The New England RV Dealers Association (NERVDA) and Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) are teaming up to bring regional training to their dealers.
According to a press release, training on Schwintek in-wall slideouts, standard slideouts, leveling and stabilization, awnings and electronics will be conducted by the LCI training staff. Flagg RV in Uxbridge, Mass., will host training on Dec. 10 and Campers Inn, Merrimack, N.H., will host the training on Dec. 11.
“This is the first in a series of regional training sessions that we will bring to our dealers,” said Brian Sullivan of Campers Inn, who also serves as president of NERVDA. “We worked with Holly Nater at LCI to set up the program and our dealers are ecstatic with the opportunity to train many technicians over the course of the two days.”
Steve Flagg of Flagg RV and treasurer of NERVDA, noted, “We are rebuilding the association and wanted to show real value to the dealers who are already members of NERVDA, and to show the other dealers that we have a viable organization that can save them money and provide tangible benefits. For this first training session, we are not charging any dealership to send technicians. NERVDA dealers do get preferential registration for one week to enroll their technicians. We have 30 slots in Uxbridge and 50 slots in Merrimack. If NERVDA dealers do not fill all slots, any dealer in New England will be able to enroll their technicians at no charge.”
Registration for the training program is being facilitated by LCI and the deadline to register is Dec. 4. Nater, dealer relations and publications for LCI, said, “NERVDA has been a pleasure to work with in setting up the regional training program. We met Executive Director Bob Zagami during his Elkhart Open House visit to the area and he asked if we would consider doing training for their dealers in New England. We had all the details worked out in less than two weeks and we are ready to go! This can serve as a model for other state dealer associations to help reduce their training costs and train more technicians – it’s a win-win for everybody associated with this program.”
New England dealers can contact Zagami at email@example.com or (617) 974-3739. For information on the LCI training programs please contact Nater at firstname.lastname@example.org or (574) 312-7434.
Welcome to glamping, the “glamorous camping” trend that’s on the rise and on display at the Boston RV & Camping Expo at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center that concludes today (Jan. 21).
“In the past, the whole notion of glamping was in the high-end units. We now see them in every type of RV,” said Bob Zagami, show director for the New England RV Dealers Association (RVDA).
The Boston Herald reported that approximately 300 RVs, from fifth-wheels and motorhomes to park trailers and pop-ups, are on the BCEC floor. Some, such as the Fleetwood Discovery motorhome, come equipped with one and one-half baths, washer and dryer hookups, and polished tile floors for $220,000. And it’s only the entry-level model for the brand.
For a little more than $50,000, 400-square-foot park trailers come with a master bedroom and loft, and room for a big screen TV.
“You can now take the comforts of home with you. You are not giving up anything,” said Zagami, a dedicated RV user. “Having those amenities brings more people into the campground.”
These amenities are similar to those you’d find in an upscale apartment, such as stainless steel appliances, computer nooks and legroom-friendly bathrooms with double sinks, brushed nickel faucets and full-size showers.
Then there’s the toy haulers, which feature an on-board garage to store recreational vehicles such as ATVs and doubles as a common area with table. Planning for a crowd to visit? It’s got two full-size refrigerators.
In terms of style, “the RV industry is a year or two behind homes,” said Zagami.
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