Month: July 2020

Patrick CEO: RV, Marine Markets are ‘Go-To Lifestyle Choice’

(PRNewsfoto/Patrick Industries, Inc.) Following an unprecedented five-week shutdown of its RV plants and similar disruptions to its marine business, Patrick Industries Inc. was able to "quickly accelerate production in response to the swift rebound in demand," stated President and CEO Andy Nemeth yesterday (July 29) in an conference call with investment analysts. "We're optimistic that leisure lifestyle markets would be ...

LCI’s Customer Support VP Comes from Family with RV Ties

April Klein For April Klein, vice president of customer support services at Lippert Components, Inc., working in the world of RVs for more than two decades has been a natural outgrowth of her childhood, reports the staff of the RV Industry Association (RVIA) in a "Member Spotlight" feature. She was raised in Junction City, Ore., the site of two diesel ...

Citing COVID, Pa. Campground Owners Cancel Fall RV Show

Due to COVID-19 and concern for the safety of attendees, the Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association (PCOA) has canceled their fall RV Show, which had previously been planned for Oct 2-4 at the York Fairgrounds Expo Center. “We held off as long as we could from cancelling the RV Show, but unfortunately we have no choice,” said Beverly Gruber, executive director ...

The Mar-Kee Group Launches ‘Remote Selling’ RV Training

In response to the effects of COVID-19, The Mar-Kee Group, Daphne, Ala., announced today (July 30) the release of a brand new RV-specific “remote selling” training module — Virtual Sales Pro. A leading provider of brief, online sales training for retail dealers worldwide, The Mar-Kee Group expands eRVtraining with over 24 new video segments. “This is the perfect sales solution ...

COVID Impacts Cavco Industries’ Q1 2021 Financial Results

Cavco Industries Inc. (Nasdaq: CVCO, a Phoenix-based manufacturer of manufactured housing and park model RVs, today (July 30) announced financial results for the first fiscal quarter ended June 27, 2020. On Aug. 2, 2019, the company completed the acquisition of Destiny Homes, which operates a manufactured and modular housing factory in Moultrie, Ga. The results from this acquired operation since ...

N’West Iowa RV Dealers ‘Going Full Steam’ Since Mid-April

Owners of recreational vehicle dealerships in N’West Iowa have been happy campers lately, according to a report by nwestiowa.com. Southwest Wholesale RV in Sheldon experienced slow sales early on this year because of the uncertainty the coronavirus pandemic brought, but that didn’t last long. “About mid-April things drastically changed and we have been going full steam since,” said owner Mark ...

Former MARVAC Director Lyn Wellhausen Dies at Age 85

Lyn Wellhausen EDITOR'S NOTE: Bill Sheffer, executive director of the Michigan Association of RVs & Campgrounds (MARVAC), issued the following update Thursday (July 29). Lynwood Wellhausen passed away this past Sunday, July 26th at the age of 85. Lyn was the former Director of MARVAC in the 80’s and left the association in 1991. He joined a MMHA member company, ...

Experts Wary as Virus Surge Shifts from Sun Belt to Midwest

While deaths from the coronavirus in the United States are rising again, public health experts are seeing a flicker of good news: The second surge of confirmed cases appears to be leveling off, according to a report by the Indianapolis Business Review. Scientists aren’t celebrating by any means, warning that the trend is driven by four big, hard-hit places — ...

Trump Offers, Democrats Reject Fix for $600 Jobless Benefit

With aid expiring, the White House offered a short-term extension Thursday of a $600 weekly unemployment benefit that has helped keep families and the economy afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, but Democrats rejected it, saying President Donald Trump’s team failed to grasp the severity of the crisis,  according to an Associated Press report published by U.S. News & World Report. ...

Hot Tubs, Fishing Ponds, Tech: Alabama RV Parks Modernize

Ed Bridgman was in full sales pitch mode for his Homestead RV Community in south Mobile County as a reality TV camera crew filmed his every movement Thursday, according to a report by John Sharp at AL.com. “Very few (RV parks) have been built in the last 20 years (in Alabama),” said Bridgman, wearing a cowboy hat and taking questions ...

Carlsbad, N.M., Gets New RV Park as Housing Demand Rises

Coyote Flats RV Park is pictured July 29.(Photo credit: Adrian Hedden, Carlsbad Current-Argus) Carlsbad, N.M., is getting a new RV park to meet the continued high-demand for housing throughout the city, according to a report by Adrian Hedden for the Carlsbad Current-Argus. Coyote Flats on Mescalero Street was announced to be open for business in August offering 335 spaces for ...

Road Trip Upgrade: Best Portable Grills for Any Adventure

The Blaze Professional Portable Grill. (Photo credit: BBQGuys) A portable grill will enhance any road trip from a weekend campout to a cross-country adventure, writes contributor Brandon Schultz at Forbes.com. Today (July 31) is the last day of National Grilling Month but, while you may not have attended as many backyard barbecues as usual this summer, there’s no reason you ...

InventHelp Inventor Develops Stable Jack Bracket for RVs

"I own an RV and found it difficult to level the rig," said an inventor from Cinebar, Washington. "This inspired me to develop a bracket that could improve the grip of jack stands," according to a press release. He developed the JACK SAVER to provide improved support and stability to ensure that campers or trailers are properly leveled. The use ...

Celebrate the RV Life with these 10 Travel-Ready Items 

Mark Harmon has one. So do Matthew McConaughey, Miranda Lambert and Home Town hosts Erin and Ben Napier. We’re talking RVs—perfect for hanging in the backyard or at the beach or for camping and sight-seeing trips during the time of COVID (your own bathroom and kitchen!), writes Megan O'Neill Melle at Parade. The Napiers installed custom countertops and tiles to ...

2Q Revenue Jumps 27% in Lazydays RV Earnings Report

Lazydays Holdings Inc. (NasdaqCM: LAZY) today (July 20) announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020. Second Quarter Financial Results and Highlights: Revenues for the second quarter were $214.0 million; up $45.5 million, or 26.9%, versus 2019. Revenue from sales of RVs was $191.5 million for the second quarter, up $42.5 million, or 28.5%, versus 2019. RV unit sales excluding wholesale ...

RVB/Wells Fargo Survey: 64% Posting Solid Gains in 2020

No one could have predicted back in early May, coming off a national commercial shutdown triggered by a global health crisis, that a surprising recovery like the industry is experiencing right now would occur like it has and that 64% of those responding to an RVB/Wells Fargo Survey in July would be ahead year-to-date. But that’s one of the mystifying ...

Patrick Industries’ 2Q 2020 Results Impacted by Pandemic

Net sales of $424.0 million decreased 30.8% primarily as a result of production shutdowns by certain OEM customers in all of of the company's end markets in April and early May related to the COVID-19 pandemic Operating income of $12.1 million, including COVID-19 related and other non-recurring cash and non-cash pretax charges of approximately $4.5 million Net income of $0.7 ...

LKQ Corporation Announces Second Quarter 2020 Results

Second quarter 2020 revenue of $2.6 billion (down 19.1% year-over-year) Parts and services organic revenue declined 16.8% Implemented targeted cost actions contributing to sequential expense reduction Net income of $119 million (down 21.2%); adjusted net income of $161 million (down 20.9%) Diluted EPS of $0.39 (down 18.8%); adjusted diluted EPS of $0.53 (down 18.5%) Second quarter 2020 operating cash flow ...

Way Interglobal Names Tom Halbert Senior Sales Manager

Tom Halbert Way Interglobal announced Wednesday (July 29) the appointment of Tom Halbert as its new Senior Sales Manager. Halbert is a graduate of Hope College and a 15-year RV industry veteran. He has been with Way since inception and will now oversee all sales activities and staff throughout the USA. “Tom has been an integral part of the Way ...

RVIA Offering Virtual Educational Programs for Aftermarket

The RV Industry Association (RVIA) will be delivering three days of virtual educational programming, Aug. 11-13. The sessions, planned over the original days of the cancelled RV Aftermarket Conference, are designed to deliver critical and timely industry information for the Aftermarket segment of the industry as well as any other interested Association member. The RV Aftermarket Committee charter was re-written ...

RV Tech Institute Creates Gary Bunzer Memorial Scholarship

Gary Bunzer The RV Technical Institute has announced the formation of the Gary Bunzer Memorial Scholarship which will honor his legacy by reaching those who aspire to become experts in the field of RV repair. The full details of the program are being development and finalized, according to a News & Insights report by the RV Industry Association, but the Gary ...

Curt Hemmeler Discusses Future of Standards & Education

Curt Hemmeler Recently announced by the RV Industry Association (RVIA), RV Technical Institute’s (RVTIA) Executive Director Curtis Hemmeler is expanding and enriching his role to include the title of Senior Vice President of Standards. This supplemental title is a natural addition for Hemmeler, whose decades of experience in technical education and training have helped make the RV Technical Institute a success ...

Sanuk and Airstream Partner on Limited Capsule Collection

Sanuk, a California-based division of Deckers Brands, today (July 30) announced an exclusive capsule collection with Airstream, maker of the iconic “silver bullet” travel trailers and touring coaches. Created for any adventure, the Sanuk & Airstream men’s and women’s footwear collection offers a new fleet of road tripping cruisers that seamlessly blend modern comfort and classic style. The collaboration hits ...

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