U.S. Manufacturers Fighting Back Against Tariffs

April 19, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Rising costs. Delayed shipments. A baffling bureaucracy. ABC News reported that President Donald Trump’s tariffs on imported aluminum and steel are disrupting business for American companies that buy those metals, and many are pressing for relief. Hundreds of companies are asking the Commerce Department to exempt them from the 25% steel tariff and the 10% aluminum tariff. Other companies are weighing their options. Jody Fledderman, CEO of Batesville Tool & Die in Indiana, says American... Read more

LOOK Trailers Opening Production Plant in Texas

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Middlebury, Ind.-based LOOK Trailers recently announced plans to open an additional manufacturing facility in McGregor, Texas, with production scheduled to begin in June of 2018. According to a press release, the 80,000-square-foot production facility will be the sixth manufacturing location for LOOK Trailers, which also has plants in Indiana, Georgia, Utah, Arizona and Pennsylvania. LOOK Trailers will manufacture LOOK, Pace American and Cargo Express enclosed cargo trailers with two production... Read more

Report Ranks Indiana High in Economic Outlook

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An annual report from the Virginia-based American Legislative Exchange Council ranks Indiana’s economic outlook among the best in the country. The Rich States, Poor States index ranks Indiana third on the list, behind only Utah and Idaho. Inside Indiana Business reported that the report ranks states based on 15 variables, such as highest marginal personal income tax rate, property tax burden and worker’s compensation costs. The report focuses on the economic competitiveness... Read more

Protective’s Support for RVDA Passes $10 Million

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Protective Asset Protection’s total support for the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) has reached more than $10 million since 1992, including backing for the Mike Molino RV Learning Center. “The consistent support provided to RVDA and the RV Learning Center by Protective shows the company’s commitment to their dealer business partners,” said RVDA President Phil Ingrassia in a press release. “The XtraRide program has earned RVDA’s exclusive endorsement through excellent... Read more

‘’ Creates Free Online Directory

April 19, 2018 by · Leave a Comment, a website dedicated to automotive, RV and motorcycle retail consignment, is offering a free basic online directory listing to all licensed retail dealers that offer professional consignment services. “Our primary mission is to build awareness and promote the growing community of professional automotive retail consignment dealers in the United States,” said co-founder Josh Taylor in a press release.   Taylor reported that the site is optimized for all major search... Read more

The ’18 RV Industry ‘Power Breakfast’ is Sold Out

April 18, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb addresses 2017 Power Breakfast crowd The 2018 RV Industry Power Breakfast is sold out with about 900 people expected to converge early on May 3 at the Northern Indiana Event Center, part of the RV/MH Hall of Fame located on the northeast side of Elkhart, Ind. The sixth annual breakfast will be anchored this year by U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind. The catered buffet opens at 6:45 a.m. while the Power Breakfast... Read more

CRVA to Hold Annual General Meeting June 19-21

April 18, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association (CRVA) announced that it will hold its next Annual General Meeting June 19-21 in St. John’s, Newfoundland. According to a press release, the occasion will mark the very first time in its 42-year history that CRVA will hold a board meeting in the province of Newfoundland. Joining CRVA at their Annual General Meeting will be representatives from the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada, the Canadian Camping and RV Council... Read more

KPA Webinar to Review Key ‘Housekeeping’ Tips

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KPA, in conjunction with the Mike Molino RV Learning Center, will host a free webinar on April 23 from 2– 3 p.m. (EDT) to detail how dealers can reduce slips, trips and falls while keeping a clean and functional workplace. According to OSHA, slips, trips, and falls constitute most of general industry accidents and constitute approximately 25% of reported claims. Employees can incur back injuries, strains and sprains, contusions, and fractures resulting from unsafe... Read more

ASA Debuts 160-Watt JENSEN Wall-Mount Stereo

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ASA Electronics announced the launch of its 160-watt JWM90A Bluetooth wall-mount stereo, delivering more than three times the power of a traditional wall-mount unit in a sleek, smooth package. The JWM90A is app ready, allowing users to control all the primary functions of the new stereo with jControl. This free app from JENSEN turns any Android or iOS device into a wireless remote. The high-tech stereo is equipped with three speaker zones and offers dual source... Read more

Ally & Learning Center Offer Forecasting Webinar

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The Ally Academy and the Mike Molino RV Learning Center are teaming up again to present the final webinar in a three-part training series on effective forecasting. The webinar will focus on how to forecast for the service department of an RV dealership and will be broadcast live on April 24 at 11:30 a.m. (EDT). “With the uncertainty in the market today, we are dedicated to providing dealers with training that will help them prepare for challenges like managing the flow of service, increasing... Read more

Chris Dougherty Joins ‘RVSEF’ Conference Staff

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Walter Cannon, executive director of the RV Safety & Education Foundation (RVSEF), announced the addition of Chris Dougherty to the faculty member and teaching staff for the upcoming 2018 RV Technical Education & Safety Conference. According to a press release, Dougherty is an RV industry journalist, an RVDA/RVIA Certified RV Technician, and an RV lifestyle and technical educator. An RVer most of his life, including a decade as a full-time RVer, he has worked in the industry... Read more

Tornado Rips Through AC Nelson’s RV World Lot

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The powerful storm that hit near Atlantic, Iowa, left significant damage behind. KETV Omaha reported that the lot at AC Nelson’s RV World has a little over 75 recreational vehicles but after Friday’s storm, over half of them were left upside down or smashed into other RVs. Some were completely destroyed.  Terry Moore, a sales consultant at AC Nelson’s, says he saw the tornado headed toward the lot 30 minutes before he left for shelter. “There’s a lot of aluminum... Read more

Lance Will Again Display at ‘Overland Expo West’

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Lancaster, Calif.-based based Lance Camper Mfg. Corp. will be attending the Overland Expo West in Flagstaff, Ariz., May 18-20 for the fourth consecutive year. According to a press release, the company will be displaying a brand-new build – developed, owned and operated by Aaron Wirth of Wirth Exploring and Ninkasi Brewery. This fully customized AEV Dodge 3500 features a chassis mounted (custom flat bed/utility box mounted) Lance 825 Truck Camper along with modifications that make it one... Read more

Spartan to Show Transit Upfit Van at ‘NAFA’ Expo

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Spartan Fleet Vehicles and Services will display its utility upfit Ford Transit concept vehicle at the National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA) Institute & Expo in Anaheim, Calif., from April 24-27 in Booth No. 331. According to a press release, Utilimaster’s utility Transit fleet vehicle provides superior fuel efficiency and features a highly-customized cargo area that includes a remote workstation. The Utilimaster van is equipped with a Volta hybrid-battery system... Read more

Camping World Adding Stores in Ga., Ill. and Ohio

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Camping World Holdings Inc. today (April 17) announced expansion plans for the development of new supercenters in Augusta, Ga., Marion, Ill., and Huber Heights, Ohio. According to a press release, Camping World currently owns and operates over 140 supercenters nationwide, with most locations specializing in RV sales and service, retail accessories and its entire portfolio of Good Sam products and services. Plans are underway to expand the company’s footprint with additional locations in several... Read more

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