Month: February 2021

Summer Outdoor Retailer Trade Show Postponed 8 Weeks

To ensure a “safe and successful in-person event” and meet the capacity requirements of the Colorado Convention Center amid ongoing Covid-19 precautions, Outdoor Retailer is altering its traditional show cycle and moving its Summer Market eight weeks back, according to a report by SNEWS, a trade media outlet that covers the outdoor retail industry. Outdoor Retailer, a subsidiary of trade ...

Marcus Lemonis Partners with Film, TV Production Company

Marcus Lemonis Marcus Lemonis, investor, businessman and longtime host of The Profit on CNBC has made a significant investment in award-winning Zero Point Zero Production (ZPZ), founded by producers Lydia Tenaglia and Chris Collins, according to a release Zero Point Zero's award-winning portfolio includes over 50 Primetime Emmy nominations and 15 wins, 33 Daytime Emmy Nominations and 14 wins, 12 James Beard Awards Nominations and ...

Harvest Hosts Selects 5W Public Relations for Marketing

5W Public Relations, one of the largest independently-owned PR firms in the U.S., has been named agency of record by Harvest Hosts, a membership program that allows RVers to access unique overnight stays at farms, wineries, breweries, and other scenic small businesses across North America, according to a release. 5W will work with Harvest Hosts to communicate the story behind the ...

Federal Credit Reporting Agency Unlikely, AFSA Says

The push for a single federal credit reporting agency would be futile, according to an executive at the American Financial Services Association, writes Jackie Charniga for a report published by Automotive News. The logistical and financial challenges of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau launching and maintaining such an agency would be unrealistic, said Celia Winslow, AFSA senior vice president. Proponents ...

US, Canada Transportation Depts. Vow Emissions Action

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a joint statement made Thursday (Feb. 25) by the U.S. Department of Transportation and Transport Canada on the "Nexus between the Transportation and Climate Change:" Recognizing the transport sector constitutes one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions for both nations, and in light of the integrated nature of our transportation sectors, U.S. Secretary ...

National Parks Hosted 237M Visitors in 2020, Down 28%

Outdoor experiences provided refuge from the pandemic for 237 million visitors to America’s national parks in 2020. The number represents a 28% decrease from the previous year due largely to temporary park closures and restrictions implemented in response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a arelease. Although overall visitation dropped, a number of parks experienced record crowds and welcomed new ...

RV Dealer in Canada Says Interest in RV’s Remains Strong

One of Canada’s largest RV dealers, based in Western Manitoba, is winding down their annual sale and it appears there’s still lots of interest in people looking to get out to the great outdoors, according to a report at DiscoverWestMan.com. Four Seasons Sales has retail outlets in Winnipeg, Virden, Regina and Medicine Hat. Marketing Manager Britt Lawson Corbett says they ...

Crain Automotive Holdings Buys Arkansas RV Dealership

Arkansas-based automotive dealer group Crain Automotive Holdings has acquired Northwest RV Sales and Service at 5950 W. Sunset Ave., west of Interstate 49 in Springdale, Ark., according to a report by TalkBusiness.net. The 3.9-acre property changed hands for $2.03 million, according to property records. That does not include the business price. Josh and Eloise Pettit were the previous property owners. ...

Forest River Salem Says ‘Future is Now’ in Creative Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aMeYBSKAIY&feature=emb_logo Forest River Inc. posted the above video on Thursday (Feb. 25). Here's what company officials had to say about it: "The ultimate evolution of consumer-centric design and versatility, the Versa Lounge offers three possible slide configurations with a single piece of furniture. By nature of appealing to all fundamental needs, expectations are not simply met, but far exceeded."

RV Learning Center Seeks College Scholarship Applicants

The Mike Molino RV Learning Center College Scholarship Program is accepting applications for the scholarship through July 5, according to a release. Applications may be submitted online. The scholarship is available for current undergraduate students who are employed in the RV industry, are a dependent of an RV industry employee, and to those seeking a career in the RV industry ...

RVIA to Host Members-Only Webinars on Trade, Forecasts

EDITOR'S NOTE: The RV Industry Association (RVIA) will host two members-only webinars in the coming weeks. Webinar: Spring Roadsigns Forecast Insights With ITR Economics On Thursday, March 4, RVIA will host a members-only webinar to review the new Spring RV Roadsigns forecast and provide insight on how the forecast was developed from ITR Economics Senior Economist and Econ Manager Eric Post. ...

RVshare’s Jon Gray Tells Forbes RV Travel is Here to Stay

John Gray, CEO of RVshare As the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic draws near, it’s difficult to comprehend the devastation that has been wrought within the realm of travel and hospitality over just twelve months, writes Jarad Ranahan at Forbes.com. From major airlines to world-class resorts, few businesses have survived the past year entirely unscathed — though one industry ...

Airstream Customer Council Established for Second Year

Airstream, Inc., maker of the iconic “silver bullet” fleet of Airstream travel trailers and best-in-class touring coaches, has selected a diverse group of 15 Airstreamers, including several new owners, to serve on the company’s second Airstream Customer Council (ACC). The ACC was created in 2019 as part of Airstream’s ongoing efforts to elicit owner feedback and give Airstreamers a voice ...

RV Retailer Touts Achievements at 2021 Leadership Summit

RV Retailer LLC’s (RVR) top 100 leaders from 55 U.S. stores gathered Monday (Feb. 22) for the RVR 2021 Leadership Summit in Tampa, Fla., to “celebrate RVR’s meteoric growth in 2020 and set the game plan and goals for a great 2021,” according to a release from the Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.-based dealer group. RV Retailer President and CEO Jon Ferrando ...

Cummins Announces Five Promoted to Vice President Roles

Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) announced today (Feb. 25) that several leaders were named vice presidents, effective March 1. These appointments are consistent with the company's approach to succession planning and leadership development to ensure the company is best positioned for continued growth and success. "The world is rapidly changing and we need strong leaders who excel at both strategy and ...

National Retail Federation Forecasts Strong ’21 Sales Growth

The nation’s largest retail trade group is forecasting strong retail sales growth this year that could surpass last year’s pace as more individuals get vaccinated and the economy reopens, according to a report by the Indianapolis Business Journal. The National Retail Federation said Wednesday it anticipates that retail sales will grow between 6.5% and 8.2%, to more than $4.33 trillion, ...

2021 Virtual Toronto Camping & RV Show Opens Today

The largest RV show in Canada is going virtual in 2021 due to the COVID 19 pandemic, according to a press release from the show's organizers. "Join us virtually from the comforts of your home or office where you will find more than 400 RVs on display and online for sale featuring the latest and greatest 2021 models for any ...

Updated ‘NFPA 1192 Standard for RVs’ Handbook Available

The RV Industry Association (RVIA) has released the latest update for NFPA 1192, Standard for Recreational Vehicles. The handbook sets the latest standards for fire and life safety in RVs and was developed using the ANSI consensus method to deliver a uniform minimum safety standard. “It’s a little bit delayed getting out as we transitioned Bruce Hopkins out into retirement ...

RV Technical Institute Level 2 Textbooks Ready for Purchase

The RV Technical Institute (RVTI) is delivering its latest option for RV technicians looking to receive training on the only industry-wide certification with the release of the all-new Level 2 self-study textbooks, according to a News & Insights report by the RV Industry Association (RVIA). Starting today (Feb. 25), these Level 2 textbooks will be available for purchase on the ...

Biden Seeks $37 Billion to Boost Automotive Chip Output

President Joe Biden said Wednesday (Feb. 24) he would seek $37 billion in funding for legislation to supercharge chip manufacturing in the United States as a shortfall of semiconductors has forced U.S. automakers and other manufacturers to cut production, according to a report by Automotive News. Biden also signed an executive order Wednesday aimed at addressing the global semiconductor chip ...

China-Based Ecocampor Seeks North American Dealer Base

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJa6Yx8cj7E&feature=emb_imp_woyt   A Chinese RV manufacturer is looking to establish a dealer base in North America. Established in 2008 and located in Guangdong, China, Ecocampor Vehicle Co. Ltd, manufactures travel trailer, truck and tent campers, which already are available for purchase on international shopping sites such as Alibaba.com and Tradewheel.com in Australia. In an email interview with RVBusiness, Ecocampor officials ...

Dealer Safety, Leadership & Training Webinars Coming Soon

The Mike Molino RV Learning Center’s strategic partner KPA will present three free webinars that cover workplace safety during the month of March. To view more information on upcoming and on-demand webinars click here. “Improve EHS Performance and ROI with Strong Leadership and Technology Investment” is a brand-new webinar that will be presented at 2 p.m. Eastern, Wednesday, March 3. ...

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