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RVshare Hires Former Orbitz Executive Callister

November 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Brent Callister RV rental platform RVshare announced that Brent Callister has joined the company as its head of paid user acquisition.  According to a press release, Callister comes to RVshare after spending four years with Orbitz Worldwide, where he restructured their paid search efforts and managed search engine marketing programs for their hotel business. Callister’s successful implementation and scaling of these programs bolstered the growth which led to Expedia’s $1.6 billion acquisition... Read more

‘RVgeeks’ Channel Hosting Christmas Giveaway

November 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The RVgeeks YouTube channel recently reached 100,000 subscribers and 25 million views, according to a press release. In addition to detailed DIY videos, the video sharing platform also features giveaways, including “The 12 Days of RV Christmas Giveaway” offering 12 prizes with a combined value of over $5,000. The RVgeeks channel currently has a library of more than 200 videos, providing helpful tips for everyone from new RV owners to seasoned full-timers. Topics... Read more

KOA System Creating a ‘Presence of Excellence’

November 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

After Kampgrounds of America Inc.’s (KOA) senior management team completed its main presentations at the outset of the organization’s International Convention Nov. 15-18 in Phoenix, Ariz., President and CEO Pat Hittmeier and COO Toby O’Rourke paused for an interview in which they shed some light on the impressive year-end report Montana-based KOA issued during the gathering. Fully 90% of KOA’s parks, they told some 600 attendees, posted gains in 2017. Here’s an edited look at that conversation... Read more

RVillage CEO Touts Website as ‘RVers Facebook’

November 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

RVillage CEO Curtis Coleman at RV/MH Hall of Fame RVillage, an online social network whose founder describes as the “Facebook for RVers,” has accumulated some 82,000 members and garners 60,000 to 100,000 page views a day since its launch 3 1/2 years ago. ”We are not a ‘club,’ we are a social network,” said Curtis Coleman, founder and CEO of Tempe, Ariz.-based RV Friend Network LLC, which runs the multifaceted RVillage platform. Through the site, RVers can be connected with... Read more

Dexter Acquires Henderson Wheel, Trailer Supply

November 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

DexKo Global Inc., a leading supplier of trailer running gear, chassis assemblies and related components announced that its subsidiary, Dexter, has agreed to acquire Salt Lake City, Utah-based Henderson Wheel & Trailer Supply Inc. Henderson is a manufacturer of sprung and torsion axles and fenders as well as distributor of axles, trailer components and fenders. “The addition of the Henderson product and manufacturing facilities, will complement the already extensive portfolio of products under... Read more

Travel Lite Expanding Display Units for Louisville

November 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Falcon 22RK GT kitchen area New Paris, Ind.-based Travel Lite RV will have four times the number of units on display during the upcoming National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., compared to 2016.  The reason for the uptick, company officials said, is because Travel Lite has hit a sweet spot with its Falcon and F-Lite travel trailer lines as well as its selection of truck campers, all designed to be carried by half-ton pickups. In line with that demand, the New Paris, Ind.-based manufacturer... Read more

Thor Names Byots Sr. Director, Investor Relations

November 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Thor Industries Inc. today (Nov. 20) announced that it has hired Bruce Byots as senior director of investor relations, effective immediately. According to a press release, Byots has over 20 years of investor relations experience and most recently served as vice president, investor relations, for Brunswick Corp. from 2008 to 2016. He will report to Thor Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Colleen Zuhl. “We are pleased to welcome Bruce to our team at Thor and... Read more

Dometic Matching Kitchen Suite Set for Louisville

November 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Dometic will be showing an industry-first kitchen suite during next week’s National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. According to a press release, the collection of appliances will be on display at Booth No. 157 in the Kentucky Exposition Center.   The Dometic Signature Kitchen Suite, which will be launched and available in 2018, consists of matching appliances, which include: the newly redesigned six- or eight-foot Americana or Americana Plus refrigerator; an optional two-burner... Read more

Lippert Promotes Mark Taylor to VP of Operations

November 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Mark Taylor Elkhart, Ind.-based Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) announced the promotion of Mark Taylor from general manager to vice president of operations, overseeing the daily operations of Plants 4, 48, 82, and 83. “Mark’s leadership at multiple divisions has been a driving factor in the growth and success of LCI. Mark’s operational experience, coupled with his passion for taking care of fellow team members and customers, makes him a perfect fit for this new opportunity,” said Ryan Smith,... Read more

Jayco Showcasing New Towable Models At RVIA

November 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Jayco Inc. will unveil several new towable models at next week’s National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., including travel trailer, fifth-wheel and toy hauler introductions spanning the entire Jayco lineup.  According to a press release, new models will be available in several popular brands, including Jay Feather, Eagle, White Hawk, Pinnacle, North Point, Octane, Talon and Seismic models. Also on display will be several new Jay Flight models, the No. 1 selling... Read more

Blue Ox Will Debut All-Aluminum Tow Bar at RVIA

November 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

With the exception of the receiver stinger assembly, the Ascent motorhome mount recreational tow bar by Blue Ox is entirely constructed from aircraft grade aluminum — the company’s first true all-aluminum tow bar in many years. Extremely lightweight at 31 pounds, the Ascent is easy to hook while still heavy-duty enough to tow a 7,500-pound vehicle. “We are extremely proud of the Ascent and its reception at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas,” said Blue Ox President and CEO Ellen Kietzmann.... Read more

Bontrager Heads Starcraft ‘Product Development’

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Starcraft RV’s sales team is led by General Manager Jeff Kloska, Manager of Product Development Mandy Bontrager andNick Eppert, national sales manager Starcraft RV, a division of Jayco Inc., announced the promotion of Mandy Bontrager to the role of product development manager for the company’s towable RVs.  According to a press release, Bontrager brings 25 years of experience in the RV industry, having spent the past seven years with Entegra Coach and Starcraft. She will be joining... Read more

DEHCO, CUB Develop Blind Radar System in RVs

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CUB North America and DEHCO Inc. announced the introduction of a blind-spot radar system for towable recreational vehicles. According to a press release, the system utilizes an industry-first 24GHz radar technology specifically designed and engineered for the towable market. The system is comprised of two parts. One section permanently installs in the towable and the other section for the tow vehicle can be easily installed, removed and reinstalled. The CUB recreational vehicle blind-spot detection... Read more

Carefree Rolling Out ‘Bluetooth-Enabled’ Awning

November 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Carefree of Colorado will roll out its Bluetooth-enabled wireless awning control system during next week’s National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. According to a press release, the awning will be on display in Booth No. 118. The awning’s Bluetooth-enabled operation allows for wireless awning control using the remote fob or Carefree Mobile app from at least 50 feet without obstruction. The system works with all 12-volt Carefree awnings. The control module located inside the RV is key... Read more

Aqua-Hot to Exhibit New Heater Line in Louisville

November 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Aqua-Hot Heating Systems will be exhibiting a new line of heaters in Booth No. 40 at the Kentucky Exposition Center during next week’s National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. According to a press release, the ultra-compact 200 Series is perfectly sized for fifth-wheels, Class C coaches and smaller Class A motorhomes. The system is currently featured in the new Entegra Insignia motorhome. Similar to a home or luxury motorhome experience, Aqua-Hot’s 200 Series provides gentle currents... Read more

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