Fed Seen To Hold Rates on Inflation Concerns

July 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The U.S. Federal Reserve is expected to keep interest rates unchanged this week, deferring any possible increase until September or December, as policymakers hold out for more evidence of a pickup in inflation. According to a Reuters report, central to the debate at the Fed’s July 26-27 policy meeting will be how to reconcile upbeat U.S. economic data, highlighted by strong job gains in June, with a global growth slowdown and other headwinds threatening the inflation trajectory. For San Francisco... Read more

Retro Camper Craze on Display at Wash. Show

July 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Before Americans started roaming the country in diesel pushers and travel trailers that carry motorcycles or quads inside, they had a smaller idea of getaways. According to a report by the Stanwood (Wash.) Camano News, these little trailers had names like Aloha, Oasis, Westcraft. They were 14 or so feet long, with tiny kitchenettes, a fold-down table, a bunk. Last weekend, about 20 vintage travel trailers were on display in east Stanwood for the 5th Annual Vintage Trailer show, co-sponsored by the... Read more

Sys2K & Noverra Offer Chip Card Transactions

July 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Sys2K, a supplier of Windows-based dealer management software, announced the release of EMV (chip card) certified payment transaction processing through a partnership with Novera Payment Solutions LLC. According to a press release, Novera provides its integrated payment processing solution to Sys2K customers “utilizing a cost effective transparent pricing structure.” “The partnership between Novera and Sys2K is exactly the type of relationship we look for with integrated software vendors.... Read more

FROG Club Prepares for Record Goshen Rally

July 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Forest River CEO Pete Liegl addresses FROG members at last year’s rally The industry’s fastest growing brand name RV consumer club, the four-year-old Forest River Owners Group (FROG), is expecting a record turnout of 800 units – totaling 1,600 attendees – at its sold-out FROG International Rally Aug. 14-20 at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds in Goshen, Ind. FROG Director Bob Byrne, who works with scores of volunteers to coordinate the rally for the growing club that currently counts... Read more

Industry Steps Up to Support ‘Elkhart Co. Fair’

July 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Jayco’s Family Fun Fair is a popular attraction at the 4-H fair With the heart of the RV industry concentrated in Indiana’s Elkhart County, it’s no surprise that the sector is heavily intertwined with one of the state’s largest events, the nine-day Elkhart County 4-H Fair that opened July 21 and runs through Saturday (July 30) in Goshen, Ind. “We think it’s a good community event for us to sponsor and create some affinity for our employees,” said Wilbur Bontrager, chairman... Read more

TACO CEO Details RV, Park Presence in Texas

July 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV and campground industries accounted for $1.8 billion in direct economic output and 9,151 jobs in Texas in 2015, according to a comprehensive analysis of RV segment of the travel and tourism business. Nationally, the RV and campground industries provided $49.7 billion in direct economic output and 289,852 jobs last year, according to the report, prepared by Brooklyn, N.Y.-based John Dunham & Associates for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). “I think the value of RV... Read more

‘RVDA of Alberta’ Cancels Vegas Golf Tourney

July 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Alberta announced it had canceled the planned golf outing Nov. 6 in Las Vegas. The event was to be held in conjunction with the 2016 RV Dealers International Convention and Expo. “We have all seen the impact of the weak Canadian dollar and the weakened economy over this past year and recognize how it has affected our RV industry,” said Dan Merkowsky, executive vice president, in a letter to members. “We know many of our members are also... Read more

PRVCA RV LP Course is Slated to Open Aug. 8

July 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV Liquid Propane Systems Service course, hosted by Northampton Community College in conjunction with the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), opens Aug. 8 and runs through Sept. 11. The second of the three major systems found in recreation vehicles, the LP system is dissected in detail. Since propane is flammable, safety precautions are emphasized right from the start and throughout the entire course. Here, the student studies the properties of propane as well as the types of... Read more

KOA Acquires Utah Facility From Franchisees

July 25, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) announced it has purchased the Moab, Utah KOA from franchisees Greg and Susan Robinson, making it the 28th campground in KOA’s Company-Operated Properties Division. The Robinsons had owned the Moab KOA since 2011. The campground has been a part of the KOA system for the past 49 years. The Robinsons previously owned the Twin Mountain/Mount Washington KOA Holiday in New Hampshire from 2006 to 2011. The couple is originally from South Africa, but has lived in the... Read more

Report: Boat Dealers Optimistic on 2016 Sales

July 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

A new survey shows that despite shaky consumer confidence and 2016 being an election year, boat dealers who were optimistic about their business outnumbered those who were less optimistic by a 2-to-1 margin. Soundings Trade Only reported that the confidence does not seem misplaced. The recreational boating industry appears to be more resilient to negative factors in the marketplace, compared with other leisure industries, according to one analyst who covers several leisure industries. The sixth... Read more

VIDEO 1: Highland Ridge Expands Production

July 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

This time lapse video follows construction progress for Highland Ridge RV’s new plant that will begin production in the fall of 2016. The facility is located at the builder’s headquarters in Shipshewana, Ind. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the home page.  Read More →

Aussie RV Industry Rolling; Sales Climb in ’16

July 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

When Roy Wyss took his caravan business to a recent trade show, he hoped to beat his previous sales record of $1.2 million. Instead, he smashed it, selling more than $3 million of caravans over the six days of the show. As reported by the Sydney Morning Herald, the revenue haul by Wyss’ Sunland Caravans came at the Queensland Caravan, Camping and Touring Supershow in Brisbane, Australia, in June. “We built a new product, a brand new low-range van because everyone kept telling me... Read more

NHTSA Releases Latest RV-Related Recall List

July 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: The following is a list of recent RV-related recalls compiled by the U.S National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA). • Forest River Inc. is recalling 2,224 2013-2016 XLR toyhaulers manufactured Aug. 28, 2012, to Nov. 5, 2015. These vehicles may have an axle equalizer knurled bolt (axle shackle locating bolt) that may not be properly seated in the chassis axle hanger. For additional information click here. • Winnebago Industries Inc. is recalling 705 2014-2016... Read more

Coach House Rolls Out $1.5M Expansion Plan

July 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV industry is revving up, again, and Coach House, a Nokomis, Fla.-based manufacturer of a niche line of motorhomes, aims to get ahead of the competition, according to a report by Business Observer. One way to do that, says Coach House President David Gerzeny, who co-founded the company with his brother, Steve Gerzeny, in 1985, is to take more control of the manufacturing process. The company, with that in mind, is having a 13,000-square-foot addition built on to its 30,000-square-foot facility.... Read more

RV Stocks Gaining Prominence on Wall Street

July 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The highway seems to run to the horizon for the RV business these days. The ranks of American retirees with time, money, and wanderlust are growing, further enabled by lower gas prices. As reported by Barron’s, new RV shipments have risen an average of 13% a year since 2009, and there’s no stop sign in sight. “Over the next couple of years, we expect record sales,” says Kevin Broom, media director at the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association. As many as 23 million Americans will board... Read more

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