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TMC Unveiled 31Y Chateau Class C At Louisville

December 7, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

TMC 31Y Chateau interior Thor Motor Coach debuted the new Chateau 31Y Class C floorplan to dealers last week during the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. According to a press release, the 31Y offers a full-wall slideout and swivel captain’s chairs, a first in the Chateau lineup. Other features include sophisticated interiors, high-sheen cabinetry, and solid surface kitchen countertops. The 31Y also offers the MEGA-Storage compartment that includes a... Read more

RV Trader Session Details Dealer Center Changes

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RV Trader will host a webinar on Thursday (Dec 8) at 2 p.m. EST for current and prospective dealers interested in recent upgrades to the RV Trader Dealer Center and how it can assist dealerships in turning listings into sales. “This is phase two of a roll out of our Dealer Center that debuted in July,” said Kensey Edwards, marketing manager at parent company Dominion Enterprises. “In the first session, we addressed initial changes that we made to our Dealer Center, and started to change the... Read more

Winnebago to Report Fiscal 1Q Earnings Dec. 21

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Winnebago Industries Inc. will report fiscal 2017 first quarter earnings on Dec. 21. The Forest City, Iowa-based company will also host a conference call at 9 a.m. CST to discuss the financial results for its first quarter of Fiscal 2017. Winnebago Industries’ conference call may be heard live via the company’s website, http://investor.wgo.net. The event will be archived and available for replay for the next 90 days. To access the replay, click on http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=85260&p=irol-audioarchives. For... Read more

VIDEO 3: ‘Surveyor’ Builds Comfort into ’17 Line

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Forest River Inc. has incorporated new features and residential-style amenities into its 2017 lineup of Surveyor towables that enhance the RV lifestyle. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com lineup.  Read More →

South Fla. RV Resort Posts Record Growth in ’16

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Silver Palms RV Resort, a five-star RV resort in South Florida, announced record annual growth, including the sale of 52 of its 195 available RV sites and 55 available cottage sites since January and 10 lots sold in the last quarter alone. According to a press release, Silver Palms is experiencing continued demand for lots in the Phase II section of the resort, with 32 lots sold in 2016 for a total of 37 sold since its completion in late 2014. “We are thrilled to be the destination of choice for... Read more

Documentary To Chronicle ‘All Things Airstream’

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If you were already intrigued by the Airstream Inc. lifestyle, wait until you see the trailer for Alumination, a documentary about the celebrated travel trailer that is slated for completion in late 2017. The Mens Journal reported that for three years, filmmakers Eric Bricker and Lisa Hughes, producing partners behind the award-winning Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman, immersed themselves in all things Airstream. Originally drawn to the streamlined trailers from a design perspective,... Read more

House Passes ‘NPS Centennial Act’ Legislation

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The House of Representatives moved quickly Tuesday (Dec. 6) to pass legislation designed to provide the National Park Service (NPS) with badly needed funds to help the agency chip away at a staggering $12 billion maintenance backlog. However, without concurrence by the Senate by week’s end, the measure could die, according to a report by National Parks Traveler. As passed by the House, the National Park Service Centennial Act would increase the price of a lifetime pass for senior citizens 62... Read more

Building at Canadian Dealership Catches on Fire

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A building belonging to Islander RV in Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland, caught fire on Tuesday (Dec. 6) night. As reported by CBC News, Grand Falls-Windsor Fire Chief Vince Mackenzie said 28 firefighters responded to the call just before 9 p.m. and found the building in flames. “Crews made entry and tried to get to the second floor and just as we did that of course the fire came through the roof,” said Mackenzie. “So we attempted a quick knockdown, it didn’t work.” Mackenzie... Read more

’16 Louisville Show Turnout on Par with Year Ago

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The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) 54th annual National RV Trade Show ended Dec. 1 after a robust display of industry participation that included dealers, suppliers, manufacturers and media converging on the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. RVIA reported in a release that attendance totaled 7,674 for the four-day event, on par with the 7,725 attendees from 2015. Attendance in the buying categories – RV dealers, accessory stores and repairs shops, campgrounds... Read more

Campgrounds Dig Out From Tennessee Wildfires

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A wildfire burns on a hillside after a mandatory evacuation was ordered in Gatlinburg While the town of Gatlinburg, Tenn., is now free of active fires and weekend rains helped firefighters extinguish all but two wildfires in the Great Smoky Mountain region of Sevier County, Tenn., much of the area is still closed to all but first-responders and residents as a clearer picture of the damage emerges. Those in the area’s campground community are joining their friends and neighbors in assessing the... Read more

FMCA Reporting ‘Brisk’ Preregistration For Rally

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With more than 1,100 units already preregistered, organizers are reporting “brisk” advance interest in the 95th Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) International Rally, March 7-10 at the Rawhide Western Town & Event Center in Chandler, Ariz. Pamela Kay, director of FMCA communications, told RVBUSINESS.com that, with the International Rally being held in the famed “Valley of the Sun” just south of Phoenix, they also expect a decent gate attendance from those not staying at the adjoining... Read more

Tuscon RV Park Owners Fighting City’s ‘Bed Tax’

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Tucson, Ariz., RV park owners are alarmed over escalating surcharges that are being applied to RV parks, which they fear could drive snowbirds to abandon Tucson in favor of other more affordable destinations. “These fees pose an unfair financial burden on RV park guests and undermine Tucson’s competitiveness as a snowbird destination,” said Scott Swanson, president of the Arizona Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds, adding that he plans to ask that the city rescind the surcharges at... Read more

Black Book: Towables Retain Hot Pace at Auction

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Black Book reported that towable RV wholesale values continued at a record-setting pace during November while motorhomes experienced a substantial decline. “Once again, we’re seeing towable sales at auction increase, which is fairly surprising given the time of year and the usual effects of seasonality,” said Eric Lawrence, director of specialty products for Black Book. Motor Homes, which had also been on quite a run-up, dropped their values to where they historically have been this time... Read more

VIDEO 1: Thor’s Martin Earns ‘National Spotlight’

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Thor Industries Inc. President and CEO Bob Martin, who recently earned the No. 21 spot on Fortune’s Businessperson of the Year list, has shined the spotlight on the RV industry and Indiana’s Elkhart County. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

Dan Pearson Initiative Helping Combat Drug ‘OD’

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Editor’s Note: The following story appearing in the SC Times reports on a significant step toward combatting drug overdose championed by Dan Pearson, owner of Minn.-based Pleasureland RV. Pearson is a former Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) chairman, current vice chairman of the Mike Molino RV Learning Center and a director of the RV Assistance Corp. (RVAC). Christmas Day will be 10 years since Justin Pearson died of an accidental overdose of prescription painkillers. In the 10... Read more

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