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Recreational Boat Sales Stall in 1Q, Increase 2%

June 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Recreational boat sales rose 2% in the first quarter, representing slower growth by comparison with the double-digit gains the industry posted a year earlier. Sounding Trades Only reported that sales in the main powerboat segments and industrywide rose by an identical 2.4%, to 31,881 and 44,019 boats respectively, from the 2016 quarter in 48 states that represent 97% of the U.S. boat market, Statistical Surveys Inc. reported. A year earlier, main-segments sales rose 10.7% to 29,362 and industrywide... Read more

Dip in Oil Could Signal Low Summer Pump Prices

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Oil prices continue to lag despite efforts by supply-giants Saudi Arabia and Russia to reduce a stubborn glut in world supplies. According to Business Report, that’s good news for U.S. drivers looking for affordable gas prices this summer – but not so great for oil companies who rely on robust prices to boost profits. “If oil prices remain below $50 a barrel, as they are currently, that will keep gasoline prices low,” said Pavel Molchanov, an energy analyst at the investment... Read more

Okla. Dealer Hosts Support Our Heroes Race Car

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The “Support Our Heroes” themed drag race car will be on display June 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dave’s Claremore RV in Claremore, Okla., according to a press release. A product of hometown-based Purple Gorilla Racing, with sponsorship by Dave’s RV, the drag car races in the Pro Modified (Pro Mod) division of the Professional Drag Racing Association (PDRA) racing circuit. The racer is colorfully wrapped with special graphics encouraging people to support the heroes serving in... Read more

Air Lift Co. Introducing New LoadLifter ‘7500 XL’

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Air Lift Co.’s new product line, the LoadLifter 7500 XL, is now available for the 2000 to 2010 GM 2500HD and 3500 pickups, according to a press release. Providing up to 7,500 pounds of load-leveling capacity, the line represents Air Lift’s heaviest-duty load support solution, providing all the same benefits as other Air Lift load support products, but at lower air pressures. The LoadLifter 7500 XL series features a pair of 7-inch, double-convoluted air springs that eliminate the problems frequently... Read more

Thor, Keystone, CWRV Give Care Camps a Boost

June 15, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Thor’s Ken Julian (rear, left), Jen Balkema with the camp and Keystone’s Jeff Runels interact with pediatric cancer campers The RV industry’s growing support for children’s cancer camps via the KOA Care Camps charity has been on full display this week, with leaders of Thor Industries Inc. and its Keystone RV Co. subsidiary visiting a cancer camp in northern Indiana. And CWRV Transport, an affiliate of Chicago-based Camping World Inc., outfitted its office staff with shirts as a reminder... Read more

Slideshow: IMHA-RVIC Golf Outing Raises $3,500

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More than 40 golfers ascended on the Golf Club of Indiana on Wednesday (June 14) in Lebanon to raise money for the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association/Recreational Vehicle Indiana Council (IMHA-RVIC) political action committee fund. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page. Photos by Shawn Spence). The outing, consisting of group members, suppliers and OEM manufacturer representatives raised more than $3,500 for the fund which helps support the association’s... Read more

Demco Products Announces Acquisition of ‘SMI’

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Demco Products, a supplier of RV aftermarket products including KarKaddy fifth-wheel hitches and tow bar systems, announced the firm is acquiring the complete product line of SMI Manufacturing, a supplemental brake system supplier. The purchase of SMI, based in Newburgh, Ind., further increases and broadens Demco’s position in the RV aftermarket products arena. SMI brands include Air Force One, Delta Force and Stay-IN-Play Duo. The combination of the SMI brand with our Demco branded towing products,... Read more

VIDEO 1: RVDA of Canada Touting Tech Program

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The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada offers a look at the variety of opportunities available as a certified RV technician.  After completing a three-year apprenticeship program, registered apprentices qualify for the Red Seal Exam. With an excellent training opportunity and prospect for advancement, RV service technician apprentices complete the program with job-ready skills and a smaller debt compared to those enrolled in a non-trade program. With 14% of Canadian households... Read more

TMC, JBL Bring Premium Audio to Sprinter Lines

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Thor Motor Coach (TMC), a subsidiary of Thor Industries Inc., announced the availability of JBL Premium Audio on the Sprinter-based Siesta, Citation and Synergy Class C motorhome lines. According to a press release, JBL and Thor Motor Coach engineers worked in tandem as each JBL speaker system was custom-tuned and strategically placed for optimized sound in the Sprinter cab. “This collaboration with JBL and Thor Motor Coach is an ideal extension based on shared technology expertise,... Read more

Report: As Expected, Fed Raising Interest Rates

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The Federal Reserve approved its second rate hike of 2017 even amid expectations that inflation is running well below the central bank’s target, according to a report  by CNBC. In addition, the Fed provided more detail on how it will unwind its $4.5 trillion balance sheet, or portfolio of bonds that includes Treasurys, mortgage-backed securities and government agency debt. As financial markets had anticipated, the policymaking Federal Open Market Committee increased its benchmark target... Read more

Newmar is a Diamond Sponsor for RVSEF Event

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Newmar Corp. will be a “diamond” sponsor for the upcoming RV Technical, Education & Safety (RVSEF) Conference taking place Oct. 1-5. “Sponsorships range from one to five stars, and we are pleased that Newmar has partnered with us at the very top level. We’ve enjoyed a long relationship with Newmar over the years,” reported RVSEF Executive Director Walter Cannon in a press release. Additional sponsorships are still available and interested RV manufacturers and suppliers should contact... Read more

SylvanSport GO Available to Rent, Buy in Seattle

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The SylvanSport GO, the versatile tent trailer manufactured by Brevard, N.C.-based SylvanSport, is now available to rent in the Seattle area as RV Rentals Seattle and Squatch RV are the latest authorized SylvanSport GO dealers. According to a company release, RV Rentals Seattle and its sister company Squatch RV, located in nearby Covington, now offer SylvanSport GOs for rent for $71 per night. GO rentals are relatively uncharted territory among SylvanSport’s dealers. “We love... Read more

Randy Sobel Will Present At ‘ORVA’ Conference

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International Sales and Management Trainer, Randy Sobel, will present “Strategies to Increase Your Gross Profit by $1,000 Per Unit” at the upcoming Oklahoma Recreational Vehicle Association (ORVA) annual dealer convention on June 19. According to a press release, with more than 30 years in the RV industry Sobel continues to develop current and relevant sales training that makes dealers money. The Internet shopper has forced dealers to redefine their role as a professional salesperson... Read more

PR Specialist Lucas is Joining ASA Electronics

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Jordan Lucas Jordan Lucas has joined ASA Electronics as the public relations specialist for the Elkhart, Ind.-based company’s marketing department. Lucas is responsible for writing literature, advertisement copy and press releases for new ASA products and partnerships. “I’m really enjoying my position at ASA thus far. My job lets me do the thing I am good at and love doing: write! I was told by a family friend from a very young age that I’d make an excellent sales person, and I’m... Read more

The Buzz: Millennials Adopt Full-Timer Lifestyle

June 14, 2017 by · 1 Comment 

Heath and Alyssa Padgett What began as pair of newlyweds traveling the nation in an RV for a feature-length documentary while also crossing an item off their bucket list, has become a way of life for Heath and Alyssa Padgett. The Padgetts were just 23 years old when they decided they could do better than the confining cubicles of corporate America. So they bought a used RV off Craigslist and set off to see the nation. While making their way across the country, they were able to connect with... Read more

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