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Update: Venue Changed for Walorski ‘Roundtable’

August 24, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

According to a notice from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), the venue has been changed for Thursday’s (Aug. 25) manufacturing roundtable with Indiana Rep. Jackie Walorski. According to RVIA, “to accommodate a large turnout” the roundtable has been moved to the Lexington Engineering Center, a larger facility next door to the original location at Dynamax Corp. in Elkhart, Ind. The roundtable with Walorski, organized by the the National Marine Manufacturers Association... Read more

Neff Bros. Honors Loyal Patron With a Free Rental

August 24, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Lorain, Ohio-based rental company Neff Brothers RV will honor a loyal customer this week with use of a motorhome for an annual trip to Michigan International Speedway (MIS). According to a press release, Adam Reichman of Perry, Ohio, has been making the trek to MIS for more than 15 years with a group of friends, but in 2001, they decided to forgo tent camping and rent a motorhome for the NASCAR race. “We knew right away after talking with Angela at Neff Brothers RV that we were going to be hooked... Read more

Ky. Jellystone Park Hosts Six Dominican Students

August 24, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Campers who visited Jellystone Park Camp Resort in Cave City, Ky., this summer got to interact with six international college students from the Dominican Republic, the Glasgow Daily Times reported. The students, who have since returned to the Dominican Republic, worked in a variety of departments at the campground from recreation to maintenance. Their fields of study in college vary from engineering and mathematics to business administration. This is not the first year for the campground to employ... Read more

Winnebago Initiates Production at Oregon Facility

August 24, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Line workers fine tune Winnebago Grand Tour diesel in Junction City Inheriting a veteran workforce and a 270,000-square-foot manufacturing and service facility, Winnebago Industries Inc. has begun rolling product down the line at the former Country Coach Inc. complex in Junction City, Ore. The Forest City, Iowa-based builder, which acquired the property and equipment on Dec. 2, 2015, is still in the process of modifying the plant situated on about 41 acres, 27 of which are currently developed.... Read more

RVIA, NMMA will Host Walorksi in Ind. ‘Roundtable’

August 24, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Jackie Walorski The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) are hosting a manufacturing roundtable with Congresswoman Walorski, Ind.-2, on Aug. 25 as she visits Elkhart to showcase the thriving RV and recreational boating manufacturing industries and their impact on the local community and state, as well as the national manufacturing economy. The roundtable will take place at Dynamax Corp., a part of Forest River Inc., maker of pontoons... Read more

RVDA of Canada Celebrates 30th Year at Hall Event

August 24, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

RVDA of Canada members view the leadership bricks outside the Hall of Fame (Photo by Tyler Klassen) The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada marked the organization’s 30th anniversary Tuesday (Aug. 23) night with a special reception, recognition ceremony and dinner at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page). Attendees included numerous past RVDA of Canada chairmen as well as the current board and... Read more

Arrow to Hold ’17 Exhibitor’s Showcase Jan. 24-25

August 24, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Arrow Distributing announced that the 2017 Exhibitor’s Showcase will be held at the IP Resort, Spa and Casino in Biloxi, Miss., January 24-25. According to a press release, the multiday event will include vendor seminars along with food an entertainment. Manufacturer seminars will be held throughout the day on Jan. 24 and the show floor will be open for a sneak preview. Attendees that arrive on Jan. 23 may take advantage of VIP limousine service from the airport.  Contact the local Arrow... Read more

Lippert Adds Side Entry to ‘Toy Hauler Ramp Deck’

August 24, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) announced today (Aug. 24) the addition of side entrance access steps to its toy hauler ramp door party deck. According to a press release, the deck is designed to transform the ramp door of a coach into additional living area by converting the previously unusable space into a fully functional outdoor deck in minutes. “Toy hauler patio systems have been a rapidly evolving product line over the past several years, and we’re pleased to be bringing another advancement... Read more

Calif. Parks Use Wedge Cabins to Draw Millennials

August 24, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Millennials love getting out into nature – as long as they have a cozy place to hang with their friends and somewhere to plug in their iPhones. As reported by the Sacramento Bee, that’s the theory behind the new-age camping cabins popping up at California parks, part of a push to get more diverse demographics, including people born in the 1980s and 1990s, hooked on the Great Outdoors. While campgrounds have long enjoyed the patronage of boomers and young families, they’ve struggled to reel... Read more

SEMA Set to Host 3rd Annual Battle of the Builders

August 24, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Builders of SEMA Show vehicles will take center stage in the third annual SEMA Battle of the Builders competition, according to a press release. Introduced in 2014 to recognize and celebrate proven vehicle builders in all market segments, including hot rod, off-road and sport compact, the SEMA Battle of the Builders is considered to be the ultimate builder competition and is open at www.semashow.com/botb. As in previous years, candidates for top honors will be selected and announced during the SEMA... Read more

Automakers’ Extension on Fuel Comments Denied

August 24, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

U.S. regulators denied a request by major automakers to extend the comment period on environmental analysis to determine whether government fuel efficiency requirements are feasible through 2025. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a July report that automakers have the technology to meet aggressive mandates to hike fuel efficiency, but improvements will not be as great as the Obama administration once forecast because buyers are... Read more

Lazydays Adds Bruce to Sales Management Team

August 24, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Lazydays RV announced that Tony Bruce has joined its expanding sales management team, working alongside eight other managers to lead the 100-plus person sales team at its Seffner, Fla.-based dealership in suburban Tampa. Prior to joining Lazydays, Bruce held several positions with La Mesa RV, serving as sales consultant, sales manager, and most recently general sales manager. “Tony joins Lazydays with a very successful track record in the RV industry,” said Ron Fleming, Lazydays vice president... Read more

Calif. Senate Votes to Forbid Trademarks at Parks

August 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The California Senate is backing legislation prohibiting trademark claims at state parks following a dispute that led to renamed landmarks in Yosemite National Park. The Associated Press reported that senators unanimously approved AB2249 on Tuesday (Aug. 23), sending it back to the Assembly. The bill would prohibit concessionaires from claiming ownership of a name associated with a California state park. It would not affect federal landmarks, including those in Yosemite. The Yosemite dispute erupted... Read more

RVIA’s Board Member Election Deadline is Aug. 31

August 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Elections for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) board of directors will continue through Aug. 31 with members casting ballots online to select eight representatives from a field of 13 candidates. According to a press release, RVIA is reminding official representatives of member companies to cast their online vote. Candidates include: • Two manufacturer seats are in contention this year. The three candidates running are Bob Martin, Thor Industries Inc.; Kevin McArt, Forest... Read more

K-Z Spree Line to Offer Lippert Ground Control TT

August 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) and K.Z. Inc. announced today (Aug. 23) that Ground Control TT, Lippert’s industry-first automatic leveling system for travel trailers, will be featured on the builder’s 2017 Spree travel trailer line. K-Z Product Manager Brent Froman noted “Our Spree customers are looking for more convenience features usually found in higher-end fifth-wheels. We’re excited to offer Lippert’s leveling system as a standard feature on K-Z’s newly-designed 2017 Spree travel... Read more

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