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Cottages Attracting Winter Texans to RV Resort

February 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Canadian dollar has lost value against the dollar in recent months, but that didn’t stop Sharon Caddoo and her husband from coming down from Manitoba to spend another winter at Hill Country Cottage & RV Resort in New Braunfels, Texas. “It only takes two-and-a-half days to journey down here,” said Caddoo, who has spent the past four winters at the New Braunfels resort, in an announcement from the resort. But while many people come in their RVs, the Caddoos are renting a 700-square foot... Read more

Report: Consumer Spending Cools in December

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Household spending cooled in December as Americans used gains in incomes to boost their savings. Bloomberg reported that consumer purchases were little changed after a 0.5% advance in November that was bigger than previously estimated, Commerce Department figures showed Monday. Incomes climbed 0.3% for a second month. Household purchases moderated in the fourth quarter, contributing to a slowdown in the economy as businesses slashed investment and worked to pare down inventories. A spending rebound,... Read more

Highland Ridge RV Plans $5.7 Million Expansion

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Highland Ridge RV has announced plans to double production at its Shipshewana, Ind.-based operations and create up to 65 jobs by 2019. The subsidiary Middlebury-based Jayco Inc. subsidiary reported in a press release that increased sales led to the need for the $5.68 million expansion. The company plans to break ground this spring on a 92,000-square-foot facility on its Shipshewana campus. Construction is set to wrap up in September. Highland Ridge says the expansion will allow it to double production... Read more

Park Model RV Shipments Finish ’15 Down 3.5%

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Total shipments of park model RVs finished 2015 down by 3.5% compared to 2014, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). December was the largest down month compared to 2014, with only 193 units shipped compared to 261 the previous December, a drop of 26.1%. Texas and Arizona each received 26 park models in December, while California was the next-highest shipment destination with 23. The balance were spread throughout the U.S. and Canada. For the entire year, park model manufacturers... Read more

ASA Acquires Wireless Camera System Patent

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ASA Electronics received a patent for its auto-pairing wireless camera system designed for tractor-trailer applications. According to a press release, the technology will seamlessly pair any combination of cabs and trailers, regardless of fleet size, if they are equipped with Voyager wireless monitors and cameras. Adapter kits can convert competitors’ older wired systems to be compatible with this new wireless technology. Several factors went into developing this system, including cost and ease... Read more

Council Expected To OK Freightliner Tax Break

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At its meeting today (Feb. 1), South Carolina’s Cherokee County Council is expected to approve the second reading of a tax break for a $22 million expansion project by Gaffney-based Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC). The Gaffney Ledger reported that the ordinance provides a 6% fee-in-lieu for Freightliner to expand operations at its facility. Freightliner officials said the investment will impact a number of key business operations, including the construction of a new logistics center,... Read more

PRVCA Will Host Lippert Tech Training Session

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The Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA) is sponsoring Lippert Components Inc. technician training in its Southwestern District on Feb. 17. According to a press release, the training will be held at the Comfort Inn New Stanton in New Stanton, Pa., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Training is free and open to PRVCA members only (a $175 value) and attendees can earn eight recertification hours. Instructor Chet Dillenbeck will be on-site to review the following: Learn how to... Read more

TACO Adds Features to ’16 Texas Travel Guide

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The 2016 RV Travel & Camping Guide to Texas is now being distributed at RV shows, visitors bureaus and campgrounds in Texas and across the country. This year’s guide is a “step up” from what the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO) has previously used to market campgrounds, RV parks and resorts across the Lone Star State, according to an announcement from TACO. “It’s more of a coffee table piece,” said Brian Schaeffer, TACO’s executive vice president and CEO, noting... Read more

Roadtrek is Official Motorhome at Biketoberfest

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Kitchener, Ontario-based Class B builder Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc. has been named the official motorhome of Bike Week and Biketoberfest at Daytona International Speedway (DIS). Bike Week at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) has been a long-standing tradition with the “World Center of Racing” hosting the 75th running of the Daytona 200 American Sportbike Racing Association (ASRA) race on March 12, one of the most historic motorcycle races in the nation. In addition to the Daytona 200, DIS is... Read more

Coachmen Engineer Leading Parkinson’s ‘Fight’

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Don Sheliga A diagnosis of Parkinson’s interrupted Don Sheliga’s life around three years ago. While working as an engineer for Coachmen RV, Sheliga coped, embracing the series of therapies, treatments and recommended exercise that would help retard – but, at this point, not cure – the progressive symptoms associated with the disease. The most potent medicine, however, came from those closest to him. “With the strong support of my wonderful family and friends, I have been learning to deal... Read more

RVSEF Driving Safety Program Available Online

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The RV Safety & Education Foundation (RVSEF) announced that a popular RV consumer safety program, RV Driving Safety, has been updated and formatted for immediate online availability. According to a press release, the three-year project was completed last month and is now available for all RV owners. The online course is self-directed so RVers can study on their own time, at their leisure. “With our new online program, a student can learn everything from the basic driving refreshers we all... Read more

Opinion: RV Industry Soars; Elkhart Co. Benefits

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Editor’s Note: The following is an editorial appearing in the Saturday (Jan. 31) edition of the Goshen (Ind.) News tracking the strong sales year for the RV industry and its positive impact on Elkhart County. To read the entire editorial click here. Wow! What a year the recreational vehicle industry had in 2015. The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association Friday reported shipments of RVs from manufacturers to dealers rose 4.9 percent in 2015. That means 374,246 RVs, most of them constructed... Read more

RVIA: Wholesale Shipments Gained 4.9% for ’15

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Wholesale shipments posted a robust finish to 2015, rising to 28,025 units in the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) December survey of manufacturers, 4.8% ahead of the final month last year and the largest December total since 2005. For the year as a whole, all RV shipments reached 374,246 total units, an increase over the previous year of 4.9% and the best yearly total since 2006. This year marked the sixth consecutive annual increase in RV shipments since the end of the recession. Seasonally... Read more

Camping World, Good Sam Shelving 2016 ‘Rally’

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Rally attendees walk the grounds at last year’s Rally in Phoenix Camping World Inc. (CWI) and Good Sam Enterprises LLC are shelving their annual “Camping World Good Sam Rally” for 2016. Although there have been no official announcements to that effect, CWI CEO Marcus Lemonis confirmed that the Rally had indeed been canceled – at least for now. Lemonis, who has built a high-profile reputation as “The Profit” on CNBC, declined further comment when contacted Friday (Jan. 29) by RVBUSINESS.com... Read more

Industry Leaders Enthused by Shipments Totals

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Recreational vehicle shipments surpassed 374,000 units last year, the highest number since 2006 — before the Great Recession. “We did better than previously forecasted,” said Bill Baker, director of media relations at RVIA. “We expect that growth to continue into 2016 since the economy has improved and consumer confidence has risen.” As reported by the Elkhart Truth, the RV boom is good news for Elkhart County, which employs thousands of workers in the industry.The production of RVs accounted... Read more

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