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SSI: Canadian Towable Sales Gain 9% in June

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Year-over-year Canadian towable sales rose 9% in June, while growing 7.7% for the first six months, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI). The market gained momentum in the second quarter, posting a 10.2% increase during the three-month period. Results by segment showed: • Travel trailer sales grew 12% in June and 9.5% year-to-date. • Canadian fifth-wheel sales edged up 1.3% for the month and 2.9% through June. • Folding camping trailer registrations... Read more

Report: Daimler Recalls 80K Sprinter Chassis

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Editor’s Note: The following is the latest RV recall list compiled by the National Highway Safety Association (NHTSA). Daimler Vans USA LLC is issued a massive recall for  Freightliner and Dodge Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vehicles. Models include: 43,689 built in 2007-2009; 20,665  built in 2010-2011; and 17,609 built in 2012. The vans are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled into the passenger frontal air bag modules. In the event of a crash necessitating... Read more

‘Skyline Corp.’ Returns To Profitability For 4Q

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Skyline Corp., a builder of manufactured housing and park model RVs, returned to profitability during its fiscal fourth quarter. Results showed:  Net sales from continuing operations of $59,462,000, an increase of 5% over net sales of $56,651,000 from continuing operations in the year ago quarter. In June 2016, Skyline commenced operation of a leased facility in Elkhart, Ind., which contributed $415,000 of net sales and incurred a loss of $478,000 in the current quarter. Income from continuing... Read more

Levitz to Manage Service, Warranties at NeXus

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Ron Levitz Elkhart, Ind.-based NeXus RV  announced the hiring of longtime service and warranty executive Ron Levitz. The move stems from the company’s recent adoption of a traditional dealer network as it transitions from a factory direct business model.  “Ron’s career history includes many years with the biggest and the best manufacturing companies such as Winnebago, Jayco, Gulf Stream, and Thor,” stated Claude Donati, co-founder of NeXus RV, in a press release. “Ron... Read more

Ram 3500 Boasts 30K-Pound Towing Capacity

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With the start of 2018 model-year production, the Ram 3500 will offer a segment-dominating 930 lb.-ft. of torque and the exclusive ability to tow 30,000 pounds with a fifth-wheel hitch. “Ram maintains capability leadership by delivering the highest-ever torque rating for a pickup truck and heaviest fifth-wheel trailer towing capacity,” said, Mike Manley, head of Jeep and Ram Brand – FCA Global, in a press release. “We understand the attributes most important to our customers within... Read more

RVDA is Seeking Dealer Input for ‘DSI Survey’

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The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association’s (RVDA) annual Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) survey is now underway. According to RV Executive Today Online, many manufacturers use DSI results to adjust policies and procedures that affect their dealers. “t’s extremely important for all retailers to participate in the survey and rate every brand/manufacturer whose products they carry,” the release stated. The questionnaire measures retailers’ views about reliability and quality... Read more

Demand Rising for Campground Reservations

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Contemporary campers — from luxury motorhome travelers to spartan, tent-dwelling types — agree on one thing: make a reservation. According to The Watch, the skyrocketing demand for developed campgrounds and additional dispersed campsites has driven an increased use of the campsite reservation system for the U.S. Forest Service, as well as Colorado state parks, such as the huge, camping-friendly Ridgway State Park at Ridgway Reservoir. “We start making our reservations in January (for summer... Read more

Union Tool’s ‘Family’ Adding Another Member

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Members of third and fourth generation at Union Tool The Union Tool Corp. has welcomed another fourth-generation member to its family-owned business, founded by Karl J. Heinzelman in 1944.  According to a press release, Nick Simpson joins Union Tool after working several years in a sales position in Bloomington, Ind., for a leading hospitality company. During that time, Simpson was promoted to several roles including sales manager, senior sales manager, and director of sales.  Simpson graduated... Read more

VIDEO 2: ‘ROUTE 66’ Stresses Customer Care

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The growing ROUTE 66 RV Network, comprised of over 150 dealerships across North America, has expanded its roster of services with the exclusive “Customer Care Promises” at no charge to RVers. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

Camping World Pares Gander Opening Target

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Following issuance of its second-quarter earnings Friday (Aug. 11), Camping World Holdings Inc. President and CEO Marcus Lemonis said in a conference call that the company may reopen as few as 40 former Gander Mountain locations, far short of earlier expectations, due to challenges renegotiating leases. SGBMedia Online reported that Camping World also confirmed that the re-opened Gander stores will be much smaller than its traditional locations and feature significantly less footwear and apparel. On... Read more

Reese Debuts ‘LED Roadside Warning Device’

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REESE Towpower has designed the POD HAZARD LED roadside warning and work light device. According to a press release, the It’s not only an ideal LED warning solution for motorists who stop their vehicle near passing motorists during a roadside emergency; it’s also a convenient work light for any possible situation. The bright LED warning lights provide 360-degree light projection that is visible to oncoming motorists up to 1/4-mile away while the work light is an essential for handling any type... Read more

Supplier Obeco Launching Two New Websites

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ObeCo Inc. announced the launch of two new websites, www.ObeCoInc.com and www.OrganizedObie.com.  According to a press release, Elkhart, Ind.-based ObeCo has been supplying net pockets, netting materials and organizational products to the RV, truck body and marine industries since 1990. Offerings include a wide range of fasteners, magnets, sealants, battery accessories, custom tie-down straps, plastics, and all types of netting products. “I’m so excited for this new upgrade in web design... Read more

Study: Estimated 142M Went Boating For 2016

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An estimated 142 million Americans went boating in 2016 – 36% of U.S. households – according to the 2016 Recreational Boating Participation Study, released by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF), and Discover Boating. Scuttlebutt Sailing News reported that of the 142 million individuals that went boating, half were children (under the age of 18) and 17 million individuals were first-time participants, and those who spent... Read more

Camping World’s 2Q Sales Jump 20% to $1.3B

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Camping World Holdings Inc. (CWH) reported double-digit increases in revenue and net income for the company’s second quarter. Second Quarter Highlights Total revenue increased 20.1% to $1.3 billion. Gross profit increased 24.5% to $372.8 million and gross margin increased 102 basis points to 29.1%. Income from operations increased 32.3% to $136.8 million and operating margin increased 98 basis points to 10.7%. Net income increased 26.3% to $105.3 million, net income margin increased 40 basis... Read more

General RV Launches New Virginia Dealership

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General RV Center announced the opening of a new location near Richmond, Va., according to a press release. The 32,000-square-foot dealership, which General RV purchased, sits on five acres in Ashland just off I-95 and features 26 service bays with 200 RVs on the sale lot. The full-service dealership provides RV sales, service, parts and financing, and carries a mix of motorhome and towable brands including Prime Time, Grand Design, Keystone, Coachmen, Thor, Tiffin, Fleetwood, and Holiday... Read more

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