Month: March 2019

RVIA Lobbies IRS For Motor Vehicle Clarification

Last month , RV Industry Association's (RVIA) Director of Government Affairs Mike Ochs testified at the Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service’s hearing on proposed regulations for limitations on deductions for business interest expenses. RVIA News & Insights reported that at the hearing, Ochs requested that the IRS use its regulatory authority to clarify whether RV trailers are ...

NTP-STAG Adds COFFEEBOXX to Kitchen Lineup

NTP-STAG has added OXX Inc.'s COFFEEBOXX to its kitchen appliances category. According to a press release, the COFFEEBOXX is a coffeemaker field-tested to perform  beyond industry standards. Ideally suited for rough work environments, like construction zones and military bases, the COFFEEBOXX also can be used at any tailgate, campsite, RV, or boat. The COFFEEBOXX features a UV-resistant shell and stainless-steel construction. ...

AAA Foresees 100M American Travelers in 2019

According to a recent AAA Travel survey, nearly 100 million Americans – 4 in 10 U.S. adults – are planning to take a family vacation in 2019, slightly more than last year. Spring and summer road trips will top many of these families’ vacation plans. Two-thirds of all family travelers (68 percent) will embark on a summer getaway, while just ...

Forest River Enters Into Electric Bus Partnership

Forest River Inc., Creative Bus Sales and Phoenix Motorcars have formed an alliance to jointly develop, build and distribute electric zero emission buses. Mass Transit reported that as part of the agreement, Phoenix Motorcars will be the supplier of electric drivetrains for all zero-emission shuttle and school buses built by Forest River on the Ford E450 chassis with the Starcraft ...

Thor CEO Bob Martin is Profiled by Chief Executive

Editor's Note: This is the first in a new series by Chief Executive, “Masters of Manufacturing,” featuring Thor Industries Inc. CEO Bob Martin. The series is presented in partnership with The Indiana Economic Development Corp. Each month, the publication will share insights and ideas from innovative, growth-minded manufacturing CEOs from across the nation as they navigate this tricky time in ...

Hittmeier Reflects on Long-Term Tenure With KOA

After 38 years with Billings, Mont.-based Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA), Pat Hittmeier has decided to retire, leaving the company in the hands of Toby O’Rourke, who has been with KOA since 2011. Hittmeier plans to stay on as a consultant. Hittmeier served KOA in a variety of capacities throughout his more than three-decade career, working with both company-owned properties ...

Awning Maker SureShade Targeting U.S. Market

RVX: The RV Experience served as SureShade’s official introduction to the RV industry showcasing its outdoor-grade shade "designed to elevate the typical RV awning experience," according to a press release. Building on SureShade’s 10 years of experience outfitting boats in the marine industry, the company enters the RV segment with a market-proven sunshade product that is field-tested to stand up ...

Auto Industry is Uniting To Oppose Trump Tariffs

The U.S. auto industry is escalating a lobbying push to keep President Donald Trump from imposing steep new tariffs on imported cars and parts that executives warn could cripple a sector already facing a slowdown. Automotive News reported that groups representing many arms of the industry -- automakers, dealers, parts suppliers and aftermarket companies alike -- are in lockstep in ...

RVIA Scheduling Two Training Seminars At HOF

The RV Industry Association (RVIA) will host a safety seminar for members geared toward employee safety in the workplace on April 17. According to a release, the day-long event, "Creating a Safer Workplace: A Leadership Perspective," will take place at 8 a.m. at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., and will provide a scope of workers’ safety in ...

Great Alaskan Holidays Honored by Winnebago

Great Alaskan Holidays has been awarded the 2018 Circle of Excellence Award from Winnebago Industries Inc., recognizing excellence in sales and customer service. Winnebago began presenting the Circle of Excellence award to the best dealerships in North America in 1986. According to a press release, Winnebago holds its dealerships to the highest of industry standards. Through honoring dealerships such as Great ...

New Zealand-Based UBCO Bikes Taps U.S. Sector

New Zealand startup UBCO Bikes US, creators of the original 2x2 electric utility bike, has appointed ex-Honda sales executive Robin Fiore to help lead their push into the U.S. market. According to a press release, Fiore's career spans 23 years within the transportation and technology industry, including eight years at the dealership level as a senior district sales manager with ...

RVDA of Canada Seeks Dealers for Skills Event

The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada is seeking dealers to assist with the 2019 Skills Canada National Competition slated for May 27-30 at the Halifax Exhibition Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. According to a press release, RVDA of Canada has been participating in the annual Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) since 2013 as a Try-A-Trade and Technology partner. ...

Growth of U.S. Economy Slows in Fourth Quarter

The economy grew somewhat slower in the final three months of 2018 than it originally appeared, largely because of softer consumer spending and a weaker climate for business investment that’s likely to depress growth in the first quarter as well, according to MarketWatch. Gross domestic product, the official scorecard for the economy, expanded at a 2.2% annual pace in the ...

NTP-STAG Back in Texas for Annual Dealer Event

NTP-STAG will be hosting its Expo 2020 annual dealer event Jan. 13- 14 at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas. “We are returning to the Gaylord Texan in 2020 because it is a great location to host an event,” said John Spaulding, director of communications and events at NTP-STAG, in a press release. “It’s an incredibly easy place to get ...

Regency RV Introduces Euro-Loft Explore Class B

Fort Worth, Texas-based Regency RV, manufacturer of the National Traveler Class B motorhomes, is adding a Euro-Loft bunk sleeping system to its line of raised roof RAM motorhomes. According to a press release, the new National Traveler Explore floorplan is designed to comfortably sleep a family of four. The Regency RV National Traveler brand is the only Class B motorhome ...

Outdoorsy, Liberty Mutual Offer Renter Insurance

RV rental firm Outdoorsy announced a new partnership with Liberty Mutual, including three levels of RV rental insurance. Since going live with the partnership on March 1, Outdoorsy has seen a significant increase in online bookings when including Liberty Insurance. According to a press release, a major roadblock to the outdoor travel sharing economy has been insurance protection for the ...

China Poses Unprecedented Trade Talk Proposals

China has made unprecedented proposals in talks with the United States on a range of issues including forced technology transfer as the two sides work to overcome remaining obstacles to a deal to end their protracted trade war, U.S. officials told Reuters. Reuters reported that U.S. President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese imports last year in ...

NYSE Accepts Business Plan from Horizon Global

Horizon Global Corp. announced that the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) notified the company that it has accepted Horizon’s business plan to regain compliance with the NYSE continued listing standards. As reported by AftermarketNews, on Jan. 3 Horizon Global received a letter from the NYSE informing the company of its noncompliance with the NYSE continued listing standards because the company’s ...

Torklift Debuts StableLoad Suspension Upgrade

Torklift International announced the release of the new stainless steel StableLoad suspension upgrade. According to a press release, the StableLoad is designed to significantly improve vehicle handling characteristics by “pre-activating” the stabilizing effect already designed into the vehicles overload stabilizing springs and keeping them actively under load while towing or hauling. “The StableLoad is the only aftermarket suspension upgrade that ...

SylvanSport Offering New Go Like A Pro Camper

SylvanSport has introduced the GO Like A Pro   adventure camper. According to a press release, in addition to the award-winning GO, customers get a GOzeebo screen room and tent, breezeway connector and 12 other GO accessories. Nearly 90% of GO customers already purchase multiple accessories directly from the SylvanSport online store. The new   GO Like A Pro package offers dealers the ...

BOSS Rolls Out Multimedia Player With Android

BOSS Audio Systems, a supplier of 12-volt aftermarket audio and video products, announced the launch of the BVCP9685A, a double-DIN head unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Now available online and soon to be available at nationwide retailers, the BVCP9865A comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a sharp, responsive 6.75 capacitive touchscreen, according to a press release. The ...

Great Lakes to Receive Tax Credits on Expansion

Remanufactured lumber and plywood maker Great Lakes Forest Products will invest $7 million to create a sister company in Bristol, Ind., creating a potential 100 new jobs by 2022. Woodworking Network reported that the sister company will produce laminated wood panels for the RV industry, which is concentrated heavily in northcentral Indiana. The $7 million investment will go toward purchasing ...

Mo. Parks Offering Free Camping to Flood Victims

Missouri residents who have been displaced by recent flooding are eligible to stay in any Missouri State Park campground without cost, according to a Douglas County Herald report. “Our hearts go out to those who have had to leave their homes to find safety,” said Carol Comer, director of Missouri Department of Natural Resources. “We hope people can find some ...

RVB Videos: Jayco, ATC Toy Hauler and nuCamp

The latest round of videos is now available in the Industry Videos section on the RVBUSINESS.com home page. Topics include:   Jayco Senior Product Director Matt Fisher highlights some of the key features on the Middlebury, Ind.-based manufacturer’s newest Jay Flight floorplan, the 2019 Jay Flight 32RLOK.Dale Davis of ATC Toy Hauler, Nappanee, Ind., provides a walk-through of the company’s ...

59th Escapade Rally Draws 2,400 to Tucson, Ariz.

More than 2,400 RV enthusiasts gathered in Tucson, Ariz., last week at the Pima County Fairgrounds for the 59th Escapade, an annual rally hosted by the Escapees RV Club. According to a press release, the event attracts RVers from across North America and Mexico offering RV camping on-site and additional walk-in attendees.   The week’s events included approximately 80 seminars that ...

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