 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: The following story by Truck Camper Magazine reviews a 2017 Northern Lite 10-2 EX CD Special Edition truck camper. The British Columbia-based company has literally risen from the ashes, resuming production after a fire leveled its manufacturing facility in February of 2014. For the full story click here. After a devastating fire burned the Northern Lite factory to the ground in February of 2014, the Kelowna, British Columbia manufacturer had a new facility, new fiberglass molds,... Read more

Thieves Targeting Two RV Operations in Ontario

October 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Ontario police are appealing to the public for help in solving a spree of thefts from recreational vehicles parked at lots and storage facilities in the county this month. The Peterborough Examiner reported that the rear yard of Peterborough RV Centre was entered sometime on the night of Oct. 3 or early morning hours of Oct. 4 and eight recreational vehicle deep cycle batteries worth $2,000 were stolen, police said. Then sometime on Oct. 12 or 13, the Peterborough RV Centre was again targeted with... Read more

CalARVC Introduces The Bob MacKinnon Award

October 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Darrell Sisk (right) presents Bob MacKinnon with the first-ever Bob MacKinnon award. The California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC) announced that it has created a new award in honor of industry leader Bob MacKinnon to replace the Stan Martin Memorial Award, which has been CalARVC’s highest service award for nearly 40 years. “Our board felt it was time to make a change and that Bob MacKinnon is the industry leader most deserving of this recognition,” said Debbie Sipe, CalARVC’s... Read more

Big Crowds, Strong Sales at California RV Show

October 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

  Strong attendance and robust sales activity highlighted the 64th California RV Show, held Oct. 7-16 at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif., and hosted by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). According to a release, total attendance at the 10-day retail event was 38,946 attendees, a robust 10% increase over the 35,148 attendees last year. “The show got off to a great start during our opening weekend with the gate jumping by nearly 23% to more than 17,400 people,” said Liz Crawford,... Read more

Lemonis: ‘If I Had to Start Over I’d Go Sell Cars’

October 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Marcus Lemonis According to a report for CNBC posted Monday (Oct. 17), Marcus Lemonis, Camping World chairman and CEO, has done well for himself. He’s a self-made millionaire and the star of CNBC’s hit show “The Profit.” But if he had to go back and start from scratch? He’d sell cars. That’s because he likes reaping the direct rewards of his hustle. “If I lost everything today and I had to start over, I would go sell cars. Because I’m working with... Read more

Camper’s Inn Relocating Headquarters to Florida

October 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

According to reports, Campers Inn RV is relocating its headquarters from New Hampshire to Florida. An Oct. 14 report by The Florida Times-Union on said Campers Inn has already started moving some of its headquarters personnel from Kingston, N.H., to its property on General Avenue off Interstate 10. It had been considering Jacksonville and suburban Charlotte, N.C. The move comes after the Jacksonville City Council approved incentives to help pave the way for Camper’s Inn... Read more

Lazydays, Florida Gators Host Tailgating Event

October 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Lazydays RV, one of the nation’s largest RV retailers with locations in Seffner, Fla., and Tucson, Ariz., as well as Loveland, Aurora and Longmont, Col., teamed up with the University of Florida (UF) Gators on an event exclusive to Lazydays RV Tailgating Lot Pass Holders prior to the Florida Gators vs. Missouri Tigers game on Oct. 15. According to a release, attendees had the opportunity to meet Rex Grossman, Florida Gators legend and former professional football player, while seeing some new... Read more

REV Recreation Group Launches New Websites

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In a company announcement today (Oct. 18), REV Recreation Group, which encompasses four of the most iconic motorhome brands, has “focused its efforts on the RV shopping experience” with its recent launch of four newly redesigned RV websites for American Coach, Monaco Coach, Holiday Rambler and Fleetwood RV. The launch falls on the heels of REV RV Group’s recent soft opening of the REV Customer Visitor Center in Decatur, Ind. “No matter which REV RV brand, it’s important... Read more

Navy Seal to Join Tents for Troops in Las Vegas

October 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

U.S. Navy Seal (2006-2016) Trevor Wilson will join Tents for Troops (T4T),  a Castle Rock, Wash.-based nonprofit organization that provides free camping for active-duty military members, at the 2016 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, which is Nov. 7-11 at Bally’s on the Strip in Las Vegas. According to a T4T release, after 10 years as a Navy Seal and six wartime deployments, Wilson was ready for a change and purchased a 2016 Forest River toy hauler and became a full time RVer. Wilson,... Read more

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