Month: August 2021

‘RV Lifestyle’ Highlights its ‘5 Best Camping Memberships’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgJqlXHuRgw&feature=emb_logo EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is an edited excerpt of an article are by Mike and Jennifer Wendland, Michigan-based RVers and creators of the RV Lifestyle website, podcast and YouTube channel. Are you interested in joining a campground membership or club? Campground memberships and clubs offer exclusive access, discounts, learning opportunities, and unique experiences to their members. They often come with a host of benefits ...

Research Firm Sees Driving Outlawed by 2050. Seriously?

Autonomous cars will match or exceed human safety by 2024, after which they will grow rapidly at a CAGR of 30% finds IDTechEx’s new report “Autonomous Cars, Robotaxis & Sensors 2022–2042”. By the 2040s, they will be capable of fulfilling the world’s mobility needs without a single collision. So why should humans be allowed to continue driving? For a long ...

Gas Prices Might Temporarily Spike Following Hurricane Ida

WASHINGTON, D.C. —The national gas price average decreased by two cents as of Sunday, the cheapest price since early July, but was back up a penny to $3.15 Monday (Aug. 30) morning following Hurricane Ida, according to AAA. The storm has left more than one million people in Louisiana and Mississippi without power and likely taken about 13% of U.S. ...

Louisiana Industrial Firms Could Be ‘Weeks’ Without Power

Sixteen years after Katrina to the day, Hurricane Ida struck the coast of Louisiana as a Category 4 storm. While oil, chemical, and plastic companies in the area were able to take routine precautions against pouring water and pounding rain, lingering blackouts in the area may prove to be the more lasting disaster, according to a report by IndustryWeek. According ...

NY Times: The World is Short of Everything. Get Used to It

Like most people in the developed world, Kirsten Gjesdal had long taken for granted her ability to order whatever she needed and then watch the goods arrive, without any thought about the factories, container ships and trucks involved in delivery. Not anymore, writes New York Times reporters Peter S. Goodman and Keith Bradsher. At her kitchen supply store in Brookings, ...

Governor Extends Orders as Delta Variant Surges in Indiana

As COVID-19 cases continue to surge, bolstered by the delta variant, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb on Monday (Aug. 30) renewed the state’s public health emergency order for the 18th time, according to a report by the South Bend Tribune. The latest renewal will run through the end of September. At the same time, Holcomb also issued a short-term order for handling ...

Entries Sought for Spader Leadership Development Program

FAIRFAX, Va. – The Mike Molino RV Learning Center announced it is accepting applications for the 2022-23 Duane Spader Leadership Development Scholarship.  This scholarship honors the RV industry service of Spader Business Management founder Duane Spader, a past chairman of the RV Dealers Association (RVDA), and a champion of life-long learning, according to an RVDA release. Through the Mike Molino ...

Thetford Launches More Efficient T2000 Mark 2 12v Fridges

Thetford has enhanced its RV 12 V compressor refrigerators with the launch of a T2000 Mark 2 series for 2022. These models offer improved compressor technology and electronics that reduce energy consumption by up to 20%, according to information from the company posted by AboutCampBtoB.com. Dirk Valder, Manager product management OEM at Thetford: “Advancements in recent years made us partner ...

Way Interglobal Introduces the Elite Flex Power Generator

Way Interglobal today (Aug. 31) announced its newest power solution to the RV marketplace, the Elite Flex Power Generator. The Flex Power is the next generation of RV generators and is ideal for camping, at-home backup, recreational activities and emergency power needs, according to a release. Designed to be more compact and lightweight than other comparable models, the flex power is ...

Coleman-Mach’s ‘iWave-M Iconic Air Purifier’ Recognized

Coleman-Mach iWave Installation WICHITA, Kan. - Coleman-Mach continues to be recognized as an innovative product leader in the RV aftermarket with its suite of Climate Control Accessories including the iWave-M Ionic Air Purifier that was a finalist for the RV Industry Association’s (RIVA) 2021 Product of the Year Award, according to a release from the Airxcel RV Group company. The ...

National Forests Closed in California; No Labor Day Camping

With fires raging across the state, the USDA Forest Service is closing all 20 million acres of California’s national forests to public access for two weeks beginning today (Aug. 31), according to a report by The Sacramento Bee. In an announcement Monday, the Forest Service said the closure will extend through at least Sept. 17. “I have made the difficult ...

Lippert Workers Pitch In to Build Wheelchair Ramp for Teen

Volunteers from Lippert Plant 58 work with the nonprofit organization Servants at Work to build a wheelchair ramp for Sujeidy Vasquez and her 13-year-old son Oscar. (Elkhart Truth photo / Dani Messick) ELKHART, Ind. — Volunteers from Lippert’s program Lippert Cares helped build an ADA-compliant ramp for the family of one of their own over the weekend, according to a ...

Stellantis Suspends Ram 1500 Output Due to Chip Shortage

The ongoing chip shortage has forced Stellantis to halt Ram 1500 production this week at its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Michigan, according to a report by Automotive News. The Sterling Heights facility, which employs 7,068 and operates on three shifts, will be down for one week. The plant also had downtime in July. Sterling Heights is just one of ...

Feds Appoint Port Envoy to Address Supply Chain Issues

John D. Porcari WASHINGTON – The White House and the U.S. Department of Transportation on Aug. 27 announced that John D. Porcari will be the Port Envoy to the Biden-Harris Administration Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force. Porcari will work closely with Buttigieg and the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) as well as the National Economic Council to address congestion at U.S. ...

2022 RVIA Board of Directors Election to Begin Next Week

Voting in the election for the RV Industry Association (RVIA) Board of Directors begins in one week, according to a News & Insights report by the RVIA. The Board of Directors is the highest-level authority in the association’s overall organizational structure and is responsible for setting and overseeing strategy and policies related to critical topics such as standards, marketing, government ...

Meyer Dist. Sets RV Mega Show for Jan. 11-12 in Indiana

Meyer Distributing recently announced its 3rd annual Meyer RV Mega show will be Jan. 11-12, 2022, at the “Midwest’s Premier Resort Destination,” French Lick Springs Hotel in French Lick, Ind., according to a release. “Our 1st annual RV Mega show was held at the French Lick Springs Resort and it received rave reviews from our attendees and vendors, so we ...

Winnebago Aids Haiti, Launches Employee Hardship Fund

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Winnebago Industries and the Winnebago Industries Foundation recently mobilized resources to support earthquake relief and recovery in Haiti and also launched a year-round GOTogether Fund to aid employees facing natural and personal disasters, according to a release. “We feel the loss following the recent earthquake in Haiti especially acutely along with our colleagues of Haitian descent. ...

REV Group Set to Release Q3 2021 Earnings on Sept. 8

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – REV Group has announced in a press release that it is planning to release its third quarter 2021 results before market open on Sept. 8. The results will be discussed during a live webcast later that morning at 10 a.m. E.T., Sept. 8. To access the webcast, investors should go to www.revgroup.com at least 15 minutes prior ...

Report: NHTSA Issues its Latest Rundown of RV Recalls

The following is the latest list of RV recalls complied by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA): • Kibbi LLC (aka Renegade RV) is recalling 304 2019-2021 Vienna and Villagio recreational vehicles. Exhaust temperatures may cause the storage box to melt or catch on fire. • Ford Motor Company is recalling 16,430 2021 F-150 Super Cab vehicles. The front ...

German RV Industry Continues Record Run of Retail Sales

Sales volume in the caravanning industry rose by more than 21% in the first half-year despite problems in the supply chain and delays in production, according to a press release from the German Caravanning Industry Association e.V. (CVID). In the first half of 2020, sales had been declining due to the Corona pandemic. In total, 6.8 billion euros have been ...

Hurricane Ida Slams La., Now Downgraded to Tropical Storm

A man passes by a section of roof that was blown off of a building in the French Quarter by Hurricane Ida winds, Sunday, Aug. 29, in New Orleans. (AP Photo: Eric Gay) After slamming into Louisiana’s coast as a Category 4 storm Sunday (Aug. 29), Ida has been downgraded to a tropical storm Monday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center. USA ...

Overland Expo in Colo. Offers Off-Grid Vendors, Seminars

The Mountain West Overland Expo made its first appearance in Colorado this weekend, featuring vendors and experts in the overlanding industry. (Photo credit: Randy Owens/RandyOwens.Smugmug.com) The first Mountain West Overland Expo kicked off Friday (Aug. 27) at The Ranch Events Center, in Greely, Colo., drawing hundreds of overland enthusiasts to the event, according to a report in the Greeley Tribune. ...

Patrick Industries Completes Acquisition of Tumacs Covers

ELKHART, Ind. – Patrick Industries, Inc. announced in a press release today  (Aug. 30) that it has completed the acquisition of Tumacs Covers, a leading manufacturer of custom designed boat covers, canvas frames and bimini tops, primarily serving marine OEMs and dealers. Tumacs is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., with manufacturing facilities in Indiana and Pennsylvania and a distribution/service center in ...

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