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SSI: ‘B’ Sales Still Rising, Up 31.3% Through Aug.

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Class B sales continued to climb as overall registrations during the first eight months of 2017 rose 31.3%. Winnebago Industries Inc. led the segment through August with a 34.8% market share followed by Erwin Hymer Group North America (30.4%) and Thor Industries (16.6%).  To subscribe to this or other SSI reports, contact Scott Stropkai, national RV sales manager, at (616) 281-9898 ext. 128, or (616) 901-8335 (cell).  Read More →

Airstream Announces ‘Globetrotter’ Trailer Debut

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Airstream Inc. today (Oct. 17) announced the introduction of the Globetrotter travel trailer, which will be launched during Adobe MAX, The Creativity Conference, on Friday.  According to a press release, the Airstream Globetrotter is the product of an international collaboration with Astheimer Limited, a renowned U.K.-based design studio. The interior of this new offering presents a modern, refined look that “celebrates minimalism” with supple curves and symmetry. “Nearly... Read more

Author Janelle Barlow Slated for RVDA Con/Expo

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Best-selling author Janelle Barlow will present two hour-long, education workshops in multiple education tracks at the 2017 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, according to a press release. In addition to her workshops, Barlow will present “Make Your Brand Come Alive in Your Service,” following the awards ceremony at the Society of Certified RV Professionals reception. The convention/expo is the premier education and networking event for North American RV dealers, taking place at Bally’s... Read more

Spartan Unveiling ‘Long-Term Growth Objectives’

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Spartan Motors Inc., parent to Spartan Chassis Inc., announced the company’s long-term growth objectives to drive profitable and sustainable growth.    According to a press release, Spartan will present the program to Wall Street analysts today (Oct. 12), that will include Spartan Motors President and CEO Daryl Adams, Rick Sohm, chief financial officer and divisional presidents. “Through improved operational discipline and performance, increased accountability and... Read more

Dicor is Adding ‘PVC’ Product To Roofing Lineup

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Dicor Products has expanded its roofing product line to include PVC roofing membranes for RV applications.  Dicor COO Anthony Wollschlager stated in a press release, “PVC has been used in commercial construction for years. It’s high level of flexibility, strength, durability and resistance to UV rays, as well as chemicals, make it a natural choice for RV roofs. PVC roofing systems not only reflect sunlight and solar energy, but they extend the useful life of the roof while helping to... Read more

RV Education 101 Intros Campground Publication

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RV Education 101 announced a newpublication, “RV 101 at the Campground,” to help assist and educate RV owners and potential owners on numerous topics concerning RV campgrounds. Mark Polk, RV Education 101 co-owner, stated in a press release, “Last January we replaced our six-year running monthly RV consumer digital publication with a new monthly digital newsletter format titled ‘RV101 This Month.’ Numerous monthly subscribers have contacted us requesting periodic issues... Read more

‘JUCY RV’ Appointing Menon as General Manager

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Hiron Menon JUCY RV Rentals announced the appointment of Hiron Menon as general manager, overseeing all U.S. operations and marketing functions. Menon comes to JUCY from TripScope where he served as co-founder and chief technology officer. Prior to TripScope, he served as chief operating officer and partner of A Hundred Years, a full-service creative marketing and communications agency. “Hiron has an impressive background of growing companies essentially from scratch,” said Tim Alpe, JUCY co-founder.... Read more

VIDEO 2: ROTV Looks at Lance 1475 Travel Trailer

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This week’s “Rollin’ On TV” show examines the smaller, lightweight travel trailer market with an in-depth look at the Lance 1475 model trailer. Also, the crew reports on an RV Norcold refrigerator replacement and RV Education 101 shares reliable connections for your RV. To view the video click here.  Read More →

SSI: C’s Push Coach Sales up 12.4% For 8 Months

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Class C’s continued to push overall motorhome sales through the first eight months of 2017 as overall registrations grew 12.4% compared to the same period a year ago. According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), Thor Industries Inc. was the motorized sales leader through August with a 41.7% market share, ahead of Forest River Inc. (23.5%) and Winnebago Industries Inc. (15.2%). Class A motorhome sales were flat, up 0.2% year-to-date. Thor led... Read more

BUZZ: Goodyear Gaining Traction with Endurance

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If you believe some of the RVing public’s Internet rants, it’s not a matter of if your travel trailer tires will blow, but when. Of course, these posts almost always leave out excessive speed, improper inflation and other user errors – not to mention road conditions – which are certainly contributing factors in any tire failure. Regardless, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. in Akron, Ohio, has enjoyed undeniable success with the launch earlier this year of its Endurance line of trailer tires.... Read more

Aliner Intros Ultralightweight ‘Ascape MT’ Camper

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Aliner’s Ascape MT camper Earlier this year Somerset, Pa.-based Aliner introduced the Ascape, a tiny camper that can be pulled by just about anything, and officials said it has been met with enthusiastic response from both dealers and consumers. In fact, the response has been so strong that Aliner developed an even lighter version called the Ascape MT, which debuted at the Elkhart RV Open House. “The Ascape is basically an ultra-lightweight, super-small travel trailer, but yet it’s... Read more

Attendees Learn RV Basics at RVSEF Conference

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About 100 people, including more than 30 non-RV owners, attended the 2017 RV Technical Education & Safety Conference Oct. 1-5 in Elizabethtown, Ky. ”That doesn’t sound like a great big number, but we want people to have a good experience with our instructors,” said Walter Cannon, executive director of the Florida-based Recreation Vehicle Safety and Education Foundation (RVSEF) that sponsored the event, now in its third year. ”People want information. We don’t... Read more

‘Society of Certified Professionals’ Hosting Event

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The Society of Certified RV Professionals will host a special event at the 2017 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo on Nov. 6 from 5:15-6:30 p.m. According to a press release, the event is designed to recognize and promote professional certification in the RV industry and will include an educational component and a networking reception.  The event will lead off by recognizing several individuals who have maintained their professional certifications for many years and... Read more

RVDA’s Mobile App Features Con/Expo Schedule

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The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association’s (RVDA) mobile app provides users access to the schedule for the RV Dealers International Convention set to run Nov. 6-10 at Bally’s in Las Vegas. According to a press release, the new RVDA app works on iOS and Android devices. For the iOS version click here and for the Android app click here. The mobile app will provide users with the ability to: – View and edit a personal member profile. – Access all resources for... Read more

Prevost Parts, Service Network Adds 3 Locations

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Prevost’s parts and service network announced the addition of new service centers in Montreal, the Chicago area, and Calgary, Alberta. According to a press release, the new locations bring the total of Prevost owned and operated service centers to 14. In addition, the service network is supported by more than 150 certified Volvo Truck locations.  The new service centers, which opened for business on Sept. 1, are full-service facilities and staffed... Read more

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