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RVIA: ’17 February RV Shipments Best on Record

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February’s survey of manufacturers conducted by RVIA found wholesale shipments continuing the strong start to 2017 with a monthly total of 39,428 units. That represents a 9.7% rise compared to 35,929 units in February 2016, and an 8.6% gain over last month’s very strong total of 33,859. All towable RVs led by conventional travel trailers reached a total of 33,852, a gain of 7.5% over last month’s 28,931. Motorhome shipments reached a total 5,606 units with a 17.1% gain compared to February... Read more

Industry Week: ‘Business is Booming’ For Lance

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Editor’s Note: The following is a Q&A conducted by Industry Week with Lance Camper Manufacturing Corp. President and CEO Jack Cole discussing the company’s strong sales and subsequent expansion. Business is booming for recreational vehicle manufacturer Lance Camper Manufacturing Corp., so much so that the Lancaster, Calif.-based maker of truck campers, travel trailers and toy haulers is in the midst of an expansion to increase production capacity. President and CEO Jack Cole can remember... Read more

Airstream Partners With Swift as U.K. Distributor

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Airstream Inc. has announced the appointment of Swift Group as the sole distributor for Airstream in the U.K. As reported by Caravan Times, the partnership brings together two companies with complementary strengths and a commitment to realize the potential of Airstream in the UK. “This is a fabulous new opportunity for Swift Group, with significant promise in an untapped market,” said James Turner, Swift Group Managing Director. “I am delighted that Airstream has recognixzed the... Read more

‘Shipshewana Service Center’ Open For Business

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Shipshewana RV Service Center Plant Manager Ryan Kraft (from left), Brian Lambright, business development director for the Shipshewana Trading Place, and Shipshewana RV Service Center Manager Chad Bender The Shipshewana Trading Place RV Service Center hosted its grand opening Monday (March 27) with an open house at its new state-of-the-art facility in Elkhart County, situated in close proximity to the industry’s concentration of manufacturers and suppliers. Among its services, Shipshewana... Read more

Hopkins Mfg. Corp. Acquiring AirPower America

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Hopkins Manufacturing Corp. announces it has acquired certain assets of Kristus Inc., dba AirPower America. AirPower is a leading supplier of oil/fluid extractors and air pumps marketed under the TopSider, LiquiVac and MaxAir brands. The AirPower product offering includes the MaxAir air pump and the TopSider and LiquiVac (for large and small engines) oil change/extractor systems. “We are pleased to add the AirPower product line, the leader in oil fluid extractors, to Hopkins’ FloTool branded... Read more

VIDEO 1: ‘Indiana Weekend’ Tracks RV Rebound

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This is a video of the “RV Rebound” episode of “Indiana Weekend” with reporter John Strauss, produced by WIPB-TV in Muncie, the PBS-member station owned by Ball State University. The monthly show is also shared with other PBS stations in the state. A radio version of the program airs on Indiana Public Radio, the five NPR-member stations between Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, and both programs are available online. Strauss is a former Associated Press editor and correspondent... Read more

RVIA to Host 2nd ‘NHTSA Seminar’ May 2 at HOF

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In an effort to bring the RV industry’s manufacturers and suppliers up to speed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) latest safety-related requirements, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) will host on May 2 its second all-day seminar based at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind. According to a statement from RVIA, the event will open at 8:30. The NHTSA seminar, which drew over 300 people last year, is designed to offer an overview on NHTSA... Read more

Blue Ox Promotes Henry to Inside Sales Manager

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Laura Henry Blue Ox announced that Laura Henry has been promoted to the position of inside sales manager, heading up the national inside sales team. Henry’s previous role was as an outside sales representative, covering Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. “Laura has been outstanding in her previous role as an outside sales representative. As we continue to grow, our inside sales team has become an even more integral part in growing our RV,... Read more

Yahoo Finance: U.S. Demand for RVs is Insatiable

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The RV market is on a tear — thanks to retiring Baby Boomers. And, according to a Yahoo Finance report, it’s a good signal for health of the American consumer, given the most important factor in determining the demand for recreational vehicles is real per capita net worth, according to a note this week from Wells Fargo senior economist Eugenio J. Alemán. “As Baby Boomers continue to retire en masse, the demand for RVs is expected to continue to increase, especially if real per capita net worth... Read more

TCM: Alaskan Campers Under New Management

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Editor’s Note: The following article and Q&A appears in Truck Camper Magazine reporting on the sale of Alaskan Trailers. For the full story click here. Alaskan Campers has been acquired by John Macpherson, a satellite communications business owner servicing the Alaska oil, fishing, and marine industry. He’s also a passionate outdoorsman and takes any opportunity he can get to go fishing and hunting in his personal Alaskan Camper. Alaskan Campers was founded in 1958 by Californian Don... Read more

MARVAC Back in Port Huron; Show is a Success

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Show attendees check out General RV’s display After about a 10-year hiatus, the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) returned to the shores of southern Lake Huron last week for the Port Huron Camper & RV Show, an event that organizers said was a solid success. MARVAC Director Darren Ing said more than 3,000 people attended the show, held March 23-26 at the Blue Water Convention Center, and featured five RV dealerships displaying 30 units as well as 14 campgrounds... Read more

DealerRater Recognizes Dodd RV with Top Honor

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For the second year in a row Virginia-based Dodd RV was recognized with the DealerRater National Dealer of the Year award for the highest customer satisfaction rating. According to a press release, the award recognizes top U.S. and Canadian RV dealers that demonstrate excellent customer service as expressed by consumer reviews submitted to DealerRater.com. “RV buyers have spoken and identified Dodd RV as the best recreational vehicles dealer to do business with in the U.S,”... Read more

Report: NHTSA Releases RV-Related Recalls List

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Editor’s Note: The following is a list of recent RV-related recalls compiled by the U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA). • Thor Motor Coach (TMC) is recalling 6,561 2014-2015 ACE, Hurricane, Challenger, Daybreak, Miramar, Outlaw, and Windsport motorhomes. These vehicles have windshield wiper systems that may have been improperly installed and secured, possibly causing the wipers to fail during use. For additional information click here. • Jayco Inc. is... Read more

RVIA Asks Members to Weigh in on Federal Regs

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Editor’s Note: The following statement was issued by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) asking members to weigh in on a survey to determine “the most burdensome and costly regulations or federal tax policies that negatively affect your business or slow your business down?” We are entering an unprecedented political environment where there may be opportunities to eliminate burdensome federal regulations and reduce onerous federal taxes. Now is the time to examine... Read more

VIDEO 1: Outback Trailer Offers ‘7-Point Leveler’

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Keystone RV Co. offers a breakdown of its seven-point Auto-Level System from BAL available on its lightweight Outback trailer. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

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