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Roadtrek Inc. Earns Legacy as Top ‘B’ Builder

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Jac Hanemaayer didn’t want to wrestle with a big RV on camping trips — become a “weekend bus driver.” So he designed a compact one and had it built. That 1975 Dodge Ram propelled a fledgling Kitchener, Ontario company to become North America’s premier maker of Class B motorhomes. The Toronto Star reported that while there are several recreational vehicle manufacturers in Canada and more than 500 in the U.S., it’s interesting that Kitchener-based Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc. is... Read more

SHOW REPORT: Traffic, Sales up in Spokane

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Another great crowd was reported from the 27th annual Inland Northwest RV Show and Sale, held Jan. 22-25 at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center in Spokane, Wash. “The show went extremely well,” said the show’s manager, Steve Cody of Delcreek Productions Inc. “Hundreds of RVs were on display, both inside the fairgrounds and outside. We had around 13,000 people and sold at least 150 units during the show. It was the show’s best year ever.” Karyn Dietz, co-owner of Airstream of... Read more

RVIA Puts Early RV Shows in Media Spotlight

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Early RV shows have been drawing a crowd The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) public relations team team is again collaborating with show promoters and reporters to produce media coverage of local RV shows and generate exposure for RV travel with consumers. This effort has helped create media buzz about consumer shows with stories appearing in markets in Texas, Minnesota, Florida, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Missouri, Indiana, Michigan, Washington, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Tennessee, Georgia... Read more

Lazydays RV Cuts Ribbon on Airstream Store

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(L-R) Justin Humphreys, Airstream Vice President of Sales; Chris Trapeni, General Manager at Lazydays Tucson; Randall Lay, Vice President and CFO at Lazydays; Tim Sheehan, President and CEO at Lazydays Lazydays RV recently celebrated the grand opening of the new Airstream Store at its Tucson, Ariz. location. According to a press release, nearly 200 people gathered to celebrate the 2,000-square-foot store, which opened earlier this month. Tim Sheehan, CEO of Lazydays and CFO Randall Lay were present... Read more

Woody’s RV Raffle Helps Fight Breast Cancer

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In support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Prairies/NWT Region, Woody’s RV World announced “RV for the Cause” and the launch of the “Pink RV” raffle starting in January and commencing with a draw in September. In an effort to bring awareness and support to the breast cancer cause, Woody’s and supporting partners pioneered the program to purchase and donate the Pink RV to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. The 22-foot Winnebago Pink Minnie trailer features a pink fiberglass... Read more

Capital Talk: Ivy Tech Addresses RV Training

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This week’s “RV Capital Talk” segment features an interview with representatives from Elkhart County’s Ivy Tech Community College discussing recent moves by the school to prepare workers for the manufacturing sector, including the RV industry. Ivy Tech recently announced the launch of the Ivy Tech Community College RV Industry Production Associate program, a 40-hour, five-day course that gives students hands-on training for RV and RV-related jobs. The school is partnering with Thor Industries... Read more

Elkhart Co.’s 21st Nationally in Manufacturing

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Indiana’s Elkhart County is a manufacturing juggernaut, not only compared to other counties in the state, but to counties across the nation. The Elkhart Truth reported that according to manufacturing data released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau, Elkhart County’s manufacturing sector employed more people, 53,705, than any other county in the state. More, even, than the most populated counties, including Marion (42,808), Allen (24,975) and Lake (23,122) counties. Nationally, Elkhart County... Read more

TOP DEBUTS: Thor ’15 Motorized Toy Hauler

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Thor Motor Coach’s (TMC) latest Outlaw-brand Class A motorhome toy hauler, the 38RE, is specifically built for people who don’t haul toys. Instead, the Elkhart, Ind.-based builder added an exterior kitchenette to the rear wall, making the newest Outlaw with its folddown ramp patio the ultimate “tailgate” touring vehicle for sporting events. However, according to Jon Krider, TMC’s vice president of product development, the ability to give outdoor enthusiasts an exterior living zone separate... Read more

Gas Prices, Jobs Boost Consumer Sentiment

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U.S. consumers are feeling upbeat about the economy, according to data released today (Jan. 30). The optimism could keep consumer spending on a rising trend, but future sentiment gains may depend on wage growth accelerating. The University of Michigan final January sentiment index eased slightly to 98.1 from the early January reading of 98.2, but both are far above the final December reading of 93.6. The report said the end-January index is the highest since January 2004. Economists surveyed by The... Read more

Let’s Go Aero Intros GearWagon 125 Camper

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GearWagon 125 camper Let’s Go Aero (LGA), manufacturer of gear transport and outdoor lifestyle products, has introduced its ultralite GearWagon 125 camper. A dual-purpose cargo and camping trailer weighing only 560 pounds, the GearWagon can be pulled by any vehicle including those with Class I, 1,000-pound tow ratings. The Colorado Springs-based company reported in a press release that the GearWagon 125 camper provides outdoor enthusiasts with 137 cubic feet of cargo carrying capacity for hauling... Read more

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