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Airstream’s Interstate Top Selling ‘B’ Diesel in ’16

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Airstream’s Interstate Class B Airstream Inc. announced that its Interstate is the No. 1 selling Class B diesel motorhome in the U.S. for the fifth year in a row, according to a report by Statistical Surveys Inc. According to a press release, the Airstream Interstate captured a 31% market share in the diesel class B segment for 2016 and is the No. 1 retailing Mercedes-Benz B Van in the RV industry.  “The growth we have experienced over the past five years is incredible,”... Read more

REV Intros Valencia Super C at FMCA Convention

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Valencia Super C interior REV Group (REVG) debuted the all-new Renegade Valencia “Super C” motorcoach at the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) March 7-10 convention in Chandler, Ariz. REV acquired Bristol, Ind.-based Renegade in December. “We have been looking forward to this debut for months. Our team has been dedicated to designing a motorcoach that our customers would be proud to own,” said Mike Lanciotti, vice president and general manager of Renegade RV, in a press... Read more

Slideshow: 2017 Work Truck Show Rolling in Indy

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(L-R) NTEA President Adam Keane with former NFL stars Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long A crowd nearing 1,500 gathered Thursday (March 16) to see new NTEA President Adam Keane lead a discussion with NFL Hall of Famers and Fox NFL analysts Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long during the 53rd President’s Breakfast as part of this week’s 2017 Work Truck Show in downtown Indianapolis. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page. Photos by Shawn Spence). More than... Read more

Portland Designer Crafts ‘High Camp’ Teardrops

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A Portland, Ore., designer has taken an old idea and made it new again by building high quality teardrop camping trailers. KATU TV reported that after a somewhat uncomfortable cross-country camping trip with his wife 15 years ago, Dennis Caron began building his own small trailers. Last year, he built and sold 13 High Camp trailers in a modest, small shop in a southeast Portland warehouse. He expects to nearly double that number this year. Caron is building one trailer at a time, with an emphasis... Read more

Ford Expanding eQVM Program for Work Trucks

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Ford is expanding its Advanced Fuel Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) program to include companies that develop and install electrified and hydraulic hybrid powertrains for Ford trucks and vans. According to a press release, the new eQVM program, unveiled at this week’s Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, helps fleet and commercial customers meet their needs for durable, reliable electrified and hydraulic hybrid work trucks that retain the original powertrain warranty. The company is investing... Read more

As Expected, Fed Hikes Benchmark Interest Rate

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The Federal Reserve delivered the widely expected increase in its benchmark interest rate on Wednesday (March 15), and said the domestic economy remained on a path of slow and steady growth. As reported by the New York Times, the decision raises the Fed’s benchmark rate to a range between 0.75% and 1%. In a statement after a two-day meeting of its policy-making committee, the Fed said that the United States economy continued to chug along, expanding at a “moderate pace.” Employers are... Read more

Lazydays Awards $2K Gift Card to Contest Winner

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Lazydays RV announced the winner of its $2,000 Shopping Spree Sweepstakes. Tammie Wertman of Muncy, Pa., was randomly drawn as the grand prize winner of the $2,000 gift card to Lazydays RV Accessories & More. According to a press release, the promotion was one of several travel-themed sweepstakes featured on Lazydays.com and in digital marketing channels. RVers can still enter to win the Lazydays’ RV Dream Trip Sweepstakes until March 31. “We love to camp at our seasonal private river... Read more

Gov. Holcomb Visits LCI South Bend Tech Center

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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (L) with LCI President Scott Mereness Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) announced a series of digitally-inspired initiatives that aim to improve camping and RV experiences. According to a press release, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb recently visited LCI’s Digital Innovation Department, located in Ignition Park in South Bend, Ind., to discuss LCI’s technology initiatives. LCI’s Digital Innovation Department is charged with one task: to increase customer satisfaction by leveraging... Read more

Baston Replaces Karcher as LaSalle Bristol CEO

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Andrew Batson (L) and Rick Karcher LaSalle Bristol Corp., a subsidiary of U.K.-based Arran Isle Ltd., recently announced a leadership change as Rick Karcher retired as president and CEO and was replaced by Andrew Batson. Karcher led the Elkhart, Ind.-based company, a key distributor to the recreational vehicle and manufactured housing industries, for close to a decade. “Rick has provided outstanding leadership during the most tumultuous period in LaSalle’s history,” stated Arran Isle Group... Read more

SSI: Jan. Canadian Towable Sales Flat, Rise 0.6%

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Canadian towable sales were flat in January, showing an 0.6% gain from the previous year. According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI) results by segment showed: • Sales in the travel trailer sector dipped 3.4% in January. • Canadian fifth-wheel sales rose 11.4% for the month. • Folding camping trailer registrations gained 33.3% in January on relatively low volume. • The park model RV sector shipped one unit for the month. Thor Industries Inc. was the overall... Read more

Business Roundtable: ‘CEOs Stepping up Hiring’

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The nation’s top CEOs stepped up their hiring and investment plans in the first quarter amid a burst of confidence over President Trump’s pro-business agenda, showing no signs that early political roadblocks had dimmed their optimism. Meanwhile, according to a USA Today report, small business optimism pulled back slightly but remained near its recent record high. “CEOs are increasingly positive about the direction of U.S. economy,” Joshua Bolten, the head of Business Roundtable, an association... Read more

Interior Sec. Zinke Promises Dept. Reorganization

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Nine days after taking office, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke made his first official trip from Washington, D.C., to a familiar place: Glacier National Park in Montana, the Flathead Beacon reported. The Whitefish native, tapped by President Donald Trump to lead the agency that oversees 500 million acres of federal public lands, met with National Park Service employees on Friday (March 10) to talk about his hopes and goals for the next four years. Chief among those priorities is a “21st... Read more

Elkhart Co. Unemployment Second Lowest in Ind.

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Elkhart County’s unemployment rate rose in January, as the number of unemployed individuals also jumped. As reported by the Elkhart Truth, the county’s unemployment rate was 3.4% for the month of January, a four-tenths percent increase from the rate of 3% in December, according to statistics released by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Still, the unemployment rate is lower than the January 2016 figure of 3.8%. The county’s unemployment rate was the second lowest... Read more

Rear View Safety Exhibiting at ‘Work Truck Show’

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Rear View Safety, a provider of vehicle safety solutions, is attending this week’s 2017 NTEA Work Truck Show which opened today (March 15) in Indianapolis. According to a press release, the NTEA is an annual trade show where thousands of industry professionals come together to display their best work trucks and work truck equipment. Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Rear View Safety, which is currently marking its 10-year anniversary, is debuting five new products at the show in booth No. 2552. The company... Read more

Tents for Troops Participating at NCA Conference

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Tents for Troops (T4T), the Castle Rock, Wash.-based charity that coordinates free campsites for active-duty military members and their families, said that it will be taking part in the Northeast Conference on Camping this week at the Radisson Hotel Nashua in Nashua, N.H. “Cyndy Zbierski, executive director of the Northeast Campground Association, has been a huge supporter of Tents for Troops from nearly day one and has gone out of her way many times to help the program move forward and this year... Read more

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