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Heartland Gateway Fiver Offers Side Patio Area

March 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Gateway 3750PT features a side patio Based on one of its most popular floorplans, Heartland Recreational Vehicles is seeing strong consumer response for its new Gateway 3750PT luxury fifth-wheel, sporting four sliderooms, two true queen-size beds and a 60-square-foot side patio. General Manager Paul Craven reported that the latest addition to the Gateway line is breaking new ground in the full-profile fifth-wheel marketplace. “The 3750PT is one of just a few units to offer a side patio in a non-toy... Read more

February Shipments Continue Industry’s Uptick

March 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Bob Martin, president and CEO of Elkhart, Ind.-based Thor Industries Inc., kept using the word “amazing” Tuesday (March 24) afternoon as he spoke about the state of the RV industry. The South Bend Tribune reported that February shipment numbers reported Tuesday by the Reston, Va.-based Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) showed the best February wholesale shipment totals since 2006 with 32,045 units. That’s a 4% gain over last year’s February total and 12.5% over... Read more

Forest River’s Calif. Plant Rolls Out First Trailer

March 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

With the sounds of drilling, hammering and sawing in the background, the first trailer has rolled out of Forest River’s new Hemet, Calif., manufacturing plant. The Press Enterprise reported that Unit 1, a Salem Cruise Lite model, was completed Tuesday (March 24), about a week after manufacturing started at the former Skyline RV factory on Mayberry Avenue. Forest River recently moved to the site and will be manufacturing a variety of trailers there. When the factory is up to full speed, it will... Read more

Fastway Introducing ‘Flash E Series’ Ball Mount

March 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Flash E Series ball mount Fastway Trailer Products, a division of Progress Manufacturing Inc., announced the production and launch of the E series ball mount, an addition to the Flash polished aluminum ball mount line. “The Fastway Flash E series is a great choice for towing multiple trailers. With adjustable heights and dual hitch balls, trailer change-overs are a snap,” said Rich Elliott, vice president of sales and marketing for Fastway, in a press release. “We have received a great response... Read more

RVIA: Shipments Continue to Climb in February

March 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

RV wholesale shipments to retailers tracked by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) continued to improve in February reaching 32,045 units during the second month this year, a 12.5% increase over last month and a 4% increase over this same month one year ago. Reacting to an improved economic climate and rising consumer sentiment, wholesale shipments responded with the highest February total since 2006. In spite of winter’s disruptive patterns RV shipments have consistently outperformed... Read more

TriMas Appoints Aleva New Cequent President

March 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

TriMas Corp. announced today (March 24) the transition of leadership within its Cequent business segment. According to a news release, Tom Benson, president of Cequent Performance Products, will be retiring at the end of April. John Aleva, currently president of Cequent Consumer Products, will succeed Benson and be promoted to the new position of president, Cequent Americas, effective April 28. In this new role, Aleva will lead the Cequent Americas segment, consisting of Cequent Consumer Products... Read more

51st ‘Northeast Conference on Camping’ Wraps

March 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

When hundreds of campground owners and operators gathered in Nashua, N.H., March 19-21 for the 51st Northeast Conference on Camping, there was a lot of anticipation for the coming summer camping season. There was also a little apprehension about whether the snow would melt in time for many campgrounds across the 11-state region from Maine to Maryland to open as planned, with a little more snow falling during the last two days of the three-day event. Still, compared to the snows that plagued much... Read more

Keystone is Recognized for Recycling Program

March 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

(L-R) Dan Hahn, Support Service Manager, Dutchmen RV, Brent Ganger, Support Services Manager, Keystone RV, Bob Pettit, Director of Support Services, Keystone RV, in the expanded polystyrene recycling center Goshen, Ind.-based Keystone RV Co. has been recognized by Schupan & Sons Inc. for energy-saving recycling efforts in 2014. According to statistics provided by the Bureau of International Recycling, Keystone has saved the equivalent of 1,564,000 gallons of gasoline and enough electricity to... Read more

PRVCA Tech Program Outlines Summer Lineup

March 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV Technician Distance Learning Program, which is run by Northampton Community College and the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), has announced its summer 2015 courses that include RV Air Conditioning, Preventive Maintenance, Water Heater Systems and Electrical Systems. According to a press release, the program allows students to gain an in-depth understanding of recreation vehicle maintenance with intensive, competency-based instruction. Students simply log on to access the lecture... Read more

DEALER PROFILE: Holiday World is ‘On Target’

March 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Holiday World flagship store in Houston In nearly 20 years of business, Holiday World RV Supercenters has gone from two small dealerships to five Texas locations in three key markets including Dallas, El Paso and Houston, anchored by its flagship store, Holiday World of Houston-West, in Katy. Holiday RV Supercenters President Michael Peay reported to RVBUSINESS.com that a sixth store is planned on a 15-acre lot about 25 miles south of Fort Worth in Alvarado, Texas, which should open later this... Read more

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