Month: July 2021

The Dyrt Offers Tips on How Campers Can Beat the Heat

PORTLAND, Ore. – Amid the hottest summer on record, The Dyrt, the top camping app in the U.S. offers tips on how to find some heat relief while camping. Camping has skyrocketed in popularity over the past two summers with more people looking for local vacations where they can experience new landscapes close to home, particularly during the multiple heat ...

Winnebago, Minnesota Vikings Team Up on Hunger Initiative

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – The Winnebago Industries Foundation and the Minnesota Vikings Foundation are working together again to provide healthy meals to children in the Twin Cities and North Iowa, according to a press release from Winnebago. The Foundations have teamed up the past two years for the Vikings Table, a food truck program that addresses summer hunger. “We know ...

More Indiana Counties Join 2nd-Highest Virus Risk Group

More counties in Indiana this week moved from blue status, indicating low risk of COVID-19 community spread, to yellow and orange status, health officials said. (Image: Indiana State Department of Health) INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The number of Indiana counties approaching high risk for community spread of COVID-19 nearly quadrupled in one week as an especially contagious coronavirus variant spread throughout ...

Consumers Boost Spending 1% as Inflation Remains High

WASHINGTON — American consumers increased their spending by 1% in June — a dose of energy for an economy that is quickly rebounding from the pandemic recession but is facing new risks led by the delta variant of the coronavirus, according to an Associated Press report. At the same time, a key inflation barometer that is closely followed by the ...

WFCO Expansion Project to Facilitate Continued Innovation

Pictured (L to R) are WFCO team members Brent Lehman, sales director; Bobby Raatz, managing director; and Jamie Buckmeier, product development director. (Photo: Shawn Spence for RVBusiness) Growing demand for its products as well as the desire to expand and better serve its customer base has led Arterra Distribution, a division of the WFCO Group, to undertake a major expansion ...

Phil Ingrassia: Opportunities & Challenges in Washington

Phil Ingrassia EDITOR'S NOTE: The following column was written by Phil Ingrassia, president of the RV Dealers Association (RVDA), for the organization's July issue of RV Executive Today. It is reprinted with permission. Washington Merry-Go-Round was the title of a long-running political column written by Drew Pearson and later Jack Anderson. It was once required reading for DC political observers. ...

Brunswick Corp. Reports 57% Net Sales Increase in Q2

With strong global demand in all its business segments, Brunswick Corp. posted its second consecutive record quarter. For Q2 of 2021, the company saw net sales of $1.55 billion, a $567 million jump — 57% — compared with the same quarter last year, according to a report by Soundings Trade Only, which covers the marine industry. Among many businesses and brands ...

Biden Seeks Pledge for 40% of U.S. Sales to be EVs by 2030

WASHINGTON – The White House is negotiating to have automakers pledge that 40 percent or more of the vehicles they sell in the U.S. will be electric by the end of the decade, something the companies say will require the government to help promote the use of the cars, according to a report by Automotive News. UAW spokesman Brian Rothenberg ...

AL-KO to Exhibit ‘Green Caravanning’ at Caravan Salon

At the 2021 Caravan Salon Düsseldorf, the AL-KO Vehicle Technology Group will present its holistic approach on how caravanning can be made even more environmentally friendly, including lightweight solutions, electrification and longer ranges, optimized aerodynamics and CO2-optimized choice of materials and supply chain, according to a report by AboutCampBtoB.com, which covers the overseas RV industry. AL-KO is a sister company ...

Confident Consumers Ready to Spend on Goods, Services

Buoyed by vaccinations, widespread economic reopening, and a new round of government stimulus, American consumers reported spending more—and cutting back less—across a range of categories in the second quarter of 2021. According to the US Consumer Dynamics Report: Q2 2021, part of a series drawn from The Conference Board Global Consumer Confidence Survey, just 8% of respondents had no spare cash to ...

Outdoor Recreation Supports Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

On behalf of the growing $788 billion outdoor industry, the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) expressed its strong support for quickly advancing bipartisan infrastructure legislation, the organization announced in a release Thursday (July 29). the RV Industry Association (RVIA), RV Dealers Association (RVDA) and the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) are among the ORR's members. "We appreciate the ...

Snow Peak Bucks Traditional Campground with ‘Campfield’

Snow Peak’s Long Beach Campfield will be based on similar concepts the company operates in Japan. (Photo: Outside Business Journal) Snow Peak might be renowned for making premium outdoor gear, as it’s done since 1958, but the company believes its purpose is much deeper than selling tents, cook sets, and fire pits the world over, according to a report by ...

US Economy in Full Recovery Mode with 6.5% Q2 Growth

WASHINGTON — Fueled by vaccinations and government aid, the U.S. economy grew at a solid 6.5% annual rate last quarter in another sign that the nation has achieved a sustained recovery from the pandemic recession. The total size of the economy has now surpassed its pre-pandemic level, according to an Associated Press report. Thursday’s report from the Commerce Department estimated ...

‘Rollin’ On TV’ Visits Graphix Unlimited, Duo Form Plastics

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvRljSChuhA In this episode of "Rollin' On TV", the longtime RV lifestyle television program, the crew visits Duo Form Plastics to learn about the various RV items it manufactures. Later, host Jeff Johnston visits Graphix Unlimited for the installation of a full graphic wrap on his new Palomino truck camper. Then, ROTV heads over to the RV/MH Hall of Fame ...

Art Klee Celebrates 40-Year Anniversary at Suburban

Division president Art Klee is celebrating 40 years at Suburban, an Airxcel brand. Jeff Rutherford, Airxcel CEO, made the announcement today (July 29) in a press release. Art Klee Klee has spent his entire career at Suburban. In response to his father telling him he wasn't going to spend the summer hanging out at Newport Beach again, Klee joined Suburban ...

LKQ Reports Q2 2021 Revenue Rises 30.8% Year Over Year

CHICAGO – LKQ Corporation today (July 29) reported second quarter 2021 results that reflect strength for the company in a number of key metrics including total revenue, segment margins and free cash flow. In other second quarter developments, MSCI increased the Company's ESG rating from A to AA, and Fitch Ratings, Inc. assigned LKQ an initial rating of ‘BBB-’ (outlook ...

Go RVing Owner Profiles: Adventure Seeker Overview

The Go RVing RV Owner Demographic Profile is the most comprehensive study of RV ownership ever conducted, providing deep insights and perspectives on the demographics and ownership habits of RV Owners, Former RV Owners, and RV Intenders. The study identified seven distinct clusters based on RV owners’ unique motivations, needs, and habits. The “Adventure Seekers” cluster may only make up 1% of ...

Go RVing Campaign Releases 2020 Annual Report

New Challenges. New Agencies. New Campaign. 2020 proved to be the right time to introduce Americans to the idea of RVing and the perfect time to launch a new campaign with a completely different look and feel, according to a release from the RV Industri Association. Check out Go RVing’s successes, challenges, and continuing efforts to tell the RV story ...

RVIA Back To In-Person Regulatory, Safety Seminar

After last year’s virtual seminar, the RV Industry Association (RVIA) will return to hosting the Regulatory & Safety Compliance Seminar (formerly titled, “NHTSA Seminar”) in-person, complimentary to all members, according to a release from the RVIA. The Regulatory & Safety Compliance Seminar will focus on the following compliance and recall topics: NHTSA and Transport Canada labeling requirements How to improve ...

Here’s a Compilation of Useful Tips for First-Time RVers

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The COVID-19 pandemic created a huge surge in travel trailer sales over the past year. People were desperate to get away safely. Forced to work from home, some discovered they could be productive from just about anywhere with some connectivity. So why not hit the road and see the country? asks writer Joshua Gunter at Cleveland.com. I ...

Encore RV, Thousand Trails Earn Tripadvisor Awards

CHICAGO – Encore RV resorts and Thousand Trails campgrounds, which provide vacationers the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors in top camping and RV resort destinations around the country, announced in a press release that 54 of its properties received the 2021 Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice award. Two winners received the award for the first time in 2021, Lake & Shore RV Resort ...

Patrick Industries Sees 141% Increase In Q2 Sales

ELKHART, Ind.– Patrick Industries Inc., a leading component solutions provider for the RV, marine, manufactured housing  and industrial markets today (July 29) reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 27, 2021.   Net sales in the second quarter of 2021 increased $596.0 million, or 141%, to $1.02 billion from $424.0 million in the second quarter of 2020. The ...

Grand Design Names Hall to Solitude Product Manager

MIDDLEBURY, Ind. – Grand Design RV today (July 29) announced the promotion of Tommy Hall to the role of product manager for the Solitude line of fifth wheels. Hall is in his fifth year at Grand Design RV and his twelfth year overall in the industry. Tommy Hall His previous roles within the company include Northeast U.S. Sales Representative for ...

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