Reines RV Donates $3K to RV Learning Center

January 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Reines RV made a $3,000 donation to the Mike Molino RV Learning Center at year’s end bringing the dealership’s total lifetime contribution to $31,525. Reines RV, owned by Lindsey Reines, is located in Manassas, Va. “Reines RV has been a steady long-term supporter of the Learning Center because Lindsey is so committed to industry excellence,” said RV Learning Center Chairman Jeff Pastore of Hartville RV Center in Ohio. “Being able to count on our regular donors like Lindsey year after year... Read more

Opinion: OEMs Hold Key to Model Year Battle

January 22, 2015 by · 3 Comments 

Editor’s Note: The following is a “Guest View” column for RVBusiness Magazine authored by high-profile Minnesota dealer Dan Pearson addressing the long-standing controversy between retailers and builders over the timing of new model year introductions. Pearson is the second generation owner of PleasureLand RV Centers, based in St. Cloud, Minn. Founded in 1971, PleasureLand RV Centers operate six stores located in Ramsey, Brainerd, Willmar, Long Prairie and St. Cloud along with PleasureLand... Read more

RV/MH Foundation Retires Ingram Family Debt

January 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV/MH Heritage Foundation paid its debt to the Ingram Family Trust Fund this week and took a major step forward to meet its goal of being totally debt-free in five years, according to Foundation Chairman and President Darryl Searer. Thanks to the generosity of the Ingram family, the $2.9 million debt was paid off with $1.9 million, saving the foundation $973,104 off the principle and representing a donation from the Ingrams. Previously, the Ingram family offered the foundation a matching funds... Read more

RVIC Expects Strong Gate for Ft. Wayne Show

January 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

There’s no time like the middle of winter to stage an RV show indoors. “RV dealers stay very busy during warm months, but nobody wants to go out and look at RVs on a lot when it’s five degrees outside,” said Matt Rose, director of recreation vehicles for the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association-Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council IMHA-RVIC, which oversees the Fort Wayne RV Show running Jan. 29 through Feb. 1 at the Memorial Coliseum. Beyond that, those would-be RV customers are... Read more

All-New Service Management Guide Available

January 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The 11th edition of the service management guide is now available from the Mike Molino RV Learning Center. According to a press release, the all-new publication has been completely revised to parallel the service procedures most service personnel encounter on a regular basis. The guide includes extensive updates to previous editions and features additional material provided by dealers, service managers, technicians and suppliers. It also offers more than 100 pages of average work unit times for the... Read more

Lippert Intros Online Parts, Accessories Store

January 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Elkhart, Ind.-based Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) announced the launch of a new, more user-friendly online RV parts and accessories store that is better aligned with the company’s “strategic vision for the future,” including simple business-to-business ordering for dealers. “We outgrew the old store platform as we continued to expand our online product offering, so it was time to develop a platform that would accommodate our customers’ current needs while giving us room to grow,”... Read more

Couple Acquitted in RV Rental ‘Fraud Scheme’

January 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

A Millet, Alberta-area man and woman were acquitted Wednesday (Jan. 21) of defrauding a British Columbia man out of a $45,000 bank loan as part of a motorhome rental business. The Edmonton Journal reported that Rebekah Donszelmann, 33, and her former husband, Steven Weeres, 55, were cleared after Court of Queen’s Bench Justice John Little ruled the evidence — comprised of a lone witness and no documents — couldn’t prove the couple perpetrated a fraud. They could have been duped themselves,... Read more

SHOW REPORT: N.J. Event Upbeat Despite Ice

January 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

A Sunday morning ice storm temporarily put the skids on the 48th Annual New Jersey RV & Camping Show, but overall dealers were positive about the “buying mood” displayed by consumers during the Jan. 16-18 event at the New Jersey Convention Center in Edison. The show was produced by GS Media & Events, a division of Good Sam Enterprises LLC, which owns and operates 17 recreation-focused consumer shows throughout North America, and was sponsored by the New Jersey Campground... Read more

Cheaper Pump Prices Helping Motor RV Sales

January 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Commuters in four-wheelers aren’t the only people excited about the recent reprieve in fuel costs. As reported by the Detroit News, the recreational vehicle industry and devotees of the RV lifestyle also are licking their chops over those lower numbers at the pump. When your rig gets single-digit mpg, as do many truck-trailer combos and motor homes, saving a buck or more for every 10 miles the odometer clocks can add up pretty quickly over the course of even a short jaunt. The big dip in fueling... Read more

MARVAC Expects Good Turnout for Novi Show

January 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Organizers are expecting a strong turnout for the 49th Annual Detroit Camper & RV Show, slated to run Feb. 4-8 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Mich. “If our show can be anywhere near the success of the shows in Cleveland, Tampa and elsewhere, we anticipate one of our best shows ever,” said Bill Sheffer, director and show manager for the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) which annually sponsors the event. “With gas prices going down, interest... Read more

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