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Hall of Fame Seeks Nominations For Class of ’18

April 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Darryl Searer, president of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation, is urging people to start working on their nominations for the Hall of Fame Class of 2018, as the deadline for submissions is Oct. 31. “Even though we are intensely planning for the induction dinner celebration for the Class of 2017 on Aug. 7, it’s really not too early to start the process of nominating a deserving individual to the Hall of Fame for the Class of 2018,” said Searer. “It’s a lengthy... Read more

RVIA: FMCSA Renews Transporter CDL Exemption

April 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) this week announced a five-year renewal of its 2015 exemption from the federal commercial driver’s license (CDL) requirements for drivers who deliver certain newly manufactured recreation vehicles to dealers or trade shows before retail sale. As reported by RVIA Today Express, the exemption renewal covers employees of all U.S. driveaway companies, RV manufacturers and RV dealers transporting RVs between manufacturing sites and dealer locations... Read more

Wells Cargo Moving Indiana Operations to Bristol

April 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Wells Cargo trailer plant in Elkhart, Ind., is slated to close by August, as operations are moved to a new plant in Bristol, according to an Elkhart Truth report.  Owned by Universal Trailer Corp., the plant is closing due to the opening of Universal Trailer’s new $25 million, 200,000-square-foot facility in Bristol, which was unveiled in March. Universal Trailer is shifting the manufacturing of Wells Cargo trailers to the new facility, along with a number of other brands,... Read more

FMCA Planning for 96th Convention, Expo in July

April 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Plans are taking shape for Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) 96th International Convention and RV Expo, scheduled for July 12-15 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Event Center in Indianapolis. According to a press release, an early-bird discount of $30 is available to anyone who registers on or before May 12. The event will feature displays of the latest motorhomes and a wide range of accessories and gear. Other activities include seminars — approximately 100 different... Read more

Banks Power Intros Products for ’13-’17 Ram 6.7L

April 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Banks Power has introduced three new products for the 2013-17 Ram 6.7L engine. According to a press release, the components are designed to maximize intake air flow, increase boost air density, and can be used together, or separately. The products will be on display at the Ultimate Callout Challenge event, taking place at Lucas Oil Raceway April 21-13. Products include: • The Banks Ram-Air Cold Air Intake for 2013-2017 Ram 6.7L engine: Intake systems start out as CAD software prototypes and... Read more

VIDEO 1: ‘ROTV’ Travels to Thetford in Ann Arbor

April 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

This week’s “Rollin’ On TV” episode features a visit to Thetford Corp., based in Ann Arbor, Mich., as the company marks its 50th anniversary. Also, Jeff Johnston checks out the Jayco Melbourne Class C motorhome and the crew takes a look at rental firm Airstream-2-Go. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

NATDA Set to Release 2017 Buyer’s Guide in May

April 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The North American Trailer Dealers Association (NATDA) announce the launch of the annual NATDA Buyer’s Guide, which will be available to dealers in May. “The NATDA Buyer’s Guide is essentially the yellow pages for our industry. It has all the information a dealer will need to discover new manufacturers,” said Jesse Battle, NATDA executive director, in a press release. The 2017 NATDA Buyer’s Guide allows readers to see “at a glance” the offerings of leading trailer manufacturers... Read more

Elkhart’s 2017 RV Open House Set for Sept. 18-22

April 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Dealers enjoy lunch at Forest River exhibit during last year’s Open House, said to have been one of the best ever In what has become an annual rite of early fall, the 2017 Elkhart RV Open House will be held the week of Sept. 18-22 around the north side boulevards of the RV-building center of Elkhart, Ind., spokesmen for Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s Forest River Inc. subsidiary have confirmed. The Open House has evolved since 2008 into one of the North American RV industry’s two key... Read more

Colonial Airstream Plans Expansion as Sales Rise

April 20, 2017 by · 1 Comment 

Staff at Colonial Airstream Lakewood, N.J.-based Colonial Airstream, which was recently recognized as the top overall motorhome and Class B dealer in the state by Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), is planning a major expansion designed to keep pace with current demand while also accommodating future growth. “This year, we are already seeing in the first quarter a 20% increase over last year, so that is looking really good,” Jim Lenzo, who co-owns the dealership with his brother John, told... Read more

Canadian Campgrounds are Bracing For Tax Hike

April 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Southwestern Ontario campground owners know the tax axe could fall at any time, according to a report by the St. Thomas Times-Journal. As they prepare to file their returns this spring, they know they might be one Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) audit away from a reclassification that could cost them thousands. “It’s a huge worry. It’s very unfair, and it’s all across Canada,” said Joe Bardoel, owner of Golden Pond RV Resort west of Ingersoll. The CRA is re-examining campsites’ eligibility... Read more

Black Book: Warm Temps Heat Up Auction Sales

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Towable and motorhome sales at auction soared in April, according to the latest report from Black Book. “Warmer weather is here and the spring market is upon us,” said Eric Lawrence, director of specialty products. “Towables set a another record in April while motorhome values hit their second highest value since the summer of 2010. “The overall economy is strong, consumer confidence is up, and consumers are buying RVs in record numbers. Many of these new RV sales result... Read more

Alpha Systems Eyes $8.5M Expansion in Elkhart

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Elkhart, Ind.-based Alpha Systems LLC  is seeking to invest $8.5 million in an expansion plan that will add 20 jobs by the end of 2020.  As reported by the Elkhart Truth, the Elkhart City Council passed a resolution to continue the process of seeking a five-year tax abatement during the phase-in period of the expansion project. Formed in 1984, the company manufactures and distributes construction products and accessories to the recreational vehicle, marine and manufactured housing... Read more

Camping World Moving Ahead on Ohio Site Plans

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A proposed Camping World store took another step forward when Franklin City Council approved the rezoning of 35.7 acres fronting Interstate 75 near the Ohio 123 interchange. The Hamilton Journal News reported that the city council approved the zoning change so the property owner, Lawrence Schumacher of Schumacher Dugan Construction, can sell about 18 acres of the parcel in the Franklin Interstate Park to Camping World. Camping World purchased in 2015 the former Tom Raper RV dealerships... Read more

’17 Airstream Basecamp Features Truma ‘Combi’

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The Airstream Basecamp will feature the Truma Combi as its combination water heater and forced-air furnace appliance for 2017. “We needed systems on the Basecamp to be robust, reliable, efficient and provide an Airstream level of comfort,” noted Bryan Melton, general manager of travel trailers for Airstream, in a press release. “The Truma Combi does just that. The Combi’s small footprint and combined furnace and hot water system leave room for outdoor enthusiasts to pack... Read more

Alberta Startup Adopts Airbnb Model for Rentals

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Chad and Cherie Ball were struggling during the 2008 recession but still wanted to take their family on a vacation, so they started looking for more affordable options. “We turned no farther than our neighbor’s driveway and we saw his trailer that literally just sat there for months on end, not being used,” Chad said. “So we approached him and said: ‘Hey, not using your trailer? What are the chances of you renting that out to us?’” The neighbor was up for it, but raised... Read more

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