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NTP-Stag Parent LKQ Buying Coast Distribution

July 9, 2015 by · 3 Comments 

LKQ Corp. and The Coast Distribution System Inc. today (July 9) announced that they have signed a definitive agreement for LKQ to acquire Coast for $5.50 per share in cash. LKQ is parent to Keystone Automotive Operations Inc. and NTP-Stag. According to a news release, Coast is a leading distributor of replacement parts, supplies and accessories for recreational vehicles primarily to retail parts and supplies stores, service and repair establishments, and new and used RV dealers in North America.... Read more

Lippert and Furrion Sign Joint Distribution Pact

July 7, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Jason Lippert In a move that’s sure to make waves in the RV industry, Elkhart, Ind.-based Lippert Components Inc. has reached a six-year exclusive distribution agreement with fellow supplier Furrion LLC — a Hong Kong-based technology component vendor with U.S. headquarters and a service center on the north side of Elkhart from which it markets power systems, audio-visual equipment and kitchen appliances to the North American RV industry. LCI CEO Jason Lippert told RVBUSINESS.com that the... Read more

RVBusiness Rolls Out ’15 Top 50 Dealer Awards

July 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

RVBusiness is rolling out the 2015 RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Awards through which well-run U.S. and Canadian retailers nominated by North American RV manufacturers will be recognized at a Nov. 4 reception held during the 2015 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo at Bally’s on the Las Vegas Strip. The convention is sponsored by the U.S.-based Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) as well as RVDA of Canada and the Mike Molino RV Learning Center. The RVBusiness Top 50 awards are part of... Read more

RVIA: Shipments Dip in May; Up 6% Year to Date

June 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Wholesale shipments of all RVs were reported at 33,467 units in the May survey of manufacturers, 5.8% lower than a year ago. Despite the year-over-year dip, May represented the fourth consecutive month this year in which shipments topped 30,000 units. Year to date, shipments reached 168,884 units, 6% greater than this same period a year ago. Travel trailers and Class C motorhomes have improved the most gaining 8.6% and 11.4% respectively. On a seasonally adjusted basis, shipments through the first... Read more

Winnebago Reports 7.6% Rise in Revenue for 3Q

June 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc. today (June 25) reported an increase in net income on a 7.6% gain in sales for the company’s fiscal third quarter, ended May 30. Revenues for the third quarter were $266.5 million versus $247.7 million for the fiscal 2014 period. Operating income was $16.1 million for the current quarter compared to $15.6 million in the third quarter of last year. Third-quarter net income was $11.5 million, or 43 cents per diluted share, versus $11.4 million,... Read more

‘Flippin’ RVs’ TV Show is Restoring HOF Trailers

June 23, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

”Flippin’ RVs” hosts Justin and Anna Scribner and RV/MH Hall of Fame Chairman and President Darryl Searer stand in front of Mae West’s 1931 House Car on display at the museum, which features 54 vintage motorized and towable RVs Two vintage travel trailers purchased from the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart, Ind., will be the focus this fall of an hour-long episode of ”Flippin’ RVs” on the Great American Country (GAC) cable channel. The Hall had the units in a... Read more

Governor Greets Industry, Re-signs Bill in Elkhart

June 18, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Searer (left) and Pence talk at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum Wednesday (June 17, 2015). Saying it was “common sense” legislation, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed SEA 197, a measure that allows individuals without a chauffer’s license to transport an RV to the dealership for sale, Wednesday (June 17) at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart, Ind. Flanked by families visiting from Michigan and Ontario as well as a large contingent of representatives from the RV industry, the signing... Read more

KOA Installing Innovative Solar Shade Structure

June 17, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

A breakthrough new technology will soon allow Kampgrounds of America (KOA) visitors to camp, gather and even build campfires under a patented shade structure that produces clean solar energy, the company announced today (June 17). The first-of-its-kind PowerParasol will shade more than an acre of the Tucson/Lazydays KOA Holiday Campground in Arizona, including two architectural, 30-foot high structures that give visitors room to park RV’s in 30 campsites. The parasol’s patented design creates... Read more

Park Model Builders Buy into Go RVing Program

June 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Park Model Committee members meet during RVIA Committee Week While the big news from the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) annual Committee Week dealt with the selection of former Outdoor Industry Foundation (OIA) President Frank Hugelmeyer to succeed the retiring Richard Coon as president of Reston, Va.-based RVIA, there was plenty of activity in the park model RV arena which, at least in part, fuels the nation’s expanding destination camping trend. RVIA’s Seasonal Camping... Read more

RVIA & RVDA Reboot Informal Trade Show Talks

June 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Attendees check out supplier booths at last year’s Louisville Show The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) have resumed informal talks regarding the possibility of the industry’s key trade groups eventually merging RVIA’s National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., and RVDA and RVDA of Canada’s RV Dealers International Convention/Expo in Las Vegas. Those conversations, we’re told, have restarted for the same reasons that... Read more

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