Month: November 2020

Report: NHTSA Issues Latest Weekly List of RV Recalls

The following is the latest list of RV recalls complied by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA): • Daimler Vans USA LLC (DVUSA) is recalling 47,667 2015-2020 Mercedes Benz Sprinter and Freightliner Sprinter vehicles. The hydraulic power steering return line hoses may detach at their connection points under certain operating conditions, causing hydraulic fluid to leak. • Jayco Inc. ...

Holiday Island Near Deal on Texas RV Park Acquisition

Holiday Island, Ark.-based Holiday Island Holdings Inc. – operating in the recreational and remote living real estate market – announced today (Nov. 30) in a press release that it continues to make progress on its targeted RV park located in north Texas. The purchase arrangement is in its contracting phase, and due diligence continues. A funding source in Houston has ...

States See Jump at Gas Pump Following Thanksgiving

Following the Thanksgiving holiday, AAA reports that the national gas price average is more expensive. At $2.12, it is two cents more than a week ago, but remains cheaper compared to last month (-2 cents) and last year (-46 cents). Across the country, motorists in nearly 30 states are paying more at the pump on the week with states along ...

GM’s Emissions Reversal Part of Forging a Path Forward

General Motors says it will continue to advocate for one nationwide emissions standard despite withdrawing its support of President Donald Trump's efforts to prevent California from setting stricter regulations, according to a report by Automotive News. GM's reversal is aimed at taking an active role in discussions with President-elect Joe Biden as his transition ramps up. The move raised tension ...

NRF Expects Holiday Sales to Grow Between 3.6% and 5.2%

With retail sales rebounding strongly due to continued consumer resilience, the National Retail Federation (NRF) recently forecast that holiday sales during November and December will increase between 3.6% and 5.2% over 2019 to a total between $755.3 billion and $766.7 billion. The numbers, which exclude automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants, compare with a 4% increase to $729.1 billion last ...

Boat Demand Remains Strong, But Shortages Prevail

Dealer sentiment on current conditions remained strong in November, according to a new survey by Soundings Trade Only that polled 57 retailers about monthly conditions, though it ticked down to 81 from 85 in October. The 3- to 5-year outlook also dropped to 66 for the month, versus the 70 reading in September, but has fluctuated more dramatically (the reading was ...

Officials Ponder Options After Cancelling German RV Show

The CMT 2021 holiday and travel exhibition, due to take place in Stuttgart, Germany in January 2021, has been cancelled because organizers could not assure exhibitors that CMT would not be cancelled at the last minute, according to a report at AboutCampBtoB.com. “We deeply regret the cancellation. We would have liked to offer the tourism industry this urgently needed platform, ...

Indiana RV Dealer’s Move to Kokomo Draws Opposition

Russiaville, Ind.-based Stellhorn Tri-County Travel Trailers is planning to move its operations to Kokomo at the old Kingsway Sports Academy location, but some neighbors have lined up against the move, arguing the RV business doesn’t mix well with the largely residential neighborhood, according to reporting by Tyler Juranovich at the Kokomo Tribune. Doug Stellhorn, owner of Stellhorn Tri-County Travel Trailers, ...

RVupgrades Announces Upcoming Release of RV Whisper

Eastlake, Ohio-based RVupgrades will soon begin selling RV Whisper, a new product that will enable RV owners to keep an eye on their RVs while they are not present, according to a press release from the company. The system is ideal for owners who want to monitor their RVs while they are away, such as when their RVs are situated ...

Nominees Named for ’20 Canadian RV Dealer of the Year

The RV Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada joins RV Lifestyle Magazine/RV Dealer News has announced the nominees for the 2020 Canadian RV Dealer of the Year. Nominees are those who best exemplified strong leadership, impeccable dedication to the RV industry and tremendous contribution to the community this past year, according to RVDA of Canada officials. The winner will be announced ...

‘The RVers’ Television Show Starts Filming Season Three

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mbsb5W5L5xM   "The RVers," the popular 2-year-old Discovery Channel and PBS television series, is about to begin filming its third season. With the nation-wide interest in RV camping booming, the program is drawing an audience in the millions and exceeding the expectations of series creator and producer Anthony Nalli. Recently, RVBusiness caught up with Nalli, a full-time RVer, to talk about ...

Lemonis to Star in New ‘Streets of Dreams’ Series on CNBC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewPOvRchDyM CNBC recently announced a new primetime original series “Streets of Dreams with Marcus Lemonis” from the Emmy-Award winning producers of “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” highlighting the stories of the entrepreneurs and the unique business cultures that define America’s most iconic streets. The five-episode series premieres at 10 pm, Tuesday, Dec. 29, According to CNBC, CEO, entrepreneur and host of CNBC’s ...

‘MotorHome,’ ‘Trailer Life’ Release Readers’ Choice Awards

RV owners, like most consumers, appreciate a source of “unbiased” information about a product they are interested in purchasing, especially an expensive product. And, while the Internet provides plenty of opinions, it’s sometimes hard to tell what opinions are legitimate and which are a ruse. For decades, MotorHome and Trailer Life magazines have surveyed their readers to find out what ...

Patrick Industries Completes Acquisition of Taco Metals

Patrick Industries Inc. (NASDAQ: PATK) announced today (Nov. 30) that it has completed the acquisition of Taco Metals LLC, a leading manufacturer of boating products including rub rail systems, canvas and tower components, sport fishing and outrigger systems, helm chairs and pedestals, and specialty hardware for leading OEMs in the recreational boating industry and the related aftermarket. Taco is headquartered ...

Jenkins Organization Developing Great Escapes RV Resort

The Jenkins Organization Inc. (TJO), has broken ground on a new Great Escapes RV Resort in Elgin, Texas, the Houston-based company announced in a release. This is TJO’s second RV resort development as it continues to grow in the campground industry. Strategically located less than 25 minutes from downtown Austin, the new resort will boast 208 extended stay RV sites. ...

Reyco Granning Intros 13k Variant for LiftMaster Suspension

Reyco Granning, Mt. Vernon, Mo., has released a new 13k liftable and steerable variant to the LiftMaster suspension family. As a complement to the 23, 25 and 30AR trailer air suspensions, the model 13AR was designed for trailer applications which require extreme durability and service life. Among its features: Intended specifically for 13,000-pound GAWR, not an excessively heavy de-rated 20,000-pound ...

Caravan/RV Road Safety Campaign Launched in Australia

November sees the launch of Caravan Industry Association of Australia’s (CIAA) "Caravan / RV Road Safety" initiative, according to a press release from the CIAA. In preparation for an expected take up in domestic road trip camping holidays this summer and with over 741,000 registered RV’s, throughout November and December, education and awareness will be important in preparing Australians to ...

Pandemic’s Second Wave Hampers German Class A Maker

The 2021 Concorde Liner. (Photo credit: Concorde) Despite all the adversities of the current year, the caravanning industry is doing well compared to many other sectors. That won't change in the medium term. The boom, the demand for recreational vehicles and the "motorhome" desire for vacation and leisure are still great. This euphoria is broken, however, by the second wave ...

Fiat Chrysler Acquired; Company to be Called ‘Stellantis’

The merger between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group to create Stellantis is being called a merger of equals by the two companies, according to a report Automotive News, but recently-filed documents confirm what many analysts have believed since the deal was announced last year: The combination is actually an acquisition of FCA by PSA, at least for accounting purposes. ...

Gas Prices Even Cheaper Ahead of Thanksgiving Holiday

At $2.10, this Thanksgiving’s national gas price average is shaping up to be the lowest since 2015, according to a report by AAA. The holiday weekend average that year was a nickel cheaper at $2.05. “Typically, cheaper gas prices are an incentive for people to travel during a holiday weekend, but that is just not the case this year,” said ...

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