Month: January 2020

Production is Underway at Travel Lite’s Syracuse Plant

Production is up and running at Travel Lite Travel Lite RV is up and running once again. “We started full-blown production on Monday (Jan. 27),” CEO Dustin Johns told RVBUSINESS.com. “Technically, we have been finishing and building coaches for a little while now -- for about a month and a half -- but it wasn’t a full-blown bringing-units-in-the-back-and-starting-to-push-them-out-the-front type of thing. So, ...

Wayne Campbell Built Tekonsha into Key RV Supplier

Wayne Campbell Wayne Morgan Campbell, CEO and owner of Tekonsha Corp, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, at Indiana's Goshen Hospital. He was 82. Campbell graduated from Bethany College in 1959 with a bachelor's degree. He started his professional path as a box salesman for Georgia Pacific, and forged a successful sales career that brought him to Leesburg, Ind., ...

Industry Bracing for Coronavirus Supply Chain Impact

U.S. supplier industry is on alert as coronavirus spreads in China As China and the rest of the world try to contain the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), otherwise known as the coronavirus, the RV industry is bracing for a potential supply chain disruption. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) -- which on Thursday (Jan. 30) declared ...

RVDA’s Ingrassia: Signs Indicate a Strong Year in 2020

Phil Ingrassia The following column by Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) President Phil Ingrassia, appearing in the January issue of RV Executive Today, offers an analysis of the industry's prospects in 2020. A flurry of media coverage about the RV business closed out 2019, as analysts speculated about what 2020 has in store for the industry. New shipment forecasts grabbed ...

Booths Selling Out for HOF Open House Supplier Show

Indoor supplier exhibits at last year's Hall of Fame Since announcing the availability of an additional 40 indoor exhibitor booths four weeks ago for the 2nd Annual RV Hall of Fame (HOF) Suppliers Show held during the September RV Open House, all of the booths have already been sold and paid for. HOF President Darryl Searer reported that the only ...

Cavco Industries Sees Income, Sales Increase For 3Q

Phoenix-based Cavco Industries, a builder of manufactured housing and park model RVs, announced financial results for its third fiscal quarter, ended Dec. 28. The results included the Aug. 2 acquisition of Destiny Homes, which operates a manufactured and modular housing factory in Moultrie, Georgia. Financial highlights include the following: Net revenue for the third quarter of fiscal year 2020 was ...

WFCO Adds WAGO Connectors on Power Fuse Boards

WFCO announced the introduction of new WAGO connectors located on its powercenter fuse boards. According to a press release, the feature overcomes the problem of improper wire hookup during installation. The WAGO connectors crimp the wires with spring pressure instead of screws, resulting in quicker installation and more accurate connections. Additionally, the WAGO connectors eliminate the need to check torque settings, ...

‘Travelcamp RV’ Partnering With Jacksonville Jaguars

Travelcamp RV announced a new partnership with the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL team which kicked off on Jan. 6 by providing rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew II with an RV for his travels. According to a press release, Minshew wrapped up his cross-country RV trek Jan. 28 after traveling from Jacksonville to Los Angeles. The relationship between Travelcamp and the Jacksonville Jaguars ...

General Motors Introduces Heavy-Duty Trailer Brakes

If there’s an Achilles heel to towing a heavy trailer with a pickup truck, it’s the braking power. Truck makers tout torque and power for getting heavy loads up a hill, but when drivers reach the summit and the grade begins to descend, it can truly be a white knuckle experience if there’s a heavy load on the hitch. Sure, ...

Video: ROTV Showcases Smarttotes, Freedom Express

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqwPMDmp-K4&feature=emb_logo In this episode, "Rollin' on TV" features Murphy beds and how they are gaining momentum in today's modern RVs. Also, Jeff Johnston meets with Andy Bialorucki about the Thetford Smarttote, and later showcases a Coachman Freedom Express travel trailer. Finally, Mark Polk of RV Education 101 shares the 10 items to always bring on camping trips.

Lippert Promotes Mark Boessler to SVP of Aftermarket

Mark Boessler Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) announced that Mark Boessler has been promoted to the role of senior vice president of aftermarket. According to a press release, Boessler will lead the company’s RV and marine aftermarket operations as well as all e-commerce and alternate market channels. Boessler was previously the company’s vice president of aftermarket. “Mark has been an integral ...

Pres. Trump Signs USMCA, Revamps N.A. Trade Rules

The National Association for Manufacturers, the American Iron and Steel Institute, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, and other organizations hailed the deal as a win for American manufacturers President Donald Trump on Wednesday (Jan. 29) signed into law a major rewrite of the rules of trade with Canada and Mexico that he said replaces the “nightmare” of a Clinton-era agreement ...

THOR Forms New Subsidiary with ‘Hymer USA’ Launch

Thor President and CEO Bob Martin THOR Industries, Inc. has announced the formation of a new subsidiary called Hymer USA focused on producing and marketing RVs utilizing European manufacturing practices, automation and quality control standards - a first for North America's RV industry. Hymer USA will be based in Bristol, Ind., with initial product availability expected in the fourth quarter ...

Boston RV & Camping Expo Posts Attendance Record

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBknkLkVgRo&feature=youtu.be The Boston RV & Camping Expo set an all-time attendance record, according to a report by the New England RV Dealers Association (NERVDA), which oversees the show with Paragon Group. According to a press release, attendance for rose to 17,202, surpassing the previous record of 17,104 attendees for the event which ran Jan. 24-26 at the Boston Convention & ...

Outdoor Foundation Report Tracks Recreation Trends

Outdoor Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), released the latest Outdoor Participation Report, showing about half the U.S. population participated in outdoor recreation at least once in 2018 including hunting, hiking, camping, fishing, canoeing, and biking among many more outdoor activities. Unfortunately, the report highlights a trend that shows just under half the U.S. population does not ...

Federal Reserve Holds Rates Steady to Open up 2020

The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday (Jan. 29) it would keep interest rates unchanged as a resilient labor market holds strong and inflation remains well below the central bank’s ideal level. As reported by The Hill, the Federal Open Markets Committee (FOMC), the Fed’s rate-setting panel, said in a Wednesday statement that it will maintain the baseline interest rate for overnight ...

JR Products Marking 50th Anniversary With New Logo

JR Products, a supplier of RV, marine and automotive replacement parts, is marking its 50th anniversary with the creation of a commemorative logo to celebrate the company's past, present, and future. According to a press release, JR Products was founded by John Roba in 1970, and today remains a family-owned business. JR Products started by offering just six products in ...

NATDA State of Trailer Industry Webinar Runs Feb. 27

For the third consecutive year, the North American Trailer Dealers Association (NATDA) is teaming up with Statistical Surveys Inc. to provide dealers with the latest data affecting their trailer dealerships, according to a press release. NATDA’s annual webinar series, part of its NATDA Dealership Performance Training initiative, provides informative webinars throughout the year, exposing dealers to companies, information and products ...

Breaking News: 2020 Open House Set for Sept. 21-25

Dealers were in a buying mood at last year's Open House The 2020 Elkhart RV Open House will take place the week of Sept. 21-25 in and around Northern Indiana’s RV-building zone immediately after the Sunday finale of the Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle & Camping Association’s (PRVCA) Hershey Show, which is currently scheduled for Sept. 16-20 at Hershey’s Giant Center, Pete ...

Jay Mohamed Marks Milestone at Dynamic Transport

Jay Mohamed Dynamic Transport, a Goshen, Ind.-based company serving the RV industry with vehicle transport services, will celebrate its on one-year anniversary on Feb. 1 under the ownership and direction of industry veteran Jay Mohamed. In early 2019, Mohamed left his management position after nearly a decade at Cruiser RV -- a Howe, Ind.-based towable division of Thor subsidiary Heartland ...

Arrow Retailers Upbeat at 2020 ‘Exhibitor Showcase’

Clay Harvey (L) of Harvey Home and RV, and Arrow National Sales Manager Ty Blissett The Arrow Exhibitor Showcase 2020, which ran Jan. 21-22 at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev., is being termed a success by event organizers as about 160 dealerships attended the show along with 110 vendors. “Dealers were in a buying mood,” Andrea Mullin, vice ...

Lippert Components wins European Innovation Award

Lippert Components, Inc. (LCI) announces that its new slideout system, the Smart Room 2.0, has won the prestigious European Innovation Award 2020 in the Vehicle Equipment category at the Caravanning, Motor and Tourism (CMT) show in Stuttgart, Germany. Now in its 10th year, the European Innovation Award 2020 was delivered during the CMT awards ceremony in Stuttgart, Europe’s second-largest caravan ...

KOA Names Rademacher Franchise Development Mgr.

Chris Rademacher Chris Rademacher, current owner of the Des Moines West KOA Holiday in Iowa, will be joining the Kampgrounds of America System Development staff as the new franchise development manager. Rademacher and his wife, Jamie, purchased the Des Moines West KOA Holiday in 2011 and turned the park into one of the top award-winning campgrounds in the 524-location KOA ...

RV Trader Rental Study Offers Dealers Detailed Guide

RV Trader, an online marketplace for RV shoppers, released a study offering insights into the growth of the RV rental market along with detailed guidelines to help RV dealers maximize revenue streams from both renters and a newly identified renter/buyer segment. The report, titled RV Dealer’s Guide to Unlocking the Value of RV Rentals, includes findings from an RV Trader ...

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