Month: February 2020

NTP-STAG Introduces Online ‘PRO Learning Platform’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqNniOsPRwk&feature=youtu.be As announced at The Expo, NTP-STAG's aftermarket parts and accessories industry show in January in Dallas, the company is launching a new PRO (Professional Retail Organization) online learning platform that, officials said, “delivers education and training specific to various levels of dealership management.” The online training is designed to help dealers develop an understanding of retail sales principles, marketing ...

‘RVTI’ Debuts RV Technician Market Assessment Study

The RV Technical Institute is set to begin a comprehensive research project on current RV technician needs across the industry and how the new training program can best support the end consumer through training and recruitment. RVIA News & Insights reported that he study, developed in conjunction with Cairn Consulting Group, is designed to provide a detailed investigation into the perceptions ...

2020 RV Dealers Convention/Expo Slated for Nov. 9-13

The National RV Dealers Association (RVDA), RVDA of Canada and the Mike Molino RV Learning Center’s 2020 RV Dealers Convention/Expo will be held Nov. 9-13 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. According to a press release, the annual event brings together dealers, manufacturers and RV industry business partners for the "premier dealer education and networking event of the year." “We ...

’20 Good Sam Buyers Guide Now Available For RVers

The 2020 Good Sam RV Buyers Guide is now available offering detailed information on more than 650 new RV models manufactured in North America. Researched and compiled by the editors of MotorHome and Trailer Life magazines, the 292-page guide is a comprehensive resource available to RV buyers. RV model information includes prices, dimensions, weights and other vital stats for every ...

‘FMCA’ Rolling Out 101st Convention & Expo in March

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 ...

‘Rootless Living’ Magazine is Set to Release 2nd Issue

The creators of a new magazine targeting digital nomads are preparing to release their second issue to over 7,000 digital subscribers after launching in January. The bi-monthly publication was created by full-time RVers Demian Ross and Nikki Kirk, who hit the road in 2017. The pair were frustrated at the lack of resources for people who choose to leave a ...

ORR Sees Uptick for National Parks Support in Senate

Senate Republicans are name-dropping national parks in broader public remarks on the upcoming legislative agenda, fanning hope among supporters of a maintenance backlog bill that floor time might be imminent. "I'm definitely feeling there is a little bit of an uptick in momentum," Jessica Wahl, executive director of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, said in a recent interview, referring to the ...

Patrick Industries Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend

Patrick Industries Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of component and building products for the recreational vehicle, marine, manufactured housing and industrial markets, announced that its board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of 25 cents per share of common stock. The dividend is payable on March 23, 2020, to shareholders of record at the close of business on March ...

Video: Interview with Roadtrek Inc.’s CEO Dane Found

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=102&v=Tnto3KUONu8&feature=emb_logo Mike Wendland, a longtime RVer who with his wife Jennifer operates the RV Lifestyle podcast and YouTube channel, interviews Dane Found, the CEO of Roadtrek Inc., a subsidiary of Europe-based Rapido Group. In the discussion, Found talks about the company's efforts as it rebuilds its business. Found goes into detail on its Class B vans being built now, re-establishing ...

RVIA VP of Standards Hopkins Announces Retirement

Bruce Hopkins RV Industry Association (RVIA) Vice President of Standards Bruce Hopkins announced he will retire at the end of the year. RVIA News & Insights reported that Hopkins leaves behind a legacy of self-regulation that promotes uniform standards across the RV industry, instead of a patchwork of government regulations. The team he has built and mentored over four decades ...

KPA Intros Vera Suite for EHS, Workforce Compliance

SoftwarKPA, a leading software, consulting services, and training provider, announced the upcoming release of the Vera Suite software platform for managing Environment, Health and Safety (EHS), workforce compliance, online training, and regulatory management in a single integrated cloud system. “Vera Suite is a major step forward for KPA and the EHS industry,” said Chris Fanning, KPA president and CEO, in a ...

‘RVillage’ Wraps Up 2020 Rally, Nearing 200K Members

RVillage Rally attendees enjoy the festivities RVillage closed the books on its "Spirit of the Road Rally" in Live Oak, Fla., last weekend (Feb. 16), as the online community announced that membership is closing in on 200,000.  According to company officials, the RVillage virtual community — frequently referred to as the Facebook for RVers — has been adding one new ...

Lippert is Exclusive Distributor of ‘Floë Drain System’

Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) announced that it is the exclusive distributor of the Floë Integrated Drain Down System that lets RV owners flush out their water system helping prevent frost damage during winter months. According to a press release, Floë is designed for RVs, vacation homes, and any other property, static or stationary, that holds drinking and bathing water. If ...

RVIA: Shipments Jump in January; Show 29% Increase

The RV Industry Association's (RVIA) January 2020 survey of manufacturers found that total RV shipments ended the month with 33,003 units, an increase of 29.2% from the 25,540 units shipped in January of 2019. Towable RVs, led by conventional travel trailers, totaled 29,435 units for the month, an increase of 36.1% compared to last January’s total of 21,623 units. Motorhomes ...

AAA: Majority of Drivers Pay More at Pump This Week

More than half of all state gas price averages increased as much as three cents in the last week. The jumps, which caused the national gas price average to increase by a penny to $2.47, was caused by a decrease in U.S. gasoline stocks and increases in demand. “Gasoline prices are likely to fluctuate in the coming weeks, but not ...

Lordstown Electric Truck to have In-Wheel Hub Motors

Several automakers, from Ford to Tesla, are planning to launch electric pickup trucks. But the Lordstown Motors Endurance will have something that sets it apart from the rest — in-wheel hub electric motors. As reported by Motor Authority, mounting the motors inside the wheel hub frees up more space, and offers the potential to more precisely control how much torque ...

Official: Coronavirus U.S. Impact Clearer in 3-4 Weeks

U.S. officials will have a better idea of how the coronavirus outbreak will impact the economy in “three or four weeks,” according to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. CNBC reported that speaking to CNBC’s Hadley Gamble at the G-20 summit in Riyadh, Mnuchin said it was difficult to make strong predictions about the economic impact of the outbreak right now. ...

Calif. Plans 1st Ocean-Front Campground in 30 Years

For 77 years, Fort Ord near Monterey, Calif., was a sprawling Army base thick with artillery pieces, wooden barracks and infantrymen taking target practice with rifles and machine guns, according to The Mercury News. More than 2 million men and women served there between 1917 and 1994, including soldiers who battled in World War I, stormed the beaches in Okinawa during ...

197 Parks Honored With Flawless Good Sam Ratings

Good Sam has announced the parks received a flawless 10/10★/10 rating for 2020, according to a press release. A total of 197 RV parks were able to attain a flawless rating this year. The numbers are based on Good Sam’s evaluation system, and most of the top scorers are Good Sam perfect parks. Good Sam rep teams who visit the parks ...

‘Bolt Lock’ Produces All-New 2020 Product Catalog

Bolt Lock has introduced a full-color catalog highlighting the company’s latest truck and towing accessories. According to a press release, the catalog also provides fitting information for 2020 model year vehicles. According to a press release, all Bolt locks feature one-key lock operation which uses the vehicle’s ignition key to work a variety of lock products. This feature permanently programs ...

RV Retailer Grows to 30 Sites with Palm RV Acquisition

Jon Ferrando RV Retailer LLC announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Palm RV located in Fort Myers, Fla. According to a press release, the dealer will be rebranded RV One Superstores — Fort Myers, and represents the seventh RV One store in Florida and 11th overall. Upon closing of the Palm RV transaction in early March, RV Retailer will ...

Allison Reports Dip in ’19 Income; Highlights Growth

Indianapolis-based Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. is reporting full-year net income of $604 million for 2019, compared to $639 million the previous year. Inside INdiana Business reported that the company also says fourth-quarter net income comes in at $107 million, down from $147 million from the same period a year earlier. Net sales in the fourth quarter slipped 5% with the ...

‘LSI’ Appoints Jon Burek as Executive Vice President

Jon Burek Milford, Ohio-based Leisure Systems Inc. (LSI), the franchisor of more than 75 Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts in North America, has named Jon Burek as its executive vice president. Burek will initially oversee all operational aspects at LSI, including the training and education of Jellystone Park franchisees, and will eventually assume oversight of day-to-day activities, Trent Hershenson, LSI’s ...

Supplier Dexter Axle Marking 60th Year of Operation

DexKo Global Inc., a supplier of trailer running gear, chassis assemblies and related components, announced that its subsidiary, Dexter Axle Co., is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2020. According to a press release, Dexter Axle was founded in 1960 in Elkhart, Ind., by Leonard Dexter to serve the growing manufactured housing and recreation vehicle markets. The initial product offering was limited to ...

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