‘Wildcat’ Introduces New Travel Trailer Lineup

May 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Wildcat travel trailer The Wildcat division of Elkhart, Ind.-based Forest River Inc. announced the introduction of an all-new travel trailer targeting the high-volume, mid-price laminated trailer market. “Following up on the success of our fifth-wheel redesign last fall, we’ve hit another home run with our travel trailer launch,” said Chris Saal, Wildcat sales manager, in a press release. “Our dealers were very specific with what they wanted this trailer to be. That included an emphasis... Read more

Dicor Corp. is Sponsoring Ivy Tech Fundraiser

May 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Elkhart, Ind.-based Dicor Corp. will be the title sponsor for the inaugural running of the Catch Your Breath 5K fun run on May 21 to benefit Ivy Tech’s Respiratory Care program. “We are thrilled to partner with Ivy Tech for the Catch Your Breath fun run,” said Gregg Fore, Dicor president. “When you partner with an organization whose core values match those of your own it is a win-win for both parties.” The Ivy Tech Respiratory Care Program is recognized nationally by its accreditation... Read more

Keystone Automotive Adding Four New Lines

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Keystone Automotive Operations Inc. has added four new lines to its supplier roster, according to a release. Vogtland, FiTech, JMS and Turbosmart have joined the speed and performance division to grow Keystone’s sport compact, domestic, import, modern muscle and street rod segments. “We are committed to investing in the market with the goal of offering deeper and broader coverage across various product categories,” said Larry Montante, vice president of category management. “These... Read more

THE BUZZ: Hyland on Wells Fargo Transition

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Tim Hyland The recent acquisition of the North American interests of GE Capital’s Commercial Distribution Finance (CDF) and Vendor Finance businesses by Wells Fargo & Co. has moved forward without interruption, reports Wells Fargo CDF President Tim Hyland. “The transition has been seamless. Essentially our financing operations moved from one major financial company to another,” said Hyland, noting the deal was announced in October of 2015 and finalized March 1. “We have been servicing... Read more

RVIA’s Mac Bryan Set to Retire After 39 Years

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Mac Bryan The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) announced that Mac Bryan, senior vice president of finance and operations, will retire after 39 years with the organization. In order to facilitate a smooth transition, Bryan is expected to stay until his successor is named. RVIA is commencing a search that is expected to be concluded by the end of the year. “Mac has contributed tremendously to the success of RVIA and the RV industry over the course of his outstanding career,” stated... Read more

Fantasy RV Tours Grows Travel Sites For ’16

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Fantasy RV Tours continues to broaden its selection of caravan-style RV vacations, offering over 40 unique itineraries with 60 departing tours in 2016. Planned destinations include Alaska, the Canadian Atlantic Provinces, California’s Rose Parade, Albuquerque’s Balloon Fiesta, Australia and New Zealand, and a tour to view polar bears in Manitoba. According to a press release, RV tours combine the freedom of RVing with the convenience of preplanned travel itineraries, with nightly stays and a... Read more

Elkhart Truth Sold to Ky.-Based Media Group

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Paxton Media Group announced today (May 2) that it has purchased The Elkhart Truth from Federated Media. Paxton Media, a family-owned company headquartered in Paducah, Ky., owns more than 30 daily newspapers, including 10 in Indiana and one in southwest Michigan. “We are gratified for the opportunity to assume stewardship of The Elkhart Truth,” said David Paxton, president and CEO of Paxton Media Group. “It is an award-winning newspaper with a proud history of serving Elkhart County.” Paxton... Read more

Northpoint is Bronze Partner For RVDA Show

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The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) announced that Northpoint Commercial Finance is a Bronze Partner for the 2016 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo. The convention/expo will take place Nov. 7-11, 2016 at Bally’s in Las Vegas, sponsored by RVDA, RVDA of Canada, and the Mike Molino RV Learning Center. “We welcome Northpoint Commercial Finance as new Bronze Partner this year, with gratitude for their support and high level of commitment to our dealers’ education,” said Convention... Read more

Conejo RV Helps At-Risk Kids to Go Camping

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Conejo Wholesale Auto & RV in Thousand Oaks, Calif., recently donated $2,000 in an effort to introduce 120 at-risk local youth to the great outdoors. According to a company announcement, Conejo Wholesale Auto & RV sells new and pre-owned motorhomes and trailers and is one of the largest-stocking Winnebago/Itasca Navion dealership in the country. “We are honored to help these kids get out and experience nature,” said Kirk Spykerman, general manager. The camping trip for underprivileged... Read more

KOA Ads Focus On ‘What’s Happening Now’

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Kampgrounds of America Inc.’s (KOA) is breaking a new ad campaign,“What’s Happening Now Behind the Yellow Sign?,” that targets different times of the day while camping. Camping is all about the experience of being outside and enjoying the connection to family and friends, said KOA’s Chief Franchise Operations Officer Toby O’Rourke in a press release. “Camping is extremely sensory based and these ads take the viewer directly into the favorite part of their camping day,”... Read more

Easy Towability Draws RVers to Mini Trailers

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Travel trailers represent the ultimate in freedom, especially in the outdoorsy Northwest. And like the rest of us, they’ve grown up. According to a Seattle Times report, the latest models have adapted to suit young families, modern lifestyle and smaller cars — but without losing the retro flair that drew us to them in the first place. The 2016 Airstream Sport keeps the look of the classic silver Airstream Bambi, but is light enough to be towed behind an SUV. The premium compact travel trailer... Read more

Boondock Towns Sprouting Up in Ariz. Area

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You’ve seen them parked in circles like current-day wagon trains. Increasing numbers of RV dwellers have taken to the boondocks to live a life unfettered by crowds and electricity. “It’s a mixed bag,” said one long-term RVer who has made this lifestyle a choice after being thrust into it by circumstance. Declining to identify himself, “Mr. G” has a clean truck and travel trailer that would be welcome in any upscale RV park. His current campsite is the Bignotti... Read more

Zamp Solar Partnering With WAY Interglobal

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Zamp Solar and Way Interglobal Network LLC announced a joint marketing effort for RV manufacturers. According to a press release, Zamp Solar is a key provider of solar technology for the RV industry while WAY Interglobal is a leading supplier of electronics and building products. This marketing venture will allow OEMs to package a solar prep wire along with the Way Interglobal’s “Drive” brand of audio electronics.As the RVs are manufactured with the pre-wire kit, dealers will benefit by having... Read more

Ron Hoover RV Hosts Opening At Katy Store

April 30, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

What began as a little shop in Rockport, Texas, has grown into the Lone Star State’s largest RV and boat retailer, and they are bringing the experience to Katy. Your Houston News reported that on Thursday (April 28) Ron Hoover RV and Marine celebrated the grand opening of its ninth Texas location with a ribbon cutting at 29029 Katy Freeway. The 11-acre, 90,000-square-foot facility will include 19 service bays as well as a large parts and accessory area. It will accommodate up to 30 RVs and 50 boats... Read more

Giant Recreation World Adding New Location

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Florida-based Giant Recreation World will open a new 25-acre dealership in Palm Bay in September. “We are proud to be opening our new location in Palm Bay in the fall and it will be a wonderful place to showcase our incredible inventory of recreational vehicles,” said Business Development Manager Ron Henry in a press release. Giant Recreation World is a family-owned and operated RV dealer that has been in business since 1976 with three current Central Florida locations. “As the area’s... Read more

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