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Robert Thibert Acquires 5 Seasons Distribution

April 28, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Enterprise Robert Thibert Inc. announced the acquisition of 5 Seasons Distribution, (formerly known as Hitchco Distributors Ltd.), a distributor of trailer parts and accessories. According to a press release, the acquisition of 5 Seasons is part of the company’s “mission to consolidate our position in the Canadian market,” broadening its sales force across Canada. Enterprise Robert Thibert currently operates warehouses in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, and Edmonton, Alberta.... Read more

Ind. Powder Coating Firm Expands Production

April 27, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Winona Powder Coating is adding a fourth production line at its Etna Green, Ind., facility that will allow the company to respond more quickly to customer demand. In a release, Winona Powder Coating President Brian Bailey said, “This additional fourth line allows us to deal with the challenges of castings and heavy parts throughout the coating, curing and packing processes. We will also be able to reduce lead times and offer quicker customer response.” The Etna Green facility opened... Read more

MITO To Supply Waves & Wheels Marine Audio

April 27, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Elkhart, Ind.-based MITO Corp. announced that it has formed a new partnership with Waves and Wheels. According to a press release, the exclusive agreement will deliver high-end, customized Waves and Wheels audio systems to the marine OEM market through MITO’s sales channels. The products feature the high-end Focal speakers and amplifiers, and Waves and Wheels Solution products. “We’ve been doing business with Waves and Wheels for several years,” said Rod Hire, MITO product manager.... Read more

Canada: Campground is Not a ‘Small Business’

April 27, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

A family-run campground in southwestern Ontario is facing a tax bill for close to $250,000 because the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) says it’s not eligible for the small business tax rate, CTV News reported. The CRA said the campground’s principle purpose is to derive rental income instead of providing a service, so it should be paying three times what small businesses pay. “We were pretty shocked and sickened, you know, they’re claiming that we owe back taxes for the last three years, plus... Read more

RVIA: March Shipments Show 11.5% YOY Gain

April 27, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

RV shipments to retailers totaled 40,740 units in March, up 13.9% over the previous month and ahead of this same month last year by 11.5%, based on the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) latest monthly survey of manufacturers. This was the largest single monthly total for all RVs since March 2006. Seasonally adjusted, the March total this year represented an annualized rate of more than 420,000 units, the highest run rate in more than 10 years. Year-to-date, first quarter shipments... Read more

Citrus Bowl Renamed Camping World Stadium

April 27, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Citrus Bowl, based in Orlando, Fla., will now be known as Camping World Stadium thanks to a new, long-term exclusive agreement as the stadium’s new naming rights partner. According to a press release, visitors will see the Camping World name and brand displayed inside and outside the recently rebuilt facility. In addition, Camping World will be a multiyear sponsor of the series of early season neutral-site football games debuting on Labor Day which will be named the “Camping World Kickoff.” “We’re... Read more

Sun Communities Eyes Integration of Carefree

April 27, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Sun Communities Inc. announced its financial results for the first quarter Tuesday (April 26), reporting growth in occupancy to 95.5%, same-community net operating income growth of 6.4% and the addition of one manufactured housing community and one RV property, in addition to the recently announced pending acquisition of Carefree Communities Inc. “Thus far, 2016 is proving to be another excellent year for Sun Communities as we continue to successfully execute on both our organic and external... Read more

Production Rolling at Heartland’s Idaho Facility

April 27, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

(L-R) Blue Dog Director Parts & Service Tony Schilling; Director of Sales Jason Poole; Heartland General Manager Mike Creech; Blue Dog co-owners John Asplund and Rebecca Asplund; Coley Brady, Heartland vice president of sales; Steve Khoma, regional sales representative; Blue Dog Operations Manager Marc Hauser Production is in full swing at Heartland Recreation Vehicles LLC’s new plant in Nampa, Idaho, as the company marked a milestone last week with its first unit shipped to Blue Dog RV in... Read more

KOA: Canadian Campers to Grow Trips in 2016

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Canadian campers intend to increase their net camping trips by 18% in 2016, according to the 2016 North American Camping Report, an annual independent study supported by Kampgrounds of America, Inc. (KOA). According to a press release, optimism toward camping remains high in Canada as four in 10 Canadian campers also intend to spend more nights camping this year, and two-thirds intend to upgrade their accommodations. Consistent with past findings, the incidence of camping in Canada remains higher... Read more

Allison Transmission 1Q Profits, Revenue Drop

April 27, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Indianapolis-based Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. reported declines in profit and revenue during its first quarter. Net income in the quarter totaled $48.3 million, down from $68.4 million during the same period last year. The company says net sales were also down 8% to $462.1 million from $503.6 million a year ago, driven by lower demand in the global off-highway and service parts markets. CEO Lawrence Dewey said the company’s first-quarter results were within the full-year guidance... Read more

Lazydays Launches ‘Information-Rich’ Website

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Lazydays RV announced the launch of a new and improved website. According to a press release, visitors will benefit from an enhanced user experience, expanded search functionality and high-quality content, and will now have the ability to explore all Lazydays RV dealerships. The revamped Lazydays website is faster and easier to use, with accelerated page loading, improved navigation, a more user-friendly interface and mobile-optimization for smartphones, tablets and similar devices. Lazydays’ site... Read more

Blue Ox Names Laura Henry Outside Sales Rep

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Laura Henry Laura Henry recently joined Blue Ox as an outside sales representative for the Mid Atlantic territory and will be serving RV dealers in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania for truck and performance. Blue Ox reported in a release that prior to joining the Blue Ox team, Henry had a successful career, starting as office manager at Stag-Parkway at its Hanover, Md., facility in 1988. She earned several promotions, eventually being serving as regional sales manager for... Read more

Arrow Appoints Baker Mgr. For Elkhart Branch

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Arrow Distributing announced the hiring of Erica Baker as the new branch manager at Arrow’s Elkhart, Ind., branch. According to a press release, Baker has been in the RV industry for over 16 years and previously worked for Arrow from 2000-2010. She started in the product returns department and then transitioned into inside sales and customer service. She has also held positions at another RV parts and accessories distributor and more recently she worked at an RV dealership. “We are very... Read more

MBA is Bronze Partner for RVDA’s Convention

April 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) announced that MBA Insurance is a Bronze Partner for the 2016 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo. The convention/expo will take place Nov. 7-11 at Bally’s in Las Vegas, sponsored by RVDA, RVDA of Canada and the Mike Molino RV Learning Center. “Of course, MBA Insurance is our partner for the 2016 Convention Expo,” said Convention Expo Chair Ron Shepherd of Camperland of Oklahoma. “Bert Alanko is one of the biggest proponents of an educated... Read more

Airstream RV Dealership is Proposed in SoCal

April 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

With their unique sleek, silver-toned style, Airstream recreational vehicles have become iconic in the road travel industry. Yet, according to a Press Enterprise report, Southern California residents interested in owning one now have to travel to dealerships in Los Angeles, San Diego or Orange County. That could change if a plan to build an Airstream sales and service center in Lake Elsinore materializes. Dennis Lin owns two Southern California Airstream lots — in Westminster and San Gabriel... Read more

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