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RVIA Government Affairs Team Eyes Key Issues

December 13, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

When the new state sessions begin in just a matter of weeks, the RV Industry Association’s (RVIA) State Government Affairs team will capitalize on preparations made this fall to further the State Legislative Agenda. RVIA News & Insights reported that in 2019, the team will continue the initiative to ensure that all 50 states have franchise laws in place which correctly address the unique relationship between RV manufacturers and RV dealers. A critical step in securing enactment of... Read more

Goshen Funding School Manufacturing Facility

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Goshen Community Schools wants to reflect the industries around it with the paths it offers students, city redevelopment officials heard Tuesday (Dec. 11). As reported by the Goshen News, the Goshen Redevelopment Commission (RDC) approved a $100,000 donation to the school district to purchase equipment for new advanced manufacturing training programs. The money will come from the Southeast Tax Increment Finance District. Steve Hope, assistant school superintendent, said they’re currently... Read more

Boondocker Network Grows to 1,484 Host Sites

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Kitchener, Ontario-based Boondockers Welcome continues to build membership for its online, peer-to-peer network of campsite hosts and camper members. The network offers sites in the U.S. and Canada with free overnight camping from one to five days. “We’ve been around for six years,” said co-founder and CEO Marianne Edwards, noting the network includes a handful of hosts in Europe, the Mideast, Mexico, South America and Australia. “We now have 1,484 host sites in North... Read more

FEMA Ups Trailer Count for Camp Fire Victims

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A month after the start of the Camp Fire, a handful of families left homeless by the massive blaze in Butte County started moving into FEMA trailers as overnight temperatures dipped into the 30s and 40s. KQED reported that FEMA spokesman Brad Pierce said dozens of trailers are either in place or on their way to sites in Mendocino, the Glen County Fairground, Oroville and Corning, and that the list of sites is growing. “It’s very fluid,” Pierce said. “And I expect that... Read more

2018 British Motorhome Sales on Record Pace

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Despite price rises and the uncertainty over the sterling/euro exchange rate as a result of Brexit, the latest figures from the industry body, the NCC, show that registrations in England of new motorhomes and campervans have remained at record levels. However, the first signs of a slowing in the market are evident. Out & About Live reported that British motorhome sales have broken records every year since 2013 but, for two months in 2018, registrations of new models were slightly lower than the... Read more

U.S. Jobless Claims Drop To Near 49-Year Low

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The number of Americans filing applications for jobless benefits tumbled to near a 49-year low last week, which could ease concerns about a slowdown in the labor market and economy. CNBC reported that initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 27,000 to a seasonally adjusted 206,000 for the week ended Dec. 8, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Last week’s decline in claims was the largest since April 2015. Claims hit 202,000 in mid-September, which was the lowest level since December... Read more

AAA: Record Numbers to Travel for Christmas

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As people prepare for the holiday season, AAA is forecasting a record-breaking 112.5 million travelers will take to the nation’s runways, roads and rails during the year-end holidays. MSN.com reported that the estimated 112.5 million travelers would represent a 4.4% increase over last year and the most since AAA has been tracking holiday travel.  In total, more than 102 million people who will pack up their cars for the 11-day, year-end holiday travel period between Dec. 22 and Jan. 1,... Read more

VIDEO 1: New Earth Roamer Expedition Vehicle

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“Tiny Home Tours” offers a detailed walkthrough of the Earth Roamer XV-LTS Expedition Vehicle. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

SSI: Canada Coach Sales up 4.7% Through Oct.

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Year-over-year Canadian motorhome sales posted a 4.7% gain for the first 10 months of 2018, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. Thor Industries Inc. was the Canadian motorhome sales leader during the period, capturing a 44.6% market share, followed by Forest River Inc. (33.1%) and Winnebago Industries Inc. (9.5%). Class A registrations edged up 2.8% through October as Thor led the category with a 35.6% market share, ahead of Forest River (22.2%), REV Group (13.5%) and... Read more

Winnebago Revamps Lineup for Younger RVer

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In a Des Moines, Iowa, country club, Mary Gottschalk clicked her slideshow to show three recreational vehicles to a crowd of Rotarians breakfasting on scrambled eggs and oatmeal.  The Des Moines Register reported that on the screen appeared an antique, stainless steel teardrop trailer, followed by a hulking, turquoise motorhome and, lastly, a red camper van topped with a matching kayak.  “Which of these are Winnebagos?” she asked her audience, before flashing... Read more

Final Days Before RISE Awards Entry Deadline

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Organizers are reporting a spike in entries as the Friday (Dec. 14) deadline looms for the inaugural RVBusiness RISE (Recognizing Innovation and Supplier Excellence) Awards program, which is designed to honor the best and most innovative new products marketed by RV industry component suppliers for the 2019 model year.   “We’ve had about a dozen or so entries the past few days alone,” stated Rick Kessler, RVBusiness managing editor. “But we’re hoping that other suppliers... Read more

‘Go RVing’ Aligns with Verde Communications

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Go RVing announced it will partner with Verde Brand Communications to support a range of public relations and digital marketing programs. According to a press release, Verde will help create strategy and brand campaigns that drive further success with Go RVing while also supporting the launch of the new RVX trade event, taking place in Salt Lake City at the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center in March 2019. Verde will partner with Go RVing to ramp the visibility, engagement and reach... Read more

Forbes: How a 20-Something Revived Bowlus

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Among the sleek new versions of travel trailers aimed at tech-rich Millennials and well-heeled Boomers, the Bowlus Road Chief is a standout with deep historical roots. More than just a shiny piece of eye candy for the road, this sleek construction with Art Moderne lines is filled with 21st-century comforts. Think heated floors, charging stations for devices, flexible space options, and a lithium power management systems that extends off-the-grid capability for up to seven days. As reported by Forbes,... Read more

Ford Ranger Targets Crowded Mid-Size Market

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Just weeks before Ford rolls out its new Ranger pickup, the automaker finds itself in a strange position: playing catch up on trucks.  CNBC reported that after eight years of ignoring the mid-size truck market while Toyota and General Motors racked up strong sales, Ford believes it’s not too late for the new Ranger to make a splash in the segment. “Ford is a huge truck seller,” said Karl Brauer, executive publisher of Cox Automotive. “They have built up a huge loyal truck... Read more

Harvest Hosts Owner Visits NERVDA Podcast

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The New England RV Dealers Association (NERVDA) will host Joel Holland, owner of Harvest Hosts, during tonight’s airing of RVing in New Englant. Joel previously appeared on the show shortly after he acquired the company. He has been a very active owner since then, forging new relationships and signing up new host locations. With a pending price increase on the horizon for 2019, Holland will update viewers on what he has been doing with this great camping experience and will give everyone an... Read more

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