Jenkins Heads Up National Indoor RV Centers

February 20, 2017 by · 7 Comments 

Tadd Jenkins Former Jayco Inc. executive Tadd Jenkins has been named president of National Indoor RV Centers (NIRVC), a seven-year-old motorized RV dealership based in Lewisville, Texas, that is becoming known for its unique approach to service and storage at its suburban Dallas headquarters and at new outlets in Atlanta and Phoenix, according to NIRVC CEO Brett Davis. Davis described Jenkins, who last served as president of Jayco’s Motorhome Group and its upscale Entegra Coach line, as “a brand... Read more

Complete the RVB/Wells Fargo Dealer Survey?

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It was a week ago today (Feb. 13) that the 2017 RVB/Wells Fargo Survey, a rather straight-forward, nonscientific, 20-question poll, was first emailed to a thousand U.S. and Canadian RV retailers. And we’re sending you this note today (Feb. 20) to remind you of that fact and to urge North America’s RV dealers like you to find the time to complete this non-intrusive survey. Any dealer who hasn’t gotten the survey, which takes a retrospective look at 2016 and a speculative glance at the year ahead,... Read more

N.C. County May Clarify RV, Tiny House Rules

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Pitt County, N.C., planning officials are again asking county commissioners to amend the ordinance text governing recreational vehicles and tiny houses during their 6 p.m. meeting and public hearing today (Feb. 20), the Daily Reflector reported. Planning staff members want the changes because the county had few regulations in place regarding RVs and RV parks. The staff initially sought the changes in December, but commissioners delayed actions because of complaints from county residents. Planning... Read more

Lemonis to Donate $1.5 million to Alma Mater

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Marcus Lemonis Marquette University alumnus Marcus Lemonis announced he will donate up to $1.5 million to the university in a matching challenge, according to a report by the Milwaukee Business News. Lemonis, who stars on CNBC shows “The Profit” and “The Partner,” is the chairman and chief executive officer of Bowling Green, Ky.-based Camping World. He previously donated $300,000 to the university in a giving challenge to raise a total of $1 million. This time, Marquette plans to raise a... Read more

Survey: More Americans to Travel as a Family

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According to a recent AAA survey, more than one-third of Americans (35%) are planning to take a vacation of 50 miles or more away from home involving two or more immediate family members this year. The overall volume of travelers remains unchanged from last year, indicating that Americans continue to prioritize traveling as a family. While most family travelers (70%) are planning to take one or two vacations, there is a significant increase this year in the number of Americans who say they are planning... Read more

TekModo Industries Institutes Major Changes

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TekModo Industries Inc., which manufactures, assembles and distributes a wide range of advanced composite material to the RV, marine and other related industries, has announced several updates to its current operations and business plan going forward, which includes consolidating all of the company activities in Elkhart, Ind., including administration, accounting and corporate finance. Changes, and other announcements, included: a number of upper management positions; an equipment failure that caused... Read more

Report: NHTSA Issues RV-Related Recall List

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Editor’s Note: The following is a list of recent RV-related recalls compiled by the U.S National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA). REV Recreation Group is recalling 391 2017 Fleetwood Storm and Holiday Rambler Vacationer XE motorhomes and 2016-2017 Holiday Rambler Vacationer motorhomes. In the affected vehicles, the spring shackle bolt may contact the fuel filler components or the fuel vent tubing causing a hole, potentially resulting in a fuel leak. For more information click... Read more

ARIES Introduces All-New Line of LED Lights

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ARIES Automotive, a division of CURT Mfg. that manufactures truck, Jeep, SUV and CUV accessories, has introduced an all-new product line of LED light bars and LED work lights. According to a company release, six new lights, ranging from 2-inch work lights up to 50-inch light bars, feature grade A LED chips, waterproof construction, a 50K-hour lifespan and a pedigree of thorough testing and certifications. ARIES offers a number of unique products that are equipped with LED light mounts, but for... Read more

Friesen: Employee Training a Pressing Priority

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Darrell Friesen Editor’s Note: The following column by Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) Chairman Darrell Friesen, appearing the in the February issue of RV Executive Today, advocates for a focus on certified technician training in the dealer ranks. As the industry matures and our customers grow more impatient with broken or non-working RVs and components, it has become glaringly obvious to me that we as dealers need to train our employees better. Today, consumers are simply... Read more

Gila Bend, Ariz., Emerging as Snowbird Locale

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When Scott Swanson and his mother acquired a relatively undeveloped campground in Gila Bend, Ariz., 18 months ago, they knew it had potential as an affordable winter park for snowbirds. So they joined the Kampgrounds of America (KOA) franchise network to put the park on the travelers’ map and started making improvements to bring their 130-site campground up to KOA standards. But even after investing over $250,000 in improvements that include new landscaping, utility connections, a 4,000-square... Read more

‘Massive Fire’ Devastates Michigan Dealership

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A massive fire at a Southwest Michigan-based RV business destroyed a warehouse — as well as two motorhomes inside the structure — late Thursday (Feb. 16) night. According to a report by Fox 17, the fire happened at Cloverleaf RV in Schoolcraft Township at approximately 10 p.m. A passerby had called to report flames were shooting out of the roof of a warehouse. When crews arrived, the warehouse was completely engulfed in flames. Multiple departments were called out to assist due to the size of... Read more

Phoenix is Site of First ‘Good Sam Super Show’

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RVers check out units at the Good Sam/Camping World Rally in Phoenix in this 2015 file photo. Ushering in a new template for a series of shows embracing more of a general RV-centric consumer draw, Good Sam Enterprises LLC will present its inaugural Good Sam RV Super Show Feb. 23-26 at Arizona’s Phoenix International Raceway. Known for its high-profile national member rallies over the years, Camping World Holdings Inc.’s Good Sam Club is intent on broadening its scope on the consumer show circuit... Read more

Guaranty’s RV Park Grows Destination Concept

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Map of new RV park at Guaranty RV Shannon Nill’s vision of a “true RV destination” is close to fulfillment as Guaranty RV Sales moves into the final stages of a $7 million expansion project that will effectively beef up service operations while adding a 55-site, eight-acre RV park on the dealer’s sprawling Junction City, Ore., campus. “The RV park will build on to the destination concept that was started when we launched our RV Travel Center in the latter part of 2014. It offers everything... Read more

Dealers, Suppliers Set for CalRVDA Conference

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More than 70 people representing 14 RV dealers and an assortment of suppliers have signed up for the California Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (CalRVDA) 2017 Conference Tuesday (Feb. 21) through Thursday at Agua Caliente Resort in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Highlights will include a workshop on California’s Lemon Law led by attorneys David Ruben and Tom Murphy along with an overview of the RV market and the recently formed Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable by national RVDA president... Read more

Winnebago Layoffs a ‘Temporary Adjustment’

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Winnebago Industries President and CEO Michael Happe sought to clarify on Friday afternoon published reports earlier in the day of workforce layoffs and reduced hours at the company’s manufacturing facility in Forest City. Happe told that earlier this week 25 employees in two different departments in the manufacturing operations were notified they would receive a four-week layoff as part of a production-related adjustment. “So they are temporary layoffs, if that’s the right term,... Read more

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