Month: April 2020

ARVC’s Jeff Sims Featured on May 4 WCM Webinar

A sister publication to RVBUSINESS.com, WOODALLSCM.com’s (WCM) second “WCM Fireside Chat,” held on April 27, attracted another strong audience and WCM is looking to continue building upon its new webinar/Facebook Live show that aims to be interactive and informational. Broadcast on both Zoom and live on WCM’s Facebook page, attendees can ask questions and join in on the conversation. Attendees who join through ...

Video: Rollin’ on TV Explores Kayaking, RV Maintenance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkYpm5q8Hlw&feature=emb_logo In this episode of Rollin' on TV, the program begin its series on RV toys starting by visiting Scapoose Bay Kayak. Then, Jeff Johnston shows some maintenance tasks RVers can do with their rigs during this current downtime. Later in the show, Mark and Dawn Polk from RV Education 101 checks in with part three of their Yellowstone camper ...

nuCamp Announces 2% Revenue Increase in 1Q 2020

While the forecast was much brighter heading into 2020, nüCamp RV, a manufacturer of campers and teardrop trailers based in Sugarcreek, Ohio, announced today (April 30) that revenue for the first quarter grew by 2% over 2019. The initial forecast for 2020 pegged growth at a robust 21% year-over-year, but sales sharply declined the second half of March due to ...

RV Trader Sees Hike in Web Traffic Amid Pandemic

Online traffic and lead volume is growing amid the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic – suggesting a rebound in the online RV market as dealers convert to fully virtual dealerships – according to data provided by RVTrader.com. In its most recent fact sheet, released Wednesday (April 29), year-over-year traffic on RVTrader.com shows an increase in marketplace unique visitors of 10.6% ...

RVWA Set to Host ‘Navigating Storms of Life’ Webinar

As part of its Coffee, Lunch and Learn weekly webinar series, the RV Women's Alliance (RVWA) is hosting Dr. Amber Selking at 1 p.m. Friday (May 1), who will be presenting on "Navigating the Storms of Life," according to a release. "Navigating the Storms of Life" is always a challenging and inspiriting topic – and very timely in the current ...

RVIA Workplace Safety Panel Covers a Lot of Ground

A wealth of information regarding the reopening of RV-industry OEM, supplier and distributor plants was presented Wednesday (April 29) during a virtual panel discussion hosted by the RV Industry Association (RVIA). “A Playbook to Safely Reopen Plants” featured a team of industry safety experts who discussed myriad problems and offered best-practice solutions to help plants craft workable reopening procedures amid ...

LKQ Corp. Reports 3.2% Decrease in 1Q ’20 Revenue

LKQ Corporation, parent company of Keystone Automotive and its NTP-STAG RV distribution division, today (April 30) reported that revenue for the first quarter, ended March 31, of $3.0 billion, which down 3.2% year-over-year. The company also provided an update on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on its business and its response designed to mitigate the impact. “As the COVID-19 ...

Debate Flares Over Liability as Businesses Open Up

The effort to reopen the economy in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic has set off a conflict at the state and federal level that is escalating by the day over how much legal protection companies should get if their returning workers get sick, according to an Associated Press report published today (April 30) by The Goshen News. The White ...

Raatz Joins WFCO’s Arterra Distribution, Dotson Retires

Arterra Distribution, the RV division of the WFCO group, recently hired Bobby Raatz to be the new managing director at the company’s Elkhart Ind.-based headquarters. Raatz’s focus will be overseeing operations and continuing to grow the business through new product lines, sales, and marketing. “There’s a lot of exciting things on the horizon at Arterra that I’m looking forward to ...

Updated KOA Camping Report to Add Virus Research

Clockwise, from bottom left, Scott Bahr, Bob Zagami and John DiPietro. The “2020 North American Camping Report,” Kampgrounds Of America’s (KOA) annual survey of camping trends that normally is released in mid-May, will be published a few weeks later this year. The reason for the delay is researchers have gone back to respondents and sought their answers to questions regarding ...

Outdoor Recreation Industry Seeing ‘Traumatic Impact’

An Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) member survey, in partnership with the Oregon State University Outdoor Recreation Economy Initiative, finds that the outdoor recreation industry is facing dramatically decreased sales and revenue, difficulties with production and distribution and large numbers of furloughs and layoffs, the association announced in a release today (April 30) ORR surveyed its member trade associations – representing ...

Gulf Stream Coach Set to Resume Production May 4

Gulf Stream Coach Inc. has announced that it currently plans to resume production operations on Monday (May 4) at all facilities in Nappanee and Etna Green, Ind. Production volume will be staged over the coming weeks to take into account any limitations in the supply chain. The return to work comes following the implementation of new policies and procedures to ...

Patrick’s 1Q Earnings Report Shows Modest Decline

Patrick Industries Inc., a major manufacturer and distributor of component and building products for the RV, marine, manufactured housing and industrial markets, today (April 30) reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 29. Net sales for the first quarter of 2020 decreased $19 million, or 3.1%, to $589.2 million from $608.2 million in the same quarter of 2019. ...

RVDA, KPA to Host Coronavirus Prevention Webinar

The Mile Molino RV Learning Center, in partnership with KPA, is hosting a webinar at 1 pm ET, Thursday (April 30) on "Getting Back to Work Safely: Coronavirus Prevention Best Practices for Your Dealership," the National RV Dealers Association (RVDA) announced today (April 29). "As the economy reopens, dealers must be prepared for the 'new normal' and adjust their business ...

Thor, Forest River Stepping Up in COVID-19 Fight

Thor Industries Inc. donated 10,000 KN95 masks for use by front-line first responders and in long-term care facilities in Elkhart County, Ind., according to reporting today (April 29) by WSBT-TV, South Bend. And South Bend's ABC-57 is reporting other companies – including Forest River Inc., which provided a travel trailer  – are helping Bashor Children's Home serve at-risk kids throughout ...

Let’s Go Aero Intros New LittleGiant Trailer System

The LittleGiant Trailer has been a favorite go-to product for Let’s Go Aero (LGA) customers since its introduction in 2008, the Colorado Springs, Colo.-based company stated in a release today (April 29). Designed as a pickup bed size trailer with 24-inch-tall bed sides and a three-quarter-ton payload capacity, the LittleGiant Trailer is a platform product that can be outfitted with unrivaled ...

Winnebago Confirms Getting Back to Work Next Week

Winnebago Industries Inc. today (April 29) confirmed its previously announced RV production resumption plans would continue as scheduled. Newmar Corp., Grand Design RV Co. and Winnebago Motorhomes will get back to work the week of May 4, while the Winnebago Towables division will resume operations the week of May 11. Each business will be restarting operations in a graduated manner ...

Flexsteel Announces Exit from RV Furniture Business

Flexsteel Industries Inc. is discontinuing its long-term role as a furniture supplier to the recreational vehicle industry, the Dubuque, Iowa-based company announced today (April 29) in its third-quarter financial report. Flexsteel, which reported net sales of $98.8 million for the third quarter compared to $111.5 million in the prior year, a decrease of 11.4%, was a relatively prominent player in ...

ARVC: Seasonal Parks are Now Eligible for PPP Loans

The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) and the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) have successfully led an effort to get Paycheck Payment Program (PPP) loans extended to accommodate seasonal businesses, according to a press release from ARVC. This latest ruling issued by the U.S. Treasury is big news for seasonal RV parks and campgrounds which may not have ...

Missouri RV Dealerships Struggling with Slowdown

Spring is an important time of the year for RV sellers in Missouri because camping season in state parks starts on April 1, according to Missouri State Parks. However, stay-at-home orders have led to a decrease in RV sales, according to a report by KOMU, an NBC-affiliate station in Columbia, Mo. Bradley Eubank, general manager of Bill Thomas Camper Sales, ...

RV Trader to Host ‘Navigating Disruption’ Webinar

RV Trader, an associate member of the National RV Dealers Association, will host a free webinar for RVDA members on "Navigating Disruption in 2020: Tapping into the Virtual RV Consumer" at 11 a.m. ET, May 6, according to a release. The webinar will feature Paige Bouma, executive vice president of RV Trader and past RVDA convention speaker, who will share ...

National Park Service Forming Plan to Reopen Parks

While more than 52,000 Americans have died from coronavirus, and the global death toll has passed 200,000, political and economic pressures are mounting for a return to pre-coronavirus economic activity. While the National Park Service is beginning the planning to reopen parks that have been closed by the pandemic, there's no firm timeline yet for when those openings will occur, ...

RV Country Donates Motorhome to Medical Center

Curt Curtis To help support the needs of the community during the COVID-19 crisis, RV Country in Sparks, Nev., is providing a motorhome as a rest location for frontline health care workers at Northern Nevada Medical Center, the dealership announced. RV Country has donated the use of a 2015 Holiday Rambler Vacationer motorhome offering nurses, doctors and assistants a place ...

Bunzer Known for Self-Discipline, Affection & Humor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nt3RVwwNxak Gary Bunzer Due to pandemic restrictions, there will not be a memorial service at this time for Gary Bunzer, who died April 17 from COVID-19-related causes, it was announced in his obituary published by Beck's Tribute Center, Edmonds, Wash. Bunzer, also known as the “RV Doctor,” is survived by his high school sweetheart, Debbie, wife of 50 years this ...

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