RVIA Anticipating High-Energy Louisville Show

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RVIA President Richard Coon Buoyed by a vibrant show season and the momentum of a prolonged growth cycle, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) is readying for a high-energy National RV Trade Show as the organization rolls out its 52nd edition Dec. 2-4 at the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC) in Louisville. “You know, it really looks like all the stars are in line,” said RVIA President Richard Coon. “Business is pretty darn good right now. I’ve been to a lot of the major shows... Read more

Falling Gas Prices Boost Consumer Confidence

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The OPEC oil cartel is not happy about falling gasoline prices, but Americans are pretty chipper about it. According to a report by MarketWatch, consumer confidence soared in October to the highest level in seven years in no small part because Americans are paying less to fill up at the gas station. How much less? Regular gasoline has fallen to a nationwide average of $3.06 a gallon from as high as $3.70 in late June. The 17% plunge in gasoline over the past four months put prices at a four-year... Read more

VIDEO 3: Ford Center Touts Technician Training

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Today’s video comes from Benton, Ky.-based Ford’s RV Training Center touting the importance of educating technicians on proper RV refrigeration maintenance and service. Roger Ford, president and CEO of the center, maintains that “lack of education” by service techs leads to dissatisfaction among RV owners. The training center is a licensed school in the field of RV refrigeration. To view the video click here or scroll down the right side of the home page.  Read More →

Dealers Moving Closeouts at Atlantic City Show

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Dealers participating in this week’s Atlantic City Fall RV Show & Sale are looking to move 2014 models still in inventory to make room for the latest product introductions by manufacturers. The Press of Atlantic City reported that the event, running Friday (Oct. 31) through Sunday, will feature 150 RVs on display at the Atlantic City Convention. One local dealer — Driftwood RV Center in the Clermont section of Dennis Township — plans to discount the list price on one basic model by more... Read more

Skyline Retains Advisors For ‘Strategic Review’

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Elkhart, Ind.-based Skyline Corp. announced that its recently formed Special Committee of the Board of Directors has retained Western Reserve Partners LLC as its financial advisor and Ice Miller LLP as its legal advisor to assist the committee in its evaluation of strategic initiatives. Skyline recently sold its RV interests to Middlebury, Ind.-based EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC to concentrate on its manufactured housing business. According to a news release, the Special Committee is comprised... Read more

Snowbirds Migrating Early to Arizona RV Parks

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Snowbirds are arriving in Arizona two to four weeks ahead of schedule in what is shaping up to be a stronger winter season, according to RV park operators across the state. “I’m getting them coming in two weeks to a month earlier and they are extending out longer at the other end (of the winter season),” said Sabrina Welborn, office manager for the 265-site Silverview RV Resort in Bullhead City, in a press release. “The phone is ringing and I have a stack of emails to respond to to see who... Read more

Underberg to Direct Campers Inn Parts, Service

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Campers Inn, a New Hampshire-based dealership with nine locations across the East Coast, has announced the promotion of Russ Underberg to national service and parts director.   According to a press release, Underberg has extensive experience in RV service and parts as both manager and director, and most recently oversaw Campers Inn’s service and parts operations in North Carolina. In that position, he significantly contributed to the growth of both stores’ fixed operations. Earlier in his... Read more

Forest River Names Moran as Diesel Sales Rep

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Michael Moran Forest River Inc. announced the appointment of Michael Moran as regional sales representative for the company’s diesel motorhome products. “Michael has an extensive career in the RV industry. His 30-plus years of training and sales management is a great fit for our team of professionals,” stated Michael Peterson, diesel division sales and product manager, in a press release. “The timing is perfect for me to join this great team with Louisville and the ‘desert selling... Read more

Lance Posts Strong Sales at Pomona RV Show

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Lance Camper Manufacturing Corp. reported strong sales during the recently completed California RV Show at the Pomona Fairplex. According to a press release, Galaxy Camper represented the builder’s truck campers while Richard’s Boat & RV handled sales of Lance’s travel trailers and toy haulers. “This year’s show was a huge success for us, with nearly a 100% increase in sales over last year,” said Gary Conley, national sales manager for Lancaster, Calif.-based Lance.... Read more

Allison Beats Estimates With Strong 3Q Report

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Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. on reported higher-than-expected revenue and profit in the third quarter.  The Indianapolis-based manufacturer had sales of $553 million in the quarter ended Sept. 30, a 19% increase over the same period of 2013. Profit rose to $68.8 million, or 38 cents per share, up from $44.5 million, or 24 cents per share, in last year’s third quarter.Analysts had expected earnings per share of 30 cents on revenue of $501.6 million.The performance exceeded the guidance... Read more

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