Lippert Rolls Out SolidStep RV Entry Step System

September 21, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) recently introduced the latest innovation in its RV entry-step product line, the SolidStep. According to a press release, LCI’s SolidStep is a totally new design featuring patent-pending technology that allows the step to be more user-friendly than traditional step designs. The SolidStep boasts the popular extruded aluminum step tread design that was another industry-first on the LCI Alumi-Tread line of steps. In addition to the light and durable step surfaces, the... Read more

Flexsteel is Retiring Aging Dubuque, Iowa, Facility

September 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Furniture maker Flexsteel Industries Inc. announced that it intends to exit its manufacturing facility located on Jackson Street in Dubuque, Iowa. According to a press release, the facility dates back to 1897 and has become inefficient for manufacturing and costly to maintain. Directly linked with this decision, the company recently announced plans to invest up to $25 million in North American manufacturing infrastructure during the next two fiscal years to address aging facilities and improve efficiency. Flexsteel... Read more

Forest River’s Elkhart Coach Doubling Production

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A subsidiary of Elkhart-based Forest River Inc. is expanding operations in order to double production. Inside INdiana Business reported that Elkhart Coach is planning to move into a new location in the city later this year to meet increasing demand. The move would allow Elkhart Coach to increase production capacity to more than 2,500 units annually. The company did not release information on how large the new facility will be or many jobs would be created as a result of the expansion. “Our... Read more

ASA Appoints Jake Patterson as Inside Sales Rep

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Jake Patterson ASA Electronics recently hired Jake Patterson as an inside sales account representative for its commercial vehicle and heavy duty divisions. According to a press release, Patterson’s responsibilities will encompass continuing relationships with existing customers and assisting them in relevant projects. Patterson comes to ASA Electronics with a degree in organizational leadership from Purdue University. His experience at a national fleet management company and also being based in... Read more

CellTuck Launches New Fully-Responsive Website

September 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

CellTuck announced the launch of a new fully-responsive website release. “CellTuck knew the importance of giving choices to our clients,” said Director Angie Cellucci in a press release. “It should be their choice on how their site is displayed, not ours. With that we’re excited to have released our beautiful wide website for consumers to visit on desktop computers paired with every option for mobile users.” Clients may now choose how they want their sites displayed on mobile devices. “Our... Read more

FedEx is Holding Sweepstakes for RVDA Members

September 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

FedEx is giving Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) members a chance to win up to $10,000, or over 100 other prizes, in the $25,000 “Get Ready Sweepstakes.” Simply enroll in the RVDA Shipping Program and you’ll be automatically entered in the sweepstakes. Then you’ll have a chance to earn up to 51 additional entries. Prizes include: • $10,000 Grand Prize (1) • $1,000 First Prizes (10) • $50 Second Prizes (100) Visit to enroll now.  Read More →

SLIDESHOW: Dealers Descend on RV Open House

September 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Dealers enjoy dinner at the Elkhart RV Open House (Photo by Shawn Spence) The best of the recreational vehicle industry’s products went on display Monday (Sept. 19) for review by dealers from across North America, according to a Goshen News report. (To view a slideshow of the Open House scroll to the right side of the home page. Photos by Shawn Spence of RVBusiness magazine). The 9th Annual RV Open House opened a day earlier than normal to accommodate dealers who had been showing... Read more

Winnebago Rolls Out Paseo B-Van at ‘Open House’

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Winnebago Paseo Class B coach Winnebago Industries Inc. announced the introduction of the Paseo to its market-leading Winnebago Class B motorhome lineup. Built on the Ford Transit van chassis, the Paseo is available in one floorplan, the 48P, and is on display at this week’s Elkhart RV Open House. “As Winnebago’s first Class B built on the Ford Transit van chassis, the Paseo further elevates our Class B product offerings,” said Winnebago Product Manager Russ Garfin in a press... Read more

Cruiser RV Initiatives Driving Marked Growth, Sales

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New Cruiser RV facility in Howe Howe, Ind.-based Cruiser RV will mark its second anniversary in January 2017 since being acquired by Thor Industries Inc. subsidiary Heartland Recreational Vehicles LLC — a period that has been characterized by expansion into the West Coast market coupled with strategic growth internally. “The landscape has truly changed for Cruiser RV over the past 18 months,” Cruiser Senior General Manager Kyle Miller in a press release. In January, Heartland broke ground on... Read more

Leisure Travel Vans is Partnering With ‘Smart USA’

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Canada-based Leisure Travel Vans, a division of Triple E Recreational Vehicles, has developed a partnership with smart USA to showcase the convenience and advantages of traveling with a small, compact, fuel-efficient smart car. “We know from talking to our customers that what they value most in our RVs is freedom,” noted Mike Elias, marketing director of Triple E RV, in a press release. “However there are some customers that want even more versatility than what is offered by our compact RVs,... Read more

Spader Workshop is Slated for RVDA’s Convention

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Attendees at the 2016 RV Dealers International Convention Expo can learn ways to unleash their employees’ personal best in an hour-long education workshop in the Dealer/GM track on Nov. 10 conducted by David Spader of Spader Business Management. According to a press release, “The Passionate RV Leader” workshop requires brief advance online coursework that can be found at Participants can create an account and complete the free “Work Interests” assessment in the tab under... Read more

Heartland’s Elkridge Fiver Intros ‘EuroLoft’ Bed Lift

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Heartland RV’s upscale Elkridge fifth-wheel is debuting the smooth-gliding, suspended EuroLoft bed lift system during this week’s Elkhart RV Open House. According to a press release, the bed lift, manufactured by Lippert Components Inc.’s Project 2000 division in Florence, Italy, capitalizes on the unused air space above the jackknife sofa in the rear slideout. In the stored position, the extra bunk is tucked out of the way against the ceiling, but when deployed, the EuroLoft... Read more

Newmar’s Alexander Logged 35 Years in RV Sector

September 20, 2016 by · 3 Comments 

Craig Alexander Craig Alexander, former executive with Nappanee, Ind.-based Newmar Corp., passed away at the age of 69 on Sept. 7 in Jones, Mich. He was 69. Alexander worked in the RV industry for 35 years, eventually serving as vice president of sales and marketing for Newmar before retiring in 2005. He was born in Elkhart, Ind., and attended Concord High School, where he participated in baseball, basketball, football, track and field, and cross-country, and earned 11 varsity letters. Craig was... Read more

VIDEO 3: Highland Ridge Cuts Ribbon at New Plant

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Highland Ridge RV officially opened a new 92,000-square-foot plant on its campus in Shipshewana, Ind., on Monday (Sept. 19), according to a report by WNDU TV. “We can double production going from the plant we’re currently in to the new plant. We have the capacity now,” said Highland Ridge President Randy Graber. The bold project even survived a midstream change in ownership. As a subsidiary of Jayco Inc., both Highland Ridge and Jayco were acquired by Thor Industries Inc. in July. “Thor is... Read more

RVDA of Alberta will Host General Session in Vegas

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The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Alberta’s annual general meeting is scheduled to run Nov. 7 at the Bally’s Hotel in Las Vegas in conjunction with the 2016 RV Dealers International Convention Expo. According to a press release, RVDA of Alberta will also host a delegate’s reception Nov. 6 from 7-10 p.m. at Bally’s. The general meeting is scheduled to open at 9 a.m. the next day. The price to attend the event has now been reduced to $105 per person, and the first... Read more

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