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‘Midwest RV Super Show’ Attracts 4,700 to HOF

August 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Last weekend’s Midwest RV Super Show was a hit again this year, drawing more visitors as well as a new dealer to the annual showcase of new models, according to the show’s director. “Attendance was fantastic,” said Matt Rose, director of recreational vehicles for Recreational Vehicle Indiana Council (RVIC). “We saw over 4,700 people over the course of the Thursday – Sunday show. This was up from last year.” As reported by the Elkhart Truth, the 62nd Annual Midwest RV Super Show was... Read more

KING Falcon Wi-Fi Antenna will Launch in Oct.

August 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

KING, a Minnesota-based designer and manufacturer of satellites and antennas, will begin marketing a powerful Wi-Fi antenna this fall, a product company leaders could add 50 percent more revenue to the 100-person company over the next several years. As reported by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, the KING Falcon will be out this October and is geared for RV, camper and mobile home owners. The device is part omni-directional antenna, which gathers signals from all around it, and... Read more

‘Blue Ox’ Adds Klynman in Dealer Development

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Jim Klynman Jim Klynman has joined Blue Ox as a dealer development manager in outside sales serving customers in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, and West Virginia. According to a press release, Klynman previously served as a parts manager for a large RV dealership in Kentucky. “Jim has a great reputation for building trusting relationships with customers by listening to their needs and applying his product knowledge to fulfill those needs,” said Blue Ox President... Read more

GMC Enthusiasts Gather in Ky. to View Eclipse

August 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

When North America’s last total solar eclipse occurred in 1979, some visitors to Paducah, Ky., were driving the same motorhomes that brought them to town for today’s (Aug. 21) eclipse. A three-day meeting to take in the solar eclipse at Fern Lake Campground, located off Cairo Road in Paducah, Ky., also doubled as a rally for a shared pastime — General Motors Truck and Company (GMC) Motorhomes manufactured from 1973-78. According to the Paducah Sun, taking part were nearly 60 members of... Read more

Furrion Management Continues To ‘Dream Big’

August 19, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Furrion’s Prosthesis robotic racing suit A global technology company that recently opened its U.S. headquarters in Elkhart, Ind., says its latest endeavor shows “we dream big and then make it happen.” Inside INdiana Business reported that Furrion, which manufactures high-end products for the RV industry and other markets, has debuted its latest product, Prosthesis, a mechanized racing suit which it says uses robotics to deliver super-human power to users. Founder and Chief... Read more

Solar Eclipse Mania Spikes Camping Gear Sales

August 19, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

A bright red “Open” sign hangs in the front window of Last Minute Gear, a camping supply store in San Francisco, Calif.’s, Mission District. It was Wednesday – a day when the store is usually closed. “We are overwhelmed with eclipse-goers,” said store manager James Dong, who was busy sifting through paperwork and rifling through sleeping bags on his day off. According to ABC 7, a 10-hour drive north of San Francisco, the Oregon Eclipse festival is drawing campers from all over the world... Read more

Great Alaskan Holidays Driving State’s Tourism

August 19, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Great Alaskan Holidays (www.rvak.com), an RV rental, sales, and service business headquartered in Anchorage, continues to be significant contributor to the state’s tourism industry. According to a press release, Great Alaskan Holidays draws customers from all 50 of the United States, the District of Columbia, seven of the 13 Canadian providences or territories, and 26 different countries throughout the world during the 2017 season.  With Alaska’s budget that supports tourism having dwindled... Read more

Wholesale Warranties Again Earns ‘Inc’ Ranking

August 19, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Expanding on already solid footing in the industry, the RV team at Wholesale Warranties is marking its third year on the Inc 5000 Fastest Growing Company list for 2016. Ranked No. 4043, Wholesale Warranties has seen an impressive 69% growth over three years. “We’re so proud of everything we have accomplished over these last few years,” said Wholesale Warranties CEO Jeff Shelton in a press release. “The RV community has welcomed us, and we work tirelessly to provide them with... Read more

RV Companies Top Industry Week ’50 Best’ List

August 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Hoosier manufacturers have fared well in an annual ranking of the highest-performing public manufacturers in the country. Elkhart-based RV companies swept the top three spots on the 2017 Industry Week 50 Best U.S. Manufacturers list.  Inside INdiana Business reported that the publication ranks manufacturers based on multiple factors, including revenue growth and total revenue over the last year. Patrick Industries Inc., which has revenues topping $1.2 billion, jumped... Read more

‘RVAA’ Members Vote To Join Forces with RVIA

August 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

RVIA President Frank Hugelmeyer and RVAA President Susan Carpenter Following a June 27 announcement by the Recreational Vehicle Aftermarket Association (RVAA) and Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), RVAA members voted to have RVIA represent them moving forward during this week’s annual RV Aftermarket Executive Conference in San Diego, Calif. According to a news release, the RVIA and RVAA boards had already unanimously agreed on the proposal, and the vote of the full membership... Read more

Jayco Inc. Announces Key Management Moves

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Frank  Gregor Middlebury, Ind.-based Jayco Inc. announced several key management moves, including hires in its Entegra Coach and Starcraft RV divisions. According to a press release, Frank Gregor has been named as vice president of purchasing, overseeing purchasing for all Jayco divisions inclusive of Jayco, Entegra Coach, Starcraft RV and Highland Ridge RV. Gregor joins Jayco from Whirlpool Corp. where he worked since 2008 in various capacities, most recently as global director for resins... Read more

2017 TRVA Convention Helps Dealers ‘Navigate’

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Appropriately themed “Navigating the Future,” the Texas RV Association’s (TRVA) 43rd convention offered attendees a fast-paced, instructive agenda as the Aug. 11-14 event drew 57 dealerships to the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol. “Overall attendance was 165 people as a lot of the dealerships operate multiple stores,” reported TRVA Executive Chairman Phil Elam. “We always want to provide a venue where our members have a chance to socialize and also network, which is a very important... Read more

Lippert Debuts OneControl Cellular Technology

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Lippert Components Inc. (LCI), a leading supplier to the RV, marine and trailer industries, announced the new lineup of technological advances for its OneControl smart RV infrastructure. According to a press release, LCI will roll out OneControl ConnectAnywhere at the Elkhart RV Open House, giving RV owners the ability to use cellular or satellite technology to connect to their OneControl-equipped RV virtually anywhere. Previously, owners needed to be on the local Wi-Fi network to connect to... Read more

‘RVC Destinations’ Grows Partnership Network

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In 2006, RVC Outdoor Destinations set out to “redefine the RV park and campground arena.” Rather than franchising, RVC develops joint venture partnerships focused on creating high-quality outdoor resorts that are destinations in themselves — not simply a place to sleep on the way to a journey’s ultimate destination. Maintaining this approach requires a strategy of calculated continuous improvement, said Alex Embry, RVC vice president of marketing for the Memphis, Tenn.-based firm.... Read more

Wendlands Offer Live Broadcast on Eclipse Eve

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Mike and Jennifer Wendland Mike and Jennifer Wendland, the RV journalists, podcasters and videographers behind Roadtreking.com and the RV Lifestyle Channel on YouTube, will present a special one-hour live broadcast on Facebook at 7 p.m. (EDT) Sunday (Aug.20), capturing the excitement and many activities of RVers scattered across the country to observe Monday’s total eclipse of the sun. Streaming live on the Roadtreking Facebook Page, the couple will showcase different... Read more

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