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KPA Webinar Will Review Dealer F&I Compliance

October 13, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

KPA, in conjunction with the Mike Molino RV Learning Center, will host a webinar on Oct. 17 at 1 p.m. (EDT) examining the importance of internal interviews in relationship to a dealership’s F&I compliance. According to a press release, a growing number of dealerships, general managers are taking the responsibility of reviewing deal jackets to minimize the risk of fines and penalties. “What Do Your Deal Jackets Say About Your F&I Compliance?” will be presented by... Read more

NMMA: Boat Shipments Rise 5.3% YTD in August

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The National Marine Manufacturers Association’s (NMMA) reported powerboat registrations were up 5.3% year-over-year for the rolling 12-month period through August. Highlights from the report include: Nearly all segments were up through August. Growth in registrations was led by the following segments: tow boats (up 8.3%), cruisers (up 7.9%), pontoons (up 7.5%) and personal watercraft (up 7.3%). Outboards boats, which represent 65% of total new powerboat sales, were up 5.2% in registrations. Larger... Read more

Patrick Industries to Release 3Q Earnings Oct. 26

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Patrick Industries Inc. will release third quarter 2017 financial results before the market opens on Oct. 26. The Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier will also host a conference call at 10 a.m. (EDT) to discuss results and other business matters. Participants on the call will include CEO Todd Cleveland, President Andy Nemeth and Josh Boone, chief financial officer. The company reported a 29% increase in sales to $92 million for its second quarter while net income increased 25% to $21.3... Read more

REV Issues Price on Offering of Secondary Stock

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REV Group Inc. announced the public offering pricing price of 10 million shares of common stock by certain selling stockholders as $27.25 per share. According to a press release, the selling stockholders have granted the underwriters an option to purchase up to 1.5 million additional shares of common stock. REV Group is not selling any shares of common stock in the offering, and REV Group will not receive any proceeds from the offering by the selling stockholders. The offering is expected to... Read more

AirLift Air Springs Target Ford Super Duty Trucks

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Air Lift has now released its heavy-duty LoadLifter 5000 and LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate air spring series for Ford’s 2017 F-250 and F-350 Super Duty 2WD pickups.   According to a press release, LoadLifter 5000 is specifically engineered for Super Duty pickups which are designed for hauling and towing heavy loads. The new LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate for the Super Duty line offers all the benefits of the LoadLifter 5000 but with the addition of an exclusive internal jounce bumper, which... Read more

ROLA Releasing Innovative ‘Convoy’ Bike Carrier

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ROLA recently introduced the Convoy, a modular, hitch-mount bike carrier with the ability to hold up to four bikes by the frame or wheel. By adding a unit at a time, the Convoy can become a four-bike carrier, providing versatility to transport bikes for multiple riders.  According to a press release, the Convoy carries a variety of bike styles, and features a movable ratcheting arm to securely hold bikes in place while accommodating anywhere from road to fat tires up to 5 inches. The innovative... Read more

Four Calif. State Parks Close up as Wildfires Rage

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Wildfires in Sonoma County, Calif., scorched a popular mountain biking park — Trione-Annadel State Park — and three other state parks and a county park in the area remained closed Wednesday (Oct. 11), according to the California Department of Parks and Recreation and Sonoma County Parks and Recreation. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, all trails, roads and access points at Trione-Annadel, Jack London, Sugarloaf Ridge and Robert Louis Stevenson were shut down by rangers Monday. At... Read more

‘Preventive Maintenance’ Course Opening Oct. 23

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The RV Preventive Maintenance course, hosted by Northampton Community College in conjunction with the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), opens Oct. 23 and runs through Nov. 19. The online 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 notes, hands-on assignments, quizzes and chat with the instructor and other students. The program... Read more

Camping World To Acquire Uncle Dan’s Outfitters

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Camping World Holdings Inc. announced plans to purchase Uncle Dan’s Outfitters, a specialty retailer of outdoor gear, apparel and camping supplies. According to a press release, the acquisition will expand and strengthen the company’s efforts in the broader outdoor lifestyle market. Over the past six months, Camping World Holdings (CWH) has acquired certain assets of Gander Mountain, a leading retailers of hunting, fishing, camping, and outdoor gear, Overton’s, a leading retailer... Read more

Two Event Centers Open to Serve Elkhart County

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New Center Six One Five event facility Two new event centers, the Center Six One Five and The Omega Event Center, have opened their doors offering two key venues for hosting Elkhart County business and social gatherings. The Center Six One Five, located at County Road 6 and County Road 15 in Elkhart, opened this June behind the vision of Kim and Gary Price. The two formerly owned Superior Space on County Road 113 where they rented storage for RVs, motorhomes and boats. “When... Read more

Elkhart Soliciting Workers in Hurricane-Hit Areas

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There’s a plan in place to aggressively and immediately attack Elkhart County’s labor shortage. WNDU reported that the plan calls for filling open local positions with folks who now live far away. “We’ve got to start telling Elkhart County’s story outside of our region. I think, you know, the viewership knows things are going really well here but I wonder do people in southern Indiana, or West Virginia, or Florida or Texas, do they know how great things are in this region?” asked Mark... Read more

SSI: ‘B’ Sales Still Rising, Up 31.3% Through Aug.

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Class B sales continued to climb as overall registrations during the first eight months of 2017 rose 31.3%. Winnebago Industries Inc. led the segment through August with a 34.8% market share followed by Erwin Hymer Group North America (30.4%) and Thor Industries (16.6%).  To subscribe to this or other SSI reports, contact Scott Stropkai, national RV sales manager, at (616) 281-9898 ext. 128, or (616) 901-8335 (cell).  Read More →

Airstream Announces ‘Globetrotter’ Trailer Debut

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Airstream Inc. today (Oct. 17) announced the introduction of the Globetrotter travel trailer, which will be launched during Adobe MAX, The Creativity Conference, on Friday.  According to a press release, the Airstream Globetrotter is the product of an international collaboration with Astheimer Limited, a renowned U.K.-based design studio. The interior of this new offering presents a modern, refined look that “celebrates minimalism” with supple curves and symmetry. “Nearly... Read more

Author Janelle Barlow Slated for RVDA Con/Expo

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Best-selling author Janelle Barlow will present two hour-long, education workshops in multiple education tracks at the 2017 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, according to a press release. In addition to her workshops, Barlow will present “Make Your Brand Come Alive in Your Service,” following the awards ceremony at the Society of Certified RV Professionals reception. The convention/expo is the premier education and networking event for North American RV dealers, taking place at Bally’s... Read more

Spartan Unveiling ‘Long-Term Growth Objectives’

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Spartan Motors Inc., parent to Spartan Chassis Inc., announced the company’s long-term growth objectives to drive profitable and sustainable growth.    According to a press release, Spartan will present the program to Wall Street analysts today (Oct. 12), that will include Spartan Motors President and CEO Daryl Adams, Rick Sohm, chief financial officer and divisional presidents. “Through improved operational discipline and performance, increased accountability and... Read more

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