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VIDEO 1: ‘ROTV’ Details Lance 1172 Truck Camper

April 16, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

On this week’s “Rollin’ On TV” episode, Jeff Johnston checks out the new Lance 1172 truck camper. Also, the crew visits the Desert Oasis Campground located just outside Bisbee, Ariz., while Mark Polk from RV Education 101 shows how to change the rubber moldings and seals on RVs with Steele Rubber products. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

Report: NHTSA Releases Latest List of RV Recalls

April 16, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: The following is the latest RV recall list compiled by the National Highway Safety Association (NHTSA).  • KZRV Inc. is recalling 55 2018 KZRV Sportsmen Classic recreational trailers, models 130RB and 150RBT. These vehicles are equipped with Norcold N306 mini refrigerators that may have a loose or missing propane gas valve test port screw. For additional information click here.    Read More →

Thetford Announces Acquisition of Nova Kool Mfg.

April 14, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Thetford Corp. announced that it has acquired Nova Kool Manufacturing, a maker of refrigeration products for mobile and off-power grid applications. Terms of the purchase were undisclosed. Based in Coquitlam, British Columbia, Nova Kool manufactures more than 25 products for the RV, marine and truck markets. Its products include AC/DC and DC refrigerators and freezers in single-door, two-door, side-by-side and upright configurations. “Nova Kool is another great addition to the Thetford family... Read more

Skyline Corp. Reports Rise in 3Q Revenue, Profits

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Elkhart, Ind.-based Skyline Corp., a builder of park model RVs and manufactured housing, reported a 12.3% increase in revenue for its fiscal third quarter, which included approximately $5 million of homes constructed for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) emergency efforts. Sales totaled $58 million for the quarter, up from $51.6 million in the year-ago period. The quarter included net sales of $7.6 million attributable to Skyline’s... Read more

ORR Officially Launches With Event at Capitol Hill

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ORR Members Meet with Sec. Zinke Congressional and administration officials joined recreation industry leaders to mark the formal launch of the nation’s premier coalition of outdoor recreation trade associations, the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR). During a Capitol Hill reception, the group outlined its goals of educating decision makers about the importance of the outdoor recreation economy and ensuring that public lands and waters remain accessible for outdoor enthusiasts. According to a... Read more

Banks Built Lumber Co. Into Key RV, MH Supplier

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Glenn Banks Glenn Loren Banks, founder, president and CEO of Elkhart, Ind.-based Banks Lumber Co., passed away peacefully on March 29 in Sarasota, Fla. He was 91. After graduating from Elkhart High School, Banks joined the U.S. Navy during World War II. He graduated from Indiana University School of Business, was president of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and served on the Student Foundation Steering Committee. Upon graduation he moved to Elkhart, entered the wholesale lumber business and in... Read more

Patrick Industries to Issue 1Q Earnings on April 26

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Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier Patrick Industries Inc. expects to release its first-quarter financial results before the market opens on April 26. Patrick Industries will also host a conference call 10 a.m. (EDT) to discuss results and other business matters. Participants on the call will include CEO Todd Cleveland, President Andy Nemeth and Josh Boone, chief financial officer. The company reported a 47% increase in revenue during its fourth quarter lifted by a 44% gain in RV sales, while... Read more

CWH Acquiring ‘Cullum & Maxey Camping Center’

April 13, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Camping World Holdings Inc. announced that an agreement has been signed to acquire Cullum & Maxey Camping Center located in Nashville, Tenn. “For over 60 years, Cullum & Maxey Camping Center has earned its customer’s business by providing quality products and service backed with a highly experienced team and reliable RV care,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman of Camping World, in a press release. “Attention to details has made Cullum & Maxey a leader in the RV industry and we look... Read more

SSI: Canada Towable Sales Off 2.5% Through Feb.

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Canadian towable sales remained flat in 2018, edging down 2.5% for the first two months.  According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), results by segment showed: • Travel trailer sales edged up 1.8% year-over-year through February. • Canadian fifth-wheel sales tumbled 16.5% for the two months. • Folding camping trailer registrations fell 26.8% through February. • Two park model RVs were sold in the first two months. Thor... Read more

Brown & Brown Grows RVDA-Endorsed Coverage

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Brown & Brown of Kentucky Inc., a subsidiary of Brown & Brown Inc., continues to expand its role in the RV retail arena with a health insurance program tailored for recreational vehicle dealers. The “RV Dealers Health Collective Purchasing Arrangement” was introduced by the Florida-based firm in early 2017 as the only health insurance brokerage endorsed by the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA). Brown & Brown’s program has grown to include 22 dealers employing... Read more

Winnebago Leaders Attend D.C. Tax Reform Event

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(L-R) Winnebago’s Chad Reece, Jessica Volk, Jason Gordon and President and CEO Michael Happe Representatives from Winnebago Industries Inc. attended a “Tax Reform for American Workers” event at the White House today (April 12). The event included remarks from President Donald Trump on the recently enacted tax cuts and jobs act by the United States Congress. Representing Winnebago Industries were President and CEO Michael Happe, Director, Corporate Relations Chad Reece,... Read more

NPS Hikes Fees at Parks to Improve Infrastructure

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As part of its ongoing efforts to address aging park infrastructure and improve the visitor experience, the National Park Service (NPS) announced today (April 12) changes to the entrance fees charged at national parks. The changes, which come in response to public comments on a fee proposal released in October 2017, will modestly increase entrance fees to raise additional revenue to address the $11.6 billion in deferred maintenance across the system of 417 parks, historic and cultural sites, and... Read more

‘B.C. Interior RV Show’ Draws Over 10K Attendees

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Despite the raining weather last weekend, the seventh annual B.C. Interior RV Show in Penticton was deemed a success by organizers. The Penticton Western News reported the event hosted 10,774 visitors through the South Okanagan Events Centre and the Penticton Trade & Convention Centre entrances over the three days. Guests purchased a $5 wristband that was good for the whole weekend with the net proceeds being donated to charity. Organizers said as a result of the success of the event and the... Read more

KOA Launching ‘Get Out There’ Adventure Grants

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Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) has created a new grant program designed to encourage more North Americans to get outdoors and enjoy their “adventure of a lifetime.”   According to a press release, KOA “Get Out There” grants are available to all U.S. and Canadian citizens, and will provide funding for grant recipients to experience a special dream adventure of their own design.    Grants can be awarded in any amount from $1,000 to $5,000 per person. Applicants... Read more

Ind. Governor Honors ‘Valley Screen’ For 50 Years

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Indiana Gov. Eric J. Holcomb honored 44 Indiana companies, including RV supplier Valley Screen, Thursday (April 12) with the Governor’s Century and Half Century Business Awards, recognizing each company for its longevity and service to its employees, community and the state. According to a press release, the Mishawaka, Ind.-based company is marking its 51st year specializing in decorative graphics for recreational products. “Today we honor Hoosier business leaders who have been creating... Read more

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