Month: July 2023

Insider Perks Unveils Roadie: AI Chatbot for RV Dealers

CLEVELAND, OHIO – Insider Perks, a trailblazer in the outdoor hospitality industry, today unveiled Roadie, an AI chatbot set to reshape the RV dealership landscape. Roadie is not just a chatbot; it's a comprehensive solution designed to tackle the common challenges RV dealerships face, from managing customer inquiries to qualifying leads and providing efficient service support. "Imagine a world where ...

RV Education 101’s Mark Polk is Feeling the Heat in NC

Mark Polk EDITOR’S NOTE: RV Education 101, the longtime education resource for RV consumers founded and operated by Mark and Dawn Polk, recently published its August 2023 newsletter. Below is Mark Polk’s introduction to the August 2022 issue. The heat is on! I heard that July was the hottest July on record, and I believe it. When you factor the heat ...

‘Camper Report Show’ Features Truma, ‘Car Generator’

https://youtu.be/d4npFztiJgs 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 ...

Great American Outdoors Act Fueling NPS Improvements

The Great American Outdoors Act is funding infrastructure maintenance and repair projects in national parks throughout the country (Photo: NPS) WASHINGTON – From the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C., to Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state and beyond, the Great American Outdoors Act is making a huge difference in the protection and enjoyment of national parks and other public lands. ...

NHTSA Releases its Most Recent Installment 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. Sportsmobile Texas, Inc. (Sportsmobile) is recalling 13 2021 Dodge Sportsmobile ...

Sunset Park RV Names DeJesus as National Sales Manager

Damon DeJesus SHIPSHEWANA, Ind. – Sunset Park RV, a leading manufacturer of small, lightweight RVs, today announced the appointment of Damon DeJesus as national sales manager. DeJesus brings a valuable combination of youth and experience in the RV industry to the role and will be responsible for leading the company’s sales team and driving growth, according to a company release. ...

Airstream, REI Launch Special Edition Basecamp 20X

SEATTLE – Airstream and REI Co-op are introducing the REI Co-op Special Edition Basecamp 20X, a rugged new travel trailer that expands the collaboration between the two iconic outdoor brands, according to a release. The new 20-foot model complements the successful 16-foot floor plan, offering two designs to cater to a growing demographic of adventurous travelers who seek to maximize ...

Lightspeed Team to Explain How to Cut RECT at RVDA 

Von Anderson Christopher Hauck FAIRFAX, Va. – A team from Lightspeed, Product Managers Von Anderson and Christopher Hauck, will discuss reducing Repair Event Cycle Time (RECT) during a workshop in the fixed ops track during the 2023 RV Dealers Convention/Expo. The Convention/Expo will take place Nov. 6-10, 2023, at Paris Las Vegas.   The educational session, “Increase Customer Trust and ...

Fastway Trailer Products Touts Benefits of Wheel Chocks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jePyJiQR92A PROVO, Utah – Wheel chocks are wedge-shaped safety instruments placed behind the tires of a vehicle or travel trailer. Not only do wheel chocks provide extra security, they also prevent any unwanted shifting or moving while the travel trailer is stationary, according to a release by Fastway Trailer Products. How to Safely Use Wheel Chocks Fastway Trailer Products, maker ...

Roamstead Smoky Mountains Celebrates Grand Opening

Roamstead offers a modern park within the Smoky Mountains. CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Roamstead, a collection of modernized campgrounds, has officially opened its flagship site, which is adjacent to Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP). Referred to as "Roamstead Smoky Mountains," and located in Cosby, Tenn., Roamstead's first location offers an enhanced camping experience in an effort to welcome all adventurers to encounter the ...

The Dyrt Names Most Dog-Friendly Campgrounds in U.S.

The Dyrt founder Sarah Smith and CEO Kevin Long camping with their dog Brandy. PORTLAND, Ore. – The Dyrt, the No. 1 app for camping information and booking, has announced the Top 9 for K-9s: The Best U.S. Campgrounds for Camping with Dogs. These "fetching" camping locations were chosen based on reviews from The Dyrt community and boast some of the best dog ...

Space Campers Develops Pop-Up RV for Tesla Cybertruck

In mid-July, Elon Musk announced on the service formerly known as Twitter the completion of the first production Cybertruck, according to a report by C.C. Weiss at NewAtlas.com. With a backlog of reservation holders, there's bound to be some pent-up demand for accessories and upgrades, something the existing aftermarket can't meet because of the truck's "unique" dimensions. We've already seen ...

Lazydays’ Q2 Financial Report Reflects Sluggish Market

TAMPA, Fla. — Lazydays (NasdaqCM: LAZY) today (July 28) reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2023. Second quarter 2023 revenue decreased to $308.4 million from $373.6 million in the second quarter of 2022, according to a release. Second quarter 2023 net income was $3.6 million, compared to $27.1 million for the same period in 2022. Second quarter 2023 adjusted net income, a non-GAAP ...

RVDA Lends Support to ‘Tomorrow’s Workforce Coalition’

File photo courtesy of General RV FAIRFAX, Va. — The National RV Dealers Association (RVDA) has joined with more than 500 trade associations, professional societies, businesses and employers to form the Tomorrow’s Workforce Coalition, established to build support for the Freedom to Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act (S. 722 / H.R. 1477). The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and ...

‘Experience Camping’ to Open RV Dealership in Ontario

Experience Camping is preparing for its grand opening Aug. 18. The new RV dealership will offer some of the most popular RV brands while connecting buyers with its four campgrounds throughout the region. Pictured is Experience Camping owner Matt Den Hollander. (Photo: Dan Rolph of the Exeter Lakeshore Times-Advance) EXETER, Ontario – Camping enthusiasts looking for a local spot to ...

Podcast: OEM ‘RKS Off-Road’ on Future of RV Design

Click on the image to be taken to the video broadcast of this episode. In an era increasingly marked by a desire to embrace travel while maintaining personal space, the RV industry has witnessed an impressive boom, according to an "Are We There Yet?" podcast/video episode by MarketScale. A sector once thought of as catering to retirees and vacationing families ...

AAA: Like the Sizzling Temps, Gas Prices Climb Higher

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 27, 2023)—The national average for a gallon of gas awoke from a months-long slumber, surging 13 cents since last week to $3.71, according to a report from the American Automobile Association (AAA). The primary cause appears to be the oil price, which has marched nearly $4 higher in the past few days to hover near $80 per ...

‘RVing Today’ Show Reviews Coachmen Freedom Express

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQqCNfTK_74 With toy haulers continually growing in popularity, we check back with Jeff Johnston in a review he did on the Coachmen Freedom Express. Then if you find yourself on Route 80 in Nebraska and looking for a place to stop for a while, Michelle Fontaine recommends the perfect place the whole family will enjoy: the Great Platte River Road ...

Capitol Talk: Andro, Ingrassia Preview Convention/Expo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRQrTYcuyU8 In this episode of RVBusiness Capitol Talk, Chris Andro of Hemlock Hill RV and Phil Ingrassia of the RV Dealers Association preview the 2023 RV Dealers Convention/Expo. The RVBusiness Capitol Talk program is sponsored by Airxcel Inc. RVBusiness Capitol Talk is also available as a podcast: Spotify- https://open.spotify.com/show/3iZ4bB99m6aANMmNJ4p3gE Apple Podcasts- https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/rvbusiness-capital-talk/id1652256162 Google Podcasts- https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy9jNjNiYWVhNC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw?sa=X&ved=0CAMQ4aUDahcKEwiw3NKO58z9AhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQCg

An Elkhart Lunch with Winnebago President/CEO Mike Happe

Winnebago Industries Inc. President and CEO Mike Happe outside the Sports Time Family Pub & Grill in Elkhart, Ind. (Photo: Gary Gerard/RVBusiness) RVBusiness had a rare opportunity on Wednesday, July 26, to have lunch in Elkhart, Ind., with Winnebago Industries Inc. President and CEO Mike Happe, who’s based out of the manufacturer's Eden Prairie, Minn., headquarters and was touching bases ...

Introducing INDURO Acrylic-Capped Sheet from Trinseo

WAYNE, Pa. – Trinseo (NYSE: TSE), a specialty materials solutions provider, is launching INDURO, a highly engineered continuous cast acrylic-capped sheet specifically developed as a more durable material replacement for exterior panels in recreational and other vehicles in the mobility sector, according to a release. According to the release, the material offers significant advantages over alternate exterior panel materials, such as ...

‘Rolling Recession’ or ‘Richcession’ May Mute Bigger Fall

WASHINGTON — Despite more than a year of widespread warnings that a recession was near, America’s economy is, if anything, accelerating, according to an Associated Press report. Even as the Federal Reserve has sent borrowing costs sharply higher, the economy’s resilience has been on plain display: Consumers keep spending and employers keep hiring. Inflation has reached its lowest level in two years, helping Americans stretch ...

ORR Names Ambreen Tariq New Senior Program Director

Ambreen Tariq WASHINGTON, D.C. – Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR), the leading coalition of outdoor recreation trade associations who collectively represent the $862 billion outdoor recreation economy, is pleased to announce Ambreen Tariq as Senior Program Director. Ambreen will work strategically to build upon and expand ORR’s key programmatic areas currently consisting of Workforce, Rural Development, State Offices of Outdoor Recreation and Together Outdoors. Jessica ...

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