EY Honors PPL’s LeBlanc With Regional Award

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Diana LeBlanc Ersnt and Young today (June 27) announced that Diana LeBlanc, president of PPL RVs Inc., received the 2016 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in the transformational category for the Gulf Coast area. “I was honored to be nominated and become a finalist for this prestigious award, but becoming a winner in this region is more exciting than I could have dreamed. Looking back over my 36 years with PPL, I am truly blessed to be a part of a great industry and the RV lifestyle,” said... Read more

‘Big Problem with Tiny Houses: They’re Illegal’

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Tiny houses may be the darlings of the green-living set — with their own blogs, TV shows, documentaries and cottage industry builders, planners, and consultants. But, according to a report by,  they’re usually illegal. Across the Pacific Northwest, to pass legal muster, residential structures must comply with one of three sets of rules: building codes, manufactured home codes, or recreational vehicle certification. They also must comply with zoning codes, which dictate not... Read more

14 Dealers Garner Newmar Corp.’s CSI Awards

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Class A motorhome builder Newmar Corp. recently named its list of dealers being recognized for providing excellent customer service over the past year. According to a press release, the Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Award is presented to dealers who scored in a predetermined percentile based on results from customer surveys. Fourteen Newmar dealers earned the award by providing excellent customer service to Newmar customers receiving warranty work. The 2015 award winners include: Ansley RV,... Read more

Cruise Inn Adds Fourth Resort RV Park in Calif.

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Cruise Inn has “strengthened its foothold” in California with the addition of Shadow Hills RV Resort, the company reported in a press release. Located in Indio, Shadow Hills RV Resort is a five-diamond, family-owned and operated resort in the Palm Springs/Palm Desert area. It is situated just off of Interstate 10, directly across from Sun City Shadow Hills Golf and Country Club. The resort welcomes guests of all ages and is pet friendly. It features full-hookup sites for RVs, complimentary... Read more

Chinese Firm Invests $2M in RV Battery Maker

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A publicly traded Chinese company’s investment of $2 million in a Reno-based startup that makes lithium-ion batteries is expected to accelerate expansion of the manufacturing capacity for Dragonfly Energy Corp. According to a news release, Dynavolt Renewable Power Technology Co. Ltd. invested $2 million to acquire 2 million shares of Series A Preferred Stock in Dragonfly Energy. The investment represents a one-third ownership stake in the company. Dragonfly Energy started as an R&D company... Read more

Brexit May Exact ‘Modest Toll’ on U.S. Economy

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The U.S. economy will likely take a modest hit from the United Kingdom’s vote last week to leave the European Union, but the episode is expected to produce some winners as well as losers. USA Today reported that the market turbulence generated by the referendum is already prompting some businesses to rethink hiring and investment plans. And manufacturers that were starting to stabilize after a prolonged slump face a new potential setback. But homebuyers may be dealt a favorable drop in mortgage... Read more

Northern Mich. Retailers Enjoying Record Sales

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Larry Kelsey began work at Traverse City, Mich.-based Nature & Me RV in 2010. The dealership has sold record amounts of recreational vehicle every year since. According to a Record Eagle report, Nature & Me RV aims to sell around 250 RVs this year, Kelsey said. Last year’s number to beat was just over 200. “Business has been good since 2010 and I think it’s going to continue,” said Kelsey, manager of the RV dealership. “Every year is a new record.” Sales... Read more

Pa. Bill Proposes Private Development in Parks

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A controversial plan to test the idea of allowing more privately operated recreational and hospitality facilities to be developed in state parks is positioned for a vote by the Pennsylvania House as early as Tuesday (July 5). reported that despite the criticisms and mounting pressure from the environmental and conservation communities to scuttle the legislation, Rep. Brian Ellis, R-Butler County, the sponsor of House Bill 2013, stands firm in his commitment to move forward with pushing... Read more

Vacationers Choose RV Rentals to Tour Alaska

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Many out-of-staters are now picking wheels over water when it comes to making the most of an Alaskan summer, according to a report by KTVA. After taking a hit during the 2009 recession, the sale and rental of recreational vehicles is on the rise. For Debbie and Stephan Aleksa, a retired couple from Dallas, Texas, an RV trip is the only way to see the state. “It’s cheaper,” Stephan Aleksa said. “And I’ve got to have my own toilet, my own bed.” The pair hopes to make it to all 50 states... Read more

RVIA: May RV Shipments Post 13.4% YOY Gain

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RV shipments to retailers continued strongly in May with shipments of 37,955 units, representing a gain of 13.4% ahead of this same month one year earlier. This was the ninth consecutive monthly improvement and marked the best May total since 2006. On a seasonally adjusted basis, May’s totals represented an annualized rate of more than 380,000 units. Year-to-date, shipments have now reached 186,214 units through the first five months of the year, a 10.3% improvement over this same period a year... Read more

FRVTA’s Summer Show Draws a Record Crowd

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The Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) reported record attendance for its Tampa Bay Summer RV Show, held June 23-26 at the Florida State Fairgrounds. According to a press release, the event was billed as the only summer RV show in the state with 95% being held indoors. The show featured new and used units from 11 RV dealers and over 50 supplier booths. The entire Expo Hall, Entertainment Hall and few outdoor spaces made up the RV display areas.  “We were fortunate that most of the show was... Read more

Campers Inn to Host Ribbon Cutting at S.C. Site

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Campers Inn, one of the nation’s largest family-operated RV dealerships, today (June 27) announced it will host a ribbon cutting ceremony along with RV service and parts provider, Camping Connection, at its new store in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The event is slated for June 29 at 2 p.m. and will include members of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (MBACC). The ribbon cutting will also feature food, entertainment and guest speakers from Campers Inn RV corporate management, including COO Ben Hirsch. “We... Read more

K-Z Names Boggs as GM for Livin Lite, Venture

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Dave Boggs Shipshewana, Ind.-based K.Z.  Inc. announced that Dave Boggs has been promoted to general manager for the company’s Livin Lite RV Inc. and Venture RV subsidiaries. According to a press release, Boggs brings over 20 years of RV product planning, sales, and marketing experience to his position. In addition, Marlene Snyder, vice president of sales and marketing for K-Z and Venture, will serve in the same capacity for Livin Lite. “We are convinced that K-Z’s strong commitment to... Read more

KOA Reports Record Reservations For July 4th

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With just a few days to go before the annual Fourth of July Weekend, campers are making plans to visit Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) locations in record numbers, according to an announcement. Projected KOA occupancy for the Fourth of July Weekend is expected to be up nearly 20% over 2015 figures at the 490 KOA locations across North America. This year’s numbers are undoubtedly aided by the fact that the Fourth of July falls on a Monday this year, and Canada Day (July 1) falls on Friday, giving... Read more

Meyer Distributing Adds Advent A/C’s to Lineup

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Meyer Distributing Inc. announced a partnership with Advent, a key supplier of RV air conditioners. “We are excited about the opportunity this brings to our customer base as warmer temperatures have arrived,” says Jason Lents, RV/towing sales manager for Meyer. “The Advent air conditioner line further enhances our RV portfolio. Advent makes high quality and durable air conditioning products which are in stock now and available to our customers.” National Sales Manager Cody Ziegler noted,... Read more

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