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SSI: Canada Coach Sales Up 4.8% for 9 Months

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Year-over-year Canadian motorhome sales showed a 4.8% increase for the first nine months of 2018, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. Thor Industries Inc. was the Canadian motorhome sales leader during the period, capturing a 44.8% market share, followed by Forest River Inc. (33.4%) and Winnebago Industries Inc. (9.5%). Class A registrations edged up 2.6% through September as Thor led the category with a 36.4% market share, ahead of Forest River (21.6%), REV Group (13.5%)... Read more

RVB’s ‘RISE Awards’ Deadline Entry is Dec. 14

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The Dec. 14 entry deadline is quickly approaching for the inaugural RVBusiness RISE (Recognizing Innovation & Supplier Excellence) Awards program, designed to honor the best and most innovative new products marketed by RV industry component suppliers for the 2019 model year. One winner and four runners-up in two categories – OEM and aftermarket – will be announced March 14 during the 2019 RV Industry Awards ceremony at “RVX: The RV Experience,” hosted by the RV Industry Association... Read more

FRVTA Region One to Host Clean-Sweep Show

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Region One of the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) will host its annual admission-free fall recreation vehicle show at Hertz Arena in Estero, Fla., on Nov. 16-8, according to a press release Called the “Fall Clean-Sweep RV Show,” the three-day-event features local dealers cleaning out their new and used inventory to make room for new 2019 models. Items on display will include a wide selection of new and used recreation vehicles of all styles, brands and price ranges, including motorhomes,... Read more

U.S. Issues Final Duties on Chinese Aluminum

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The U.S. Department of Commerce said it would impose final antidumping and countervailing tariffs on Chinese common aluminum sheet products of 96.3% to 176.2%. It’s the first time that final duties were issued in a trade remedy case initiated by the U.S. government since 1985, according to Reuters. The final aluminum sheet duties, however, were reduced from those first imposed in April and July. The initial combined range was 198.4% to 280.46%. The National Marine Manufacturers Association estimates... Read more

Chinese RVers On The Rise as Tourism Booms

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Recreational vehicles are catching on among drivers in China as the country is witnessing a booming tourism industry, industry insiders said. Xinhua reported that Wang Kai, an exhibitor at the China Tourism Industries Exposition that opened Friday (Nov. 9) in Tianjin, said he has received many visitors during the three-day event, an indicator of people’s growing enthusiasm for RV. According to the Chinese website campave.com, the number of RV in China was about 48,000 by the end of 2017, and... Read more

SoCal Wildfires Shut Down Several State Parks

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Two Southern California’s wildfires Friday shut down campgrounds and hiking trails as well as state parks and beaches in the Santa Monica Mountains and Malibu ahead of a three-day weekend marking Veterans Day. The Los Angeles Times reported that the Woolsey fire that began north of the 101 freeway above Thousand Oaks closed down the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, which covers more than 150,000 acres from Agoura Hills to the ocean. The park is closed indefinitely after... Read more

Aqua-Hot Naming Bustamante Director of Mfg.

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Jeremiah Bustamante Aqua-Hot Heating Systems has promoted Jeremiah Bustamante to director of manufacturing. Formerly the production manager, Bustamante is the Frederick, Colo.-based company’s most tenured employee, according to a press release.  Bustamante began at Aqua-Hot in 1996 as an assembly technician, working in various roles and departments. A Certified Lean Master through ISCEA, he has expertise in PFMEA, 5S methodology and other high-level manufacturing processes. His primary... Read more

Air Lift’s LoadLifter 5000 Fits Silverado, Sierra

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Aftermarket air suspension supplier Air Lift Co. introduced the newly designed LoadLifter 5000 series kits available for the 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500. According to a press release, the LoadLifter 5000 series features three of Air Lift’s best-selling load support products – the LoadLifter 5000, LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate, and the LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate PLUS. Each kit in the series offers up to 5,000 pounds of load-leveling capabilities, designed to eliminate the problems... Read more

VIDEO 1: Canada Embraces Seasonal Camping

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Go RVing Canada offers a look at seasonal camping. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

Report: NHTSA Releases Latest RV Recall List

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Editor’s Note: The following is the latest RV recall list compiled by the National Highway Safety Association (NHTSA).  • Forest River Inc. is recalling 3,606 2018-2019 Cherokee Alpha Wolf and 2019 Cherokee Arctic Wolf recreational trailers. The awnings may have been mounted with fasteners that are insufficient in length and/or quantity, possibly resulting in the awning arm detaching from the wall. For additional information click here. • Grand Design RV, LLC (Grand Design)... Read more

SSI: ‘B’ Sales Continue Rise; Up 28.5% in Sept.

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Class B sales continued to post double-digit gains during the first nine months of 2018, as overall retail registrations climbed 28.5% in the period. Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI) reported that Winnebago Industries Inc. led the segment through September with a 38.8% market share followed by Erwin Hymer Group North America (29.9%) and Thor Industries Inc. (11%).  To subscribe to this or other SSI reports, contact Scott Stropkai, national RV sales manager, at (616) 281-9898 ext. 128, or... Read more

‘OHCE Conference’ Attracts Over 750 to Okla.

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The National Association of RV Parks and Campground’s (ARVC) 2018 Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo (OHCE) drew more than 750 to Oklahoma City, Okla., this week, as many campground owners in attendance reported a busy 2018 season. Located in the heart of the city, the Cox Convention Center was home to educational sessions and more than 110 vendors. Woodalls Campground Management (WCM), sister publication to RVBusiness, reported that Paul Bambei, president of ARVC, said in his opening speech... Read more

Cavco Ind. Reports Executive Leaders Change

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Cavco Industries Inc., a builder of manufactured housing and park model RVs, announced executive leadership changes. According to a press release, the company’s board of directors has appointed Daniel Urness as president and acting chief executive officer, effective immediately. In his new role, Urness will be responsible for day-to-day leadership of the company. He replaces former Chairman, President and CEO Joseph Stegmayer who will serve in a nonexecutive role. In addition, Cavco announced... Read more

KOA CEO Honored With ARVC Pioneer Award

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KOA Chairman and CEO Pat Hittmeier accepts Pioneer Award from Al Johnson with leading multi-park KOA operator Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) Chairman and CEO Pat Hittmeier received the 2018 Pioneer Award Thursday (Nov. 8) from the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) during the group’s annual gathering in Oklahoma City, Okla. According to a press release, the award recognizes early industry leaders and visionaries whose groundbreaking efforts have contributed over... Read more

Peer-to-Peer Rentals Draw in Millennial RVers

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Somewhere in Colorado, between the Grateful Dead concert at Red Rocks and the drive through Telluride, Mike Lawson and his son, Nainoa, became converts to the #GoRVing movement. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, it wasn’t a change Lawson, 49, ever expected to make. Like many Gen Xers, he once viewed recreational vehicles as dinosaurs from the prerecession era. Then he began to enjoy a fully stocked camper van with solar power, bedding, stove, running water, refrigerator and more. “Wherever... Read more

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