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August Consumer Sentiment Nears 7-Year High

August 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Consumer confidence in the U.S. unexpectedly climbed in August to the highest level in almost seven years, reinforcing signs of a strengthening outlook for the second half of 2014. Bloomberg reported that the Conference Board’s sentiment gauge rose to 92.4, the highest since October 2007, from a revised 90.3 a month earlier, the New York-based private research group said today. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey called for a decline to 89. Americans are finding more reasons to be upbeat... Read more

RVIA: July Shipments Grow 6.7%; Up 9.4% YTD

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Shipments to retailers of all RVs continued their unrelenting gains in July with totals reaching 27,977 units, a 6.7% increase over the same month last year. This was the 31st consecutive month where RV shipments were greater than the corresponding month one year earlier. Conventional and fifth-wheel travel trailers reported the largest unit improvements in July while Class B motorhome shipments were reported with the largest percentage gain over July 2013. On a seasonally adjusted basis, wholesale... Read more

NCA Hosts Annual ‘Great Escape’ in September

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The Northeast Campground Association’s (NCA) will be holding its 25th Great Escape Sept. 9-11 at Lone Pine Campsites in Vermont. Since 1990, a different state association within NCA hosts the Great Escape each year and creates a schedule of events to highlight that area during the end-of-season gathering. This year the event will be hosted by the Vermont Campground Association (VCA), currently marking its 50th anniversary. “The Great Escape began many years ago as a way for campground owners... Read more

Tom Raper Awards Winner in ‘Ugly RV’ Contest

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Tom Raper RVs GM Ed Unger presents a check for $1,000 to the“Ugly RV” contest winner James Thompson III and his friend Vickie Caskey in front of “The Pickle” Tom Raper RVs General Manager Ed Unger presented a check for $1,000 today to James Thompson III of Richmond, Ind., as the owner of the winning recreational vehicle in the “Ugly RV” contest. Thompson delivered the winning RV, a bright green 1983 Fleetwood Southwind motorhome which his family has named “The Pickle,” to the... Read more

EverGreen RV Rolls Out New Element Floorplan

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EverGreen’s new 28RLSS Element trailer EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC has introduced the 28RLSS floorplan in its Element travel trailer line, offering lighter weight and spread axles for easier towing, and an affordable price point. According to a press release, the 28RLSS model features EverGreen’s signature vacuum bonded components with a DuraLite double-welded aluminum structure. Smooth, low-drag fiberglass caps contribute to the aerodynamics for easy towing and improved... Read more

Carefree Showcased on ‘Manufacturing Marvels’

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Carefree of Colorado announced the company will be featured in a segment of “Manufacturing Marvels” on the Fox Business Network. According to a press release, the segment will air 8:30-8:44 p.m. CST on Aug. 27 . Filmed at Carefree’s Broomfield, Colo., headquarters and manufacturing facility, the spotlight features a behind-the-scenes look at the longtime industry supplier. “We are proud that ‘Manufacturing Marvels’ chose Carefree to be part of this outstanding production,”... Read more

La Mesa RV Earns ‘San Diego’s Best’ Distinction

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La Mesa RV Center, one of the nation’s largest multi-location RV dealerships, has been selected “San Diego’s Best RV Sales and Service Company” by readers in a San Diego Union Tribune poll. According to a news release, this is the second year in a row that the dealership has been named to the honor. La Mesa RV opened for business in 1972 during the height of the oil crisis that led to skyrocketing gas prices, gas shortages and rationing. It wasn’t the best of times to start a company that... Read more

Foremost Transport Inc. Appoints Hooley as VP

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Brad Hooley Foremost Transport Inc. announced that Brad Hooley has recently been named vice president. Headquartered in Goshen, Ind., Foremost Transport also has operations in Fitzgerald, Ga., Perris, Calif., and Pendleton, Ore.  According to a press release, Hooley brings more than 30 years of management experience to the Foremost team, having held a variety of positions at Supreme Corp., most recently as director of information technology. In his new role, Hooley will manage all aspects of company... Read more

VIDEO 1: Rollin’ On TV Crew Visits Jayco Plant

August 26, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Today’s video comes from WSBT TV offering an inside look at a “Rollin’ On TV” film crew shooting a segment in a Jayco Inc. production plant at the builder’s Middlebury, Ind., campus. ROTV is a nationally aired show dedicated to the RV lifestyle. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

Blue Ox Introduces New Motorhome Sway Bars

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Blue Ox motorhome sway bar Blue Ox has introduced a new new line of sway bars for the motorhome chassis market. “With the addition of sway bars we now have a complete line of chassis performance products that will drastically increase the ride comfort of most motorhomes,” said Ellen Kietzmann, president and CEO of Blue Ox, in a press release. Sway bars are designed to eliminate the excessive side to side movement which is often times referred to as body roll.  This can be particularly noticed... Read more

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