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TACO Recognizes its Top Parks at Spring Meeting

April 25, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO) announced that it presented awards today (April 24) as the association kicked off the first full day of its annual Spring Meeting and Trade Show. TACO CEO Brian Schaeffer presented the association’s awards following today’s breakfast session attended by campground owners, vendors and industry officials from across the Lone Star State. “This was by far the most competitive awards program we’ve ever had in our 45-year history,” he said in... Read more

RVIA: March Shipments Record 17% YOY Increase

April 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

RVIA’s March survey of manufacturers found RV wholesale shipments finishing the first quarter of the year on a very strong note. Monthly shipments reached 47,579 units, an increase of 20.7% over the February monthly total and of 16.8% over the March 2016 tally of 40,740 units. RVIA reported that this represents the highest monthly total ever for shipments on comparable record. Year-to-date RV wholesale shipments have reached 120,866 units, up 11.7% over the 108,195 units shipped in the same... Read more

RV Execs Share Views With Ind. Sen. Todd Young

April 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

U.S. Senator Todd Young (end of table) meets with RV leaders during a roundtable in Elkhart A small group of RV industry leaders met Friday (April 21) with Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., who succeeded Dan Coats in January, to address an array of legislative and regulatory issues. The hour-long RV Industry Roundtable, organized by public relations executive BJ Thompson, was held at Elkhart’s RV/MH Hall of Fame and essentially served as an introductory session for Young, a 44-year-old Republican attorney... Read more

‘inTech RV’ Moving into New Facility in Nappanee

April 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

inTech RV, builder of the Flyer line of microlite campers and toy haulers, announced that the company will be moving into its new 42,000-square-foot facility in Nappanee, Ind., over the next few weeks. According to a press release, the new building is located one block east of an existing 94,000-square-foot facility that houses parent inTech Trailers, which manufactures high-end, all-aluminum motorsport and industrial trailers. The new facility will allow inTech to increase... Read more

Former NFLer Cave Finds Next Chapter at Lippert

April 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Braxston Cave By late spring of 2016, Braxston Cave had lived in five cities in three years chasing his National Football League dream, according to an Elkhart Truth report. His wife, Natalie, was pregnant with their first child and even the couple’s two dogs were getting tired of moving. It was time for a change. So Cave, a Penn High School and Notre Dame graduate, made the tough decision to leave football and move back to northern Indiana. On Tuesday, Cave spoke at Bethel College, where the... Read more

Jayco Offering New Garmin ‘Infotainment’ System

April 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., announced launch of the RV-BBT601, an advanced OEM infotainment system designed for recreational vehicles featuring best-in-class navigation from Garmin, and audio powered by FUSION Entertainment, a Garmin brand. According to a press release, the portable system is the “first of its kind,” offering an in-dash solution that can easily be removed and used to access applications or control the entertainment from anywhere in the RV. Jayco... Read more

RV OEM Execs Able to Accompany RV Inspectors

April 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

In an effort to give members a more comprehensive understanding of the value and safety benefits provided by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) in-plant inspection service, the Standards Department is inviting official representatives and other upper management personnel to participate directly in an upcoming regularly scheduled inspection at one of their respective production lines. According to a report in RVIA Today Express, RVIA inspections typically take anywhere from... Read more

Holdread Joins Lippert RV Business Development

April 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Caleb Holdread Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) announced the promotion of Caleb Holdread to business development manager within the RV Products Division. According to a press release, Holdread will work with LCI RV divisions to provide products to new and existing customers. He will primarily focus on customer relations and will work with select accounts to identify products that will enhance the current offerings of LCI customer partners. “I appreciate this opportunity and look forward to continuing... Read more

NAARVA Eastern Rally Set To Roll May 4-7 in S.C.

April 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The wheels will roll for the National African American RVers Association (NAARVA) Eastern Region rally on May 4-7. As reported by the Sun News, members will start pulling into town Sunday to help with preparations for this 17th annual rally at Lakewood Camping Resort, between Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach. Families in 150 to 200 recreational vehicles are expected. With its national headquarters based in Charlotte, N.C., the Eastern cluster comprises members from Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland,... Read more

Report: NHTSA Releases RV-Related Recalls List

April 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: The following is a list of recent RV-related recalls compiled by the U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA). • Forest River Inc. is recalling 579 2007-2011 Cherokee recreational trailers. The Federal Placards on these vehicles incorrectly state a Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) of 3,970 pounds, when the actual capacity is 3,500 pounds. The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) is also incorrect. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements... Read more

Sobel University’s Sales Course Runs June 19-23

April 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Sobel University will host its next comprehensive sales course June 19-23. “If a dealer has someone doing a good job, but not meeting expectations, this class will get them fired up and on track,” said President Randy Sobel in a press release. “We recently had a first-time student make $10,000 in their first month after attending class. It didn’t matter that they were new.” The course is a “boot camp” class for new and experienced salespeople and managers. Students can expect... Read more

Economist: RV Industry is Reaching New Fan Base

April 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Younger families are enjoying the RV lifestyle Early spring is the main selling season for recreational vehicles and the phone on Tom Troiano’s desk has been ringing incessantly. As reported by The Economist, the owner of Continental RV, a dealership in Farmingdale, N.Y., is on track to sell more RVs this year than in any other since the early 2000s. Buoyed by cheap financing, rising wages and inexpensive gas, travelers are once again splurging on big-ticket purchases. RVs are a quintessentially... Read more

Learning Center to Host Two Webinars Next Week

April 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

KPA, in conjunction with the RV Learning Center, will present two webinars next week, according to a press release. A session scheduled for April 26 from 2-3 pm (EDT) will cover the 29 CFR 1910 OSHA general industry training requirements as well as a portion of DOT and EPA requirements. Participants will learn why training is necessary, what training should be covered, who requires it, and how to deliver effective training. Other topics will include KPA’s Risk Management... Read more

LCI will Release First-Quarter Financials on May 4

April 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

LCI Industries, a supplier of components for recreational vehicles and adjacent industries and the aftermarket, will release its first-quarter financial results before the market opens on May 4. LCI will also host a conference call at 11 a.m. EDT to discuss the results and other business matters. The call will conclude with a question-and-answer session with participation limited to institutional investors and analysts. Individual investors, retail brokers and the media are invited to listen... Read more

‘Transfer Flow’ Debuts Ford Truck 60-Gallon Tank

April 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Transfer Flow Inc. announced the release of the largest aftermarket replacement fuel tank for the 2017 Ford F-250, F-350, and F-450 Super Duty short bed, crew cab diesel trucks. The hot-dipped aluminum alloy steel tank nearly doubles the original useable fuel capacity, storing a total of 60 gallons of diesel. According to a press release, the 60-gallon replacement fuel tank is 100% engineered and manufactured in the U.S. with 12-gauge aluminized steel for superior strength and corrosion resistance.... Read more

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