Month: February 2019

RV Technical Institute Names Board, Adopts Bylaws

The first board meeting for the RV Technical Institute’s newly appointed board of directors concluded yesterday with an adoption of the bylaws and election of the board officers. Leading the board will be Chairman Matt Miller of Newmar Corp., President Frank Hugelmeyer of the RV Industry Association, Treasurer April Klein of Lippert Components Inc., and Secretary Don Clark of Grand ...

EHG Branded U.K. Dealership Holds Grand Opening

Editor’s Note: The following was submitted to RVBUSINESS.com by Travelworld Motorhomes Managing Director Ross Edwards detailing the company’s opening of the Erwin Hymer Center Travelworld. Travelworld Motorhomes, an established U.K. dealership, marked the start of a new relationship with the Erwin Hymer Group by hosting a dealership launch branded as Erwin Hymer Center Travelworld. The dealership was officially opened on ...

Spartan Motors Reports 28.7% 4Q Revenue Gain

Charlotte, Mich.-based Spartan Motors Inc., parent to Spartan Chassis Inc. reported a 15.4% increase in revenue to $816.2 million from $707.1 million for the company’s full year, ended Dec. 31. That total reflected a 21.7% gain in its Specialty Chassis & Vehicle segment to $193.2 million from $158.8 million a year ago, including a $24.9 million increase in luxury motorcoach ...

LKQ Corp. Tallies 22% Increase in 4Q Revenue

LKQ Corp., parent of distributors Keystone Automotive and NTP-STAG, reported that fourth-quarter revenue was $3 billion, an increase of 22% from $2.5 billion for the comparable period of 2017. Parts and services organic revenue growth for the fourth quarter of 2018 was 2.5%.  Net income from continuing operations for the fourth quarter, ended Dec. 31, totaled $40 million, a decrease ...

Thousand Trails Has 50th Anniversary Celebration

Thousand Trails is marking 50 years in the campground industry in 2019. According to a press release, 50th anniversary celebrations are planned across its network of campgrounds in 2019, offering members and guests opportunities to collect commemorative anniversary pins, contribute to a multi-location time capsule, and participate in contests, themed weekends and planned activities throughout the year. “Thousand Trails campgrounds ...

Forest River, Tweedle Create Digital Owners Guide

Forest River Inc. has partnered with Tweddle Group to create a digital owner's guide for its RV, marine and cargo trailer customers. According to a press release, the digital owner's guide will provide a more convenient, comprehensive and personalized experience. Available on the web and as a mobile application, the new digital owner's guide is a "single source" where customers ...

Black Book: RV Auction Volume Sees Gains in Jan.

Black Book reported that RV auction volume was up across the board as dealers have begun to stock up their lots to take advantage of the influx of buyers. Motorized values dropped a bit at auction last month, but towables of all types have looked strong for several months. “Even though many areas of the country have been on the ...

Skyline Champion Adds Crystal Cottage Park Model

Skyline Champion Corp. announced that it will introduce the new Crystal Cottage park model RV at the March 12-14 RVX: The RV Experience in Salt Lake City, Utah.  According to a press release, the new design features an open floorplan that offers several new selling advantages.  “Over the last few years our company has seen a tremendous growth in more ...

MITO WiFiRanger is a Finalist for RVB RISE Award

WiFiRanger, a supplier of RV connectivity solutions, and parent MITO Corp. announced the selection of the Sky 4 Pack LTE technology as one of five finalists in the inaugural RVBusiness RISE (Recognizing Innovation & Supplier Excellence) Awards program.   According to a press release, the Sky 4 LTE Pack is a WiFiBoosting device that delivers upgrades on many features from previous models ...

Hoefer Group Rolls out Azzero Lightweight Trailer


Hoefer Group, headed by Charles Hoefer and his wife Andrea Kine, is developing patents on a next generation ultralight platform suitable for mass production at mid-market pricing, according to a press release. The company, based in Eswatini in Africa, unveiled the Hoefer Azzero this past weekend in Johannesburg, South Africa with attendance over 25,000. Built on a shock-dissipating body and ...

Curtin: Shipments Will Dip For 2019 on 1Q Impact

RV shipments will be down slightly in 2019, according to a new forecast prepared by longtime RV industry analyst, Richard Curtin, a professor at the University of Michigan’s Survey Research Center. In the Spring 2019 issue of the RV RoadSigns newsletter, Curtin projects total RV shipments will range between 475,500 and 444,500 units this year with the most likely final ...

WESCO Celebrates Opening of Expansion Project

With a catered lunch and guided tours, WESCO Distribution celebrated Tuesday (Feb. 26) the grand opening of an 80,000-square-foot expansion to its Manufactured Structures facility in Elkhart, Ind. After 40 years of growth in Elkhart, the Manufactured Structures division of WESCO, a Fortune 500 firm headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., had found itself working out of six separate locations. The recent ...

Allison Reports Record Revenue, Income in 2018

Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. reported record annual revenue and net income for 2018 while tax-related and interest expense factors led to mixed fourth-quarter results. For the quarter ended Dec. 31, net income slipped to $147 million, or $1.14 per diluted share, compared with $215 million, or $1.51, a year earlier. The decrease principally was driven by the 2017 enactment of ...

ORR, Congress Meet to Applaud Legislature Wins

The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) hosted a reception for the 116th Congress and celebrated the monumental steps its members have taken to grow the outdoor recreation economy and provide access to America’s great outdoors. According to a press release, more than 100 recreation industry leaders applauded the bipartisan and bicameral passage of S. 47 – the Natural Resources Management Act ...

Go RVing and IZEA Will Kick Off Camping Season

IZEA Worldwide Inc., an operator of an online marketplace connecting brands and publishers with influential content creators, announced it has partnered with Go RVing to kick off the 2019 camping season.   According to a press release, IZEA, working alongside agency partners at The Richards Group, will be executing a season-long influencer marketing campaign to share the joys of recreational vehicles through social ...

Winnebago Awarded Tax Cuts on Production Move

Winnebago Industries Inc. will be receiving state tax benefits to help consolidate jobs at its Forest City, Iowa, campus. KIMT TV reported that the company announced early in February that it was shifting production of Class A diesel motorhomes from its plant in Junction City, Ore., to its manufacturing facilities in northern Iowa.  Winnebago says its $5.3 million dollar investment ...

TMC Debuting Togo-Powered Customer Care App

Thor Motor Coach announced a new customer care app that runs with Togo, a technology company owned by TH2.  According to a press release, the new Thor Motor Coach app is designed to serve as a companion to Thor Motor Coach owners. It will track maintenance, keep service records, and send notifications when it’s time for maintenance, among other helpful ...

Thetford Corp. Will Host a Lifestyle Exhibit at RVX

In March, the RV industry will gather at the inaugural RVX; The RV Experience event in Salt Lake City to share ideas on a vital topic: attracting new consumers to the RV lifestyle. According to a press release, Thetford is joining that conversation with a new lifestyle exhibit at Booth No. 1329 at RVX.  The booth is designed to share ...

Torklift to Produce Frames for Homegrown Trailers

Torklift is partnering with Washington-based Homegrown Trailers to produce frames for the builder’s towable Timberline trailers. “Homegrown Trailers are beautiful hand-crafted pieces of art, they are very special and I can’t say I have seen anything like it before,” said Torklift President Jack Kay in a press release. “The Homegrown trailer line has to be seen to be truly appreciated.”  ...

Haarhues of Carefree Garners 40 Under 40 Award

Nick Haarhues from Carefree of Colorado will be recognized at the RV Industry Association’s (RVIA) inaugural RVX: The RV Experience on March 14 in Salt Lake City, Utah, as a recipient of a “40 Under 40” award. According to a press release, the special award celebrates the achievements of those who exemplify leadership and inspire others to help grow the ...

1st RVB RISE Awards Set for Center Stage at RVX

Ten finalists out of nearly 70 entries have been selected for the inaugural RVBusiness RISE (Recognizing Innovation & Supplier Excellence) Awards program, designed to honor the best and most innovative new OEM and aftermarket products marketed by RV industry component suppliers for the 2019 model year. The RISE Award finalists in both the OEM and Aftermarket categories will be recognized ...

CalRVDA Convention Tackles Important RV Issues

Intent on providing attendees with a highly informational format, the California Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (CalRVDA) covered a host of pressing issues impacting the state and national RV industries during the organization’s annual conference, held Feb. 20-21 at the Omni Hotel in San Diego. “The feedback that I always hear from members is that the convention helps them get prepared ...

13th Austin RV Expo Sees 10,000-Plus Attendees

The Feb. 22-24 Austin RV Expo saw around 10,000 attendees passing through the gates at the 250,000-square-foot Austin Convention Center in Texas, which, according to organizers, represented a slight drop from past years.   Don Canada, executive director for TRVA Austin RV Shows Inc., reported that, “The consensus of dealers we spoke with was that this year's show was a ...

RV Women Alliance to Host Launch Event at RVX

The RV Women's Alliance (RVWA) announced that Deborah Gardner, author of “How to Sell to Men Without Wearing a Low-Cut Dress,” will be the featured speaker at the RVWA launch event on March 13 at RVX: The Rv Experience.  According to a press release, Gardner will speak about 10 things women need to give up to be successful. The launch ...

RVDA Seeks Workshop Proposals For Convention

RVDA’s Convention/Expo Committee is soliciting workshop proposals for the 2019 RV Dealers Convention/Expo, Nov. 11-15 at Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas strip.  According to a press release, over 1,500 individuals from across North America attend the workshops presented during the five-day event and almost 300 U.S. and Canadian dealerships will be represented by dealer principals, general managers, and dealership ...

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