Month: April 2019

FMCA Heads to N.D. for 100th Convention and Expo

Editor's Note: The following column, authored by FMCA Executive Director Chris Smith, appears in the latest issue of Family RVing magazine recounting the group's 99th International Convention in Perry. Ga, while also previewing the next gathering in Minot, N.D. FMCA hosted its 99th International Convention and RV Expo March 13-16 in Perry, Ga. For the first time in 45 years, ...

Braxton Creek Bushwhacker Targets Teardrop Market

With a 16-month history in the travel trailer segment of the market, Braxton Creek RV is expanding its lineup to target the growing teardrop camper sector with the rollout of its Bushwhacker line, opening up the company to an all-new customer base. “With an MSRP of just $8,990, the Bushwhacker offers younger, first time buyers—and those with a more adventurous ...

Cummins Posts 8% 1Q Rise in Sales to $6 Billion

Columbus, Ind.-based engine builder Cummins Inc. (CMI) reported first quarter revenues of $6 billion, representing an 8% increase from the same quarter in 2018. Increased truck production in North America and stronger demand in global construction and North American power generation markets drove the majority of the revenue increase. First-quarter sales in North America improved by 13% while international revenues ...

Flexsteel Incurs $15.6M Loss During Third Quarter

Dubuque, Iowa-based Flexsteel Industries Inc. reported a fiscal third-quarter loss of $15.6 million, after reporting a profit of $3.1 million in the same period a year earlier. The net loss included a pre-tax SAP business information system impairment charge of $18.7 million and a pre-tax defined benefit plan termination charge of $2.5 million. The company said it had a loss ...

Escapees Hangouts’ Target Younger, Active RVers

During the 2019 Escapade, Escapees RV Club’s CEO Shawn Loring announced the creation of Escapees Hangouts. According to a press release, these events are "created for active RVers looking to share fun experiences and build friendships with others in the RV community." Registration is now open for the first two Hangouts to run this summer in New Hampshire and Maine. Escapees Hangouts ...

Optronics Introduces Purilite Light-Shield Lighting

Optronics International, a supplier of LED vehicle lighting, recently unveiled its new LED-based Purilite Light-Shield decontaminating light. “Airborne and surface-based mold and bacteria are a concern for RVers,” said Kyle O’Dell, engineering manager for Optronics International, in a press release. “Food, waste products, pets, service animals, people and climate all play a hand in allergen and pathogen proliferation in vehicle ...

IDS, Kenect Create Partnership to Benefit Dealers

IDS has partnered with Kenect, allowing users of the IDS Astra G2 dealership management system to sync contacts from IDS to Kenect and vice versa as well as send their customers automated messages, including review requests and surveys. According to a press release, benefits include: • Attract and convert new customers via text messaging. • Reduce phone traffic by up ...

Powerboat Registrations Up 3.8% for Two Months

New powerboat registrations were up 3.8% through February on a rolling 12-month, year-over-year basis, according to the latest report from the National Marine Manufacturers Assocation (NMMA). Tow boats, personal watercraft and pontoons boats were growth leaders with their respective sales up 9.9%, 8.7% and 4.1% through February. These categories accounted for about 50% of new powerboat unit sales. Sales of ...

KOA Care Camps Big Weekend Set for May 10-11

Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) Care Camps' Big Weekend is set to take place May 10-11. In 2018, Big Weekend numbers were up nearly 5% over results from 2017's Big Weekend. More than 400 KOA campgrounds in North America participated. Campers that stay as paying guests at a participating KOA on Friday, May 10, receive a night of camping on ...

Videos: RVs Move America, ASA, Big Truck Big RV

The latest round of videos is available for viewing at the "Industry Videos" section on the RVBUSINESS.com home page. Content includes: • RV colleagues come together for "RVs Move America Week" to showcase the strength of the industry in meetings with federal policymakers across Capitol Hill, while collectively building a strategic roadmap to help define growth for the industry. • ...

Bids for Kids Nets $1.4M for Goshen Boys, Girls Club

Despite the rather inclement weather outside, the bidding was hot and heavy for about 700 attendees on hand Saturday (April 27) inside the Northern Indiana Event Center for the 19th annual “Bids for Kids” auction -- a unique fund-raiser that drew a host of deep-pocket bidders from the area’s RV industry and the rest of the community, as well as ...

Keystone Opens Secondary PDI Facility in Goshen

In recent weeks, Keystone RV Co. opened the doors on a new secondary pre-delivery inspection facility on their Goshen, Ind. campus. According to a press release, the facility "doubles down on the company’s built-for-the-long-haul promise" as the 23,06-square-foot building significantly increases unit capacity, adding 16 PDI bays and more than doubling quality inspection personnel. According to Jeri Edwards, KRV’s quality ...

Former Ind. Sen. Lugar, 87, Supported RV Industry

Former Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar, a Republican foreign policy sage known for leading efforts to help the former Soviet states dismantle and secure much of their nuclear arsenal, died Sunday. He was 87. The Associated Press reported that the soft-spoken and thoughtful former Rhodes Scholar was a leading Republican voice on foreign policy matters during his 36 years in the ...

Newly acquired Roadtrek Accepts Job Applications

Roadtrek is now accepting job applications, just two months after 800 people were laid off and the RV business went into receivership. CTV News reported that the Cambridge, Ontario, company was put up for sale in February by Erwin Hymer North America. Earlier this month the French RV maker Rapido Group announced its intent to purchase all of Erwin Hymer’s ...

RVIA is Recommending Three New ANSI Practices

Last month, the RV Industry Association’s (RVIA) Vehicular Components Subcommittee (VCS) hosted its meeting at the Center Six One Five in Elkhart, Ind., where they meet two to four times a year to discuss matters related to RV vehicular components standards issues including chassis, emergency break pin pulls and anti-sway devices. RVIA News & Insights reported that more than 20 ...

Tradewinds RV To Open Expanded Dealer Facility

TradeWinds RV Center will hold an official ribbon cutting ceremony on May 13 to mark the grand opening of its newly renovated and expanded dealership facility. According to a press release, TradeWinds RV Center was founded in the mid-1970s near Clio, Mich., at a small lot on Hwy. 54 just south of Auto City Speedway. Current owner and company president ...

Unsold Inventory Building Up on Car Dealers’ Lots

Automakers and their dealers have millions of reasons to be concerned about weakening U.S. new-vehicle sales — nearly 4.2 million reasons, to be more precise. As reported by Automotive News, that's how many unsold cars and trucks the industry had on hand going into this month, an unwieldy pool of vehicles that has spilled into vast overflow lots popping up ...

Nat’l Park Week Spotlights Growing Repair Backlog

Some of the most scenic parts of Washington D.C., like the Tidal Basin and the Jefferson Memorial, are also some of the spots needing repairs and maintenance. And what’s happening there isn’t unique to the national parks scattered around the rest of the country, according to WTOP. As National Park Week wrapped up in late April, advocates were trying to ...

U.S., China Trade Talks are Moving to Final Stages

Trade talks between the U.S. and China are now in the final stages, said U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, ahead of this week’s meeting in Beijing between negotiators from both sides, according to a New York Times report. “We’re getting into the final laps,” the report quoted Mnuchin as saying, in an interview at the Milken Institute Global Conference in ...

NHTSA Compiles Latest Listing of Recalls for RVs

The following is the latest list of RV recalls compiled by the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA). • Keystone RV Co. is recalling 561 2018-2019 Dutchmen Kodiak recreational trailers, models 255BHSL and 283BHSL, equipped with 15-inch tires. The tire clearance to the floor may be insufficient, allowing the tire to contact the underside of the floor, possibly resulting in tire ...

RV Industry will Honor Parish at Chairman’s Dinner

The RV Industry Association’s (RVIA) Chairman’s Dinner and Gala will be held during RVs Move America Week on June 4 from 6-9 p.m. at the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. During there event, the industry will honor Bob Parish, who served as the RV Industry Association chairman of the board from 2017-2019. RVIA New & Insights ...

Grant to Spur South Bend-Elkhart Area Job Growth

Indian's South Bend-Elkhart region landed another big investment. The South Bend Tribune reported that the Lilly Endowment Inc. is giving a $42.4 million grant to the University of Notre Dame and South Bend-Elkhart Regional Partnership to form Labs for Industry Futures and Transformation, an initiative intended to bring together education, business and economic development in the region to make the ...

Blue Dog RV Hosts Executive Leadership Summit

Blue Dog RV announced that the dealership has just completed its annual Executive Leadership Summit, attended by leaders across their 12-location, multi-state dealership network. According to a press release, attendees include service and sales management teams, and was the largest attendance since the inception of the conference. “This year’s summit was amazing," stated Blue Dog Rv CEO Marc Hauser. “The ...

TACO Meeting Final Day Offers Educational Slate

The Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO) provided educational sessions on marketing, customer service, pricing, propane and front desk management software on Thursday (April 25), the third and final day of the association’s annual spring meeting, according to a press release. Michael Moore, who serves as general manager of Texas Advertising, discussed the various methods of marketing a park through ...

Horizon Global will Release 1Q Earnings on May 9

Horizon Global announced that it will host a conference call regarding the company’s first quarter 2019 results on May 9 at 8:30 a.m. (EDT). The conference call will be hosted by Horizon Global President and Chief Executive Officer Carl Bizon. The first quarter 2019 results and supplemental materials, including a presentation in PDF format, will be distributed before the market ...

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