Crawford to Oversee RVIA Trade Shows, Events

July 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Liz Crawford The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) announced today (July 21) the appointment of Liz Crawford as senior vice president of trade shows and events. According to a news release, the newly created position will be “instrumental in delivering growth for all RVIA events” including the National RV Trade Show being held Nov. 29-Dec. 1 in Louisville, Ky., and the California RV Show slated for Oct. 7-16 at the Pomona Fairgrounds in Southern California. Crawford will... Read more

Little Guy Unveils Expansion, Distribution Plan

July 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Little Guy Worldwide LLC announced the launch of a new expansion and distribution strategy for its lineup of high-end teardrop campers focusing on improving production capacity, product quality, leveraging new buying power and the development of new product lines. Green, Ohio-based Little Guy Worldwide reported in a release that it has secured manufacturing space and will be moving into a 169,000­-square­-foot facility large enough to accommodate current and new product line demands. Little Guy... Read more

Lippert Components Bolsters Electronics Team

July 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

As part of its efforts toward adapting to market needs, Elkhart, Ind.-based Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) announced the promotion of Chris Greer to director of technical sales, motorized. In addition, Zach Inbody was named technical sales and applications team manager, towable, for LCI’s electronics division, Innovative Design Solutions (IDS). Greer and Inbody will be responsible for electronics sales and applications within their respective markets. “We recognize the needs of each of the motorized... Read more

Nonprofit ‘KOA Care Camps’ Builds Up Support

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Camp Goodtimes campers with Wade Elliott (front and center) during his visit to give the KOA Care Camps donation. Wade Elliott, chairman of nonprofit KOA Care Camps Inc. and president of Kingston, Wash.-based Utility Supply Group, recently presented the charity’s donation to Camp Goodtimes, a camp for children with cancer on Vashton Island, Wash., just north of Tacoma. The camp serves 225 children each year from Alaska and western Washington. It is one of 129 children’s oncology camps... Read more

Land ‘N’ Sea & ARI Network Services Partnering

July 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

ARI Network Services Inc. announced today (July 21) that it has signed an agreement with Land ‘N’ Sea, an industry leader in RV, marine and powersports parts and accessories wholesale distribution, to replace Bell Recreational Product Group’s website program with ARI-powered branded microsites. According to a press release, the microsites will be provided to eligible RV dealers which will include pre-loaded merchandising banners, Land ‘N’ Sea P&A catalogs, lead management... Read more

HOF Induction Signup Date Extended to July 28

July 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV/MH Hall of Fame has extended the deadline for booking reservations to the 2016 Induction Dinner from July 21 to July 28. Darryl Searer, president and CEO of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation, noted in a release, “We would be remiss to turn someone away who would like to participate in the evening’s celebration because they missed the deadline. This is not only a time to honor those industry pioneers and leaders being inducted into the Hall of Fame this year, but it is also an... Read more

REV’s ’17 Class C Coaches Offer ‘Smooth Ride’

July 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

REV Recreation Group has introduced two Class C lineups for 2017 with the launch of the Fleetwood RV Jamboree and the Holiday Rambler Vesta. According to a press release, the motorhome lines, introduced in June, offer a “list of premium features usually only found among Class A motorhomes,” including an industry-first rubber shackle airless suspension system. Partnering with MORryde International, REV developed the REV Control Ryde (RCR) system, borrowing engineering from the ambulance... Read more

Livin’ Lite Names Chad Holtzinger as New RSM

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Chad Holtzinger Chad Holtzinger has joined Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles as regional sales manager for the company’s CampLite, QuickSilver and OEM product lines. According to a press release, he will serve dealers in the Western United States and Canada. Holtzinger will also be responsible for further expanding Livin’ Lite’s market share in those regions.  The announcement was made by Dave Boggs, Livin’ Lite general manager, who noted that, “Chad brings a decade of RV industry... Read more

KING Adds VQ4400 to Tailgater Antenna Lineup

July 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

KING announced the release of its DISH Tailgater VQ4400, a new enclosed-style portable satellite TV antenna. According to a press release, the latest model in the Tailgater line offers a lower price point than previous models with an MSRP of $329. “The ground-breaking DISH-specific Tailgater antennas have been flagship products for KING since 2011,” said Bob Barra, vice president of sales for KING. “We are excited to continue to strengthen our partnership with DISH and announce the launch... Read more

KVH Industries Promoting Brent Bruun to COO

July 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Brent Bruun KVH Industries Inc. announced that Brent Bruun, executive vice president of mobile broadband, has been promoted to the newly created position of chief operating officer. According to a press release, Bruun will assume direct responsibility for KVH’s corporate development as well as operational responsibility for mobile communications products and services for maritime and land markets. His purview as COO covers the customer life cycle from sales and manufacturing through customer... Read more

Derald Bontrager Resigns as Chairman of RVIA

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Derald Bontrager Due to the recent acquisition of Jayco Inc. by Thor Industries Inc., Jayco President and CEO Derald Bontrager has resigned his position as chairman of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), effective immediately. The Reston, Va.-based trade association reported in a release that Bontrager resigned in order to comply with RVIA bylaws prohibiting a member company from having two voting members on the board of directors. Thor’s acquisition of 3,300-employee, family-held... Read more

Furrion Appoints Ho as COO to Manage Growth

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Darren Ho Furrion, a global technology company, has appointed Darren Ho as its chief operations officer. Based in Hong Kong, Ho is responsible for establishing the structure, organization and processes that will help Furrion achieve its long-term goals as the company continues to grow. According to a press release, Furrion’s priorities are to “develop infrastructure around the world and improve the ability to create new products with the latest technology for customers.” Recently,... Read more

TMC 2017 Outlaw Features Extensive Upgrades

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2017 Outlaw Class A motorhomes Thor Motor Coach’s Outlaw Class A motorhome lineup received extensive upgrades for the 2017 model year, including new interior decors, faucets, matching stainless steel kitchen appliances, and flooring to “keep up with today’s design trends,” according to a press release.  In addition, the Outlaw interior was set off by Amish handcrafted solid hardwood cabinetry with its intricate detailing and high-gloss glaze application. The new 37BG toy... Read more

Powerboat Sales Heat up in June; See 10% Gain

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Boat sales revved up again after sales slowed sharply in April and May. Soundings Trade Only reported that the four categories posted double-digit gains in June as sales in the industry’s main powerboat segments climbed 8.9% to 15,974. Industrywide sales rose an even-better 10.2% to 27,682 from the same month a year earlier in 24 states that represent about 62% of the U.S. boat market, Statistical Surveys Inc. said today. “Anytime you’re pushing double-digit gains, that’s great for the industry,”... Read more

VIDEO 2: Modular HC1 Camper Offers Flexibility

July 20, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

After years of restoring and renting vintage camping trailers, Derek Michael founded Happier Camper, producing the retro HC1 camper. With its lightweight hull, the HC1 sleeps up to five people and can be towed by virtually any vehicle with a trailer hitch. Its modular system of all-weather cube components allow the trailer to be configured quickly for everything from bedroom to kitchen to office. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the    Read More →

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