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Cummins Onan Launches New Generator Sets

November 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

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Cummins Onan has begun full production of the newly redesigned RV QG 2800 generator sets. According to a press release the new models, which replace the KV and KVD product families, meet EPA Phase III standards for small spark-ignited engines.

The new models have a larger, 217cc engine that produces more horsepower than the previous models. In addition, the RV QG 2800 models offer several new features and improvements, including:

• Advanced onboard diagnostics with fault code analysis.

• Easier starting in extreme cold and hot operating conditions.

• Internalized muffler and patented intake system for reduced noise.

• Low-profile exhaust outlet with additional 4″ ground clearance.

• B+ terminal for easier installation.

The 50 Hz models are CE-certified and meet all applicable EU emissions regulations. The 60 Hz models are CSA-certified and meet the latest Tier 3, Phase 3 emissions levels.

Al Camargo, RV marketing manager for Cummins Onan, said, “The compact design of the new RV QG 2800 is ideal for truck campers, Class B motorhomes and travel trailers. It can run a high-efficiency 13,500 BTU air conditioner and a 900-watt microwave at the same time (depending on operating conditions).”

The 60 Hz models (both gasoline and LP vapor) are available now. The 50 Hz models will be available in the first quarter of 2013. All models can be ordered immediately. Contact your local Cummins Onan dealer for pricing.

 

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Onan Marking Generator Milestone With Contest

January 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Cummins Onan recently celebrated the production of 2 million RV generators at its Fridley, Minn., plant. To help mark this historic milestone, the company is inviting RVers to submit their favorite RV trip photos. RVers who submit a photo will have a chance to win an Apple iPad 2.

“We know from RV customers that our generators have made a big difference in their comfort and convenience on the road,” said Shon Wright, director of RV and commercial markets. “And we are proud of producing two million reliable RV generators over the past 50 years. So it makes sense to invite our customers to join in the celebration by sharing their favorite RVing photos.”

The contest kicks off today (Jan. 10) at the Florida RV SuperShow and will run through March 31. The photos submitted will be put up on the contest website, and people will be able to vote for their favorite. The person submitting the photo that gets the most votes by the end of the contest will receive the iPad 2, complete with FaceTime, Smart Cover, 10-hour battery, 16 GB of memory and Wi-Fi.

To enter an RV trip photo and learn the details of the contest, go to www.rvphotocontest.com.

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Cummins Fills Consumer Business Positions

June 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Minneapolis, Minn.-based Cummins Onan, a subsidiary of Cummins Inc., announced Wednesday (June 1) it had filled two positions within its Consumer Business division.

Anne Limthawornkit takes on Six Sigma black belt responsibilities for the Consumer marketing and sales organization, reporting to Cathy Buening-Griffin, executive director, Cummins Onan Consumer Business. Limthawornkit will also lead the Consumer Six Sigma process that includes project management, savings tracking and project-idea facilitation.

Limthawornkit joined Cummins Power Generation in 2008 in the Supply Chain Strategy, Improvement and Analytics group as a senior analyst. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand in 2001 and an MBA with an emphasis in strategy and general management from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining Cummins, Limthawornkit worked for Nestle in Thailand for five years, working on supply-chain-improvement projects.

Jess Goh has accepted the position of business development manager for the Asia Consumer business, also reporting to Buening-Griffin. Based in Singapore, Goh will have responsibility for leading the account management and business development of the consumer products for territories within the Asia region.

Prior to joining Cummins, Goh was with One Connect International, Ltd., in charge of the oil and gas business segment. She was responsible for negotiating, developing and concluding business deals as well as managing key accounts. She graduated from the National University of Singapore with a bachelor of science.

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Cummins Onan Hits RV Generator Milestone

January 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Cummins Power Generation celebrated a significant milestone for its recreational vehicle business — the building of the two millionth Cummins Onan generator — with a gala event held in December at its Minneapolis headquarters.

The company has been making RV generators for over 80 years, and has held a high market share ever since the dawn of the modern RV industry in the 1960s, according to a news release.

As reported by RVBUSINESS.com in a story posted on Jan. 3, the event was an occasion for a look back at the product innovations of the past, as well as the comprehensive product line available today, including the popular Hybrid Quiet Diesel line.

Garry Enyart, director of RV business for Cummins Power Generation, noted, “The future of the RV industry looks bright, after suffering a slowdown in the recent recession, and we expect that Cummins Onan generators will remain in great demand for their compact size, reliability and technical innovations. We are working on our third million.”

About Cummins Onan and Cummins Power Generation

Cummins Onan Generators is a brand of Cummins Power Generation, a subsidiary of Cummins Inc. Cummins Inc. is a global leader that manufactures, distributes and services engines, fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation. Headquartered in Columbus, Ind., Cummins serves customers in more than 160 countries through its network of 550 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 5,000 dealer locations. The Cummins Onan brand is found on generators and products manufactured for the RV, marine, commercial, residential and portable generator markets.

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Cummins Onan Partners with Fuel Cell Provider

September 15, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

logoProtonex Technology Corp., a leading provider of advanced fuel cell power systems, today (Sept. 15) announced that it has partnered with Cummins Onan, a business group of Cummins Inc., to cooperate in the promotion of advanced fuel cell power solutions into the recreational vehicle  market.

Under the terms of the agreement, Protonex and Cummins Onan plan to jointly conduct rigorous field testing of the Protonex M250-B fuel cell power system within RVs and Cummins will provide Protonex with selected marketing assistance at trade shows and other related events. In addition, Cummins is in the process of becoming a certified installer of Protonex fuel cell systems developed for RVs. The resulting testing, certification and promotional efforts are expected to facilitate the delivery of Protonex fuel cell power solutions to the RV market.

“Protonex is very pleased to have been selected by Cummins as a partner for providing advanced fuel cell power solutions to the RV market,” stated Scott Pearson, Protonex CEO. “Teaming with the global industry leader in commercial mobile power generation will have a significant impact on our ability to reach the RV market and will enable us to broaden the accessibility of fuel cell power solutions to consumers and the commercial mobile market.”

Ed Pickens, RV marketing manager for Cummins Power Generation, added, “We look forward to working with Protonex to explore applications for fuel cell technology in the RV market. As the RV market evolves, we see a role for fuel cells as a solution for mobile power needs.”

Protonex is displaying its M250-B fuel cell power system in the Cummins Onan Booth (Booth H) at the 41st Annual Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show–one of America’s largest RV shows–Sthis week in Hershey, Pa.

The M250-B power system leverages breakthrough advances in fuel cell and hybrid power technology developed by Protonex. The proprietary technology blends the advantages of a fuel cell power generator with conventional hybrid batteries. The M250-B runs on safe, clean, biodegradable methanol fuel. The system is configured to seamlessly integrate with existing power components typically found in an RV, including deep cycle batteries, generators, inverters, chargers, solar panels and alternators.

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RV Business Announces 2009 Top 50 Dealer Awards

August 31, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

rvbtop50logo-smallRV Business today (Aug. 31)  has announced selections for the 2nd Annual RV Business Top 50 Dealer Awards, which are based on the nominations of North American RV manufacturers and are to be presented on the evening of Wed., Oct. 7, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas during the annual RV Dealers International Convention/Expo.

A volunteer panel of industry veterans concluded its review of dealer applications on Aug. 21 at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., keeping a keen eye on dealers’ overall focus on professionalism, association activities, civic involvement, best practices and consumer care.

Above all, RVB Publisher Sherman Goldenberg maintains, the mission of the Top 50 program is to continue to remind individual dealers – and the industry at large – of the intent and specific recommendations of the Go RVing Coalition’s Committee on Excellence and, beyond that, to give attendees at the Recreation Vehicle Dealer Association’s (RVDA) Con/Expo a chance to relax and reflect on a year that was trying at best.

“We had an overwhelming response from our manufacturer nominees this year,” said Goldenberg. “The number of applicants received was about 40% more than what we had in 2008. Before judging even started, we considered this year’s program a success, and that was largely due to the many quality dealerships submitting applications. Because there were so many worthy RV dealers who applied, it was a much more difficult selection process this time around, and, unfortunately, we weren’t able to include everyone who applied.”

“The judges did take a very good look at all the application materials dealers sent in, and it was a very close race,” adds BJ Thompson, president of BJ Thompson Associates Inc., whose Mishawaka, Ind.-based agency oversees the application process for RVB. “We encourage all participating dealers, whether they were selected or not, to reapply next year.”

RVB Top 50 dealers are not ranked, although 10 Blue Ribbon retailers are singled out for special recognition. In addition, a Dave Altman Award for lifetime achievement in RV retailing and exceptional corporate citizenship will also be presented to one of the Blue Ribbon dealers at this year’s RVBT50 dinner at which Fox News contributor Mike Huckabee, the former — and possibly future — Republican presidential candidate  will be keynote speaker.

“Given the current national political climate and the ongoing debate between the two political parties — and the ways in which these debates directly impact the recreational vehicle industry  — we consider Mr. Huckabee an excellent and thought-provoking choice for an enjoyable evening in Las Vegas,” said Goldenberg. “And that goes for industry people of all political persuasions.”

The following U.S. and Canadian retailers are the recipients of the 2009 RV Business Top 50 Dealer Awards (in unranked, alphabetical order):

  •      Aberdeen RV Center, Aberdeen, MS
  •      Aloha RV, Albuquerque, NM
  •      Altman’s Winnebago, Carson, CA
  •      American RV, Grand Rapids, MI
  •      Apache Village RV Center, Hazelwood, MO
  •      ArrKann Trailer & RV Centre, Edmonton, AB
  •      Beckley’s Camping Center, Thurmont, MD
  •      Big Country RV, Bend, OR
  •      Bill Plemmons RV World, Rural Hall, NC
  •      Boat N RV Superstores, Rockwood, Tenn.
  •      Can-Am RV Centre, London, ON
  •      Carolina Coach & Camper, Claremont, NC
  •      Coachlight RV, Carthage, MO
  •      Coates Trailer Sales, Columbus, MN
  •      Colonial Airstream, Lakewood, NJ
  •      Crown RV, Conyers, GA
  •      Curtis Trailers, Portland, OR
  •      Dandy RV Superstore, Anniston, AL
  •      Dixie RV Superstore, Newport News, VA
  •      Dodd RV, Yorktown, VA
  •      General RV, Wixom, MI
  •      Giant RV, Montclair, CA
  •      Greeneway Campers, Wisconsin Rapids, WI
  •      Guaranty RV, Junction City, OR
  •      Hilltop Trailer Sales, Fridley, MN
  •      Ketelsen Campers of Colorado, Wheat Ridge, CO
  •      Kings Campers, Wausaw, WI
  •      Lazydays RV Supercenter, Seffner, FL
  •      Little Dealer Little Prices, Phoenix, AZ
  •      Mike Thompson’s RV Super Stores, Santa Fe Springs, CA
  •      Modern Trailer Sales, Anderson, IN
  •      Mount Comfort RV, Greenfield, IN
  •      Parkview RV, Smyrna, DE
  •      PleasureLand RV Centers, St. Cloud, MN
  •      Poulsbo RV, Kent, WA
  •      Quality RV, Draper, UT
  •      Reines RV Center, Manassas, VA
  •      Richardson’s RV, Sun City, CA
  •      Rick’s RV Center, Joliet, IL
  •      Roy Robinson RV, Marysville, WA
  •      RV America Inc., Johnstown, CO
  •      Steinbring Motorcoach, Garfield, MN
  •      Tennessee RV Sales & Service, Knoxville, TN
  •      Terrell Camping Center, Terrell, NC
  •      Thompson Family RV, Davenport, IA
  •      Tom Johnson’s Camping Center, Marion, NC
  •      Topper’s Camping Center, Waller, TX
  •      Trafford’s RV, Center Conway, NH
  •      Veurinks’ RV Center, Grand Rapids, MI
  •      Woody’s RV World, Red Deer, AB

Building on last year’s format, which appears to have worked rather well for those involved, RV Business Top 50 Dealer Award honorees will be promoted in the national press, in dealers’ hometown newspapers and in the pages and websites — of Affinity’s trade and consumer magazines: RV Business, Trailer Life, MotorHome, Highways, Coast to Coast and Camping Life.

Underwriting this year’s program are Platinum co-sponsors ADP Lightspeed, Salt Lake City, UT; Blue Ox, Pender, NE; Coach-Net, Lake Havasu, AZ; Cummins Onan, Minneapolis, MN.; Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp., Gaffney, SC, RV Trader and RVTraderOnline.com, Norfolk, VA, and Ultra-Fab Products, Elkhart, IN, while Protective Asset Protection Division, Chesterfield, MO, is a Gold sponsor.

Tickets for the $120-a-plate dinner ($99 for RVDA members, Con/Expo exhibitors and Top 50 dealer guests) are available through RVBUSINESS.com’s registration link (http://www.rvbusiness.com/top-50-dealer-awards/2009-registration-form/).

“All in all, we can’t imagine that anyone attending the RVDA Con/Expo wouldn’t want to take the opportunity to mix with Mr. Huckabee and their industry peers at the cocktail party prior to our dinner and to hear Mr. Huckabee speak on the hot topics of the day at the dinner itself, regardless of their political persuasion,” said Goldenberg. “And, of course, we’ll honor our dealers, one by one, at the dinner as well, giving everyone a chance to reflect on the professionalism for which we’re trying to help raise the bar in this industry.”

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Huckabee Highlighting RVB Top 50 Dealer Awards

August 7, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

 

Mike Huckabee

Mike Huckabee

Despite the headwinds of 2009, RVBusiness is turning the corner on the second annual RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Awards after having gone to manufacturers earlier this year for nominations of their best dealers in terms of consumer care, civic involvement and general professionalism.

A number of applications are in hand and a host of nominated retailers, as has been the case for so many business people this year, are currently scrambling to submit theirs. “I can report at this point that things are going well,” says RVBusiness Publisher Sherman Goldenberg, who is overseeing the second annual RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Awards program on behalf of the industry’s flagship trade journal. “And we’ll continue to flex with the times and bend that deadline to get as many of those last-minute applications as we can before turning them over later this month for review by our panel of experts.”

The Top 50, like last year, will be not be ranked in any sort of order, says Goldenberg, but will be presented as a group in alphabetical order at a reception and dinner at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 7, during the annual RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, sponsored by the Fairfax, Va.-based Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA).  But five of the Top 50 will receive special recognition as Blue Ribbon dealers and one above the rest receives the Dave Altman Award, which goes to an exceptional corporate citizen.

 Appearing as keynote speaker at this year’s dinner is former – and possibly future – Republican presidential candidate and Fox News contributor Mike Huckabee, who will more than likely have a few things to say about the current economic and political landscape.

“All in all, we can’t imagine that anyone attending the RVDA Con/Expo wouldn’t want to take the opportunity to mix with Mr. Huckabee and their industry peers at the cocktail party prior to our dinner and to hear Mr. Huckabee speak on the hot topics of the day at the dinner itself, regardless of their political persuasion,” said Goldenberg. “And, of course, we’ll honor our dealers, one by one, at the dinner as well, giving everyone a chance to reflect on the professionalism for which we’re trying to help raise the bar in this industry.”

The bottom line of the Top 50 program, he maintained, is to continue to remind individual dealers – and the industry at large – of the intent and specific recommendations of the Go RVing Coalition’s Committee on Excellence.

 “I don’t think there is ever a bad time to be talking about excellence and customer service and treating people right, especially customers,” said BJ Thompson, president of BJ Thompson Associates, the Mishawaka, Ind., agency that is again working with RVBusiness on the Top 50. “So, whether it’s a good economy or a bad economy, this is a good program and helpful to the industry.”

Underwriting this year’s program are RVB’s “Leadership Alliance” sponsors for 2009, including “Platinum” co-sponsors ADP Lightspeed, Salt Lake City, Utah; Blue Ox, Pender, Neb.; Coach-Net, Lake Havasu, Ariz.; Cummins Onan, Minneapolis, Minn.; Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp., Gaffney, S.C., RV Trader and RVTraderOnline.com, Norfolk, Va., and Ultra-Fab Products, Elkhart, Ind., while Protective Asset Protection Division, Chesterfield, Mo., is a “Gold” sponsor.

Tickets for the $120-a-plate dinner ($99 for RVDA members and Con/Expo exhibitors) are available through RVBUSINESS.com’s registration link (http://www.rvbusiness.com/top-50-dealer-awards/2009-registration-form/).

Online versions of the applications can be downloaded by linking directly to http://www.rvbusiness.com/top-50-dealer-awards/2009-top-50-dealer-application/

Building on last year’s format, which appears to have worked rather well for those involved, RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Award honorees will be promoted in the national press, in dealers’ hometown newspapers and in the pages – and on the websites — of Affinity’s trade and consumer magazines, RVBusiness, Trailer Life, MotorHome, Highways, Coast to Coast and Camping Life.

However, publicity is only part of the incentive for participating in this bar-raising national promotion, says Thompson.  “In talking with different size dealers last year, whether they be small, medium or large-size dealers,” said Thompson, “we did get some distinctly different responses. The smaller dealers were surprised that they were genuinely in the running to be recognized for their attention to customer satisfaction. They appreciated having the opportunity to be recognized for their hard work and their investment in customer service.

“The medium and larger dealers seemed to have their own unique set of issues in assuring good customer service and excellence in their operations,” added Thompson, who will be joined in hosting the event by Jim Sheldon, a Monaco RV LLC executive and current chairman of Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). “Because they were larger, they weren’t able to have that one-on-one experience as principals because of their size. It was a unique challenge to them to drive down their values to the people in their dealer operations who were working with customers, whether it was sales or service or otherwise. It would take a lot of work and investment on their part to have that personalized service on a larger scale. So, to be recognized for actually accomplishing excellence on a larger scale for them was also satisfying.”

Leveling the playing field again this year is the fact that larger multi-store retailers, regardless of how many locations they have, can have only one store recognized in the RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Award program.

“It was satisfying for those of us who were involved in the development of the program to see that most dealers were genuinely appreciative of having the spotlight put on them,” added Thompson, current chairman of RVIA’s Public Relations Committee. “I think it’s always a good thing to put a spotlight on people who are doing things right and doing them well. Recognizing outstanding achievement in customer service and dealer operations not only lifts the dealership, but when they are spotlighted and shown off to the world, it lifts up the entire industry.”

 

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