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Winnebago Horizon, Revel Coaches Break Norm

September 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Winnebago Revel is designed specifically for outdoor enthusiasts Winnebago Industries Inc. kicked off the 2017 Elkhart RV Open House today (Sept. 18) by unveiling two new 2018 motorhomes signaling at least a couple of the directions the Iowa-based RV builder is headed in terms of product development – an upscale Horizon Class A diesel pusher and a rugged Revel series of Class B “adventure” motorhomes. The unveiling of these two new lines at the motorized and towable RV manufacturer’s County... Read more

‘Fun Town’ Sees Surge in Post-Hurricane Sales

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Fun Town RV CEO Jarrod McGhee As the nation shifted its attention last week to Florida and the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, a heart-wrenching drama continued to play out in Texas as thousands of Lone Star State residents try to resolve real-life housing issues in several Gulf Coast communities that experienced catastrophic flooding in late August when Hurricane Harvey dumped 40 to 52 inches of rain on the Houston area. And, as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) methodically draws up plans... Read more

TaigMarks’ Party Spotlights Downtown Elkhart

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A crowd of Elkhart-area business people converged for a Friday evening (Sept. 15) reception at the downtown offices of TaigMarks Inc. (TM) that included The Vine’s hors d’oeuvres, a few rounds of karaoke and an intriguing historical tour of the 1890’s-era building into which the marketing and public relations agency moved some 15 years ago. In fact, saluting the downtown’s turnaround and the agency’s own South Main Street building, rumored to have been haunted, was the crux... Read more

Dutchmen Unveiling Astoria at RV Open House

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Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. is unveiling the Astoria by Aerolite, a fifth-wheel targeting the half-ton market, during this week’s Elkhart RV Open House. According to a press release, with the Astoria Dutchmen is set to deliver a fifth-wheel that provides “highly visible, value-driven standard features.” “At Dutchmen, we are always pushing to lead the way in product innovation, streamlined product offerings and dealer partnerships. The all-new Astoria is yet another example... Read more

K-Z Partners With LCI On Duncan Windshields

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Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) announced that K-Z RV will offer floorplans on its 2018 Spree and SportTrek Touring models featuring windshields supplied and installed by Duncan Systems, a subsidiary of Lippert Components. According to a press release, the windshields featured on these models are manufactured utilizing DOT certified laminated glass supplied by Duncan Systems. These frameless windshields are bonded directly to the RV’s cap using Dow Automotive BETASEAL urethanes and primers.... Read more

KPA Webinar Will Examine Ethics in Workplace

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KPA, in conjunction with the Mike Molino RV Learning Center, will host a webinar on Sept. 21 at noon (EDT) examining what steps every employer can take to reduce liability and encourage better behavior in the workplace. According to a press release, KPA’s Kathryn Carlson and Christina Johnston will head up the webinar, which will include a Q&A session on interesting ethical challenges. Attendees will learn: Why ethics in the workplace matter The critical role of management How to train... Read more

Silverback Fivers Add ASA’s JENSEN Package

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Forest River Cedar Creek Regional Sales Manager Nick Schrock (left) and ASA RV OEM Account Manager Jim Hess Forest River Inc. will be equipping its Cedar Creek Silverback fifth-wheel line with a JENSEN entertainment package supplied by Elkhart, Ind.-based ASA Electronics. According to a press release, the Cedar Creek Silverback has been completely redesigned with two new floorplans coming in model year 2018. The entertainment system features JENSEN TVs, the JENSEN JSB2000 sound bar, and the brand... Read more

Report: NHTSA Issues Latest List of RV Recalls

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Editor’s Note: The following is the latest RV recall list compiled by the National Highway Safety Association (NHTSA). • Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling 6,686 2016-2018 Springdale and Summerland recreational trailers. The wiring for the electric stabilizer jacks were incorrectly connected to the unprotected side of the breaker. For additional information click here. • Thor Motor Coach (TMC) is recalling 680 2018 Four Winds, Chateau and Freedom Elite motorhomes.... Read more

RVDA: ‘FEMA’ Issuing a Solicitation for Trailers

September 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) is informing its members that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued a national solicitation for travel trailers to use in emergency temporary housing efforts in the aftermath Hurricane Harvey. According to RVDA.org, where the association has been posting updates and resources in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the solicitation dated Sept. 15 states:  “This is a full and open solicitation throughout the United... Read more

SSI: Canadian Towable Sales See 7% Gain YTD

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Year-over-year Canadian towable sales rose 7% during the first seven months of 2017, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI).  Results by segment showed: • Travel trailer sales grew 9.3% year-to-date. • Canadian fifth-wheel sales edged up 2.6 % through July. • Folding camping trailer registrations fell 7.8% year-to-date. • Park model RV sales rose by 3 units for the seven months. Thor Industries Inc. was the overall Canadian towable sales leader... Read more

Woodbury: RV Fever Evident at Hershey Show

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Chuck Woodberry Editor’s Note: The following column by Chuck Woodbury, appearing in the latest edition of the RVTravel.com newsletter, offers a look America’s Largest RV Show in Hershey, Pa., which is seeing a record gate. The show opened yesterday. I awoke to rain pounding on my motorhome’s roof. I felt sorry for the show organizers. “They won’t set any attendance records today,” I said to Gail. Two hours later we arrived on the scene, and I could hardly believe my eyes: The... Read more

Liberty Coach Founder Marking 80th Birthday

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Frank Konigseder Sr. Friday (Sept. 15) marked the 80th birthday of Frank Konigseder Sr., the founder and president of Liberty Coach, a longtime leader in the Prevost motorcoach conversion field. According to a posting on the Liberty Coach website, the company is marking the occasion with a special retrospective on the Liberty Coach website and social media. “It seems like an appropriate time to shine the spotlight on the man who started it all,” said son Frank Konigseder Jr. “I can’t... Read more

Zinke Seeks to Expand Access to Public Lands

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 Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke signed Secretarial Order 3356 Friday (September 15), creating a process to identify and expand access to outdoor recreation – especially hunting and fishing – on public lands and waters managed by the Department of the Interior.  The order is an extension of Secretarial Order 3347, issued on Secretary Zinke’s first day in office.  The new order seeks to improve wildlife management and conservation and increase access to public lands for hunting,... Read more

Irma Inflicts Blow to $90B Fla. Tourism Industry

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Barely a month ago, Florida proudly announced a record-setting number of visitors to the Sunshine State – more than 60 million tourists coming to enjoy its theme parks, beaches and other attractions since January. According to The Guardian, now, in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Irma, tourism is facing a major challenge. The devastation caused by one of history’s largest storms, especially in the popular Florida Keys, is a direct strike at the $90 billion industry that... Read more

LCI Naming Henkels to Board of Directors Seat

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Lippert Industries announced the appointment of Virginia “Ginnie” Henkels to the supplier’s board of directors, as an independent director. Henkels will serve on the board’s audit and compensation committees.   Henkels, 49, was formerly executive vice president, CFO and treasurer of Swift Transportation Co., a $4 billion publicly traded transportation services company headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., and operating one of the largest fleets of truckload equipment in North... Read more

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