Ivy Tech Program Targeting Employee Retention

September 17, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Northern Indiana employers facing manpower shortages should consider Ivy Tech programs designed to train and retain workers, college leaders told Chamber of Commerce members. The Goshen News reported that Kyle Hannon, executive director of Ivy Tech Community College’s Elkhart County campus, and Mark Melnick, executive director of Workforce Strategic Partnerships for Ivy Tech, explained their skills training programs at the Goshen Chamber’s monthly “Wake Up, Goshen!” breakfast meeting at Maplecrest... Read more

Cruiser Stryker Line Continues to Enjoy Growth

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Cruiser RV’s 2019 Stryker travel trailer Howe, Ind.-based Cruiser RV continues to enjoy strong growth in its laminated Stryker travel trailer and fifth-wheel toy hauler line as the company reported that year-over-year sales are 21.7% ahead of last year’s pace. “We have seen unbelievable growth with the Stryker toy hauler line over the last three years and we don’t see it slowing down any time soon,” reported Jay Mohamed, general manager for Cruiser, a division of Thor industries Inc.... Read more

ASA iN•Command now Standard on Minnie Plus

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Jeff Gray, ASA national OEM sales account manager, RV and trailering division (left) and Adam Christoffersen, Winnebago product sales manager ASA Electronics announce that its latest iN•Command Control system will be a standard on 2019 Winnebago Industries Inc.’s Minnie Plus travel trailers and fifth-wheels. According to a press release, iN•Command with Global Connect will give Winnebago owners control of their RV from virtually anywhere in the world. “Winnebago has been a household... Read more

Trade Show Space Filling up for LSI Symposium

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Exhibit space filling up for Jellystone Symposium trade show The Nov. 5-8 Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Symposium & Trade Show is shaping up to be the best yet, but spaces are selling out quickly, according to a press release. “At this point, we only have a few spaces left for vendors who would like to exhibit their products or services at our symposium,” said Kelly Jones, vice president of operations for Leisure Systems Inc. (LSI), which franchises more than 80 Jellystone Park locations... Read more

AAA: Florence Might Cause Spike in Gas Prices

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While gas prices tend to dip around this time each year, motorists can expect to see a spike in prices as Hurricane turned Tropical Storm Florence has arrived on the East Coast. The Wilton Daily Voice reported that on Saturday (Sept. 15) refineries throughout the country will be transitioning from a more expensive, eco-friendly summer gasoline blend to the cheaper, winter blend, which typically leads to some relief at the pump. However, with the Florence making landfall in the the Carolinas, it is... Read more

RV/Boat Concept is Displayed at Caravan Salon

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Editor’s Note: The following report by, a website hosted by Southeast Publications, offers a look at an RV that can transform into a boat that was displayed at the Caravan Salon. An RV that can turn into a motorized houseboat is a dream that countless companies (and entrepreneurial DIY’ers) have been attempting for years. Back in the 1930’s for example, there was much talk of houseboat barges becoming trailers and wooden surfboards. In the 1970’s there was the Caraboat –... Read more

Report: NHTSA Releases Latest RV Recalls List

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Editor’s Note: The following is the latest RV recall list compiled by the National Highway Safety Association (NHTSA). • Winnebago Industries Inc is recalling 6,700 2016-2019 Winnebago Era, Travato, Fuse, View, Trend, Aspect, Paseo, Via, Adventurer, Journey, Tour, and Grand Tour motorhomes. These vehicles have an auxiliary solar charging port circuit that is not fused. For additional information click here. • Forest River Inc. is recalling 5,847 2014-2019 Forest River Salem,... Read more

Thor Emerges as Leading ‘Erwin Hymer’ Bidder

September 15, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Thor Industries Inc. has emerged as the leading bidder for German family-owned peer Erwin Hymer Group in a deal valuing the company at more than $2.34 billion, people close to the matter said. Reuters reported that talks with Thor are advancing, but not yet exclusive, the people said. They added that the negotiations could still fall apart and Hymer’s owners could instead opt for an initial public offering. The offer of Thor – which would be able to reap synergies through a combination... Read more

‘Hershey’ Set for Big Crowds on Final Weekend

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Crowds line up to pass through security and enter the Hershey Show. (Photo by Shawn Spence) America’s Largest RV Show, one of the industry’s marquee consumer events hosted by the Pennsylvania RV and Campground Association at the Giant Center complex in Hershey, Pa., hadn’t yet reached the weekend, but already executives at Jayco Inc. and its Starcraft and Highland Ridge divisions were all smiles. Late in the afternoon on Thursday (Sept. 13), Jayco Vice President of Sales and Product Development... Read more

Nexus Rolls Out Ghost 33DS Super C in Hershey

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NeXus RV announced the introduction of its Ghost 33DS Super C diesel motorhome. Exclusively built on Cummins International DuraStar Chassis, the unit features air ride and air disc brakes providing shorter, surer stops, according to a press release. The NeXus RV Ghost Luxury Super C offers consumers all the benefits of a diesel pusher and comes equipped the following features; use of high-strength low alloy steel (HSLA) construction; composite substrate in sidewalls and roof; and a vacuum-bonded... Read more

Lance Debuting All-New 2465 Trailer at Hershey

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Lancaster-based Lance Camper Mfg. Corp. announced the release of its highly 2465 ultralight travel trailer model at this week’s America’s Largest RV Show in Hershey, Pa. “This is our longest model to date and features an amazing dual slide, front lounge, split lavatory floorplan,” stated Gary Conley, National Sales Manager. “With its standard king-size bed, available dual 40-inch LED TV’s, electric fireplace, dual A/C’s and 50-amp power service, we are very excited to be able... Read more

Dometic Inks Exclusive Contract with Boat Maker

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Dometic has signed a three-year exclusive air-conditioning supply contract with British boatbuilder Sunseeker. According to a statement, Dometic will operate as Sunseeker’s air-conditioning equipment supplier for its model range from 50 to 131 feet. Dometic has had a 30-year supply partnership with Sunseeker. It will provide the builder with customized systems that include self-contained, split gas and chilled water ranges of air-conditioning equipment. “I am truly pleased to continue our long... Read more

Trump Signs Bills That Will Benefit Outdoor Rec

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President Trump signed a package of Miscellaneous Tariff Bills (MTBs) Thursday (Sept. 13) into law, legislation that will lower costs for outdoor companies.The MTBs will come into effect in 30 days.   Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) strongly supported the MTB package, according to a press release. Ten footwear MTBs submitted by OIA, covering a wide range of footwear, were included and will lower the tariffs on those products for three years. You can learn more about the footwear products here.   “This... Read more

Blue Ridge Pkwy. State Parks Order Evacuation

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The Blue Ridge Parkway has called for a mandatory evacuation of campgrounds as Hurricane Florence pounds the state with heavy rains and wind gusts in the 100 mph range. MSN reported that North Carolina announced Wednesday (Sept. 12) it was also closing all its state parks through at least Sunday. The evacuation of Blue Ridge Parkway campers was put in place “pending high wind and heavy rain” expected from the storm in the Appalachians early next week. The National Hurricane Center said... Read more

SSI: Canadian Towables Gain 4.8% for 7 Months

September 14, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Canadian towable sales gained 4.8% for the first seven months of 2018, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI). Results by segment showed: • Travel trailer sales grew 5.7% year-over-year through July. • Canadian fifth-wheel sales edged up 3.4% for the seven months. • Folding camping trailer registrations fell 6.7% through July. • Park model RVs fell 21.6% for the first seven months on low volume. Thor Industries Inc. was the overall Canadian towable... Read more

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