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Lazydays RV is Ranked No. 1 Dealer in Florida

February 27, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Lazydays RV has been ranked as the No. 1 RV dealer in Florida across multiple categories, according to a news release. The annual rankings are compiled and published by Statistical Surveys Inc., the premier provider of market intelligence for RV manufacturers and dealers. Lazydays Tampa was the top-ranked Florida RV dealer in the following categories: • No. 1 dealer in Florida • No. 1 towable dealer in Florida • No. 1 motorized dealer in Florida • No. 1 travel trailer dealer in Florida •... Read more

RV Trader Enhances ‘Dealer Center’ Dashboard

February 27, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Trader, a division of Dominion Enterprises, has released an enhanced dashboard for its “Dealer Center,” giving dealers a more complete picture of how shoppers search, research and connect with a dealership. According to a statement, this is the second release for the “Dealer Center,” which debuted in July 2016. The first version highlighted various ways consumers connect with dealerships, including e-mails, phone calls, clicks to dealers’ websites, live chat sessions,... Read more

Aqua-Hot, NIRVC will Host Tech Training in July

February 27, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Aqua-Hot Heating Systems will offer its certified technician training program on July 24 at the National Indoor RV Center (NIRVC) in Atlanta, Ga. The session counts for eight credit hours towards RVDA-RVIA certification/recertification. To register visit www.aquahot.com/authorizedservicetraining. According to a press release, the eight-hour training will focus on the 400 and 600 series of Aqua-Hot heating systems. The course covers hydronic heating principles of design, troubleshooting and diagnostic... Read more

Report: NHTSA Releases RV-Related Recall List

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Editor’s Note: The following is a list of recent RV-related recalls compiled by the U.S National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA). • Thor Motor Coach (TMC) is recalling 1,824 2014-2015 Tuscany, Tuscany XTE and Palazzo motorhomes. The windshield wiper systems on these vehicles may have been improperly installed or secured, causing the wipers to fail during operation. For additional information click here. • Foretravel, Inc. is recalling 22 2015-2017 Realm motorhomes. The brake... Read more

Early Shows in Alberta Enjoy Spike in RV Sales

February 27, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

After a few challenging years, the Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Alberta says RV sales are up significantly across the province. Globalnews.ca reported that RV shows in Edmonton and Calgary drew large crowds — 27,000 people each — and sales were up as much as 40% compared to 2016. The numbers surprised industry insiders. “We thought we’d have nobody show up at the end of the day,” Executive Vice President Dan Merkowsky said. “Albertans are thrifty people and all of... Read more

Go RVing Lists 2017 TV, Print & Digital Outlets

February 25, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s note: The following story, reprinted with permission, was published in the Winter 2017 edition of RVIA Today. Here’s a quick overview of media outlets that are part of the Go RVing 2017 media buy: National Television Go RVing will incorporate a mix of Direct Response and Fixed Position television advertising throughout the year, including prime-time programming. Sample outlets include: GAC – Great American Country Network MAVTV • NCM – National CineMedia Outdoor Sportsman... Read more

Report: Auto Sales Staying Strong in February

February 25, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Edmunds, the leading car shopping and information platform, forecasts that 1,331,787 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. in February for an estimated Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) of 17.6 million. This reflects a 17% increase in sales from January 2017, but a 1% decrease from February 2016. Even though February is historically a slow sales month, it gets a nice bump from the President’s Day holiday weekend when auto sales are usually 20% higher than an average February weekend. “The... Read more

Report: More Millennials Choosing the RV Life

February 25, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

According to a report by Arizona’s KTAR News, more and more area Millennials are choosing to live life on the road. Last year, Phoenix saw a 137% increase in travel trailer and fifth-wheel sales. Mark Boggess, president of the RV company Good Sam Enterprises, said the RV lifestyle appeals to recent college grands and young couples. “It’s a way to get away from the cities, to get outdoors and be in the active lifestyle and kind of get disconnected,” Boggess said. “Sometimes, we’re... Read more

LCI Industries Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend

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LCI Industries, an Elkhart-based mega supplier supplier of components for the leading original equipment manufacturers of recreational vehicles and adjacent industries, and the related aftermarkets of those industries, today (Feb. 24) announced that its Board of Directors approved a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.50 per share of common stock. According to a release, the dividend is payable on March 17 to stockholders of record at the close of business on March 6. From 49 manufacturing and... Read more

Keystone Spearheading Industry Building Boom

February 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Work progresses at one of two production plants under construction by Keystone RV Co. at its Goshen, Ind., campus. The RV industry’s ongoing growth curve is prompting a wave of expansion projects, and there’s no better example of that positive turn of events than the main Goshen, Ind., campus of Keystone RV Co., where, from all appearances, a building boom is underway. Not only is the 5,000-employee Thor Industries Inc. subsidiary in the middle of a substantial construction project at its administrative... Read more

Don’t Forget the 2017 RVB/Wells Fargo Survey!

February 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

A reminder to North America’s RV dealer body: Here’s hoping that retailers with the time and inclination to complete the 2017 RVB/Wells Fargo Survey, a quick, non-intrusive, 20-question poll first introduced on Feb. 13, will do so by the end of business on Monday, Feb. 27. Any dealer who hasn’t gotten the survey, which takes a retrospective look at 2016 and a speculative glance forward at the year ahead, can access it by clicking on the logo above or the same logo that appears on the right... Read more

CalRVDA Confab Hits on State, Industry Issues

February 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Founder and former CalRVDA President Ernie Friesen (left) of All Seasons RV in Yuba City, accepts a plaque in recognition of his service to CalRVDA from current President Steve Richardson of Richardson’s RV Centers in Riverside. According to those attending the Golden State meeting, CalRVDA members and industry partners discussed a wide a range of topics impacting the RV business in California during the association’s annual conference, Feb. 22-23, in Rancho Mirage, Calif. After welcoming remarks... Read more

Bob Parish: RV Wheels Keep Turning in Winter

February 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Bob Parish Editor’s Note: The following column by Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) Chairman Bob Parish tracks the industry’s momentum on several fronts during the winter months. As it is said, to everything there is a season and while some may think winter is a time for the RV business to go dormant, the exact opposite is actually the case. The wheels on RVs go round and round all through the year. As RVIA Chairman, I witness the seasonal swirl of activity from many vantage... Read more

Safety Components Grows Management Team

February 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Ana-Maria Petrea To optimize the production and inventory of its high-performance technical fabrics, and assist sales efforts, Safety Components of Greenville, S.C., has named Ana-Marie Petrea as merchandise planning manager. In a company announcement Friday (Feb. 24) by John Pierce, WeatherMax product manager, Petrea will manage planning for Safety Components’ rapidly growing product lines, such as WeatherMAX performance outdoor fabric, and Armor AP, Glide Ice and PBI Max structural firefighting... Read more

HBO’s ‘Real Sports’ Explores Joe Maddon’s RV

February 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

As reported by the Chicago Tribune, some of the Chicago Cubs’ most impressive stats belong to “Cousin Eddie.” That would be the name of Joe Maddon’s RV, which he drives from his home in Florida to spring training every year. This year, broadcaster Bryant Gumbel of HBO’s “Real Sports” series joined the Cubs manager for part of the trip, giving fans a glimpse of how Maddon lives when he’s on the road. The episode first aired Tuesday. “It’s... Read more

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