Fed Executing Major Change; Market Having a Fit

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The recent financial market volatility has been caused at least in part by the Federal Reserve, and central bank officials may not mind, according to a CNBC report. In fact, if there’s one overriding message that can be taken from Fed officials’ recent public comments, it’s that they see their days of holding the market’s hand as over. The highly interventionist Fed from the financial crisis era is making room for one that harks back to at least a generation ago, before zero... Read more

Lippert Ordered to Pay $338K Employee Back Pay

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Elkhart, Ind.-based recreational vehicle supplier Lippert Components Inc. will pay $338,151 in overtime back wages and liquidated damages to 1,199 current and former employees following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) that found violations of the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) at 53 plants nationwide. According to a U.S. Department of Labor press release, WHD investigators found that when determining overtime rates, the... Read more

Spartan Hosts 75 Students for Manufacturing Day

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Chassis-builder Spartan Motors Inc. marked Manufacturing Day this month by introducing more than 75 local high school students to career possibilities in manufacturing at the company’s headquarters in Charlotte, Mich. According to a press release, select students from Charlotte High School, Maple Valley High School, and Potterville High School had the opportunity to tour Spartan Motors’ manufacturing facilities, have lunch with Spartan employees from... Read more

Utah Manufacturing Association Visits ‘Progress’

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Progress Mfg. employee celebrate Manufacturing Day This week, the Utah Manufacturing Association (UMA) visited Progress Mfg. as part of its tour across the state visiting manufacturers to mark Manufacturing Day on Oct. 5 which included delivery of dozens of Utah-made Dunford Donuts. “Rather than a one-day deal to celebrate Manufacturing Day, we wanted to recognize and express appreciation to the employees of these manufacturing companies,” said Todd Bingham, UMA president... Read more

‘No Dirty Water’ Backing Lung Association Event

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Three regional corporate and non-profit organizations, including RV water purification supplier No Dirty Water (NDW), announced a combined effort to provide environmentally friendly boxes of drinking water for the American Lung Association in Colorado’s “Run the Rocks” event on Oct. 14 at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre. According to a press release, Run the Rocks is a fun run/walk that raises funds for life-saving research and local programs for lung disease patients in Colorado. In addition to... Read more

SSI: Motorized Sales Flat for 8 Months, Gain 0.1%

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Overall sales in the motorized segment edged up 0.1% for the first eight months of 2018, as the Class A and Class C markets remained relatively flat. According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), Thor Industries Inc. was the motorized sales leader for the eight months with a 43.2% market share, ahead of Forest River Inc. (22.6%) and Winnebago Industries Inc. (13.6%). Class A motorhome sales were down 3.7% through August as Thor led the segment with a 34.7% market share. Forest... Read more

Fla. RV Parks Closing as Michael Comes Onshore

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Hurricane Michael is hitting the Georgia and Florida panhandle with 140 mph winds In the midst of storm preparations as Category 4 Hurricane Michael heads towards the Gulf Coast of Florida and Georgia, Bobby Cornwell, president and CEO of the Florida Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (Florida ARVC), reported that their offices in Tallahassee were in the path of the storm and being evacuated. The storm’s sustained winds have increased to about 140 mph, with higher gusts, the National... Read more

Coachmen & RV Care Extend ‘Trailer’ Partnership

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Building on the initial success of the Northern Spirit Ultra-Light RV Care Approved travel trailers, RV Care Network and Coachmen RV recently signed an extension to their partnership agreement. “We were very pleased with the commitment and support the RV Care Network showed when we launched Northern Spirit trailers less than a year ago,” said Bob Dumm, general manager for Coachmen RV, in a press release. “Working with over 30 top-quality dealers and RV Care’s management team allowed... Read more

Registration is Now Open for MBA Rental School

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MBA Insurance announced that registration is now open for the 19th Annual MBA RV Rental School, running Feb. 5-7, 2019, at the Tuscany Suites and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. According to a press release, the MBA Rental School will offer a comprehensive rundown on how to open and operate an RV rental business. Attendees will receive insight from current RV rental dealers, including Scott Krenek, Martin Onken and Barry Raye who between them have almost 65 years of RV rental operational... Read more

Thor LEAP Program Visits Goshen Middle School

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Students at Goshen Middle School are getting their second look at the RV industry in as many weeks, thanks to Thor Industries Inc.’s LEAP program. As reported by the Goshen News, the program, which stands for “Learn, Engage, Achieve, and Perform,” was created in 2017 to capture students’ interest in the industry. “You don’t need to decide now, but you need to start thinking about a career you may be interested in,” Rick Schutt, director of community engagement told the fifth- and... Read more

REV Hosts Racecar Driver Newgarden in Pomona

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Newgarden American racecar driver Josef Nicolai Newgarden, who currently competes as a driver in the Verizon IndyCar Series, will appear at the 2018 California RV Show running Oct. 5-14 at Fairplex Pomona. According to a press release, Newgarden, 27, will be at the REV Recreation Group display on Oct. 13 at 2 p.m.  The Nashville native won the 2017 IndyCar Series Championship and now drives the No. 1 Dallara Chevrolet for Team Penske, which has an enhanced partnership agreement for 2018 with... Read more

‘FMCA’ Offering Members a Full Slate of Services

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FMCA, a Cincinnati, Ohio-based organization for RV owners, offers a full slate of services and programs for its growing membership, according to a press release. The organization, which now includes owners of all self-contained RVs, provides coverage through its FMCAssist Medical Emergency and Travel Assistance Plan, valued at $105 per family and included in the annual dues. FMCA offers also special member rates via its tire-purchasing program from Michelin and Continental, and soon-to-be-added Hankook,... Read more

Camping World Faces Fines in N.C. Flag Dispute

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Trey Allen chuckled when briefed on the waves of controversy surrounding Camping World’s scofflaw American flag in Statesville, N.C. The Statesville Record & Landmark reported that Allen, assistant professor of public law and government at the University of North Carolina School of Government, said he doesn’t envy city council members who are stuck in the middle of the tussle with Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis over Statesville’s rules on flag size. “It’s fairly common for people... Read more

VIDEO 1: Sun Communities’ Cava Robles Resort

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Sun Communities offers an exclusive look at the brand new Cava Robles RV Resort in Paso Robles, Calif. The first fully developed resort for the company offering 300-plus luxury RV sites, 20 cabin vacation rentals and all paved roads with excellent spacing between sites. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the home page.  Read More →

SSI: Towable Sales Climb 6.4% for First 8 Months

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Travel trailer and fifth-wheel sales continued to post gains for the first eight months of 2018, as overall retail registrations grew 6.4%. According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), results by category showed: Travel trailer sales climbed 6.5% for the eight months. Fifth-wheel registrations rose 8.4% through August. Folding camping trailer sales dropped 11.1% for the eight months. Park model RV edged up 3.8% through August. Thor Industries Inc. was the towable... Read more

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