Month: February 2024

East to West’s ALTA Division Celebrates its 10,000th Unit

ELKHART, Ind. – East To West RV, a division of Forest River, Inc., has announced that its 501 Division, which manufactures ALTA Travel Trailers, celebrated a milestone with production of its 10,000th unit. ALTA, which means ‘high or elevated’, was the first laminate brand produced by East To West, according to a release. Created and developed by General Manager Todd Grubb, ...

SylvanSport Debuts ‘GOAT’ Rugged New Camping Trailer

BREVARD, N.C. – SylvanSport, the Brevard, N.C.-based innovator and manufacturer of renowned adventure travel trailers, pop-up campers, rooftop tents, and outdoor gear, announces the launch of its first off-road camping trailer, GO All-Terrain (GOAT). This lightweight beast packs unparalleled utility and hauling while offering the most spacious cabin for four or more for its easy to tow size, according to ...

The Shyft Group Plans Exhibit at Work Truck Week 2024

NOVI, Mich. — Leveraging a broad spectrum of advanced work truck solutions, The Shyft Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHYF), parent company of Spartan RV Chassis and its Red Diamond aftermarket division, will highlight its industry leadership and integrated brand strengths at Work Truck Week 2024, March 6-8, in Indianapolis. Showcasing the latest in innovations and customer-centric solutions, the company aims to meet the ...

THOR Commits Support to Lacasa Nonprofit Housing Agency

ELKHART, Ind. – On Wednesday, Feb. 28, THOR Industries (NYSE: THO) announced a multi-year commitment to support Lacasa, Inc., a nonprofit housing agency offering programs to help Elkhart County community members achieve financial stability.  The commitment, which includes significant financial support and employee volunteer projects over the next five years, supports Lacasa’s programs which are focused on historically under-served communities and designed to create opportunity for ...

Coleman-Mach Offers First Online Training for RV Owners

WICHITA, Kan. – Coleman-Mach, an Airxcel brand, announces its first online training seminar specifically for RV owners. The class will cover basic air conditioner (AC) care and maintenance and is exclusively for RV owners. The class will be taught by Mike Dickey and will cover basic topics like: What causes my air conditioner to freeze up? Filter maintenance How to ...

RVIA: Lippert’s Kartik Mekala a Champion of Sustainability

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a News & Insights report by the RV Industry Association (RVIA). As Lippert’s first Director of Sustainability, Kartik Mekala combines his entrepreneurial and engineering background with a passion for the outdoors. “The RV industry presented a unique opportunity to align my career with my love of the great outdoors and my dedication towards environmental stewardship,” ...

National RV Training Academy to Sponsor ‘RV Unplugged’

ATHENS, Texas – The National RV Training Academy (NRVTA), a leader in providing educational resources for mobile techs, dealer techs, and training for RV enthusiasts, announced its sponsorship of the second season of the popular series, "RV Unplugged." This partnership underscores NRVTA's commitment to supporting content that resonates with its core audience — individuals passionate about RVing and eager to ...

Equal-i-zer Hitch Celebrates Deven McCann on 14 Years

Deven McCann PROVO, Utah – The Equal-i-zer Hitch, American manufacturer and innovator in trailer sway-control technology, has been keeping families safe and happy on the road for over 75 years. The company owes its success to a team of seasoned employees with extensive industry knowledge, according to a release. The RV industry is a unique industry, where customers are more ...

RVWA, RVTI Release 2024 All-Women’s Class Schedule

After the success of last year’s all-women’s RV technician classes, the RV Technical Institute (RVTI) and the RV Women’s Alliance (RVWA) are once again partnering to host four more classes this year. Three of the classes are Level 1 and one is a hybrid Level 2 course with both an online and in-person component, according to the two organizations.  Attendees of the ...

Adventure Van Maker Remote Vans Shifts into High Gear

COO Daryn Hillhouse, left, and CEO Tony Alexander The past few months have been a whirlwind of activity for Remote Vans, a Cincinnati-based Class B adventure van manufacturer. In January, the company started up production in its new 30,000-square-foot facility (a former steel manufacturing plant) that allows the business to run a true assembly line operation capable of accommodating up ...

Blue Compass Named to Prestigious ‘Inc.’ Magazine List 

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., –Inc. magazine today named Blue Compass RV as one of the fastest growing companies on its fourth annual Inc. 5000 Regionals: Southeast list, the most prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing Southeast private companies, based in South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida and Puerto Rico. Born of the annual Inc. 5000 franchise, this regional list represents a ...

Black Book: Wholesale RV Values Mixed as Spring Nears

Black Book, which publishes a family of vehicle appraisal guides, has released the Black Book RV market commentary for March. “The wholesale auction results of RVs sold last month were mixed, with motorhomes’ values decreasing and towables’ increasing," reported Eric Lawrence, Black Book principal analyst – specialty markets. "This is the first month that towables have risen since last summer, ...

Over 95K Attend UK’s 2024 Caravan & Motorhome Show

Against a backdrop of a difficult economic climate, 95,647 visitors headed to the UK’s 2024 Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show, which was Feb. 13-18 at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham. This compares to 108,000 visitors to last year’s show, according to a report by AboutCampBtoB.com, a trade magazine covering the overseas RV industry. Karen Dodd, Marketing Director at NCC ...

Cirrus 920 Camper Production Sells Out in Record Time

SUGARCREEK, Ohio – nuCamp, a leading manufacturer of high-quality teardrop trailers and truck campers, is excited to announce that the first production run of the highly anticipated Cirrus 920 Truck Camper has completely sold out. The Cirrus 920, which made its official debut at the Hershey RV Show in September, has seen an overwhelmingly positive response from both dealerships and ...

US Economy Grew Solid 3.2% in Q4; 2.5% for all of 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy grew at a robust 3.2% annual pace from October through December, propelled by healthy consumer spending, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday in a slight downgrade from its initial estimate, according to an Associated Press report. The expansion in the nation’s gross domestic product — the economy’s total output of goods and services — slipped from ...

Airxcel Announces Appointment of Chief Revenue Officer 

Paul Craven WICHITA, Kan. – Airxcel, Inc. a leading supplier to the recreational vehicle industry, announced the appointment of Paul Craven as its Chief Revenue Officer (CRO). With a proven track record of driving revenue growth and building strategic partnerships, Paul brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the Airxcel executive team, according to a company release.   As CRO, ...

Texas Recognizes National RV Training Center Technician

ATHENS, TX – The National RV Training Academy (NRVTA) has announced that Jeremy Wagers, a distinguished graduate of the advanced RV Service Technician program in July 2021, has been officially recognized by the Texas Workforce Commission as a Certified Instructor. Jeremy's journey from a dedicated student to a pivotal member of the NRVTA team exemplifies the Academy's commitment to fostering ...

Hilton, AutoCamp Partner on ‘Elevated Outdoor Lodging’

MCLEAN, Va. & SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Hilton (NYSE: HLT) today announced a new exclusive partnership with premier outdoor hospitality company AutoCamp to offer Hilton guests an experience that "blends the spirit of an iconic outdoor adventure with the hospitality and design-forward thinking of a boutique hotel, in spectacular settings that include properties adjacent to popular national parks," according to a release. AutoCamp stays ...

RVB Capitol Talk: Horsey, Ingrassia Look at Dealer Priorities

Ryan Horsey, Co-Owner and Vice President of Fixed Operations for Parkview RV Center, Smyrna, Del., and the chair of the RV Dealers Association (RVDA), along with RVDA President Phil Ingrassia join Rick Kessler and Sherm Goldenberg of RVBusiness for this episode of RVBusiness Capitol Talk. The far-reaching discussion touches on a number of topics central to RV dealers, including the ...

Dyrt: Half of Private Campgrounds Added Campsites in ’23

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Dyrt, the No. 1 app for camping availability, photos and reviews, has found that 50% of private camping properties added campsites in 2023 in response to continued demand from the booming camping industry. These statistics are from the newly released 2024 Camping Report presented by The All-New Toyota Tacoma, the most in-depth and comprehensive look at the camping industry ...

THOR Sponsors Together Outdoors’ Micro-Grant Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Together Outdoors (TO) announced the opening of the application period of its Inclusive Micro-Grant Program, a new initiative aimed at bolstering capacity for small and rural grassroots organizations that are key to creating a more inclusive and welcoming outdoor recreation environment. This unique program, in addition to TO’s overall efforts, is made possible thanks to foundational support ...

Newmar Technicians Received Level 1 Training from RVTI

Last week, more than 30 Newmar technicians received the RV Technical Institute’s Level 1 training, according to a News & Insights report by the RV Industry Association (RVIA). The technicians then put their skills to the test by taking the Level 1 exam at the end of the course. Preliminary results indicate that the majority of the technicians successfully passed ...

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