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Dealer Turns into ‘Santa’s Workshop’ to Aid Kids

December 6, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Bill Gregory is a lot skinnier than Santa Claus. And his wife Terry is far younger than Mrs. Claus. But they are the Christmas couple in the flesh. They even have a couple of elves. The work bays at Gregory’s Marine & RV in Rock Hill, S.C., which through most of the year are filled with RVs and boats for service, will be turned into Santa’s workshop through Christmas. For more than a decade, the shop is where hundreds, maybe thousands, of toys have been assembled for kids who might not get... Read more

Patrick Announces Sigma Wire & KRA Acquisition

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Patrick Industries Inc. announced today (Dec. 5) that it has completed the acquisitions of Sigma Wire International LLC, headquartered in Elkhart, Ind., and Mishawaka, Ind.-based KRA International LLC. Sigma and KRA will continue to operate on a stand-alone basis under their respective brand names in their existing facilities. According to a statement, Sigma is a manufacturer of a wide range of PVC-insulated wire and cable products primarily for the recreational vehicle and marine markets.  KRA,... Read more

Horizon Transport Rolls Out New App for Drivers

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Horizon Transport has launched a new mobile app, allowing drivers to “do just about everything that goes along with delivering an RV,” according to a press release. The app took over a year to build and customize, integrating into the Horizon servers and allowing drivers to upload documents and photos directly to Horizon staff, store load information, see pay history, and even self-dispatch Goshen, Ind.-based Horizon engaged a company that creates apps and technology specifically for transportation... Read more

MITO Corp. Introduces 2 New Axxera RV Stereos

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MITO Corp., in partnership with Namsung America, has introduced two new Axxera RV stereos. According to a press release, the AXV150BT features AM/FM/CD/DVD, two-zone speaker switching with selectable buttons, Bluetooth, and special RV mounting with oversized trim ring. Other features offered are 2.1-amp USB charging for smart devices, as well as a front 3.5mm headphone jack, and rear RCA auxiliary input for the TV sound. “We’ve listened to dealers and added the two-zone speaker selector to prevent... Read more

NHTSA: RV Firms Recall Units for Faulty Ladders

December 5, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: The following is a list of recent RV-related recalls compiled by the U.S National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA). • Keystone RV Co. is recalling 6,252 2015-2016 Keystone Carbon, Fuzion, Impact, Raptor, and Dutchmen Voltage toy hauler fifth-wheels equipped with aluminum black ladders manufactured by Christianson Industries. The affected ladders have retractable hinges, each with a welded ‘top hat’ that can separate from the hinge. For additional... Read more

VIDEO 1: FCCC Gives Ultimate Driving Experience

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Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. offers a closeup look at the features and advancements in its lineup of platforms for the RV marketplace. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

Millennials Hitting Road in New Generation of RVs

December 5, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

This fall, one of the hottest things in outdoor gear wasn’t a new drone or motorized skateboard. The tech tastemakers — from Outside Magazine to Gear Patrol — collectively drooled over a recreational vehicle. That’s right, an “RV” —specifically the Airstream Basecamp, a $35,000 teardrop of aluminum that can be towed behind a Subaru. Bloomberg reported that the aerodynamic, riveted pod comes with one massive panoramic window, solar power, Italian cabinetry, and a Bose Bluetooth speaker... Read more

Winnebago is Ending Post-Retirement Healthcare

December 5, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc. is ending its remaining post-retirement healthcare benefits for all participants, the company said Friday in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. As reported by the Prospect Business Journal, the recreation vehicle maker said at the start of the new year, any retiree from the company under the age of 65 will have their post-retirement healthcare benefits discontinued. The company said ending the benefits, which collect to around... Read more

Calif.-Based Don’s RV Center is Set for Expansion

December 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Ceres, Calif.-based Don’s RV Center is set for expansion following the Stanislaus County Planning Commission’s recent approval of the company’s plans to create an additional RV yard, the Turlock Journal reports. “We’ve simply outgrown the space we’re in,” said owner Don Clark. “We’re expanding because the economy is good, and all the signs are good.” The expansion will take place in three phases, and when completed will bring an additional 101 RV parking spaces to the business. According... Read more

VIDEO 2: Lance Camper Showcases ‘RV Lifestyle’

December 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

As part of its new enhanced website, Lance Camper Mfg. Corp. promotes the RV lifestyle through a video highlighting the adventure and freedom of RVing while traveling in a Lance truck camper or towable RV. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.      Read More →

RVAA Poll: Aftermarket Posts Strong Year in 2016

December 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

New data suggests it’s been a strong year for the RV aftermarket and feelings are generally positive for 2017, according to a Recreational Vehicle Aftermarket Association (RVAA) member survey conducted last month. Results showed:   • 96% of all respondents report their 12-month net earnings (after taxes) in the RV aftermarket were higher, or about the same, compared to the previous year. The majority (64%) reported higher net earnings, and 32% reported being flat. Only 5% indicated a decline. •... Read more

Nexus Rolling Out Roadside Assistance Initiative

December 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Nexus RV announced the addition of exclusive roadside assistance benefits as a standard feature on every new Nexus RV motorhome purchase. “Each new Nexus RV motorhome purchase will now come with this service for one year — free of charge.” stated Dave Middleton, president of Elkhart, Ind.-based Nexus RV, in a press release. “This is just one more advantage of being a Nexus RV owner as we continually strive to be the best in the industry.” Nexus RV roadside assistance benefits offer technical... Read more

Texas Jellystone Earns ‘Camp-Resort of the Year’

December 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Cabin accommodations at Rustic Creek Ranch Six years ago, Ronnie Bowyer and his staff at Rustic Creek Ranch in Burleson, Texas, made a strategic decision to join Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park-Resort network as a way of targeting families who wanted a fun place to camp with lots of organized activities and wholesome family entertainment. But Bowyer and his staff didn’t stop there. According to a press release, they continued to improve the North Texas Jellystone Park with many new rental accommodations... Read more

Auto Sales Rebound During November, Rise 3.6%

December 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

After three straight monthly dips, U.S. light-vehicle sales in November rose 3.6% from a year earlier, helped by more generous deals and strong truck demand. Automotive News reported that Ford, Honda, Nissan, Toyota and General Motors posted increases in November as a rise in incentive spending helped put the industry back on a winning track. Industrywide sales hit a record for the month — 1.378 million — easily topping the 1.328 million mark in Nov. 2001. Light-truck deliveries, behind... Read more

Optronics Rolls out LED ‘Light Guide’ Technology

December 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Optronics International, a leading manufacturer and supplier of heavy-duty LED vehicle lighting, has introduced several new 4-inch round and 6-inch oval LED stop, tail, turn lamps that employ a newly engineered method of light delivery According to a press release, Light Guide technology allows LED light to be transmitted from one location in the lamp to another and enables the illumination of complex shapes and patterns. Using optical principles reminiscent of fiber-optic technology, Light Guide... Read more

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