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‘RV Upholstery’ Introducing Sheepskin Seat Cover

January 22, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Yuma, Ariz.-based Active RV Upholstery Center announced the introduction of a custom-front tailor-made sheepskin captain chair seat cover for Class A and Class C motorhomes. According to a press release, the company also produces RV dash covers and an RV bra/mask manufactured along with its custom upholstery services.  Owner Daniel Tuller noted, “It’s all about being comfortable. Sheepskin is well-known to help relieve the pressure points in the back, neck,... Read more

Oregon Motorcoach Hires Bradley As Service Mgr.

January 22, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Brad Barley Oregon Motorcoach Center (OMC), a luxury motorcoach repair and renovation center in Eugene, Ore., recently hired Brad Barley as its new service manager. Barley, an RVIA certified technician, brings over 25 years of experience having worked for Monaco Coach Corp., Country Coach LLC, Cummins NW, Country Coach Corp., and most recently Winnebago Industries Inc. Matt Carr, who owns the company with his wife Elaina Carr, noted in a press release, “Hiring Brad makes... Read more

Request for Elkhart Co. Detention Facility is Pulled

January 22, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

CoreCivic is no longer seeking to build an immigration detention facility in Elkhart County, according to Commissioner Mike Yoder. WNDU reported that the company informed county commissioners that they are pulling their zoning request. “There was a perception that if we added a 1,000-bed detention facility, that this would be detrimental to our efforts to improve our quality of place and we would be perceived as an unwelcoming community,” Yoder told NewsCenter 16’s Karina Flores. “It’s... Read more

FRVTA SuperShow Posts Record-High Attendance

January 22, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

FRVTA’s SuperShow enjoyed record attendance Riding the momentum of an RV industry experiencing a historic growth mode, organizers for the 33rd Annual 2018 Florida RV SuperShow reported record-high attendance for the Jan. 16-23 event at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. “The official number is 73,061 with some online ticket sales yet to come in,” said Lance Wilson, executive director of the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA). “The economy and the industry are on such... Read more

LCI Showcasing Gold Medal Dealers at NTP-STAG

January 22, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) is showcasing several RV dealer profit programs as well as new products at the 2018 NTP-STAG Expo in Grapevine, Texas, opening today (Jan. 22) and wrapping up Tuesday. According to a press release, LCI representatives will be on hand at Booth No. 1919 and will offer dealers the opportunity to join the company’s Gold Circle Dealer program as well as learn more about LCI’s 2018 merchandise offerings. “We’re excited to present dealers with our most innovative... Read more

Go RVing Canada’s Mahoney Touts ’17 Successes

January 22, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Chris Mahoney Editor’s Note: The following column by Go RVing Canada Executive Director Chris Mahony, appearing in the organization’s annual report, details the advances and successes during this past year’s campaign.  This past year’s efforts featured a multitude of projects and initiatives that Go RVing Canada accomplished. In fact, 2017 was a “heavy spend” year, but most importantly it was one of our most successful years to date from... Read more

Small Trailer Builder nüCamp RV Sees Big Growth

January 22, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

You can get way more than you think into those tiny, teardrop-shaped camping trailers you might have seen going down the highway in the slipstream of some couple’s SUV or Honda Accord. Forget the fishing rods and rain gear — think in terms of jobs and business. Crain’s Cleveland Business reported that nüCamp RV in Sugarcreek, Ohio, has pulled 225 jobs and $50 million in annual sales from the over-the-road version of the tiny house and some larger trailers it makes. The company... Read more

Camping World Tapping into ‘The Great Outdoors’

January 22, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Call it brand extension if you want, but Camping World Holdings Inc. is branching far beyond its sales and service of recreational vehicles. The company recently made its fifth acquisition in the outdoor recreation market in just nine months, and it shows no signs of quitting. The Motley Fool reported that Camping World is deepening its foray into the outdoors with purchases of what could generously be termed ancillary businesses that support its primary operations. While its RV business offers... Read more

Millennials Embrace Camping, RV Industry Pivots

January 22, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

They don’t look like RVers. Jesse Coffman and Susie Coffman are young. No gray hairs. And not retired. Jesse is 29. Susie, 25. The couple recently moved from Texas to Lewiston, Wash. But last week, they were on the hunt for an RV at the Inland Northwest RV Show and Sale, according to The Spokesman-Review. “It’s important for us to travel and see the world,” Jesse said. “But comfortably, too,” Susie said. It’s these values – expressed by younger buyers like the Coffmans – that... Read more

VIDEO 1: ROTV Looks at Carefree Awning Lineup

January 22, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

This week’s “Rollin’ On TV” (ROTV) episode takes a look at RV awnings and accessories during the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. Jeff Johnston talks with Kevin Jastrem from Carefree Of Colorado and learns about some interesting improvements and upgrades to the company’s existing product line. Also, ROTV examines the growing RV rental sector and Johnston demonstrates a camping tool that will make starting and maintaining a campfire safer and easier.... Read more

Gulf Stream & Erwin Hymer Issuing ‘Kidde’ Recall

January 22, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: The following is the latest RV recall list compiled by the National Highway Safety Association (NHTSA). • Erwin Hymer Group North America Inc. is recalling 5,185 2012-2018 Roadtrek E-trek, CS Adventurous, RS Adventurous, SS Agile, Zion, Zion SRT, Simplicity, Simplicity SRT, Hymer Aktiv, Aktiv 2.0, Sonne, Carado Banff, Axion, and Sunlight Van One vehicles. These motorhomes are equipped with Kidde E10 or EH10 Fire Extinguishers that may become clogged, preventing the extinguisher... Read more

Registration Open for Sobel Atlanta Sales Course

January 22, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Sobel University has opened enrollment for the upcoming comprehensive sales course in Atlanta on Feb. 12-16. According to a press release, the comprehensive sales course comes to Atlanta once a year to better serve clients on the East Coast. More than 50 dealers, managers and salespeople are currently preregistered for the “boot camp” class which is designed for both new and experienced salespeople. “Our dealers appreciate the Atlanta course for the southern hospitality and... Read more

$35 Million Neb. Park Project Opening This Spring

January 22, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The first elements of a $35 million transformation of the state parks and recreation areas between Omaha and Lincoln, Neb., are on track to open this spring. Picture zip lines, rock-climbing walls, an alpine slide and a floating playground that resembles a spinoff of “American Gladiators.” Then imagine a split-tiered splash pad with a short water slide, squirt guns and rain jets, according to the Scottsbluff Star Herald. “Glamping” cabins in the woods will give people a taste of roughing... Read more

Goshen Mayor, RV Executives Oppose ICE Facility

January 20, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The Mayor of Goshen, Ind., and 37 other local leaders, including RV industry executives, have written a letter opposing the proposed CoreCivic detention facility in Elkhart County. The South Bend Tribune reported that Jeremy Stutsman, Goshen mayor, wrote that the facility would cause “long-lasting damage” to Elkhart County, calling the decision a “critical juncture in our county’s history.” In addition to Stutsman’s signature, the letter also includes those from people at the Greater... Read more

Grand Rapids Show Focusing on Lightweight RVs

January 20, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The Grand Rapids, Mich., Camper, Travel and RV Show at DeVos Place is bigger than ever, taking up all of the available floor space inside the convention center, the Grand Gallery and the Steelcase Ballroom. But, according to a report by MLive.com, Bruce Ter Veen, general manager of General RV Sales, said he expects the smaller and lighter RVs that can be towed by a van or SUV will get more attention than the humongous rolling palaces that are self-contained or need a heavy-duty pickup truck to haul... Read more

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