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Slideshow: FRVTA Posts Record Gate of 18,911

January 19, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The 2017 Florida RV SuperShow opened Wednesday (Jan. 18) at a record-breaking pace as 18,911 people passed through the gates at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. (To view the slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page. Photos by Rick Kessler.) According to representatives from the host Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA), that number eclipses the previous first-day record by around 1,200. “We maxed out the parking lot and were using overflow lots we’ve... Read more

Signup Deadline Nears For Sobel’s Feb. Course

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Sobel University has issued a “last call” for enrollment in its comprehensive sales course slated for Feb. 6-10 in Atlanta as only a few seats remain available. “Last year was the first course held in Atlanta and we were pleased with an enrollment of 70 students. Attendees came from as far west as Montana, Oklahoma and Texas as well as dealers up and down the East Coast,” said President Randy Sobel. “We heard from many dealers on how easy it was to fly into Atlanta, and how well... Read more

Winnebago Sponsors ‘GoPetFriendly.com’ Tour

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Winnebago Industries Inc. has partnered with GoPetFriendly.com on the “Ultimate Pet Friendly Road Trip Across the U.S.” According to a release, as a sponsor of the 15,000-mile RV tour, Winnebago will celebrate with GoPetFriendly.com as they spread a message promoting pet travel and safety to pet lovers nationwide. In addition to visiting the No. 1 pet-friendly attraction in each of the lower 48 states, GoPetFriendly.com will hold 17 free, live, and open-to-the-public events as part of... Read more

Camping World is Acquiring ‘Jamatt RV’ in Okla.

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Camping World Holdings Inc. announced a definitive agreement under which the publicly-traded company will acquire family-owned Jamatt RV in Poteau, Okla. Camping World currently operates two supercenters in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, and with the acquisition of Jamatt RV, is further expanding in eastern Oklahoma. “We are pleased to bring Jamatt RV into the Camping World family of industry-leading RV inventory, accessory products and knowledgeable people as we expand our market share in the state... Read more

Wash. Show Spotlighting Luxury in Today’s RVs

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How do you get away from it all when your RV literally has it all? The Spokesman Review reported that’s not a dilemma that seems to bother many buyers these days, as new homes increasingly come with high-end furnishings and all manner of creature comforts, so too do recreational vehicles. The latest styles, innovations and technology packed into RVs are on display at the Inland Northwest RV Show and Sale at Spokane County Fair and Expo Center in Washington State which opened today (Jan. 19) and... Read more

The Buzz: Alde Changes Norm in Heat Systems

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Alde President Ken Elwell Alde Corp., a 50-year supplier of hydronic heating systems to the European RV marketplace, is intent on changing the norm in the North American arena as the Swedish-based firm has continued to gain ground with OEMs, and consumers, since its entry in 2012. Eyeing additional exposure and, in turn, market penetration, company representatives were touting the advantages of Alde’s “quiet heat” technology during RVIA’s National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. Ken Elwell,... Read more

Dealer Macdonald an Ardent Industry Supporter

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Alvin Macdonald Jr. Alvin Macdonald Jr., principal in Macdonald’s RV Center in Plainville, Mass., passed away Jan. 6 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital. He was 88. In 1954, Macdonald joined his father in the family business of Macdonald Mobile Home and Trailer Sales in North Attleboro, Mass., where he later went on to be vice president and manager until its sale in 1977. At that time, the family business moved to Plainville as Macdonald’s RV Center and continues to this day. Macdonald was also... Read more

‘Rear View Safety’ Marks 10th Year of Operation

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Rear View Safety, a supplier of backup camera systems and safety solutions, is currently marking its 10th year of operation. Founded in 2007, the company has grown to supply some of the largest companies in the world with offices in London, Indiana and Toronto, according to a press release. In addition to backup cameras, Rear View Safety offers several types of vehicle safety solutions, including backup sensor systems, driver fatigue systems, mobile DVR’s, and dash cameras. Rear View Safety’s... Read more

City in Elkhart County Considering RV Park Plan

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Nappanee, Ind., is looking into the idea of creating a recreational vehicle park in the city, although where it would be located is anybody’s guess at this point. As reported by The Elkhart Truth, Nappanee Mayor Phil Jenkins said that the idea for locating an RV park in the city had been looked at by previous administrations, but never gained traction. The city’s Board of Works recently approved requesting qualifications from companies who can study whether the idea makes sense for... Read more

NATDA Show Adds Space to Sold-Out Floorplan

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The North American Trailer Dealers Association (NATDA) has sold out of exhibit booths for the 10th Annual NATDA Trade Show & Convention, set to run Sept. 7-9 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. NATDA reported in a release that it is currently in the process of expanding the floorplan to accommodate some additional manufacturers and vendors. “We are so excited to be expanding our exhibit space to 335,000 square feet at the Indiana Convention Center,” said Executive DirectorJesse... Read more

ASA Names Rainsberger Network Administrator

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Jayson Rainsberger ASA Electronics has added Jayson Rainsberger to its IT team as the company’s network administrator. “I enjoy working on new projects. One of my favorite aspects of my job is that I never know what I am going to be working on each day, so it feels like every day is different,” Rainsberger said in a press release. A graduate from Rochester College in Michigan with a bachelor’s in business administration, Rainsberger majored in management of information systems. He... Read more

eWebRenter Offers Seamless Booking Process

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eWebRenter, a provider of RV rental management software for dealers, will be participating in the Feb. 7-9 MBA RV Rental School at the Tuscany Resort in Las Vegas. According to a press release, eWebRenter gives dealers the ability to quickly and efficiently check availability and book a reservation while a customer is on the phone. Clients can book a reservation by answering a few simple questions and a reservation manager can follow up seamlessly as the information flows to a quote or contract. A... Read more

Tiffin Shows First Class C in 25 Years at FRVTA

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Tiffin’s new Wayfarer Class C on display at the Tampa SuperShow Tiffin Motorhomes Inc. rolled out its new Wayfarer, a Class C coach built on Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis, during Tuesday’s (Jan. 17) “Industry Day” at the Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa. Hosted by the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) at the Florida State Fairgrounds, the 32nd annual SuperShow opens to the public beginning today and runs through Sunday. Given a favorable weather forecast and positive consumer... Read more

Outdoor Recreation Roundtable Backing Zinke

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Ryan Zinke Declaring himself “an unapologetic admirer of Teddy Roosevelt,” Interior Secretary-designate Ryan Zinke testified Tuesday (Jan. 17) before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, which is considering his nomination to serve as the nation’s 52nd secretary of the interior. According to a press release, his remarks drew praise from the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable, which supports Zinke’s nomination. Referring to former President Roosevelt,... Read more

Florida SuperShow Gears up for Record Crowd

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With lower gas prices, an improving economy and what he deems the “Donald Trump effect,” Mandy Alonso is gearing up for an exceptional week. (To view a video scroll down the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page or click here.) As reported by the Tampa Bay Times, the founder of America Choice RV has more than 50 salespeople who will man roughly 100 RVs at the Florida State Fairgrounds, with plans to sell up to 120 of the recreational campers and road-hugging giants during the Florida... Read more

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