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Signups Underway for Sept. NATDA Show in Indy

March 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The North American Trailer Dealers Association (NATDA) announced registration is now available to industry-related dealers for the 10th Annual NATDA Trade Show & Convention. The trade show will be held Sept. 7-9 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. According to a press release, is a must-attend for any dealership selling, distributing, servicing, renting or considering carrying trailers in any capacity. Hundreds of vendors and manufacturers in every segment – cargo,... Read more

Roadtrek Zion ‘B’ Offered as Food Network Prize

March 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Erwin Hymer Group North America Inc. has been named prize provider for Food Network Canada’s Watch & Win contest for the new series Chuck & Danny’s Road Trip, according to a press release. Partnering with Go Rving, Erwin Hymer Group is giving away a Roadtrek Zion to celebrate the cross-Canada culinary adventure. Chuck & Danny’s Road Trip airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Food Network Canada. For more information about the contest, visit https://contests.foodnetwork.ca/go-rving-canada/.  Chuck... Read more

RVIA Addresses Proposed Interior Dept. Cutbacks

March 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

In response to the Trump administration’s release last week of a blueprint for its FY2018 budget — entitled “America First, a Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again” — the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) has issued a press release cautioning against undue budget cuts, especially with regard to the Department of Interior. Offsetting a $52 billion hike in defense spending in the current federal budget proposal, RVIA points out, is a 21% decrease... Read more

Curt Manufacturing Names Lambert As New CEO

March 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Roch Lambert Curt Manufacturing today (March 20) announced the appointment of Roch (Rock) Lambert, as the company’s new chief executive officer, effective March 13. Lambert succeeded Greg Hooks, who joined Curt as CEO in 2000 and led the company through a series of acquisitions, including Aries Automotive, Towing Electrical Systems (TES) and Luverne Truck Equipment. He will continue to serve as a member of Curt’s board of Directors. “After a comprehensive search facilitated by a top executive... Read more

Lazydays Expanding Rental Fleet to Tucson Store

March 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Lazydays RV has expanded its growing RV rental fleet to Arizona. With the addition of Tucson to Lazydays’ RV rental initiative in Tampa, Denver and Northern Colorado, “travelers can now choose from an even wider range of rental units and travel destinations across the United States,” according to a statement. Lazydays Tucson is offering motorized RVs for rent, including new Class A and Class C motorhomes with full amenities. All rentals come with unlimited mileage, free generator... Read more

Guaranty Receives Newmar Mahlon Miller Award

March 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Guaranty RV staff attends gathering to mark dealer being honored with Newmar’s Mahlon Miller Service Award Guaranty RV Super Centers held a March 16 celebratory gathering at its Motorized Showcase facility in Junction City, Ore., marking the dealer’s acceptance of the Mahlon Miller Service Excellence Award and 2016 Platinum Dealer Award from Nappanee, Ind.-based builder Newmar Corp. According to a press release, the event was attended by Guaranty employees and staff along with several... Read more

KOA’s O’Rourke Named to Ad Age’s ’40 Under 40′

March 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Toby ORourke Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) Chief Franchise Operations Officer Toby O’Rourke has been named to the 2017 Ad Age “40 Under 40” list. According to a press release, the national award honors those under age 40 who have made significant contributions to the success of their companies through innovation and extraordinary leadership. “These are the forward thinkers. Risk-takers. Rainmakers,” said officials with Ad Age Magazine. “Our 2017 class is an... Read more

Black Book: Trailer Values Hit New High in March

March 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Black Book reported that spring weather spurred RV wholesale values at auction in March as travel trailers reached an all-time high. “With the exception of a few pockets of the country where the winter refuses to relax its grip, we have started to see nicer weather and an active spring market,” said Eric Lawrence, director of specialty products. “Travel trailer values hit an all-time high last month, while motorhomes, perhaps still feeling the effects of colder weather, declined... Read more

NCA Conference Wraps Up; Boasts Solid Turnout

March 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Northeast Campground Association’s (NCA’s) 53rd Northeast Conference on Camping and Trade Show wrapped up Saturday evening (March 18) in Nashua, N.H., after three days of solid turnout by campground operators from Maine to Maryland and all points in between. In all, more than 310 people attended the conference at the Radisson Hotel Nashua, the third year for the event at that venue. Of those attending, 180 were campground owners and operators and 130 came from the 70 exhibitors at the show,... Read more

PRVCA Generator Course is Set to Open April 13

March 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV Generators Course, hosted by Northampton Community College in conjunction with the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), opens April 13 and runs through May 14. The RV Generators Course provides students with a very detailed look into the idiosyncrasies of the voltage and power-producing device. Understanding that mechanical motion (including mechanical adjustments) has a direct electrical result helps students through the nuances of this sometimes difficult-to-understand... Read more

‘Midwest Outdoor Expo’ Debuts in Indy March 24

March 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The inaugural Midwest Outdoor Expo is set to run March 24-26 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, featuring hundreds of exhibitors from all over the Midwest showcasing RVs, boats, bicycles, power sports, outdoor living products and accessories. According to a press release, organizers are expecting crowds of over 30,000. The 1st Annual Midwest Outdoor Expo will include a Vintage RV Showcase, a Tiny Home Exhibit and displays showcasing alternative housing, including yurts. The show, billed as... Read more

VIDEO 1: Hymer Touts Autonomous RV at Confab

March 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Erwin Hymer Group North America attended the Good Roads Association Conference in Toronto, Ontario, to showcase its autonomous RV engineered at its Kitchener, Ontario, facility. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.        Read More →

Patrick Acquiring Component Supplier ‘Medallion’

March 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Patrick Industries Inc. announced today (March 20) that it has completed the acquisition of the business and certain assets of Medallion Plastics Inc. and has expanded the size and extended the maturity date of its existing credit facility.  According to a press release, Elkhart, Inc.-based Medallion is a designer, engineer and manufacturer of custom thermoformed products and components which include dash and trim panels and fender skirts for the RV market, and complete interior packages, bumper... Read more

Author Chris Helder to Keynote RVDA Convention

March 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Chris Helder Noted author and speaker Chris Helder will present “The Power of Influence … Mastering the Customer Experience,” during the opening general session of the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo on Nov. 7.  According to a press release, the convention is sponsored by the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), RVDA of Canada and the Mike Molino RV Learning Center. The compelling keynote address, made possible by convention Platinum Partner Wells Fargo CDF, will... Read more

LCI Names Ott as Aftermarket RSM for Northeast

March 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Mary Ott Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) announced that Mary Ott has been named regional sales manager, Northeast, to support LCI’s aftermarket business.  Ott, who takes over for John Gross, comes to LCI with years of RV and marine aftermarket experience, most previously as manufacturer sales consultant for industry agency RV Lifestyle. “We are excited to have Mary on our team. Her industry experience and customer relationships in the Northeast will be a valuable asset to our aftermarket... Read more

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