NTP-STAG Adds Ruggable to Accessories Lineup

August 18, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

NTP-STAG announced the addition of Ruggable to its interior accessories category, a two-piece system featuring a washable rug cover and detachable non-slip pad. According to a press release, the patented product is constructed of non-toxic and naturally flame-resistant materials, comes in a variety of trendy designs, and is stain resistant as well as pet friendly. Ruggable is cushioned for comfort but lightweight enough for easy lifting and washing, making it an ideal choice for high-traffic areas. “We’re... Read more

Exhibit Space Sold out for ’18 California RV Show

August 17, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV Industry Association reported that exhibit space completely sold out in early July for the Oct. 5-14 California RV Show, the West Coast’s largest consumer sales event showcasing more than 1 million square feet of RVs According to RV Industry Association News and Insights, this year’s 66th edition of the California RV Show has a new logo and new look designed off the theme, “Happy Camper.” Tickets for the 2018 California RV Show are now on sale on the new event... Read more

Stanley Group to Offer Dealers Financial Planning

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The RV Assistance Corp. (RVAC), a subsidiary of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association, announced a strategic partnership with The Stanek Group at Morgan Stanley to provide their Second Opinion Service to dealer members. This program, in partnership RVAC, will allow dealers’ access to strategies necessary to protecting and growing their wealth. These strategies include, but are not limited to, efficient financial planning seeking to minimize investment tax obligations, optimizing... Read more

RVIA Seeks Submissions for RVX Product Reveal

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A showcase of the industry’s best and most innovative new products entering the market is coming to the RV Industry Association’s (RVIA) new event, RVX: The RV Experience, in Salt Lake City. Slated for March 12, 2019, from 1-3 p.m., The Reveal will kick-off the RVX event, and drive dealer interest in new and innovative models being introduced, according to a press release. The event, designed to create consumer excitement, will be live-streamed into thousands of consumer households through... Read more

RVDA Dealer/GM Track to Feature Top Presenters

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A slate of top speakers will present workshops focusing on relevant dealership topics during the Dealer/GM track of the 2018 RV Dealers Convention/Expo. According to a press release, the convention takes place in Las Vegas Nov. 5-9, and includes Vendor Training +Plus on Tuesday, an opening general session featuring leading millennial expert Jason Dorsey, and then tracked education workshops on Wednesday and Thursday. The event concludes Friday morning... Read more

3 Airstream Lines Offer ‘CZone Digital Switching’

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CZone, a manufacturer of digital control and monitoring for the marine industry, announced a partnership with Airstream Inc. as the exclusive supplier of digital switching in select models. According to a press release, CZone simplifies the user experience in the Airstream Classic 30 and 33 as well as the new Interstate 19. With CZone, almost all electrical functions can be controlled from a responsive touchscreen interface and switch pads. In addition, advanced monitoring and control functionality... Read more

FMCA Announces Health Care Plan For Members

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FMCA, an association for RV owners, announced a partnership with RV Insurance Benefits to provide the coverage RV travelers desire at reasonable rates offered exclusively to FMCA members.   “RVers under age 65 face the challenge of finding health insurance that will allow them to travel the country and still be covered,” noted FMCA National President Jon Walker in a press release. “And FMCA members have been asking for an affordable plan that will enable them to enjoy their travels without... Read more

Boat Dealers Compete with RV Industry for Techs

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Like the RV industry, the boating sector is also dealing with a shortage of technicians. According to an oped by Soundings Trade Only, a recent announcement by the RV Industry Association (RVIA) is likely to increase the problem for many boat dealers. While we are enjoying consistent annual growth in boat sales, the RV industry took off at an even faster pace and is currently seeing record numbers of recreational vehicles produced and sold. Bingo­ — there’s a shortage of RV techs, too. What... Read more

Giant RV Granted Tax Cut For New California Site

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The Downey (Calif.) City Council unanimously approved an agreement with Giant RV, giving the business a sales tax rebate in exchange for significant job creation. The Downy Patrio reported that, according to city staff, Giant RV will receive up to $504,000 over the course of seven years and create 55 new full-time jobs at the cite per the agreement. The RV dealership will use those proceeds to offset operational and facility costs. “This is just another effort of staff’s; we’re always seeking... Read more

Gregg Fore Named To Serve On Ivy Tech’s Board

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Ivy Tech Community College State Board of Trustees recently approved the selection of several new campus board members for its South Bend-Elkhart campus, including former Dicor Corp. President Gregg Fore. According to a press release, the addition of new trustees will better represent the diversity of the communities served, including workforce sector representation for agriculture, education, health care, manufacturing, labor and commerce. The board provides guidance and support to effectively respond... Read more

Consumer Sentiment in Aug. Lowest in 11 Months

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An initial look at consumer sentiment for the month of August came in below expectations. CNBC reported that the University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index hit 95.3 for August — the lowest level since September — according to a preliminary reading released today (Aug. 17). Economists polled by Reuters expected the index to hit 98 in August, up from 97.1 in July. Richard Curtin, chief economist of the university’s Surveys of Consumers, said the weakness “reflected much... Read more

FRVTA’s ‘SuperShow’ Space Drawing Sets Record

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The Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) held the space drawing for the 2019 Florida RV SuperShow on Aug. 7-8.  Held in the FRVTA office via phone and Internet, manufacturers drew over 7% more space for the 2019 show versus 2018, setting a new record for the initial drawing. The “Grandfathered Drawing Order” determined the order in which space was selected. “We are very excited with the results of the space draw this year,” said FRVTA Executive Director Lance Wilson. “Our... Read more

Florida’s Red Tide Impacts Campgrounds, Tourism

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A dead snook lies along the shoreline in Bradenton Beach, Fla. (Photo by Chris O’Meara) Southern Florida’s red tide, a naturally occurring condition caused by the bloom of toxic algae, is impacting RV parks and campgrounds as thousands of dead fish continue to wash up on local beaches. Red tide can cause illnesses, such as respiratory problems and skin conditions, and the smell of dead fish is forcing many in the area to wear breathing masks, according to local park owners. At the San Carlos... Read more

Longtime Airstream Inc. Exec Rawak Passes at 69

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Pate Rawak Pate Rawak, 69, a longtime Airstream sales executive and a well-known figure for years within the U.S. RV community, passed away on Aug. 10 in Silver Spring, Md. A Philadelphia native, he was one of the original sales executives during the formation of Thor Industries Inc., joining company founders Wade Thompson and Peter Orthwein along with senior executives Walt Bennett and Larry Huttle after Airstream’s 1980 purchase from Beatrice Foods. Rawak retired in 2012 after 33 years with... Read more

inTech Unveiling Luna Rover on Facebook Tonight

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inTech’s new Luna Rover inTech RV will be unveiling the Luna Rover lightweight camper on a live Facebook event tonight (Aug. 16) at 8 p.m. (EDT).  According to a press release, the Luna Rover is based on the Luna Lite but offers more off-road capabilities. In addition to bigger tires and a few accessories, Rover features an all-aluminum, all-tube, fully welded cage frame providing a durable strong chassis to handle rough terrain. “Customers have been asking for an off-road... Read more

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