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Alberta Dealer Sees Spike in RV Rental Sales

May 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Fernando Abulmona is headed south for the long weekend in what he calls his second home. Abulmona has been traveling in a motorhome every summer for the last 15 years. “It’s fun. I love the outdoors and nature,” he said. According to a Global News report, Abulmona said he feels at home in his motorhome and has created a lot of memories with his family. “I drove from here to Vancouver, to Washington–Seattle, Oregon to San Francisco, Los Angeles to Las Vegas,” he said. Whether you are... Read more

WFCO Site Offering New Facets for RV Techs

May 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

WFCO Electronics’ has enhanced its new website with a number of helpful resources for RV technicians, including how-to videos and an online “Toolbox” of information. Such resources enable RV service centers to effectively troubleshoot RVs and to easily upgrade converters and power centers with the latest WFCO technology, a release from the company stated. “Our Power Pros have more than 50 years of combined expertise in RV manufacturing and service,” said Tom Ryan, WFCO vice president of... Read more

Dealer Webinar To Cover New Overtime Rules

May 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Department of Labor issued changes this week to the overtime rule, entitling millions of additional salaried workers to overtime pay. Dealers can learn what steps they must take to get ahead of the new rule governing overtime pay in a free dealer webinar from the Mike Molino RV Learning Center on May 25 at noon EDT. To register click here. According to a press release, the webinar will be presented by Kathryn Carlson, vice president of Human Resource Products for KPA. “Significant... Read more

Riverside Adds Reps On Toy Hauler Demand

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Kevin Hesch and Esch Peru, Ind.-based Riverside Travel Trailer Inc. reported that wholesale shipments are significantly outpacing the industry average for the first four months of the year. “The groundwork for this growth was laid last fall when we introduced our RPM line of toy haulers,” said Jerry Sell, vice president and general manager, in a press release. “Toy haulers account for 49.5% of our builds for the year. This is amazing when you realize we only had one toy hauler floorplan at... Read more

‘TaigMarks’ Hiring Horner to Bolster PR Staff

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Lindsey Horner Elkhart, Ind.-based TaigMarks Inc. has added Lindsey Horner to its staff as an assistant account/public relations executive. According to a press release, she will assist with account management needs while also enhancing the agency’s public relations services. Horner is a 2012 graduate of Indiana University where she received a bachelor’s in journalism with a focus in public relations. She previously served Visit South Bend Mishawaka as communications and public relations... Read more

RV Sales Boom Straining Elkhart’s Workforce

May 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

North-central Indiana is hoping new state funds and collaborations will help attract workers and diversify local economies. According to an NPR report, that’s especially challenging in Elkhart, known as the recreational vehicle capital of the world — and the city with the nation’s highest unemployment rate during the recession. Now, the RV industry is booming — but that’s created problems of its own. In one of Thor Motor Coach’s largest factories in Elkhart, dozens... Read more

ATC Toy Hauler, Tacoma RV Target Half-Tons

May 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

A lightweight, durable toy hauler by ATC Trailers is primed to break into the high-volume half-ton pickup marketplace through a partnership with Tacoma RV, one of the largest dealers in the state of Washington. According to a press release, the half-ton pickup is the most popular capacity truck in America, but the availability of a half-ton towable living quarter trailer is lacking. ATC and Tacoma RV will fill that void in the northwest U.S. with a product line offering front bedrooms ranging... Read more

VIDEO 2: ROTV Tests Out Jay Feather Hybrid

May 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

On this week’s “Rollin’ On TV” show Jeff Johnston takes an in-depth look at hybrid trailers, hitting the road in a new Jayco Jay Feather. Also, the crew looks at an additional support system for stabilizing jacks and Evanne Schmarder whips up a spicy, grilled buffalo chicken sandwich. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

Lazydays to Debut Buccaneer Street Team RV

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Lazydays RV will unveil the new, state-of-the-art Street Team RV on Saturday (May 21) at the Lazydays dealership in Seffner, Fla., as part of a four-day Great American Sale Event. According to a press release, the Buccaneers Street Team will activate the RV for the first time from noon to 2 p.m. Activities will include an appearance from the team’s mascot, Captain Fear, as well as football-themed interactive games, a Buccaneers uniform try-on station, and giveaways. “We... Read more

Winnebago Towables See Market Share Gains

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Winnebago Industries Inc.’s travel trailers and fifth-wheels experienced rapid growth in March retail registrations when compared to the same month last year, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI). According to a press release, Winnebago achieved a 59.56% increase in retail registrations of conventional travel trailers and fifth-wheels for the month of March when compared to the same time frame last year. This resulted in a 38.52% increase in market share over March... Read more

MARVAC Announces Launch of New Website

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The Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) announced the launch of its new website, www.michiganrvandcampgrounds.org. The site features articles pertaining to the RV lifestyle, traveling and popular Michigan destinations along with Michigan RV & Campgrounds magazine in digital format. “The website is a great motivator for people who have been considering purchasing an RV or returning to the RV lifestyle,” said Bill Sheffer, director of MARVAC. “There... Read more

Truma Appoints Ellis as Technical Sales Rep

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Jonathan Ellis Elkhart, Ind., native Jonathan Ellis has been named Truma dealer technical sales representative for the eastern territory of the United States. According to a press release, Ellis will provide certification training and support to new and existing dealer partners. Ellis previously worked in sales for an industrial supply company that distributed power transmission components. He is a graduate of Indiana University with a bachelor’s in Biochemistry. He will work out of Truma’s Elkhart... Read more

Expert Trainer Smith Joins RVDA Workshops

May 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Pete Smith, an expert trainer in the fields of leadership, management, and personal growth and development, will present three hour-long education workshops in the dealer/GM, sales and service tracks at the 2016 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo. According to a press release, the convention/expo is the premier education and networking event for North American RV dealers. It takes place at Bally’s in Las Vegas, Nov. 7-11. Smith’s speaker page is located on the convention website complete... Read more

RVAA Seeks Product of the Year Nominations

May 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Aftermarket Association (RVAA) Conference Committee is launching the 2016 Product of the Year program. The supplier member participants will have the opportunity to log in with their own ID, 24/7, to view and update their product submission(s). Members will also be able to view other submissions and read any updates to the Product of the Year area at any time once they have registered their 2016 Product of the Year submission. To apply: • Complete the online registration... Read more

Lippert Components Marks 60th Anniversary

May 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) announced that the Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier is marking 60 years in business. LCI was founded in 1956 by Lawrence (Larry) Lippert and began as a galvanized and aluminum roofing business for the manufactured housing industry. Today, the business has evolved into an industry leader of premium components to the recreational vehicle, manufactured housing, trailer, bus, marine, and heavy truck industries. A week-long celebration for LCI employees are being held this week... Read more

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