Month: May 2020

Woodbury: RVTravel.com Editor Announces His Exit Plan

Chuck Woodbury EDITOR'S NOTE: Chuck Woodbury penned this column today (May 30) in his RVTRavel.com weekly newsletter. Welcome to the 950th edition of this newsletter! Issue #1 was supposed to debut the second week of September 2001. And then the tragedy of 9-11 struck. Who cared about RVing? And now, here we are with 950 issues under our belts. We’ve ...

Organizers Remain Committed to Hosting Caravan Salon

Messe Düsseldorf and the Caravaning Industry Association (CIVD) are looking forward to hosting Caravan Salon 2020, the leading international trade fair for caravanning and camping, from Sept. 4-13, at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany, according to a release. “We are firmly convinced that Caravan Salon can generate key impulses for the entire industry and that it is indispensable to offer ...

ROVA Magazine Survey: 88% are Planning a Road Trip

ROVA magazine – “The magazine for epic road trips” – has recently conducted a survey of its readers to understand the current climate for road travel. It has been widely reported that interest in RV travel is surging, and the ROVA survey reinforces this outlook. Of all respondents, 83% said they were more likely to travel domestically than internationally in ...

Analysts Note Rising Sales for Camping, RV Accessories

U.S. consumers are showing that social distancing measures and air travel restrictions are unlikely to spoil their summer vacation. According to The NPD Group, key camping, RV, and road trip essentials are seeing double- and triple-digit growth, as national parks and other parts of the country begin to reopen. Lower fuel prices at the pump may also be providing a greater ...

House Passes Paycheck Protection Program Expansion

In a nearly unanimous vote, the House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday to expand key provisions of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that will help many small businesses in the RV industry, according to a News & Insights report by the RV Industry Association (RVIA). Highlights from the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (H.R. 6886) include: Allows ...

Video: Jay Leno Takes Tesla’s Cybertruck Out for a Spin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25ZuKkbHdqM   Tesla’s legion of superfans have been buzzing about the company’s first all-electric pickup truck, the Cybertruck, ever since Elon Musk unveiled the truck’s unique design at a highly-anticipated event in November, according to a recent report by CNBC. But with the Cybertruck not slated to go into production until late-2021 – at which point, it will start at $39,900 ...

Ivy Tech Offers 10,000 Students Free Classes, Training

Ivy Tech Community College South Bend-Elkhart has announced it is offering free classes and trainings for 10,000 participants, according to a release. The college is elevating its commitment to Hoosiers impacted by COVID-19 experiencing unemployment, reduced hours, and/or furloughs across the state. Participants may take more than one class or training in a range of relevant high-demand areas. Hoosiers can ...

Water Features Now Open at All Jellystone Parks in Texas

Jellystone Camp-Resort in Burleson, Texas As the weather heats up, growing numbers of families are enjoying the water slides, splashgrounds, lazy rivers and other amenities and activities at the seven Jellystone Park locations across Texas. “We’re getting busier!” said Steve Stafford, general manager of the North Texas Jellystone Park in Burleson, near Fort Worth.. The park’s two 65-foot tall, 350-foot-long ...

GM to Ramp Up Plants with Dealers Running Low on Trucks

General Motors' North American assembly plants have overcome initial parts-supply challenges and will boost production next week, according to a Friday (May 29) report by Automotive News. Three U.S. factories building mid- and full-size pickups will operate on three shifts starting June 1, the automaker said in a statement Thursday. GM has been running just one shift at the facilities and ...

Zillow: Housing Market Seeing Buyers, Sellers Returning

This week brought more evidence of buyers and sellers returning to the housing market as newly pending sales and new listings are up from the previous week, according to a release from Zillow. Inventory continues to be incredibly tight – one reason list prices are growing faster than they were in April. Partly on the strength of that rebound, Zillow's ...

Ken-Tool’s Latest Product Catalog Ready for Download

Ken-Tool, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of professional tire-service hand tools, recently announced its latest product catalog release. This update not only offers the latest products and specifications, but the Akron, Ohio-based company is also introducing a new look and additional information on its 100-year anniversary celebration. This update replaces catalog number KT0117, the company noted. Ken-Tool is holding ...

RV Dealers Nationwide Report Record Sales and Rentals

EDITOR's NOTE: Across the country, news outlets are talking to RV dealers who universally say sales and rentals are at all-time highs as consumers seek a safe way to vacation during a pandemic. Utah Utah RV retailers are struggling to keep up with demand as people are canceling flights and hitting the road instead, according to a report by KUTV ...

Airstream’s Wheeler Says Sales Are Unexpectedly Strong

An unexpected boom in RV demand has led to record retail sales—success that CEO Bob Wheeler says makes him "feel guilty just to talk about." As the U.S. pandemic started in March, Bob Wheeler and his team projected a 70% April drop-off in sales for their Airstream recreational vehicles, according to report by Dale Buss on ChiefExecutive.net. That wasn’t an ...

Motley Fool: Why Investors are Enthusiastic About RVs

https://youtu.be/7Bi4Gxp66Es In this episode of MarketFoolery, from Motley Fool Podcasts, Chris Hill chats with Motley Fool analyst Bill Barker about the latest earnings releases. They talk about the RV space and much more. They've got some retail news focusing on the rural markets, and as two leading pizza chains announced sales growth, can they maintain momentum?

Financial Analyst Suggests Buying Thor Industries Stock

Americans in some states are starting to see their economies open and it probably won’t be too much longer before a national reopening is seen, suggests Mark Skousen, editor of Fast Money Alert. It is with this reopening of the economy in mind that MoneyShow.com came to recommend Thor Industries Inc. (THO), which manufactures and sells towable and motorized RVs, ...

Compressed Air Systems, Tork Paper Join Meyer Dist.

Meyer Distributing, Jasper, Ind., announced recently it has added Compressed Air Systems air compressors and products from the Tork/Essity Paper company to its offerings. "Drop ship the compressors right from the factory to your shop. Have the Tork paper delivered on your Meyer delivery truck next day, no more fighting those crowded store lines. Let Meyer bring it to you," ...

Former Lime Exec Launches Camper Van Rental Business

Cabana’s fleet of vans are cleaned and then irradiated with UVC light (the same treatment the president suggested, wrongly, for people) and then left to stand for six-to-eight hours between rentals. (Photo: Cabana) A former Lime executive has launched a new startup – Cabana – that’s bringing tricked-out vans with all the amenities of a hotel room to cities on ...

RV Travel Continues to Gain Ground as Airlines Struggle

While many summer travel plans have been postponed or canceled because of the coronavirus, one form of travel might be a viable way to go: RVs, according to a recent report by Newsweek. As of May 19, bookings on RVshare, an RV peer-to-peer booking platform, were up 1,000% from early April. Yes, 1,000%. The RV-sharing platform has been doing its ...

WCM Fireside Chats: June 1 Show to Feature Dyana Kelley

EDITOR'S NOTE: WCM is Woodall's Campground Management, which is a sister publication of RVBusiness. After a break for Memorial Day, WCM Fireside Chats is ready to get back in the swing of things as the show aims to explore issues and help disseminate information throughout the outdoor hospitality industry. On June 1, Dyana Kelley, the president and CEO of the CampCalNOW ...

Thor, Buoyed by Demand, Plans on Expanding Production

Thor Industries today (May 29) announced a number of operational updates in conjunction with the official start of the North America summer camping and RV travel season, including that the Elkhart-, Ind.-headquartered company will increase production at several of its manufacturing facilities. As the RV industry's largest manufacturer with production facilities in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Idaho, Oregon, Germany, Italy, the ...

CFO Boone Resigns from Patrick Ind., Forbes to Fill Void

Patrick Industries Inc., a major manufacturer and distributor of component and building products for the RV, marine, manufactured housing and industrial markets, announced Thursday (May 28) that Joshua Boone, chief financial officer, has resigned to accept a senior leadership position with another publicly traded company. Boone, who has served as the CFO of Patrick since January 2016, will be working ...

Colonial Airstream & RV Opens Expansive New Dealership

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAXloWrZTH8&feature=em-uploademail John, left, and Jim Lenzo of Colonial Airstream & RV. EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is an excerpt of the article that will be published in full in the July/August edition of RVBusiness magazine. Click here for a free subscription to the print edition of RVBusiness magazine. As luck would have it, New Jersey RV dealers John and Jim Lenzo ...

RVIA: One in Four Americans Plans to RV in Next Six Months

RV travel and camping provides an appealing vacation option for American families, according to recent Ipsos research examining consumer interest and planned actions on travel choices in light of the COVID-19 crisis. According to the research, which was released yesterday (May 28) by the RV Industry Association (RVIA), one in four respondents intend to take some kind of RV-related action ...

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