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SylvanSport Continues to Build Dealer Network

January 12, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

SylvanSport announced that Bumgarner Camping Center, Lenoir, N.C., and McBee, N.C.-based Browns RV Superstore have joined the company’s dealer network. “The management and staff of Browns RV Superstore is excited to be South Carolina’s exclusive SylvanSport GO dealer,” said Barry Brown, general manager of Browns RV Superstore, in a press release. “The integrity and high quality that the SylvanSport GO represents will meet the demands of today’s customers who want to take their first... Read more

RVB’s 2017 RV of the Year: Airstream Basecamp

January 11, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Airstream Inc. President Bob Wheeler (right) and Justin Humphreys, vice president of sales, with the Airstream Basecamp during Northern Indiana’s Elkhart RV Open House Executives from five RV manufacturers joined representatives of RVBusiness magazine, “Rollin’ On TV” (ROTV) and four corporate sponsors on the morning of Jan. 9 at the Northern Indiana Event Center in Elkhart, Ind., to videotape a special production of the “2017 RVBusiness RV of the Year” presentation during... Read more

SSI: Trailers Push Nov. Towable Sales up 13.8%

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Year-over-year towable retail registrations grew 13.8% in November as all segments showed gains for the month, while sales posted a 13.2% increase for the first 11 months. According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), results by category showed: Sales for the travel trailer segment soared 16.8% for the month and 16.2% year-to-date. Fifth-wheel registrations grew 7.2% in November, while rising 6.1% for the first 11 months. Folding camping trailer sales edged up 2.7%... Read more

Crosby Forrest Played Role in RVDA’s Founding

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Crosby Forrest Crosby Carroll Forrest, owner of high-profile dealership Dixie RV Superstore, passed away in his hometown of Poquoson, Va., on Jan. 5. He was 74. Forrest founded Dixie Trailer Sales in 1966 in Newport News, Va., which later changed its name to Dixie RV Superstore. He was involved with all aspects of the dealership up until his death. He enjoyed seeing his family work together and having the same passion for the industry he loved. Forrest always stated the formula for success at... Read more

Dometic to Unveil New Brand Identity in Tampa

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Dometic Corp. will unveil its new brand identity to RV consumers for the first time at the Florida State Fairgrounds during the Florida RV SuperShow taking place Jan. 17-22. According to a press release, Dometic will be exhibiting in Booth No. 545 and invites attendees to check out the new modern packaging design and see the new “Mobile Living Made Easy” brand. The CFX line of refrigerator/freezers, Avalanche coolers, toilets, mirrors, washer/dryers, and ventilation fans will be on... Read more

Aqua-Hot Names Davis National Sales Manager

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Mark Davis Aqua-Hot Heating Systems President and CEO Paul Harter announced the promotion of Mark Davis to the position of national sales manager. According to a press release, Davis has assumed responsibility for Aqua-Hot’s RV OEM and aftermarket sales for North America. Additionally, he manages the company’s nationwide automotive and ATV power sports sales channel. For the past two years, Davis was an OEM account manager for Aqua-Hot. In this role, he fostered and deepened relationships... Read more

Lightweight Trailer Segment is Gaining Traction

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With gas prices remaining near-historic lows, the economy on the rebound for many households, and interest rates near rock bottom, millions of Americans this year will be hitting the road this year in new RVs. As reported by USA Today, the newest trend is toward lightweight trailers that can be towed behind many cars or small SUVs, opening up RV travel to a new generation, experts say. This year, the RV industry expects to ship 383,000 trailers and 55,000 motorhomes, the eighth consecutive year of... Read more

Thetford Corp. Introduces Sanitation Starter Kit

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Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Thetford Corp. has introduced the Sanitation Starter Kit, a nine-piece kit designed to provide new RVers with everything they need during the sanitation process.  “The starter kit is a great way for dealers to help RVers by introducing them to the industry’s top sanitation products and get repeat sales,” said Andy Bialorucki, Thetford’s director of marketing, in a press release. “When new RVers try it, they will become satisfied customers.” Available now for... Read more

Man Dies from Stabbing at Mich. Parts Supplier

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One man is dead and another in custody after an early-morning stabbing at Cassopolis, Mich.-based Ameri-Kart, a maker of custom-molded plastic parts for the RV and marine industries. The South Bend Tribune reported that Sheriff Richard Behnke said it happened just before 5:30 a.m. at the company, located about two miles north of the Elkhart County line. Behnke said both men have worked together for only a few months and were on a break when an argument broke out between the men. The suspect pulled... Read more

Kinedyne Ala. Expansion Improves Efficiencies

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Kinedyne LLC, a global manufacturer and distributor of cargo control products for a variety of industries including recreational vehicle, announced that it is poised to complete a major relocation, consolidation and expansion effort designed to make the company more efficient, competitive and responsive to customer needs. According to a press release, an expanded 200,000-square-foot facility in Prattville, Ala., will now house a wide range of employees specializing in engineering, manufacturing,... Read more

LUVERNE Debuting Textured Rubber Tow Guard

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Brandon, S.D.-based LUVERNE Truck Equipment, an American manufacturer of truck, SUV and work van accessories since 1963, has unveiled a brand new product in its mud guard and splash guard line: the Textured Rubber Tow Guard. According to a press release, the tow guard is a protective trailer hitch attachment that mounts at the rear of the vehicle and shields a trailer in tow against mud, stones and other road debris. It features a universal design, simple use-as-needed installation and is made... Read more

Camping World Acquiring 3 Texas RV-Max Sites

January 10, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Camping World Holdings Inc. announced plans for expansion in the state of Texas with the proposed acquisition of the northern Texas RV-Max dealerships, with three locations in the greater Dallas market. Camping World currently operates seven supercenters in the El Paso, Houston, San Antonio, Dallas-Fort Worth, Lubbock and Tyler areas, and with the acquisition of RV-Max, is further expanding in the Dallas-Fort Worth market. “It has been a personal concern that our company’s presence in... Read more

RVDA Touts Benefits of ‘Dealer Tie-In Program’

January 10, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) is urging retailers across the U.S. to sign up for the 2017 Go RVing Dealer Tie-In Program to “leverage the power of the Go RVing national advertising and promotion campaign at the local level,” according to a release. The Dealer Tie-In program costs $250 and provides dealers access to consumer leads in their area, prioritized by purchase timeframe. Dealers can also login to the industry only section of GoRVing.com, which provides more... Read more

VIDEO 2: Furrion Elysium Coach Motors to CES

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Furrion showcased its lineup of high-end appliances and electronics in its tricked-out Elysium motorhome during the Consumer Electronics Show. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

Grand Design Adds Tommy Hall to Sales Force

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Tommy Hall Grand Design RV Co. announced the addition of industry veteran Tommy Hall to the Reflection and Imagine sales team. According to a press release, Hall will be responsible for the Reflection and Imagine brands in the coastal Northeast United States and Canada. Since hiring into the RV industry in 2009, Hall has developed relationships with many dealers in the eastern RV market. “With our new 110,000-square-foot Imagine travel trailer facility quickly ramping up and the continued growing... Read more

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