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Xantrex Unveils Freedom X Inverter in Louisville

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Schneider Electric, parent of Xantrex, is unveiling at this week’s Louisville Show the Freedom X inverter, specifically engineered to operate residential AC fridge in recreational vehicles. With 1,200 watts of continuous sine wave power, the Freedom X will run a full-size residential refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, blender, or small space heater. “The design of Freedom X, while inspired by the recent proliferation and demand for AC-powered appliances in RVs, is unique because the features... Read more

Senate Votes to Count Outdoor Segment in GDP

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The United States Senate passed the Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act in a unanimous and bipartisan vote Monday (Nov. 28) evening. According to a news release, the Outdoor REC Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives two weeks ago, also with unanimous, bipartisan support. With passage in both chambers, the REC Act, introduced just a year ago by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., is expected to be signed into law by President Obama before the end of the... Read more

Dometic Debuts Smart Technology for CFX Line

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CFX95DZ2 CFX refrigerator Dometic Group announced it will unveil smart technology for the CFX line of portable refrigerator/freezers during this week’s Recreational Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) National RV Trade Show in Booth No. 157 of Louisville’s Kentucky Exposition Center. Conveniently keeping foods fresh and eliminating the need to ever purchase bags of ice again, the line of CFX portable refrigerator/freezers are among Dometic’s most popular products. Enhancing the... Read more

‘Leisure Travel Vans’ Garners Fifth Straight DSI

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Leisure Travel Vans, a division of Triple E Recreational Vehicles Ltd., announced that for the fifth year in a row it has received the Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) Award. This year, Leisure Travel Vans outperformed motorized vehicle brand averages across every DSI category, highlighting the company’s commitment to quality, dealer support and customer care.  “We couldn’t be prouder to have received this number one ranking from our dealers,” commented Ryan Elias, general manager of Triple... Read more

Aliner Intros Lightweight Ascape Trailer at RVIA

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Ascape trailer by Aliner Columbia Northwest/Aliner Inc. is debuting the lightweight Ascape travel trailer during this week’s Louisville Show. According to a press release, the Ascape measures at a manageable 13 feet long, is extremely aerodynamic to slip behind smaller vehicles, and weighs just over 1,350 pounds. The Ascape comes packed with standard features and is built with the lightest materials available including an .030-inch exterior aluminum skin and high-tech Azdel composites.... Read more

Thetford Recognized in Reader’s Choice Awards

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Thetford Corp. reported that the company earned high marks in the recently released MotorHome and Trailer Life Reader’s Choice Awards. According to a press release, readers of Trailer Life awarded Protect All a gold medal for RV cleaning products while Thetford earned a gold in RV holding tank chemicals. Thetford also received a bronze in RV cleaning products. Meanwhile, MotorHome readers chose Thetford to receive a gold for holding tank chemicals and for RV toilets, and selected Protect All... Read more

Volta Intros Larger Pack Size in Lithium Ion Line

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Volta Power Systems unveiled its expanded pack size offering for advanced lithium ion energy storage during this week’s Louisville Show in its display at Booth No. 335 in the Kentucky Exposition Center. “We’re pleased to be working with the RV industry during this key time when lithium ion is being integrated into the RV marketplace,” said Director of Operations Jack Johnson in a press release. “Volta’s pre-engineered and tested, ‘delivered complete like a generator’ experience... Read more

Consumer Confidence Roars Back in November

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Americans’ optimism about the economy came roaring back in November, hitting a nine-year high as the economy heads into the key holiday shopping season. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the Conference Board said Tuesday (Nov. 29) its index of consumer confidence jumped to 107.1 in November after dropping to an upwardly revised 100.8 in October. Economists surveyed by WSJ expected the index to rise to 101.8 in November. Tuesday’s report is “consistent with an improving labor market and... Read more

RVIA: Shipments Will Top 438,000 Units for 2017

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RVIA President Frank Hugelmeyer addresses Outlook Breakfast attendees The RV industry’s shipments will top 438,000 units in 2017, a 4.4% increase above the projected 2016 total of 419,500 units, according to a new forecast from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). The forecast was prepared by RV industry analyst Richard Curtin and released by RVIA President Frank Hugelmeyer at Outlook 2017, the all-industry breakfast program that kicked off the 54th National RV Trade Show today... Read more

Thor Reporting Record Revenue, Income for 1Q

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Thor Industries Inc. today (Nov. 28) reported record first-quarter net income of $78.7 million, or $1.49 per diluted share, on record revenues of $1.71 billion for the first quarter ended Oct. 31. Totals reflected Jayco Inc.’s contributions during the quarter, which Thor acquired on July 1. Gross profit in the quarter, ended Oct. 31, increased 55.5% to $236.8 million, though gross profit margins decreased modestly to 13.9% in the first quarter compared to 14.8% in the prior-year period,... Read more

RVDA Honors ‘Quality Circle Awards’ Recipients

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(L-R) RVDA Chairman Darrel Friesen honors Tiffin Motorhomes General Manager Tim Tiffin and National Sales Manager Andy Baer The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) honored RV brands built by 15 manufacturers with its Quality Circle Award Monday (Nov. 28) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, Ky., preluding today’s opening of the RVIA National RV Trade Show. (To view a slideshow of the presentation along with other Monday night Louisville activities and today’s Outlook Breakfast... Read more

Lippert Acquiring Camping Connection Centers

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Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) announced today (Nov. 29) that it would acquire the service centers and related business of Camping Connection, an RV repair and service provider with two locations in Kissimmee, Fla., and Myrtle Beach, S.C. LCI currently has service centers in Goshen, Ind., Gilbert, Ariz., and Lakeland, Fla. “Acquiring Camping Connection’s service centers is indeed a new and exciting challenge for Lippert Components,” said Lippert CEO Jason Lippert in a press release. “While... Read more

Ken Schmidt: ‘Commoditization’ Breeds Failure

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Former Harley-Davidson executive Ken Schmidt delivers the keynote Monday in Louisville, Ky. The 2016 National RV Trade Show got off to a rousing start Monday (Nov. 28) when keynote speaker Ken Schmidt, the former director of communications strategy for Harley-Davidson Motor Co., warned of the downfalls of the “commoditization of an industry.” (To view a slideshow of Monday night Louisville activities and today’s Outlook Breakfast scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page. Photos... Read more

Winnebago Offers Insights, New Models at RVIA

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Winnebago Industries Inc. will share key initiatives and insights at this week’s National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., according to a press release. “Winnebago has embarked on a journey we believe will position the company for sustained growth and success in the years ahead,” said Michael Happe, president and CEO. “We invite dealers, business partners and industry leaders to learn more about the recent steps we have taken on our road to success through a series of scheduled talks... Read more

Study Identifies Top 3 Groups for RV Purchases

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With deliveries of recreation vehicles from manufacturers to dealers roaring toward an all-time high, the North American RV industry is planning to accelerate its strong momentum by focusing its marketing efforts on three groups of consumers most likely to buy – Active Family Adventurers, Nature Lovers, and Kid-Free Adult Adventurers. Combined, this group of potential RVers represents 40% of U.S. households. According to a press release, the three target groups were identified as part of a recent... Read more

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