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LCI-Inspired ‘Acts of Service’ Expanding Website

February 14, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Acts of Service started as a way to connect companies with nonprofits in need of volunteers. Today, ActsofService.com is expanding its mission, enabling individuals, in addition to employees of partnering businesses, to log on at any time and find a local volunteer opportunity. “We’re excited to directly connect people with nonprofits in their community,” said Michilah Grimes, Acts of Service director, in a press release. Acts of Service was inspired by Lippert Components Inc.’s... Read more

‘Robert Thibert’ Acquiring CECO Distributors Inc.

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Entreprise Robert Thibert Inc., a leading distributor of wheels, automobile, RV and trailer parts and accessories in North America, announced that it has acquired CECO Distributors Inc. of Western Canada. According to a press release, the strategic union of the two companies plays an integral part of Robert Thibert’s goal to “strengthen its position in the Canadian market, broaden its product offering and enhance the ability to offer a unique experience to its valued customers.” With... Read more

Keystone Honoring Training Academy Graduates

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Course participants along with Keystone Academy technical training staff Keystone RV Co. has recognized the first graduates of the company’s KRV Technical Training Academy.  According to a press release, the three-day “fundamentals” course concluded Thursday (Feb.) 8, with 30 techs from 15 different dealerships participating. Going forward, Keystone will be holding Technical Academy training monthly through May. The academy, launched by the Goshen, Ind.-based towable... Read more

Trump Mulls Steel Restrictions; May Impact RV’s

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President Trump suggested on Tuesday that the United States was likely to impose restrictions on imported metals, reviving the prospects for a continuing investigation whose future has been called into question amid months of pushback and delays. Meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers, the president said such restrictions would help save struggling steel companies from foreign competitors that “dump” low-priced metal on American markets. “What we’re talking about is tariffs and/or quotas,”... Read more

‘Tie-In Program’ Includes Go RVing 20th Posters

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Dealers signed up for the 2018 Go RVing Tie-In Program will receive colorful new posters celebrating Go RVing’s 20th anniversary. According to a press release, the posters are 22 inches by 28 inches, each with a unique theme – wonder, splendor and freedom – focusing on the joy of RV travel in the great outdoors. “These beautiful posters are ideal for display at dealerships, at retail shows, or at other events,” said RVDA President Phil Ingrassia. “The messages are aimed squarely... Read more

Black Book: Car Auction Values Performing Well

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This week’s Black Book Market Insights report shows the early stages of the spring selling season, with cars holding retention better than trucks at auto auctions. The report also features the latest Black Book Retention Index, which fell -0.9% in January to 113.1 as the market depreciation increased following months of post-hurricane activity late last year. “Market performance is the best so far this year with improving sales rates at auto auctions and tax-season vehicles fetching good... Read more

‘NIRVC’ is Adding a Fourth Location in Las Vegas

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National Indoor RV Centers store in Lewisville, Texas National Indoor RV Centers (NIRVC) announced today (Feb. 13) it is continuing its expansion by opening the company’s first location in Las Vegas. According to a press release, NIRVC plans to open the Las Vegas location for business in late 2018 with a temporary location for a sales and service center while the company acquires land for a permanent storage facility. The company operates three other locations in the U.S. in Dallas... Read more

SSI: Canadian Towable Sales Grow 12.4% in 2017

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Canadian towable sales posted a 12.4% gain for 2017, paced by improved performance in the travel trailer and fifth-wheel segments. According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), results by segment showed: • Travel trailer sales grew 13.9% for 2017. • Canadian fifth-wheel sales were up 9.8% for the 12 months. • Folding camping trailer registrations dipped 3.7% through December. • Park model RV sales rose by 10 units for the 12... Read more

Ingrassia: Early RV Show Season Gets ’18 Rolling

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Phil Ingrassia Editor’s Note: The following column by Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association President Phil Ingrassia, appearing in the February issue of RV Executive, reports on a strong early RV show season that bodes well for more growth in 2018. The 2018 RV retail show season kicked off with a bang last month. As Jeff Kurowski, director of industry relations reported, early show reports were very positive throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, and at the massive Florida... Read more

‘Priority RV Network’ Adding Pharr’s RV in Texas

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The Recreational Dealer Cooperative Association/Priority RV Network announced it has added Pharr RV’s in Lubbock, Texas, according to a press release. Founded in 1969 by Harold and Janelle Pharr, Pharr’s RV is a locally and family-owned RV dealership. Started with just three Silver Streak travel trailers, the dealership has grown to 25 acres with more than 250 RV’s in inventory. Today, the dealership is managed by Jerry Pharr, Jacky Pharr and Mike Hymer. “I just returned from Lubbock,... Read more

Dometic Connects with RVers at Quartzsite Show

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Representatives for Dometic Corp. were on hand at the recently completed Quartzsite RV Show in the Arizona desert to “listen to and get to know their end consumers on a deeper level,” according to a press release. Dometic product managers, research team, and the corporate marketing team from Sweden spent a weekend boondocking with thousands of other RVers. The team was able to sit around a campfire, roast marshmallows with some of the Xscapers, and hear what they enjoy about RVing and... Read more

RV Education 101 Intros Updated Online Training

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RV Education 101, a video and RV consumer information company, has launched an updated RV online training program designed to assist in educating customers after the sale. Mark Polk, founder of the long-standing RV Education 101 instructional video series, stated in a press release, “Although our current offering of RV training DVDs continues to do well in the marketplace, we want to keep pace with technology where innovative RV training delivery platforms are concerned.” The Power of Online... Read more

NPS ’19 Budget Addresses Maintenance Backlog

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President Donald J. Trump has proposed a $2.7 billion budget for the National Park Service (NPS) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, which includes legislation to establish a Public Lands Infrastructure Fund that would help address the $11.6 billion maintenance backlog in the National Park System, according to an NPS release issued today (Feb. 12). The fund would take new revenue from federal energy leasing and development and provide up to $18 billion to help pay for repairs and improvements in national parks,... Read more

1st Mid-Atlantic RV Expo Runs March 16-18 in Va.

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The inaugural Mid-Atlantic RV Expo will is  set to run March 16-18 at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County, Va. According to a press release, the show will have over 10 RV dealers participating making it the largest RV Expo in Virginia. Anthony Tedesco of Show Managers LLC, stated, “We’re excited to contribute to the success of the continually growing RV industry as well as providing current RV owners and those looking to pursue their first RV so many dealers in one convenient location.” Hours... Read more

GEICO Opening Up RV Road Trip at Daytona 500

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The GEICO RV team is hitting the road again, making 11 stops around the country to interact with RVers that follows the NASCAR circuit. According to a press release, wach NASCAR stop will have a wide range of activities, including photo opportunities with Ty Dillion’s racecar and the Gecko. GEICO is encouraging to stop by and enjoy different games and take advantage of give-a-ways provided at the midway. Each event will also offer the opportunity to win the Golden Gecko award... Read more

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