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3rd Generation’s Travis Carr to Lead Escapees

July 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

( L to R) Melanie Carr, VP Escapees RV Club; Shawn Loring, CEO Escapees RV Club, president Rainbow parks; Travis Carr, president Escapees RV Club, VP Rainbow Parks; Cathie Carr, retiring president Escapees RV Club; Kay Peterson, founder Escapees RV Club; Bob Pinner; Molly Pinner During the opening ceremony of Escapees’ 56th Escapade Sunday (July 24) evening, President Cathie Carr shared with attendees news of her retirement. According to a press release, her husband, Bud Carr, is also retiring... Read more

NPS to Host Photo Exhibit to Mark ‘Centennial’

July 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The National Park Service (NPS) and the Smithsonian are celebrating the NPS centennial with the opening of a new photography exhibit, “100 Years of America’s National Park Service: Preserve, Enjoy, Inspire,” at the National Museum of Natural History on Aug. 4, 2016. According to a press release, the exhibition includes more than 60 images from 53 national parks across the country, including national monuments, historic sites, battlefields, lakeshores, seashores, and others. The images were... Read more

ASA Rolls Out Heavy Duty Quad-View Monitor

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Elkhart, Ind.-based ASA Electronics announced the release of the VOM74WP Voyager 7-inch, quad-view monitor, the latest addition to its “heavy duty” lineup. According to a press release, the system is engineered for the toughest environments with IPX5 waterproof rating and multiple camera inputs to provide all of the necessary views to keep drivers safe. “We are excited about the introduction of the new VOM74WP rear observation monitor. This monitor combines the features of the ever... Read more

RVIA: Best 6-Month Shipment Total Since 1977

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Wholesale shipments to retailers of all RVs continued to race ahead reaching 40,072 units in the June survey of manufacturers. The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reported that shipments during the month were 18.7% above June one year ago and marked the third monthly total in access of 40,000 units this year. June’s solid increase of 10.9% over last month reversed the small May decline, returning RV shipments to a monthly annualized rate of more than 420,000 units. Year-to-date,... Read more

Nexus Named Sole Distributor For Avion Vans

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Nexus RV has entered into an exclusive agreement with The RV Factory to be the sole distributor for Avion Azur luxury Class B motorhomes. “We share common ownership and both companies embrace the factory-direct sales model, which makes this arrangement a natural fit,” Brian Shea, partner of The RV Factory, stated in a press release. “This agreement allows Nexus RV to offer our customers the best Class B in the market,” noted Dave Middleton, co-founder of Nexus RV. “We will save people... Read more

Coachmen Engineer Wages Parkinson’s ‘Fight’

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John Hrycko (foreground) works the speed bag at a Rock Steady Boxing session For 90 minutes, the disease is discarded, replaced by a pair of boxing gloves and a renewed sense of camaraderie and hope. Notably, participants who show up for sessions three times a week are Parkinson’s patients. But to Don Sheliga, an engineer at Coachmen RV who spearheaded the formation of the club, “we’re all just “boxers” – fighting the disease’s progression through an unorthodox therapy that simulates... Read more

Giant Recreation World Announces Expansion

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Florida-based Giant Recreation World is expanding to serve the needs of its customers, the company announced in a press release. The Winter Garden dealership is adding 8.22 acres directly west of the dealership. The additional facility is next door, which will allow the company to carry an extensive selection of products to meet the increasing demand, the release stated. Another RV dealer who recently closed previously occupied the property. It includes frontage on Highway 50. “We have been successful... Read more

Dan Gill to Head Key Fifth-Wheel Lines for K-Z

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Dan Gill Dan Gill has joined K.Z. Inc. as a district sales manager representing the company’s Durango and Venom lines of fifth-wheels and fifth-wheel toy haulers. According to a press release, he will serve dealers of the Central United States and Canada. Gill will also be responsible for further market share expansion of the fifth-wheel product lines. Mike Mack, Durango and Venom product manager, noted, “Dan comes to us with 22 years of RV experience, including stints as regional sales manager,... Read more

TMC Reports Strong Sales in 2017 RUV Lineup

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2017 Axis RUV motorhome by Thor Motor Coach Thor Motor Coach reported strong summer sales for its 2017 lineup of Recreational Utility Vehicle (RUV) motorhomes. According to a press release, RUVs continue to draw new people to the RV lifestyle and eliminate the shortcomings of a traditional SUV by providing a fully-functional living environment with a kitchen, living room, bathroom, and sleeping areas in a 25-foot or less package. The Axis and Vegas Class A RUV’s offer attractive interior... Read more

RVDA Con/Expo to Feature Mini Rental School

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A mini rental school will be open to all dealership personnel attending the 2016 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo. According to a press release, “Your Million Dollar Rental Business” will feature rental experts from all aspects of the business who will share the steps that rental dealers follow daily to utilize people, dealership processes, and available products to create and expand on a successful operation. Convention registration is available for Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association... Read more

Fed Seen To Hold Rates on Inflation Concerns

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The U.S. Federal Reserve is expected to keep interest rates unchanged this week, deferring any possible increase until September or December, as policymakers hold out for more evidence of a pickup in inflation. According to a Reuters report, central to the debate at the Fed’s July 26-27 policy meeting will be how to reconcile upbeat U.S. economic data, highlighted by strong job gains in June, with a global growth slowdown and other headwinds threatening the inflation trajectory. For San Francisco... Read more

Retro Camper Craze on Display at Wash. Show

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Before Americans started roaming the country in diesel pushers and travel trailers that carry motorcycles or quads inside, they had a smaller idea of getaways. According to a report by the Stanwood (Wash.) Camano News, these little trailers had names like Aloha, Oasis, Westcraft. They were 14 or so feet long, with tiny kitchenettes, a fold-down table, a bunk. Last weekend, about 20 vintage travel trailers were on display in east Stanwood for the 5th Annual Vintage Trailer show, co-sponsored by the... Read more

Sys2K & Noverra Offer Chip Card Transactions

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Sys2K, a supplier of Windows-based dealer management software, announced the release of EMV (chip card) certified payment transaction processing through a partnership with Novera Payment Solutions LLC. According to a press release, Novera provides its integrated payment processing solution to Sys2K customers “utilizing a cost effective transparent pricing structure.” “The partnership between Novera and Sys2K is exactly the type of relationship we look for with integrated software vendors.... Read more

FROG Club Prepares for Record Goshen Rally

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Forest River CEO Pete Liegl addresses FROG members at last year’s rally The industry’s fastest growing brand name RV consumer club, the four-year-old Forest River Owners Group (FROG), is expecting a record turnout of 800 units – totaling 1,600 attendees – at its sold-out FROG International Rally Aug. 14-20 at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds in Goshen, Ind. FROG Director Bob Byrne, who works with scores of volunteers to coordinate the rally for the growing club that currently counts... Read more

Industry Steps Up to Support ‘Elkhart Co. Fair’

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Jayco’s Family Fun Fair is a popular attraction at the 4-H fair With the heart of the RV industry concentrated in Indiana’s Elkhart County, it’s no surprise that the sector is heavily intertwined with one of the state’s largest events, the nine-day Elkhart County 4-H Fair that opened July 21 and runs through Saturday (July 30) in Goshen, Ind. “We think it’s a good community event for us to sponsor and create some affinity for our employees,” said Wilbur Bontrager, chairman... Read more

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