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Utilimaster Opens Upfit Center for Ford Transit

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Specialty vehicle maker Utilimaster Corp., a subsidiary of Spartan Motors Inc., has established upfit operations for Ford’s Transit van in Kansas City, Mo. According to a press release, advantages of the upfit center for fleet companies include one point of release and a one-time freight expense from utilizing the Ford Ship-Thru delivery system. Operations have commenced with vans being upfitted for clients like DHL and Federal Express. “The Utilimaster Kansas City upfit location reflects... Read more

Feb. Auto Sales Up; Fall Short of Expectations

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Monthly auto sales are up, but not a lot and not for all automakers. USA Today reported that the month disappointed some industry watchers and automakers. That’s because February has the President’s Day holiday that automakers and dealers say marks the beginning of the spring selling season. Slow February, slow year, is the fear. Among the domestic makers, General Motors and FCA — formerly Chrysler Group — reported increases, while Ford Motor dropped slightly as it awaits... Read more

KOA Schedules Annual ‘Care Camps Weekend’

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Participating Kampgrounds of America (KOA) locations throughout North America will be offering camping on May 9 for $10 as part of the annual KOA Care Camps Big Weekend to benefit KOA Care Camps for children with cancer. According to a press release, campers who stay as paying guests on May 8 will receive a night of camping on May 9 for just $10. The entire fee will benefit KOA Care Camps. The 12th Annual KOA Care Camps Big Weekend event is the official start to the 2015 summer camping season and... Read more

Go RVing Expands Reach For AWAY Campaign

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Go RVing’s “AWAY” campaign for the upcoming year kicked off in January backed by a $15 million media budget, the highest level of funding for the industry’s promotional outreach since 2007. RVIA Today reported that after consumer impressions hit an all-time high of 4.2 billion in 2014, GoRVing is planning an aggressive extension of the program that will include new components combined with an effective mix of traditional media, digital media and experiential marketing. The 2015 Go RVing campaign... Read more

Aussie-Based Winnebago RV Reveals New Line

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Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc. was on hand to help Winnebago RV, a wholly owned subsidiary of Australian-owned Apollo Motorhome Holidays, introduce its 2015 lineup of U.S. produced Winnebago Minnie towable products and Australian produced Winnebago brand motorhomes and campervans. According to a press release, Winnebago RV recently launched its new lineup to crowds of more than 50,000 visitors at the 2015 Victorian Caravan, Camping and Touring Supershow in Australia. Visitors... Read more

RVIA: Jan. Park Model Shipments Enjoy 4% Gain

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The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reported January’s park model RV shipments totaled 261 units, an increase of 4% from the 227 units in the same month of 2014. By state, the largest number of park model units were shipped to Arizona, followed by Texas, then Maine, Wisconsin, Minnesota and California, according to RVIA figures.  Read More →

Little Dealer, Little Prices Helps Learning Center

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Little Dealer, Little Prices of Mesa, Ariz., made a $1,000 gift to the Mike Molino RV Learning Center, bringing the dealership’s total lifetime contribution to $11,050. The RV Learning Center kicked off its annual fundraising campaign in November during the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, the premier education event for dealers in North America. “The recent contribution from Little Dealer, Little Prices shows once again that Debbie Brunoforte knows what’s important for this industry,”... Read more

Australian RV Building Market is ‘Back on Track’

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Australians’ desire to see their country has helped push RV production to levels not seen since the industry’s boom years of the early 1970s. The Courier Mail reported that Queensland now has the second-highest number of caravan manufacturers in the country, building everything from humble camper trailers to “Rolls Royce” models that sell for more than $100,000 and feature wide-screen televisions, satellite dishes and spacious showers. Nationwide production of recreational vehicles is... Read more

‘Coalition’ Challenging CFPB Auto Loan Policies

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A coalition representing auto lenders says a federal agency should admit it is wrong. According to Wards Auto, the group in a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) asks it to address its alleged bias and error in an analysis it uses to determine whether disparate impact, or unintentional discrimination, exists in a lender’s portfolio. The coalition says the methodology is flawed, yet the bureau keeps relying on it. Since 2013, the CFPB has urged lenders to change how they compensate... Read more

Weather Stalls Consumer Sentiment in February

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Harsh winter weather left U.S. consumers feeling a bit less confident this month, the University of Michigan says. But confidence levels still remain at the highest level in eight years. The Chicago Tribune reported that the University of Michigan says its index of consumer sentiment slid to 95.4 in February from an 11-year high of 98.1 in January. “It is hard not to attribute the small February decline to the temporary impact of the harsh weather,” said Richard Curtin, chief economist... Read more

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