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Hopkins Auto Product Garners Innovation Award

November 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hopkins Suds-N-Spray Emporia, Kan.-based supplier Hopkins Manufacturing Corp. earned the top innovation award at the 2014 Automotive Aftermarket Product Expo (AAPEX) held Nov. 4-6 in Las Vegas. According to a press release pre-registered buyers and show attendees recognized the Suds-N-Spray Foaming Wash System as the best new product in the appearance chemicals and car care category. Using patent-pending technology and design, the Suds-N-Spray works with any car wash soap to deliver foam directly... Read more

Rep Firm Aims to ‘Make Dealers More Profitable’

November 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

ARC Representation, a newly formed rep group founded by Raymond Padgett, is designed to “bringing in the best qualities of traditional groups and adding a few new features.” “We believe we’ve learned from some of the best and we’re ready to provide a service that is more valuable, broader and yet more focused than what is currently available.” Padgett, formerly with Blue Ox and Keystone Automotive Operations, said in a press release. “We have put together ARC as a model... Read more

New Travel Michigan VP Set for MARVAC Confab

November 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

David West David West, newly named vice president of Travel Michigan, is slated to speak at this year’s Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) Campground Conference/Holiday Luncheon, Dec. 10 at the association’s conference center in Okemos. According to a press release, West’s term officially begins Dec. 1 at the Travel Michigan headquarters in downtown Lansing. West, a Michigan native, will be responsible for heading up the state’s tourism... Read more

Report: Australian RV Production Grows in 2014

November 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Australian RV production statistics released by the Caravan Industry Association of Australia have revealed recovery and growth in the Australian auto-manufacturing sector. The Queensland Times reported that new recreational vehicle production data for September shows a year-on-year growth of 9.8%, compared to September 2013, and overall production for 2014 is 5.1% higher than it was in 2013. Since 2008, RV registrations have increased by 21.6% (528,869, up from 414,469). “The strength of the... Read more

Winnebago Garners 19th Consecutive DSI Award

November 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Winnebago Industries Inc. received notification that the company earned the prestigious Quality Circle Award from the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA).  According to a press release, the award is scheduled to be presented at a ceremony conducted at RVDA’s Dealer Reception prior to the National RV Trade Show on Dec. 1 in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, Ky. “We wish to thank our outstanding dealer partners for the confidence they have shown in Winnebago,” said Winnebago... Read more

Debate Lingers, Despite Impressive RVDA Show

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Vendors saw steady traffic as RVDA reported a 22% increase in attendance The status and future of the RV industry’s late year trade events was a popular topic a year and a half ago until the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) essentially stood its ground and moved its 2014 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo from the usual Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino to Bally’s on the Las Vegas Strip. That, along with a shift to a later date, pretty much iced the conversation for the time... Read more

RVIA Adds 3 Seminars for Louisville Tech Series

November 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Due to overwhelming demand, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) has added three new RV technician training sessions to the series of technical training seminars on Dec. 3-4 as part of the association’s National RV Trade Show. According to a press release, available spaces are filling quickly for the remaining open sessions and those interested in attending are urged to register now by clicking here.  The revised schedule for the technical training seminars with the addition... Read more

Gulf Stream Brands Earn ‘Quality Circle’ Awards

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Gulf Stream Coach Inc. earned the prestigious Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) Quality Circle Award for its Conquest, Innsbruck, Kingsport, and Ameri-Lite brands of travel trailers produced at the company’s Nappanee, Ind., manufacturing facility. According to a press release, the Quality Circle Award was the result of a high score on the DSI Dealer Satisfaction survey that rated Gulf Stream Coach’s performance on eight core areas, including sales support, sales territory, product... Read more

Bloggers To Appear At Truma Louisville Rollout

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Howard and Linda Payne When Truma unveils its new product for the North American RV market Dec. 2 at the 52nd Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, popular RV bloggers Howard and Linda Payne will be on-site to offer a consumer perspective. According to a press release, the Paynes were among the almost 30 RV owners who participated in a six-month field test for Truma’s new RV product. The couple lives full-time in their 2006 Keystone Cambridge fifth wheel. They are the authors of the website,... Read more

Study Refutes CFPB Lending Guidance Policies

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A comprehensive study of more than 8.2 million auto financing contracts found that the disparity alleged by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) between the amount of dealer reserve charged to minorities and nonminorities is not supported by data. The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) reported in a press release that the study, Fair Lending: Implications for the Indirect Auto Finance Market, commissioned by the American Financial Services Association (AFSA), found “high error”... Read more

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