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Report: NHTSA Releases Latest List of RV Recalls

April 23, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: The following is the latest RV recall list compiled by the National Highway Safety Association (NHTSA).  • Keystone RV Co. is recalling 876 2018 Crossroads Cruiser and Volante recreational trailers. The brake wire may have been improperly attached to the spring assembly on the axles, allowing the wire to be damaged and short circuit. For additional information click here. • Keystone is recalling 423 2018 Keystone Carbon and Raptor recreational fifth-wheel... Read more

KPA Webinar To Cover Workplace Chatter Impact

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KPA will host a free webinar, “Gossip, Gab & the Grapevine: How to Neutralize Negative Workplace Chatter,” on April 26, from 1–2 p.m. (EDT). Topics of discussion include: The dangers and effects of gossip in the workplace. How managers can deal with gossip. Ways to effectively set expectations for employees’ behaviors. Steps to reduce gossip in the workplace. KPA HR consultant Gregory Arace will host the session. He has 17-plus years of human resources experience,... Read more

Winnebago Expansion Raises Focus on Towables

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Scott Degnan In response to a sustained uptick in towable sales, Winnebago Industries Inc. recently announced plans for a $12-$13 million expansion on around 30 acres of acquired farmland adjacent to its operations in Middlebury, Ind., near the Michigan state line. “The bottom line is that we just outgrew our production facilities,” reported Scott Degnan, vice president and general manager, towables business, noting that Winnebago was currently operating in facilities acquired from Sunnybrook... Read more

‘Furrion’ Unveiling New Showroom at Elkhart HQ

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Furrion, a supplier of consumer electronics, appliances and energy solutions for recreational vehicles, residential, yachts and hotels, unveiled a new showroom today at its Innovation Center and Institute of Technology (ICIT). The new luxury showroom showcases Furrion’s latest products for mobile and sustainable living, the home, and for business. Over the next two weeks Furrion will be hosting RV and marine manufacturers for exclusive previews of the new showroom and latest product innovations. “As... Read more

Winnebago Taps New Towable Product Sales Mgr.

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Adam Christoffersen Winnebago Towables has promoted Adam Christoffersen to product sales manager for the Minnie family of products, according to a press release.    Christoffersen, a long-time Winnebago employee, will work to continue the recent strong growth shown by Winnebago Towables through his insights on product development and sales. Prior to holding the position of regional sales manager in Winnebago’s towable division, Christoffersen worked as a motorized district sales manager... Read more

SSI: Overall Powerboat Sales Stagnate for March

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Overall boat sales in March were slightly lower compared to last year and year-over-year growth was down by just over 1%, according to data by Statistical Surveys Inc. that was gathered for 30 states. In year-to-date comparisons, four of the top 10 states in terms of new boat registrations were up. North Carolina (4) had a 4% increase (1,171 in 2018 vs. 1,127 in 2017), while South Carolina was up by 34 (970 compared to 725). Ranked ninth, New York was up by 8% (597 versus 554). Number 10 California... Read more

‘TACO’ Meeting Reviews Taxes, School Openings

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Texas Rep. Matt Krause addresses TACO members with Ron Hinkle, TACO’s legislative consultan Republican Texas State Rep. Matt Krause listened to the concerns of campground owners and industry officials Sunday (April 22) about rocketing property taxes, early school start dates and the harmful reduction in state tourism marketing as the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO) kicked off its annual Spring Meeting and Tradeshow. The three-day meeting at the Lake Conroe/Houston North KOA in... Read more

Thetford Revises Dealer Online Training Program

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To help retailers answer questions about Thetford’s products while also increasing  sales, Thetford Corp. recently revised its Online Training Program. “Teaching and education are a focus for Thetford,” said Director of Marketing Andy Bialorucki. “More informed retailers create more sales and more repeat customers.” Designed to be interactive and fun, Thetford’s Online Training Program can be completed in 30-40 minutes. To keep reading time to a minimum, it includes videos... Read more

WSJ: ‘Boomers’ Hitting the Road in Luxury Vans

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The latest luxury getaway: a van trip. Attracted by Instagram images of a free-spirited, simpler way to travel, older consumers are turning to vans for their trips, while adding the high-end spin they can afford, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Forget the beat-up Volkswagen bus: These travelers are shelling out for custom-fitted Mercedes-Benz or Ram ProMaster vans for their life on the road. “The thing I like so much about van life is the simplicity,” says 55-year-old John Kennedy,... Read more

‘NATDA’ Releases the 2018 Trailer Buyers Guide

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The North American Trailer Dealers Association (NATDA) published its official online directory for the 2018 NATDA Trailer Buyer’s Guide, a business to business tool for trailer dealerships.  According to a press release, the online directory features industry-leading trailer manufacturers with large trailer images and information to make searching even easier through the NATDA website.    Dealers can filter their search for manufacturers by company name, trailer type and state to... Read more

Tornado Damages Seven RVs at Alabama Resort

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Seven RVs at Anchors Aweigh RV Resort in Baldwin County, Ala., were overturned after reports of a tornado that crossed through the county Sunday (Arpil 22) afternoon. FOX10 News received dozens of reports of damage, a tornado warning was issued in the county at 3:26 p.m. Baldwin County Sheriff Hoss Mack said four people were injured with one victim in serious condition. As the storm crossed Highway 59, it caused more damage at the Lowe’s in Foley. The manager there said the rear of the building... Read more

VIDEO 1: Newmar Energizes Retailers at Meeting

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RVBusiness interviews Newmar Corp. President Matt Miller during the company’s dealer meeting last week in Grapevine, Texas. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.   Read More →

Bill Fenech Finding Success with Pontoon Startup

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Editor’s Note: The following Q&A with Bill Fenech appears in Saturday’s South Bend Tribune as part of the company’s “Take Five” feature.  To say that Bill Fenech has been successful would be an understatement. The entrepreneur helped build Keystone RV in 1996. He started Grand Design RV in 2012 along with his brother Ron and their friend Don Clark. Winnebago Industries purchased Grand Design in 2016, and Fenech eventually decided to take his passion to the... Read more

Glampervan’s Promaster MUV Stresses Versatility

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It may be called “Glampervan,” but this San Francisco company doesn’t build the most luxurious camper van out there. As reported by New Atlas, the company’s Promaster MUV (multi-use vehicle) is all about getting the most fun out of both the ride and the destination. And what it lacks in full-blown glamping amenities it makes up for in smart, compact multipurpose design. Switch gears between weekends out on the open road, weekdays of intermittently punching the accelerator... Read more

LCI Industries To Release 1Q Financials on May 4

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LCI Industries will release its first-quarter 2018 financial results before the market opens on May 4. LCI Industries will also host a conference call at 11 a.m. (EDT) to discuss the results and other business matters. Participating in the conference call will be CEO Jason Lippert, President Scott Mereness and  CFO Brian Hall. In February, the company reported net sales of $547 million, a 36% increase over 2016 fourth quarter net sales of $403 million. Net income in the fourth... Read more

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