Month: December 2019

AAA: Gasoline Prices Edge Higher to Close out 2019

The national average gasoline price increased 4 cents to $2.58 as 2019 comes to a close, a spike attributed to unexpectedly higher road travel during the holidays, according to AAA. The current price level is the same as a month ago and 31 cents higher than a year ago. The 2019 national gas price average was $2.61, which is 10 ...

Ind. Startup Introduces ‘Jack Tracks’ Stabilizer Pads

A Mishawaka, Ind.-based startup company is banking on RVers wanting to trade in their “ugly yellow squares” for a set of “Jack Tracks” stabilizer pads shaped like a bear paw. Jack Tracks were developed by Bill Windle, a retired manufacturing executive, after he looked down at his new RV and envisioned bear paws instead of the plastic blocks, rubber pads ...

Truma Launches Portable Fridge/Freezer Cooler Line

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8Ucryo0EjE&feature=em-uploademail Elkhart, Ind.-based Truma Corp. has introduced the “Truma Cooler Portable Fridge/Freezer” line designed for RV, marine and outdoor applications. The AC/DC electric-powered cooler can be used as a refrigerator or freezer and is available in a wide variety of sizes, ranging from a 9 1/2- to 25-gallon capacity, as well as single- and dual-zone units. With a total of ...

PurifyD Eyeing Growth for Health Protection System

PurifyD Systems announced plans to significantly expand its network of certified partners in 2020, following what the company calls “extremely positive” dealer response at the recent U.S. and Canada Recreation Vehicle Dealer Association (RVDA) conventions. Officials report that the eight-year-old company offers dealers a "turn-key health protection system,” making it possible for RV owners to enjoy a healthy RV interior ...

New Sprinter Options Spark Creativity in Van Market

Yucon 7.0 Lounge model from Frankia Since its introduction in 2006, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has become one of the best-selling vans in the world, familiar to RVers in the U.S. thanks to the popular Roadtrek campervan. Mobile RVing reported that according to Volker Mornhinweg, former head of Mercedes‑Benz Vans, the Sprinter is on the roads in over 130 countries with some 4 ...

‘RVWA’ Will Host Two Networking Events in January

The RV Women’s Alliance (RVWA) will be hosting two events in January focused on bringing members and potential members together in January, according to a press release. On Jan. 8, Northern Wholesale Supply will sponsor an RVWA cocktail reception from 5-6 p.m. during the Northern Wholesale Trade Show in Red Wing, Minn., at the Eagle/Wolf Meeting Room, Treasure Island Resort ...

Pittsburgh Show to Feature 100 Exhibitors on 9 Acres

The Pittsburgh RV Show is set to run Jan. 11-19 at the nine-acre David L. Lawrence Convention Center, featuring more than 100 exhibitors including more than a dozen RV dealers along with golf cart dealers and campground representatives. “While consumers are now doing their homework online, nothing can compare with actually touring an RV in person,” said Rob Young, producer ...

The EXPO Offers Electronic Order Cart for Attendees

The EXPO, sponsored by Airxcel, will be held Jan. 13-14 at the Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas, representing the industry’s largest aftermarket RV parts and accessories trade show, according to a press release. Attendees will be able to maximize their time on the show floor with cart preload electronic ordering prior to their arrival to ...

Report: U.S., China Get Closer to Phase 1 Trade Deal

The partial trade deal between the U.S. and China will be signed this week, according to a report. Liu He, China’s chief trade negotiator, is leading a delegation to the U.S. on Saturday (Jan. 4) with the directive to sign the phase one trade agreement, the South China Morning Post reports, citing a source briefed on the matter. Fox Business ...

Work Underway on Luxury RV Resort in Hilton Head

The owners of South Carolina's Hilton Head National Golf Club announced last week that construction is underway for a planned “luxury RV resort” alongside the existing golf course. Bluffton Today reported that the resort will occupy 97 acres in the northwest corner of the 300-acre property. It will feature 300 rental-only spots that a news release said is “intended to ...

RVWA Spotlight: Coach-Net Account Rep Fendley

Stacy Fendley Editor's Note: The following is RVB’s latest RV Womens Association (RVWA) spotlight featuring Stacy Fendley, regional account executive at Coach-Net and RVWA secretary. Tell us a little bit about your job. Primarily, I do outside sales as a dealership rep. I work with dealerships that offer Coach-Net products to their customers and then work with our team internally ...

Rivian Chasing Tesla in Burgeoning EV Marketplace

As Tesla has rallied to end the year, Rivian Automotive, one of its biggest rivals, has made some recent strides making the company one of the most interesting potential IPOs of 2020. Equities.com reported that last fall, Rivian’s Plymouth, Mich., headquarters facility got a visit from Jeff Bezos, and, according to reporting, Bezos left impressed with the company. So much ...

RVB Top 50: Voyager Gets Maxwell Innovation Award

Editor's Note: British Columbia-based Voyager RV received the Gaylord Maxwell Innovation Award sponsored by Lippert Components Inc. during the RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Awards ceremony, which took place Nov. 13, 2019, during the RV Dealers Convention/Expo in Las Vegas. The RVB Top 50 Awards were sponsored by Airxcel, Brown & Brown, Cummins Power Generation, Dometic Corp., Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp., ...

Entry Deadline for 2nd ‘RISE Awards’ Set for Friday

This is the final week to turn enter the 2nd Annual RVBusiness RISE (Recognizing Innovation & Supplier Excellence) Awards program. The entry deadline is this Friday (Jan. 3). Now in its second year, the RISE Awards are designed to honor the best and most innovative new products marketed by RV industry component suppliers for the 2020 model year. Managed by RVBusiness Managing Editor Rick Kessler, ...

‘Truma’ Schedules Training for Winter/Spring 2020

In an effort to continue training and offer further education of its products, Truma is holding multiple service trainings during the winter and spring months of 2020 in various locations on the following dates. The first of the 2020 sessions will be held at the new Truma Education Center (TEC) in Elkhart, Ind. *All classes run from 8:30 a.m. to ...

‘Truck Camper’ Announces Top 10 Stories For 2019

Editor's Note: The following is a compilation of the Top 10 Truck Camper Magazine (TCM) articles published in 2019. To view the entire report click here or click on the individual stories below. • The Camper That Fell Off: Neil Calder was on a dream off-road trip when the unthinkable happened; far from the reaches of civilization, his truck camper ...

Report: ‘NHTSA’ Issues Latest List of Recalls for RVs

The following is the latest list of RV recalls compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA). • Forest River Inc. is recalling 941 2018-2020 Dynamax Isata motorhomes. The slim-rack slideout mechanisms may activate unintentionally, extending or retracting the slide room unexpectedly. • Oliver Travel Trailers Inc. is recalling 352 2017-2019 Elite II travel trailers. The nuts and bolts ...

RVIA is Named ‘RVBusiness Newsmaker of the Year’

Selecting RVBusiness magazine's annual “Newsmaker of the Year” wasn’t an easy task this time around because there were several viable options including the RV Industry Association (RVIA) for spearheading the development of a groundbreaking new RV Technical Institute (RVTI), Winnebago Industries Inc. for its surprising acquisition of respected Northern Indiana motorhome builder Newmar Corp., and Thor Industries Inc. -- 2018’s Newsmaker -- for its ongoing integration of newly acquired, ...

Coachmen Co-Founder Tom Corson: Industry Legend

Thomas Corson Coachmen Industries Inc. co-founder Thomas Harold Corson, 92, of Middlebury, Ind., and Naples, Fla., passed away peacefully on Monday (Dec. 23) in his Northern Indiana home. Born Oct. 15, 1927 to Carl W. and Charlotte (Keyser) Corson in Elkhart, Ind., he was “truly a self-made man whose strong work ethic and sense of responsibility shaped his life,” according ...

RV Industry Stock Values Finishing 2019 on High Note

Here in the midst of the holiday season, a typically slow period for investor activity and business in general, several RV and RV-related stocks have posted some impressive gains, putting a few near 12-month highs — certainly an interesting trend for those trying to “read the tea leaves” on the brink of 2020. "While the RV industry sales are down ...

IDS Customers Make Up 48% of 2019 Top 50 Dealers

Wake Forest, N.C.-based Integrated Dealer Systems (IDS), a leading RV, marine and trailer dealership software provider, announced that IDS customers make up 48% of the recipients of the 2019 RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Award, the company stated in a release. RVBusiness, the Elkhart, Ind.-based trade journal, and its partner, BJ Thompson Associates, honored this year’s top U.S. and Canadian dealerships ...

AAA: Record Number of Holiday Motorists Expected

More than 100 million Americans are taking to the roadways to travel for the holidays, but that hasn’t had a large impact on gas prices, according to a report by AAA. At the start of the work week, only about a dozen states are seeing more expensive gas prices with increases of less than a dime. “AAA forecasts that 104 ...

‘RVBusiness’ Wishes A Very Merry Christmas to All

The staff of RVBUSINESS.COM and RVBusiness magazine want to thank our website viewers and print readers for taking time over the past year to tune into our coverage. The website will be taking a holiday break on Christmas Day and for the remainder of the week. We wish you and yours a wonderful holiday and, again, thank you much for reading.

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