Month: August 2019

Forest River Bus Will Mark Milestone With Giveaway

Forest River Inc. will cap a production milestone with a community-minded giveaway. The company’s bus division will celebrate the production of its 100,000th unit by presenting a custom bus to an organization in need. As reported by the Goshen News, entrants have until midnight Friday (Sept. 6) to submit emails describing what their organization does, who it serves and why ...

FMCA Profile: Veurink’s RV Marking 65th Anniversary

Veurink's RV Center Editor's Note: The following profile on Veurink's RV appeared in the “News & Notes” column in FMCA Magazine's latest issue. Veurink’s RV Center, a family-owned-and-operated dealership in Grand Rapids, Mich., and an official FMCA commercial member, is celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2019. In 1954, Howard Veurink returned from the Korean War and opened Modern Mobile Homes ...

‘Ford Refrigeration’ to Launch New Training Program

Responding to requests from RV owners and RV technicians, Ford’s RV Refrigeration Training Center (FRVRTC) has launched a new training program. According to a press release, RV owners can bring their RV to FRVRTC and be trained on RV refrigerator diagnostics and repair on their refrigerator in a one-day course. In addition, RV techs can bring an RV or be ...

Tickets on Sale for 4th Annual ‘Running With Spoons’

Tickets are now on sale for the 4th Annual "Running with Spoons" cooking competition fundraiser benefiting Bashor Children’s Home in Goshen, Ind. According to a press release, the event is sponsored by Nuway Construction, Scott and Kim Welch and the Welch Packaging Group and Don and Theresa Gunden. Eleven  local business and community leaders will compete by cooking up their ...

LCI Buys Italy-Based Railway Interior Supplier Ciesse

LCI Industries announced that its subsidiary, LCI Italy S.r.l., has acquired Ciesse S.p.A., a supplier of railway interior products and systems, headquartered in Rignano sull’Arno, Italy, effective Aug. 31. According to a press release, LCI acquired Varese, Italy-based manufacturer Sessa Klein S.p.A. in 2017, expanding the company’s operational capabilities to include side window systems for both high speed and commuter ...

OPUS Debuting Hybrid Trailer Designed for Off-Road

OPUS Camper has introduced its first hard-sided trailer, the OP 15’, a hybrid trailer built for overlanders and adventurers that offers comfort while traveling off-the-grid. According to a press release, the unit has a pop-top roof and extendable interior to allow for low-profile towing when collapsed. The OP15’ has a curb weight of 4,690 pounds and collapses down to 15 ...

Stealth to Roll Out ‘Thank You for Serving’ Campaign

Stealth Enterprises LLC, a builder of cargo and specialty trailers, announced the kickoff of its “Thank You for Serving” campaign supporting armed service veterans and first responders with free T-shirts and discounted optional equipment at all its dealerships across the United States According to a press release, the campaign will be launch at the 2019 North American Trailers Dealers Association ...

Horizon Marks 35th Year at Driver Appreciation Day

Fleet operators for Horizon Transport congregated Wednesday (Aug. 28) at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., for the company’s annual Driver Appreciation Day, a tradition founded in 2002 designed to bring attention and recognition to the Wakarusa, Ind.-based company’s workforce. Unlike past editions, however, this year’s festivities took on a new level of significance as Horizon paid tribute ...

Airxcel Grows European Presence With Acquisition

Original equipment and aftermarket supplier Airxcel announces it has acquired Italian cookware supplier, CAN S.r.l., signaling an expansion into Europe and the formation of Airxcel Europe. The transaction is expected to close in September, according to a press release. The new subsidiary will be led by former CAN partner and caravan industry veteran Paolo Moresco. Moresco founded SMEV more than ...

Curtin: ‘19 Shipments to Slide 17%; Mild Falloff in ‘20

Richard Curtin RV wholesale shipments will see a modest cyclical decline through the remainder of 2019 and into 2020, according to the latest issue of RV RoadSigns, the quarterly forecast commissioned by the RV Industry Association (RVIA) and authored by independent RV industry analyst Richard Curtin, director of Surveys of Consumers at the University of Michigan. RV wholesale shipments are ...

Grand Design RV Owner Rally Enjoys Record Crowd

Grand Design President Don Clark addresses attendees(Photograph by J. Tyler Klassen) The 6th Annual Grand Design Owners Group attracted a record crowd to its annual Indiana Owners Rally August 27-30 at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds in Goshen, Ind. Grand Design President Don Clark reported that around a thousand owners and 471 units were in attendance at this year’s gathering. ...

Blue Dog will Expand with Northern California Plant

Blue Dog RV, an RV dealership group based in the Northwest, is expanding its footprint near its Northern California dealership located in Redding. Blue Dog recently purchased property situated along the busy Interstate 5 corridor in Anderson, Calif., with intentions of building a new sales facility, targeting a grand opening date in the first quarter of 2020. “We have had ...

Goshen, Elkhart Unemployment Rates Slide for July

Unemployment in Goshen and Elkhart, Ind, grew a bit last month, state statistics show. The Goshen News reported that the unemployment rate in Goshen went up to 3.5% in July, up from 2.8% in June. The rate is also up from 2.7% in July 2018, numbers from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development show. The agency released local, non-seasonally adjusted ...

Economy Slows in 2Q, Consumer Spending Strong

The U.S. economy slowed in the second quarter, but the strongest growth in consumer spending in 4 1/2 years amid a strong labor market could further temper financial market expectations of a recession. MSN reported that gross domestic product increased at a 2% annualized rate, the Commerce Department said in its second reading of second-quarter GDP on Thursday. That was ...

African Officials Visit Hoefer Group Eswatini Plant

Eswatini’s Hon. Minister of Commerce, Industry and Trade, Senator Manqoba Khumalo, and the U.S. Ambassador to Eswatini Lisa Peterson, along with a contingent of diplomats, recently toured Hoefer Group’s newest RVs at the company’s Eswatini, Africa, factory. According to a press release, the event marked the first official unveiling of Hoefer’s newest travel trailer platform, branded as StradaX and NevadaX ...

RVWA Set to Host Breakfast Event at Hershey Show

The RV Women’s Alliance will host a breakfast networking event at America's Largest RV Show in Hershey, Pa., sponsored by RV Retailer LLC. The event is slated for Sept. 10 from 8-9 a.m. According to a press release, the event is designed to provide an opportunity for women and men across the RV industry to make connections with others who ...

Slideshows: Caravan Salon, Grand Design RV Rally

Two slideshows are now accessible at the “RV Industry Videos” section on the RVBUSINESS.com home page. Content includes: Grand Design Owners Rally in Goshen More than 1,000 Grand Design RV owners gathered this week for a rally at the Elkhart County Fairgrounds in Goshen, Ind. Among the activities, events and entertainment, new model year units were on display and Grand ...

Keystone Hits Milestone, Builds 1 Millionth Towable

Thursday (Aug. 29) was an exceptional day at Keystone RV Co.’s headquarters on the southeast side of Goshen, Ind., as Thor Industries Inc.’s largest division marked a “significant and rare milestone” with the shipment of its 1 millionth unit. Keystone, with a few hundred employees and partners on hand, celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony after which a 2020 Keystone Montana ...

RVB Videos: Greeneway RV, Starcraft and Freightliner

The latest round of RVB videos is now accessible in the "RV Industry Videos" section on the RVBUSINESS.com home page. Content includes: -- Greeneway RV Sales & Service, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc., describes the benefits of purchasing a used camper from any of the more than 150 Route 66 dealers throughout North America, including certified pre-owned campers come with a 66-day ...

Intellitec Hires Jimenez to Oversee Product Quality

Intellitec Products LLC has hired Carmen Jimenez to the newly created position of manager of quality and continuous improvement. According to a press release, Jimenez brings over 25 years of electronics manufacturing and quality management experience to the Intellitec team. “Intellitec is committed to providing world-class quality products that bring value to our customers” stated Ned Schiff, president of Intellitec. ...

CRVA Reports Canadian Shipments Off 26% for 2Q

The Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association (CRVA) reported that RV wholesale shipments into Canada for the second quarter, ending June 30, totaled 13,122 units compared to 17,779 for the same period in 2018, representing a decrease of 26.19%. According to a press release, Statistical Surveys' dealer retail activity report showed that during the quarter totaled 21,078 units and when compared to the ...

RVB Videos: Greeneway RV, Starcraft and Freightliner

The latest round of RVB videos is now accessible on the RVVBUSINESS.com home page. Content includes; • Greeneway RV Sales & Service, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc., describes the benefits of purchasing a used camper from any of the more than 150 Route 66 dealers throughout North America, including certified Pre-owned campers come with a 66-day limited warranty. • Scott West, product ...

Furrion Enlisting O’Rourke Sales Co. for Distribution

Furrion, a supplier for the specialty vehicle, consumer and marine markets, announced it has selected O'Rourke Sales Co. as distribution and fulfillment partner for its independent appliance and consumer electronics channel.  According to a press release, Furrion expanded its brand with the introduction of its portfolio of outdoor electronics and appliances at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show including the new ...

RVDA Convention Discount Deadline Ends Aug. 31

Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) dealer members who register by Aug. 31 will save over $300 per person attending the 2019 RV Dealers Convention/Expo and lock in the low advanced registration rate for the rest of their staff — even those who register at later dates.  According to a press release, the convention/expo is the premier educational and networking event ...

Thor, NFF Align to Promote National Forest System

For nearly 40 years, THOR Industries Inc. has made it easier and more enjoyable for families to connect with nature, and one another, throughout America’s National Forest System. In a release issued today (Aug. 29), THOR, the world’s largest recreational vehicle manufacturer, strengthened that connection by announcing a multi-year partnership with the National Forest Foundation (NFF), the official nonprofit partner ...

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