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Technology on display at open house

By Greg Gerber The Elkhart Dealer Open House officially opened today as thousands of dealers arrived to check out the 2018 RVs being offered by virtually every manufacturer in the industry. Gloomy, rainy weather failed to dampen enthusiasm or interest in the products as every display appeared to be well attended. The Supplier Showcase, featuring 19 companies, has a new location one-half block north of the intersection of County Road 6 and Northland Drive directly across from the Forest River anchor location. Last year, the event took place directly on the corner, but this year the displays were pushed back to a bigger lot with better parking. The larger space allowed more supplier firms to participate Guests can enjoy free ice cream treats today and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. as well as free lunch catered by Bacon Hill Kitchen and Pub, a local restaurant. Some of the new products on display include a universal spare tire carrier from BAL that can be mounted on RVs as small as teardrop travel trailers. Using a cable drive, it can be cranked down easily so that tire is stored beneath the RV. Suburban is displaying its new Voyager portable fire pit that features an adjustable intensity flame that can be used even in areas that have burn restrictions, ensuring consumers can enjoy a campfire wherever they may be camping. ADCO is introducing a new four-layer RV cover designed specifically for long-term RV lot storage. The polypropylene material is UV treated and includes locking cam buckles to prevent slippage during unattended use. A patent-pending slip seam strapping system cinches tight on the bottom four corners to help prevent wind penetration. Winegard is introducing a new Dish Playmaker portable automatic satellite TV antenna that is shorter and wider, yet delivers 20 percent better signal strength, the firm noted. Two versions are available, a single receiver retails for $249 while a dual receiver sells for $299. The military-grade aluminum alloy reflector makes it stronger, and the higher-performance stepper motors provide more speed and precision tuning. Hymer brings European technology to North America One year ago, the Erwin Hymer Group acquired Roadtrek and displayed several innovative RVs at open house to signal the type of products the firm planned to introduce to the American RV industry. This year, the firm is displaying dozens of vehicles now being built out of two factories in Kitchener, ... Read More »

Jumpstart issues monthly Path to Purchase Report

(Sept. 19, 2017) -- Jumpstart Automotive Media released its monthly share of shopper interest data. The report reveals that shoppers have recently shown more interest in segments such as Luxury Sport, Coupe, Luxury Sport Sedan and Large SUVs. Read More »

Lazydays RV partners with NeXus RV

(Sept. 19, 2017) -- NeXus RV and Lazydays RV have reached a verbal agreement to have the mega dealer sell and service NeXus RV products at all five of their RV dealerships in Florida, Arizona and Colorado. Read More »

Celebrity YouTube couple RVLove arrives in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Al. — The dynamic location independent American/Australian couple who live, work and travel full-time from their motorhome have arrived in Alaska, their 50th USA state visited in a little over 3 years, proving that extensive travel is still possible while working full-time. The Bennetts also just celebrated their 6th wedding anniversary and have been living in an RV for almost as long as they lived in their former Colorado home. Forty-something business and marketing professionals turned digital nomads, Marc and Julie Bennett are advocates for adventure who like to challenge and inspire others to think creatively and bravely about how they, too, can find ways to unplug from societal norms, find ways to work remotely and travel to get more out of life. Their website RVLove.com, YouTube videos and social media channels have already attracted over 30,000 people and they were recently cast to appear in a Motion Picture Film RV Nomads which is currently in production and due for release in 2018. The Bennetts have continued to find ways to turn their passion for RVing and travel into an increasingly valuable resource to help others, with the launch of the online RV Success School to help wannabe RVers prepare and plan for such a major lifestyle change. The Bennetts visited all of the lower 48 states with their RV, flew to Hawaii last December and just visited Alaska by cruise ship from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Seward, Alaska, on Holland America Line’s Ms Noordam. They traveled via Alaska Railroad to spend three days in Anchorage. “While the majority of our travel is by RV, we recommend taking a break every now and then to explore other travel options, like cruising or flying,” says Julie. “Living in an RV affords you the freedom and flexibility to base yourself anywhere you choose so you can take advantage of travel deals at short notice. You could be near an airport and snag a cheap flight, or a cruise port like Vancouver, BC, where we set sail from last Sunday.” “We have been excited to see Alaska for a long time and it felt like the perfect way to wrap up our 50 states milestone. When we saw the Holland America cruise deal, we booked it right away and set sail 4 days later!” “The cruise was a fantastic way to get a taste of the beauty and wilderness of Alaska without ... Read More »

Covercraft acquires GT covers

(Sept. 19, 2017) -- "We are also excited to apply GT Covers’ proprietary mapping tools to service other verticals, including the RV, outdoor and airline industries, among others," said Zaczepinski. "We are fortunate to have Gary Walsh and his outstanding team join the Covercraft family." Read More »

RV Care hosts consumer webcast

(Sept. 19, 2017) -- The live presentation addressed exterior and interior preparations to help prolong the life of any RV that’s exposed to the Canadian winter climate. Battery storage as well as winterizing tips for do-it-yourselfers were also discussed. Read More »