Month: February 2020

Sue Bray: Harvest Hosts Offers a Unique RV Stopover

Sue Bray Editor’s Note: This column was written by Sue Bray who is well known in the RV community, primarily due to her work as executive director of the Good Sam Club. In 2009, she was inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame. When she retired in 2012, she started her own consulting business; visit www.suebray.com. Why do we RV? For ...

LKQ Corp. Completes Sale of Two Czech Distributors

LKQ Corp. announced that it has closed its previously announced agreement to sell its equity interests in two Czech wholesale automotive parts distributors to Swiss Automotive Group AG. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Dominick Zarcone, President and Chief Executive Officer of LKQ, stated, “This divestiture reinforces our ongoing commitment to rationalizing our European asset base and divestiture of non-core ...

Powell Reports Fed ‘Closely Monitoring’ Coronavirus

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Friday (Feb. 28) said the central bank is “closely monitoring” the coronavirus epidemic emanating from China and its potential to slow economic growth. In a brief statement, Powell said U.S. economic fundamentals remain strong but the risk from the COVID-19 epidemic are “evolving.” Financial markets believe the Fed will cut interest rates at its ...

National Parks Foundation Engages Over 1M Children

The National Park Foundation announced this week that since 2011, it has engaged more than one million students in educational programs connecting them with national parks across the country, according to a report by trains.com. As the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation raises support from generous individuals and dedicated partners for diverse in-park ...

WSBT Report: Newmar Conducted Late Week Layoffs

Nappanee, Ind.-based motorized RV manufacturer Newmar Corp. has reportedly laid off a number of employees, according to a Friday evening (Feb. 28) report broadcast on WSBT TV, a CBS affiliate in nearby South Bend, Ind. WSBT indicated that about 10% of Newmar’s workforce was involved, although those numbers, from all RVB could gather, may be overstated. RVBusiness was unable to ...

‘Mobile RV Academy’ Receives Ron Hoover RV Gift

The students of the Mobile RV Academy, located at the Big Red Schoolhouse in Athens, Texas, will be able to train on the newest technology thanks to a generous donation from Ron Hoover RV & Marine Centers. According to a press release, around 50 students of the National RV Training Academy gathered together with founder Terry Cooper to receive the ...

RVIA Runs Down Key Trade Issues on the Table in ’20

Earlier this month, RV Industry Association (RVIA) members heard from trade expert Daniel Neumann of Sorini, Samet, & Associates on a rundown of what they could expect to see on trade in 2020. RVIA News & Insights reported that trade issues ranged from Section 301 tariffs on China and Section 232 tariffs to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Free Trade Agreement, the Generalized ...

Tourism Holdings Reports Profit Decline for 6 Months

Tourism Holdings LTD said its after-tax profit dropped by 25% in the six months to the end of December, according to a report by Stuff. The company, which rents, builds and sells recreational vehicles, blamed weak vehicle sales in the United States as well as the performance of its newly-formed international Togo Group, a division of Thor Industries Inc. and ...

‘Strategic Shift’ Impacts Camping World 2019 Income

Camping World Holdings Inc., the nation’s largest RV retailer, reported a moderate uptick in total revenues for 2019 while posting a net loss during the period, reflecting the impact of the company’s strategic decision to consolidate operations during 2019. “We are very excited about the current direction of our business,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World Holdings, ...

Q&A: Sokol Expounds on Proper RV Electricity Usage

Mike Sokol at the RVillage Rally Editor's Note: The following RVBusiness Q&A features Mike Sokol, commonly regarded as "the nation's number one authority of RV electricity." Sokol, the author of several books on RV electricity, frequently writes on the subject at RVTravel, and ten months ago started the popular Facebook group RV Electricity, which has grown to about 6,000 members. He ...

Thetford Launches ‘AquaBio’ Holding Tank Treatment

Thetford Corp. recently began distributing its newest product with the launch of the environmentally-friendly AquaBio holding tank treatment “Thetford strives to be innovative in everything we do,” said Barry Eckel, Thetford’s executive vice president, The Americas, in a press release. “Our sustainability efforts are no exception. We are very proud that products in our portfolio meet the safer product U.S. ...

FMCA Heads to Tucson for 101st Convention, Expo

FMCA, a Cincinnati, Ohio-based international organization for RV owners, will be hosting its 101st International Convention and RV Expo at the Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson, Ariz., on March 26-29. According to a press release, the event has been dubbed “Sunsets + Saguaros” in honor of the surrounding area. “We’re excited to be heading to Tucson for our March celebration ...

Richard Curtin: RV Shipments Will Stabilize During ’20

RV shipments are expected to stabilize in 2020, according to a new forecast prepared by longtime RV industry analyst, Richard Curtin, a professor at the University of Michigan’s Survey Research Center. RVIA News & Insights reported that in the spring 2020 issue of the RV RoadSigns newsletter, Curtin projects total RV shipments will range between 420,200 and 380,300 units this ...

FCCC Debuts Production MT50e All-Electric Chassis

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) is partnering with a leading innovator in heavy-duty electric transportation to develop an enhanced, production-ready version of its all-electric MT50e truck chassis for 2020. According to a press release, the MT50e will feature an efficient and powerful battery system from Proterra, a California-based manufacturer of high-performance systems for heavy-duty platforms. The Proterra system powering the ...

RVLI LLC to Handle FireDisc Cookers’ Gas Grill Lines

FireDisc Cookers announced that RVLI LLC will now represent its line of gas grills and accessories to the U.S. and Canadian RV and marine markets, effective Feb. 19.  “We are extremely excited to be working with FireDisc Cookers," said said RVLI LLC owner and National Sales Manager Reese Bischoff in a press release. "Their line of high performance, premium quality ...

Retailer Open Roads Buying Into the RV Tech Institute

Jordan Morris Approximately 8% of all RV service technicians in the U.S. are Level 2 certified, according to Curt Hemmeler, executive director of the RV Training Institute in Elkhart, Ind. But at Open Roads Complete RV Sales and Service in White, Ga., 25% of the technicians now carry that certification. That’s because at the end of February, Jordan Morris, 25; ...

MBA Insurance Marks 20th Year for ‘RV Rental School’

Currently marking its 20th year, the three-day MBA Insurance RV Rental School will wrap up today (Feb. 27) at the Tuscany Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. Sponsored by MBA Insurance, the school is designed to be fast-tracked with information on opening an RV rental business or strengthening an existing rental operation. This year’s MBA Rental School featured new ...

Grand Design Intros Dealer Program to Survey Owners

Middlebury, Ind.-based Grand Design Recreational Vehicle Co. recently announced a program for its dealer network that will survey all new owners about their overall satisfaction with the company's products and the dealer network. According to a press release, the program sends each new owner a survey following purchase and also six months later, asking simple questions and rating their overall ...

NRVTA Opens Registration For 5-Week Training Series

The National RV Training Academy (NRVTA) announced that it has opened enrollment for the next five-week training series to prepare people to become certified RV technicians. According to a press release, the next class begins April 6 in Athens, Texas, and concludes May 7 at which time students will be eligible to take a test to attain NRVTA RV technician ...

‘Utilimaster’ Adding New Production Facility in Indiana

Utilimaster, a division operating under the Spartan Fleet Vehicles and Services business unit, announced the opening of an additional vehicle production facility in Bristol, Ind., which will also support aftermarket parts and service and research and development. Less than three miles from Utilimaster's headquarters in Bristol, the new 105,000-square-foot facility will be instrumental in bringing products to market and accommodating production overflow ...

CampCalNOW’s Sipe Joins ‘Gorin+Cohen Consulting’

Debbie Sipe Debbie Sipe, who built a four-decade career with California’s campground industry association, has joined Gorin+Cohen Consulting Group LLC, which is expanding its practice into western states as the firm experiences demand for feasibility studies on new and expanding campgrounds and RV parks. “Debbie spent most of her adult life learning about California’s famously complicated regulations and permitting processes. ...

Kris Dobrowski is Marking 10 Years With ‘Priority One’

Kristopher Dobrowski, commercial finance manager for Priority One, is marking his 10th year with the company. Priority One, an F&I outsourcing provider, has retained 28% of its workforce on staff for over a decade, according to a press release. Dobrowski began his career with Priority One in 2010, initially handling day-to-day customer logistics in business administration. He was promoted to ...

Calif. RVDA 2020 Conference Sees 80-Plus Attendees

The California Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (CalRVDA) 2020 Conference, held Feb. 20 at the Omni Hotel in San Diego, Calif., topped last year's event as over 80 attendees representing 21 dealerships were in attendance compared to 17 dealerships in 2019. Melissa Shelter, associate executive director for CalRVDA, told RVBUSINESS.com that the convention offered attendees a variety of speakers. “We had ...

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