Month: June 2024

Outdoor Rec Roundtable Decries House Spending Bill Cuts 

Jessica Wahl Turner WASHINGTON, D.C. — Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) issued the following statement on the proposed spending cuts in the House Appropriations Committee Fiscal Year 2025 bill for the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies. The bill is being considered by the subcommittee today (June 28):  "Cuts proposed by the House Appropriations Committee to spending on our public lands and ...

Truma Aventa AC Units Now Offer SoftStartRV Technology

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL – Beginning July 2024, Truma North America will integrate SoftStartUSA technology into the Truma Aventa air conditioning systems. “We are excited to partner with Truma on this initiative,” said Brian Gibson, co-founding partner of SoftStartUSA. “Truma is a well-known, well-respected brand within the industry.” He added that the testing and qualification procedures at Truma proved to be ...

’24 Aftermarket Conference Sponsorships Still Available

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the upcoming 2024 Aftermarket Conference, which takes place Monday, Aug. 12, through Thursday, Aug. 15, in Orlando, Fla. Sponsorships are available for every budget and provide a great opportunity to build brand recognition, according to a News & Insights report by the RV Industry Association (RVIA).  Sponsorship options include the welcome reception, the lunch keynote speaker, ...

Firefly Integrations Training Academy Schedule Set for July

MIDDLEBURY, Ind. – Firefly Integrations’ technician training program continues in July in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada; Billings, Montana; Orlando; and West Chester, Pennsylvania. The training sessions are available in four-hour morning and afternoon sessions. The focus of each session is to give technicians a heightened understanding of RV-C and CAN bus technology as well as strengthen their ability to distinguish between ...

U.S. Economic Growth for Last Quarter Revised Upward

WASHINGTON – The American economy expanded at a 1.4% annual pace from January through March, the slowest quarterly growth since spring 2022, the government said Thursday in a slight upgrade from its previous estimate. Consumer spending grew just 1.5%, down from an initial estimate of 2% in a sign that high interest rates may be taking a toll on the ...

Fla. RV Dealer Stetler Accused of Failing to Remit Sales Tax

A Broward County RV dealership owner was arrested Wednesday night after being accused of not paying nearly $500,000 in state taxes, according to a report in the Miami Herald. Gigi Stetler Gigi Stetler, 62, owns RV Sales of Broward in Dania Beach where she “collected and failed to pay a minimum of $471,447.35 in sales tax” to the Florida Department ...

AAA: Gas Prices Pop Ahead of Independence Day Holiday

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The national average shook off nearly three weeks of stagnation, moving a nickel higher since last week to hit $3.50. The move came as the cost of oil crossed the $80 per barrel mark, putting upward pressure on pump prices. With oil costs accounting for about 54% of what you pay at the pump, more expensive oil ...

Thor Motor Coach Shares Class C RV Updates for 2025

2025 Chateau 31MV in Aspen Gray and Coastline Grey decor. ELKHART, Ind. — Thor Motor Coach announces highly anticipated 2025 model year changes across its Class C motorhome lineup. With a focus on functionality and comfort, these updates will transform the RV experience. Say goodbye to bumpy drives with the SmoothTech ride enhancement, available in the Ford and Chevy-based 2025 ...

RV Tech Institute Analyzing, Elevating 2025 Curriculum

ELKHART, Ind. – Members of the RV Technical Institute (RVTI) Curriculum Committee met in Elkhart, Ind., the week of June 17-21, 2024, to review and modify the Institute’s curriculum and certification exams. The Curriculum Committee is made up of current Institute Master Certified technicians who have provided subject matter expertise during the review, according to a News & Insights report ...

Florida RV Trade Association Moving into New Office

TAMPA, Fla. –The Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) recently moved into new headquarters, according to a press release from the organization. The move p uts the office a lot closer to the Florida State Fairgrounds where FRVTA holds two regional RV shows and the annual Florida RV SuperShow. The new office is over twice the size of the old office ...

Voyager RV Makes Big Donation to Three Local Charities

LAKE COUNTRY, B.C. – Voyager RV Centre marked its 40th anniversary with the continuation of its Voyager Cares Initiative throughout 2024, according to a release. This year, they’re not only celebrating four decades of serving the community but also strengthening their commitment to giving back, with a renewed running total goal of $240,000 in Voyager Cares donations.  Within a seven-day span in ...

California County OKs ‘Low Impact Camping’ Ordinance

SAN FRANCISCO – Earlier this month, on June 18, the San Benito County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a new land use ordinance that allows rural landowners the chance to host small-scale, conservation-minded camping on their properties, according to a release. With the ordinance, the San Benito County Supervisors opened critical economic opportunities to local residents, and expanded access to ...

Suburban Offers Bottle Adapter for Elite Series Griddles

DAYTON, Tenn. – SUBURBAN, an AIRXCEL brand, introduces a new 1-pound bottle adapter for its Elite Series Griddles. The piece allows RV owners to quickly change propane sources for their griddle from the RV propane system to a portable 1-pound bottle. With the new bottle adapter, Suburban griddles can be used in RV kitchens or transported to picnic areas, tailgating ...

NRVTA Names Kelly Bradley as Chief Operating Officer

ATHENS, Texas – The National RV Training Academy (NRVTA) announced in a press release the appointment of Kelly Bradley as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO). With a distinguished career marked by significant achievements in the RV industry, Kelly is set to enhance the Academy’s mission of providing premier training for RV owners and professionals. Kelly Bradley Kelly Bradley joins ...

CCRVA Encourages Owners to Support Tax Amendments

EDITOR'S NOTE: This letter was recently distributed by the Canadian Camping and RV Association and highlights a key tax issue that impacts park owners.  I hope this message finds you well as we enter a crucial period for our industry. We stand at a pivotal juncture that calls for our collective advocacy to secure a legislative amendment that directly benefits our campgrounds ...

OEM Showcase: Closer Look at Lance 805 Truck Camper

From Lance Camper: A truck camper from our roots. A heritage floorplan. Designed to fit a huge range of trucks at a value. The 805 harkens back to an easier time. The original layout dates back to the Lance model 200 from the 1960s. We built iterations of the 805 fairly consistently up until 2008. The new configuration has evolved ...

Deadline Nears for RVB Top 50 Dealer Award Nominations

The deadline is Friday, June 28, for RV manufacturers to submit their nominations for the 2024 RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Awards. Now in its 14th year, the RVBusiness Top 50 program celebrates those North American RV dealerships that, in the eyes of an esteemed panel of independent judges, best exemplifies dealer excellence in customer and community service. An announcement of the 2024 ...

Gulf Stream Coach Hosts 2024 Vista & Vintage Cruiser Rally

NAPPANEE, Ind. – Last week Gulf Stream Coach hosted its first ever Vista & Vintage Cruiser Rally at the Gulf Stream country club facilities in Nappanee, Ind., according to a release. There were over 100 customers present with their Vista or Vintage Cruiser in every size and color. The country club has hosted numerous customer events and one-day rallies over the ...

Winegard Launches RV Halo Rally Just in Time for 4th of July

BURLINGTON, Iowa — Winegard announced the launch of RV Halo Rally, a new feature for its popular RV Halo app, designed to elevate the RV lifestyle with a gamified rewards system. RV Halo Rally will be available starting this 4th of July weekend, aiming to connect and reward the RV community like never before, according to a release. Key features ...

Recently Certified Industry Personnel Recognized by Society

FAIRFAX, Va. – The Society of Certified RV Professionals recognized seven individuals from seven participating dealerships who earned a new certification, and an individual that renewed their certification during the second 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 national level. ...

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