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Prime Time’s ‘Spartan’ Toy Hauler Builds Sales

April 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Prime Time’s Spartan fifth-wheel toy hauler Consumer demand for fifth-wheel toy haulers continues to increase, rising 15% in 2015 according to Statistical Surveys Inc. Prime Time Manufacturing Inc., a division of Forest River Inc., reported that the company is outpacing the industry, nearly doubling its sales totals from 2014. “Spartan has passed several long-standing brands in retail sales, and has become a top 10 fifth-wheel toy hauler brand according to data from Statistical Surveys,”... Read more

Pence to Sign Regional Cities Grant in Goshen

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will be at the Goshen Theater next week for a ceremonial bill signing regarding the state’s $126 million Regional Cities grant initiative. The Goshen News reported that Pence Press Secretary Kara Brooks confirmed Wednesday that Pence plans to make an appearance at the historic downtown theater Wednesday, April 6. The exact time of the ceremonial signing has not yet been confirmed. Pence’s planned visit follows the recent decision by the General... Read more

Big Outdoor Adventure Giveaway Starts Today

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Keystone RV Co., Thousand Trails, Cycle Trader, RV Trader and ATV Trader partnered to launch The Big Outdoor Adventure Giveaway today (April 1) at 9 a.m. EDT. The sweepstakes will run for three months, ending at 11:59 p.m. EDT on June 30, and the winner will be selected by random drawing after the conclusion of the promotion. According to a press release, one grand prize winner will receive a 2016 Keystone Fuzion Impact VaporLite 26V RV and a pass for one year of camping at any of the Thousand Trails... Read more

VIDEO 2: ROTV Probes Wildcat Max, Jay Flight

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This week’s “Rollin ‘On TV” show offers a look at the growing lightweight travel trailer segment as the crew examines the Forest River Wildcat Max 23DKS and the Jayco Jay Flight. Also, Jeff Johnston reviews a couple of interesting books about traveling in the great North West and Evanne Schmarder whips up a chocolate dessert from an unexpected source. To view the video click here or scroll down the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

Business Booming at Iowa-Based Lichstinn RV

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Many who step through the doors at Lichtsinn RV in Forest City, Iowa, are about to embark on buying a second home you could say, one that travels on wheels. “It’s fun, it’s an incredible free way to travel and see the world.  You’re on your own schedule, you don’t care what time it is or what day it is, if you don’t care for where you’re at you move the next day so it’s not surprising to us,” Heidi Thompson, general manager of Lichtsinn RV said. KIMT TV reported that according... Read more

RVIA will Present Webinar on Lithium Batteries

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The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) will present a webinar on “The Fundamental Safety of Lithium Ion Battery Technology” on April 18 from 2-3 p.m. EDT from industry expert Jack Johnson. According to RVIA Today Express, lithium ion batteries represent a newer form of energy storage that are beginning to take a more mainstream position in the energy storage role over traditional lead acid batteries in the RV industry. There are significant differences between the traditional technology... Read more

BT RV Innovations Intros Pivot-EZ Sewer Hose

March 31, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Newly formed BT RV Innovations has introduced the Pivot-EZ RV sewer hose compartment, previously available exclusively on Excel towables.   “We installed the Pivot-EZ on thousands of Excel fifth-wheels and travel trailers for nearly 20 years,” stated Bryan Tillett, owner of BT RV Innovations and former president of Peterson Industries, in a press release. The Pivot-EZ stores a 20-foot hose along with the sewer adaptor and elbow. A heavy duty flex hose attaches to the RV and the compartment, eliminating... Read more

Fire Damages Pa. Dealer; No Injuries Reported

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Police and firefighters in Boyertown, Pa., responded to a blaze Wednesday (March 30) night at Berks Mont Camping Center . The Mercury News reported that at approximately 7:44 p.m., fire crews were dispatched for a report of a commercial building fire. Upon arrival, firefighters found that the dealership had caught fire and flames were coming through the roof. After first responders realized that they were unable to use fire hydrants because of the distance, tankers were brought in to assist. Crews... Read more

Thor Teams With ADEC to Aid Autistic Children

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Airport security checkpoints can be stressful and frustrating for even the most experienced travelers — let alone for children with autism. “Imagine how it feels to a child with autism who depends on familiar routines and predictable outcomes to get through the day,” said Donna Belusar, CEO of ADEC, an organization that provides services to individuals with disabilities. According to a report by the Elkhart Truth, that’s why ADEC has partnered with Thor Industries Inc. to bring an event called... Read more

Xantrex Intros ‘Freedom Xi’ Sine Wave Inverters

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Xantrex has introduced the Freedom Xi, a new generation of advanced true sine wave inverters specifically engineered for use in all types of mobile applications. According to a press release, the Freedom Xi marks the evolution of Xantrex’s best-selling XM and HF products which have been installed in more than 300,000 RVs, trucks and boats in the past few years. The Freedom Xi offers many new features including clean AC power, smart battery management and quick connection terminals in a lightweight... Read more

Dometic Details Growth in 2015 ‘Annual Report’

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Frank Marciano Editor’s Note: The following excerpt from Dometic Group’s 2015 annual report features an overview from Frank Marciano, president of Dometic Americas, a key supplier to the U.S. RV industry. The Americas region had a strong showing in 2015 with good growth in all of our business units. RV industry wholesale shipments for 2015 outpaced 2014 by 4.9%, demand was up for large pleasure boats and the lodging and hospitality market was robust. Low unemployment in the region, favorable... Read more

Capitol Hill Advocacy Day Scheduled for June 8

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The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) Capitol Hill Advocacy Day has grown to be one of the most popular and impactful events during Committee Week. As reported by RVIA Today Express, this year’s event taking place on June 8 will once again give association members the opportunity to meet with members of Congress to have their voices heard on critical issues. The centerpiece of this year’s congressional meetings will be findings from the RVs Move America Economic Impact Study... Read more

ROTV Adding Campers Inn as National Sponsor

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“Rollin’ On TV” announced that Campers Inn RV has signed on as its newest national sponsor. “With our current expansion in television coverage to all six New England states on the New England Sports Network (NESN), having Campers Inn RV on board is a great fit and offers some unique opportunities for both companies,” stated ROTV Executive Producer Jose Moniz in a press release. “With 15 dealer locations from New Hampshire to Florida, ROTV will provide Campers... Read more

Spartan Motors Honors Top Suppliers at Confab

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Base on the recommendation of its Supplier Performance and Review Committee (SPARC), Spartan Motors Inc. recently recognized top-performing suppliers during its 14th Annual Supplier Conference, held March 23 at the Performing Arts Center in Charlotte, Mich. According to a press release, Spartan honored key supply chain partners which were “instrumental in helping the company progress its continuous improvement initiative and increase supplier quality in 2015.” The ceremony also gave Spartan... Read more

A Conversion Van Beckons the ‘Call of the Wild’

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Editor’s Note: The following feature in the Wall Street Journal spotlights Bob Cox, a Marine Corps helicopter pilot from Bellingham, Wash., and his “Big Easy” Sportsmobile. My favorite thing about our Big Easy van is that my wife, Lindsay, loves it. Which means I get to play, all the time. The van is a two-wheel drive 2001 Ford Econoline that’s been converted into a four-wheel drive adventure vehicle by a company called Sportsmobile. I bought it in 2010, used and already converted. It... Read more

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