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Hershey Show Closes Out With Record Attendance

September 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

With a total gate attendance of 64,242 — easily surpassing last year’s record of 57,692 — the 49th Annual America’s Largest RV Show in Hershey, Pa., hosted by the Pennsylvania RV & Campground Association (PRVCA), was yet another sign the industry is humming along on all cylinders. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page. Photos by Kirk Zutell). “The Hershey Show is usually an indicator for what’s in store for next year,” PRVCA Executive Vice... Read more

Over 10,000 Attend Hershey Show On Opening Day

September 15, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Hershey Show attendees filled the gates on opening day With a first day attendance of 10,083 — easily surpassing last year’s record of 9,025 —America’s Largest RV Show in Hershey, Pa., was yet another sign the industry is humming along on all cylinders.  Not even the day’s weather conditions, which started off with off-and-on showers, kept consumers from coming to the Giant Center intent on seeing the newest RVs at the show, which features 45 manufacturers and 158 supplier/vendor booths... Read more

Hurricane Irma Threatens Fla. Dealers, Park Owners

September 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

With southeast Texas still recovering from Hurricane Harvey, most of Florida is bracing for the impact of Hurricane Irma, now a Category 5 storm laying devastation to the Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico. As of this morning (Sept. 6), officials at the National Hurricane Center are predicting Irma will reach the southern tip of Florida sometime Sunday night as either a Category 3 or 4 hurricane and travel north through the center of the state. Either category can cause major damage, as sustained winds... Read more

Thor Aggressively Organizing Texas Relief Efforts

September 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Rick Schutt With the situation very much in a fluid state, 16,000-employee Thor Industries Inc. is coordinating relief efforts on behalf of its RV manufacturing subsidiaries — many of which have already begun their own donation drives — to aid the Texas communities struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Rick Schutt, just three weeks into the job as Thor’s director of community engagement, told RVBUSINESS.com that he’ll be working the phone lines all day to help Thor corporate, its... Read more

RV/MH Hall Of Fame Dinner Attended By Hundreds

August 8, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Longtime parks and campground industry figure David Gorin was among those inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame Aug. 7 before a crowd of about 400 family, friends and supporters at the Northern Indiana Events Center in Elkhart. The class — which included five from the RV industry and five from manufactured housing — was the 45th such class inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame, which now stands at 398 members. Now a principal with Gorin+Cohen Consulting Group, Gorin, also a contributing columnist... Read more

Zinke: Public-Private Partnerships Vital To Parks

July 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Forging public-private partnerships is the key to accelerating the modernization of America’s outdated, Eisenhower-era national parks with the end result being “a better parks experience all Americans could enjoy for the next 100 years,” U.S. Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke said repeatedly during a day-long event Tuesday (July 18) in Washington, D.C., as part of the Trump Administration’s “Made in America” week. The day began with Zinke meeting with members of the Outdoor Recreation Industry... Read more

Zinke Offers Insight at Outdoor Rec Roundtable

July 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, along with members of Congress and representatives of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR), met this morning (July 18) at the U.S. Department of the Interior for a discussion about integrating public-private partnerships into the national park system. Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) President Frank Hugelmeyer and Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) President Phil Ingrassia, both members of the ORIR, were among those in attendance... Read more

FMCA a Success; Towable Plan Moves Forward

July 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Motorhomes fill the grounds at the Indiana State Fairgrounds during FMCA’s Convention & Expo (Photo by Shawn Spence) After sketchy weather early gave way to a glorious weekend, the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) 96th International Convention & RV Expo, held July 12-15 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Event Center in Indianapolis, saw robust crowds, brisk business and a historic decision by the motorized-only group’s governing board to allow a referendum on whether to open... Read more

New Cheyenne RV Park Hosts ‘Jackalope RV Club’

June 27, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The new RV park at the Laramie County Fairgrounds in Cheyenne, Wyo., hosted an RV rally even before its grand opening, according to a report by the Wyoming Tribune Eagle. The Cheyenne Jackalopes RV Club hosted the annual national roundup of the Red Dale Wagon Train at the park beginning Sunday (June 25). Then the Laramie County Fair and Fair Board held a ribbon-cutting ceremony the next afternoon. Gary Wisecup is the current wagon master for the Red Dale Wagon Train, which means he is the president... Read more

Landers: Advocacy Day ‘The Best We’ve Ever Had’

June 14, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

U.S. National Park Service leaders meet with representatives of the RV industry. The 2017 edition of Capitol Hill Advocacy Day, in which RV and campground industry leaders met with members of Congress to raise awareness of legislative and regulatory issues affecting the industry, will go down as one the best ever, said organizers. Taking place June 7 and serving as the culmination of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s Committee Week events, 93 people from the RV industry, along with... Read more

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