Camping World is Acquiring Va.-Based Reines RV

May 25, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Camping World Holdings Inc. announced plans for continued expansion in Virginia, with the acquisition of Reines RV Center, with dealerships in northern and central areas of the state. “It’s an exciting time for us, as we expand in the Virginia market with the wonderful people of Reines RV joining the Camping World family,” said Marcus Lemonis, CEO and chairman of Camping World, in a press release. “We are elated to provide customers with top notch, convenient SuperCenters,... Read more

Travel Lite RV Taking a ‘Bold Step’ with Expansion

May 25, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Artist’s rendering of new corporate setting for Travel Lite RV Following a final meeting with contractors this week, Travel Lite RV is set to break ground on a bold step forward in the development of the New Paris, Ind., towable manufacturer founded by Larry Johns in 1998 in Wakarusa, Ind. Dustin Johns, Larry’s son and the current owner of Travel Lite RV, recently signed the purchase agreements for seven of the 14 lots in the Syracuse Industrial & Technology Park at the southwest corner... Read more

Dealer Bob Ledford was an Icon in the RV Industry

May 25, 2017 by · 1 Comment 

Bob Ledford Robert (Bob) L. Ledford, founder of Adventure Motorhomes in Greer, S.C., passed away on May 20 in his home near Asheville, N.C. Ledford was a dedicated father, grandfather and entrepreneur who had a passion for life and people. He was an icon in the RV industry for 47 years, opening the RV dealership on a small farm owned by his father in western North Carolina after a successful run in the used car business. Ledford touched many lives and was best known for his slogan: “Let’s Make... Read more

CWRV Steps Up to Help Support KOA Care Camps

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Rob Jackson of CWRV Transport presents the company’s first check for KOA Care Camps to Hope Perkins at the Elkhart County/Middlebury KOA CWRV Transport made a significant donation this morning (May 25) to KOA Care Camps, while also committing long-term support to the charity, which sends children with cancer to specialized oncology camps. Rob Jackson, president of Elkhart, Ind.-based CWRV, which exclusively delivers RVs from manufacturers to Camping World locations, handed over a check... Read more

KOA Reporting Strong Memorial Day Reservations

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Advanced reservations for Memorial Day Weekend are running nearly 7% ahead of advanced reservations for the holiday last year, according to numbers released today by Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA). “Our advanced reservations and occupancy rates have been very strong so far this year,” said KOA Chief Franchise Operations Officer Toby O’Rourke in a press release. “KOA has set records for performance for the past five years in a row, and this year looks to continue that trend.” “Our... Read more

Spartan Appoints Ninneman to Oversee Fleet Unit

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Spartan Motors Inc., a leader in specialty chassis and vehicle design, manufacturing and assembly, today (May 25) announced the appointment of Tom Ninneman as president of Fleet Vehicles and Services (FVS), which includes the Utilimaster and Spartan Upfit Services brands, effective June 2. Ninneman will succeed John Forbes, who is retiring from the role he has served in since July 2010. Ninneman most recently served as the chief operating officer of Smeal Fire Apparatus Co., an industry-leading manufacturer... Read more

Black Book: Towable Auction Sales Set a Record

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Black Book reported that towable sales at auction again set a record during April, while motorhome values slipped. “Summer has finally arrived, and retail sales remain strong,” said Eric Lawrence, director of specialty products, in a press release. “Auction volume and conversion rates continue to be high, increasing for the past several months, which indicates a strong demand for quality used units from RV dealers.” Taking a closer look at the markets, the average selling price for... Read more

SuperSteer Intros New Auxiliary Sway Bar System

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SuperSteer announced the launch of its new Ultimate Dual Rear Auxiliary Sway Bar system for Ford F-53-based motorhomes, offering  improved handling and reduced body roll, according to a press release. Used in conjunction with the factory 1-3/8-inch rear sway bar, the system compensates for the F-53’s soft rear parabolic leaf springs and top-heavy nature of today’s multiple slideout, basement storage motorhomes. The system consists of a forward-facing, 1-3/4-inch diameter sway bar and rear-facing... Read more

Lance Camper Showcased at Overland Expo West

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Hellwig/Lance Rulebreaker Lance Camper Mfg. Corp. once again attended the May 12-14 Overland Expo West in Flagstaff, Ariz., an annual trade show featuring camping vehicles, equipment and services along with seminars taught by the leading overland adventure. This year Lance partnered with Hellwig Suspension Products in a two-unit product display featuring a stock version of Lance’s flagship 1172 Truck Camper alongside the Hellwig/Lance “RuleBreaker” featuring the Lance 650 Truck Camper... Read more

Airstream Partnering With Pedegro Electric Bikes

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Airstream Inc. has partnered with California-based Pedego Electric Bikes to produce the new Pedego Airstream Electric Bike, according to a press release.  Priced from $2,995, Pedego Airstream electric bikes are available in brushed aluminum to match Airstream’s classic silver bullet style and are being sold at Airstream dealerships and Pedego stores.  The bike carries a two-year comprehensive warranty. The Pedego Airstream electric bike features include: Cool brushed aluminum frame... Read more

SEMA Lobbies Congress During Washington Rally

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More than 115 representatives from the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) gathered in the nation’s capital to participate in SEMA’s 2017 Washington Rally on May 17. Racing business owners and industry leaders took to the halls of Congress to remind lawmakers of the cultural and economic importance of motorsports and the automotive specialty-equipment industry.   According to a press release, a top focus during the rally was H.R. 350/S.203, the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports... Read more

SylvanSport Adds Legacy RV to National Network

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SylvanSport announced the addition of Salt Lake City-based Legacy RV to its national network for its GO camping trailer. “We are so excited to be carrying the SylvanSport GO,” said Kent Richards, founder of Legacy RV, in a press release. “The GO is perfect for a whole new RV buyer that is concerned with their environment and wants a multi-functional product that they can pull with their car.” “SylvanSport is proud to help conserve Utah’s vast and grandiose beauty and become a familiar... Read more

RVIA: 14M RVers Set to Hit Road on Memorial Day

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Nearly 14.4 million Americans will travel in recreation vehicles over Memorial Day weekend, heading to the country’s 18,000-plus campgrounds, according to the latest survey of RV owners by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). The Campfire Canvass survey finds that 83% of RV owners plan to use their RVs more than, or as much as, they did last year. Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day are the most popular trip times, with Father’s Day RV outings fast gaining in popularity.... Read more

Spartan Motors Appointing Sharman as Chairman

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Spartan Motors Inc., a leader in specialty chassis and vehicle design, manufacturing and assembly, today (May 24) announced that James A. Sharman has been elected as chairman, effective immediately. Sharman will succeed Hugh Sloan, who is retiring from the role which he has served in since 2010. “On behalf of our employees, the entire management team, and our board of directors, I would like to thank Hugh for his leadership and support as we’ve navigated our way through the unique... Read more

RVRA Survey: RV Rentals, Fleets to Grow in 2017

May 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The North American RV rental fleet is expected to grow more than 12% in 2017, with almost two-thirds of rental operators expanding their rental fleets, according to a new survey by the Recreation Vehicle Rental Association (RVRA).   “This segment of the market continues to be a winner for the RV industry,” said Scott Krenek, RVRA chairman and owner of Krenek RV Super Center in Coloma, Mich., in a press release. “The RV rental market is healthy and growing. That’s why so many RVRA... Read more

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