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PRVCA Seeking ‘Volunteer of Year’ Nominations

June 18, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle and Camping Association (PRVCA) is accepting nominations for its “Volunteer of the Year” award to be presented during the Annual Membership Dinner, Sept. 11 in Hershey, Pa. Members of the industry are asked to consider nominating a member for recognition. According to a press release, nominees should meet the following criteria: Member went “above and beyond” with his or her commitment to PRVCA. Must be a PRVCA committee or board member past... Read more

Workamper News to Host 8th Rendezvous in Ark.

June 18, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Around 250 current and future RVers will gather in Heber Springs, Ark., Oct. 15-19 for the Workamper Rendezvous, produced by Workamper News Inc.  According to a press release, the five-day, educational event will hit on topics to help RVers and Workampers lead a more successful travel life and help those just looking to enter the lifestyle with more confidence. Attendees can attend all seminars taught by industry experts, but they’ll also learn a lot from interaction with fellow attendees.... Read more

RV Revenue in Spokane Area Increases Fivefold

June 18, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

For Karyn Dietz, owner of Airstream of Spokane, business hasn’t always been good. Sales of the steel capsules-on-wheels slumped in 2008 due to the recession, and for two years Dietz didn’t take home a paycheck. But now that the economy is climbing, regional RV sales are reaching record highs. In Washington’s Spokane County, the number of RV businesses has doubled since 2009. And RV sales and maintenance revenue have increased almost fivefold since 2009, according to the Department of Revenue. The... Read more

Despite High Pump Prices, Ariz. Parks Stay Busy

June 18, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Jo Ann Mickelson Fuel prices are up, but that’s not stopping camping enthusiasts from hitting the road. Campground operators across northern Arizona are seeing a significant increase in occupancies this year, which they expect to continue through the summer months, according to a press release.  “It’s shaping up to be a big year. The phones are ringing off the hook,” exclaimed Jo Ann Mickelson, who owns and operates J & H RV Park in Flagstaff, in addition to serving as executive... Read more

Report: ‘NHTSA’ Releases Latest RV Recalls List

June 18, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: The following is the latest RV recall list compiled by the National Highway Safety Association (NHTSA). • Tiffin Motorhomes Inc. is recalling 1,223 2018-2019 Tiffin Allegro RED, Allegro Open Road, Breeze, Bus, Phaeton, and Zephyr motorhomes. The entry door on these vehicles may have been improperly assembled, allowing the door to open while the vehicle is moving. For additional information click here. • Forest River Inc. is recalling 265 2017-2019 Forest River... Read more

Q&A: Campground Exec Zbierski Offers Updates

June 16, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Cyndy Zbierski speaks with NCA president Mike Irons at last spring’d meeting in Massachusetts Editor’s Note: Cyndy Zbierski, executive director of the Northeast Campground Association (NCA), representing parks from nine northeastern states, spoke with RVBusiness sister publication Woodall’s Campground Management about how NCA was doing in 2018 and some of the recent trends she has noticed in the campground arena. Zbierski has been involved in the campground sector since childhood.... Read more

Chinese Steel Propane Cylinders Under Scrutiny

June 16, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Imported steel propane cylinders, including the nearly one million used by the RV industry each year, are under investigation by the International Trade Commission (ITC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce. RVIA Today Express reported that the investigation was brought by the two companies comprising the domestic steel cylinder industry, Manchester Tank & Equipment and Worthington Industries, to determine whether steel propane cylinders from China and Thailand are being dumped in the United... Read more

OIA: Travel Goods Excluded from Trump’s Tariffs

June 16, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: The following analysis by Rich Harper, manager of international trade for the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), examines President Trump’s imposed tariffs on China and the exclusion of apparel, footwear and travel goods on the list. President Trump announced Friday (June 15) that the United States will move forward with imposing $50 billion in retaliatory tariffs on certain products from China in response to concerns about its intellectual property (IP) practices... Read more

Jayco’s Current Garners RVIA’s Standards Award

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Jayco’s Terry Current (C) with RVIA Chairman Bob Parish (L) and RVIA President Frank Hugelmeyer (R) The Distinguished Achievement in RV Standards Award honors those who have contributed to the enhancement of the industry’s standards. Terry Current, Jayco Inc.’s director of codes and standards, was the recipient of this award, which was presented at last week’s RV Industry Association’s (RVIA) Standards Steering Committee meeting in Washington, D.C. RVIA Today Express reported that... Read more

High Gas Prices Will Shorten Not Cancel Travel

June 16, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Even though gas prices are eating up close to 10 percent of U.S. incomes, motor club AAA said Wednesday travel plans may be scaled back, but not canceled. “Motorists can expect to spend at least $250 more on gas this season, but that won’t stop them from traveling,” AAA spokeswoman Jeanette Casselano said in a statement. The retail price for a gallon of gasoline is 58 cents higher than it was on this date last year, but has been moving slightly lower as the price of oil moves... Read more

Martin: Thor Working to Minimize Tariffs’ Impact

June 15, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Thor Industries Inc.’s warning about rising tariff-related costs in its third-quarter earnings report sent shares plunging to 2018 lows, but CEO Bob Martin told CNBC on Thursday that the company is finding ways to blunt the impact. (To view a video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page). “We thought it’d be minimal,” the CEO admitted in a “Mad Money” interview with Jim Cramer. “Today, they’re still kind of... Read more

RVIA to Host July 24-25 RVX Exhibitor Academy

June 15, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

In preparation for the launch of the RVX: The RV Experience, slated for March 12-14, 2019, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the RV Industry Association (RVIA) is hosting the July 24-25 RVX Exhibitor Academy.   Also slated for Salt Lake City, RVIA noted in an announcement to members that the event “will be a great opportunity to familiarize attendees with the city, hotels, and all the outdoor recreation Salt Lake City has to offer.” For those unable to attend, RVIA we will be presenting a... Read more

Lippert Goshen Expansion Gains ‘TIF’ Financing

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Goshen Redevelopment Commission members voted 3-2 in favor of a resolution establishing the boundaries and economic development plan for a new tax increment financing district on the city’s southeast side. As reported by the Goshen News, tax increment financing, or TIF, is a tool that allows municipalities to promote economic development by capturing the increases in tax revenue generated by private development within a designated district. That captured tax revenue is then used to pay back the... Read more

Alpin Haus Officially Opens Expanded N.Y. Store

June 15, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Alpin Haus, one of the Northeast’s largest outdoor recreation retailers, Thursday (June 14) celebrated the grand opening of its newly expanded Saratoga County RV sales facility. According to a press release, the grand opening is the culmination of a multiyear project which transformed the Gansevort dealership and created a brand new sales office and customer lounge. The expansion adds 3,600 square feet of space to the facility and features new service bays, a new parts and accessories store,... Read more

Horizon Terminates Acquisition of ‘Brink Group’

June 15, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Horizon Global Corp. announced that the company and H2 Equity Partners have mutually agreed to terminate the Brink Group acquisition agreement.   According to a press release, the acquisition will be withdrawn from regulatory review in Germany and the U.K. The Brink Group manufactures tow bars, wiring kits and towing accessories.   “Both Horizon Global and the Brink Group are two strong organizations that are leaders in the towing and trailering industry in Europe,” commented Carl Bizon,... Read more

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