Month: December 2022

How One Company is Changing the Off-Grid Living Experience

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLs7VZlu-9A The EcoFlow Power Kit is changing the off-grid living experience, making it easier to power vans and RVs through clean energy, according to a report by OneGreenPlanet.org. Unfortunately, to stay off the grid for extended periods, you can’t rely solely on the sun’s power. That’s why EcoFlow announced its expandable Power Kit series as an all-in-one solution to bring power to remote cabins and RVs. ...

Video: A Look at the Campground Industry’s Year Ahead

https://youtu.be/Ra4tGUWhdoE Mark Koep, the founder and CEO of Campground Views, joined WCM's Park Update on Tuesday (Dec. 20) to chat about the health of the industry, how national conferences fared this past fall, trends for the year ahead and more. A well-known figure in the outdoor hospitality industry, Koep is always full of valuable insights. Koep noted during the show ...

New Book Advises RV Dealers on Selling their Business

A recently published book by Marco Martinez, "What Does it Take to Sell my RV Dealership", seeks to offer advice and empower RV dealers considering selling their RV dealership. Martinez is president of Best Friends Consulting Inc., a company he started in 2000. Befor starting his consulting service he worked for a corporation buying dealerships and realized in many cases ...

Patrick Publishes 1st Responsibility, Sustainability Report

ELKHART, Ind. – Patrick Industries Inc. (NASDAQ: PATK), a leading component solutions provider for the leisure lifestyle and housing markets, today announced the publication of its inaugural Responsibility & Sustainability Report. The report introduces a framework for the company's measurement and reporting of ESG related data and details actions supporting three strategic pillars: Empowering People, Caring for Our Planet and ...

Retro RVs from Ford, Chevy Go to Great Lengths for Attention

What’s old is new again. Both the vanlife movement and maker culture have done a fantastic job of spreading awareness of (and demand for) RVs, according to a posting at msn.com. With these specialized forms of transport comes a rejuvenation in the skilled trades that keep those big wheels a-rollin’. Whether it’s plumbing, electrical, woodworking, or interior design, trades that ...

Go RVing’s Mike Caudill Embraces Brand Ambassador Role

Mike Caudill is a man in motion. Caudill has made a reputation for himself over the years as a writer for several respected automotive publications. However, that is only one facet of his work, which also includes serving as on-air TV personality and commentator, working as a corporate consultant to blue chip firms, and being the owner of DRIVEN360, a ...

US Unemployment Applications Aid Rose Slightly Last Week

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose only slightly last week with the labor market remaining strong despite the Federal Reserve’s efforts to cool the economy and hiring, according to an Associated Press report. Applications for unemployment aid for the week ending Dec. 24 climbed 9,000 to 225,000, the Labor Department reported Thursday. The four-week average of applications, ...

Camping Expected to Remain Strong During Recession

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following excerpt is from an article published by OutdoorMiles.com. The full article, with statistics and in-depth insight into recessions and the camping industry, can be read here. If economic history teaches us anything, when the going gets tough, people head to the great outdoors. While a 2023 recession is not certain, economic data suggests it could be ...

Former Dometic Exec Al Haimbach Passes at Age 72

Al Haimbach Alfred J. “Al” Haimbach, 72, of Carmel passed away suddenly on Dec. 18. He spent most of his professional career in the RV industry, first with Kinder and then 26 years with Dometic from 1990 until his retirement in 2012 as vice president – Aftermarket. Haimbach was instrumental in planning and implementing Dometic’s FDD (Factory Dealer Direct) strategy ...

Capitol Talk: Nathan Hart, Kevin McArt on RVDA, RVIA Priorities

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgDjO9BNHt0&t=9s Nathan Hart, of Walnut Ridge RV in Indiana and Primeaux RV in Louisiana, and Forest River General Manager Kevin McArt join Gregg Fore and Rick Kessler of RVBusiness for a Capitol Talk discussion on their new roles as the chairmen for the RV Dealers Association (RVDA) and RV Industry Association (RVIA), respectively. The two share their thoughts on the ...

KOA Celebrates 60 Years in ’22; Best Financial Year Ever

KOA's President and CEO Toby O'Rourke is photographed at KOA's headquarters in downtown Billings, Mont. Credit: Amy Nelson/Billings Gazette In 1962, David Drum was walking on his property along the Yellowstone River when he noticed a stream of campers, RVs and motorhomes on the nearby highway heading to the World's Fair in Seattle, according to the Billings Gazette. Maybe those ...

RV Lifestyle’s Wendlands Answer Questions from Readers

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is an edited excerpt of an article by Mike and Jennifer Wendland, creators of the RV Lifestyle website, podcast and YouTube channel, in which they answer questions from readers about their experiences living the RV lifestyle. As RV Lifestyle bloggers, podcasters, and YouTubers, Jennifer and I get asked a lot of questions about our experiences. Now, we’re answering RV questions you’ve ...

DLL Announces Financing Partnership with Waev on EVs

WAYNE, Pa. – DLL, a global financial solutions provider, announced a financing partnership with Waev Inc., an electric mobility provider. DLL will serve as a preferred financing partner for Waev’s GEM and Taylor-Dunn brands in the United States, offering both floorplan and end-user financing solutions.  The demand for electric vehicles (EV) along with advancements in EV technology continues to grow. Through ...

RV Owner ‘Satisfaction Award’ Winners Announced in UK

The Owner Satisfaction Awards 2023, assessed via joint surveys undertaken by The Camping and Caravanning Club and the magazines, Practical Caravan and Practical Motorhome between January and October 2022, have revealed which caravans, awnings, folding campers, tents and motorhomes that their owners in the UK like the most, according to a report by AboutCampBtoB.com, a trade media outfit that covers the overseas RV ...

Outdoor Industry Association Applauds Omnibus Spending Bill

BOULDER, Colo. – Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) interim Executive Director Kent Ebersole released the following statement regarding the 2023 omnibus spending bill: “We are thrilled to see increased investments have been included in the omnibus spending bill to advance implementation funding for the landmark Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA), as well as increased funding for national parks and key climate ...

EV Technology Occupies the Pole Position Heading into CES

CES – the electronics trade fair billed as "the most influential tech event in the world" – will again serve as a global showcase for the latest innovations in transportation, from scooters to space technology, according to a report by Automotive News. After a topsy-turvy two years in which COVID-19 stymied efforts to hold a large, fully in-person show, event ...

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