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Alberta’s ‘ArrKann RV’ Marking 40th Anniversary

July 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Staff of ArrKann Trailer & RV Centre pose on top of an RV at one of their two Edmonton locations (from left to right Rob Minarchi, Sarah Baptiste, Ken Friedenberg, Paul Hopkins and Dave Hill). — Photo courtesy ArrKann Trailer & RV Centre Editor’s Note: The following profile on ArrKann Trailer & RV Centre in Alberta, appearing in the Winter issue of RVWest Magazine, tracks the company’s 40-year run as a family-owned dealership. To access the story click here. To spend 40... Read more

Patrick’s AIA Countertops Building Miss. Facility

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An Indiana-based company is building a new manufacturing operation in Baldwyn, Miss. AIA Countertops, a division of Patrick Industries Inc., is investing $600,000 and creating 60 new jobs for a countertop fabrication operation in Lee County. AIA Countertops is one of the largest natural stone, quartz and solid surface fabricators in the country and offers its products to the residential, commercial, recreational vehicle and marine industries. The Memphis Business Journal reported that the new facility... Read more

Slideshow: Winnebago WIT Rally Sees 1,000 RVs

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Winnebago’s WIT Club is hosting its 47th Annual Grand National Rally (GNR) running July 18-23 at the builder’s expansive Rally Grounds in Forest City, Iowa. This year’s event, themed “Many Borders, No Boundaries,” attracted 1,000 RVs. Rally attendees can choose from more than 500 different activities and events planned throughout pre-rally and rally week, including product seminars, musical entertainment and building tours of Winnebago’s manufacturing facilities. To view the... Read more

ELS Reports Sales Gain 4.3% in Second Quarter

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Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc. (ELS) today (July 18) announced results for the quarter and six months ended June 30. The Chicago-based real-estate investment trust  reported total revenues increased $8.6 million, or 4.3%, to $210.1 million compared to $201.5 million for the same period in 2015. Net income available for common stockholders increased $3.7 million, or 4 cents per common share, to $35.5 million, or 42 cents per share, compared to $31.8 million, or 38 cents per share, for the same... Read more

Report: 54.5 MPG Target For ’25 is ‘Off The Table’

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Automakers have all the tools at their disposal to meet the 54.5 mpg corporate average fuel economy targets for the 2025 model year, but buyer preferences for SUVs and trucks make it likely that the industry will fall short of that number, U.S. regulators said in a report Monday (July 18). Automotive News reported that the EPA, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and California Air Resources Board released their draft Technical Assessment Report analyzing costs, technology and... Read more

Dometic Portable Refrigerators at Outdoor Show

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Dometic Group, a leading provider of mobile cooling RV and camping products, announced that it will showcase its new portable refrigerator/freezers at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City, Utah, Aug. 3-6. Dometic’s display at Booth No. PV3260 will feature the newly available CFX-28US and CFX-95DZUS, as well as the economical CC-40US and a range of other mobile cooling products and accessories. “The CFX looks like a standard cooler, but is actually a powerful refrigerator/freezer... Read more

WFCO Program Actively Reaches Out to Dealers

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WFCO is turning its attention to the needs of RV dealerships with a new Proactive Power Pros (PPP) program. According to a press release, the initiative links WFCO’s Power Pros technical support team with RV retailers to help solve a variety of power product issues, including performance, installation, feature specification, model selection, replacement and upgrades using WFCO products. The PPP program also makes dealer technicians aware of helpful support tools offered through WFCO’s website,... Read more

RVDA Endorsement of XtraRide Enters 25th Year

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The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) and Protective Asset Protection are entering the 25th year of the association’s exclusive endorsement of the XtraRide RV service contract program. According to a press release, the XtraRide program brings dealers increased profit opportunities while providing quality protection for their customers. A leader in the market, Protective Asset Protection has the ability to underwrite, administer and market its own service contract programs. “RVDA... Read more

Eight More KOA’s Earn Perfect Scores in Review

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Eight more Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) locations have achieved perfection during their 2016 KOA Quality Reviews. According to a press release, 13 KOA campgrounds have now achieved a perfect score of 600 during the 2016 KOA Quality Review process. Each year, KOA’s quality assurance teams travel North America, reviewing processes and working with owners and managers at the 490 KOA locations to improve their parks. “Receiving a perfect score of 600 points on the annual Quality Review is no... Read more

Park Model RVs Gaining Popularity in Wisconsin

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Trading the allure of the open road for a permanent campsite, more vacationers have embraced park-model recreational vehicles. As reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, they’re now buying luxurious and spacious travel trailers that are delivered on wheels but aren’t moved much once they reach a destination. Some of the trailers are like cabins or cottages, with amenities such as bay windows and lofts, French doors and porches. Others are more traditional, with features such as slide-out... Read more

Plans for Elkhart Co. Service Center Advancing

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Plans for a new RV repair facility in Middlebury, Ind., took another step forward Monday (July 18) during a meeting of the Elkhart County Board of Commissioners, according to a Goshen News report. Approved Monday was a request by Jerry and Ruby Bontrager, represented by Philip Barker of Cardinal Point Surveying, Goshen, for a zoning change from Agriculture-1 to Detailed Planned Unit Development Manufacturing-1 to be known as Riteway State Road 13 DPUD. The property in question is a 5.58 acre parcel... Read more

Action Awnings Debuts ‘B’ and ‘C’ Dash Covers

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Yuma, Ariz.-based Action Awnings and Upholstery Center has expanded its product line to include new custom dash covers for Class B and Class C RVs as well as for tow vehicles. According to a press release, this is in addition to the dash covers the company manufactures for Class A motorhomes. Dash covers for Class A RVs are available in a variety of carpet colors, but for the Class C motorhomes and tow vehicles Action Awnings and Upholstery Center has added five different choices of material.... Read more

AGS ‘Hyper-Digital’ Program Reaches 2.5M Hits

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The “hyper-digital” program by AGS, the guest-guide division of Texas Advertising,  has reached 2.5 million impressions with their online campground guest guides, the company announced. Campground guest guides are powerful marketing tools, according to AGS. The company holds 30 years of experience, specializing in Internet and print campaigns. On the print side, AGS designs guides to establish a unique identity for every park and promote brand loyalty. Content informs guests of park... Read more

The BUZZ: What’s with Gerber’s ‘Death Spiral?’

July 18, 2016 by · 6 Comments 

Greg Gerber An ongoing series of controversial columns penned by RV Daily Report Editor Greg Gerber has certainly captured the attention of the North American RV arena, including industry insiders as well as consumers whom, he maintains, often harbor “seething anger” over the industry’s quality, warranty and service issues. While the topic of industry quality is becoming more of a priority lately among numerous manufacturers, suppliers and dealers, Gerber’s critical series is, as he himself... Read more

Escapees’ 56th Escapade Heading For Vermont

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Plans are shaping up for the 56th Annual Escapade, the national rally hosted by Texas-based Escapees RV Club taking place July 24-28 at the Champlain Valley Exposition Center in Essex Junction, Vt. Melanie Carr, part of the third generation of the family that founded the Escapees in 1978 as a national scale organization catering to full-timers and other on-the-road RV enthusiasts, said nearly 900 RVs have registered so far for the Escapade. The event will feature education, entertainment and social... Read more

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