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VIDEO 1: Tin Can Tourists Rally Outside Detroit

May 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Tin Can Tourists, the vintage RV owners group that can trace its roots back to 1919, participated in the 19th Annual Official TCT Gathering May 19-22 at Camp Dearborn in Milford, Mich. Forrest Bone, credited with reviving the group in 1998 after a 14-year period of dormancy, took time during the rally to discuss the origins of Tin Can Tourists and the appeal of vintage RVs with RVBUSINESS.com. To view the video scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

Sumner RV Set To Open Dealership in Poulsbo

May 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Recreational vehicles are making a comeback on Viking Avenue in Poulsbo, Wash., near Seattle, reports the Kitsap Sun. An RV dealer will open on the old auto corridor in June, though not the dealer most Poulsbo residents are familiar with. This time it’s Sumner RV, a Pierce County business, setting up shop on Viking. Sumner RV has signed a two-year lease on the former mobile home dealership at 19647 Viking Ave. NW, adjacent to the property where Poulsbo RV got its start. Steve Cohn with Sumner... Read more

Demand for ‘Camping Cars’ Growing in Korea

May 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Hyundai Motor Starex Camping Car The demand for recreational vehicles is on the rise in Korea, with more young families seeking to enjoy convenient outdoor leisure activities during their holiday breaks. According to a report by The Korea Herald, the local “camping car” market, which was initially formed with imported trailers from 2010, gained momentum in 2013 with the launch of the motorhome Starex camping car by the nation’s largest automaker, Hyundai Motor. Sales of recreational... Read more

RV Firms Turning Big Profits as Industry Rolls

May 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

“This has a little bit more bling,” says the Lazydays RV dealer off screen. The camera cuts to a compact, yet very upscale bathroom, equipped with a standing shower and above-counter vessel vanity sink. It then pans to the motorhome’s expansive interior — including a diner booth, broad kitchen countertop, full-size fridge and set of bunk beds outside the master bedroom. As reported by Investors Business Daily, the pair of shoppers behind him marvel at the amenities. The... Read more

NAARVA is Holding Regional Rally in Goshen

May 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The National African American RVer’s Association (NAARVA) Central Region Rally converged on the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds Sunday and is wrapping up today. It is their third time at the fairgrounds. As reported by the Goshen News, Norman Ellis founded the organization in 1993 in Cincinnati, Ohio to get more African-Americans involved on RVing. As he and his wife Lyna traveled, they rarely saw African-Americans on the road. “I decided what can I, or what can we do, to get more of us on the... Read more

AAA Forecasting Heavy Memorial Day Travel

May 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

AAA projects more than 38 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend. That is the second-highest Memorial Day travel volume on record and the most since 2005. Spurred by the lowest gas prices in more than a decade, about 700,000 more people will travel compared to last year. The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 26 to Monday, May 30. “Americans are eagerly awaiting the start of summer and are ready to travel in numbers not seen in more than a decade,” Marshall... Read more

Alberta Dealer Sees Spike in RV Rental Sales

May 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Fernando Abulmona is headed south for the long weekend in what he calls his second home. Abulmona has been traveling in a motorhome every summer for the last 15 years. “It’s fun. I love the outdoors and nature,” he said. According to a Global News report, Abulmona said he feels at home in his motorhome and has created a lot of memories with his family. “I drove from here to Vancouver, to Washington–Seattle, Oregon to San Francisco, Los Angeles to Las Vegas,” he said. Whether you are... Read more

WFCO Site Offering New Facets for RV Techs

May 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

WFCO Electronics’ has enhanced its new website with a number of helpful resources for RV technicians, including how-to videos and an online “Toolbox” of information. Such resources enable RV service centers to effectively troubleshoot RVs and to easily upgrade converters and power centers with the latest WFCO technology, a release from the company stated. “Our Power Pros have more than 50 years of combined expertise in RV manufacturing and service,” said Tom Ryan, WFCO vice president of... Read more

Dealer Webinar To Cover New Overtime Rules

May 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Department of Labor issued changes this week to the overtime rule, entitling millions of additional salaried workers to overtime pay. Dealers can learn what steps they must take to get ahead of the new rule governing overtime pay in a free dealer webinar from the Mike Molino RV Learning Center on May 25 at noon EDT. To register click here. According to a press release, the webinar will be presented by Kathryn Carlson, vice president of Human Resource Products for KPA. “Significant... Read more

Riverside Adds Reps On Toy Hauler Demand

May 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Kevin Hesch and Esch Peru, Ind.-based Riverside Travel Trailer Inc. reported that wholesale shipments are significantly outpacing the industry average for the first four months of the year. “The groundwork for this growth was laid last fall when we introduced our RPM line of toy haulers,” said Jerry Sell, vice president and general manager, in a press release. “Toy haulers account for 49.5% of our builds for the year. This is amazing when you realize we only had one toy hauler floorplan at... Read more

‘TaigMarks’ Hiring Horner to Bolster PR Staff

May 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Lindsey Horner Elkhart, Ind.-based TaigMarks Inc. has added Lindsey Horner to its staff as an assistant account/public relations executive. According to a press release, she will assist with account management needs while also enhancing the agency’s public relations services. Horner is a 2012 graduate of Indiana University where she received a bachelor’s in journalism with a focus in public relations. She previously served Visit South Bend Mishawaka as communications and public relations... Read more

The BUZZ: Kerola Group Revives Hi-Lo Brand

May 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

In reintroducing the Hi-Lo brand to the North American recreational vehicle marketplace, William “Bill” Kerola, owner and president of The Kerola Group, said his company plans to sell Hi-Lo Trailers directly to consumers for the time being. But he said the company is still considering whether to develop a dealer base for the iconic telescoping towable that traces its roots back to 1956. The Kerola Group, which in 2014 acquired the trademark, designs and intellectual property for the Hi-Lo trailer,... Read more

RV Sales Boom Straining Elkhart’s Workforce

May 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

North-central Indiana is hoping new state funds and collaborations will help attract workers and diversify local economies. According to an NPR report, that’s especially challenging in Elkhart, known as the recreational vehicle capital of the world — and the city with the nation’s highest unemployment rate during the recession. Now, the RV industry is booming — but that’s created problems of its own. In one of Thor Motor Coach’s largest factories in Elkhart, dozens... Read more

ATC Toy Hauler, Tacoma RV Target Half-Tons

May 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

A lightweight, durable toy hauler by ATC Trailers is primed to break into the high-volume half-ton pickup marketplace through a partnership with Tacoma RV, one of the largest dealers in the state of Washington. According to a press release, the half-ton pickup is the most popular capacity truck in America, but the availability of a half-ton towable living quarter trailer is lacking. ATC and Tacoma RV will fill that void in the northwest U.S. with a product line offering front bedrooms ranging... Read more

VIDEO 2: ROTV Tests Out Jay Feather Hybrid

May 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

On this week’s “Rollin’ On TV” show Jeff Johnston takes an in-depth look at hybrid trailers, hitting the road in a new Jayco Jay Feather. Also, the crew looks at an additional support system for stabilizing jacks and Evanne Schmarder whips up a spicy, grilled buffalo chicken sandwich. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

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