Ride-Sharing Firm ‘RV There Yet’ Opening in Ind.

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You can go online and rent a house in a faraway city, or hitch a ride on Lyft or Uber. Now a Valparaiso, Ind.-based firm is bringing the sharing economy to recreation vehicles. The Northwest Times reported that Ernst Lamothe and Edward Lareau have launched RV There Yet, a website that lets people rent RVs and campers from local RV owners in Northwest Indiana and the Chicago south suburbs. Users can rent an RV for a trip or camping for as little as $100 a night, and RV owners can use the... Read more

Thor Will Release Fiscal 3Q Financials on June 6

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Thor Industries Inc.  announced that the preliminary date for its fiscal 2018 third quarter earnings release will be June 6 after market close. The final release date will be confirmed approximately one week prior to the release. Upon the release of Thor’s earnings, the company will concurrently provide a comprehensive question and answer document, as well as a power point presentation on the company’s website. Thor reported in March second-quarter results which showed that sales grew... Read more

VIDEO 2: ROTV Offers Tips to Buy a Used Trailer

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This week’s “Rollin’ On TV” Show looks at buying a used RV in the light and ultralight travel trailer market, focusing on two of the more popular models, the R-Pod by Forest River Inc. and the Jayco Inc.’s Jay Feather hybrid model. Also RV Education shows how to avoid common RV buyer mistakes. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the home page.  Read More →

Trump Visiting Elkhart to Boost Braun Campaign

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President Trump is holding a rally in Elkhart tonight Every place has a pitch for why you should live there. Mark Dobson, the CEO of the Economic Development Corp. of Elkhart County, might have the most seductive line of them all. “Please come to Elkhart County,” Dobson likes to tell people. “We’ve got a job for you.” According to an Indianapolis Star report, that’s not hyperbole. Elkhart County has a 2.2% unemployment rate, the fifth-best in the U.S.,... Read more

‘Lazydays Holdings’ Posts 4.6% Gain in 1Q Sales

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Lazydays Holdings Inc. reported a 4.6% increase in revenues for the first quarter, ended March 31. Revenues totaled 177.8 million compared with $170 million during the same period a year ago. Sales of recreational vehicles increased by $7.5 million, or 4.9%. to $158.3 million, driven by strong customer demand for new recreational vehicles. Net income for the quarter was $3 million compared with nearly $4 million a year ago while gross margins increased 9.2% to $38.9... Read more

SSI: ‘B’ Sales On a Roll; Gain 37.9% for 3 Months

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Class B sales continued to climb during the first three months of 2018, posting double-digit growth as overall registrations jumped 37.9%. Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI) reported that Winnebago Industries Inc. led the segment through March with a 37.2% market share followed by Erwin Hymer Group North America (30%) and Thor Industries Inc. (13.1%).  To subscribe to this or other SSI reports, contact Scott Stropkai, national RV sales manager, at (616) 281-9898 ext. 128, or (616) 901-8335... Read more

Keystone Produces 150,000th ‘Cougar’ Towable

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Left to right: Megan McGlothern (Tacoma RV), Rob Johnson (Tacoma RV), Bernie Silvas (Tacoma RV),Taz Verjeee-Van (Tacoma RV), LaDonna Meadows (Tacoma RV), Brian Parkhurst (Keystone RV), Crystal Kummerfeldt (Tacoma RV), Petra Patterson(Tacoma RV), Heidi Jones (Tacoma RV),Stephanie Sheppard (Tacoma RV) Keystone RV Co. reached an industry milestone with the production of its 150,000 Cougar towable RVs, solidifying its position as one of the all-time best selling models.  According to a press... Read more

Airstream Inc. Honors Long-Tenured Employees

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Airstream’s Bob Sanford, Mark Wahl Every year, Airstream Inc. celebrates its long-tenured associates. Recognition begins with those employees who have worked at Airstream for 20 years, and moves upward through the years in five-year increments. “This event honors the associates who have made Airstream more than just their job,” said Airstream Senior Vice President of Operations Mark Wahl. “These folks have made Airstream their life’s work.” The 2018 banquet was... Read more

Freightliner Delivers its 50,000th Chassis to UPS

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(L-R) Carlton Rose, UPS president of automotive and maintenance engineering; Roger Nielsen, president and CEO of DTNA; Rick Jordan, UPS senior director of automotive and maintenance engineering; Billy Benson, UPS director of automotive and maintenance engineering; Mike Casteel, UPS director of automotive procurement; Jeff Sather, president of FCCC A two-decade partnership among two of the most respected names in the work-truck and parcel-delivery industries reached a major milestone, as Freightliner... Read more

ASA To Host Webinars on Smart RV Technology

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ASA Electronics is offering free, interactive training sessions on iN∙Command Control Systems to give RV dealers and manufacturers the tools to deliver Smart RV technology to consumers. According to a press release, with Millennials and Gen Xers making up over 76% of the camping population, the demand for new and more intuitive campsite technology is on the rise. The first lesson in the series will focus on best practices for selling RVs equipped with iN∙Command to the retail... Read more

‘Truck Camper’ Reviews Nevada by Hallmark RV

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Editor’s Note: The following article appears in Truck Camper magazine detailing Hallmark RV’s new flatbed popup camper, including a Q&A with Matt Ward. Hallmark RV has debuted the 2018 Hallmark Nevada, a long bed 8 1/2-foot flatbed popup truck camper for full-size trucks with two fresh tanks and two grey tanks. Many truck camper enthusiasts have wondered about the possibilities of a flatbed approach. By eliminating the pickup sidewalls and wheel wells, you would have a wide open platform.... Read more

Furrion Introduces CHILL Air Conditioner Series

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Furrion CHILL air conditioner Furrion has launched the CHILL air conditioning series, offering RVers uniform cooling performance combined with high-energy efficiency. The series is comprised of a lightweight rooftop air conditioning unit, a slim air distribution box and an intelligent thermostat capable of controlling multizones throughout the RV. “RV travel peaks during the summer and the launch of our new Furrion CHILL line is perfectly timed to ensure everyone stays cool despite the heat,”... Read more

‘Torklift’ Creates Performance Report for Dealers

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Beginning June 2018, Torklift will launch its service writer performance report card, a new informational tool for RV and automotive dealerships carrying Torklift products. According to a press release, the performance report includes detailed information based upon the experience of customers seeking Torklift products at dealerships across the country. This includes call wait time, product knowledge and overall experience at each dealership.  “Our performance report is very unique and a... Read more

SSI: Motorized Sales Edge up 3.6% For 3 Months

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The overall motorized market showed a 3.6% year-over-year increase for the first three months of 2018, lifted by continued growth in the Class C market. According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), Thor Industries Inc. was the motorized sales leader through March with a 42.5% market share, ahead of Forest River Inc. (24.5%) and Winnebago Industries Inc. (11.9%). Class A motorhome sales were down 3.2% for the three months as Thor topped the segment with a 32.7% market share.... Read more

Meyer CEO Takes Primary After Bitter Campaign

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Meyer Distributing CEO Mike Braun Indiana Republicans who picked wealthy former state lawmaker Mike Braun as their Senate candidate now are hoping he’s not too battered from a grueling primary to mount an effective challenge against a vulnerable Democratic incumbent. Braun is president and CEO of Jasper, ind.-based Meyer Distributing, a parts distributor to the auto and RV industries. The Associated Press reported that President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have scheduled... Read more

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