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Webinar will Review 3 Keys to Online Advertising

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RV dealership owners interested in learning more about how to increase visibility, branding and lead generation may register now for RV Camping Connect’s free webinar, “3 Keys To Successful Online Advertising For Local RV Dealerships.” Slated for Sept. 2 from 10-11:00 a.m. PDT, RV dealers will learn about key strategies through which they can compete with national and local advertisers for the attention of the best, local prospects and customers and be able to do it on a minimum budget. They... Read more

Carriage Employee Reunion Held at Fairgrounds

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Over 300 former Carriage employees attended Saturday’s reunion Some 300 people gathered Saturday (Aug. 29) in the Community Building at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds in Goshen, Ind., for a relatively unusual event in the business world – a first-ever luncheon reunion for former employees of iconic towable builder Carriage Inc. that collapsed in the wake of the Great Recession. Once a stable higher-end RV manufacturer known for its Carriage, Cameo, Cabo, Carri-Lite and Royals International... Read more

Lippert’s Tax Cut for Signature Upgrades on Hold

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Action on a tax break for Lippert Components Inc.’s investment in a manufacturing plant in New Haven, Ind., will wait until September, at the earliest. The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reported that New Haven City Council members want to get more information on Lippert’s purchase of Signature Seating before granting Lippert’s request for $18,912 in tax abatements over five years. Lippert will not construct any buildings but plans to invest $678,160 in manufacturing, logistics and information... Read more

Dometic to Intro Awning Add-ons at Open House

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Dometic Group, global supplier of comfort and convenience products for the recreational vehicle, automotive, truck, marine and lodging industries, today (Aug. 31) announced the introduction of three new PowerChannel accessories for the Dometic 9100 PowerChannel Awning at the 2015 Elkhart County RV Open House. The Dometic PowerChannel patent-pending technology provides power through the 9100 PowerChannel Awning’s roller tube and provides a place to connect and run Dometic’s range of new PowerChannel... Read more

Ford Feeling Push to Raise Midsize Truck Output

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Nobody buys small pickups anymore. Nobody wants a truck-based SUV, either. That was the thinking just a few years ago for many automakers, including Ford Motor Co. But, according to Automotive News, Ford executives apparently have changed their tune, as gasoline and oil prices plunge, truck sales soar and discretionary buyers return to the market in droves. Ford and its dealers have become restless on the sidelines as General Motors sells every midsize pickup it can build and Jeep makes bank month... Read more

Winnebago, Schwinn Partner on ‘Get Out and Go’

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Winnebago Industries Inc. announced a partnership with bicycle manufacturer Schwinn for its “Get out and Go” promotion. For 10 weeks, one bicycle a week will be given away. Secondary prizes will also be awarded like bicycle helmets, Winnebago Outdoor apparel and other biking accessories. In addition to the promotion, Schwinn is providing 10 Trailway bicycles at the Winnebago Visitors Center in Forest City, Iowa, for owners to ride while their coach is in service or while they are visiting during... Read more

Kay Toolson’s Brother, Brent, Passes Away at 65

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Brent Toolson Brent Ernest Toolson, brother of former Monaco Coach Corp. President Kay Toolson and uncle of Mike Snell. president of American Recreation Group (ARG) Monaco division, passed away on Aug. 28 at McKay-Dee Hospital. Toolson was born June 4, 1950, to Richard Lynn and Phyllis Mauchley Toolson. On Sept. 13, 1986, he married Ann Major Toolson. Deep love and friendship have been the cornerstone of their lives. “Toolson was taken too early and will be gravely missed,” the obituary notes.... Read more

Woodbury: The Ford Museum a ‘Worthwhile’ Trip

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Chuck Woodberry Editor’s note: Chuck Woodbury, one of the nation’s leading RV consumer bloggers and owner/operator of the popular RVTravel.com website, share his experiences at The Ford Museum in the weekly column he delivers to RVtravel.com e-newsletter subscribers. To view the entire newsletter click here. For anyone interested in automotive history — and American industrial history — a visit to The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich., is a must. I can’t begin to tell you all that... Read more

Michelin Issuing 104,000 BF Goodrich Tire Recall

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Michelin is recalling around 104,000 BF Goodrich tires used for light trucks and recreational vehicles because the sidewalls can rupture under severe use conditions. As reported by the Associated Press, the tire maker says no injuries or deaths have been tied to the problem. Michelin North America Inc. says the recall involves several types of commercial and rugged terrain tires made in 2014 and 2015 and sold in the United States. The tires are used on commercial trucks; full-size, heavy-duty vans;... Read more

EverGreen RV will Host Mike Ditka at Open House

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Mike Ditka EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC will be hosting a Tailgate Party featuring former Chicago Bears player and head coach Mike Ditka as part of the Sept. 22-24 Elkhart County RV Open House. According to a press release, the event is scheduled for Sept. 23 at 4 p.m. at EverGreen’s display along Executive Parkway in Elkhart, the main feeder to Thor Industries Inc.’s exhibit at the RV/MH Hall of Fame. Ditka is a member of both the College Football and Pro Football halls of fame,... Read more

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