Cummins Plans Cutbacks as Profit, Sales Slide

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Columbus, Ind.-based Cummins Inc. announced plans to scale back light-duty engine production in North America as a result of what COO Rich Freeland calls weakening market conditions. Inside Indiana Business reported that the announcement comes as the global engine manufacturer is reporting fourth-quarter net income of $161 million, compared to $444 million during the same period in 2014. Full-year profit also decreased. Sales for the quarter totaled $4.8 billion, a 6% decrease from the same quarter... Read more

MARVAC’s Detroit Show Offers Storied History

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One chilly winter day, the doors of the old Michigan Light Guard Armory on Eight Mile opened on a rather costly experiment: the first Detroit Camper and RV Show. It was 1966, the year of the Gemini space mission, the first Pampers diapers, the mini-skirt and 32-cents-a-gallon gasoline. As reported by the Detroit News, dealers of motorhomes, popups and everything in between had displayed a few models previously at outdoor sports and boat shows, but the notion of an expo devoted entirely to RVs was... Read more

LKQ Corp. Will Release 4Q Earnings on Feb. 25

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LKQ Corp. will release fourth-quarter and full-year 2015 financial results before the market opens on Feb. 25. LKQ is parent to Keystone Automotive Operations Inc. which acquired the industry’s three largest suppliers, Stag-Parkway, NTP Distribution Inc. and The Coast Distribution Systems Inc. LKQ will also host a conference call and webcast at 10 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss the company’s results. To access the investor conference call, dial (877) 407-0668. International access to the... Read more

Campground Directories a Solid Marketing Tool

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For 2016, the Michigan Association of RVs and Campgrounds (MARVAC) has turned to a new company, VP Demand Creation of Traverse City, Mich., to produce a new printed directory, revamp the website and conduct its social media efforts. Gary Becker, president of Indigo Bluffs RV Resort in Empire, Mich., and a member of the MARVAC board of directors, told Woodall’s Campground Management the goal is to create a synchronized experience for consumers who can now not only make reservations at a member... Read more

Finance Angels Offers Interim F&I Staffing Help

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Finance Angels announced the official launch of its company, which offers interim finance and insurance (F&I) staffing help for RV dealers. “Finance Angels offers trusted services that allow industry experts to provide necessary assistance to keep an RV dealership’s F&I department up and running on a short-term basis to cover vacations or a period of transition before a new F&I manager is hired,” said owner Paris McNamara in a press release. “In today’s hyper-regulatory environment,... Read more

VIDEO 2: Leisure Travel Vans Marking 50 Years

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Winkler, Manitoba-based Leisure Travel Vans, a brand of Triple E Recreational Vehicles, is currently marking its 50th year. The video offers a look at the company’s history and its vision for the future. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the home page.  Read More →

‘ROTV’ Adding Kentucky TV Station to Network

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“Rollin’ On TV” announced the addition of channel FCA-TV 6 in Flemingsburg, Ky., to its national network.  According to a press release, the station started out with strictly local coverage, but with fiber optic expansion in the area, FCA-TV6 now has household reach in eight counties. “Needless to say, this whole area has a large outdoor, camping and RVing population, and we’re delighted to begin airing there,” said Executive Producer Jose Moniz, noting that ROTV... Read more

Meyer to Distribute New Trailer Tracking Device

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Meyer Distributing has partnered with WHRZT!, a supplier of GPS and trailer tracking security solutions, to distribute WHRZT!’s first utility trailer tracking unit. “We are proud to partner with Meyer Distributing, and believe this is just the beginning of a longstanding relationship,” said WHRZT! CEO Jim Nalley in a press release. “We believe this partnership is a perfect fit for utility trailer owners looking to secure their trailers or business owners looking for a better... Read more

Modern Trailer Sales Marking 65th Anniversary

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Anderson, Ind.-based Modern Trailer Sales is currently marking its 65th year of operation, according to a press release. In 1951, Charles and Voleta Kinsey founded the company as a small mobile home park which evolved into an RV dealership in the mid-1960’s. Today, Modern Trailer Sales is run by Ron Kinsey, the son of Charles and Voleta, and his wife Brenda, as well as their two daughters, Christy Kirk and Tami Sturgeon.  “We’ve always done camping,” said Ron Kinsey, noting... Read more

REV Group, Team Penske Forming Partnership

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Team Penske announced a new multiyear partnership agreement with REV Group, builder of the American Coach, Fleetwood, Holiday Rambler and Monaco motorhome brands. According to a press release, REV will showcase its American Coach and Fleetwood RV brands beginning this season during four NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races on the No. 22 Ford Mustang, including at the season finale event at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The brand will also sponsor three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves and... Read more

Meyer Distributing Adds Michigan Cross-Dock

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Meyer Distributing Inc. announced the addition of its Grand Rapids, Mich., location. The cross-dock will have a direct feed from Meyer’s Jasper, Ind., distribution hub which houses a large inventory of automotive accessories and RV parts in the country. “We have received a very welcoming response from RV dealers in Michigan — so much so that we decided to invest in another new cross-dock to better service these customers,” said Paul Tustin, the Midwest/Northeast regional sales manager... Read more

Grand Design RV Appoints Jon Hoefer as RSM

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Jon Hoefer Grand Design RV Co. has hired Jon Hoefer as regional sales manager. According to a press release, Hoefer will be responsible for the sales of Reflection and Imagine lightweight travel trailers in the Western United States and Canada. Hoefer has hit the ground running, the release stated, having an immediate impact on many recent high-profile retail shows. “As Reflection and Imagine continue to gain market share nationally, we’ve been proactive with territory realignment to ensure... Read more

Professional Certification Week Runs in March

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The week of March 13–19 is RV Professional Certification Week, as designated by the Society of Certified RV Professionals and the Mike Molino RV Learning Center. According to a press release, the week promotes commitment to expanding skills and professionalism in the workplace. Dealers are encouraged to support test preparation so candidates will be ready to test during the designated week. As an incentive, certification candidates who take and pass a certification test during RV Professional Certification... Read more

VIDEO 1: Newmar’s Miller Relishes RV Lifestyle

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Newmar Corp. President Matt Miller relates the history of the family-owned Nappanee, Ind.-based builder and how traveling in RVs has been an integral part of his lifestyle. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the home page.      Read More →

Jan. Auto Sales Fall Slightly Due to Snowstorm

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U.S. auto sales fell slightly in January because of the East Coast snowstorm, but analysts say demand remains strong and buyers will likely head back into dealerships this month. The Associated Press reported that sales fell less than 1% to 1.1 million, according to Autodata Corp. The mid-January storm, which buried New York and Washington D.C. under more than 2 feet of snow, cost automakers around 15,000 vehicle sales, said John Humphrey, J.D. Power’s senior vice president of automotive. But... Read more

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