Month: March 2024

WSJ: Winnebago Faces ‘Forecasting Challenge’ Amid Soft Sales

FOREST RIVER, Iowa – Winnebago Industries is facing a challenge with its financial forecasting, telling investors that, in a historically cyclical industry, its plummeting sales are likely temporary — but, in a shaky economy, it isn’t sure when they will fully recover, according to an article by Kristin Broughton at the Wall Street Journal website.  Winnebago, best known for making ...

Outdoorsy Expanding by Developing its Own Glamping Properties

Outdoorsy is one of the most popular RV-rental platforms in the U.S. But nine years in and almost $3 billion in sales later, it's ready to expand, according to an article at BusinessInsider.com. The company now wants to become the go-to destination for $350-a-night luxury tent camping, or something close to it. Outdoorsy is going all-in on "glamping" — a ...

Kunes Auto & RV Group Acquires GMC Dealership in Beloit, Wis.

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Kunes Auto & RV Group, a Midwest automotive group, is continuing its company growth with the opening of its new store in Beloit, Rock County, Wisconsin. Purchased from Finley GMC, the new automotive store will operate as Kunes GMC of Beloit starting April 1st, giving Kunes 45 automotive and RV dealerships spanning Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota. ...

Society of Certified RV Pros Lists Recently Certified Personnel

FAIRFAX, Va. – The Society of Certified RV Professionals recognized 23 individuals from nine participating dealerships who earned a new certification, and four individuals that renewed their certification during the first quarter of 2024 through the Mike Molino RV Learning Center Fixed Operations Certification Program.  Participation in the recognition program allows the society to publicize individuals’ certification achievements on the ...

IDS Infographic: The Steps to a Sale Using CRM Automation

A lot of people can walk through your dealership in a day — your brick-and-mortar and your online storefront. You don’t want any potential opportunities walking back out before you’ve recorded them in your business system. Of course, that’s where Customer Relationship Management software comes in, according to a release from IDS. The problem? Even with a CRM in place, ...

Action RV in N.M. Partners with Jeremy Clements Racing Team

Action RV, an independent RV service, repair and parts retailer located in Bosque Farms, N.M., is teaming up with Jeremy Clements Racing (JCR) for the Andy's Frozen Custard 300 at Texas Motor Speedway taking place April 13, according to a release.  “Jeremy Clements Racing embodies many of the same core values that Action RV holds dear to its culture,” said ...

Campspot Unveils North America’s Top Campgrounds in 2024

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Campspot is excited to announce the winners of its highly anticipated third annual Campspot Awards, celebrating the most outstanding campgrounds in the U.S. and Canada. Organized by 15 diverse categories, these award-winning destinations offer a range of experiences for outdoor enthusiasts, from picturesque tent sites to luxurious RV resorts, and everything in between. The winners were ...

Mekkelsen RV Extends Partnership with Memorial Day Classic

One of the longest supporting local businesses in Central Vermont has once again taken up the pen and signed on for yet another three-year extension, according to a report by RaceDayCT.com. Mekkelsen RV located in East Montpelier has continued their backing with the iconic Memorial Day Classic, a partnership with the popular Sunday spectacular that goes all the way back ...

Registration Opens for Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

It is that time of year to register your seats, tables, and/or sponsorships for the 2024 RV/MH Hall of Fame Induction Dinner Ceremony, according to a release. The event takes place on Monday, Aug. 19, and general festivities kick off at 5:30 p.m. ET. "The Induction Ceremony embodies everything that the Hall of Fame stands for and we take great ...

Capitol Talk: Care Camps Thanks RV Industry for Support

Gwynn Sullivan, executive director of the Care Camps Foundation, joins Rick Kessler and Sherm Goldenberg of RVBusiness for a Capitol Talk discussion on the organization's name change and some of its future plans. Sullivan also takes the opportunity to thank the RV industry for its growing support of the Care Camps' mission. RVBusiness Capitol Talk, sponsored by Airxcel, is also ...

Go RVing to Unveil ‘Biggest RV Innovation Ever’ on Monday

 EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a News & Insights report by the RV Industry Association (RVIA). Mark your calendars and get ready to witness a total eclipse of the ordinary!  On Monday, Go RVing will launch a revolutionary product that will cast a shadow on everything you thought you knew about RVs. Buckle up for next week's unveiling of the biggest RV ...

RVRA Survey to Help Identify Rental Market Trends, Outlook

FAIRFAX, Va. – The RV Rental Association (RVRA) is now conducting a survey of RV rental businesses to gauge the current state of the rental market in terms of fleet size, RV type, and consumer preferences.  The response deadline is April 19. RVRA is asking members to take a few minutes to complete the survey which assists in promoting this ...

RVTI Announces Expired Technician Re-Engagement Program

A new program from the RV Technical Institute (RVTI) aims to make it easy for RV technicians with expired certifications to transfer and renew their certification, according to a News & Insights report by the RV Industry Association (RVIA). “We know there are a lot of technicians out there who hold now-expired certifications from the old RVDA/RVIA program. We want ...

GEN-Y Hitch Introduces Western Sales Manager to the Team

Craig Antich NAPPANEE, Ind. – GEN-Y Hitch is excited to onboard Craig Antich as their new Western Sales Manager. "I'm excited and fortunate for the opportunity with GEN-Y. I look forward to helping the company grow while continuing to deliver a high level of customer service to our customers." Craig Antich, GEN-Y Hitch Western Sales Manager. "Taking into account Craig's ...

Vanspeed Unveils New California Coast Adventure Van Series

Orange County, Calif.-based Vanspeed introduced the company's newest adventure van line for exploring endless summers, the California Coast.  Designed as a professional-grade excursion rig, Vanspeed created the new California Coast van line as a “versatile travel solution perfect for weekend getaways that can also be used for longer, coastal excursions in mind,” according to a release.  Vanspeed's new California Coast ...

‘Overland of America’ Announces 1st-Ever Event in Oklahoma

JAY, Okla. — KEG Media, producers of “Lifted Truck Nationals” and “Orange Beach Invasion” event announce an all-new show: Overland of America. Hosted at MidAmerica Outdoors entertainment park in Jay, Okla., from Sept. 13-15, Overland of America promises to be the first large-scale overland event that’s actually fun, according to a release. “I’ve been to all the major overland events ...

Pollak Intros New Line of Trailer Connectors and Accessories

NEW YORK – Standard Motor Products (SMP) recently introduced Pollak's new line of Trailer Connectors, Adapters and accessories. The Pollak line of precision-engineered Trailer Connectors, Adapters, extensions and accessories has been specifically designed for towing with light-duty and medium-duty trucks and SUVs. The Pollak Trailer Connector program is made up of five different product lines, each with a specific purpose. The ...

Woodland Airstream Celebrates Grand Opening in Michigan

From left: Adam Coley (Indy GM), Mike Roehrig (Clarkston GM), Steve Hartman (Touring Coach Rep), John Gustafson (President), Brad Wynalda (Owner), Tim Maxwell (Travel Trailer rep), and Erik Barker (Sales Manager). CLARKSTON, Mich. – With the recent Grand Opening of its store in Clarkston, Mich., Woodland Airstream is now up to three locations – all under the Airstream-exclusive store model ...

Blue Compass RV Hosts Fifth Annual Leadership Summit

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Blue Compass RV’s fifth annual Leadership Summit was held Feb. 19 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C., with over 150 leaders from across the RV dealership group’s 100-plus stores in 33 states, according to a release.  Top leaders from across the company set the stage for an exciting year ahead with a focus on leadership ...

RV World in Minn. Acquired by Markquart Family RV & Auto

RV World in Ramsey, Minn., owned by Darren and Corrine Mann, was acquired by Markquart Family RV & Auto, according to a release from Performance Brokerage Services, North America's highest volume dealership brokerage firm. RV World was established in 1997 and has remained at its current location since inception. In 2015, the dealership was acquired by Darren and Connie Mann. RV World retails well over 500 ...

LA Chargers Coach Harbaugh Fulfills ‘Dream’ of Living in RV

LOS ANGELES – Jim Harbaugh wasn't kidding when he said he would "Jim Rockford it for the next couple of months" after becoming the Los Angeles Chargers' head coach in January, according to an article at FoxSports.com.  In the first two months since his return to the NFL, Harbaugh has lived in an RV in the Los Angeles area, neighboring ...

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