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CalRVDA Confab Hits on State, Industry Issues

February 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Founder and former CalRVDA President Ernie Friesen (left) of All Seasons RV in Yuba City, accepts a plaque in recognition of his service to CalRVDA from current President Steve Richardson of Richardson’s RV Centers in Riverside. According to those attending the Golden State meeting, CalRVDA members and industry partners discussed a wide a range of topics impacting the RV business in California during the association’s annual conference, Feb. 22-23, in Rancho Mirage, Calif. After welcoming remarks... Read more

Bob Parish: RV Wheels Keep Turning in Winter

February 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Bob Parish Editor’s Note: The following column by Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) Chairman Bob Parish tracks the industry’s momentum on several fronts during the winter months. As it is said, to everything there is a season and while some may think winter is a time for the RV business to go dormant, the exact opposite is actually the case. The wheels on RVs go round and round all through the year. As RVIA Chairman, I witness the seasonal swirl of activity from many vantage... Read more

HBO’s ‘Real Sports’ Explores Joe Maddon’s RV

February 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

As reported by the Chicago Tribune, some of the Chicago Cubs’ most impressive stats belong to “Cousin Eddie.” That would be the name of Joe Maddon’s RV, which he drives from his home in Florida to spring training every year. This year, broadcaster Bryant Gumbel of HBO’s “Real Sports” series joined the Cubs manager for part of the trip, giving fans a glimpse of how Maddon lives when he’s on the road. The episode first aired Tuesday. “It’s... Read more

‘Big One’ Toronto RV Show Eyeing New Record

February 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Canadian Recreation Vehicle Association (CRVA) is looking for ”The Big One,” next week’s Toronto Spring Camping & RV Show & Sale in Mississauga, Ontario, to top last year’s attendance of more than 22,000 people. ”The momentum is there,” said Shannon O’Callaghan, CRVA show director. ”We are anticipating bringing in new younger campers as well as those looking to upgrade.” Billed as Canada’s largest RV show, about 30 dealers showing... Read more

Report: Auto Sales Staying Strong in February

February 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Edmunds, the leading car shopping and information platform, forecasts that 1,331,787 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. in February for an estimated Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) of 17.6 million. This reflects a 17% increase in sales from January 2017, but a 1% decrease from February 2016. Even though February is historically a slow sales month, it gets a nice bump from the President’s Day holiday weekend when auto sales are usually 20% higher than an average February weekend. “The... Read more

Hyndsight Debuts Portable Rear Vision System

February 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Hyndsight Vision Systems is taking a big step forward in the consumer vision industry with the introduction of its new portable, wire-free rear view vision system called Journey, the Peterborough, N.H.-based company announced today (Feb. 24). According to a release, this turnkey system is comprised of a custom-designed camera and monitor with a sunlight readable screen, antenna set, and two mounts in a hard shell case. Journey is rugged, weather resistant and provides a “real-to-life” visual... Read more

Riding Momentum, Aliner Doubles Dealer Base

February 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

In a company announcement Thursday (Feb. 23), officials with Aliner said last year proved not only to be a successful one for the Mt. Pleasant, Pa.-based manufacturer’s sales growth, but more and more dealers are signing on to showcase the fastest growing trailer brand in the industry. Over the last two years, Aliner,  founded in 1984 with a focus on lightweight towable folding camping trailers, has witnessed a 100% increase to its dealer base. Santa Fe RV is one of the most recent additions... Read more

Sun Communities: Revenue Up 23.6% for Year

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Sun Communities Inc., a Southfield, Mich.-based real-estate investment trust, today (Feb. 23) reported its financial results for the company’s fourth quarter and the year that ended Dec. 31. For the quarter, total revenues were up by $50.4 million over the same period a year earlier, a jump of 30%, according to the announcement. Despite the revenue jump, the company reported a quaterly net loss of $1.6 million. For the year, total revenues hit $833.8 million, up 23.6% over the $674.7 million... Read more

Spartan Motors Reports 150% Net Income Hike

February 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Spartan Motors Inc., a Charlotte, Mich.-based leader in specialty chassis and vehicle design, manufacturing and assembly, today (Feb. 23) reported operating results for the fourth quarter and full year periods ending Dec. 31, 2016. Full Year 2016 Highlights For the full year 2016 compared to the full year 2015: Sales increased $40.4 million, or 7.3%, to $590.8 million from $550.4 million Gross profit margin improved 370 basis points to 12.3% of sales from 8.6% of sales Operating income rose $21.1... Read more

VIDEO 1: ‘TODAY Show’ Features Work Camping

February 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

NBC’s “TODAY Show” recently featured a segment on people using work camping as a means to retire early and travel while still being able to earn an income while out on the road. Included in the segment are Doug and Lisa Kasefang, a married couple in their 50s who sold nearly all of their possessions to buy an RV and travel full-time while taking seasonal jobs to make ends meet. Their lifestyle, known as “work camping,” is growing popular among people reaching traditional retirement... Read more

Go RVing ‘Experiences’ Set to Surprise, Delight

February 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s note: The following story, reprinted with permission, was published in the Winter 2017 edition of RVIA Today  Popping up in unexpected places to create a hands-on RV experience and a special bond with consumers is the core idea behind Go RVing’s experiential marketing campaign. For the past several years Go RVing has taken its show on the road reaching out to potential RVers at music festivals, fairs, games, music events and more. This year the team is shaking it up a bit, keeping some... Read more

RV Dealers Con/Expo Seeks Seminar Presenters

February 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Organizers are seeking submissions from those interested in presenting a workshop seminar at the 2017 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, which is Nov. 6-10 at Bally’s on the Strip in Las Vegas. According to a release issued Wednesday (Feb. 22), organizers seek presenters who are in “a position to offer dynamic, stimulating, and relevant training for dealership managers.” In addition, the 60-minute training sessions should “enable dealership managers to achieve their... Read more

LKQ Announces Results for 4Q, Full Year 2016

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LKQ Corp., parent company of Keystone Automotive and its NTP-STAG division, today (Feb. 23) announced results for its fourth quarter and full year ended Dec. 31, 2016. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $86.3 million, a decrease of 9.2% as compared to $95.1 million for the same period of 2015. Diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $0.28, a decrease of 9.7% as compared to $0.31 for the same period of 2015. On an adjusted basis, diluted earnings per share was $0.39,... Read more

Murabito Joins Winnebago Board of Directors

February 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Winnebago Industries Inc. of Forest City, Iowa, a leading RV manufacturer, today (Feb. 23) announced the appointment of John Murabito to its Board of Directors, effective April 1. Murabito will also sit on the human resources committee and the nominating and governance committee of the board. Murabito is the executive vice president and chief human resources officer of Cigna Corporation, a global health insurance company with 2016 annual revenues of approximately $39 billion. Other roles Murabito... Read more

VIDEO 3: Dealers Take Four Wheel Campers Trip

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Four Wheel Pop-Up Campers, a Woodland, Calif.-based manufacturer of truck campers, entertained members of its dealer base last summer with a camping trip, spending spent five days and four nights traveling through Wyoming. To view the video, scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page or click here.  Read More →

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