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Airstream’s ‘Silver Bullets’ are Still Flying High

March 30, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Kate Pierson of the B-52s fell so hard for her first Airstream that she ended up owning enough of the travel trailers to open an all-Airstream hotel in the desert near Joshua Tree National Park. The Los Angeles Times reported fans of the retro-chic silver bullets spend $200 a night to sleep in vintage trailers. With names such as “Lava,” “Tiki” and “Planet Air,” each is decorated with posters and memorabilia of the famed “Love Shack” rock group. “It’s... Read more

Opinion: Boys & Girls Clubs Community Driven

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Editor’s Note: The following Elkhart Truth editorial chronicles the accomplishments of the Boys & Girls Club of Elkhart County. On May 2, the 15th Annual Bids for Kids Dinner & Auction benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Goshen, Ind., will be held at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart. The event is driven by the RV industry, championed by Elkhart-based supplier Lippert Components Inc. Every afternoon, hundreds of kids gather at one of four sites of the Boys & Girls Clubs of... Read more

KOA Sales & Marketing Campaign Wins Award

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Kampgrounds of America Inc.’s (KOA) innovative “What’s Behind The Yellow Sign?” advertising and marketing campaign was recently awarded a Silver Medallion by the 2015 Advertising & Marketing Effectiveness (AME) Awards. According to a press release, KOA’s campaign won the Silver Award in the Sports and Leisure category. The annual AME Awards were created in 1994 to provide an international forum to honor work that demonstrates groundbreaking, effective solutions to challenging... Read more

RV Industry Appeals to Younger Demographic

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When James and Stef Adinaro first looked into purchasing an RV in 2010, they were hesitant. At 42 and 39, they felt they were too young to purchase a recreational vehicle. As reported by CNBC, five years and one RV later, the Adinaros are hoping to upgrade, having embraced the road-tripping “RV lifestyle.” Originally, the couple, who lives in Salt Lake City, purchased a used mid-size 2003 Mercedes van for convenience while traveling to bicycling competitions. But now, the couple are considering... Read more

Oregon Startup Launches All-Fiberglass Trailer

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Robert Johans put his 30 years in design to work creating an all-fiberglass travel trailer that is built in Bend, Ore. The Bend Bulletin reported that Johans, CEO of Nest Caravans, this week rolled out the prototype Jay/1S, a 17-foot-long unit designed with high-end fixtures and a look that says it belongs on the highway as much as the campground. “I’m a longtime camper, and all my camping career I’ve been trying to resolve camping issues,” Johans said Friday. Nest Caravans is working with... Read more

Fisher Joining Winnebago’s Board of Directors

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Winnebago Industries Inc. announced the appointment of William C. Fisher to an open seat on its board. According to a press release, his term will begin on May 1, and he will be placed on the proxy in October for election by the shareholders in December to serve the remainder of the three-year term. Fisher was the vice president and chief information officer of Polaris Industries Inc. from November 2007 until he retired on December 31, 2014. During his tenure at Polaris he also served as general... Read more

Lance ‘Facebook’ Page Reaches 50K Milestone

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This week Lance Camper Manufacturing Corp. celebrates reaching a significant milestone in social media marketing as it gains 50,000-plus “Likes” on its Facebook page. “As social media continues to be a key and growing component in most companies marketing strategies, in the face of new and strong competition coming into the social space every day, Facebook remains the number one platform by far with no sign of giving up its dominance.” states Bob Rogers, director of marketing for the... Read more

Tom Raper Officially Becomes Camping World

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An era has come to a close. Tom Raper RVs is now Camping World. The Palladium Item reported that commercials will no longer urge customers, via a catchy jingle, to “save today the Tom Raper way” at its Richmond, Ind., location on Williamsburg Pike at Exit 149A. Representatives of Camping World covered and removed Tom Raper RVs signs at the dealership Friday (March 27), making it public that the sale of the 50-year-old recreational dealership had been finalized. A Camping World banner... Read more

Skyline Secures New $10 Million Credit Facility

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Skyline Corp. announced that the Elkhart, Ind.-based company and certain of its wholly-owned subsidiaries have entered into a Loan and Security Agreement with First Business Capital Corp. providing for a renewable three-year secured revolving credit facility. According to a news release, under the new credit facility, the company may obtain loan advances up to a maximum of $10 million, subject to certain collateral-obligation ratios. Outstanding loan advances under the facility will bear interest... Read more

Winnebago Growing Sub-Assembly Operations

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Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc. announced a plan to purchase a 33,400-square-foot building in Waverly, Iowa, for expansion of the company’s subassembly operations.     “Increased consumer demand and elevated retail activity have resulted in the need for us to expand our motorhome manufacturing capacity,” said Winnebago Chairman, CEO and President Randy Potts. “We were pleased to locate a facility that will meet our immediate needs for additional sub-assembly space, and... Read more

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