Month: March 2020

NRVTA Creates Hybrid Maintenance Training Slate

The Athens, Texas-based National RV Training Academy (NRVTA) is launching new hybrid RV maintenance training program. According to a press release, when Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order this month and the Henderson County Commissioners Court followed by declaring a public health emergency regarding the COVID-19 problem, the declaration limited gatherings to no more than 10 people and ...

Cavco Sees Orders Slowing, Still Operating Plants

Cavco Industries Inc., a builder fo manufactured housing and park model RVs, provided a business and operations update regarding the COVID-19 crisis. The company noted that it is taking actions to "minimize exposure and transmission risks while continuing to serve its customers, support its suppliers and maintain a safe work environment for its employees," according to a press release. As ...

Montana’s Solar Power Features Dragonfly Battery

Dragonfly Energy has partnered with the Keystone Innovation Lab to launch the company's first high-performance solar power system, Keystone’s Montana Super SolarFlex. According to a press release, Super SolarFlex is an advanced energy system designed, engineered and optimized exclusively for Keystone Montana. As the world of camping evolves, there has been shift to off-grid camping. When faced with this changing ...

ROTV Features Roadmaster, Winegard and RV 101

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLHpcIIo6ls&feature=em-uploademail On this episode of Rollin' on TV, the program begins its Made in America series as the crew visits Roadmaster Inc. in Vancouver, Wash., and sees what goes into building their towing products. Next, ROTV joins some RVers out on location as they learn all about the new Winegard ConnecT 2.0 WiFi extender and 4G device. Later, Mark and ...

Newmar’s Canyon Star Now a Front-Engine Diesel

Newmar's Canyon Star front-engine diesel motorhome In its dealer meeting webcast on Monday (March 30), Newmar Corp. introduced a front-engine diesel Class A motorhome as part of its 2021 lineup. What’s also interesting is the front-engine diesel is the all-new Canyon Star, which previously had been a gas-powered motorhome. The dealer meeting was to have been at the Indiana Convention ...

Calif. Authorities Search Park for ‘Transient RVers’

Sheriff’s deputies surprised occupants of a northern California RV park last week as they searched for overnight travelers hailing from other areas of the country. The unannounced inspection took place at 9 p.m. Friday (March 27) at Aurora RV Park, a 63-site park in the tiny town of Nice, on the northern end of Clear Lake, California’s largest lake, according ...

Trader Interactive: Keeping Digital Dealerships Open

The following article, authored by Simon Heseltine, vice president of audience growth for Trader Interactive, outlines strategies for dealers on keeping their digital storefront open during the coronavirus pandemic. The current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything that the RV industry has faced before. Most companies have a game plan for an economic downturn, but this is unique ...

RVs Get New Role as Quarantine, Isolation Housing

It looks like any holiday weekend: a fleet of motorhomes filling the lot at Dockweiler State Beach in Los Angeles, a popular destination for RVers. But in this case, there are no happy families, smoking barbecues or coolers filled with beer and soft drinks. Rather, the units have a far more somber purpose: a place to quarantine people suspected of exposure ...

California Couple Wins Lance $30,000 Travel Trailer

Handing the keys to Pam Gaudreau at Richard’s Boat & RV Center in Lancaster for the new Lance Trailer, pictured is Tom Gaither, Western RV Show Director along with Pam’s husband Mario. Also pictured are Bob Rogers, Director of Marketing for Lance Campers, and Richard Wade, owner of Richards Boat & RV Center. It was an early Christmas present when, ...

RVIA is Canceling ‘RVs Move America Week’ In D.C.

Due to the impact the crisis is having on the RV industry and following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The RV Industry Association (RVIA) has decided to cancel “RVs Move America Week.” RVIA related in a statement to members that “first and foremost, our concern is for our members, their families, staff and our communities. Details ...

Winnebago Supplies Masks to Iowa Medical Center

Winnebago Industries Inc. it will be providing medical masks to MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center. According to a press release, the masks are being manufactured by employees at the company’s Stitchcraft facility in Forest City, Iowa, which houses industrial sewing capabilities and produces soft goods for Winnebago Motorhome production. The facility typically specializes in creating items such as seats, sofas, ...

RVIA Plans Two Virus-Related Webinars This Week

The RV Industry Association (RVIA) will be hosting two webinars in its efforts to provide members with the latest information on how the recovery bills passed in Congress and executive orders across the country are affecting businesses as well as the latest information on the virus and how companies can protect your employees. On March 31, RVIA will hold a ...

Gary Bunzer in Washington Hospital with COVID-19

Gary Bunzer, a 2016 inductee into the RV/MH Hall of Fame, is in a Seattle, Wash., hospital after having been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to a Saturday (March 28) report on RVTravel.com by Chuck Woodbury, who happens to be Bunzer’s neighbor. According to the report, Bunzer is in intensive care in critical but stable condition. Woodbury pointed out that Bunzer’s ...

RVDA Canada Reports on PM’s Latest Virus Moves

Editor's Note: The following is an update from the RV Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada reporting on the recent pronouncement by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the country's measures to combat the coronavirus. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a series of new measures increasing support for businesses and workers across Canada. A key highlight from the announcement is ...

Newmar Pivots Dealer Meeting into a ‘Live Webcast’

Newmar VP John Sammut addresses dealers in live broadcast Newmar Corp.’s three-day 2020 Dealer Meeting, originally planned to begin today (March 30) at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, was transformed into a live webcast Sunday (March 29). Scrapped because of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, the Indy meeting instead was produced, filmed and broadcast from Newmar’s state-of-the-art customer service center ...

RV Groups Scrambling To Aid Displaced Full-Timers

Full-time RVers at a KOA campground When national, state and local governments issued stay-at-home orders shutting down many private and public campgrounds and public lands, an estimated 1 million to 2 million full-time RVers were potentially left homeless. Across Facebook full-timer groups, the sense of fear and panic was palpable.  “Full-timers” consist of thousands of construction, energy, and medical workers, ...

RV Makers Claiming Importer Bilked them of Millions

Several RV makers are accusing a Canadian import broker of inflating currency exchange rates and overcharging them by millions of dollars. The Elkhart Truth reported that the five companies say in a lawsuit against Winnipeg-based Frontier Supply Chain Solutions Inc. that the customs broker and consultant fraudulently bilked them out of millions of dollars. They claim the company also gave ...

‘Allison’ Temporarily Halts Production at Select Sites

Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. provided a business update in light of the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus. In response to recent disruptions to its supply chain, changes in customer demand and a weaker outlook for the global economy, Allison is temporarily suspending production at select manufacturing facilities beginning March 30. The company will continue to monitor the situation and ...

Blue Ox Temporarily Suspends Production at Select Facilities

Blue Ox/Automatic announced that it is temporarily suspending some production functions at facilities in Pender and Lincoln, Neb. This action is in response to the national spread of the Coronavirus, the national emergency associated with the virus, and unforeseeable change in business circumstances that have accompanied it. According to a press release, these steps are designed to lower the probability ...

Report: NHTSA Issues Latest List of Recalls for RVs

The following is the latest list of RV recalls complied by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA). • Daimler Vans USA LLC is recalling 332 2018-2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Freightliner Sprinter vehicles. The spare tire label indicating the maximum speed may have not been affixed to the spare tire. • Daimler Vans USA LLC is recalling 289 2018-2019 Mercedes-Benz ...

THOR Affiliates Support Front Lines to Combat Virus

As communities across the country continue to grapple with the growing pandemic, many of the RV brands owned by THOR Industries Inc. are stepping up to support healthcare workers with critical supplies and mobile units to fight the spread of the virus. “As the world faces the massive challenge of the pandemic, we view it as our obligation to stand ...

‘AIM Motorhome Club’ Builds up Membership to 1,500

A dedicated group of motorhome owners believes the fellowship offered by the new All Inclusive Motorhome Club (AIM) will improve the quality of their RV lifestyles. The altogether new take on RV membership clubs was conceived by a group of Class A diesel motorhome owners and facilitated by Lewisville, Texas-based dealer National Indoor RV Center (NIRVC). The former Family Motor ...

Trump Signs ‘Stimulus Package’ Following House Nod

President Donald Trump signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law Friday (March 27), after swift and near-unanimous action by Congress this week to support businesses, rush resources to overburdened health care providers and help struggling families during the deepening coronavirus epidemic. According to a Denver Post report, acting with unity and resolve unseen since the 9/11 attacks, ...

Peterson Names Al Anderson VP of Sales & Marketing

Al Anderson Peterson Manufacturing announced that Al Anderson has been named the company’s new vice president of sales and marketing, effective April 1. According to a press release, Anderson previously was director of fleet business development for CIMC Intermodal Equipment headquartered in South Gate, Calif. Prior to that he was corporate director of heavy-duty sales for Peterson and helped launch ...

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