Reyco Granning Raises Focus on EV Market

December 5, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Reyco Granning LLC announced the launch of RG evs, an electric vehicle solutions business unit. “RG evs cements our commitment to the future of heavy vehicle propulsion,” said President John Stuart in a press release. “We want the industry to know that we already have solutions that are compatible with e-axles available today for the heavy EV space. We’re not just peddling CAD renderings and concepts.” Reyco Granning offers a comprehensive portfolio for on-highway heavy vehicles in the... Read more

Gulf Stream Hosting 1st Holiday Open House

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(L-R) Vice President of Sales and Marketing Jeff Kloska, Chairman Dan Shea and President Phil Sarvari will oversee Holiday Open House Gulf Stream Coach Inc. is welcoming dealers and qualified prospects to its first-ever Holiday Open House, opening today (Dec. 4) and running through Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The event is being hosted indoors adjacent to the Gulf Stream Coach Country Club in Nappanee, Ind.  According to a press release, Gulf Stream Coach chose the holiday season for... Read more

Ingrassia: Industry Commits to Parts, Service

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Phil Ingrassia The following column by Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) President Phil Ingrassia, appearing in the November issue of RV Executive Today, touts the industry’s commitment to streamlining RV parts and service. There’s been no shortage of news about efforts to improve the RV service and parts supply chain in recent months. The development of the RV Technical Institute (RVTI), approved by the RV Industry Association’s (RVIA) board of directors and the... Read more

La Mesa Announces Multiple New Managers

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Mulitlocation dealer La Mesa RV announced several recent promotions and additions to its management team at many of its outlets, according to a press release. Personnel moves include: • Bill Miller is La Mesa RV’s new national parts manager. Duties include handling all parts that are inventoried for immediate needs in service departments, supervising the negotiation of new contracts with vendors as well as managing the retail RV Parts World stores. Miller brings lengthy experience in the automotive... Read more

Motor Trend: Airstream a Hit with Millennials

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Bob Wheeler Editors Note: The following Q&A by Motor Trend with Airstream President and CEO Bob Wheeler offers insight into the company’s success with younger RVers entering the market. MT: If I had a dollar every time I read a think piece about how Millennials hate cars, I’d be a rich man. But going with that wrongheaded narrative for a moment, what is Airstream doing to make its products more approachable to younger buyers who maybe haven’t towed before? Wheeler: Well, part... Read more

RVB RISE Awards Entry Deadline is Dec. 14

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The Dec. 14 entry deadline is quickly approaching for the inaugural RVBusiness RISE (Recognizing Innovation and Supplier Excellence) Awards program, designed to honor the best and most innovative new products marketed by RV industry component suppliers for the 2019 model year. According to a press release, one winner and four runners-up in two categories – OEM and aftermarket – will be announced March 14 during the 2019 RV Industry Awards ceremony at “RVX: The RV Experience,” hosted... Read more

‘Escapees RV Club’ Solicits Consumer Input

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Escapees RV Club is conducting an RVer census, open to all RVers. According to a press release, data collected in the survey will be available in 2019. The 27-question survey covers a variety of basic topics with an aim of building a picture of the entire RV community. On average, it takes 7-10 minutes to complete. The census is available at Past survey results have helped Escapees advocate for the rights of all RVers, including: • Advocacy efforts in protecting... Read more

NERVDA Revamps Site to Tout Boston Show

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The New England RV Dealers Association (NERVDA) has launched a redesigned website,, as the organization gears up for preshow promotions on the Boston RV & Camping Expo that kicks off the consumer RV show season in New England in January. The show, owned and produced by Paragon Group of Needham, Mass., will once again be held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in city’s popular Seaport District. “It was time for a refresh and a new look... Read more

Guest Blog: Geofence Targeting a Vital Tool

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Lauren Labunsky Editor’s Note: The following blog is authored by Lauren Labunsky, public relations manager for Dealer Spike, a company that provides websites as well as a suite of online advertising solutions designed to help dealers increase sales and service profitability. Connecting digital touchpoints creates a smooth online experience for customers and allows them to follow a logical customer journey. For example, it is good practice to create consistent content for your website, social... Read more

‘MBA Rental School’ Runs Feb. 5-7 in Vegas

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MBA Insurance’s 19th Annual RV Rental School will roll out Feb. 5-7 at the Tuscany Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. According to a press release, attendees seeking to learn the how-to’s of RV rental or those looking to sharpen their skills will benefit from the school and the associated activities. This year, the cirriculum will also feature discussions of the peer-to-peer business model. Instructors include Martin Onken, Barry Raye and Scott Krenek, chairman of the Recreation... Read more

Transfer Flow Debuts GM Replacement Tank

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Transfer Flow has introduced a new 55-gallon high-capacity midship replacement tank for 2017–19 GM/Chevy 2500/3500 crew cab short-bed, heavy-duty diesel trucks, affording drivers increased capacity and driving range. According to a press release, the GM replacement tank ships complete with everything needed for installation, carries a six-year, unlimited mileage warranty, is constructed with ReliaSteel, 12-gauge high-yield aluminized steel. Fully baffled to prevent fuel slosh, the tank system... Read more

Patrick Finalizes LaSalle Bristol Acquisition

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Patrick Industries Inc. announced that it has completed the acquisition of Arran Isle Inc. and subsidiaries, including its LaSalle Bristol operations from Arran Isle Ltd. According to a news release, LaSalle Bristol is a supplier of plumbing, flooring, tile, lighting, air handling, and building products to the recreational vehicle and manufactured housing and markets.   The purchase price was approximately $54 million, including working capital of approximately $34 million. Elkhart,... Read more

Supplier Xantrex Bought by Mission Critical

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Mission Critical Electronics (MCE) announced the acquisition of Xantrex, a supplier of electronic products and systems for the mobile power markets, including recreational vehicles. According to a press release, the company was part of the Solar activity of Schneider Electric. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. MCE CEO Kevin Moschetti said, “We are delighted to have Xantrex join MCE.  Xantrex’s products are high quality, technologically advanced, and valued by their... Read more

Tourism Holdings Ends Planned Assets Sale

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Tourism Holdings won’t sell any of its New Zealand businesses after the potential suitor walked away when the New Zealand-based firm wouldn’t budge on price.  Sharechat reported that the rental campervan operator won’t sell its Kiwi Experience unit and the Black Water Rafting, Ruakuri and the Waitomo Homestead from its Discover Waitomo division after the parties couldn’t agree to a price in the final stages of negotiation.  “The prospective purchaser for these... Read more

Trump and China Reach Ceasefire on Tariffs

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The United States and China reached a 90-day ceasefire in a trade dispute that has rattled financial markets and threatened world economic growth. As reported by the Associated Press, the breakthrough came after a dinner meeting Saturday (Dec. 1) between President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires. Trump agreed to hold off on plans to raise tariffs Jan. 1 on $200 billion in Chinese goods. The Chinese agreed to buy a “not yet agreed upon, but... Read more

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