Month: January 2019

Rumors Fly at Hymer Plant; Thor Updates Buyout Terms

Multiple employees at Erwin Hymer Group (EHG) have  reportedly  confirmed that production has stopped at the RV manufacturer in Cambridge, although sources close to the company told RVBusiness that a companywide inventory is underway at the Kitchener, Ont., plant and that “there’s nothing whatsoever to indicate that the plant is closing.” The CTV Television Network  was told there was a meeting ...

Horizon Transport Promoting Joe Braun to President

Horizon Transport, a Wakarusa, Ind.-based RV transporter, announced the promotion of Joe Braun to president. According to a press release, Braun has been with Horizon for 14 years, most recently as its vice president. Former President Marion Schrock remains 100% owner and will continue as chairman of Horizon Transport.  “Joe has been in charge of the day-to-day operations since 2011 ...

Suburban, CAN SRL to Offer Euro Cooking Products in N.A.

Airxcel Inc.’s Suburban division and Italian cooking appliance manufacturer CAN S.R.L. announced a partnership to offer several European-styled sealed burner cooking appliances in the North American RV market.  According to a press release, CAN has been a leading cooking and appliance supplier to European high-end marine and RV markets for more than 30 years. Suburban’s legacy of providing superior quality ...

RV, Marine Industries Primed for Growth in 2019

Economic growth might be slowing a bit in 2019, but it won’t be enough to have too much of an adverse impact on the RV and recreational watercraft industries. As reported by the South Bend Tribune, though the RV industry is predicting that shipments could slip for the second consecutive year in 2019, the predicted total — 453,200 units — ...

Airstream, NFF Partner to Clean Up Campgrounds

Airstream Inc. announced the introduction of its Campsite Cleanup Campaign, a partnership between Airstream and the National Forest Foundation (NFF). According to a press release, the NFF is the nonprofit partner of the U.S. Forest Service, supporting 193 million acres of National Forest and Grasslands across the country. During the partial shutdown, the U.S. Forest Service was unable to maintain ...

Horizon Global Appointing Barry Steele as CFO

Horizon Global Corp., a manufacturer of branded towing and trailering equipment, announced that Barry Steele has been named the company’s chief financial officer, effective Feb. 18. According to a press release, Steele will have responsibility for the company’s global finance function including financial reporting, tax, treasury, and financial planning and analysis. Steele will be joining Horizon Global following his role ...

Lippert, Taylor Made Intro Marine Marketing Plan

Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) and its subsidiary Taylor Made Group LLC announced a new strategy that will brand all current and future marine products made by both companies under the Taylor Made name. According to a press release, LCI acquired Taylor Made in January 2018 and, together, LCI and Taylor Made are now one of the world’s leading suppliers of ...

Unemployment Filings Reach 18-Month High

The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits surged to near a 1-1/2-year high last week, which could raise concerns that the labor market is slowing. CNBC reported initial claims for state unemployment benefits jumped 53,000 to a seasonally adjusted 253,000 for the week ended Jan. 26, the highest level since September 2017, the Labor Department said on Thursday ...

Go RVing Will Display at Outdoor Retailer Show

Go RVing, the marketing communications initiative of the RV industry, will exhibit at the 2019 Outdoor Retailer Snow Show for the first time at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colo., according to a press release. With the growth and expansion of the $50-plus billion RV industry, Go RVing is working to strengthen its connection with outdoor recreation communities. Go ...

ARIES Debuts New Truck, SUV Running Boards

ARIES, a supplier of truck, Jeep, SUV and CUV accessories, has released an all-new high-end running board designed for today’s trucks and SUVs.  According to a press release, AscentStep 5 1/2-inch running boards feature a sleek profile, dual-construction step pads, a durable build and a no-drill installation using the VersaTrac mounting system.  ARIES AscentSteps provide a modern accent for modern ...

Go Power! to Display Products at RVX Showcase

Go Power!, a provider of solar and mobile power solutions since 1996, announced that its solar solutions have been chosen as part of the ‘Aftermarket Experience Showcase’ at RVX, to be held March 12-14 in Salt Lake City, Utah. According to a press release, as part of the Aftermarket Showcase, Go Power! will be displaying its 200-watt portable solar kit, ...

NIRVC Continuing Expansion with Las Vegas Opening

The growth curve for National Indoor RV Centers (NIRVC) is progressing according to plan, as the company is poised to roll out its fourth location Friday (Feb. 1) in Las Vegas, Nev. “It was an existing building, one exit south of the Las Vegas Speedway,” NIRVC President Tadd Jenkins told RVBusiness. “It was perfect for us, offering 225,000 square feet ...

Most RV Firms Shut Down Due to Sub-Zero Temps

There are plenty of companies in the upper Midwest who are staying open today and tomorrow (Jan. 30 and 31) despite the onset of record cold temperatures spurred by a meandering Polar Vortex – a phenomenon few of us fully understand – including Minnesota’s Cummins Inc. operations as well as Michigan’s Thetford Corp., Spartan Motors Inc. and Stromberg Carlson Products ...

Atlanta Camping, RV Show Posts Record Attendance

Organizers for the Atlanta Camping and RV Show, founded in 1975, reported an all-time attendance record during the Jan. 25-27 at the Atlanta Exposition Center South. “It was an all-time record attendance for the 44-year history of the show,” said Bobby Smith, president of Hardman Productions Inc. which produces and promotes the show for the Atlanta RV Trade Association. “We ...

Hopkins: NFPA 1194 Standards are Key for RV Parks

Editor's Note: Bruce Hopkins has been in the RV business since 1965, working for a dealer, three different manufacturers, a third-party inspection/consulting firm and has been with the RV Industry Association for over 40 years. According to a Woodalls Campground Management (WCM) report, he is currently the vice president of standards and education. He has served on many standard making committees, ...

Tiffin Shows New Wayfarer Model at FRVTA Show

Editor’s Note: A number of manufacturers debuted new units at the recent 34th Annual Florida RV SuperShow, which was hosted Jan. 16-20 by the Florida RV Trade Association FRVTA at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. FRVTA officials reported a record attendance of 74,286. RVBUSINESS.com will present several of the new units over the next several days. Tiffin Wayfarer Motorhome ...

San Fran Firm Raises Funding For Airstream Hotels

Polished to a mirror sheen and reeking of nostalgia, the Airstream camper has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years as food truck operators, Airbnb landlords while others have embraced the classic American brand. Now a San Francisco-based company called AutoCamp has raised $115 million to build a nationwide network of hotels fashioned from the trailers. Bloomberg reported that AutoCamp announced ...

Lippert Appoints Voelker to Direct Great Lakes Sales

Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) announces that Dave Voelker has been hired as territory sales manager, aftermarket sales. According to a press release, Voelker will cover the Great Lakes region and will work to strengthen and grow relationships with LCI’s aftermarket partners. In his new role, he will assume responsibility for enhancing relationships with aftermarket partners in  Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, ...

Report: Fed Expected to Hold Rates on Wednesday

The Federal Reserve has adopted a new theme for the new year: patience. The New York Times reported that it is not expected to announce any change in its benchmark interest rate on Wednesday, after its first policymaking meeting of 2019. The Fed’s chairman, Jerome H. Powell, is expected to emphasize that the Fed will take time to evaluate economic ...

RV Women’s Alliance Will Launch During RVX Event

New and prospective members of the RV Women’s Alliance (RVWA) are invited to attend a special gathering of RV industry members to officially launch the first-ever RV alliance dedicated to elevating the roles and contributions women make to the RV industry.  According to a press release, the event will take place on March 13 at RVX: The RV Experiencein at ...

Remco Industries Debuts 3200 Fresh Water Pump

Alexandria Minn.-based Remco Industries announced the introduction of its new Power RV 3200 series fresh water pump.  According to a press release, the new CSA approved3200 series water pump delivers superior performance of 3.2 gallons per minute of fresh water flow and 45 PSI.  The 12 VDC, low-amp draw, 3200 series pump also features quiet in-home like operation and easy ...

Equal-i-zer Earns 7th Straight Gold Readers Choice

For the seventh straight year, the Equal-i-zer hitch was recognized with the Gold Trailer Life Readers' Choice Award. According to a press release, Equal-i-zer is the only hitch to have been awarded this status for the entirety of the Readers' Choice Awards. Every summer, Trailer Life Magazine conducts the Readers' Choice Awards, a way to enable readers to share their opinions ...

Report Says Elkhart Susceptible to Automation

The Elkhart-Goshen metro area is the third most likely in the country to be affected by automation, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution. The Elkhart Truth reported that only Dalton, Ga., and Kokomo, Ind., have a higher automation potential, according to the report. Automation potential refers to the share of tasks in an occupation that could be automated with ...

Forest River Intros New No Boundaries in Tampa

Editor’s Note: A number of manufacturers debuted new units at the recent 34th Annual Florida RV SuperShow, hosted Jan. 16-20 by the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. FRVTA officials reported a record attendance of 74,286. RVBUSINESS.com will present several of the new units over the next several days. No Boundaries Sales and Product ...

FMCA Heading to Tucson for 2020 Convention

Cincinnati, Ohio-based FMCA, an international organization for RV owners, announced that the group will be making a return visit to the Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson, Ariz., March 26-29, 2020.  According to a press release, FMCA will welcome owners to this 640-acre event complex for its 101st International Convention and RV Expo. The last time the association held a convention ...

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