Month: May 2021

CTEK Chargers Offer Power, Reliability, Company Says

CTEK’s onboard charging system, featuring the D250SE and SMARTPASS 120S, are designed to give RV owners the power and reliability they need, when they need it, according to a press release from CTEK. Spooky stories around the campfire seldom mention battery woes, but RV owners know a lack of power can hamper their weekend fun, the release states. CTEK’s onboard ...

Electric Van Maker to Open at Mishawaka, Ind., Plant

It will be only a matter of months before Electric Last Mile Inc. is able to begin producing electric delivery vehicles at the former Hummer H2 plant, according to reporting by Ed Semmler in the South Bend Tribune. The company, which has been valued at about $1.4 billion, is expected to become publicly listed on the Nasdaq before the end ...

RKS Off-Road Adds Ventura RV Connection to Network

California-based RKS Off-Road announced in a press release the appointment of its fourth U.S. dealer, Ventura RV Connection, as part of its rapidly growing network for their Purpose Trailer. A family-owned business with a long-standing history in the local community, the Ventura RV Connection team prides itself on delivering an exceptional level of personalized service to every customer, the release ...

Camper Report: 5 Best Class C Floorplans for Full-Timers

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is an edited excerpt from an article by Camper Report, which is part of the RV Life network of consumer-facing websites, discussion forums and digital tools all geared toward RVers. Click here to read the article in full. A Class C motorhome has a distinguishing feature from the Class A motorhome. They have the cab-over profile ...

RVDA of Alberta Urges Support for Tourism Week

Tourism Week is a time to celebrate our industry’s contributions to the lives and livelihoods that are touched by the 25,546 tourism businesses in Albeta and is May 23 – 30, according to a press release from the Recreational, Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Alberta. The Tourism Industry Association of Alberta (TIAA) is working with partners across Canada this week ...

Marine Sector to Expand ‘Discover Boating’ Campaign

Last summer, the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) joined together to leverage their combined strengths to expand Discover Boating, improve boater retention and increase boating participation. As part of the organization's joint efforts, MRAA focused its efforts on boater retention and helping the industry improve the overall buying and ownership experiences. ...

MARVAC Celebrates 80 Years of Michigan Camping, RVing

MARVAC Detroit RV Show at the Detroit Auxillary Armory in 1984. As one of the oldest state associations, the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) has been connecting camping and RV enthusiasts with Michigan-based dealers, suppliers and campgrounds for 80 years. “We weren’t there when Henry Ford and Thomas Edison took their glamping vacations in 1914 and introduced ...

RVezy Raises $19 Million in Venture Capital for RV Rentals

The RVezy funding is yet another sign that the outdoor sector is booming, according to a report by research website Skif. RVezy, a peer-to-peer marketplace for renting recreational vehicles (RVs) and campervans in North America, has raised about $19 million ($23 million Canadian dollars). Investor Markus Frind, founder of the online dating app Plenty of Fish, made the venture funding ...

East To West Charts a New Course with Class C Entrada

Posing with the all-new East To West Class C Entrada are, from left, Plant Manager Jason Jones, Assistant Plant Manager Zephir Perez, Engineer Bob Thomas, Co-General Manager Eric Sharp, Purchasing Manager Jerry Szabo, Sales Manager Tony Young, and Co-General Manager Lisa Liegl Rees. How fitting that Entrada, the name of the new Class C motorhome by East To West Inc., ...

RVB Capitol Talk: Previewing the Aftermarket Conference

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-p0N819aBAE In this episode of Capitol Talk, Gregg Fore and Rick Kessler of RVBusiness are joined by RV Designer President John Tinghitella, Norco Industries Sales Manager John Hawkins, and Jeremy Greene, senior director of events and marketing for the RV Industry Association, for a conversation about the upcoming RV Aftermarket Conference as well as the challenges currently facing the supply ...

RVIA’s Kirby: ‘Truly Remarkable Times for Our Industry’

Craig Kirby EDITOR'S NOTE: The following message is from RV Industry Association President Craig Kirby. As we head into the weekend dubbed the unofficial start of summer, it is amazing to consider the ride the RV industry continues to experience. RV manufacturers have set new RV shipment records for each of the past six months, and all industry segments continue ...

Severe Labor Shortage Dampens Summer Travel Forecast

After a year of coronavirus lockdowns, the start of summer beckons with vacation plans made possible by relaxed COVID-19 restrictions, according to an Associated Press report published by The Goshen News. But a severe worker shortage brings a warning for travelers: Expect delays and pack a little patience. Lifeguards and hotel housekeepers are in short supply. So are rental cars. ...

ORR Officials Want to ‘Cut the Red Tape’ to Getting Outside

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) threw its support behind Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rep. Blake Moore’s (R-UT) reintroduced Recreation Not Red Tape Act to lower obstacles for people to recreate in, improve and prioritize the outdoors, according to a release. The bill tackles cumbersome permitting and other processes for outdoor guides, as well as trail and ...

Report: GM to Restart Several Plants Over the Next Month

General Motors plans to restart production at several assembly plants affected by the global microchip shortage over the next month, including CAMI Assembly in Ontario, which has been down since February, the automaker said Thursday (May 27) according to a report by the Automotive News. The chip crisis remains fluid globally, said GM spokesman David Barnas, but the supply chain ...

Campspot Announces Affiliate Marketing Program

Campspot, a leading online marketplace for RV resorts, family campgrounds, cabins, glamping options and more, announces today a new affiliate marketing program to offer media, independent publishers and other partners commission on sales on the Campspot platform. Campspot's new affiliate program will be run through AWIN, the leading global affiliate network with 205,000 contributing publishers and 14,600 brands. Through Campspot's affiliate ...

RV Shipments Surge, but Struggle to Keep Up with Demand

Even with a highly competitive labor market and supply-chain issues, RV manufacturers in the greater Elkhart region are managing to produce at record volumes, according to reporting by Ed Semmler in the South Bend Tribune. RV shipments to dealers in April reached 51,813 units, the most for any April on record, and a 9% increase over the previous record set in ...

Analyst Says Wholesale RV Values Still Setting Records

The wholesale values of RVs continue to rise amid a surge in demand, according to a monthly report from Black Book. “The values of used RVs sold at wholesale auctions rose across the board last month," said Eric Lawrence, Principal Analyst – Specialty Markets at Black Book. "We have been hearing from dealers around the country that consumer demand is ...

GreenPower Delivers EV Star Cabs, Chassis to Forest River

GreenPower’s EV Star Cab and Chassis. (Photo credit: GreenPower GreenPower Motor Company Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of zero-emission, electric-powered, medium and heavy-duty vehicles, has announced in a press release that Forest River Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway Company, has taken delivery of the first five of GreenPower’s purpose-built EV Star Cab and Chassis (CC). Forest River is the market ...

Video: Quick Snip Finance Tip on Handling Objections

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wXQ9qRIz28 Jamison Carrier of Relentless Dealer Services, which provides a suite of F&I, compliance, analytics, training and other business services to dealerships, offers guidance on overcoming objections in this sixth installment of its “Quick Snip Finance Tip” video series being made available through RVBusiness.

Flow-Rite Named ‘Best, Brightest Company to Work For’

For the fifth straight year, Flow-Rite has been named as one of West Michigan's Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, according to a press release. Presented by the National Association for Business Resources, the annual award honors companies that distinguish themselves with the most innovative and thoughtful approach to human resources. A national program judged by an independent research ...

Cavco Industries Reports Strong Q4, Year End Results

Cavco Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: CVCO) today (May 27) announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended April 3, 2021. Fiscal year 2021 was a 53-week year, with the extra week falling in the fourth quarter. Key Takeaways, Fourth Quarter 2021 Recorded highest quarterly net revenue in the company’s history at $306.5 million Gross profit as a percentage ...

RV Retailer Building World-Class Airstream Store in Texas

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based RV Retailer LLC received rezoning for an RV dealership development in Buda, Texas, during a recent City Council meeting, according to a report by Art Benavidez at the Virtual Builders Exchange. RV Retailer recently acquired the dealership and is proposing the demolition of the current site and construction of a new RV dealership. “We are planning to ...

Thor Motor Coach’s RUVs Get an All-New Look for 2022 

Thor Motor Coach’s Gemini AWD, Compass AWD, Axis and Vegas Recreational Utility Vehicles (RUVs) have fresh exterior and interior color options for the 2022 model year.  Gemini AWD comes in four new exteriors. “Atlantis Blue” and “Sun City” graphics on HD-Max® sidewalls and “Sirius Blue” and “Moonwalk” full-body paints. The patterns use bold colors against neutral bases for a contrasting ...

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