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Ivy Tech Focused on Elkhart Training Facility

January 23, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Amid several tweaks and changes, plans for a new manufacturing training center in Indiana’s Elkhart County continue to move steadily forward. As reported by the Goshen News, that was the word from representatives of the Ivy Tech North Central Region during a meeting of the Elkhart County Redevelopment Commission Thursday (Jan. 22) afternoon, where commission members were provided with an update on the current status of the planned training center at the college’s Elkhart County campus. In... Read more

Trimas Names Rice CFO for Cequent Spin-off

January 23, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

TriMas Corp. announced David Rice as the future CFO of the new Cequent organization, once the previously announced spin-off from TriMas is complete. The spin transaction is expected to be completed in mid-2015. According to a news release, Rice currently serves as division finance officer of TriMas’ Cequent Performance Products business located in Plymouth, Mich. He will also assume responsibility for the human resource function of the Cequent businesses. “I am pleased to announce David’s... Read more

Lance Camper Mfg. Introduces 2015 POP Kits

January 23, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Lance Camper Manufacturing Corp. has introduced its 2015 Point of Purchase (POP) kits, providing dealers and consumers with an easy-to-use guide featuring highly visual materials on the company’s products. According to a press release, each kit is product specific for Lance’s truck camper, travel trailer and toy hauler lines, and includes: • A complete set of display posters made of durable and weather resistant PVC in order to last all year long, including a floorplan poster, a... Read more

FRVTA Fort Myers RV Show Sees Strong Start

January 23, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Sunny skies aren’t the only thing going for the 30th Annual Fort Myers RV Show that roared to a start Thursday (Jan. 22). The Fort Myers News-Press reported that dealers are hopeful the recovering economy, local gasoline prices slipping closer to $2 a gallon, lower interest rates, and Baby Boomers craving comfort and quality time outdoors will accelerate the rebound in sales for their industry. The show continues through Sunday at Lee Civic Center in North Fort Myers. It features several hundred... Read more

RVT.com Offering Owner Reviews and Ratings

January 22, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

RVT.com, a leading Internet classified ad site, has launched a new service that allows RV owners to submit reviews and ratings on RVs they have owned as an educational resource for shoppers. “Prospective RV buyers want to hear from other owners of the same make and model RV they are considering, so they can learn first-hand from those experiences,” said Shawn Friesen, RVT.com vice president. “Adding the RV owner review and rating service to RVT.com is providing a valuable resource for the... Read more

Reines RV Donates $3K to RV Learning Center

January 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Reines RV made a $3,000 donation to the Mike Molino RV Learning Center at year’s end bringing the dealership’s total lifetime contribution to $31,525. Reines RV, owned by Lindsey Reines, is located in Manassas, Va. “Reines RV has been a steady long-term supporter of the Learning Center because Lindsey is so committed to industry excellence,” said RV Learning Center Chairman Jeff Pastore of Hartville RV Center in Ohio. “Being able to count on our regular donors like Lindsey year after year... Read more

Opinion: OEMs Hold Key to Model Year Battle

January 22, 2015 by · 3 Comments 

Editor’s Note: The following is a “Guest View” column for RVBusiness Magazine authored by high-profile Minnesota dealer Dan Pearson addressing the long-standing controversy between retailers and builders over the timing of new model year introductions. Pearson is the second generation owner of PleasureLand RV Centers, based in St. Cloud, Minn. Founded in 1971, PleasureLand RV Centers operate six stores located in Ramsey, Brainerd, Willmar, Long Prairie and St. Cloud along with PleasureLand... Read more

RV/MH Foundation Retires Ingram Family Debt

January 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV/MH Heritage Foundation paid its debt to the Ingram Family Trust Fund this week and took a major step forward to meet its goal of being totally debt-free in five years, according to Foundation Chairman and President Darryl Searer. Thanks to the generosity of the Ingram family, the $2.9 million debt was paid off with $1.9 million, saving the foundation $973,104 off the principle and representing a donation from the Ingrams. Previously, the Ingram family offered the foundation a matching funds... Read more

RVIC Expects Strong Gate for Ft. Wayne Show

January 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

There’s no time like the middle of winter to stage an RV show indoors. “RV dealers stay very busy during warm months, but nobody wants to go out and look at RVs on a lot when it’s five degrees outside,” said Matt Rose, director of recreation vehicles for the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association-Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council IMHA-RVIC, which oversees the Fort Wayne RV Show running Jan. 29 through Feb. 1 at the Memorial Coliseum. Beyond that, those would-be RV customers are... Read more

All-New Service Management Guide Available

January 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The 11th edition of the service management guide is now available from the Mike Molino RV Learning Center. According to a press release, the all-new publication has been completely revised to parallel the service procedures most service personnel encounter on a regular basis. The guide includes extensive updates to previous editions and features additional material provided by dealers, service managers, technicians and suppliers. It also offers more than 100 pages of average work unit times for the... Read more

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