Month: April 2022

Media Training Session Available for ‘RVs Move America’

Newly added this year, attendees at RVs Move America Week will have the opportunity to receive media training at 1:45 p.m., Monday, June 6, according to a News & Insights report by the RV Industry Association (RVIA). This interactive session is designed to provide participants with the tools for handling media interviews and empower them to deliver their message with ...

Dometic Announces 10 Hires to Support RV Customers

ELKHART, Ind. – To provide continued customer support for their wide array of RV customers, Dometic has added 10 new members to the team, according to a press release from the company. These additions will support a variety of functions including territory development management, distribution management, specialty trailer sales, sales training management and B2B e-commerce product and customer specialists. "In ...

Catalytic Converter Thefts Filling Up Auto Service Bays

There has been a sharp increase in the number of catalytic converters being stolen across the country, resulting in vehicles stacking up in dealership service departments as customers endure costly and lengthy repairs and manufacturers, police and legislators search for a way to curb the thefts, according to a report by Automotive News. The National Insurance Crime Bureau said there were ...

2022 RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Awards Set for Nov. 9

Nominations for the 2022 RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Awards are scheduled to get underway in early May as U.S. and Canadian manufacturers are asked to select their most professional dealers as part of the popular, 11-year-old awards program facilitated by RVBusiness magazine. Nominated dealers’ applications, once completed, are then reviewed by a panel of industry executives during a rigorous two-day session after ...

Ongoing RVRA Survey to Shed Light on Rental Segment

The rental segment of the RV industry has grown significantly since MBA Insurance’s Bert Alanko pressed the RV Dealers Association (RVDA) for creation of an organization to represent dealers who also rented RVs. In the late 1980s the RV Rental Association (RVRA) was formed and still consists of both full-line dealers and those who only rent their fleet. But enough ...

Latest ‘Rootless Living’ Issue Looks at Road Schooling

EDITOR’S NOTE: The May/June issue of Rootless Living, a consumer-facing nomadic lifestyle magazine, has just been published. Here’s what’s featured in this issue: A Big Decision – These 14 questions can help you decide if full time travel is a good fit for you and your family An Education on Wheels – Traveling with a family means being responsible for education; read ...

‘Ramblin’ Pushers’ Maintenance Session Makes Return

Several of the 130 coaches on hand at the Ramblin' Pushers Maintenance Sessions are parked at the Elkhart County Fairgrounds. (Photo: Len Henderson/Ramblin' Pushers) Ray Blush After a two-year, COVID-induced hiatus, the annual Ramblin’ Pushers Maintenance Session (MS) returns to the Elkhart County Fairgrounds in Goshen, Ind., this week. Running from April 27 through May 5, the event is playing ...

High-End RV Launches as ‘Ultimate Off-Grid Workspace’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUhR3diizzA SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Living Vehicle, a luxury electric travel trailer with impressive off-grid capabilities and more solar power than most homes, debuts its ergonomic “Creative Studio” – making working anywhere a reality, even in demanding creative industries, according to a release. With this addition and Living Vehicle’s self-sufficient technology and enduring, sustainable power, editors, producers, animators, architects, developers, and all creative professions ...

Last Call for Potato Creek SP Restoration Volunteers

The Emerging Leaders Coalition Industry Volunteer Day is now less than two weeks away, according to a News & Insights report by the RV Industry Association (RVIA). Hosted by the RV Industry Association's (RVIA) Emerging Leaders Coalition, the upcoming volunteer park restoration project is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, May 11, at Potato Creek State Park. The event will launch ...

Go RVing Owner Demographic Profile: Park Model RVs

A Park Model RV by Cavco (RVBusiness file photo) 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,  according to a News & Insights report by the RV Industry Association (RVIA).. The study identified seven distinct ...

Video: Daybreak Transformed into All-Pink Barbie RV

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vs0wratxiFU The Real Barbie RV is, as its very name implies, real, according to a report by AutoEvolution.com. It bears no association to the actual Barbie or to Mattel, the company that’s been making the uber-famous doll for 63 years (and counting), but it is a real motorhome and, most importantly, one that Barbie would love to live in, if she herself were ...

Senate Bill Eyes U.S. Car Dealers Seeking LIFO Tax Relief

WASHINGTON — U.S. dealerships facing a significant tax burden this year triggered by global supply chain disruptions and subsequent inventory shortages related to COVID-19 could be one step closer to getting relief, according to a report by Automotive News. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, plans to introduce legislation Thursday that would provide relief to dealerships that use the "last in, first out" ...

Ford Launch Party Video: The All-New, All-Electric F-150

https://youtu.be/2llR0z-xYho April 26 marked the launch of the all-new, all-electric F-150® Lightning pickup, a milestone moment in America's shift to electric vehicles, according to information provided by Ford Motor Company. Ford and UAW leaders hosted F-150 Lightning customers and Ford employees at the new Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Michigan to celebrate "Job 1" and the start of production ...

Actor John Ratzenberger Partners with Xtreme Outdoors

Little Guy Founder Joe Kicos (left) with actor John Ratzenberger (right) at the Xtreme Outdoors factory in Somerset, PA. UNIONTOWN, Ohio –  Actor, producer and director John Ratzenberger will be traveling the backroads of America this year, towing a 2022 Little Guy Max while chronicling his journey across his and all of Little Guy’s social media platforms, according to a release ...

RV Execs Part of ORR’s EVs & Clean Technologies Event

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) held the first-ever Electric Vehicle & Next Generation Technologies for Outdoor Recreation Summit Wednesday (April 27) to convene discussion around the strategic deployment of electric vehicles and other green technologies into the outdoor recreation market and economy. The event kicked off with remarks from Austin Brown, Senior Director of Transportation Emissions at the ...

Dometic Reports Net Sales Growth of 55% in 1st Quarter

STOCKHOLM – Dometic Group today announced financial results from the first quarter of 2022 including strong sales growth of 55% and a solid EBITA margin of 14.8%. FIRST QUARTER 2022 HIGHLIGHTS: (Swedish krona to United States dollar conversion: 1 SEK = 0.10175 USD) Net sales were SEK 7,518 m (4,858); an increase of 55%, of which 7% was organic growth. ...

Q1 Economy Shrank 1.4%, But Consumers Kept Spending

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy shrank last quarter for the first time since the pandemic recession struck two years ago, contracting at a 1.4% annual rate, but consumers and businesses kept spending in a sign of economic durability, according to an Associated Press report. The economy’s overall decline in the January-March quarter does not mean a recession is likely in ...

J.D. Power: RV Used Unit Values Remain Strong in Q1 ’22

Seasonality was somewhat more pronounced in early 2022 than in the previous two years, according to a report by J.D. Power. This dynamic was also present in other specialty vehicle segments. Economic conditions continue to evolve, and it is likely the consumer is responding to some extent. Looking at individual segments, the most recent 10 years of standard hitch travel ...

LKQ Corporation Declares $3.3 Billion in Q1 2022 Revenue

CHICAGO – LKQ Corporation (Nasdaq:LKQ), parent company of Keystone Automotive and its NTP-STAG RV distribution division, today (April 28) reported first quarter 2022 results that reflect year-over-year improvement in revenue and earnings per share. Among the highlights: Revenue of $3.3 billion (up 5.6% year-over-year) Parts and services organic revenue increased 6.9% (5.6% on a per day basis) Diluted EPS of $0.94 ...

Lippert Unveils New Innovation for its OneControl RV App

ELKHART, Ind. – Lippert Components, Inc. has announced in a press release it has launched a complete redesign of its innovative app for recreational vehicles (RVs), OneControl. Driven by a commitment to deliver better experiences, the new design debuts a fresh color palette for better readability, refined controls for faster access to vital information, an improved ‘Favorites’ feature, and a ...

Erin Peters Valance of Good Sam, ‘RV Magazine’ Passes

Erin Peters Good Sam and RV Magazine staff members are raising their beer glasses in memory of a cherished departed team member. Erin Peters Valance, travel writer, digital media manager and free-spirited beer connoisseur, died from ovarian cancer at her home in Ventura, Calif., at 47. With a background in journalism and marketing, Erin shaped much of the digital outreach ...

Video: ‘RVing Today’ Features the Columbus River Ranch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGMazW0zZAU&t=3s In this episode of "RVing Today", the longtime RV lifestyle program showcases the Columbus River Ranch, a trend-setting single-level fifth-wheel by Forest River. Also, among other segments, the program checks in with Mark and Dawn Polk from RV Education 101, as they continue with building their Ram 4X4 custom camper van.

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