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National RV Reintroduces Surf Side Line

Motorized RV builder National RV Inc., Perris, Calif., has reintroduced the Surf Side Class A brand – dormant since 2001 – as an entry-level gas-powered motorhome. The new Surf Side, featuring four floorplans in lengths of 29 to 34 feet with either one or two...

Task Force Reports on RV Parts Picture

A Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) task force reports that it takes an average of 10 days for a dealer to receive a repair part from a manufacturer after it is ordered. That compares to an average 6.5 days parts turnaround from suppliers and three days...

Rémillard Honored by RVDA of Canada

The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada recently named Robert Rémillard of Centre du Camping Rémillard in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, as this year’s recipient of the Walter Paseska Canadian RV Dealer of the Year. According to RVDA of...

Newmar Unveils All Star Class A Diesel

With floorplans designed to accommodate large families, Newmar Corp. is introducing an All Star Class A diesel motorhome line for 2007 mounted on the Spartan mid-engine ME2 chassis. “The All Star really sleeps eight, seats eight and dines eight people,”...

Ohio RV Pioneer Sirpilla Dies

Longtime Akron, Ohio, RV dealer John B. Sirpilla, 72, died Thanksgiving Day following a battle with cancer. Sirpilla founded Sirpilla Trailer Sales — now Sirpilla RV Super Center — in 1959 with his brother, Art, as a rental outlet from a service station...

National RV Rejects Purchase Offer

Motorized manufacturer National RV Holding Inc. (NRVH), Perris, Calif, has rejected a $92 million proposal to sell the company to an investment group that includes Bob Lee, founder of National RV Holdings subsidiary Country Coach Inc. In a letter to CCA Acquisition...

Thor Reports Record 1Q Income, Sales

Thor Industries Inc., Jackson Center, Ohio, posted record first-quarter net income and sales, substantially exceeding Wall Street analysts’ consensus estimates. The recreational vehicle and midsize bus builder reported net income of $43.4 million for the...

Time for a Quick Thanksgiving Hiatus

The RV Business and RVBUSINESS.com staff will be taking a short hiatus over the Thanksgiving weekend. The site will be inactive from Thursday (Nov. 24) through Monday (Nov. 28). We’ll resume on Tuesday (Nov. 29) with intermittent news postings from the floor of...

RVIA Votes to Amend FEMA Seal Policy

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) board of directors voted Nov. 14 to establish a new “Emergency Living Unit” (ELU) seal to be applied after Jan. 1 to temporary shelter units built to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)...

Spartan Chassis Partners with Allison

Spartan Chassis, a subsidiary of Spartan Motors Inc., recently announced it is partnering with Indianapolis-based Allison Transmission in the company’s EDGE Program. According to a press release, the agreement makes Allison the exclusive transmission in all of...