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ASA Develops Heavy-Duty Radio for Excavators

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Elkhart, Ind.-based ASA Electronics has introduced the JHD1130WP heavy-duty radio which “fills a need for a short DIN stereo.” According to a press release, the radio was built to fit excavators and other machines that require less than three inches mounting depth. “This unit, in addition to having a short DIN chassis, also features a waterproof face (IPX5), which makes it a great option for many side x sides and open station tractors,” Fred Roetker, HD industry manager at ASA Electronics... Read more

Major International Cities to Ban Diesel Coaches

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The leaders of four major cities, from Europe to Central America, are planning to ban all diesel vehicles by the middle of the next decade. Out & About Live reported that the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has also proposed an expansion to the planned Ultra-Low Emission Zone in central London but is being urged to make it citywide. ClientEarth lawyer Alan Andrews said, “In the UK, London’s mayor is considering bolder action than his predecessor, proposing an expansion to the planned... Read more

RV Industry Stocks Still Garnering Healthy Gains

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Recreational vehicle industry stocks continued to post impressive gains as the stock market itself garnered record highs Wednesday (Dec. 7). The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed out the day up 297.84 points to 19,549.62 while he NASDAQ Composite rose 60.76 to 5,393.76 and the S&P 500 gained29.12 to 2,241.35. Publicly traded RV-related stocks by mid-day Wednesday reflected admirable monthly gains across the board: Patrick Industries Inc. (PATK) – up 32.52% Drew Industries Inc. (DW) –... Read more

Marathon to Up Production in 2017 as Sales Rise

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Due to recent record sales in both new and pre-owned Marathon Coach bus conversions, president and owner Steve Schoellhorn announced a plan to increase production for the fifth consecutive year. “I am pleased to report that 2016 was another successful year filled with substantial growth,” said Schoellhorn in a press release. “Through customer coach orders and special show coaches, we built a terrific assortment of beautiful coaches with innovative features and creative designs. And while it... Read more

CanaDream Corp. Income Gains 7% for 6 Months

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Canadian RV rental firm CanaDream Corp. reported net and comprehensive income of $8.4 million, a 7% increase from the prior period for the six-month period, ended Oct. 31. Total revenue increased 17 % to $34.8 million increased 17% during the period. Guest revenue increased 10% due to increased average nightly revenue while fleet sales revenue increased 33% due to a higher volume of unit sales of guest fleet and fleet inventory. Operating expenses increased 20% while cash flow provided by operating... Read more

Keystone RV Co. Earns 7 ‘Quality Circle’ Awards

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The Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) has recognized Keystone RV Co. swith seven Quality Circle Awards. According to a press release, the DSI Quality Circle Award recognizes the high level of success companies have earned in working with their dealer business partners, according to RVDA Chairman of the Board Darrel Friesen of All Seasons RV Center in Yuba City, Calif. “Their commitment to continuously improving products and services ultimately helps dealers serve customers better... Read more

VIDEO 2: KOA Honors Supporters of ‘Care Camp’

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At the recent Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) Convention in Chattanooga, Tenn., owners were recognized for their ongoing support and efforts to advance the cause of KOA Care Camps. To view a video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page. This group of generous owners have raised more than $10 million dollars since the charity’s inception, ensuring that kids with cancer are able to attend medically supervised oncology camps at no cost to their families. The Board... Read more

Barnes & Thornburg is Relocating Elkhart Office

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Barnes & Thornburg LLP attorneys in Elkhart, Ind., are settling into new digs, having left the downtown office they called home since 1996 and moving closer to the growing industrial corridor of the city’s recreational vehicle base. As reported by Indiana Lawyer, J. Scott Troeger, managing partner of the Elkhart office, explained the firm’s new location near the Indiana Toll Road enables the attorneys to easily meet face-to-face with manufacturers throughout Elkhart County. Access to main... Read more

Hopkins Intros Endurance Easy-Pull Connectors

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Emporia, Kan.-based Hopkins, a leading supplier of automotive aftermarket products, announced the introduction of Endurance Easy-Pull connectors to the company’s towing solutions product line. The patent-pending, through-hole finger grip eliminates slipping and reduces damage to vehicle and trailer connectors. According to a press release, the “intuitive Easy-Pull is the easiest to use, all-environments vehicle for trailering 4-wire flat towing connector.” Easy-Pull is the latest... Read more

Thetford, Norcold Name Winner of Daytona Trip

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Bob Stewart, owner of Clairsville, Ohio-based Stewart’s RV Center, was the winner of the “Daytona 500 Experience” grand prize courtesy of Thetford Corp. and Norcold Inc. According to a press release, Stewart was selected at random from the many dealer, distributor and RV manufacturer entries at the Thetford and Norcold exhibit at the recently completed Louisville Show. The “Daytona 500 Experience” includes airfare, deluxe three-day/two-night accommodations at the Orlando Marriott... Read more

Air Lift Introduces Kits to Handle Extreme Loads

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Air Lift Co. is expanding its load assist product line with the new LoadLifter 7500 XL series kits, offering “extreme” load-leveling capabilities, according to a release. The LoadLifter 7500 XL is now Air Lift’s heaviest-rated air spring kit, built to provide 7,500 pounds of load- leveling capacity. The kit provides a combination of adjustability and ride quality for owners of 3/4- and 1-ton pickups that tow or haul heavy loads like slide-in campers, fifth-wheel RV trailers or... Read more

Bruce Alexander Remembered as Born Salesman

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Longtime RV sales representative Bruce Alexander passed away on Dec. 3 after a battle with cancer. He was 70. According to his obituary, Alexander, who graduated from California State University, Fullerton, “was a born salesman” who loved his work in real estate and the RV industry. During his tenure in the RV segment he was sales manager for Overland Motor Homes in Orange, Calif., while also working for several manufacturers including Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. Alexander finished his... Read more

Elkhart Co. Ivy Tech Offers MIG Welding Classes

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Welding has become a high-demand skill in Indiana’s Elkhart County, including the RV industry, and a new educational program aims to help generate a supply of workers to meet the need. Ivy Tech Community College will offer introductory MIG welding, advanced MIG welding and introduction to welding classes during the college’s spring semester beginning Jan. 17, according to a press release. The classes at Ivy Tech’s 22531 C.R. 18 campus will offer structural level instruction and... Read more

Opinion: Industry Addressing Customer Service

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As the industry resumes its workaday schedules in the aftermath of the 54th Annual National RV Trade Show, we thought we’d point out a couple of news stories posted last week that certainly merited more than a passing glance by the rank and file of the North American RV industry. Top of the mind was a joint statement announcing a precedent-setting agreement by the industry’s three lead trade associations – the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association... Read more

DexKo Acquires Aussie-Based Melbourne Trailer

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DexKo Global Inc., the amalgamation of Dexter Axle and AL-KO Vehicle Technology, is expanding its Australian operations, announcing it has signed an agreement to acquire Melbourne Trailer and Caravan Supplies (MTCS). According to a press release, MTCS is an Australian family-owned business and supplier of caravan and trailer axles, leaf springs and other trailer components, serving multiple market segments across Australia since 1968. It has also been the Australian distributor for the Dexter Axle... Read more

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