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SSI: Class B Sales Roll to 13.1% Gain for 2016

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Class B motorhome sales registrations rose 7.1% in December while the segment showed a 13.1% gain for 2016. According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), Winnebago Industries Inc. was the top-selling manufacturer for the 12 months with a 33.4% share of the Class B market, followed by Erwin Hymer Group North America (28.9%), Thor Industries Inc. (20.1%) and Pleasure-Way Industries Ltd. (10.1%). To subscribe to this or other SSI reports, contact Scott Stropkai, national RV... Read more

RVDA’s ‘Con/Expo’ is Set to Roll Out Nov. 6-10

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The 2017 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo is set to run Nov. 6-10 at Bally’s on the Las Vegas Strip. According to a press release, the convention is  the “premier education event of the year” for North American RV dealers and their staff. Sponsored by the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), RVDA of Canada and the Mike Molino RV Learning Center, the provides an array of workshops and networking events that will help dealers and their personnel build on an expanding... Read more

Lance Camper Intros POP Program for Dealers

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Lance Camper Manufacturing Corp. has implemented its yearly Point of Purchase (POP) program for dealers.  “As a high quality/luxury product it is important to set yourself apart while making your value proposition clear,” said Bob Rogers, director of marketing, in a press release. “Buying an RV is a big decision and as a product offering on the higher end of the market we feel that it is especially important to educate our customer as to the details of what distinguishes us from the competition... Read more

Burlington Graphics Providing Wells in Africa

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Burlington Graphic Systems, which designs and prints vinyl graphics and paint for RVs, marine and other industrial applications, provided 48 wells in Africa last year and plans to have 60 more this year. Burlington is based in Racine, Wis., and has a factory in Elkhart, Ind. The Elkhart Truth reported that Phil Holtje, Burlington’s founder and chairman of the board, said the company gives to charitable efforts both locally and abroad because of the position the employee-owned company is in. “We... Read more

VIDEO 2: ROTV Travels to Tom Thumb Trailers

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On this week’s “Rollin’ On TV” program, Jeff Johnston checks out an authentic vintage trailer built from the “ground up” by Tom Thumb Trailers. Also, Johnston offers a look at the Winegard Carry-Out satellite antenna and Evanne Schmarder whips up an avocado based, chocolate pudding. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

Luxe RV Offers ‘First Class Voyage’ to Renters

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Since its founding in March of 2015 by Los Angeles-based entrepreneur Adrian Ghila, Luxe RV has continued to build its luxury rental and concierge service. According to a press release, Luxe RV supplies motorhome enthusiasts with “everything that they need for a first-class journey to their RV resort destinations of choice.” Customers are able to utilize a “streamlined, hassle-free reservation” to rent an RV online which is backed up by customer care personnel that... Read more

Heng’s Intros GacoRoof Silicone Roof Coating

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Elkhart Ind.-based Heng’s Industries has introduced the GacoRoof silicone roof system that installs directly over the existing EDPM, TPO, PVC, aluminum or fiberglass roof.  According to a press release, Heng’s GacoRoof is a 100% silicone roof coating that creates a seamless membrane to seal and repair existing roofs, while permanently protecting them against leaks, ponding water and the damaging effects of severe weather. Silicone offers flexibility, strength, lack of black streaks... Read more

SSI: Towables Up 6.4% in Dec., 13.4% For 2016

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Year-over-year towable retail registrations grew 6.4% in December, again led by the high-volume travel trailer segment, while sales rolled to a 13.4% increase for 2016. According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), results by category showed: Sales for the travel trailer segment climbed 10.1% for the month and 16.4% year-to-date. Fifth-wheel registrations edged up 0.9% in December, while gaining 6.4% for the 12 months. Folding camping trailer sales fell 8.8% in December and... Read more

Report: Boat Industry Facing Worker Shortage

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The Marine Retailers Association (MRRA) of the Americas is listening to dealers who increasingly express concern about a workforce shortage. According to Soundings Trade Only, after gathering mounting anecdotal evidence that the shortage is reaching crisis mode, the MRAA decided to compile data regarding the situation. After releasing a report detailing how widespread the problem was, the group is now issuing the results of its compensation survey — the first of its kind in the marine industry. “The... Read more

Aqua-Hot Launches Remanufacturing Program

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Aqua-Hot Heating Systems, a supplier of on- and off-highway vehicle hydronic heating, has introduced a new program covering many of its Aqua-Hot and Hydro-Hot products that were manufactured over the past 30 years. According to a press release, coach owners can now have their Aqua-Hot units remanufactured with improved technology at a cost significantly lower than a new system. The remanufactured Aqua-Hot system is given a new serial number and includes many replacement components, such as the tank... Read more

Colo. Couple Parts with Massive Camper Truck

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Narrow European roads are no place for a 22-foot-long and 8-foot-tall camper truck customized to ford small streams and leave rival RVs in the dust. Business Den reported that as Sarah and Donald Butcher weigh a potential move to Europe this summer, the Denver couple is putting their custom Phoenix Pop Up Camper – nicknamed Sally Ross – up for grabs for $99,000. “It’s sad to have to sell it,” said Sarah Butcher. “It’s way too big for Europe.” Sally Ross is a one-of-a-kind Mitsubishi... Read more

Three Priority One Workers Mark Anniversaries

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St. Petersburg, Fla.-based Priority One Financial Services Inc., a division of Forest River Inc., announced that Emily Kersten will mark 15 years with the company on Feb. 11 while Lana Fischer and Staci Burton will reach 10 years on Feb. 26. Kersten is a staff support supervisor, Fischer works as an accounting assistant and Burton is the front desk receptionist. According to a press release, all three staff members have earned Priority One’s annual prestigious “Above & Beyond” contest... Read more

High Supply, Low Demand Lower Pump Prices

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Motorists in many parts of the country continued to see lower pump prices the past week as the supply of gasoline grew at the same time demand was dropping because of reduced driving during the winter. Cars.com reported that the national average for regular gas was $2.26 a gallon, the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report said Thursday (Feb. 9) — 2 cents lower than a week ago and 11 cents lower than a month ago. Motorists in the Great Lakes area saw the biggest decreases, with Ohio’s average for regular... Read more

Tuson Introduces ‘RF Wireless Camera System’

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Tuson RV Brakes (TRVB) announced the launch of a new website for its line of brake and towing safety products, including a new RF wireless camera system. “We have worked hard to improve our RF Wireless Camera System before we decided to release it,” the company said in a release. “The complaint we heard from other RF camera systems users was that the wireless camera signal strength was a problem, so we changed two features to improve our system. “We now use longer antennas to improve... Read more

Strong 4Q Pushes LCI To Record Sales in 2016

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LCI Industries today (Feb. 9) reported consolidated net sales in the fourth quarter of 2016 of $403 million, 21% higher than the prior year’s net sales of $334 million. Net income was $26.3 million, or $1.05 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter, ended Dec. 31, compared to net income of $16.1 million, or 65 cents per diluted share, the previous year. The increase in year-over-year net sales reflects industrywide growth in wholesale shipments of towable and motorized RVs by OEMs, which... Read more

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