Month: May 2022

THOR Industries Announces Retirement of Chris Hermon

Chris Hermon ELKHART, Ind. – THOR Industries Inc. announced today (May 31) the retirement of Chris Hermon, one of the company’s North American RV Group managers. He will stay on with the company in an active consultant role.  “Chris has been an important team member throughout my tenure as CEO. I personally recruited him to become CEO of Heartland in ...

Supply-Chain Relief Sparks Debate Over ‘Softer’ Economy

Some supply strains in the US are easing, two years after a jump in demand started emptying shelves, snarling shipping and sowing the seeds of soaring inflation, according to a Bloomberg report.. The line of 25 cargo ships headed to Southern California’s two big ports is less than a quarter of the record backup in January, and spot container rates ...

EasyCare’s Walt Burns: Compliance in F&I Conversations

Walt Burns V EDITOR’S NOTE: The following was written by Walt Burns V, for nearly 20 years the RV brand manager for EasyCare, a leading provider and administrator of F&I products and coverage plans offered to consumers by RV dealers. Today, it's critically important to work with and support dealership staff to provide correct and compliant information. When we work with ...

RVIA: 2022 Edition of RV Generator Standard Now Available

The RV Industry Association (RVIA) is an accredited standards developer by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), a non-profit association that establishes procedures and guidelines to create recognized minimum safety standards for products used by both consumers and industry, according to an RVIA News & Insights report. ANSI sanctions standards that have been created following accredited procedures that allow all ...

Coach-Net Works with RVTI to Get RVers Back On the Road

Last month, Coach-Net, a leading provider of RV emergency roadside assistance, joined forces for a week with the RV Technical Institute to receive additional training for the company’s technicians, according to a News & Insights report by the RV Industry Association (RVIA). “Coach-Net has been in the RV industry for 35 years,” explained Shannon Boudreaux, director of sales at Coach-Net. ...

For Pump Prices, Are We in the Calm Before the Storm?

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A dip in gasoline demand provided drivers with a bit of stability at the pump, as the national average for a gallon rose less than three cents over the past week to reach $4.62, according to AAA. But this respite could be brief. Crude oil has moved above $115 a barrel due to fears of further global ...

Already Busy, Campground Buy/Sell Market is Heating Up

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a News & Insights report by the RV Industry Association (RVIA). Forget A New House – It’s Time To Buy A Campground! Multiple offers, bidding wars, well-above-asking-price contracts – we hear a lot about these in today’s residential real estate market, but business is just as booming in the campground market. “I’ve never seen a ...

Campspot Surpasses $1B in Gross Bookings Since May ’21

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., – Campspot, the leading online marketplace for RV resorts, family campgrounds, cabins, glamping options, and more, processed over $1 billion in gross bookings between May 2021 and May 2022, according to a release. Campspot platform sales are generated for campground owners, the vast majority of which are small business entrepreneurs who are seeing, on average, same-park increases of ...

Camping World to Expand in 11 Major Markets by End of ’22

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. – Camping World Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CWH) today (May 31) announced in a press release plans for continued expansion of its RV sales and service network through the completion of 11 new dealership locations in seven states by the end of 2022. This announcement is on the heels of the acquisition of the Richardson’s RV Centers last week, ...

Digital Issue of May/June RVB, Industry Directory Available

The digital edition of the May/June 2022 issue of RVBusiness is now available. Highlights of this issue include: • Go RVing’s 25th Just One of Many RV Industry Milestones • Priority RV Network Draws Crowd at 22nd Annual Dealer Meeting • Winnebago Unveils Tech, Innovations at Dealer Meeting • Mike Happe, John Sammut Greet Newmar Dealers in Fla. • Annual ...

RV Industry, Others to Mark ‘Great Outdoors Month’ in June

Great Outdoors Month, which began in 1998 under President Bill Clinton as Great Outdoors Week, has grown over the years into a month-long celebration of America’s public lands and waters at the national, state, and local levels with thousands of events across the country, according to a News & Insights report by the RV Industry Association (RVIA). Five consecutive Presidents, ...

‘Camper Report’ Program Showcases Jayco’s ‘Family of RVs’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRKQsRpcVAo 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 ...

Cairn Survey to Gauge Campground Trends, Challenges

A new survey being conducted by Scott Bahr, president of Cairn Consulting Group, along with Billie McNamara, general manager of Loon’s Haven Family Campground in Maine, and supported by Woodall's Campground Magazine (WCM) aims to get in-depth information on the trends and challenges park owners are facing. The best part? Park owners/operators are encouraged to participate and the survey is designed ...

U.S. News & World Report: Pros & Cons of RV Retirement

Since the onset of the pandemic, Americans have sought flexible and safe ways to travel, and recreational vehicle sales have been on the rise, according to a report by U.S. News & World Report. In 2021, over 600,000 RVs were shipped, breaking the previous record that was set in 2017, according to the RV Industry Association (RVIA). Living in an ...

REV Group’s ENC Electric Bus Passes Altoona Testing

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – ElDorado National California (ENC), a subsidiary of REV Group and an industry leader in heavy-duty transit buses and emission-free technology, announced in a press release its Axess Battery Electric Bus (BEB) successfully passed rigorous testing conducted by the Altoona Bus Research and Testing Center (BRTC). The extensive testing looked at maintainability, reliability, safety, brake performance, structural integrity ...

Key Inflation Gauge Slowed to Still-High 6.3% Over Past Year

An inflation gauge closely tracked by the Federal Reserve rose 6.3% in April from a year earlier, the first slowdown since November 2020 and a sign that high prices may finally be moderating, at least for now, according to an Associated Press report. The inflation figure that the Commerce Department reported Friday was below the four-decade high of 6.6% that was set ...

All the Best to Our Readers this Memorial Day Weekend

In observance of Memorial Day, and with an eye to our own schedules, RVBusiness.com is taking Monday off. Memorial Day (originally known as Decoration Day) is a federal holiday in the United States for mourning the U.S. military personnel who have died while serving in the United States armed forces. From 1868 to 1970 it was observed on May 30. ...

Diesel Users, Suppliers Warn of Shortage of DEF Additive

When it comes to RVing, there’s really no substitute for diesel power. Whether it’s a diesel-pusher motorhome or diesel-powered pickup towing a fifth-wheel or travel trailer, the torque capabilities of a diesel engine — along with the attendant upgrades to drivetrains and suspensions that are usually part and parcel to diesel powerplants — make it perfect for moving heavy RVs. ...

Cavco Reports Record Earnings, $100M Stock Repurchase

PHOENIX – Cavco Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: CVCO) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended April 2, 2022 and provided updates on other business items. The current fiscal year includes 52 weeks while fiscal year 2021 contained 53 weeks, with the extra week falling in the fourth quarter. On September 24, 2021, we completed the acquisition ...

RVRA Survey Shows Growth Potential for RV Rental Business

FAIRFAX, Va. – Although many people only think of motorhomes when it comes to RV rentals, a new survey by the RV Rental Association (RVRA) found 81% of RV rental dealers also rent RV trailers. Of the rental dealers surveyed, 59% said more than one-fifth of their business last year was from customers who already owned an adequate tow vehicle. ...

Rockwood, Flagstaff Select ASG for Off-Grid Power Package

MILLERSBURG, Ind. – The Rockwood and Flagstaff Divisions of Forest River Inc., a manufacturer and industry leader in the RV market, has selected Advanced Systems Group (ASG) for its off-the-grid Power Package, according to a release. The Power Package includes Mastervolt’s latest lithium battery and inverter/charger technology. “The Power Package supports Forest River’s initiatives in offering turn-key power systems to ...

Video: Black Series Campers Take the Road Less Traveled

https://youtu.be/YovMa4J3_cw From Australia to the U.S. Black Series believe in taking the road less traveled, acccording to information provided by the manufacturere. Black Series Camper produces a range of caravans and pop up tent campers that will helps consumers reimagine destinations. With a rugged exterior, extreme suspension, and a luxury interior; Black Series Campers can explore the most remote locations. ...

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