Month: September 2019

Jayco Adopts Equalizer EQ System on Luxury Fivers

Elkhart Ind.-based Equalizer Systems, a division of Days Corp., announced a partnership with Jayco Inc. to provide the EQ Smart-Level as the standard leveling system on its luxury fifth wheel products. T According to a press release, the system will be included on all floorplans of Jayco's Pinnacle, North Point, and Seismic branded units. While Equalizer Systems has been in ...

Bowlus Road Chief Continues Legacy of Longevity

Bowlus Road Chief trailer Bowlus Road Chief’s story began almost 90 years ago with the company's founding by innovative engineer and aircraft builder Hawley Bowlus, who was best known for his involvement in building the famous aircraft Spirit of St. Louis and for training many of the first known glider pilots such as Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. He gained ...

NERVDA Founder’s Son Missing After Boat Accident

The Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) regrets to inform members that Marc Hanoud, son of Marty Hanoud, is reported missing after a boating accident on Saturday (Sept. 28) in Fall River, Mass. According to reports the Coast Guard has called off the search to find Marc Hanoud's body. Family and friends are going out again this morning to continue their ...

Walorski Offers Insights From ‘Elkhart Open House’

Editor's Note: The following update by U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski offers a recap of her insights during last week's Elkhart RV Open House.  This week we marked the start of a new chapter for the RV industry and an exciting new phase for American manufacturing. The RV Technical Institute in Elkhart will lead the way to strengthen our manufacturing workforce for the 21st century. ...

EHG Sales Boost Thor’s 4Q, Full-Year Revenue Falls

Thor Industries Inc. reported fourth-quarter net sales of $2.31 billion, an increase of $437.5 million, or 23.3%, from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018. The company noted that $719.5 million in net sales from its European RV segment was partially offset by a 17.6% decrease in North American towable RV sales and an 8.1% decrease in North American motorized RV ...

Patrick Acquires Boat Supplier G.G. Schmitt & Sons

Patrick Industries Inc. announced that it has completed the acquisition of G.G. Schmitt & Sons Inc., a designer and manufacturer of customized hardware and structural components, including marine towers, seats, ladders, handrails, port lights, and other metal hardware and related products, primarily for major OEMs in the marine industry. According to a press release, G.G. Schmitt is headquartered in Lancaster, ...

Report: Auto Dealerships Preparing For Down Cycle

Cutting costs and adding stores are two ways auto dealers are preparing as speculation swirls about an impending U.S. recession. Automotive News reported that Zeigler Auto Group, a Kalamazoo, Mich., group of 26 stores, "picked up a couple of dealerships last year and is pursuing opportunities to add more," President Aaron Zeigler said. Bulking up could be beneficial, experts said ...

RV Videos: Tim Hyland, Wendlands, Coachmen Fiver

The latest round of RVB videos are now accessible at the "Industry Videos" section on the RVBUSINESS.com home page. Content includes: • RVBusiness Publisher Sherman Goldenberg interviews Tim Hyland, RV Group president for Wells Fargo CDF, on the 2019 Elkhart RV Open House and the general state of the RV industry. • Mike and Jennifer Wendland of RV Lifestyle, a ...

‘NHTSA’ Releases Latest List of RV Industry Recalls

The following is the latest list of RV recalls compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). • Airstream Inc. is recalling 409 2016-2017 International Serenity, 2016 International Signature, and Flying Cloud trailers that are 19 feet long. The vertically-mounted inverter may contact the floor-mounted inverter fuse. • Keystone RV Co. is recalling 18 2020 Cougar 30RKD trailers. The ...

TACO’s Schaeffer, AGS Cares Honored By IMAHelps

Jeff Crider hands IMAHelps award to Brian Schaeffer IMAHelps has never had a paid staff or endowment to support its humanitarian efforts. But that hasn’t stopped the tiny nonprofit from organizing some of the largest U.S. medical missions in Central and South America — a humanitarian effort with consistent backing from AGS Cares, the charitable giving division of AGS, a ...

America’s Scenic Byways Act Gets Signed Into Law

Thanks to action taken by Scenic America and the RV industry, President Trump signed the Reviving America’s Scenic Byways Act of 2019 into law this week. RVIA News & Insights reported that Congress had stopped funding the program in 2012 and with the help of those who contacted their members of Congress using RVAct earlier this year, the bill passed the ...

Highland Ridge Adds LCI OneControl on ’20 Models

Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) announced that Highland Ridge RV is adopting LCI’s OneControl technology across select 2020 brands. Certain functions, such as power stabilization, auto-leveling, awnings, slide-outs, and lighting, will be controlled with LCI’s OneControl technology through a specially branded version of OneControl called, “RidgeLINK”. “We are excited to partner with LCI to offer our customers use of the RidgeLINK ...

Consumer Spending Slows in August, Incomes Rise

U.S. consumer spending barely rose in August, suggesting that the economy’s main growth engine was slowing after accelerating sharply in the second quarter. CNBC Reported that the Commerce Department said on Friday (Sept. 27) that consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic activity, edged up 0.1% last month as an increase in outlays on recreational goods ...

Judge Sides with Lippert in RV Leveling Patent Dispute

Elkhart, Ind.-based Lippert Components won a round in its fight with a rival maker of recreational vehicle parts on Tuesday (Sep. 24), when the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) cut down part of a patent covering a leveling system for RVs, according to an online report by Law360.com. The board, in a final decision, said Lippert had shown in ...

RVIA: August Shipments Down 15% Year-Over-Year

The RV Industry Association's (RVIA) August survey of manufacturers found that total RV shipments ended the month with 33,674 wholesale shipments, a decrease of -15% from the 39,636 units shipped last August. Towable RVs, led by conventional travel trailers, totaled 29,448 units for the month, a decrease of -15.1% compared to last August’s total of 34,677 units. Motorhomes finished the ...

Excel Founder Vaughn Peterson, 88, Passes Away

Vaughn and Duana Peterson Vaughn Peterson, founder of Peterson Industries, passed away on Monday (Sept. 23) at the age of 88. Vaughn and his father Leonard Peterson began building slide-in pickup campers under the Excel brand name in 1966. Throughout the years Peterson Industries was known for high quality travel trailers and fifth-wheels. Peterson also produced Class C motorhomes and ...

Lazydays RV Named 2019 RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer

Lazydays, the world’s largest RV dealership, was recently named a Top 50 RV Dealer by RVBusiness magazine for the sixth consecutive year. RVBusiness, along with marketing communications agency BJ Thompson Associates, asked RV manufacturers to nominate dealers across the United States and Canada who exemplify best practices and excellence in their field. Nominees were then invited to fill out comprehensive ...

MARVAC Adds Eppers to Board, Sets RVTI Training Class

Matt Eppers The Michigan Association of RV and Campgrounds (MARVAC) announced that Matt Eppers of Coachmen Industries Inc. has joined its board of directors as a manufacturer's representative. Eppers works with the Catalina brand of travel trailers for the Middlebury, Ind.-based subsidiary of Forest River Inc. In addition, MARVAC announced t has partnered with he RV Technical Institute (RVTI) to ...

RVIA Assisting China with Driver’s License Requirements

As the RV industry continues to grow in China, Chinese officials have turned to the RV Industry Association (RVIA) for assistance in learning more about vehicle safety and licensing standards, according to a recent RVIA News & Insights report. In efforts to aid in this request, RVIA organized meetings last week between state officials and the China Automotive Technology and ...

Cummins, Hyundai to Partner on Fuel Cell Technology

Thad Ewald, vice president of corporate strategy at Cummins, and Saehoon Kim, vice president and head of Fuel Cell Group at Hyundai Motor Group. Cummins Inc. and Hyundai Motor Co. announced Thursday (Sept. 26) that the two global powertrain leaders have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to jointly evaluate opportunities to develop and commercialize electric and fuel cell ...

Lance 1475 Grand Prize in California RV Show Drawing

Lance 1475 Attendees of 2019 California RV Show, Oct. 4-13, can enter into the sweepstakes to win a Lance 1475 Ultra-Light Travel Trailer worth $30,152. Hosted by the RV Industry Association (RVIA), the California RV Show moves to a new location this year to the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. The feature-packed 14-foot travel trailer by Lance Camper Manufacturing ...

State Parks Receive Largest Investment in 35 Years

The RV industry and RVers across the country will benefit from improved campground experiences in the coming years thanks to a significant investment in outdoor recreation. RVIA News & Insights reported that many of these new funds will be used to continue to modernize and expand camping opportunities within state parks to ensure RVers have a positive experience on our ...

Report Reaffirms Outdoor Recreation’s Economic Role

Newly released economic data on the national and, for the first time ever, state levels reinforce what the outdoor recreation industry has long believed: outdoor recreation is a powerful driver of national and local economies and it is growing faster than the U.S. economy as a whole, according to a recent News & Insights report by the RV Industry Association ...

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