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Guaranty Receives Newmar Mahlon Miller Award

March 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Guaranty RV staff attends gathering to mark dealer being honored with Newmar’s Mahlon Miller Service Award Guaranty RV Super Centers held a March 16 celebratory gathering at its Motorized Showcase facility in Junction City, Ore., marking the dealer’s acceptance of the Mahlon Miller Service Excellence Award and 2016 Platinum Dealer Award from Nappanee, Ind.-based builder Newmar Corp. According to a press release, the event was attended by Guaranty employees and staff along with several... Read more

KOA’s O’Rourke Named to Ad Age’s ’40 Under 40′

March 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Toby ORourke Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) Chief Franchise Operations Officer Toby O’Rourke has been named to the 2017 Ad Age “40 Under 40” list. According to a press release, the national award honors those under age 40 who have made significant contributions to the success of their companies through innovation and extraordinary leadership. “These are the forward thinkers. Risk-takers. Rainmakers,” said officials with Ad Age Magazine. “Our 2017 class is an... Read more

Black Book: Trailer Values Hit New High in March

March 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Black Book reported that spring weather spurred RV wholesale values at auction in March as travel trailers reached an all-time high. “With the exception of a few pockets of the country where the winter refuses to relax its grip, we have started to see nicer weather and an active spring market,” said Eric Lawrence, director of specialty products. “Travel trailer values hit an all-time high last month, while motorhomes, perhaps still feeling the effects of colder weather, declined... Read more

NCA Conference Wraps Up; Boasts Solid Turnout

March 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Northeast Campground Association’s (NCA’s) 53rd Northeast Conference on Camping and Trade Show wrapped up Saturday evening (March 18) in Nashua, N.H., after three days of solid turnout by campground operators from Maine to Maryland and all points in between. In all, more than 310 people attended the conference at the Radisson Hotel Nashua, the third year for the event at that venue. Of those attending, 180 were campground owners and operators and 130 came from the 70 exhibitors at the show,... Read more

PRVCA Generator Course is Set to Open April 13

March 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV Generators Course, hosted by Northampton Community College in conjunction with the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), opens April 13 and runs through May 14. The RV Generators Course provides students with a very detailed look into the idiosyncrasies of the voltage and power-producing device. Understanding that mechanical motion (including mechanical adjustments) has a direct electrical result helps students through the nuances of this sometimes difficult-to-understand... Read more

‘Midwest Outdoor Expo’ Debuts in Indy March 24

March 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The inaugural Midwest Outdoor Expo is set to run March 24-26 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, featuring hundreds of exhibitors from all over the Midwest showcasing RVs, boats, bicycles, power sports, outdoor living products and accessories. According to a press release, organizers are expecting crowds of over 30,000. The 1st Annual Midwest Outdoor Expo will include a Vintage RV Showcase, a Tiny Home Exhibit and displays showcasing alternative housing, including yurts. The show, billed as... Read more

VIDEO 1: Hymer Touts Autonomous RV at Confab

March 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Erwin Hymer Group North America attended the Good Roads Association Conference in Toronto, Ontario, to showcase its autonomous RV engineered at its Kitchener, Ontario, facility. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.        Read More →

Patrick Acquiring Component Supplier ‘Medallion’

March 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Patrick Industries Inc. announced today (March 20) that it has completed the acquisition of the business and certain assets of Medallion Plastics Inc. and has expanded the size and extended the maturity date of its existing credit facility.  According to a press release, Elkhart, Inc.-based Medallion is a designer, engineer and manufacturer of custom thermoformed products and components which include dash and trim panels and fender skirts for the RV market, and complete interior packages, bumper... Read more

Author Chris Helder to Keynote RVDA Convention

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Chris Helder Noted author and speaker Chris Helder will present “The Power of Influence … Mastering the Customer Experience,” during the opening general session of the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo on Nov. 7.  According to a press release, the convention is sponsored by the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), RVDA of Canada and the Mike Molino RV Learning Center. The compelling keynote address, made possible by convention Platinum Partner Wells Fargo CDF, will... Read more

LCI Names Ott as Aftermarket RSM for Northeast

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Mary Ott Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) announced that Mary Ott has been named regional sales manager, Northeast, to support LCI’s aftermarket business.  Ott, who takes over for John Gross, comes to LCI with years of RV and marine aftermarket experience, most previously as manufacturer sales consultant for industry agency RV Lifestyle. “We are excited to have Mary on our team. Her industry experience and customer relationships in the Northeast will be a valuable asset to our aftermarket... Read more

Truma and RVIA Partner in TnT Regional Training

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In cooperation with the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and the Technicians in Training (TnT) program, Truma is rolling out its product technical training curriculum to dealer technicians. According to a press release, the training focuses on the Truma Combi combined furnace and water heater and the Truma AquaGo hybrid instant water heater. Technicians receive a full day of hands on training repairing the Truma products, and techs receive credit toward their recertification... Read more

Calif. KOA Park Offers an Array of Rental Options

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While many RV parks and campgrounds offer some sort of rental option, Scott Cory’s experience working for Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) helped drive his choices to offer a range of rentals when he decided to leave the company and become a franchisee. Cory and Steven Bitter own the Ventura Ranch KOA, and they have taken it to a new level since purchasing it in 2009. “We bought the campground at the end of 2009,” Cory told Woodall’s Campground Management. “With my background at KOA... Read more

Powerboat Sales Show Modest Gains during Feb.

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Led by a 12% increase in sales of outboard-powered fiberglass boats, the recreational boat industry followed a strong January with moderate February growth that put sales for the year about 1% ahead of 2016. According to Soundings Trade Only, Statistical Surveys Inc. reported that sales in the main powerboat segments rose 3.7% to 5,119 and climbed 4.4% industrywide to 7,202 from February 2016 in 26 states that represent about 59% of the U.S. boat market. “It was a good month. Florida was up,... Read more

Ultrafabrics, Japanese-Based Daiichi Kasei Merge

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Ultrafabrics, a supplier of polyurethane fabrics, has merged with Daiichi Kasei Co. (DKK), a publicly traded company on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. According to a press release, Ultrafabrics and DKK have been long-standing partners in the production of the U.S.-based company’s high-performance fabrics for many industries, including RV, furniture, automotive, aviation, healthcare and marine. The acquisition of the shares saw DKK increase its previous 16% stake in Ultrafabrics to 100% and is going... Read more

KOA Camping Report Wins a National PR Award

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(L-R) KOA Chief Franchise Operations Officer Toby O’Rourke, KOA VP of Communications Mike Gast and Allison+Partners Jeannie Horner and Marcus Gamo Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) announced that it received the highest accolade in the public relations industry March 16 when it earned the prestigious 2017 PR Week Award for its use of analytics for the 2016 Edition of ther North American Camping Report. The award was presented to KOA and its PR partner, Allison+Partners, during a ceremony at... Read more

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