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Patrick Announces Acquisition Of ‘Wire Design’

July 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Patrick Industries Inc. announced today (July 17) that it has completed the acquisition of the business and certain assets of Elkhart, Ind.-based Wire Design, a manufacturer of wire harnesses for the recreational vehicle, marine and industrial markets. Wire Design’s trailing 12-months revenue through June 2017 was approximately $10 million and the total cash consideration paid for Wire Design was approximately $10.9 million. The company expects the acquisition to be immediately accretive... Read more

Apollo is Expanding RV Rental Presence in U.S.

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The Apollo Tourism and Leisure group will pursue further expansion in the U.S. and look at future moves into Europe and Britain as chief executive Luke Trouchet pursues the goal of making Apollo the first global rental van brand. The Australian reported that last week Apollo took 100% control of CanaDream Corp., one of the largest RV rental and sales companies in Canada, giving it 14 North American rental locations with a fleet of 1700 rental vans. It previously owned 20% of the CanaDream... Read more

Noble RV, Hilltop Create ‘RV Row’ in Minnesota

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Two friendly competitors — Noble RV and Hilltop Camper and RV — each have been shopping for land to build local dealerships in Minnesota. The Post-Bulletin reported that both companies closed on deals for land this week, with Hilltop paying $1.3 million for 12 acres and Noble paying $1.08 million for 10 acres. The surprise is both Hilltop and Noble bought land next to each other in front of People’s Energy Cooperative, outside of Oronoco. People’s recently... Read more

Buffett’s Battle in Texas Hinges on Technicality

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Is it possible to own a company without controlling it, or even being “affiliated” with it? That’s the fine point of corporate governance state officials and Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. are debating and weighing. The issue stems from Berkshire Hathaway’s efforts to maneuver around a state law that has jeopardized the conglomerate’s ongoing operation of nearly three dozen Texas car dealerships because it also owns a company that manufactures recreational vehicles, Indiana-based... Read more

Chad Cole Joining Blue Ox Outside Sales Team

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Chad Cole Chad Cole has joined Blue Ox as a dealer development manager in outside sales serving customers in Minnesota and Wisconsin. “Chad’s strength is in building one-on-one relationships with the people who really help shape the Blue Ox brand: our dealers,” said Blue Ox President and CEO Ellen Kietzmann in a press release. “We are excited to have Chad on the team and look forward to the enthusiasm and knowledge he brings to our tradition of service in helping our mutual customers understand... Read more

Alliance is a Thor Motor Coach Prestige Partner

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(L-R) Thor’s Southeast Regional Sales Manager George Grim; Class A diesel sales representative Davy Jones; Alliance Coach owners Judy and Alan Shapiro; and Sales Manager Tom Peterson. Alliance Coach has been recognized by Thor Motor Coach as a “Prestige Partner” for sales volume and excellent customer service. Alliance Coach offers a selection of Thor Motor Coach’s Class A motorhomes including its flagship diesel pusher, the Tuscany, as well as the Challenger,... Read more

SylvanSport Partners With Winnipeg Dealership

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Brevard, N.C.-based SylvanSport continues to build its North American dealer network, adding Transcona Trailer Sales in Winnepeg, Manitoba. According to a press release, SylvanSport GO is the perfect trailer for camping in the summertime or hauling Arctic Cats in the winter. Transcona Trailer Sales also carries the SylvanSport GO Easy microcamper, designed to haul boats, bikes and gear. “The response to the SylvanSport Go has been overwhelmin,” said Robert Minarchi, director... Read more

RVIA Hosting Contest to Mark Go RVing’s 20th

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To mark the 20th anniversary of the Go RVing Coalition, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) is sponsoring a contest on its Facebook page, @RVIndustryAssociationShow. As reported by RVIA Today Express, the contest will run for the next 20 weeks. Participants should check in every Wednesday for trivia questions about Go RVing to win Go RVing gear. Each week, 20 random winners who correctly answer the question will receive a prize.  Here’s How to Win: 1. Like us on Facebook... Read more

Report: NHTSA Releases Latest RV Recalls List

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Editor’s Note: The following is the latest RV recall list compiled by the National Highway Safety Association (NHTSA). • Keystone RV Co. is recalling 142 model year 2018 Dutchmen Coleman recreational trailers, models 1705RB, 1755FD, 3015BH, 2605RL, 2305QB, 2515RL, 3025RE, and 2855BH. The affected trailers may have been built with incorrect wiring connectors at the air conditioner junction box. For additional information click here. • Jayco Inc. is recalling 104 2017 Hummingbird... Read more

Bish’s RV Relocating to Larger Facility in Idaho

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Bish’s RV Super Center will move from Nampa, Idaho, to its new location in Meridian over the weekend, said Marketing Director Megan Walker. The Idaho Press-Tribune reported that the RV dealership stayed open for business in Nampa all last week, but Walker said they plan to close the store this weekend to move all of their equipment to Meridian. She said they hope to be open at the Overland location as soon as next week. Walker said the move was based on the lack of space at the Nampa location.... Read more

Truma is Extending Training on Combi, AquaGo

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With demand growing for Truma’s AquaGo hybrid on-demand water heater and Truma Combi, the company announced a continuation of its service training program through the second half of the year.  According to a press release, the move is in response to the success of previous courses in the first half of 2017 in Texas, California, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, New Mexico and Arizona. The full-day course introduces technicians to the Truma Combi and Truma AquaGo through... Read more

Dometic to Spotlight CFX Line at Outdoor Show

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Dometic will be showcasing it line of CFX portable refrigerators and freezers during the July 26-29 Outdoor Summer Retail Show July 26-29 in Salt Lake City, Utah.   According to a press release, several models and sizes will be on display, including the brand new WiFi enabled CFX-100W, the largest in the CFX line. In addition offering a smart solution to dealing with the hassle of melting ice and soggy sandwiches in a traditional cooler, the CFX also is recognized by consumers... Read more

U.S. Retail Sales Fall as Consumers Pulling Back

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Americans curtailed their shopping in June, with less spending at restaurants, department stores and gasoline stations. The spending pullback came despite a healthy job market and suggests that economic growth could remain sluggish. The Associated Press reported that retail sales fell 0.2% after declining 0.1% in May, the Commerce Department said Friday (July 14). Spending at retailers has grown 2.8% over the past 12 months, a relatively modest pace given that the sales figures aren’t adjusted... Read more

Sobel University Enrollment up for Aug. Course

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Enrollment in Sobel University’s August comprehensive sales course saw an increase of 330% over the previous year. This year’s current enrollment indicates another record year. “What’s impressive to is not the quantity of students attending but the quality,” Randy Sobel, president of Sobel University, said in a press release. “Dealers are doing a better job hiring top-quality people to serve their customers. This combined with training is driving RV sales to new heights.” The August... Read more

Friesen: Challenges Ahead as RV Sales Escalate

July 14, 2017 by · 1 Comment 

Darrell Friesen Editor’s Note: The following column by Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) Chairman Darrell Friesen, appearing in the July issue of RV Executive Today, focuses on two looming problems as RV sales soar. Some fantastic news came out of the RV industry last month – more than 470,000 units are projected to be produced in 2017, and the RVIA estimate for next year is a shade over 487,000. While that’s great news for manufacturers and dealers, it also exposes... Read more

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