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Keystone Passport Dealers Post Record Months

September 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Passport trailer by Keystone RV Keystone RV Co.’s Passport Ultra Lite division garnered record sales in May through July, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. Goshen, Ind.-based Keystone reported in a press release that retail sales for the three months are up over 12% compared to a year ago, and the brand is on track to have its best year in its eight-year history. In addition, the Passport had record orders at the recently completed Elkhart County RV Open House. “Many... Read more

Post-Recession Changes Help Drive Shipments

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For the 32nd straight month, recreational vehicle shipments have surpassed figures from the same month the year prior, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). The South Bend Tribune reported that a total of 26,441 units were shipped in August, a 5.8% increase compared with August of 2013. Year-to-date totals reached 246,483, a gain of 9% over the 226,125 units shipped through August of last year. “The economy continues to recover,” said Mark Bowersox, executive director... Read more

VIDEO 2: ‘Capital Talk’ Interviews Chris Hermon

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This week’s segment of “RV Capital Talk” features an interview with Heartland RV President Chris Hermon discussing the Thor Industries Inc. subsidiary’s success at the Hershey Show and Elkhart RV Open House along with plans for the coming year. To view the video click here or scroll down the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

RV Tax Proposal to Boost Wash. Parks Funding

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A task force appointed by the Washington State governor recommends bringing back two unpopular taxes to help fund state parks and the outdoor recreation industry.According to The Associated Press, the report from the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Parks and Outdoor Recreation recommends a sales tax on bottled water and an excise tax on motor homes and travel trailers. They could collect $100 million in the next two-year budget. Gov. Jay Inslee did not endorse the taxes in a statement last week, but... Read more

Thor Announces Major Expansion at Airstream

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Thor Industries Inc. today (Sept. 29) announced a significant expansion of production and office capacity at the company’s Airstream Inc. subsidiary in Jackson Center, Ohio.  The project will add approximately 94,000 square feet to Airstream’s existing 134,000 square-foot travel trailer plant. “With the recent strong growth in our markets, momentum and optimism among our dealers and positive outlook for future growth, this expansion will help us achieve our long-term growth objectives,”... Read more

RVIA Elects Jayco’s Derald Bontrager Chairman

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  Outgoing RVIA Chairman Doug Gaeddert passes the gavel to Derald Bontrager Derald Bontrager, president and CEO of Jayco Inc., was elected Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) chairman for fiscal year 2015 during the association’s board of meeting on Sept. 24 at The St. Regis Aspen Resort in Aspen, Colo. RVIA reported in a press release that Bontrager succeeds Doug Gaeddert, general manager for Forest River Inc., who served in the position the past two years. “The board... Read more

InterVac Designs Dual Port Central Vac System

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Following the successful launch of a new compact series of central vacuum systems, InterVac Design Corp. announced the introduction of its new “dual port” design.   “RV manufacturers have recognized that customers are no longer satisfied with run of the mill features and options,” said Susan Schlapkohl, vice president of sales for InterVac, in a press release. “The designers are looking at luxury homes and yachts for ideas that can be incorporated in the RV. And we knew we needed... Read more

Report: Consumer Spending, Income up in Aug.

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Consumer spending rebounded in August as employment gains revived household earnings growth and encouraged Americans to return to shops and car dealerships. Bloomberg reported that the 0.5% increase in purchases was more than forecast and followed little change in July, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. Incomes also advanced, rising 0.3% last month as wages and salaries climbed the most in three months. Worker pay over the past 12 months is showing its biggest gains since the... Read more

KOA Finds New Location for Las Vegas Facility

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Boyd Gaming Corporation and Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) today (Sept. 29) announced a long-term agreement that will make Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall the new home of the Las Vegas KOA. Under terms of the lease agreement, KOA will assume operations of Sam’s Town RV Park, one of the largest and most well-known RV parks in the Las Vegas Valley. Effective Wednesday (Oct. 1), the park will be renamed the Las Vegas KOA at Sam’s Town, and become KOA’s exclusive home in Las Vegas. “We... Read more

RVB Announces ‘Top 50 Dealer’ Award Winners

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The newest class of U.S. and Canadian recreational vehicle retailers slated to receive 2014 RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Awards during a Nov. 12 evening reception at the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo in Las Vegas is a virtual “Who’s Who” of U.S. and Canadian RV retailing — from smaller family-held stores to emerging independent chains during an era of rapid industry consolidation. At the head of the class, selected by a panel of industry experts that convened in September for some... Read more

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