Month: February 2022

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 Administration (NHTSA): • Thor Motor Coach is recalling 731 2020-2021 Omni and Magnitude motorhomes. The LP gas line may have been incorrectly routed through the rear suspension leaf springs, which could damage the line and cause a gas leak. • Lance Camper Manufacturing Corp. ...

Kelley Blue Book Names 2022 Best Resale Value Winners

So many items have become more expensive to purchase over the last few years due to pandemic-influenced supply-chain issues, including new vehicles, according to a release from Kelley Blue Book. The experts predict that prices should gradually level out as inventory supplies rise and settle into more normal patterns over time, but given the fact that the average cost for ...

Two-Story Class C Has a Pop-Up Sunroom and an Elevator

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmrEmMxCIs8 At first glance, the SAIC Maxus Life Home V90 Villa Edition looks a lot like any other Class-C camper van you might see on the road, according to a report by RV Magazine. With its boxy body and bulbous roof, the Chinese-made RV does little to stand out from the crowd. But once the vehicle reaches the campsite, it quickly reveals an ...

USA Today: Not Everyone is Enamored with RV Lifestyle

It didn't take long for Karin Smith to realize the RV life was not for her, according to reporting by Bailey Schulz for USA Today. The Jupiter, Florida, resident and single mom bought a 1995 Fleetwood Bounder in January 2021, not only as a tool for travel but for peace of mind. With rent prices in Florida skyrocketing, Smith wanted to make sure she ...

RVers, Boaters Want to Stay in Touch While Getting Away

The recreational vehicle and marine industries have both seen unprecedented growth since the Covid-19 pandemic began, with families trying to socially distance and recreate away from home as cabin fever takes hold. And yet while “getting away” is on the minds of consumers in these industries, so is “staying in touch,” both when it comes to getting online and also ...

Soundings: ‘These Are Remarkable Times,’ Says Craig Kirby

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is an excerpt of an article by Craig Kirby, president of the RV Industry Association (RVIA), published by Soundings Trade Only, a trade media firm that covers the boating industry. Click here to read Kirby's article in full. As we head further into the first quarter of 2022, the recreational vehicle industry stands poised to continue ...

‘Camper Report Show’ Welcomes RVTI’s Curt Hemmeler

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVJiB3rFBnI The “Camper Report Show” is a weekly feature of Camper Report, which is part of the RV LIFE family of RVing websites that provide RV forums, RV trip planning tools and mobile apps, and one of the largest campground databases around. Co-hosted by Bob Zagami and John DiPietro – RV industry veterans in their own right – the Camper Report Show has partnered with RVBusiness by providing RV industry insider ...

Lazydays Schedules Q4 2021 Financial Results for March 10

TAMPA, Fla. –- Lazydays Holdings Inc.  (NasdaqCM: LAZY) today (Feb. 28) announced it plans to release financial results for its 2021 fourth quarter ended Dec. 31 on March 10 before the opening of the market. In conjunction with the release, the company has scheduled a conference call at 10 a.m., Eastern Time, that will also be broadcast live over the internet. What: Lazydays Holdings, Inc. Fourth ...

DexKo Group Creates AL-KO Vehicle Technology Electronics

To continue its growth in the electronics sector, particularly in the area of future connectivity, the multinational DexKo group is making a strategic merger between CBE and Nordelettronica (both of which it has owned since 2018 and 2020, respectively) to create a new company, AL-KO Vehicle Technology Electronics S.r. L., according to a report by AboutCampBtoB.com, an Italian trade media ...

Volta Power Systems Leverages Need for Advanced Energy

In early 2020, the Los Angeles Fire Department announced it had ordered North America’s first electric fire truck, made by Austrian vehiclemaker Rosenbauer International AG with an estimated price tag of $1.2 million. For that same price, a Holland, Mich.-based advanced energy storage company can outfit 29 fire trucks with its patented power systems that can cut carbon emissions by ...

Travel Group Says Easing of Canada Restrictions Falls Short

OTTAWA, Ont. – The Canadian Travel and Tourism Roundtable (CTTR) issued a statement following the Canadian government’s announcement of changes in federal COVID-19-related travel and border measures generally welcoming the government’s new stance but maintaining that the guidelines had “missed an opportunity.” The new guidelines, announced on Feb 15, take effect today (Feb. 28). “The Canadian Travel and Tourism Roundtable welcomes the federal ...

Truma Combi Enhances Camping in Thor Motor Coach B’s

Truma Combi ELKHART, Ind. – Truma has partnered with Thor Motor Coach to equip its Class B camper vans for year-round camping, according to a release. The Truma Combi is standard on all Sequence, Tellaro, Sanctuary and Tranquility models as well as the Rize 18M and Scope 18M models. In all six motorized models, saving space in the floorplan is ...

Sobel: RV Dealers Report Zoom Fatigue; Prefer ‘Immersion’

TACOMA: Wash. – In-person classes have emphatically resumed, according to a release by the RV-specific sales and management training school, Sobel University. After dealing with pandemic restrictions, including hotel limitations and the safety concerns of students traveling, they report that demand for in-person classes has exceeded pre-pandemic levels. “After talking with many dealer clients, zoom fatigue has been the theme ...

Capitol Talk: Gary Conley Talks Lance Camper Expansion

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ju9jmMd7TGc In this episode of RVBusiness Capitol Talk, Sherm Goldenberg and Rick Kessler are joined by Gary Conley of Lance Camper, a California-based division of REV Recreation Group, who discusses the company's expansion in Decatur, Ind., as well as his new role as VP/GM of the longtime truck and travel trailer manufacturer. Capitol Talk is sponsored by the Dicor Corporation, ...

Ian Somerhalder Chooses Fleetwood RV to Travel Country

DECATUR, Ind. – Actor and entrepreneur Ian Somerhalder has chosen a Fleetwood RV as his family’s home on the road, according to a release from Fleetwood parent company REV Recreation Group. Throughout 2022, Somerhalder is traveling the country in a luxury Fleetwood RV Discovery LXE 40M model to support his entrepreneurial endeavors and visit family and friends. Somerhalder is best known for his work ...

Consumer Confidence Declined Slightly in February – Again

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index fell slightly in February, after a decrease in January, according to a Feb. 22 release. The Index now stands at 110.5 (1985=100), down from 111.1 in January. The Present Situation Index—based on consumers’ assessment of current business and labor market conditions — improved to 145.1 from 144.5 last month. The Expectations Index—based on consumers’ short-term outlook ...

Fed’s Waller Says Bigger Rate Hike in March May Be Needed

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Governor Christopher Waller said Thursday he is willing to support a half-point interest rate hike at the central bank’s next meeting in March if upcoming data suggests inflation is worsening, according to an Associated Press report. Waller’s comments, in a speech at the University of California, Santa Barbara, underscore the range of opinion among Fed officials ...

Go RVing RV Owner Demographic Profile: Truck Campers

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. It also offers a breakdown of the different types ...

FMCA RV Convention & Expo Set for March 23-26 in Tucson

CINCINATTI, Ohio — Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA), an international organization for RV owners, will host its 104th International Convention and RV Expo at the Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson, Ariz., March 23-26, according to a press release from the FMCA. The event has been dubbed “Sunsets + Saguaros” and originally was scheduled to take place in March 2020. FMCA ...

Germany’s Mini-Teardrop Makes Camping More Attainable

The Kleox weighs 463 pounds and has a gross vehicle weight rating of 1,650 pounds. (Photo: Kleox) Teardrop trailers are among the smallest, simplest RVs out there, but for some campers they're still not quite small and simple enough, according to reporting at NewAtlas.com. Germany's Kleox fits that category, and it has solved the perceived problem by stripping the timeless ...

Lance Camper to Expand Operations into Decatur, Ind.

BROOKFIELD, Wis. ­­– Lance Camper, manufacturer of high-quality, ultra-lightweight composite-built truck campers and travel trailers, is expanding its manufacturing footprint, according to a press release. In addition to its 22-acre campus in Lancaster, Calif., Lance will add an assembly plant and component warehouse in Decatur, Ind. The Lance Decatur facilities will produce travel trailers for Lance dealers in the eastern ...

Outdoor Industry Association Calls for Public Lands Access

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Outdoor Industry Association issued the following statement in support of public lands and inclusion to outdoor businesses. The Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) exists to support our members by providing insights, education, advocacy, and action on the things that matter to and impact our industry most. We believe that our members share some core values, including creating and ...

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