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Dexter Purchases N. American Assets of AL-KO

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Dexter Axle President and CEO Adam Dexter Dexter Axle, a manufacturer of trailer axles and brakes products, announced that it has acquired the North American assets of AL-KO Axis Inc. According to a press release, AL-KO Axis is a manufacturer of axles and other components for trailers and towable equipment servicing a wide range of markets including recreational vehicle. As part of the transaction, the AL-KO Kober Group will become a shareholder in Dexter Axle, and CEO Stefan Kober will join... Read more

Acquisitions, RV Segment Boost Drew 3Q Sales

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Drew Industries Inc., parent to Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier Lippert Components Inc., reported higher earnings and a 17% increase in sales for its third quarter, lifted by strong performance in the RV sector and revenue from acquisitions during the past year. Net income during the quarter, ended Sept. 30, totaled $15.5 million, or 64 cents per diluted share, compared to net income of $14.8 million, or 62 cents per diluted share, for the previous year. Consolidated net sales in the third quarter of... Read more

Equine Motorcoach Names Yates to Head Sales

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Ben Yates (L) with Tom Stinnett Equine Motorcoach, builder of all-in-one RV and horse transports, has hired Ben Yates as national sales manager for its expanding lineup of Equine Carriage horse trailers and Equine Carriage ST trucks and RVs. “Our main marketing effort requires staging our transports at horse shows throughout the United States,” said Tom Stinnett, co-owner for Equine Motorcoach and principal of Tom Stinnett Derby City RV, in a press release. “My wife Carolyn, my partner,... Read more

RVDA Teams Up with RVAC on New Hiring Tool

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Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) members have a new hiring tool endorsed by RVDA through the RV Assistance Corp. (RVAC). RVDA’s endorsement of The Employment Network precedes the organization’s demonstration of this new staffing resource available to all members at the upcoming 2014 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo. According to a press release, dealers can learn how to put The Employment Network to work at a special Vendor Training +Plus event at 2:45 p.m. Nov. 10. The... Read more

MLB’s Flannery is Featured on Airstream Video

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Airstream Inc. has rolled out the latest video in its “Live Riveted” campaign, designed to “capture the spirit of the Airstream lifestyle.” According to a press release, the video focuses on Tim Flannery – champion baseball coach, musician, surfer and philanthropist – and showcases personal and inspiring stories capturing his passion for living life to its fullest. “Our goal through this unique campaign is to create and connect a community of people that encompasses... Read more

Report: Consumer Spending Falls in September

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Americans abruptly cut spending last month, raising doubts about the economy’s ability to maintain the sturdy growth of the summer. The Wall Street Journal reported that overall household spending fell 0.2% from August, the first decline since January and only the third since the recession ended in mid-2009, the Commerce Department said Friday. The drop reflected a big decline in purchases of big-ticket items such as cars. Americans’ overall income—including money from wages, investments and... Read more

Roadtrek Motorhomes Unveils All-New Website

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In conjunction with its recent updated branding including new logo and tag line, Roadtrek Motorhome Inc. has unveiled a new website showcasing the Kitchener, Ontario-based builder’s lineup of Class B motorhomes. According to a press release, the website offers a brand new user experience with large, updated photography, easy-to-read product specs, simple to navigate menus, updated locators for dealers, service and rental providers, and a revamped “Build Your Own” experience. The website... Read more

Mercedes-Benz ‘Sprinter’ Growing Market Share

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The Europeanization of the North American cargo van segment has been vindicating to Mercedes-Benz, which has offered its Sprinter van in various incarnations to this market since the mid-90s. Seemingly emboldened by the arrival of the Euro-style Ford Transit and the introduction of new European-inspired designs from Nissan and Ram, Mercedes-Benz has given Sprinter customers a full slate of new features and options on 2014 and 2015 model year vehicles. Trucknews.com reported that the cargo van segment... Read more

VIDEO 1: ‘Rollin’ On TV’ Profiles TrailManor Mfg.

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This week’s “Rollin’ On TV” segment examines what’s involved in buying and replacing a canvas tent for a popup camper. Also, the crew heads to Tennessee to learn about hard-side folding trailers with a visit to TrailManor Manufacturing Co. and Evanne Schmarder wraps up her RV adventures in Australia with a visit to Food Freaks. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

RV Industry Continues to Enjoy Growth in 2014

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The last three years the RV industry has seen tremendous growth coming out of the recession. Increased sales and production are expected within the coming years. Fox 28 reported that Robert M. “Mac” Bryan, vice president of administration for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), says he expects sales to increase as consumer income goes up. “This year we think shipments will be back up to 350,000 units,” predicts Bryan. “That’s a very strong response... Read more

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