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CURT Introduces Ford Super Duty Gooseneck

February 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

CURT Manufacturing, a leading manufacturer of American-made towing products with headquarters in Dallas, Texas, and Eau Claire, Wis., has designed a brand new gooseneck hitch, specifically for Ford Super Duty trucks. Accordng to a company announcement, this OEM-style hitch is a “highly valuable asset for CURT dealers and consumers alike,” featuring a one-person installation, a 30,000-pound weight rating and a limited lifetime warranty, all wrapped up in a dependable, made-in-USA design. Like... Read more

K-Z Connect Trailer Sees Brisk Sales at Shows

February 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Connect C281BH travel trailer interior by K-Z Newly redesigned Connect travel trailers by K.Z. Inc. are experiencing record sales at this spring’s shows. According to a press release, Connect is a 96-inch-wide, aerodynamic laminated travel trailer, offering floorplans ranging from 22 to 33 feet in length. “Early show feedback from our dealers has been excitingly positive, with ‘brisk’ being the common adjective used to describe Connect’s sales,” said Product Manager Brent Froman in... Read more

Lippert Completes Acquisition of Sessa Klein

February 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

LCI Industries, an Elkhart-Ind.-based supplier of components for the leading original equipment manufacturers of recreational vehicles and adjacent industries, and the related aftermarkets of those industries, today (Feb. 21) announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Lippert Components Inc., has completed the previously announced acquisition of Sessa Klein S.p.A., a Varese, Italy-based manufacturer of highly engineered side window systems for both high speed and commuter trains. The purchase price... Read more

VIDEO 1: Coachmen RV Explores Catalina SBX

February 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Follow along in a video with Gracie Lyons of Coachmen RV as she presents the top five features and benefits, along with highlighting the competitive advantages, of the Catalina SBX travel trailer. (To view the video, scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page or click here.)  Read More →

VIDEO 3: Cequent Touts Westfalia Technology

February 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The February episode of “ION Cequent,” the web-based video series produced by Cequent Performance Products and hosted by Angela Howard and Greg Sarkozi, includes segments on the Tekonsha Prodigy RF Power Module as well as Westfalia Automotive, one of Europe’s leading suppliers of tow bars and related products that was acquired by Horizon Global, Cequent’s parent company, in the fall of 2016. To view the video, scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page or click... Read more

‘Scamper Van Camper Van Rental’ Launches

February 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Company founders David Clapper and Eric De Steeg on Monday (Feb. 20) announced the upcoming launch of Scamper Van – Camper Van Rental, saying the “revolutionary new service will bring everything that people need to camp right to their front door.” According to the company announcement, the Scamper Van service delivers camper vans that are fully stocked with the supplies needed to get through just about any adventure with ease. “Scamper Van takes the stress and confusion out... Read more

Spartan to Opt Out of Postal Service Project

February 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Charlotte, Mich.-based Spartan Motors Inc., a leader in specialty chassis and vehicle design, manufacturing and assembly, announced today (Feb. 21) that its Spartan Fleet Vehicles and Services (FVS) business unit — which encompasses the Utilimaster brand — has stopped development on the United States Postal Service (USPS) Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) Program as a prime contractor in the functional prototype development project and has sought withdrawal from the USPS. According to the... Read more

Virginia RV Show ‘Starts the Camping Season’

February 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The 12th annual Fredericksburg RV Show, March 3-5 in Fredericksburg, Va., will feature the area’s best dealers together under one roof at the Fredericksburg Expo Center, offering the best pricing and incentives of the year. According to a release, the Fredericksburg RV Show features everything from folding campers, luxurious high-line motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth-wheels, Class C motor homes and everything in between. Dealers include Camper’s Inn of Fredericksburg, Holly Acres Marine... Read more

Sen. Donnelly Works the Line at Robert Weed

February 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly took a break from the rigors of Washington, D.C. Monday (Feb. 20) to visit a front-line RV industry supplier, Robert Weed Plywood Corp. in Bristol, Ind., where he spent time at a variety of work stations learning about the work-a-day regimen that employees of the 50-year-old, family-held business experience on a day-to-day basis. Donnelly, a centrist Democrat who faces reelection in 2018, also answered questions for inquisitive members of the regional press on a number of... Read more

Jenkins Heads Up National Indoor RV Centers

February 20, 2017 by · 6 Comments 

Tadd Jenkins Former Jayco Inc. executive Tadd Jenkins has been named president of National Indoor RV Centers (NIRVC), a seven-year-old motorized RV dealership based in Lewisville, Texas, that is becoming known for its unique approach to service and storage at its suburban Dallas headquarters and at new outlets in Atlanta and Phoenix, according to NIRVC CEO Brett Davis. Davis described Jenkins, who last served as president of Jayco’s Motorhome Group and its upscale Entegra Coach line, as “a brand... Read more

Complete the RVB/Wells Fargo Dealer Survey?

February 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

It was a week ago today (Feb. 13) that the 2017 RVB/Wells Fargo Survey, a rather straight-forward, nonscientific, 20-question poll, was first emailed to a thousand U.S. and Canadian RV retailers. And we’re sending you this note today (Feb. 20) to remind you of that fact and to urge North America’s RV dealers like you to find the time to complete this non-intrusive survey. Any dealer who hasn’t gotten the survey, which takes a retrospective look at 2016 and a speculative glance at the year ahead,... Read more

N.C. County May Clarify RV, Tiny House Rules

February 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Pitt County, N.C., planning officials are again asking county commissioners to amend the ordinance text governing recreational vehicles and tiny houses during their 6 p.m. meeting and public hearing today (Feb. 20), the Daily Reflector reported. Planning staff members want the changes because the county had few regulations in place regarding RVs and RV parks. The staff initially sought the changes in December, but commissioners delayed actions because of complaints from county residents. Planning... Read more

Lemonis to Donate $1.5 million to Alma Mater

February 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Marcus Lemonis Marquette University alumnus Marcus Lemonis announced he will donate up to $1.5 million to the university in a matching challenge, according to a report by the Milwaukee Business News. Lemonis, who stars on CNBC shows “The Profit” and “The Partner,” is the chairman and chief executive officer of Bowling Green, Ky.-based Camping World. He previously donated $300,000 to the university in a giving challenge to raise a total of $1 million. This time, Marquette plans to raise a... Read more

Survey: More Americans to Travel as a Family

February 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

According to a recent AAA survey, more than one-third of Americans (35%) are planning to take a vacation of 50 miles or more away from home involving two or more immediate family members this year. The overall volume of travelers remains unchanged from last year, indicating that Americans continue to prioritize traveling as a family. While most family travelers (70%) are planning to take one or two vacations, there is a significant increase this year in the number of Americans who say they are planning... Read more

TekModo Industries Institutes Major Changes

February 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

TekModo Industries Inc., which manufactures, assembles and distributes a wide range of advanced composite material to the RV, marine and other related industries, has announced several updates to its current operations and business plan going forward, which includes consolidating all of the company activities in Elkhart, Ind., including administration, accounting and corporate finance. Changes, and other announcements, included: a number of upper management positions; an equipment failure that caused... Read more

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