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Go RVing Canada Touts ‘Wildhood’ Ad Response

June 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Chris Mahony Go RVing Canada, a marketing offshoot of the 19-year-old U.S.-based Go RVing Coalition’s national market expansion program, is exceeding the expectations of its founding board, comprised of members of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada and the Canadian RV Association (CRVA). Although it’s closely aligned with the U.S. program, Go RVing Canada was established to give Canada’s RV industry more creative independence in an effort to reach younger – and... Read more

ORVDA’s Trade Show Set for Feb. 9-12 in Ottawa

June 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Ontario Recreation Vehicle Dealers (ORVDA) Association announced a significant addition to its consumer RV trade show, scheduled for Feb. 9-12, 2017, at the EY Centre in Ottawa. “We’re very excited to announce that the success of previous RV shows in the greater Toronto area has allowed geographic expansion of our show area,” said Natalie Conway, ORVDA Association manager, in a press release. “For the first time in ORVDA history, a show will take place next year in the national capital... Read more

Rise in Gate at Wash. RV Shows Aids State Parks

June 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The resurgence of interest in recreational vehicles will have a positive impact this year for Washington State Parks. According to a press release, MHRV Show Association, a not-for-profit organization that produces both the Seattle RV Show and the Puyallup RV Show, offered a donation of $1 per gate ticket sales to go toward supporting Washington State Parks. The events’ presenting sponsor, WSECU (Washington State Employees Credit Union), matched those proceeds. On June 15 in Olympia, a check... Read more

Camco Grows ‘Caribou’ Cooler and Tumbler Line

June 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Camco Manufacturing has expanded its Caribou line of products to include multiple sizes of heavy-duty coolers as well as high-quality, stainless steel tumblers. According to a press release, the new 20L and 35L Caribou coolers are durable and offer excellent ice retention. Caribou’s stainless steel, double-wall, vacuum-insulated tumblers come in three different sizes, with the additional option of a can holder (Cariboozie). Designed in Greensboro, N.C., the tumbler can maintain temperature,... Read more

Bobby Combs RV Will Enter Idaho Market in July

June 24, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

San Diego-based towable dealer Bobby Combs RV Centers in early July will open its third dealership in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. ”We’re excited about moving into this very strong market in the Northwest,” Jeff Zemp, general manager at the new location, told RVBUSINESS.com. ”Bobby Combs was looking to expand and this site became available.” The new dealership will have a 2,100-square-foot parts, sales and service center with six bays on 2 1/2 acres of asphalt adjacent... Read more

Winnebago Names Top Motorized Dealers for ’16

June 24, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc. announced the top sales awards presented for 2016 in the company’s motorized division, according to a news release. Following are this year’s Top Sales Award winners: Top Ranking of Single Dealership Location: Lichtsinn RV – Forest City, Iowa Top Ranking of Multi-Location Dealer: Camping World RV Sales New Dealer of the Year – East: Pleasureland RV Center – Brainerd, Minn. New Dealer of the Year – West: Dennis Dillon RV –... Read more

Bontrager: RV Industry Needs to Plan Long-Term

June 24, 2016 by · 3 Comments 

The following GuestView column by Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) Chairman Derald Bontrager appears in the June issue of Woodall’s Campground Management, sister publication to RVBusiness. Many of us who have been in the RV industry for decades have experienced many highs and lows. We have seen the oil crisis of the ’70s, the recession of ’79, the declining market in the late ’80s and the Great Recession of 2009. The industry is currently on a six-year run of increasing... Read more

Edmunds: June Auto Sales Set for 11-Year High

June 24, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The auto industry is expected to see the best June sales in 11 years, according to the latest forecast from Edmunds.com. The projected June sales will be a 0.2% decrease from May 2016, but a 3.8% increase from this time last year and the best June results since 2005. Edmunds.com projects that a total of 8,656,267 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. this year through the end of June, up 1.6% from the 8,518,550 sales recorded through the first six months of the record-breaking year in 2015. “The... Read more

Jewell: Rural Areas get Funds for Parks Support

June 24, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced more than 1,900 local governments around the country are receiving a total of $451.6 million under the 2016 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. According to a press release, the payments represent the largest amount ever allocated under the PILT program to compensate counties and local governments for their support of national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands and waters as they forego property taxes due to non-taxable federal... Read more

Cameron Resigns as Brexit Shock Stuns Europe

June 24, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Britain has voted to leave the European Union, forcing the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron and dealing the biggest blow to the European project of greater unity since World War Two. Global financial markets plunged today as results from a referendum showed a 52-48 percent victory for the campaign to leave a bloc Britain joined more than 40 years ago. The dramatic move is expected to impact several industries, including RV, although to what extent is still unknown. World stocks saw more... Read more

Go RVing & ‘Country Living’ Expand Partnership

June 24, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Go RVing Coalition has extended its partnership with Country Living Magazine. According to a press release, the partnership is an expansion of Go RVing’s sponsorship with the brand for the Country Living Fair. Go RVing is a sponsor for all four Country Living Fairs across the U.S., with interactive RV installations at each site. The fairs tend to attract dedicated readers who come to shop at hundreds of vendors and participate in seminars, demonstrations and chat sessions with Country Living editors... Read more

Southaven RV, Marine Earns Newmar CSI Award

June 24, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Newmar Corp. has awarded Mississippi-based Southaven RV & Marine the CSI award for providing excellent customer service in the RV industry over the past year. The Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Award is presented to RV dealers who scored highest in a predetermined percentile based on results from independent customer surveys. “You can tell if an RV dealer has great customer service as soon as you walk in their door. I certainly get that feeling here at Southaven. Newmar is privileged... Read more

Camp for Children with Health Issues is Opening

June 24, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Doug Armstrong’s dream of building a camp for children with serious health challenges will become bricks and mortar this month in Michigan’s Unadilla Township and a section of Putnam Township. The Detroit Free Press reported that North Star Reach, the barrier- and cost-free camp Armstrong dreamed for 20 years, will celebrate the grand opening of its new 105-acre home from 2-5 p.m. Saturday. “It’s been a long journey, but we’ve taken care to build the type... Read more

California Lawmakers Propose $3B Parks Bond

June 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

California lawmakers are proposing a nearly $3 billion November bond to pay for improvements at state and local parks. The Associated Press reported that supporters say many local agencies cannot afford to maintain their outdoor spaces. The Assembly approved the measure Thursday (June 23) on a 55-14 vote, with six Republicans joining Democrats in favor. The Senate must also approve it before June 30 for it to appear on the statewide ballot. It would join a crowded ballot that is expected to include... Read more

REV Expands Production, Visitors Center in Ind.

June 23, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

REV Recreation Group has initiated an expansion at its manufacturing campus in Decatur, Ind., including a renovation and expansion of its group visitor center, according to a posting on the company’s website. In addition, REV acquired a new facility and reconfigured another plant to accommodate further growth. Construction, totaling $6 million in improvements, is expected to be complete by the end of August. A special ribbon-cutting ceremony is also planned. The growing campus, which now... Read more

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