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Thor: Cripe Resigns as President of CrossRoads

January 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Thor Industries Inc. announced that Andy Cripe, president of its CrossRoads RV subsidiary, has resigned from the company to pursue other interests. Cripe’s resignation was effective Jan. 22. “We would like to thank Andy for his many years of service, including his service as president of CrossRoads, and we wish him well in his future endeavors,” stated Thor President and CEO Bob Martin in a press release. “We will begin an immediate search for new leadership at CrossRoads,... Read more

Patrick Initiating $50M ‘Stock Buyback’ Program

January 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Patrick Industries Inc. announced today (Jan. 26) that its board has approved a new stock repurchase program that authorizes the repurchase of up to $50 million of the company’s common stock over the next 24 months. The company reported in a statement that share repurchases will be made from time to time through open market transactions at prevailing market prices, or in privately negotiated transactions or otherwise. “This new stock repurchase program is aligned with our capital allocation... Read more

Thompson Savors Lifelong Career in RV Industry

January 26, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

Thompson has partnered with RVBusiness to oversee the Elkhart RV Power Breakfast Editor’s Note: The following article appears in MutualWealth Management Group’s newsletter chronicling the career of BJ Thompson. Owner of  Elkhart, Ind.-based BJ Thompson and Associates, he has been an ardent industry supporter while also serving in several capacities with the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). BJ Thompson was young, ambitious and hungry. Mostly hungry. He needed a job and... Read more

ELS Reporting Significant Revenue Boost for 4Q

January 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc. (ELS) announced results today (Jan. 25) for the fourth quarter and year ended Dec. 31. For the quarter, funds from operations increased $6.8 million, or 7 cents per common share, to $67.1 million, or 73 cents per share, compared to $60.3 million, or 66 cents per share, for the same period in 2014, according to the company’s earnings release. Net income increased $5.1 million to $34.5 million, compared to $29.4 million for the same period in 2014. For the quarter... Read more

Consumer Sentiment Up Despite Stock Volatility

January 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

A strong job market and low gasoline prices helped boost U.S. consumer confidence again this month. As reported by the Associated Press, the Conference Board on Tuesday (Jan. 26) said that its consumer confidence index rose to 98.1 in January from 96.3 in December, the second straight monthly gain. The business research group said Americans were more confident about the future, though their assessment of current economic conditions was unchanged from December. Consumers shrugged off the recent sharp... Read more

KING’s New Carry Bag Protects Antenna System

January 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

KING has introduced the portable satellite antenna carry bag which conveniently protects and stores the KING Tailgater or Quest antenna when not in use. According to a press release, the carry bag has an MSRP of $49.99 and will ship in February. Features include: Zippered storage bag for KING brand portable satellite TV antennas.* Carry handles and backpack straps. Internal storage pockets for satellite receiver, remote control and cables. Foam padding for added protection of the contents. Bag... Read more

Roadmaster Intros all-in-one Vehicle Wiring Kits

January 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

All-in-one wiring kits for the two most popular towing combinations (seven- to six-wire and seven- to four-wire) are now available from Roadmaster. According to a press release, the kits are specialized, expanded versions of Roadmaster’s towed vehicle wiring kits. They use a system of diodes to allow the towed vehicle to accept the motorhome’s taillight, brake light and turn signals while preventing electrical feedback and the damage it can cause to both vehicles’ electronics. In addition... Read more

PRVCA Absorption Refrigeration Course Slated

January 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV Absorption Refrigeration course, offered by Northampton Community College in conjunction with the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), begins Feb. 15 and runs through March 13. The course provides students with an in-depth look at the appliance that causes the most confusion; how to use heat to make cold. The theory of absorption and associated processes are fine-tuned and presented in a way that makes this sometimes perplexing device a little easier to understand. Like the... Read more

Skaggs RV Hosting RVSEF’s Cannon at Ky. Show

January 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Elizabethtown, Ky.-based Skaggs RV Outlet will host RV Safety & Education Foundation (RVSEF) Executive Director Walter Cannon on Jan. 29-30 during the 59th Annual Louisville Boat, RV, and Sports Show.    According to a press release, the RV Safety & Education Foundation is the “industry recognized authority” on topics of RV weighing and load management, tire safety and properly matching trucks and trailers. “We felt this was an opportunity and partnership we couldn’t... Read more

SSI: Canadian Towable Sales Slide 16.9% in Nov.

January 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Year-over-year Canadian towable sales declined 16.9% in November and 11.9% for the first 11 months, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI). Results by segment showed: • Sales in the travel trailer sector fell 15.4% in November and 10.5% year-to-date. • Canadian fifth-wheel sales declined 19.5% for the month and 16.7% through November. • Folding camping trailer registrations were flat in November on low volume and showed a 12.3% decline year-to-date. • Canadian... Read more

Family-Owned Bullyan RV Plans Next Expansion

January 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Bullyan RV has come a long way since its beginnings at a small used-car lot in West Duluth, Minn.,  in the early 1950s. More than 60 years later, it is the largest recreational vehicle dealer in Northeastern Minnesota, according to a report by the Duluth News Tribune. And it’s still growing. Sitting on 15 acres, the dealership has more than 400 new and used motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels, campers and even a selection of fish houses lined up outside, row after row. Inside its 35,000-square-foot... Read more

Tiffin, Foretravel Join NHTSA ‘Coachstep’ Recall

January 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: The following reports the latest manufacturers to recall Lippert-brand Coachstep Double and Triple Electric Steps issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). • Tiffin Motorhomes Inc. is recalling 14,889 2007-2015 motorhomes manufactured May 1, 2007, to December 31, 2014, equipped with certain Lippert-brand Coachstep Double and Triple Electric Steps. The bolt that attaches the fan gear assembly to the steps may fracture allowing the fan gear to disengage... Read more

Report: Millennials Show Little Interest in Driving

January 25, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

A study recently published by the Transportation Research Institute at the University of Michigan indicates that Millennials are increasingly choosing to give up cars. As reported by the Christian Science Monitor, it was once a coming of age ritual: before eating cake and opening presents, newly-minted 16-year-olds would make a white-knuckled pilgrimage to the state Department of Motor Vehicles for a chance at the small plastic card that meant freedom. Today, researchers say, fewer teenagers and... Read more

KING will Introduce New Antenna ‘Tripod Mount’

January 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

KING announced the introduction of a new tripod mount, allowing RVers to elevate portable satellite TV antennas to access the best line of sight to the satellite while protecting the antenna from moisture on the ground. According to a press release, the tripod mount will be available in February. Features include: • Extra-wide footprint to ensure stability. • Lightweight design, weighing four pounds. • Preassembled parts. • Folds together for compact storage. • Includes three ground... Read more

PRVCA RV Generator Course Opening March 21

January 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV Generator course, offered by Northampton Community College in conjunction with the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), begins March 21 and runs through May 1. The RV Generator Course provides students with a very detailed look into the idiosyncrasies of the voltage and power-producing device. Understanding that mechanical motion (including mechanical adjustments) has a direct electrical result helps students through the nuances of this sometimes difficult-to-understand machine.... Read more

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