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RVIA: Shipments Continue to Roll in April; Top 40K

May 25, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

RVIA’s April survey of manufacturers found RV wholesale shipments finished above 40,000 for the second month. Monthly shipments totaled 42,295, an increase of 5.6% compared to last April. Year-to-date wholesale RV shipments have reached 163,161 units, up 10.1% when compared to totals through last April 2016. All towable RVs, led by conventional travel trailers, reached a total of 37,195, up 6.1% compared to April last year.  Year-to-date all towable RVs are up 9.7% compared to 2016 with 141,714... Read more

New Horizons RV Names Bryan Tillett as New CEO

May 25, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Luxury fifth-wheel builder New Horizons RV Corp. recently appointed Bryan Tillett as chief executive officer of the Junction City, Kan.-based company. According to a press release, Tillett replaces owner Phil Brokenicky, who passed away Dec. 31, 2016, from a brief but courageous battle with cancer. “One can only appreciate the vision Phil brought to New Horizons in making our fifth-wheels the finest available. He spared no expense and accepted nothing short of flawless effort,” said... Read more

‘NATDA’ Launches Buyer’s Guide Online Directory

May 25, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The North American Trailer Dealers Association (NATDA) announced the launch of the official online directory for the 2017 NATDA Buyer’s Guide featured on the organization’s website. According to a press release, manufacturer information is easily searchable through the NATDA website. Visitors will be able to search for manufacturers by company name, plus have the option to filter manufacturers by trailer type and state. Click here to view the buyer’s guide.   The... Read more

RV Armor Founder is Slated for NRVIA Convention

May 25, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The 4th annual NRVIA Inspector Conference will be held on Oct. 20-22 in Heber Springs, Ark., followed by a training program conducted by RV Armor founder Lee Thaxton on Oct. 23. “Since RV Armor roofs are becoming more popular and therefore part of a certified RV inspector’s inspection, it was obvious we needed Lee at our event. He will be able to share his company’s research and findings of the common problems with RV roofs, explain why customers are interested in using... Read more

Camping World is Acquiring Va.-Based Reines RV

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Camping World Holdings Inc. announced plans for continued expansion in Virginia, with the acquisition of Reines RV Center, with dealerships in northern and central areas of the state. “It’s an exciting time for us, as we expand in the Virginia market with the wonderful people of Reines RV joining the Camping World family,” said Marcus Lemonis, CEO and chairman of Camping World, in a press release. “We are elated to provide customers with top notch, convenient SuperCenters,... Read more

Travel Lite RV Taking a ‘Bold Step’ with Expansion

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Artist’s rendering of new corporate setting for Travel Lite RV Following a final meeting with contractors this week, Travel Lite RV is set to break ground on a bold step forward in the development of the New Paris, Ind., towable manufacturer founded by Larry Johns in 1998 in Wakarusa, Ind. Dustin Johns, Larry’s son and the current owner of Travel Lite RV, recently signed the purchase agreements for seven of the 14 lots in the Syracuse Industrial & Technology Park at the southwest corner... Read more

Dealer Bob Ledford was an Icon in the RV Industry

May 25, 2017 by · 1 Comment 

Bob Ledford Robert (Bob) L. Ledford, founder of Adventure Motorhomes in Greer, S.C., passed away on May 20 in his home near Asheville, N.C. Ledford was a dedicated father, grandfather and entrepreneur who had a passion for life and people. He was an icon in the RV industry for 47 years, opening the RV dealership on a small farm owned by his father in western North Carolina after a successful run in the used car business. Ledford touched many lives and was best known for his slogan: “Let’s Make... Read more

CWRV Steps Up to Help Support KOA Care Camps

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Rob Jackson of CWRV Transport presents the company’s first check for KOA Care Camps to Hope Perkins at the Elkhart County/Middlebury KOA CWRV Transport made a significant donation this morning (May 25) to KOA Care Camps, while also committing long-term support to the charity, which sends children with cancer to specialized oncology camps. Rob Jackson, president of Elkhart, Ind.-based CWRV, which exclusively delivers RVs from manufacturers to Camping World locations, handed over a check... Read more

KOA Reporting Strong Memorial Day Reservations

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Advanced reservations for Memorial Day Weekend are running nearly 7% ahead of advanced reservations for the holiday last year, according to numbers released today by Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA). “Our advanced reservations and occupancy rates have been very strong so far this year,” said KOA Chief Franchise Operations Officer Toby O’Rourke in a press release. “KOA has set records for performance for the past five years in a row, and this year looks to continue that trend.” “Our... Read more

Spartan Appoints Ninneman to Oversee Fleet Unit

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Spartan Motors Inc., a leader in specialty chassis and vehicle design, manufacturing and assembly, today (May 25) announced the appointment of Tom Ninneman as president of Fleet Vehicles and Services (FVS), which includes the Utilimaster and Spartan Upfit Services brands, effective June 2. Ninneman will succeed John Forbes, who is retiring from the role he has served in since July 2010. Ninneman most recently served as the chief operating officer of Smeal Fire Apparatus Co., an industry-leading manufacturer... Read more

Black Book: Towable Auction Sales Set a Record

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Black Book reported that towable sales at auction again set a record during April, while motorhome values slipped. “Summer has finally arrived, and retail sales remain strong,” said Eric Lawrence, director of specialty products, in a press release. “Auction volume and conversion rates continue to be high, increasing for the past several months, which indicates a strong demand for quality used units from RV dealers.” Taking a closer look at the markets, the average selling price for... Read more

SuperSteer Intros New Auxiliary Sway Bar System

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SuperSteer announced the launch of its new Ultimate Dual Rear Auxiliary Sway Bar system for Ford F-53-based motorhomes, offering  improved handling and reduced body roll, according to a press release. Used in conjunction with the factory 1-3/8-inch rear sway bar, the system compensates for the F-53’s soft rear parabolic leaf springs and top-heavy nature of today’s multiple slideout, basement storage motorhomes. The system consists of a forward-facing, 1-3/4-inch diameter sway bar and rear-facing... Read more

Lance Camper Showcased at Overland Expo West

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Hellwig/Lance Rulebreaker Lance Camper Mfg. Corp. once again attended the May 12-14 Overland Expo West in Flagstaff, Ariz., an annual trade show featuring camping vehicles, equipment and services along with seminars taught by the leading overland adventure. This year Lance partnered with Hellwig Suspension Products in a two-unit product display featuring a stock version of Lance’s flagship 1172 Truck Camper alongside the Hellwig/Lance “RuleBreaker” featuring the Lance 650 Truck Camper... Read more

Airstream Partnering With Pedegro Electric Bikes

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Airstream Inc. has partnered with California-based Pedego Electric Bikes to produce the new Pedego Airstream Electric Bike, according to a press release.  Priced from $2,995, Pedego Airstream electric bikes are available in brushed aluminum to match Airstream’s classic silver bullet style and are being sold at Airstream dealerships and Pedego stores.  The bike carries a two-year comprehensive warranty. The Pedego Airstream electric bike features include: Cool brushed aluminum frame... Read more

SEMA Lobbies Congress During Washington Rally

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More than 115 representatives from the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) gathered in the nation’s capital to participate in SEMA’s 2017 Washington Rally on May 17. Racing business owners and industry leaders took to the halls of Congress to remind lawmakers of the cultural and economic importance of motorsports and the automotive specialty-equipment industry.   According to a press release, a top focus during the rally was H.R. 350/S.203, the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports... Read more

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