Trail’R Develops Distinctive Terradrop Trailer Line

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The Christianson brothers spent their childhood camping in teardrop trailers, according to a report by MobilRVing, an online publication of Southeast Publications. After growing up, they decided to follow their childhood passion and construct a couple of teardrop trailers to take on camping excursions in the great Northwest. Jon worked in metal; Sawyer worked in wood. “The one my brother built – his came out very different than mine,” said Jon Christianson, who co-owns Oregon Trail’R with... Read more

N.C. Student Energized by Lippert Intern Program

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Beau Sirpilla, a rising junior at North Carolina’s High Point University, interned with Lippert Components Inc. in Elkhart, Ind., this summer. As a management trainee intern, Sirpilla rotated through three key business units – sales and marketing, manufacturing and operations – for the leading components manufacturer of recreational vehicles. “The executive team at Lippert made me feel so welcome and created an environment that I could truly learn and understand the value that they bring... Read more

Cruise Inn Adds First Canadian Resort to Network

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Cruise Inn RV Parks announced that the brand has entered Canada for the first time with the addition of Manning Park Resort in Manning Park, British Columbia. According to a press release, Manning Park Resort is located in the E.C. Manning Provincial Park in the Cascade Mountains, an easy drive from Vancouver, the lower mainland and the Okanagan. The resort offers a variety of rooming and budget options along with a resort area that includes a full-service hotel with a variety of standard rooms;... Read more

12 Con/Expo ‘Young Executive’ Workshops Slated

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A dozen sessions geared toward the professional development needs of Young RV Executives are set for the 2016 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo. According to a press release, track education topics range from branding to recruitment and many feature presenters new to this event. Descriptions of all Young RV Executives events are available on the convention website. Advanced registration discounts end Aug. 31. The convention, Nov. 7-11 in Las Vegas, is sponsored by the Recreation Vehicle Dealers... Read more

Slideshow: ‘FROG Rally’ Keeps Rolling in Goshen

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The Forest River Owners Group (FROG) Rally continues to gather steam at the Elkhart County 4H Fairgrounds, offering attendees a host of activities, including factory tours of Forest River’s manufacturing complexes along with several side trips through the area’s “Amish Country.” To view the slideshow scroll to the right side of the home page. (Photos provided by Shawn Spence).  Read More →

VIDEO 2: Robert Weed Plywood’s 50-Year Legacy

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Robert Weed Plywood Corp. has carved out a 50-year legacy as a key supplier to the recreational vehicle industry. The company continues to adhere to the same values instilled by founder Robert Weed through the oversight of his son, President and CEO David Weed, and grandson, Vice President William “Will” Weed. Today, Robert Weed Plywood employs nearly 400 with more than 763,000 square feet under roof in Elkhart, Ind., and Weiser and Twin Falls, Idaho. To view the video click here or scroll... Read more

Alberta Targets $239M for Provincial Park System

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Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips said that for too long, Alberta’s provincial parks have been neglected. As reported by the Edmonton Sun, that has thwarted tourism opportunities and put strain on the landscape, and the government intends to do something about it, according to Phillips. That something is a $239 million investment in parks over the next five years, including campground improvements, trail upgrades and roadway redevelopment. Over the last decade, around 1 million people... Read more

Cavco Teams with Daniels Wood on ‘Tree House’

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When Daniels Wood Land Inc. and Cavco Industries Inc.’s Park Models and Cabins division teamed up to build a tree house using a park model RV for the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Expo last year, they knew they had a product that would capture the campground industry’s attention. What they didn’t know, however, is that demand for the product would exceed their expectations, according to an announcement from the companies. “We sold it within the first... Read more

Factory-Direct Nexus RV Opening Sixth Location

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Elkhart, Ind.-based Nexus RV will open its sixth retail operation Aug. 22 in New Castle, Del., strategically situated in the I-95 corridor, 25 miles from the Philadelphia airport. “We are excited to open another Nexus RV location. Delaware is a very business-friendly state and our location was conveniently positioned to cover the Northeast portion of the country,” said Claude Donati, co-founder of factory-direct Nexus RV, in a press release. “In addition, the site was chosen for its... Read more

Lippert to Showcase Euro Slide at Caravan Salon

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Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) will showcase its Euro Slide slideout system at the Caravan Salon 2016 trade show in Düsseldorf, Germany. According to a press release, the Euro Slide, along with an array of LCI’s latest slideout innovations, will be on display at booth 13C95 in Hallway 13 during the Aug. 28-Sept. 4 event. Caravan Salon 2016 will mark LCI’s debut as a European company. With their recent acquisition of Project 2000, an Italian manufacturer of motorized entry steps, bed lifts,... Read more

Elden Wood to Oversee Carefree Sales, Marketing

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Elden Wood Carefree of Colorado announced the appointment of Elden Wood as vice president of sales and marketing, effective Aug. 8. Reporting directly to Carefree President Scott Thompson, Wood will be responsible for leading the sales, marketing, customer service and order processing teams. Wood replaces Mike Farmer, who announced his pending retirement on May 6. Wood comes to Carefree with more than 12 years experience in the global RV industry having previously worked with many leading European... Read more

Cavco will Show ’17 Park Models at ‘Open House’

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Cavco Industries Inc. plans to showcase its 2017 park model product lineup at the Elkhart County RV Open House slated for Sept. 20-22 in Elkhart, Ind. According to a press release, the company has obtained a prominent area at the entrance to the RV/MH Hall of Fame to display its park model RVs. The Phoenix-based builder plans to set up at least eight of its newest Cavco, Chariot, Fairmont and Fleetwood units on a 14,000-square-foot park model village on C.R. 17 just south of exit 96 on the Indiana... Read more

Elkhart Mulls Convention Center on HOF Growth

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Is Indiana’s Elkhart County primed to become a convention destination? As reported by the Elkhart Truth, the expansion plans for the RV/MH Hall of Fame have prompted county leaders to shift their sights to an area that maybe wasn’t even on their radar before. Darryl Searer, the president of the hall of fame, says he hopes to break ground on the hall of fame expansion by 2020, although the exact time frame will be determined by how fast the hall can raise money for the project. Mike Yoder,... Read more

Sys2K Doubling HQ Office Space With Expansion

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Sys2K, a provider of dealer management software, announced its recent office expansion to “accommodate for the rapid growth in staff and customers,” the company reported in a press release. The expansion has doubled the size of its corporate headquarters in Altamonte Springs, Fla. “We believe in reinvesting our resources back into our customer’s success. Increasing our office space has given us the ability to continue to expand our support, training, and programming teams to keep... Read more

Report: NHTSA Releases RV-Related Recalls List

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Editor’s Note: The following is a list of recent RV-related recalls compiled by the U.S National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA). • Tiffin Motorhomes Inc. is recalling 10,351 2007-2011 Allegro, Allegro Bus, Phaeton, and Zephyr motorhomes, 2007-2010 Allegro Bay motorhomes, and 2010-2011 Allegro Breeze motorhomes. The windshield wiper arms on the affected vehicles may break off. For additional information click here. • Winnebago Industries Inc is recalling 262 2017 Winnebago... Read more

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