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Passport America Rally Marks 25 Years Of Growth

June 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Ryan Simmons at the Passport America rally in Goshen It’s been 25 years since Passport America launched its 50% camping discount club, and the organization is going stronger than ever. Ray Fernandez, Dresden Fernandez and Vernon Simmons started Passport America, and today it remains a family-run operation with Dresden (now Simmons) and two of Vernon’s sons helping to run the growing operation. “Back in 1991, they came up with the concept. Dresden and my father put in two years on the road,... Read more

Boating Sales Post Strongest Month for ’17 in May

June 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The recreational boat industry had its strongest month this year in May as sales rose in all but two categories and some segments posted double-digit gains. Sales climbed 8.5 percent, or 1,159 boats, to 14,740 in the main powerboat segments and 8 percent, or 1,699, to 22,926 industrywide from the same month last year in 23 states that represent about 56 percent of the U.S. boat market, Statistical Surveys reported today. Percentagewise the gains were the best since January. Total sales for May were... Read more

Travel Lite Sees Sales Surge; Eyeing More Growth

June 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

While the RV industry as a whole is on an upward trajectory, New Paris, Ind.-based Travel Lite Inc. is enjoying an extra-strong surge that has resulted in impressive year-over-year gains. “As of last week we had already surpassed our revenue from last year, and it’s only the second quarter,” President Dustin Johns, majority owner of the business, told RVBUSINESS.com. “We actually grew 60% last year on our dollar volume. This is growth on top of growth, and it’s only going to continue.” Travel... Read more

Fun Town Ranked No. 9 on ‘Middle Market 50’ List

June 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Fun Town RV was the ninth fastest growing middle market business in north Texas according to the Dallas Business Journal.  The Middle Market 50 List is comprised of the fastest growing middle market companies in north Texas, including private and public companies with annual revenue between $25 and $750 million. The Dallas Business Journal presented Fun Town RV CEO Jarrod McGhee with a trophy at the awards banquet on June 15 at the Ritz Carlton in Dallas.  “It has definitely been fast... Read more

OPUS Intros ‘Outback’ Camper for Off-Road RVing

June 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

OPUS Camper USA announced the launch of the Outback camper, designed for off-road RVing with an upgraded, all-terrain chassis. According to a press release, new standard features include 42-gallon on-board water system, built-in shower and a slide-out kitchen. The off-road design originated in Australia, driven by the extreme conditions of the Australian Outback. The company reported that OPUS Australia has seen growing sales for the camper. The design upgrades include a chassis with independent... Read more

Goshen Council Allows ‘LCI’ to Keep Tax Benefits

June 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Goshen City Council members Tuesday (June 20) agreed to allow area manufacturer Lippert Components Inc. to continue receiving tax phase-in benefits for three of its Goshen properties. The council arrived at its decision following a hearing to determine whether or not Lippert, a leading supplier of components to the recreational vehicle, residential housing and numerous other industries, was in compliance with a seven-year tax phase-in agreement established with the city back in 2013 connected... Read more

Black Book: RV Values at Auction Soften For May

June 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Black Book reported that the wholesale values of used towables and motorhomes were lower in May, while the volume of vehicles that were sold at auction also dropped off considerably.  “This is a fairly normal seasonal pattern for this time of year, as most dealers have been aggressively stocking up their inventory for the past several months to be ready for their prime selling seasons,” said Eric Lawrence, director of specialty products for Black Book. “What... Read more

Auto Sales Stall; Thousands Of Workers Laid Off

June 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Wall Street is fretting that the U.S. auto industry is heading for a downturn, but for thousands of workers at General Motors factories in the United States, the hard times are already here, according to an Automotive News report. Matt Streb, 36, was one of 1,200 workers laid off on Jan. 20 — inauguration day for President Donald Trump — when GM canceled the third shift at its Lordstown, Ohio, small-car factory. Sales of the Chevrolet Cruze sedan, the only vehicle the plant makes, have... Read more

Giant RV Planning New Location in Downey, Calif.

June 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Giant RV is expanding with a new location in Downey, Calif., scheduled to open in October. “Giant RV is expanding operations in the southern California market with the addition of a new state-of-the-art facility,” stated Vice President of Operations Mike Murphy. The 10-acre site will feature over 90,000 square feet of indoor showroom space with an additional 20,000 square feet of service capacity. The new Giant RV facility is expected to create up to 90 new jobs in sales and service... Read more

L&W Engineering Hires Kauffman as VP of Sales

June 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

L&W Engineering announced the addition of Trent Kauffman as vice president of sales. According to a press release, Kauffman will provide additional leadership to the L&W sales team focusing on the continued development of sales and marketing strategies while continuing to prioritize the organizational focus on growing customer support and building stronger relationships. Trent joins L&W with a strong background in sales leadership, most recently serving as vice president of OEM Sales... Read more

WFCO Transfer Switches Offer Safe Performance

June 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

WFCO Electronics’ transfer switch models are easier and quicker to install while also being highly effective in providing the safe transfer of power and in preventing damage to the RV’s electrical system. WFCO’s current models include the T-57 (50-amp output; 120/240 VAC, 60 Hz input) and the T-30 (30-amp output; 120 VAC, 60 Hz input). The T-57 model offers installer-friendly features such as an easy-access terminal bar with each lug labeled so technicians can easily identify... Read more

KOA: ’17 Occupancy Numbers Continue to Climb

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Occupancy at Kampgrounds of America Inc.’s (KOA) nearly 500 campgrounds across North America was up nearly 2% over last year during Father’s Day weekend, according to numbers released by KOA. The increase continues a record trend for KOA campgrounds in 2017. Occupancy numbers for KOA’s Care Camps Big Weekend in May were up 4.5% while guest occupancy for this year’s Memorial Day Weekend was up nearly 5%.  Looking ahead, advanced reservations for the Fourth of July holiday are showing... Read more

Winnebago Reports 75% Gain in Sales During 3Q

June 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc. reported a 75.1% increase in revenue during its fiscal 2017 third quarter ended May 27, 2017, lifted by the company’s acquisition of towable builder Grand Design Recreational Vehicles Co. completed last November. Third-quarter sales totaled $476.4 million compared to $272.1 million for the fiscal 2016 period. Gross profit was $70.8 million, an increase of 134% compared to $30.3 million a year ago as gross profit margins expanded 380... Read more

Ryan Zinke ‘Doubles Down’ on Partnership Push

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In lockstep with prior remarks from President Trump regarding the nation’s public lands, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke floated the idea two weeks ago of privatizing all campgrounds under his watch as a way to offset billions of dollars in deferred maintenance costs. The Summit Daily reported that this week, the cabinet member tasked with overseeing the National Park Service (NPS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) doubled down on the plan, stating he planned to reduce the federal department... Read more

Private Equity Firm True Wind Capital to Buy ARI

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ARI Network Services Inc., a provider of SaaS, software tools and marketing services, has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of True Wind Capital Management LLC, a San Francisco-based private equity firm focused on investing in leading technology companies. Under the terms of the agreement, ARI shareholders will receive $7.10 in cash for each share of ARI common stock they own, according to a news release. The purchase price represents a premium of approximately 33%... Read more

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