LKQ Corp. to Issue Q3 Financial Results Oct. 27

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LKQ Corp., parent company of NTP-STAG, a major distributor to the RV industry, will release third quarter 2016 financial results before the market opens on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. At 10 a.m. that day, (EDT), members of senior management will host a conference call and Webcast to discuss the Chicago-based company’s results. To access the investor conference call, dial (877) 201-0168. International access to the call may be obtained by dialing (647) 788-4901. The audio webcast and accompanying... Read more

Dealership Touts RVs for Visiting National Parks

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Aug. 25 marked the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service (NPS) and its Centennial Anniversary, kicking off a second century of stewardship of America’s national parks and engaging communities through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs. In honor of its Centennial Anniversary, the NPS is encouraging everyone to “Experience your America” and discover the national parks and programs in their own backyards. “There are many national parks that are in driving... Read more

CCRV to Face Committee over Canadian Tax Issue

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The House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance has invited the Canadian Camping and RV Council (CCRVC) to appear on Tuesday (Oct. 18) before the committee in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, to present its study of the “Pre-Budget Consultations in Advance of Canadian Federal Budget” in 2017. According to a press release, the suggestions made by Canadians, including CCRVC’s submission on Oct. 18, will be considered by the Minister of Finance as the 2017 federal budget is developed. Earlier... Read more

Blue Ox Recognizes Employees at Service Awards

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Blue Ox employees came together recently at Bev’s on the River at the in Sioux City, Iowa, for an evening of celebration with employees and their families for the Pender, Neb.-based company’s annual service awards banquet. According to a release, the Sept. 23 event was hosted by the board of directors, Mike Hesse, chairman; Sandy Hesse, secretary; and Ellen Kietzmann, CEO and president. Blue Ox employees are recognized in five-year increments and receive valuable mementos in recognition... Read more

Airstream Part of ‘User Experience’ Panel Session

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As part of the recent 2016 WardsAuto User Experience Conference in Novi, Mich., McKay Featherstone, vice president-product development and engineering at Airstream, participated in a panel session that focused on the tactile elements of the user experience, from seat sensors capable of encouraging better posture to Gorilla Glass, currently found in 4.5 billion smartphones and other devices with its sights set on the automotive world. As reported by WardsAuto, Titled “Materials That Enable and... Read more

Report: NHTSA Releases RV-Related Recalls List

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Editor’s Note: The following is a list of recent RV-related recalls compiled by the U.S National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA). • Daimler Trucks North America, LLC (DTNA) is recalling certain model year 2017 Freightliner Custom Chassis (FCCC) S2 bus chassis manufactured November 25, 2015, through April 27, 2016. The brake transmission shift interlock feature may be inoperable making it possible to shift into a drive gear without first pressing the brake pedal. For additional... Read more

Roadblocks Slowing Growth in Tiny Home Market

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After hearing all the hype about tiny homes — the TV shows, lifestyle websites and magazine photo spreads — Lee Saenz decided that building the dinky dwellings would make a great part of his second career. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, he formed a company called Adventure Cabins and began building little houses with rustic pine exteriors and state-of-the-art interiors. All that was left, Saenz believed, was for viewers of shows like HGTV’s “Tiny House Hunters” to beat a path... Read more

Randy Winegard is Named to Iowa Business HOF

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The Iowa Business Hall of Fame has announced its newest class of inductees, which includes Randy Winegard, CEO of the Winegard Co. The Des Moines Register reported that John Winegard, Randy’s father and founder of the company, will be posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame. The Greater Des Moines Committee will honor the inductees during its annual Black Tie Dinner in December. John Winegard began tinkering with electronics at a young age: At 13, he made a tube radio so his family could... Read more

Patrick Industries will Issue 3Q Earnings Oct. 27

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Patrick Industries, Inc., a major manufacturer and distributor of building and component products for the recreational vehicle, manufactured housing and industrial markets, will release its third quarter 2016 financial results before the market opens on Oct. 27. Patrick Industries will also host a conference call at 10 a.m. (EDT) to discuss results and other business matters. Participants on the call will be CEO Todd Cleveland, President Andy Nemeth and CFO Josh Boone. Participation in the question-and-answer... Read more

USA Adventure Gear Opts For Delavan Ag Pump

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Jerry Krenning, president of USA Adventure Gear, wanted to create a water pump that was both affordable and versatile. According to a press release, Krenning opted for the Yukon 12-volt water pump utilizing a Delavan Ag Pumps diaphragm pump made in the United States. The pump, rated at five gallons per minute, is NSF-listed designed for use with potable water and has the capability to move water quickly into RV and marine fresh water tanks. The product uses standard battery connections, offers... Read more

REV Ribbon Cutting Dedicates new Visitor Center

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REV Recreation Group’s new visitor REV Group company officials and local leaders in Decatur, Ind., cut the ribbon this morning on the brand-new REV Visitor Center, the capstone to a $6 million expansion and renovation project. “This is a big day for us. This is the only company in this industry that is making this kind of investment,” said Jim Jacobs, REV RV Group president. “It’s showing something that none of our competitors are willing to do. This is the part of the business that’s... Read more

Campers Inn Celebrates 50th in Manchester, N.H.

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Jeff Hirsch recounts Campers Inn’ growth during last night’s 50th anniversary celebration With an eye toward last night’s (Oct. 13) 50th anniversary celebration of Camper’s Inn RV, one of the nation’s emerging multi-store RV dealerships with corporate offices in both Kingston, N.H., and Jacksonville, Fla., Campers Inn CEO Jeff Hirsch distributed to friends and partners the following invitation to a birthday party that wound up drawing a crowd of more than 200 partners, friends... Read more

Pomona Show Enjoys Robust Attendance, Sales

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The 64th California RV Show, hosted by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), is off to a tremendous start with increased attendance and strong sales highlighting the event. According to a release, through the first weekend following the show’s opening on Oct. 7, attendance had eclipsed 17,400 people, a 22.6% rise over last year and nearly half of the total attendance of the 35,148 people at the 2015 show. The show, encompassing over one million square feet, runs through Oct. 16... Read more

VIDEO 1: Route 66 Honors Dealer Ron Shepherd

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Route 66 Network hosted 240 dealers at its annual rally Ron Shepherd, president of Camperland of Oklahoma, Tulsa, Okla., received the Larry Coker Award at last week’s annual Route 66 Dealer Network Rally, an Oct. 3-5 event held at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, Col., attended by 240 dealer personnel from 70 of the Kansas City-based network’s approximately 100 member-dealers. (To view a video click here or scroll to the right side of the home page). The award... Read more

Learning Center & FRVTA Renew Online Training

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For the 11th consecutive year, the Mike Molino RV Learning Center and the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) have renewed their partnership to provide online video-based training for RV dealership personnel through the Distance Learning Network (DLN). According to a press release, the DLN represents a convenient and cost-effective way to provide dealership training. Dealers taking a yearly subscription to the DLN receive unlimited access to more than 50 training sessions, coursework reviews, and... Read more

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