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Roadtrek Leads ‘B’ Sales for 25th Straight Year

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For the 25th straight year, Kitchener, Ontario-based Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc. ranked as the top-selling Class B builder in 2014, according to recently published numbers by Statistical Surveys Inc. The company reported in a press release that the 2014 Class B retail motorhome retail numbers showed Roadtrek with a 35.6% market share overall in North America as the company captured the No. 1 ranking in both the U.S. and Canadian markets. “In this competitive landscape, we are proud that our leading... Read more

Little Guy, Blue Ice Vodka Forming Partnership

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Blue Ice Vodka has announced a partnership with teardrop trailer manufacturer Little Guy Worldwide. According to a press release, Blue Ice Vodka is tapping into the popularity of retro teardrop trailers in America to “enhance brand awareness, attract new consumers and excite their image.” To mark the new partnership, Little Guy Worldwide created the ultimate traveling vodka bar, complete with a sink, electric ice chest, and a built-in blender with a backlit display shelf to showcase... Read more

Helwig Engineers New Line for ‘Ram ProMaster’

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Hellwig’s new helper spring for Ram ProMaster van Hellwig Products Co. Inc. has introduced a new line designed for use with the Ram ProMaster Van. According to a press release, the Hellwig helper spring gives additional load support to the Ram ProMaster by adding an additional leaf below the factory leaf pack. The added springs provide the support when loaded without the jarring ride when empty since it engages more as the vehicle suspension is compressed. It includes everything necessary to... Read more

Visit California Adds Two Campground Officials

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Debbie Sipe Two prominent campground industry officials have been appointed to positions with Visit California, the non-profit marketing organization that keeps California top-of-mind as a travel destination. Gene H. Zanger, a co-owner and operator of the historic Casa de Fruta tourism complex and its 300-space RV Orchard Resort in Hollister, was appointed to the Visit California board last week while Debbie Sipe, executive director of the California Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds, was... Read more

FMCA Readying for 92nd Reunion in Wisconsin

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Cincinnati-based Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) will host its 92nd Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis., July 29 through Aug. 1. According to a release, the association will be making a return visit to Madison, having hosted events there in 1984 and 2011 as well. “The folks at the Alliant Energy Center and in the city of Madison rolled out the red carpet for FMCA in 2011, and we had a great time during our visit,” FMCA National President... Read more

Dometic Americas Realigns to Promote Growth

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Dometic Group, a global leader of leisure products for the recreational vehicle, marine, truck and automotive-based industries, announced that it has realigned the Dometic Americas organization. This realignment, done in conjunction with the integration of Atwood Mobile Products, will complement and enhance Dometic’s core business strategy. “The acquisition of Atwood Mobile Products has given us additional opportunities, which has enabled us to reposition the region and create a much stronger... Read more

Services Set for Longtime Dealer Larry McClain

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Larry McClain Funeral services for longtime RV dealer and former Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) President Larry McClain will be held on March 6 at 11 a.m. at Putnam City Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, with internment following at Resurrection Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. on March 5 at Bill Merritt Funeral Home in Bethany, Okla. McClain, who passed away on Feb. 27, founded McClain’s RV’s in Bethany in 1963 and grew the business to five RV dealerships. “Larry... Read more

VIDEO 2: ‘Black Book’ Sees Feb. Towables Dip

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Begg’s Black Book, offering a monthly analysis of the wholesale specialty vehicle market, reported that motorhome auction values were up while towables dipped in February. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page. “Lot traffic may have been a little light for RV dealers in February, but activity at the auctions, especially the ones in warm climates, was brisk as dealers continued to stock their lots for the high selling season,” said... Read more

TOP DEBUTS: ‘FR3′ Class A From Forest River

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As price-competitive products have taken the lead recently in many RV product categories, motorhomes like Forest River Inc.’s affordable, 25- to 30-foot FR3 Class A have become serious contenders — thanks in particular to its functionality, simple good looks and appeal to a wide spectrum of price-sensitive buyers. “For example, the FR3 has a power bunk in the front that drops down over the cockpit,” FR3 Product Manager Michael Hums pointed out. “In Class C’s, of course, they’re... Read more

CRVA Offering Access to RV Safety Standards

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The Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association (CRVA) announced that CSA Z240 RV Series: Recreational Vehicles, is now available for free public view-access on CSA Group’s website at “CSA Communities.”  According to a press release, the view-access is sponsored by CRVA which will also offer its members an exclusive discounted rate to purchase a copy of the new RV Standard to help promote the safe operation of recreational vehicles as part of their agreement with CSA. The fourth edition... Read more

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