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FUSION Touting High-Tech, Infotainment System

January 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Check out the supplier exhibits at key RV and marine shows this winter and you’ll likely run across a display manned by representatives of FUSION Entertainment, an Auckland, New Zealand-based firm specializing in audio systems, speakers, amplifiers and the like that has been showcasing a new RV-IN801 Infotainment System designed for in-dash installation. “We’ve been around for over 10 years in the marine industry,” Jay Sanders, a manufacturer’s rep whose firm handles FUSION’s marine... Read more

‘Boogey Lights’ is Building RV Aftermarket Brand

January 4, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Boogey Lights President and CEO Brad Butler Boogey Lights already had an established reputation in motorsports accent lighting for motorcycles as well as boats, golf carts, ATV’s, cars and trucks before expanding the reach of its high intensity LED lighting into the towable and motorized RV marketplace over the past year and a half, reported Brad Butler, president and CEO of the Florence, Ky.-based firm. “Our lights are made specifically for outdoor use in motorsports applications,” said Butler,... Read more

The Buzz: Meet New Lazydays CEO Bill Murnane

December 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Bill Murnane Bill Murnane has succeeded Tim Sheehan as the chief executive of Lazydays RV, a well-known, 40-year-old, five-site retailer that operates the nation’s largest single-site RV dealership at its 126-acre, suburban Tampa, Fla., headquarters. The Tampa store houses a 1,500-unit inventory, 330 service bays, three restaurants and a 300-site campground. But it’s not like Murnane was altogether new to the operation when he stepped in at the first of December after the resignation of Sheehan,... Read more

Dometic Intros New U.S. Exec, Rebranding Plan

December 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

(L-R) Roger Johannson, Dave Schutz and Scott Nelson A full contingent of Dometic Corp.’s senior management was on hand at RVIA’s National RV Trade Show, Nov. 28-Dec. 1 in Louisville, Ky., for the formal rollout of a new corporate rebranding initiative designed to align all of the publicly held, Stockholm-based firm’s brands, logos and 6,500 employees located in Germany, Belgium, Sweden, China, the U.S. and elsewhere under one aligned brand and one new slogan: “Mobile Living Made Easy.” “Yes,... Read more

The Buzz: LCI Focuses on Customer Experience

December 16, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Jason Lippert Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) announced an acquisition during RVIA’s National RV Trade Show in late November that clearly wasn’t consistent with other mid-size firms the $1.4-billion-a-year Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier had purchased in recent years because the seller in this case — Camping Connection – doesn’t manufacture anything. The small Florida-based firm instead specializes in mobile and in-shop repair services for RV consumers in Kissimmee, Fla., and Myrtle Beach,... Read more

Stinnett RV Buyout Fuels Campers Inn Expansion

December 5, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Jeff Hirsch (L) and Tom Stinnett in Louisville (Photo by Shawn Spence) Last Wednesday’s (Nov. 30) news that East Coast RV retailer Campers Inn RV is purchasing southern Indiana’s Tom Stinnett Derby City RV — and adding a 16th store in the process – wasn’t lost on thousands of busy attendees at the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) 54th Annual National RV Trade Show. After all, Campers Inn President and owner Jeff Hirsch and Tom Stinnett, a partner in the Clarksville,... Read more

ARVC President Bambei: ‘Best Conference Ever’

November 17, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Paul Bambei Back in his Denver office after a hectic convention week in Texas, Paul Bambei, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), had only good things to say about ARVC’s busy Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo (OHCE), held Nov. 8-11 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in downtown Fort Worth, Texas. For a variety of reasons, in fact, Bambei feels it was the best conference in his six-year tenure with ARVC, which represents more than 3,000 RV parks... Read more

John Spader Looks Ahead as Firm Marks 40 Years

November 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

David and John Spader Ask a room full of RV industry people if they’ve ever heard of Spader Business Management (SBM), and they’ll likely give you a unanimous “yes.” They’ll surely know that Spader, a Sioux Falls, S.D., firm launched 40 years ago by Duane Spader, a respected industry executive now retired in Georgia, organizes 20 Groups and high-profile workshops at major shows under the steady hand of President John Spader, Duane’s eldest son. And they’ll probably be well aware of... Read more

Lazydays’ Sheehan Resigns as President & CEO

October 17, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

Tim Sheehan Lazydays RV today (Oct. 17) announced the resignation of President & CEO Tim Sheehan “for family reasons” and has named current board chairman William P. “Bill” Murnane as the new CEO, effective Dec. 1. Murname remains chairman. Sheehan, who joined 40-year-old Lazydays as CEO in April of 2013 after 28 years as an executive with Best Buy, has led an impressive era of growth for Lazydays, one of the nation’s largest RV retailers with 722 employees and stores stocking... Read more

Campers Inn Celebrates 50th in Manchester, N.H.

October 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Jeff Hirsch recounts Campers Inn’ growth during last night’s 50th anniversary celebration With an eye toward last night’s (Oct. 13) 50th anniversary celebration of Camper’s Inn RV, one of the nation’s emerging multi-store RV dealerships with corporate offices in both Kingston, N.H., and Jacksonville, Fla., Campers Inn CEO Jeff Hirsch distributed to friends and partners the following invitation to a birthday party that wound up drawing a crowd of more than 200 partners, friends... Read more

VIDEO 1: Route 66 Honors Dealer Ron Shepherd

October 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Route 66 Network hosted 240 dealers at its annual rally Ron Shepherd, president of Camperland of Oklahoma, Tulsa, Okla., received the Larry Coker Award at last week’s annual Route 66 Dealer Network Rally, an Oct. 3-5 event held at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, Col., attended by 240 dealer personnel from 70 of the Kansas City-based network’s approximately 100 member-dealers. (To view a video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page). The award... Read more

‘REV Group’ Steps Up Its Game in Class C Sector

October 4, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

REV President Jim Jacobs Motorized RV builder REV Recreation Group plans to step up its game in both Class A and C motorhomes when it moves in December into the former Goshen Coach commercial vehicle plant on Leer Road near County Road 6 in Elkhart, Ind., being vacated in late November by the bus-building division of its parent firm, Milwaukee-based REV Group. While commercial bus production is being reallocated to existing facilities in Kansas and Michigan, REV Recreation Group President Jim Jacobs... Read more

Opinion: Open House All About Chasing ‘The Deal’

September 9, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The North American RV arena is poised for another Elkhart County RV Open House, a bustling trade show scheduled for the week of Sept. 19 that’s unlike anything we’ve seen before because of the ways in which it defies all the conventions and standards of traditional trade expositions. Yes, it’s like a lot of successful trade shows in that it involves thousands of new recreational vehicles displayed by a wide range of manufacturers to busy crowds of out-of-town dealers in the RV-building hub... Read more

A Closer Look at Walorski’s Roundtable in Elkhart

August 29, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Indiana Rep. Jackie Walorski The economy, taxes, federal regulations and the area’s labor issues took center stage at a Roundtable discussion last week (Aug. 25) involving 2nd District Indiana Rep. Jackie Walorski and a room full of RV and marine executives at Lexington Corp. on the north side of Elkhart, Ind. The session was part of a swing through the area during which the Republican congresswoman, a former news reporter for South Bend’s WSBT-TV, also toured a number of area businesses in... Read more

RVDA of Canada Celebrates 30th Year at Hall Event

August 24, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

RVDA of Canada members view the leadership bricks outside the Hall of Fame (Photo by Tyler Klassen) The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada marked the organization’s 30th anniversary Tuesday (Aug. 23) night with a special reception, recognition ceremony and dinner at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page). Attendees included numerous past RVDA of Canada chairmen as well as the current board and... Read more

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