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‘NHTSA’ Issues Latest RV-Related Recall Listings

May 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: The following is a list of recent RV-related recalls compiled by the U.S National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA). • Winnebago Industries Inc. is recalling certain model year 2014 Winnebago Tour, and Itasca Ellipse vehicles manufactured May 23, 2013, to Aug. 9, 2013 and built on a Freightliner chassis. On certain recreational vehicles built with a heavier, adjustable foot pedal, the brake activation signal to certain towed devices may not deactivate when the service... Read more

Travelers Flocking to Northern Arizona RV Parks

May 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The summer travel season is off to a very strong start with campgrounds and RV parks across Northern Arizona reporting occupancy levels that have already eclipsed last year’s figures, reports the Arizona Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds. “Our May has been really, really busy,” said Jo Ann Mickelson, a co-owner of J & H RV Park in Flagstaff who also serves as executive director of the Arizona Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds. “I’ve had full nights in May and I rarely have... Read more

VIDEO 3: Steele Offers Coachmen Galleria Tour

May 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

General Manager Mark Steele provides a video tour of the Coachmen Galleria, the Class B motorhome on the Mercedes Benz Sprinter chassis that also was featured in the Forest River Inc. display at the 2016 Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting April 30 in Omaha, Neb. To view the video, scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com page.  Read More →

Patrick Industries Buys Cabinetry Manufacturer

May 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

According to a company announcement, Patrick Industries Inc. announced today (May 23) that it has completed the acquisition of the business and certain assets of Cana Holdings Inc. and its subsidiaries. Cana, with two operations in Elkhart, Ind., and one in Americus, Ga., is a custom cabinetry manufacturer primarily serving the manufactured housing (MH) industry and the residential, hospitality and institutional markets. Cana’s 2015 revenues were approximately $18 million and the company expects... Read more

VIDEO 2: ROTV Tests Out Jay Feather Hybrid

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On this week’s “Rollin’ On TV” show Jeff Johnston takes an in-depth look at hybrid trailers, hitting the road in a new Jayco Jay Feather. Also, the crew looks at an additional support system for stabilizing jacks and Evanne Schmarder whips up a spicy, grilled buffalo chicken sandwich. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

VIDEO 1: Tin Can Tourists Rally Outside Detroit

May 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Tin Can Tourists, the vintage RV owners group that can trace its roots back to 1919, participated in the 19th Annual Official TCT Gathering May 19-22 at Camp Dearborn in Milford, Mich. Forrest Bone, credited with reviving the group in 1998 after a 14-year period of dormancy, took time during the rally to discuss the origins of Tin Can Tourists and the appeal of vintage RVs with RVBUSINESS.com. To view the video scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

Sumner RV Set To Open Dealership in Poulsbo

May 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Recreational vehicles are making a comeback on Viking Avenue in Poulsbo, Wash., near Seattle, reports the Kitsap Sun. An RV dealer will open on the old auto corridor in June, though not the dealer most Poulsbo residents are familiar with. This time it’s Sumner RV, a Pierce County business, setting up shop on Viking. Sumner RV has signed a two-year lease on the former mobile home dealership at 19647 Viking Ave. NW, adjacent to the property where Poulsbo RV got its start. Steve Cohn with Sumner... Read more

Demand for ‘Camping Cars’ Growing in Korea

May 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Hyundai Motor Starex Camping Car The demand for recreational vehicles is on the rise in Korea, with more young families seeking to enjoy convenient outdoor leisure activities during their holiday breaks. According to a report by The Korea Herald, the local “camping car” market, which was initially formed with imported trailers from 2010, gained momentum in 2013 with the launch of the motorhome Starex camping car by the nation’s largest automaker, Hyundai Motor. Sales of recreational... Read more

RV Firms Turning Big Profits as Industry Rolls

May 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

“This has a little bit more bling,” says the Lazydays RV dealer off screen. The camera cuts to a compact, yet very upscale bathroom, equipped with a standing shower and above-counter vessel vanity sink. It then pans to the motorhome’s expansive interior — including a diner booth, broad kitchen countertop, full-size fridge and set of bunk beds outside the master bedroom. As reported by Investors Business Daily, the pair of shoppers behind him marvel at the amenities. The... Read more

NAARVA is Holding Regional Rally in Goshen

May 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The National African American RVer’s Association (NAARVA) Central Region Rally converged on the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds Sunday and is wrapping up today. It is their third time at the fairgrounds. As reported by the Goshen News, Norman Ellis founded the organization in 1993 in Cincinnati, Ohio to get more African-Americans involved on RVing. As he and his wife Lyna traveled, they rarely saw African-Americans on the road. “I decided what can I, or what can we do, to get more of us on the... Read more

AAA Forecasting Heavy Memorial Day Travel

May 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

AAA projects more than 38 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend. That is the second-highest Memorial Day travel volume on record and the most since 2005. Spurred by the lowest gas prices in more than a decade, about 700,000 more people will travel compared to last year. The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 26 to Monday, May 30. “Americans are eagerly awaiting the start of summer and are ready to travel in numbers not seen in more than a decade,” Marshall... Read more

Alberta Dealer Sees Spike in RV Rental Sales

May 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Fernando Abulmona is headed south for the long weekend in what he calls his second home. Abulmona has been traveling in a motorhome every summer for the last 15 years. “It’s fun. I love the outdoors and nature,” he said. According to a Global News report, Abulmona said he feels at home in his motorhome and has created a lot of memories with his family. “I drove from here to Vancouver, to Washington–Seattle, Oregon to San Francisco, Los Angeles to Las Vegas,” he said. Whether you are... Read more

WFCO Site Offering New Facets for RV Techs

May 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

WFCO Electronics’ has enhanced its new website with a number of helpful resources for RV technicians, including how-to videos and an online “Toolbox” of information. Such resources enable RV service centers to effectively troubleshoot RVs and to easily upgrade converters and power centers with the latest WFCO technology, a release from the company stated. “Our Power Pros have more than 50 years of combined expertise in RV manufacturing and service,” said Tom Ryan, WFCO vice president of... Read more

Dealer Webinar To Cover New Overtime Rules

May 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Department of Labor issued changes this week to the overtime rule, entitling millions of additional salaried workers to overtime pay. Dealers can learn what steps they must take to get ahead of the new rule governing overtime pay in a free dealer webinar from the Mike Molino RV Learning Center on May 25 at noon EDT. To register click here. According to a press release, the webinar will be presented by Kathryn Carlson, vice president of Human Resource Products for KPA. “Significant... Read more

Riverside Adds Reps On Toy Hauler Demand

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Kevin Hesch and Esch Peru, Ind.-based Riverside Travel Trailer Inc. reported that wholesale shipments are significantly outpacing the industry average for the first four months of the year. “The groundwork for this growth was laid last fall when we introduced our RPM line of toy haulers,” said Jerry Sell, vice president and general manager, in a press release. “Toy haulers account for 49.5% of our builds for the year. This is amazing when you realize we only had one toy hauler floorplan at... Read more

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