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Annual Quartzsite RV Show Attracts Over 125,000

February 9, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

A massive exhibit tent is erected every year at the Quartzsite Show All the preliminary signals pointed to another gangbuster Quartzsite RV Show, an annual event in Arizona’s scenic Sonora Desert that again backed its claim as “the largest gathering of RVers in the nation.” “When we first got to Quartzsite, we noticed an influx of early arrivals, which was confirmed by many local businesses,” said Kenny King, who has overseen the show since its inception in 1984. “That’s... Read more

Class C’s Push ’17 Motorized Sales to 10.7% Gain

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Led by a robust Class C market, overall motorized sales rose 10.7% for 2017, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI). Thor Industries Inc. was the motorized sales leader for the full year with a 41.2% market share, ahead of Forest River Inc. (23%) and Winnebago Industries Inc. (15.1%). Class A motorhome sales edged up o.2% for the 12 months as Thor led the category with a 33.9% market share. Forest River (14.5%) edged out REV Recreation Group (14.4%)... Read more

Jayco Inc. Breaks Ground For New Idaho Facility

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Jayco Inc. broke ground Thursday (Feb. 8) on an expansion it hopes will more than double its Twin Falls workforce in the next year. The Times-News reported that the new 248,000 square-foot production building will house two manufacturing lines for the manufacturer. The company employs 238 people in Twin Falls, but plans to bring another 300 or more jobs to the community by the end of the year. The new building will open sometime this summer. “We do feel really optimistic,” said Renee Jones,... Read more

Lazydays RV is Ranked as No. 1 Dealer in Florida

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Lazydays RV has been ranked as the No. 1 RV dealer in Florida across multiple categories. The annual rankings are compiled and published by Statistical Surveys Inc., a premier provider of market intelligence for RV manufacturers and dealers. According to a release, Lazydays Tampa was the top-ranked Florida RV dealer in the following categories: No. 1 dealer in Florida No. 1 towable dealer in Florida No. 1 motorized dealer in Florida No. 1 travel trailer dealer in Florida No. 1 fifth-wheel... Read more

Slideshow: ‘Novi’ Opening Packed Despite Snow

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Despite a snowstorm the first day, officials are reporting strong attendance at the 52nd Annual Detroit Camper & RV Show, which runs through Sunday (Feb. 11) at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Mich. (To view the slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page). Hosted by the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC), the consumer show features about 300 motorized and towable RVs and 50 brands on display, including folding... Read more

RV Care is Rolling Out Coachmen Northern Spirit

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RV Care is reporting strong response for Coachmen RV’s Northern Spirit ultralight travel trailer. The Canadian network, comprised of 60 independent dealerships, signed its first exclusive distribution agreement with Coachmen last October to represent Northern Spirit. (To view a video detailing the Northern Spirit scroll to the Video 2 slot on the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page). “Before the ink could dry, we had 36 RV Care dealers from across the country signed... Read more

FMCA Readies for March 15-18 Expo in Perry, Ga.

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Members of the Family Motor Coach Association FMCA are making plans to head to Perry, Ga. for the group’s,March 15-18 97th International Convention & RV Expo. Owners of approximately 2,700 RVs will take part in the event, which has been dubbed “Southern Charm,” in honor of the host area. All RV owners are invited to attend the event. “We love visiting the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry,” said FMCA National President Jon Walker in a press release. “The... Read more

RVT.com’s January SearchTraffic Sees 25% Jump

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RVT.com reported that its RV shopper traffic increased 25% in January 2018 compared to January 2017, and that RV buyer leads, which are sent to RV sellers, were up 16%. According to a press release, RVT.com had 1.6 million visits in January from RV shoppers in the U.S. and Canada. Unique RV consumer visitors totaled 787,000, up 15% over the previous year. “2017 was a record year for the RV industry and 2018 is projected to be even better,” said Shawn Friesen, vice president of RVT.com.... Read more

PRVCA Training Event to Feature Horizon Brands

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Reese, Tekonsha, and BULLDOG are participating in a training event, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle and Camping Association (PRVCA). Keller Marine and RV is hosting the event at its corporate headquarters in Port Trevorton, Pa. According to a press release, the training will focus on a myriad of products, including the Reese Sidewinder/Revolution pin boxes and Goose Box, the Steadi-Flex weight distribution with sway control and the all-new M5 fifth-wheel hitch. Those... Read more

BowStern Seeking Input for RV Consumer Survey

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Tallahassee, Fla.-based BowStern Marketing Communications has initiated research for its 2018 RV Consumer Survey. Headquartered in Tallahassee, Fla., the marketing firm services the RV industry and represents clients from across the nation, according to a press release. To ensure the company is using the most effective tactics for their clients, BowStern periodically conducts a survey of RV consumers from across the United States focusing on the use of technology, travel trends,... Read more

Lippert Reports Full-Year Sales of $2.1B, Up 28%

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LCI Industries reported net sales of $2.1 billion for the full year, ended Dec. 31, capitalizing on strong industry growth coupled with the introduction of new products. “We exceeded $2.1 billion in net sales in 2017, just four years after reaching $1 billion,” stated CEO Jason Lippert. “We are achieving record top and bottom line numbers, and we are doing it at a time when labor and materials environments are particularly challenging. Our continuing growth story is a testament... Read more

SSI: Towable RV Sales Show 11.5% Gain for 2017

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Towable RVs continued to anchor growth in the RV industry, as year-over-year sales jumped 11.5% for 2017.   According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), results by category showed: Sales in the travel trailer segment climbed 12.8% for the full year. Fifth-wheel registrations were up 9.7% for the 12 months. Folding camping trailer sales slid 5.6% for the full year. Park model RV sales finished 2017 down 3.9%. Thor Industries Inc. was the towable... Read more

KOA Care Camps Surpasses $12M in Donations

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It was a big year for Kampgrounds of America’s (KOA) Care Camps in 2017, as the organization passed the $12 million mark in the amount of money raised since the program was started in 1984. Focused on providing children diagnosed with cancer an opportunity to attend camp, Wade Elliott, KOA Care Camps chairman, told Woodall’s Campground Management, a sister publication to RVBUSINESS.com, that in 2017 the organization was able to financially support more than 42,000 children and disbursed more... Read more

Mercedes-Benz Debuts Variant-Rich Sprinter Van

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World premiere of the new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter in Duisburg, Germany. Commercial vehicle manufacturer, Mercedes-Benz Vans, has revealed its new Sprinter van in Duisburg, Germany, featuring a connectivity package that supports telematics applications, according to a report by Prime Mover Magazine. “In the logistics and transport world of the future, adaptability to specific needs and the changing expectations of customers will be a defining success factor,” said Mercedes-Benz Vans Global... Read more

RV Learning Center, KPA Webinar Reviews EEO-1

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With all the changes to regulations and laws, the Employer Information Report, otherwise known as the EEO-1 survey, may have been lost in the shuffle. Good news, there’s still time to learn about the changes, determine whether you must submit the survey, and learn what information needs to be included in your 2017 EEO-1 survey data. The RV Learning Center, in partnership with KPA Webinars, will host an informative webinar “Are You Up-to-Speed on the New EEO Changes?” from noon... Read more

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