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ELS Will Unveil ‘Tiny House Village’ In Wash. Park

June 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Thousand Trails Leavenworth RV Campground in Washington is introducing the latest Petite Retreats Tiny House Village and first of its kind in the Seattle area, with a “Tiny Open House” event, according to an announcement. The event will take place Saturday (June 24) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes lunch. Marking the official grand opening and taking reservations, the five individually designed, Bavarian-themed tiny houses are surrounded by nearly seven miles of hiking... Read more

VIDEO 2: ‘SylvanSport GO’ is Versatile, Functional

June 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The SylvanSport GO is an ultra-lightweight adventure vehicle offering three modes: utility, transport, Camp. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home.   Read More →

FRVTA, Fla. RV Park Donate to Children’s Hospital

June 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Flamingo Lake RV Resort and the Northeast Florida chapter of the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) teamed up to donate $4,000 to Wolfson Children’s Hospital. It resulted in an $8,000 donation to the hospital, thanks to a matching gift from the Baptist Health Foundation, the Florida Times-Union reported. Following Flamingo Lake’s fourth annual Smokin’ Flamingo BBQ and Music Festival, in which Wolfson Children’s Hospital received $2,000 as event beneficiary, the FRVTA Region 6... Read more

Travel Lite Sees Sales Surge; Eyeing More Growth

June 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

While the RV industry as a whole is on an upward trajectory, New Paris, Ind.-based Travel Lite Inc. is enjoying an extra-strong surge that has resulted in impressive year-over-year gains. “As of last week we had already surpassed our revenue from last year, and it’s only the second quarter,” President Dustin Johns, majority owner of the business, told RVBUSINESS.com. “We actually grew 60% last year on our dollar volume. This is growth on top of growth, and it’s only going to continue.” Travel... Read more

Fun Town Ranked No. 9 on ‘Middle Market 50’ List

June 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Fun Town RV was the ninth fastest growing middle market business in north Texas according to the Dallas Business Journal.  The Middle Market 50 List is comprised of the fastest growing middle market companies in north Texas, including private and public companies with annual revenue between $25 and $750 million. The Dallas Business Journal presented Fun Town RV CEO Jarrod McGhee with a trophy at the awards banquet on June 15 at the Ritz Carlton in Dallas.  “It has definitely been fast... Read more

OPUS Intros ‘Outback’ Camper for Off-Road RVing

June 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

OPUS Camper USA announced the launch of the Outback camper, designed for off-road RVing with an upgraded, all-terrain chassis. According to a press release, new standard features include 42-gallon on-board water system, built-in shower and a slide-out kitchen. The off-road design originated in Australia, driven by the extreme conditions of the Australian Outback. The company reported that OPUS Australia has seen growing sales for the camper. The design upgrades include a chassis with independent... Read more

Goshen Council Allows ‘LCI’ to Keep Tax Benefits

June 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Goshen City Council members Tuesday (June 20) agreed to allow area manufacturer Lippert Components Inc. to continue receiving tax phase-in benefits for three of its Goshen properties. The council arrived at its decision following a hearing to determine whether or not Lippert, a leading supplier of components to the recreational vehicle, residential housing and numerous other industries, was in compliance with a seven-year tax phase-in agreement established with the city back in 2013 connected... Read more

Black Book: RV Values at Auction Soften For May

June 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Black Book reported that the wholesale values of used towables and motorhomes were lower in May, while the volume of vehicles that were sold at auction also dropped off considerably.  “This is a fairly normal seasonal pattern for this time of year, as most dealers have been aggressively stocking up their inventory for the past several months to be ready for their prime selling seasons,” said Eric Lawrence, director of specialty products for Black Book. “What... Read more

Auto Sales Stall; Thousands Of Workers Laid Off

June 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Wall Street is fretting that the U.S. auto industry is heading for a downturn, but for thousands of workers at General Motors factories in the United States, the hard times are already here, according to an Automotive News report. Matt Streb, 36, was one of 1,200 workers laid off on Jan. 20 — inauguration day for President Donald Trump — when GM canceled the third shift at its Lordstown, Ohio, small-car factory. Sales of the Chevrolet Cruze sedan, the only vehicle the plant makes, have... Read more

Giant RV Planning New Location in Downey, Calif.

June 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Giant RV is expanding with a new location in Downey, Calif., scheduled to open in October. “Giant RV is expanding operations in the southern California market with the addition of a new state-of-the-art facility,” stated Vice President of Operations Mike Murphy. The 10-acre site will feature over 90,000 square feet of indoor showroom space with an additional 20,000 square feet of service capacity. The new Giant RV facility is expected to create up to 90 new jobs in sales and service... Read more

L&W Engineering Hires Kauffman as VP of Sales

June 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

L&W Engineering announced the addition of Trent Kauffman as vice president of sales. According to a press release, Kauffman will provide additional leadership to the L&W sales team focusing on the continued development of sales and marketing strategies while continuing to prioritize the organizational focus on growing customer support and building stronger relationships. Trent joins L&W with a strong background in sales leadership, most recently serving as vice president of OEM Sales... Read more

WFCO Transfer Switches Offer Safe Performance

June 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

WFCO Electronics’ transfer switch models are easier and quicker to install while also being highly effective in providing the safe transfer of power and in preventing damage to the RV’s electrical system. WFCO’s current models include the T-57 (50-amp output; 120/240 VAC, 60 Hz input) and the T-30 (30-amp output; 120 VAC, 60 Hz input). The T-57 model offers installer-friendly features such as an easy-access terminal bar with each lug labeled so technicians can easily identify... Read more

KOA: ’17 Occupancy Numbers Continue to Climb

June 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Occupancy at Kampgrounds of America Inc.’s (KOA) nearly 500 campgrounds across North America was up nearly 2% over last year during Father’s Day weekend, according to numbers released by KOA. The increase continues a record trend for KOA campgrounds in 2017. Occupancy numbers for KOA’s Care Camps Big Weekend in May were up 4.5% while guest occupancy for this year’s Memorial Day Weekend was up nearly 5%.  Looking ahead, advanced reservations for the Fourth of July holiday are showing... Read more

Winnebago Reports 75% Gain in Sales During 3Q

June 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc. reported a 75.1% increase in revenue during its fiscal 2017 third quarter ended May 27, 2017, lifted by the company’s acquisition of towable builder Grand Design Recreational Vehicles Co. completed last November. Third-quarter sales totaled $476.4 million compared to $272.1 million for the fiscal 2016 period. Gross profit was $70.8 million, an increase of 134% compared to $30.3 million a year ago as gross profit margins expanded 380... Read more

Ryan Zinke ‘Doubles Down’ on Partnership Push

June 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

In lockstep with prior remarks from President Trump regarding the nation’s public lands, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke floated the idea two weeks ago of privatizing all campgrounds under his watch as a way to offset billions of dollars in deferred maintenance costs. The Summit Daily reported that this week, the cabinet member tasked with overseeing the National Park Service (NPS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) doubled down on the plan, stating he planned to reduce the federal department... Read more

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