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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 the Stutsman’s signature, the letter also includes those from people at the Greater... Read more

Grand Rapids Show Focusing on Lightweight RVs

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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

ORIR Letter: We Support Wildfire Disaster Funding

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The Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) has expressed its strong support for the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, legislation introduced in 2017 in both the United States Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. According to a press release, in a Jan. 17 letter to House and Senate leadership, as well as other key members of Congress and administration officials, ORIR urged the nation’s leaders to reform the federal funding formula for wildfire suppression. “Using 10-year average suppression costs for budgeting... Read more

CONTOURE will Show Washer/Dryer at STAG Expo

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National Quality Products, LLC, makers of CONTOURE space-saving appliances, announced that its deluxe ventless washer/dryer combo will be a featured new product at the Jan. 22-23 NTP-STAG EXPO. According to a press release, NTP-STAG will distribute the product to the RV aftermarket. The washer/dryer combo features advanced laundry technologies with reduced power, energy and water consumption. Their all-in-one combo comes standard with fiver unique temperature selections,... Read more

Report: ’17 Powerboat Sales Might Exceed 269,000

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Preliminary figures show that more than 263,000 new boats were sold in 32 early-reporting states in 2017 as the recreational boating industry put even more distance between itself and the Great Recession. Soundings Trade Only reported that Statistical Surveys Inc. said today (Jan. 18) that 263,213 boats were sold in those states, a 3.8% increase from 2016. The states represent about 59% of the U.S. market. Ryan Kloppe, Statistical Surveys’ sales director, said the remaining 18 states could add... Read more

VIDEO 3: Gadget Guru Reviews Airstream Coaches

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The Gadget Guru meets with Airstream Inc.’s Justin Humphreys, vice president of sales and service during the RV SuperShow in Tampa. While this company is best known for its iconic travel trailers, it’s fastest growing division is its lineup of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis touring coaches. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

Webinar Focuses on Reducing Workplace Violence

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Nearly 2 million American workers report having been victims of workplace violence each year. A webinar presented by KPA will show how dealers can reduce the chances of a workplace violence situation occurring at your workplace, set for Jan. 30 at 1-2 p.m. (EST). According to a press release, KPA’s Gregory Arace and Kelly Pinkerton will conduct the session. Attendees will learn: What is workplace violence and who’s at risk. Steps to reduce workplace violence. How... Read more

Hyland: 2018 is Shaping into Another Growth Year

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Tim Hyland at Tampa show Among the record crowd of 19,000-plus people who attended the opening day of the Florida RV SuperShow – the annual industry consumer show hosted by the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) at the state fairgrounds – was a contingent from Wells Fargo CDF’s RV Group led by President Tim Hyland. Hyland reported that, given what other economists have to say and marrying that information with RV industry data, 2018 appears to be off to a good start. “Early out of the blocks,... Read more

FRVTA: RV ‘SuperShow’ Opening Day Sets Record

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Record crowds descended on FRVTA Show for opening day The Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) opened the doors for the 33rd Annual 2018 Florida RV SuperShow Wednesday (Jan. 17) to record-breaking crowds. According to a press release, just over 19,000 people attended opening day topping last year’s record by just over 200.  Great weather and an increased social media budget contributed to the increase. The SuperShow is held annually at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. “Thanks... Read more

Open House Stands as Industry’s Key Trade Show

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Right now, it’s a shake-up in the RV industry that experts say makes Elkhart, Ind., the nationwide epicenter for RV trade shows as the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) is ending a decades-old event in Louisville, Ky.  The RVIA voted to reinvent a spring show geared toward consumers. Experts told WSBT 22 the new show will look more like an auto show where they want anyone to show up. “Since the Elkhart Open House came out, we have been doing almost all of our... Read more

‘HOF’ will Host Memorial for Forest River’s Sheets

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Jody Sheets A memorial service will be held for Forest River Inc. veteran sales manager Jody Kevin Sheets at the RV/MH Hall of Fame on Wednesday (Jan. 24) from 3-7 p.m. Sheets passed away on Jan. 15 at 6:28 p.m. at his home in Bristol, Ind. He was 55. Sheets last oversaw Forest River’s Wildwood and Sandpiper lines, heading up towable production at the company’s facility in Goshen, Ind.   Sheets was born Aug. 29, 1962, to Joseph Jr. and Wynona (Grose) Sheets in Mishawaka, Ind.... Read more

Go RVing Featured During College Hoops Season

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On the heels of the new tailgating ad which kicked off during the college football season, Go RVing will be featured as part of Saturday’s (Jan. 20) ESPN primetime college basketball game at 8:15 p.m. (EST).  In partnership with Learfield Sports, the Go RVing logo will be featured on courtside signage for 10 clock minutes during the game, which pits the University of Kentucky Wildcats against the University of Florida Gators. Throughout the remainder of the basketball season, Go RVing... Read more

Escapees Now Offering Roadside Assistance Plan

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Escapees RV Club announced the launch of its latest member benefit, Escapees Roadside Assistance (ERA). The program, powered by SafeRide Motor Club, offers a high level of roadside assistance for RVers at an affordable price, according to a press release. Featuring 24/7 technical assistance, available 365 days per year, ERA can assist RVers with a multitude of needs for both their rig and tow or towed vehicle. Benefits include towing and winching service, battery jump-starts, mobile... Read more

Ind. Supreme Court Reviewing RV Retailer’s Case

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An Indiana case dealing with out-of-state tax issues will come before the Indiana Supreme Court after the justices unanimously granted review to a dispute between the Indiana Department of State Revenue and a Hoosier RV dealer. The Indiana Lawyer reported that in an August opinion in Richardson’s RV Inc. v. Department of State Revenue, 18S-TA-22, Indiana Tax Court Judge Martha Blood Wentworth granted summary judgment to Middlebury-based Richardson’s RV on its challenge to the Department... Read more

Rear View Safety Debuting RVS-3710-DVR Monitor

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Rear View Safety announced the introduction of the RVS-3710-DVR 7-inch digital quad view color monitor with built-in DVR that records all connected cameras while also assisting with turning, backing up and difficult driving. According to a press release, the advanced monitor includes a GPS antenna used to log the vehicle’s position and speed as well as an easy-to-use touch screen for navigating the menu and changing options. Four triggers wires allow the operator to automatically view... Read more

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