Month: February 2023

Hate Crowds? Discover America’s Least-Visited National Parks

There are 63 national parks within the National Park Service, but most people only glimpse a fraction of what they have to offer. The eight most-visited parks got more than a quarter of all recreational visits last year, according to newly released numbers, cited in a report by USA Today. "Everybody just kind of has these big, big visions" national parks advocate and author Stefanie Payne said of ...

Consumer Confidence Slips in February, 2nd Straight Month

WASHINGTON — Consumer confidence dipped for the second straight month as stubborn inflation and anxiety over a potentially slowing economy weighed on Americans, according to an Associated Press report. The Conference Board reported today (Feb. 28) that its consumer confidence index slipped to 102.9 in February, from a reading of 106 in January. The business research group’s present situation index ...

Shift in Boat Buyer Intentions Shows ‘Normalizing’ Underway

MIAMI – The boating market began to normalize last year as buyer interest shifted and the total number of boats sold globally decreased for the first time since the pandemic-driven boom. Boats Group, a global leader in online boating marketplaces, today announced findings from its latest annual market report, analyzing 2022 while comparing the pandemic-induced surge and trends in consumer ...

Shyft Group Showing Multiple Brands at Work Truck Week

NOVI, Mich., – Within the commercial vehicle industry, few companies are able to match the industry knowledge, engineering and manufacturing expertise, and purposeful innovation of The Shyft Group, parent company of Spartan Chassis, (NASDAQ: SHYF) and its dynamic group of nine go-to-market brands, states a press release from the company. At Work Truck Week (WTW) 2023 from March 7-10 in ...

RVTI Continues Recruitment Efforts at Detroit RV Show

The Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) held its 57th annual Detroit RV & Camping Show earlier this month. The show featured hundreds of RVs, on-site dealers, RV financing, and RV rentals, as well as exhibitors offering parts, accessories, and campground information. Among the exhibitors was the RV Technical Institute (RVTI), who spoke with consumers about the RV service ...

RV Women’s Alliance Member Campout Set for May 5-7

The RV Women’s Alliance (RVWA) will host its first-ever Spring Campout from May 5-7 at Twin Mills Campground in Howe, Ind., according to a release. Reservations for the event begin March 1. The weekend is packed with opportunities for networking, community building and just plain good campground fun. Planned events include a taco bar with margaritas, rolling campground conversations, RV ...

IDS: Identifying & Mitigating Dealerships Cybersecurity Risks

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is an edited excerpt of a report by IDS. Read the full report here. According to Cybersecurity Ventures, by 2025, cybercrime is expected to cost the world $10.5 trillion. But financial loss is not the only significant damage that cybercrime and cybersecurity risks can cause individuals and organizations. A cyber-attack on a dealership can have severe consequences, ...

Local Officials Offer Challenges to Park Developers in Calif.

California Outdoor Hospitality Association (CalOHA) President Dyana Kelley has alerted California Recreation Vehicle Dealer Association (CalRVDA) members to the challenges private park operators face in expanding the numbers of campsites in California. Speaking to RV dealers attending the 2023 CalRVDA Summit at the Omni San Diego Hotel, Kelley said many cities and counties in California have put up regulatory hurdles ...

GoRVing.com Continues to See Strong Consumer Traffic

While the new year has seen a decline in RV shipments and sales—as sales normalize after several years of record-breaking growth—interest in RVing isn’t seeing the same declines, according to Courtney Bias, director of strategic marketing and communications for Go RVing. She noted that January traffic on the  GoRVing.com website experienced double-digit growth over December 2022 numbers, including unique users, ...

Campspot Surpasses 3 Million Campsite Reservations in ’22

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Last year solidified Campspot’s designation as North America’s largest reservations platform and software provider for private campgrounds, according to a press release. The company drove record reservations in 2022, surpassing more than three million gross campsite reservations made across the platform. With camping demand continuing to grow in the face of rising travel costs and inflationary ...

RVIA Projecting 324,300-344,000 Unit Shipments in 2023

RV wholesale shipments are expected to retreat in 2023 in the face of challenging economic conditions, according to the Spring 2023 issue of RV RoadSigns, the quarterly forecast prepared by ITR Economics for the RV Industry Association (RVIA). The new forecast projects 2023 RV shipments to range from 324,300 to 344,000 units next year with a mid-point of 334,100 units, ...

Feb/March ‘RV Today’ Mag Explores RV Gear & Accessories

EDITOR’S NOTE: The February/March issue of RV Today magazine is now available. Here’s the Publisher’s Note from Demian Ross. Greetings from Tampa, as I attempt to navigate the wild scene here at the Florida RV SuperShow. In 2022, we were here in our RV, which makes the experience of trying to see everything a lot easier. There’s so much to see here ...

Cummins Promotes Beaman, Lippert, Samperio to VP Roles

COLUMBUS, Ind. – Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) announced that three leaders were named vice presidents, effective March 1 – Jane Beaman, Andreas Lippert and José Samperio. These appointments showcase the company’s "robust succession plans and approach to leadership advancement for continued company development and success," according to the release. “These three leaders have roles critical to advancing our strategy, ensuring ...

Tasha Patterson Joins NRVTA as Executive Assistant

ATHENS, Texas – The National RV Training Academy (NRVTA) today announced Tasha Patterson joined the staff Feb. 6 as the new executive assistant to Todd Henson, the school’s director of education, according to a press release. She is responsible for onboarding NRVTA’s teaching assistants, preparing activity reports and managing daily attendance records for all courses. Patterson will continue working to ...

Wholesale Shipments Retreat in January to 20,405 Units

Results for the RV Industry Association’s (RVIA) January 2023 survey of manufacturers determined that total RV shipments ended the month with 20,405 units, a decrease of (-61.8%) compared to the record 53,351 units shipped in January 2022. “With record high RV production through the first half of 2022, the year-over-year decrease we are seeing in this report was expected,” said ...

Report: NHTSA Releases its Latest Rundown of RV Recalls

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is the latest list of RV recalls compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Per strict NHTSA protocols, manufacturers will next notify its dealer partners of the recall notice. Each notice will include details of the affected vehicles as well as the appropriate remedy. Chrysler (FCA US, LLC) is recalling 68,809 2021-2023 Ram 1500 ...

LKQ Corporation Announces Acquisition of Uni-Select

CHICAGO and BOUCHERVILLE, Quebec, – LKQ Corporation (Nasdaq:LKQ), parent company of Keystone Automotive and its NTP-STAG RV Distribution division, and Uni-Select Inc. (TSX:UNS) today (Feb. 26) announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for LKQ to acquire all of Uni-Select’s issued and outstanding shares for C$48.00 per share in cash, representing a total enterprise value of approximately C$2.8 ...

‘USA Today’ Explores Growing Popularity of Digital Nomads

For the past eight months, Courtney and Justin Orgias have been living out of two (formerly three) checked suitcases, two carry-ons and a diaper bag as they've traveled through Mexico. They are now in Medellín, Colombia, according to a report by USA Today. It's not just the couple traveling, but their 3-year-old son, Xavier, and 10-month-old daughter, Whitley. The young ...

Care Camps Partners with RIGERO Bio-Health Pod Systems

BILLINGS, Mont. – Care Camps today (Feb. 27) announced RIGERO as a strategic partner to help more children facing cancer and their families get to camp. RIGERO, based in Southfield, Mich., developed their patent pending Bio-Health Pod Systems to naturally restore and beautify ponds and lakes in an environmentally beneficial way, solving difficult muck, aquatic weed, and algae problems. RIGERO ...

‘Camper Report Show’ Welcomes RVB’s Kessler, Stropkai

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3SBvV5Qkj4 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 ...

CRVA Updates Members on Canadian RV Transportation

The Canadian RV Association's (CRVA) efforts to have an exemption for RV Deliveries and the Drive-Away/Tow-Away Industry are ongoing, according to a CRVA email sent to its members today (Feb.27). After Transport Canada notified the Canadian RV Association that its ELD Exemption Request would not be granted by the Jan. 1, 2023, mandatory implementation, CRVA has been working with Transport ...

Motorhomes Swept Away by Raging River in California

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sM-DGUrT1w0 At least three motorhomes were swept into the Santa Clara River early Saturday morning when an embankment collapsed in an RV motorhome park in Castaic, Calif., a town of about 20,000 people located in the northwestern part of Los Angeles County, according to a report by KCAL, the CBS affiliate in L.A. The incident took place at the Valencia ...

Business Economists Push Back US Recession Forecasts

WASHINGTON — A majority of the nation’s business economists expect a U.S. recession to begin later this year than they had previously forecast, after a series of reports have pointed to a surprisingly resilient economy despite steadily higher interest rates, according to an Associated Press report. Fifty-eight percent of 48 economists who responded to a survey by the National Association ...

National Indoor RV Centers Building New Facility in Ariz.

A rendering shows what the new National Indoor RV Centers facility in Surprise will look like. (NIRVC Image courtesy of Daily Independent) National Indoor RV Centers is erecting a new, state-of-the-art, 130,000-square-foot-facility in Surprise that’s dedicated to safely and securely storing RVs, according to a report by The Daily Independent. The building, which is expected to be completed in June, ...

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