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Imler Pioneered California’s Campground Industry

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John Imler John Imler, a pioneer in California’s private campground and RV park business who helped shape state laws governing RV parks and wrote some of the most widely read books on campground design and campground management, passed away Dec. 5 in his Sacramento home surrounded by family members. He was 84. “Whether he was offering advice on how to design and manage campgrounds and RV parks or shaping laws that govern private parks, John Imler had a profound impact on the private campground... Read more

LKQ Acquiring Car Parts Supplier for $1.76 Billion

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LKQ Corp., parent company of Keystone Automotive Operations Inc. and its NTP-STAG RV distribution subsidiary, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Stahlgruber GmbH from Stahlgruber Otto Gruber AG for an enterprise value of approximately $1.76 billion. Headquartered in Germany, Stahlgruber is a leading European wholesale distributor of aftermarket spare parts for passenger cars, tools, capital equipment and accessories with operations in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Italy, Slovenia,... Read more

Learning Center, Morgan Stanley to Host Webinars

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The Mike Molino RV Learning Center has partnered with Morgan Stanley on a webinar series for dealer principals during December and January presented at no charge to RV dealers.  “A Winning Formula to Maximize Your Overall Financial Success” will be held on Dec. 19 at 1 p.m. (EST). The key to getting consistent, excellent results is by having a proven, repeatable process. This session goes over a wealth management formula and the five-step process dealers can... Read more

‘RV Intelligence’ Releases WoBLR for RV Leveling

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RV Intelligence, a new manufacturer of RV aftermarket products and accessories, has launched its second Smart RV product with the release of The WoBLR, the “World’s Best Level for RVs.”  According to a press release, WoBLR smart phone app shows a two-dimensional image to assist in the process of leveling an RV while the level sensing module is compact and simple to install. The WoBLR is currently available for purchase at select RV accessory retailers. “We are thrilled... Read more

Forest River’s Holland is Wilkins RV’s Rep of Year

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Brian Wilkins (R) presents Steve Holland with Rep of the Year award Steve Holland of Forest River/Coachmen RV has been selected by Wilkins RV as the winner of its 2017 Manufacturers Sales Rep of the Year Award for 2017. According to a press release, Holland was a new sales rep for Bath, N.Y.-based Wilkins RV last year and “did a great job stepping and helping the dealer to grow the Chaparral line.” He was cited for his product knowledge, always being available to assist a sales person... Read more

Tax Reform Inaction Stalls Boat Dealer Optimism

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Marine dealers say government inaction was the single biggest factor in demand for new boats as the industry awaits tax reform — however, dealers didn’t rank it as impactful as they did last year or in 2015. “Favorable tax legislation, if passed, should improve consumer confidence. If not, it could produce a negative impact,” said one dealer in the monthly Pulse Report conducted by the Robert W. Baird firm, the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, and Soundings Trade Only. “If... Read more

SSI: Class B Sales Enjoy 28.1% Rise for 10 Months

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Class B sales continued to post double-digit growth during the first 10 months of 2017 as overall registrations jumped 28.1%. Winnebago Industries Inc. led the segment through October with a 35.1% market share followed by Erwin Hymer Group North America (29.3%) and Thor Industries Inc. (16.8%).  To subscribe to this or other SSI reports, contact Scott Stropkai, national RV sales manager, at (616) 281-9898 ext. 128, or (616) 901-8335 (cell).  Read More →

Ventura KOA ‘Severely Damaged’ Due To Wildfires

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The Thomas Fire spews smoke over the 101 Freeway. (Stuart Palley for The Washington Post) The Ventura Ranch Kampgrounds of America (KOA) Holiday in Santa Paula, Calif., has been closed indefinitely due to Southern California’s Thomas Fire, which has continued to gain steam due to dry air and heavy wind. Michael Gast, vice president of communications at KOA, told Woodall’s Campground Management, sister publication to RVBUSINESS.com, that the campground has been “severely damaged”... Read more

ELS is Acquiring Two Resorts in Virginia For $56M

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Editor’s Note: This article is presented in full with permission of the author.  Chicago-based Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS) has purchased two Virginia resorts, Bethpage Camp Resort in Urbanna and Grey’s Point Camp in Topping, for over $56 million. ELS is a national real estate investment trust (REIT) traded on the New York Stock Exchange. According to the Southside Sentinel, the sale date was Nov. 15 and the deed recorded in the clerk’s office of Middlesex Circuit Court... Read more

Teardrop Builder nüCamp RV Debuts New Website

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nüCamp RV, a manufacturer of teardrop campers, teardrop trailers and truck campers, has launched a redesigned website to better serve customers. Created with the user experience in mind, nuCampRV.com offers quick and easy access to essential product information, according to a press release. Two new features, a product comparison tool and a configurator, enable customers to easily select the nüCamp RV camper that is right for them. The new website is responsive and optimized for viewing... Read more

Ore. RV Park Breaks Ground; To Feature 180 Sites

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Artist rendering of the new clubhouse at Coos Bay. A Building Team, led by R&A Architecture + Design, has broken ground on The Camps at Coos Bay Lagoon, an RV camp and cabins park encompassing 103 acres along Camp Arago Highway in the Barview area of coastal Coos Bay, Ore. According to Building Design and Construction, the project — which was designed in collaboration with its client NBP Capital, a commercial real estate fund — is scheduled for completion next April. The property on... Read more

SSI: Towable Sales Increase 9.4% Through October

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Year-over-year towable sales showed continued growth for the first 10 months, climbing 9.4% through October, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI).  Results by category showed: Sales for the travel trailer segment climbed 10.7% year-to-date. Fifth-wheel registrations were up 7.7% for the 10 months. Folding camping trailer sales were down 6.7% through October. Park model RV sales fell 10.6% year-to-date. Thor Industries Inc. was the towable... Read more

B.C.-based Chemo RV Planning a Major Expansion

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In the wake of Chemo RV Sales and Service Ltd. owner Jason Bell receiving the Canadian RV Dealer of the Year Award, the British Columbia-based company has embarked on the construction of a new sales and service facility. According to a Quesnel Cariboo report, the dealership is responding to consumer demand, expanding its footprint in Quesnel from its current 8,000-square-feet facility to a 20,000-square-foot dealership. The company also operates a dealership in 150 Mile House. Quesnel manager... Read more

Winnebago Horizon Garners RVB’s ‘RV of the Year’

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Winnebago Horizon diesel pusher was named RVB RV of the Year Winnebago Industries Inc. announced that the Winnebago Horizon Class A diesel motorhome has been honored by RVBusiness Magazine with the 2018 ‘RV of the Year’ award. According to a press release, the prestigious ‘RV of the Year’ award is bestowed upon the one recreational vehicle that, in the opinion of RVBusiness magazine’s editorial staff, best exemplifies a manufacturer’s ability to “push the envelope” through design... Read more

VIDEO 3: Hugelmeyer Details Gains At Outlook ’18

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Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) President Frank Hugelmeyer detailed the industry’s growth during the Outlook Breakfast as part of last week’s National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. To view the video click here or scroll down the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

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