(Oct. 2, 2013) — The travel center includes over 5,000 parts on hand and almost $1 million in inventory. Onsite offerings also include RV lifestyle clothing and accessories, a 3,000-square-foot convenience store, dog groomer, laundry facility, RV rental service, propane sales, free overnight parking and RV service.

(Oct. 1, 2013) — Blue Ox President Jay Hesse and Ellen Kietzmann, vice president, today announced  of Blue Ox announce an alliance with Forest River’s V-Cross and XLR divisions. Blue Ox will be supplying SwayPro built-in sway prevention systems as optional equipment on select V-Cross and XLR models.

(Oct. 1, 2013) — “One of the frustrations salespeople frequently share is how they have to deal with clients who get low prices off the Internet from multiple states away,” said Sobel. “It is important to acknowledge that this is not new and it is unlikely to ever change.  There will always be a competitor who does not know that you can’t make up for losing money by doing volume.”

(Oct. 1, 2013) — EverGreen Recreational Vehicles, LLC displayed over 50 of its new 2014 travel trailer, fifth wheel and toy hauler models at the EverGreen Dealer Open House that wrapped up Sept. 19 in Elkhart, Ind. Three new lines were introduced to dealers for the first time: the 2014 Tesla and Amped toy haulers and the 2014 Alfa Gold fifth wheel.

(Oct. 1, 2013) — Tom Johnson Camping Center will donate a portion of the proceeds from the month of October to the hospitals, which provide free care to children, education to medical professionals and research and development for the entire medical community.

(Oct. 1, 2013) — The tour is a high-impact, on-site consumer event that showcases RVs as ideal tailgate vehicles and provide fans the opportunity to tour the units, said Baker, who noted several thousand consumers have toured the two units through the first half of the tour.

(Oct. 1, 2013) — In June, Go RVing announced that its Facebook page had reached 100,000 followers. Facebook reports only 1 percent of all its brand-affiliated pages reach that status.  In just three months’ time, Go RVing has doubled its following to more than 207,000.

(Oct. 1, 2013) — Motorhomes came in at an average selling price at auction of $39,534, while towables increased to $11,200, an increase of $982 (9.6 percent) from last month’s $10,218. This month’s percentage of Black Book wholesale values that RVs sold for this month is very consistent with previous months, this time coming in at 99.65 percent for motorhomes and 96.04 percent for towables.

(Oct. 1, 2013) — “During this webinar, dealers will learn about our 10 new trailer and RV products we’ve recently released,” said Randy Fisher, national sales manager for Torklift International. “I am also going to explain the benefits of becoming a Torklift certified dealer.”

(Oct. 1, 2013) — “This relationship will allow our dealers to save time and simplify the credit application and contract creation process,” said Goodwin. “At the same time, we can help them connect with lending sources that are using AppOne.”

(Sept. 30, 2013) — Lowry previously worked at Harley-Davidson as general manager of powertrain operations and served in operational leadership roles for the company’s four largest factories. Prior to joining Harley-Davidson, Lowry spent 15 years as a Marine Corps officer.

(Sept. 30, 2013) — Canada’s gross domestic product rose a strong 0.6 percent in July that more than reversed the 0.5 percent drop in June, RBC Economics announced today. The July increase was slightly stronger than the 0.5 percent gain expected.

(Sept. 30, 2013) — The RV Dealers Association of Canada will award 21 bursaries valued at $1,000 each and two bursaries at $2,000 each to eligible RVDA member RV technicians in all Canadian provinces who have enrolled in RV apprenticeship or related education programs.

(Sept. 30, 2013) — Luxury fifth wheel builder DRV reports that its 2013 Elkhart Open House was the company’s best ever in terms of orders written and dealer enthusiasm for the products.

(Sept. 30, 2013) — In other actions, the board approved a $13.7 million dollar association budget for fiscal year 2014, approved holding a Spring California RV Show from March 12 to 16 at the Santa Anita Race Track in Arcadia, Calif; and appointed Martin Street, president and CEO of Stag-Parkway, Inc. to the RVDA-RVIA Certification Governing Board.

(Sept. 30, 2013) — Hilltop implemented IDS CRM and immediately noticed benefits by growing its lead database directly from the everyday information collected in Astra, said Pearo. Being able to communicate with more contacts, combined with adding the new mobile app, allows the dealership to reach contacts quicker and more effectively anytime, anywhere, he explained.

(Sept. 30, 2013) — John DiPietro, with RV Insights, interviewed Bob Zagami and Greg Gerber regarding their insights to this year’s open house week in Elkhart. Zagami, who partners with DiPietro at RV Insights, noted, “They (RV manufacturers) are already cashing the check. The amount of business written this week will be record numbers for these manufacturers.”

(Sept. 30, 2013) — Although towables were off slightly from August last year, motorhomes more than made up the difference finishing ahead of this month last year by 34.5 percent.  In all, this was the best August total since 2007 and was nearly 50 percent greater than August of 2008, said Bill Baker, RVIA senior director of communications.

(Sept. 30, 2013) — Q-COACH is designed to actually monitor the dealership’s live data and proactively engage salespeople to perform the daily operational tasks that are proven to close more business, explained Martin.

(Sept. 30, 2013) –“After 37 years in the RV industry, I’m excited to get back in the game,” said Wallace. “I see the developments that the Camping World brand has made throughout the entire country and their vision is one I believe in.  I look forward to helping Roger Nuttall execute his plan and strengthen our relationships with our loyal customers and manufacturers.”


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