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Report: Boat Sales Continued Gains During April

May 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Far from slipping into a “lull,” as it did in 2016 after strong March sales, the U.S. recreational boating industry achieved moderate gains in April this year that included double-digit growth in the pontoon category. Sales in the main powerboat segments rose 3.5% to 11,277 and they rose 5% industrywide to 17,104 from the same month last year in 23 states that represent about 51% of the U.S. market, Statistical Surveys Inc. reported today (May 22). Last year, sales in 29 states that represented... Read more

Pam Whitaker Joins Blue Ox Outside Sales Team

May 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Pam Whitaker Blue Ox has named Pam Whitaker as outside sales representative in Oklahoma and North Texas, according to a press release. Whitaker previously represented Blue Ox in Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado. “Pam has an outstanding record in building and growing our brand in her previous territory,” said Blue Ox President and CEO Ellen Kietzmann. “We are very pleased to announce her move to Oklahoma and Northern Texas. Pam is very focused on making sure that her dealers are taken care of... Read more

Camp Native Reports Hitting the 1,000 Park-Mark

May 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Camp Native announced that it has continued to grow over the past two years, and today, more than 1,000 properties have signed up to accept reservations on CampNative.com. Camp Native was created to make it easier for campers to find and reserve their perfect outdoor accommodations online, and as a marketing tool to help property owners get found and secure more bookings, the company said in its announcement. When property owners sign up with Camp Native, they have the opportunity to get... Read more

VIDEO 2: Keystone’s Colt Bullet Ultralight Trailer

May 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Keystone RV Co. offers a walkthrough of the new Bullet Colt, an ultralight trailer that can be towed by smaller cars, SUVs and trucks. Features include laminated construction, full bath with shower, TV, gas/electric refrigerator, rear hitch for bike or accessory rack, and Thule patio awning with optional patio room. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

Report: ‘NHTSA’ Releases Latest RV Recalls List

May 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: The following is the latest RV recall list compiled by the National Highway Safety Association (NHTSA). Prevost Cars Inc. is recalling 407 2014-2017 H3-45, H3-45 VIP, X3-45, X3-45 VIP, and X3-45 VIP Entertainer motor coaches equipped with 10,000lb-capacity trailer hitch receivers. The trailer hitch mounting fasteners may loosen. For additional information click here. KZRV Inc. is recalling 113 2018 Sport Trek and Durango travel trailers equipped with the outside kitchen option.... Read more

Travel Lite Planning $5 Million Expansion Project

May 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Travel Lite RV, manufacturer of travel trailers and truck campers, has purchased half of the lots in the Syracuse, Ind., Technology Park to expand operations, according to a report by the Goshen News. Dustin Johns, owner of Innovation Inc. LLC and Travel Lite RV, and his family were at the Syracuse Council meeting Tuesday (May 16) where the purchase agreements for seven lots in the Syracuse Technology Park were approved. There are 14 lots in the park, which is just west of the U.S. 6/Ind. 13. Johns’... Read more

Daimler Opens up ‘High Desert Proving Grounds’

May 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has officially opened its new High Desert Proving Grounds in Madras, Ore.   According to a press release, the 87-acre High Desert Proving Grounds is critical for assurance of reliability, durability and fuel efficiency for Freightliner, Western Star, Thomas Built Buses and Freightliner Custom Chassis vehicles. The track will also serve as a key component in the company’s ongoing testing in the areas of truck platooning and autonomous vehicles.   The... Read more

On a Roll: RVers Show No Signs of Slowing Down

May 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The 36-footer is just waiting for the sign, which, in this case, will be Laura Pellegrino’s foot on the gas pedal. “I’ve cleaned it out. I’m beginning to stock it, and now I am just itching to pull out and get out of here,” she says of her motorhome docked at her Stamford, Conn., house. As reported by the CT Post, Pellegrino works full time, so she is largely a long-weekend or a week-at-a-time kind of vacation traveler. She is waiting for retirement to hit the open road for extended trips... Read more

Third Generation Takes Over at Topper’s Camping

May 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Houston-based Topper’s Camping Center, currently marking its 50th year of operation, announced that the third generation of Troutts has assumed management of the dealership.    According to a press release, the “youngest Larry,” Lawrence Allen Troutt III, has been named general manager after his father stepped down from the role. He will remain active as president, owner, and liaison for the business.    Topper’s Camping Center has been family-owned and... Read more

Thousand Trails Introduces ‘Petite Retreats’ Brand

May 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Thousand Trails unveiled Petite Retreats and their two newest tiny houses in an assortment of unique vacation rental accommodations during the New York International Auto Show last month, according to an announcement from parent company Equity Lifestyle Properties Inc., based in Chicago. New York City served as the ultimate setting to kick off this summer’s Petite Retreats #TinyHouseRoadTrip with the first official tour stop in Lancaster, Pa., home to the Circle M RV & Camping Resort on Saturday... Read more

Priority One Moves Edwards to Equipment Finance

May 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Jason Edwards Priority One Financial Services Inc., a subsidiary of Forest River Inc., announced that Jason Edwards has moved into the company’s equipment finance division. According to a press release, Edwards started at Priority One in 2011 as a business manager in the recreational retail department and recently joined the expanding equipment finance department. In his new role, he will be dedicated to helping both dealer’s and their customers with commercial finance... Read more

Sec. Zinke to Deliver Keynote at ‘Committee Week’

May 19, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Secretary Ryan Zinke U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will address the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) membership as Tuesday’s (June 6) luncheon keynote speaker during the Reston, Va.-based trade group’s annual Committee Week, taking place June 4-8 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. As reported in RVIA Today Express, the U.S. Department of the Interior has enormous influence on the outdoor recreation economy and RV industry through management of... Read more

Slideshow: ‘Furrion’ Unveils Elkhart Headquarters

May 19, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The chief marketing officer of a global manufacturer said its new U.S. headquarters in Elkhart, Ind., will serve as “central hub for innovation” of its wide array of products geared toward high-end consumers. Inside INdiana Business reported that during a Thursday (May 18) unveiling event, Matt Fidler said the 35,000-square-foot facility – adjacent to the RV/MH Hall of Fame – would be Furrion’s “gateway of technology to the U.S. recreational vehicle, home, yacht and... Read more

Kem Krest Joining LCI’s ‘Acts of Service’ Initiative

May 19, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Kem Krest’s Meggan Fink announces Acts of Service initiative Kem Krest announced Wednesday (May 17) during an open house for its new distribution center in Elkhart, Ind., that it will be the first company to join in on the community “Acts of Service” initiative introduced by Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) that aims to give back to the communities from which their employees live, work and play.  According to a press release, for the past five years Kem Krest has had... Read more

IMHA-RVIC Holds Indy Speedway ‘Day at the Track’

May 19, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

A beautiful but windy day, roaring Indy cars, and musical and dance performances by the Indy 500 Gordon Pipers all contributed to a successful event Wednesday (May 17) as the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association-Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council Inc. (IMHA-RVIC) held its 2nd annual “Day at the Track.” More than 70 IMHA-RVIC members and guests gathered in the infield of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where they were able to view a pit stop practice and dozens of runs by... Read more

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