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RV Education 101 Adds 2 E-Books to Aid RVers

April 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Mark Polk, owner of RV Education 101, recently announced the release of two new e-books as part of the RV Education 101 e-book series. “We currently offer 14 e-books in our library to help educate RV owners on how to purchase, use and maintain RVs,” Polk said in a press release. “Based on my experience as an RV educator there is not a lot of information available for folks prior to purchasing an RV. To help alleviate this problem I decided to add two new e-books covering this information.” The... Read more

Despite Cost, Auto Dealers in Acquisition Mode

April 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Dealer Joe Serra hasn’t seen dealership price tags this high before. But it doesn’t scare him away from seeking acquisitions for his 34-store group. After all, dealership profits are at record highs, too, and Serra’s aim is growth. “I’m not sitting on the sidelines waiting for it to change,” Serra, president of Serra Automotive Inc. in Grand Blanc, Mich., said of store pricing. “I’m just out there playing.” Automotive News reported that Serra,... Read more

Storm Ravaged Miss. Park Picks Up The Pieces

April 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

While most people celebrated Easter by going to church and visiting family, some people at the Santa Maria RV Park are still picking up the pieces from this past Monday’s storm. Straight line winds tore through the park late Monday (April 14) night, destroying several RVs and leaving residents injured and homeless. WLOX TV reported that Rob and Cherie Quinn spent their Easter Sunday rummaging through what they can salvage from their RV. Memories from Monday night are still fresh on his mind. “After... Read more

Boating Sector Sees No Change in March Sales

April 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: The following is a report by R.W. Baird & Co. analyzing powerboat sales during March. Boat sales flat in March. U.S. powerboat retail was exactly flat in March, according to Statistical Surveys Inc. March typically represents 9% of annual sales, becoming more important each month through the June/July peak. For the quarter, powerboat retail fell 1% as weather took its toll. Brunswick already reported preliminary Q1 results, which fell short of expectations. Still, March trends... Read more

SSI: Canadian Towable Sales Off 12.1% for Feb.

April 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Year-over-year Canadian towable retail sales decreased 12.1% in February and 9.3% for the two months, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. Results by segment showed: • Sales in the travel trailer sector fell 8.4% in February and 6.2% year-to-date. • Canadian fifth-wheel sales declined 18.9% for the month and 14.3% through February. • Folding camping trailer registrations declined 25% in February and 19.4% for the two months. • Canadian sales of recreational park trailers,... Read more

Thor’s K-Z Purchase Fuels Consolidation Trend

April 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

K-Z’s headquarters in Shipshewana The continued consolidation of the North American RV industry was underscored by Thursday’s (April 17) announcement that Thor Industries Inc. had reached an agreement to acquire Shipshewana, Ind.-based towable RV builder K-Z Inc. in a $53.4 million transaction set to close May 1. News that K-Z, led by founder and CEO Daryl Zook, was being purchased by the nation’s largest RV builder came only weeks after No. 3 Jayco Inc. bought Shipshewana’s Open Range... Read more

Modular Home Builder Expands into RV Market

April 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

You could say Midway Homes is all in the family, and this year, they will be expanding into fresh territory. The company, which originally focused on trailers and eventually moved into the business of modular homes, has been a fixture in Grand Rapids, Mich. since the 1950s, incorporating in 1969. This year, Midway Homes’ annual open house over the last weekend of April has a special twist—it’s also the grand opening of a new division selling RVs. The open house will take place on Friday,... Read more

General RV’s HQ Receives ‘Autographed’ Beam

April 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Red markers got a workout Friday (April 18) in Wixom, Mich., as 50 employees and family signed their names to the final steel beam to be placed in the new General RV headquarters now under construction. Afterwards construction workers hoisted the 30-foot beam above the crowd and attached it to the building frame, according to a report by The Daily Tribune. “We’ve come a long way since 1962,” said Loren Baidas, 39-year-old president and grandson of original owner, Abe Baidas. “We were out... Read more

Campgrounds Discover Savings in Solar Power

April 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Solar panels at Caliente Springs Resort With the solar panels installed next to Caliente Springs Resort in Desert Hot Springs, Calif., “We’re going to be generating a lot of electricity,” co-owner Timonthy Manthie told Woodall’s Campground Management. Indeed, about one megawatt of power each year. Conveniently located on top of subterranean hot springs, Caliente Springs never has to use natural gas or electricity to heat its five swimming pools and 13 hot spas. But the resort does have... Read more

Priority One is Among Tampa ‘Top Workplaces’

April 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Florida-based Priority One Financial Services Inc., a division of Forest River Inc., has been selected again as one of The Tampa Bay Times ”Top Workplaces.” According to a press release, the “Top Workplaces” are determined based solely on employee feedback. The employee survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. WorkplaceDynamics conducts regional “Top Workplaces programs” with 40 major... Read more

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