Month: July 2019

Hershey Show Marking 51 Years, Expectations High

Expectations are high for the 2019 edition of America’s Largest RV Show, slated for Sept. 11-15 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. According to show producers, this year the show is expected to surpass 2018 when inclement weather from tropical storms dropped the attendance from a record of 64,000 attendees in 2017 to 60,000 last year. Hosted by the ...

Former Air Force Trainer Offers New Slant on Sales

When Paul Chamberlain walked into Beckley’s Camping Center in Thurmont, Md., 18 years ago in search of a new motorhome for his family, he didn’t expect that encounter would lead to a career in RV sales, publishing, and video production. “After 10 years in the insurance business, I was ready for a change,” Chamberlain told RVBUSINESS.com. At the time, he ...

FMCA Readying for 2,000 RVs at August Gathering

The Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA), an international organization of families who own  recreational vehicles, will head to Minot, N.D., in mid-August for a four-day event focusing on various aspects of RV travel. According to a press release, nearly 2,000 RVs will converge on the North Dakota State Fairgrounds & Agricenter, Aug. 14-17. In honor of the host area, and in ...

Service Mgt. Trainer Materne Set for RVDA Confab

Maxwell Materne, service management trainer for Garage Composites, will be a featured workshop presenter at the 2019 RV Dealers Convention/Expo in Las Vegas. According to a press release Materne, a first-time speaker at the convention, will host three 60-minute workshops in the fixed operations educational track. His RVDA speaker page can be found on the convention website complete with video ...

Consumer Confidence Rebounds Sharply For July

American consumer confidence rebounded this month to the highest level since November after drooping in June. The Washington Post reported that the Conference Board, a business research group, said Tuesday (Juky 30) that its consumer confidence index rose to 135.7 in July from 124.3 in June. The bounce back from last month’s drop was much stronger than economists expected. The ...

Bob Wheeler Preps Team For Charitable Bike Ride

In 2014, Bob Wheeler, then 48, discovered he had Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Although scary and painful, the situation spurred a new passion in Wheeler that he didn’t expect – riding in Pelotonia, the 25- to 180-mile bike ride that raises money for cancer research at the Ohio State University James Cancer Hospital. Columbus CEO reported as the CEO of Airstream Inc. ...

Air Lift Introducing New Loadlifter Series for F-150

Aftermarket air suspension manufacturer ​Air Lift Co. has released a newly redesigned LoadLifter 5000 series load support kits for the 2015-2019 Ford F-150. According to a press release, the LoadLifter 5000 series features three of Air Lift’s best-selling load support systems – the LoadLifter 5000, LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate, and the LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate Plus+ – now featuring a new design ...

20th Caravan Salon Slated to Run Aug. 31-Sept. 8

Caravan Salon, the world's largest international trade fair for motorhomes and caravans, is set to take place Aug.31 to Sept. 8 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany. According to a press release, the show offers 2.3 million square feet of exhibit space while about 600 exhibitors will showcase over 2,100 recreational vehicles. In addition, visitors will also find accessories, attachments, ...

Go Power’s Spilsbury Appears on NERVDA Podcast

Tonight's RVing in New England podcast will feature Mark Spilsbury from Go Power!, a wholly owned subsidiary of Valterra Products LLC. The show is slated for 5:30 (EDT) tonight on the NERVDA Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com. According to a press release, Spilsbury joined the Go Power! team in 2001. Since then he has become a resident solar expert, sharing his ...

Spartan is Continuing Support Of St. Jude Hospital

Spartan Motors Inc., parent of Spartan Chassis Inc., continued its commitment to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through its fourth annual sponsorship of the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational July 25-28 at the TPC Southwind private golf club in Memphis, Tennessee. "Over the past four years, Spartan has demonstrated our commitment to our partnership with FedEx by giving back to St. ...

Thor Names Graves as New Independent Chairman

Thor Industries Inc. announced that Andy Graves will assume the position of chairman of the board, effective Aug. 1. According to a press release, Graves will be the company's first independent chairman. Graves has spent the past 35 years in leadership roles in global manufacturing businesses. He has extensive international experience having managed significant international operations while at FMC Technologies, ...

Stetler Launches RV Advisor to Assist Consumers

Industry veteran Gigi Stetler, who by her own admission is “absolutely hated” by the RV industry as she likes to “buck the system,” looks to entrench herself as an advocate for RVers struggling to navigate the purchase and repair side of the RV lifestyle. Stetler’s mainly doing that through “RV Advisor,” a membership-based consumer enterprise she launched in late 2018, ...

RV Groups Lobbying For Access to Cable Networks

On Monday (July 29), five groups representing manufacturers, dealers and owners of recreational vehicles, as well as the RV campgrounds, sent a letter to the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee urging them to vote to preserve the provision of a copyright law that allows DIRECTV and DISH Network to provide Distant Network Signals to RVs and long-haul truckers, among ...

Cummins Sees Flat 2Q Revenue; N.A. Sales Hit High

Cummins Inc. (CMI) today reported second-quarter revenues of $6.2 billion representing a 1% increase from the same quarter in 2018. Second-quarter sales in North America set a new record and improved by 7% while international revenues decreased by 6%. Sales in North America increased in all segments except power systems, which was negatively impacted by lower demand in oil and ...

Learning Center Announces Scholarship Recipient

Taylor Boyd, whose father is a full-time employee at Lazydays RV of Tampa, Fla., has been chosen to receive the Mike Molino RV Learning Center Scholarship for academic year 2019-20. Endowed through the Kindlund Family Foundation, the $2,500 award goes to a deserving RV company employee or their dependent enrolled in undergraduate studies. According to a release, Boyd is entering ...

Blue Ox Board Member Sandy Hesse Passes Away

Sandra K. “Sandy” Hesse, 67, Blue Ox board member and widow of Blue Ox President Jay C. Hesse, passed away at her home in Dakota Dunes, S.D., on July 25, surrounded by family and close friends. Hess, the daughter of Veto and Wilma (Bunjes) Vets, was born May 22, 1952, in Sioux City, Iowa. She grew up in Sioux City ...

WiFiRanger Rolling Out Two ATT Data Plans for RVs

WiFiRanger, a supplier of integrated vehicle connectivity systems, will offer AT&T 4G LTE data plans for its pre-installed rooftop antenna systems on recreational vehicles. According to a press release, the weekend adventure plan will offer 5GB of monthly data for $25 per month. RVers can also choose the extended getaway plan with 22GB of monthly data for $90 per month. ...

Holiday House, Vintage Camper Restoration Partner

Elkhart, Ind.-based Holiday House RV has added Vintage Camper Restoration (VCR) in Cazenovia, Wis., to its roster of national dealers. According to a press release, VCR received its first Holiday House unit this month, a Carnival Red 18RB Deluxe. “Steve and the entire team at Vintage Camper Restoration are a perfect addition to the growing list of core launch dealers,” ...

Videos: Freedom Bridge Foundation, Grand Design

The latest round of RVB videos are now accessible in the "RV Industry Videos" section on the RVBUSINESS.com home page. • The Freedom Bridge foundation combines the "unrivaled strength and storage capacity of Fleetwood RV’s exclusive modular design with the high-performance innovation of a Freightliner XCM chassis." • Andy Johnson of Bullyan RV, Hermantown, Minn., provides a walk-through tour of ...

Winnebago’s 50th WIT Club Rally Wraps Up in Iowa

The 50th Annual Grand National Rally of the Winnebago International Travelers (WIT) Club attracted a total of 900 motorhomes and travel trailers to the company’s Forest City, Iowa, manufacturing headquarters from July 22-27. The landmark gathering of Winnebago brand owners booked similar numbers to the last two years according to Sam Jefson, public relations specialist for the company with a ...

Online Camping Business Hipcamp Raises $25M Funding

Online campsite platform Hipcamp recently announced that it raised $25 million in Series B funding, led by Andreessen Horowitz. Forbes reported that past investors including Benchmark, August Capital and O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures also participated. To date, Hipcamp has raised $41.8 million in investment funding. San Francisco-based Hipcamp offers users everything from traditional tent camping experiences to glamping in treehouses to ...

Way Interglobal Responds to Furrion Stove Top Suit

Editor's Note: The following is a statement from Way Interglobal Network submitted this morning (July 29) to RVBUSINESS.COM concerning a lawsuit filed July 25 by Furrion and posted on industry trade websites concerning intellectual property on its 2-1 stove tops. Nearly three years ago, we began to research and evaluate the 2-in-1 stove top product category thoroughly, starting with understanding ...

RVIA Federal Affairs Team Meets with DOT Officials

After discussing RV industry priorities with Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine Chao at a recent White House briefing, the RV Industry Association's (RVIA) federal affairs team participated in an in-depth follow-up meeting with DOT senior advisors. RVIA News & Insights reported that the team discussed specific transportation-related priorities affecting the RV industry, including the reauthorization of the FAST Act, ...

Transportation Dep’t. Looking to Reduce CDL Costs

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a proposed rule to reduce burdens and costs for commercial driver’s license (CDL) applicants by allowing applicants to take general and specialized knowledge tests in a state other than the applicant’s state of residence. According to a press release, the proposal will increase flexibility for driver applicants by ...

Sobel Will Serve as Bronze Partner For RVDA Expo

The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) announced a new partnership with Sobel University at the bronze level for the 2019 RV Dealers Convention/Expo. The Convention/Expo takes place Nov. 11-15 at Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas strip and is sponsored by RVDA, RVDA of Canada, and the Mike Molino RV Learning Center. “The support of new partners like Sobel University ...

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