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VIDEO 3: Interior Features on K-Z’s Venom V3411

September 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

K-Z RV offers a look at the interior features built into the 2017 K-Z Venom V3411TK fifth-wheel toy hauler. To view the video click here or scroll down the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

Thor will Issue 4Q, Year-End Earnings on Sept. 26

September 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Thor Industries Inc.announced it will release its fiscal fourth-quarter and full-year earnings release on Sept. 26 after market close. Thor will be hosting individual calls with investors following the release. Interested investors may schedule 20-minute time slots with Jeff Tryka, director of corporate development and investor relations, beginning at 4:20 pm EDT on the release date. If you would like to schedule a call, e-mail or call Tryka at jtryka@thorindustries.com or 574-970-7912.  Read More →

Divided Fed is Leaving Interest Rates Unchanged

September 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

A divided Federal Reserve, struggling to decide how soon to prune its economic stimulus campaign, said on Wednesday (Sept. 21) that it would wait at least a little longer. The New York Times reported that the Fed left its benchmark interest rate unchanged after a two-day meeting of its policy-making committee, although most of its officials said they expected to raise rates by the end of the year. Janet L. Yellen, the Fed’s chairwoman, said she saw no reason to rush. The economy keeps bubbling... Read more

MORryde StepAbove Entry Steps Provide Stability

September 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

StepAbove entry steps by MOR/ryde MORryde International launched its new StepAbove entry steps during last week’s America’s Largest Show in Hershey, Pa., while also showcasing the product at the Elkhart RV Open House which opened Monday (Sept. 19) and concludes today. According to a press release, MORryde engineered StepAbove after listening to input from RVers indicating that existing entry steps were not stable. StepAbove provides security as the steps go all the way to the ground and are... Read more

OEMs: 2016 RV Open House Was ‘The Best Ever’

September 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Dealers sit down to dinner at the Elkhart Open House From the on-stage C&W performances at Forest River Inc.’s mammoth exhibit to the crowd-pleasing Mercedes-Benz giveaway at Thor Industries Inc.’s expansive display, the 2016 Elkhart RV Open House will likely be remembered as one of the best so far in the nine-year history of the Open House – a growing trade exposition that takes place each September along the boulevards of Elkhart, Ind., where the vast majority of North America’s recreational... Read more

Memories of Recession Still Linger for RV Dealers

September 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

For some RV dealers, the sting of the recession hasn’t faded completely, according to an Elkhart Truth story. “We have made some changes to our business model and we are glad we came out of it alive. I know a lot of dealers that had to close,” said Chari Frederickson, owner of Dalton’s RV Center in Wyoming. There is an excitement in the air at the Elkhart RV Open House, but also a tentative spirit. Dealers are looking for deals and they don’t want to take on too much... Read more

RVDA: Lawsuits Filed to Block New Overtime Rule

September 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Two lawsuits have been filed against the U.S. Department of Labor’s overtime rule, one by attorneys general in 21 states and the other by business groups led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. According to a release from the National Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), the overtime rule will increase the salary threshold that generally determines who qualifies for overtime pay, raising it to $47,476 a year from $23,660. It also will ensure the threshold is updated every three years by... Read more

Jason Lippert Recognized for Community Service

September 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Jason Lippert, CEO of Lippert Components Inc. (LCI), was recently recognized as a recipient of the Ernestine M. Raclin Community Leadership Award. According to a press release, the annual award, established by 1st Source Bank, honors and encourages leadership in volunteerism through the businesses located within the greater Michiana region. As a 10-year volunteer, nine-year board member and past president of the Boys & Girls Club of Goshen, Lippert was specifically honored for being a devoted... Read more

Powerboat Sales Rebound in August, Grow 11.8%

September 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The recreational marine industry’s 2016 story remains a page turner, and it’s getting better. Soundings Trade Only reported that the industry’s up-and-down year turned up sharply in August as boat sales surged 12.5% in the main powerboat segments to 10,292 and 11.8% industrywide to 17,411 in 25 states that represent about 62% of the U.S. market, Statistical Surveys Inc. reported. The results marked a turnaround from a disappointing July, when sales fell 7% in the main segments and 5.7% industrywide. “Every... Read more

Idaho Tiny House Builder Incorporating Slideouts

September 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

You can only make tiny houses so wide while remaining road legal, so tiny house firm Tiny Idahomes borrowed a neat trick from other RVs and has installed slide-outs in several of its units, NewAtlas.com reported. The Nampa, Idaho-based company’s most recent model is currently on the market for $68,899 and features a dining room, bedroom, and lounge that slide out with the push of a button. The unnamed towable tiny house is legally classified as an RV and measures 26 ft (7.9 m) long. It’s... Read more

Real Estate Developers Cash in on U.S. RV Boom

September 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

If you own an RV, where do you park it? As reported by Yahoo Finance, that’s a question that real estate developers are taking very seriously. So much so that in hot retirement markets across states like Nevada, Arizona and Florida, developers are seizing the opportunity to cater to the niche audience of RV owners. After RV shipments dropped to a 30-year low in the downturn of the late 2000s, demand is stronger than ever, says Pete Reeb, principal at California-based John Burns Real Estate Consulting. In... Read more

MORryde StepAbove Entry Steps Provide Stability

September 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

StepAbove entry steps by MOR/ryde MORryde International launched its new StepAbove entry steps during last week’s America’s Largest Show in Hershey, Pa., while also showcasing the product at the Elkhart RV Open House which opened Monday (Sept. 19) and concludes today. According to a press release, MORryde engineered StepAbove after listening to input from RVers indicating that existing entry steps were not stable. StepAbove provides security as the steps go all the way to the ground... Read more

Fall RV Show & Bargain Expo Returns to Okla. City

September 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Fall RV Show & Bargain Expo returns for its 47th year to Oklahoma City, spread out through the Cox Pavilion, the Centennial Building and the Oklahoma Expo Hall at State Fair Park. The Oct. 13-16 show will again feature hundreds of new RVs on display – indoors and outdoors – by Oklahoma City’s top RV dealers. As a special addition, the show will offer MotorSports products by Mudd Dawg Motors and a display of tow vehicles featuring new Chevy trucks and SUVs. In addition, there will... Read more

Lippert Rolls Out SolidStep RV Entry Step System

September 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) recently introduced the latest innovation in its RV entry-step product line, the SolidStep. According to a press release, LCI’s SolidStep is a totally new design featuring patent-pending technology that allows the step to be more user-friendly than traditional step designs. The SolidStep boasts the popular extruded aluminum step tread design that was another industry-first on the LCI Alumi-Tread line of steps. In addition to the light and durable step surfaces, the... Read more

‘Open House’ Delivers as Dealers Buy Up Product

September 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Dealers enjoy dinner at the RV Open House (Photo by Shawn Spence, RVBusiness Magazine) The biggest event of the year for the largest recreational vehicle company in the world is off and running with new amenities as the top attractions. As reported by the Elkhart Truth, Thor Industries Inc.’s 2016 Open House opened on Monday (Sept. 19) morning at the RV/MH Hall of Fame, giving dealers a good look at new models. By mid-morning a steady stream of dealers were going in and out of the more... Read more

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