Helder Presents ‘Energetic’ Keynote At Con/Expo

November 8, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Chris Helder delivers keynote at RVDA Con/Expo In an energetic and humorous keynote address Tuesday (Nov. 7) at the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo at Bally’s in Las Vegas, noted author and speaker Chris Helder began his presentation by challenging the wisdom of the old adage that “a bird in hand is worth two in the bush.” (To view a slideshow of the convention’s opening day scroll to the right side of the home page. Photos by Shawn Spence). “What is that? What... Read more

RVDA Con/Expo Opens with Certified Pros Event

November 7, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

RVDA honors certified Rv professionals at Con/Expo While the first full day of activities isn’t until today, the 2017 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo got underway Monday (Nov. 6) with a handful of events including the Society of Certified RV Professionals reception. Sponsored by Protective Asset Protection, the reception honored those dealership personnel who have attained certifications in their fields of expertise. “We’re honoring these people tonight because they’ve taken... Read more

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 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 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

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