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RVIA: Shipments Gain 5.8% in Aug.; Up 9% YTD

September 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

August wholesale shipments to retailers continued to cruise along, rising 5.8% above this same month last year to 26,441 units. As with recent months, towable RVs reflected the largest unit gains while motorhomes grew by the largest percentage gain. Motorhomes represented 15% of all shipments in the month of August this year the highest percentage of motorhome shipments in any single month since December of 2007.  Year to date, RV shipments through August have reached 246,483 units, representing... Read more

Elkhart Bus Maker AmeriTrans Adding a Facility

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An Elkhart, Ind.-based bus maker plans to open a second manufacturing plant in nearby Nappanee, creating 73 new jobs by 2016. The Elkhart Truth reported that AmeriTrans Bus Inc., a subsidiary of Fairbault, Minn.-based ABC Cos., will invest $2.17 million to lease, renovate and equip a 110,000-square foot facility in Nappanee, according to a press release issued by the Indiana Economic Development Corp. The state agency has offered the company up to $400,000 in tax credits and up to $45,000 in training... Read more

Webinar Shows Dealers How to ‘Grow Visibility’

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RV dealerships interested in reaching new prospects and gaining repeat customers may register now for RV Camping Connects free training webinar, “Seven Cheap and Easy Ways to Get More Visibility – and More Customers – for Your RV Business.” Scheduled for Wednesday (Oct. 1) from 2-3 p.m. PDT, RV dealerships can learn seven ways to reach a wider audience and increase sales. The discussion will cover several cost-effective strategies, including direct mail marketing, social media advertising... Read more

‘GMC Motorhome’ Owners Gather for Wis. Rally

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If residents of Chippewa Falls, Wis., feel like they’ve seen a strangely large number of 1970s motorhomes streaming through the city lately, they aren’t wrong. As reported by the Chippewa Herald, a quick drive by the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds will reveal the astonishing number of old GMC campers congregating there. Running through Thursday (Oct. 2), GMC Motorhomes International is holding its annual fall convention at the fairgrounds. The organization, which boasts around... Read more

Slideshow: Open House Product Review, Part 1

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Today’s slideshow provides a look at the array of product on display during the recently completed Elkhart County RV Open House. To view the slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

Tuesday is Deadline on Trouble Shooter Signup

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Tuesday (Sept. 30) is the final day to register for the Nov. 17-21 Trouble Shooter Clinic in Montreal. According to a press release, the event has been scheduled so that technicians can attend two of the three offered  tracks. Topics include appliances, power sources, hydraulics, slide-outs, towing and hitches, and running gear. The schedule includes: Nov. 17-18: Running gear, hydraulics, slide-outs, towing and hitches Nov. 18-21: Appliances (water heaters, on-demand water heaters, AC and heating,... Read more

RVtravel.com’s ‘Green RV Project’ Is Underway

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Editor’s Note: The following column, authored by Chris Dougherty and appearing in RV Travel Newsletter, details the Green RV Project designed to offer RVers tips and instruction on implementing modifications that will save energy and reduce their carbon footprint. To view the entire article click here. RVing is a great way to comfortably enjoy natural wonders and great places while also reducing one’s carbon footprint. Lucky for us, new and advancing technologies have made it possible... Read more

Cavco Interested in Acquisition of Skyline Corp.

September 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Cavco Industries Inc. announced Friday (Sept. 26) its interest in a potential acquisition of Skyline Corp., a publicly-traded company, at “a significant market premium.” The announcement came shortly after news of a tentative agreement to sell Skyline’s RV division to EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC was released. According to a press release, over the past several weeks, Cavco has attempted to open a dialogue with the board of directors of Skyline through a series of formal communications.... Read more

RVIA, NATM are Seeking Tire Duties Exemption

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The National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM) and Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), supported by more than a dozen distributors of specialty trailer tires, are seeking an exemption for specialty trailer tires from possible import and/or antidumping duties the U.S. government is considering for car and light truck tires imported from China. As reported by TireBusiness.com, the NATM, which represents manufacturers of light- and medium-duty trailers that are towed behind vehicles,... Read more

Midwest Service Tech Week Slated for Dec. 8-11

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RV technicians can get hands-on training and earn hours toward certification renewal during a four-day program that will be held at Ketelsen RV in Hiawatha, I0wa, slated for Dec. 8-11. Midwest Service Technician Week will offer one class per day from four major industry vendors: Dometic Group, Airxcel, Suburban, Lippert Components Inc., and Atwood Mobile Products LLC. Classes will begin at 8 a.m. and end by 5 p.m. and include hands-on training on the appliances that technicians deal with every day,... Read more

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