Jayco Touts RV Industry to ‘Boys & Girls Club’

Thor Industries Inc. and its subsidiary Jayco Inc. Tuesday (July 10) hosted the second of four “RV Days” events at the Boys & Girls Club of Elkhart County clubhouse in Middlebury, Ind. The event provided over 100 youths ranging from elementary to middle school age insight into Elkhart County’s largest industry cluster. The programs were […]

Elkhart Firms Adopt ‘Advanced Manufacturing’

The $9.5 million awarded to the Advanced Manufacturing Sector Partnership (AMSP) of Elkhart County during a June 28 gathering at Lippert Components Inc.’s (LCI) Plant 66 in Elkhart, Ind., will directly benefit the RV industry manufacturing community. The funding will support the development of the future workforce of Elkhart County with training in advanced manufacturing, […]

$9.5M Pledged for Area Advanced Manufacturing

Business and industry leaders gathered this morning at the Lippert Components (LCI) Plant 66 in Elkhart, Ind., to acknowledge four sources of funding totaling nearly $9.5 million awarded to the Advanced Manufacturing Sector Partnership (AMSP) of Elkhart County. The partnership was formed just one year ago when Elkhart-area manufacturers came together with local education leaders. […]

Open Range & Highland Ridge Rally Draws 175

The sixth annual Open Range and Highland Ridge travel trailer and fifth-wheel rally drew 80-plus RVs and 175 club members from as far away as Texas and California to the Elkhart County Fairgrounds in Goshen, Ind., June 4-9. Shipshewana, Ind.-based Open Range RV Co. was established in 2007 and transitioned to Highland Ridge after being […]

Chris-Craft Exec: Marine Buyouts will Continue

The marine industry is “unusually fragmented,” and Chris-Craft President Stephen Heese thinks that will continue to change in the coming years. “Public companies have capitol and private companies don’t unless they lever up with debt,” Heese told Soundings Trade Only Today after announcing Winnebago Industries Inc. would buy Chris-Craft. “The marine industry is fragmented, and it’s […]

Lippert’s Tax Abatement in Goshen is Approved

Goshen City Council members Tuesday approved on a 5 to 2 vote a resolution establishing a new tax increment financing district on the city’s southeast side. The Goshen News reported that tax increment financing, or TIF, is a tool that allows municipalities to promote economic development by earmarking property tax revenue from increases in assessed […]

’18 Entegra Coach Homecoming Gets Underway

With more than 200 motorhomes and 500-plus people in attendance, the 2018 Entegra Coach Homecoming is underway at the Elkhart County Fairgrounds in Goshen, Ind. The event, which includes several seminars as part of the Entegra Coach Academy, runs from May 21-24 and is exclusive to the Entegra Coach Owners Association (ECOA). (To view a […]

‘The Camper Book’ Examines RVing in America

“The Camper Book: A Celebration of a Moveable American Dream,” just released in paperback for June of 2018, is an eclectic collection of interviews and viewpoints of life on the road and the American RV lifestyle. Written by Dave Hoekstra with photography by John Sall and published by Chicago Review Press, the book includes a […]

Mont. Firm Still Offering Tax Relief to RV Buyers

In a unique twist that’s been available for years, RV enthusiasts attending the recent Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) convention in Georgia were offered promotional literature by a firm called Action Services LLC, an affiliate of the Wilson Law Office, Missoula, Mont., that provides prospective RV buyers with a means of avoiding state taxes and […]

Sokol Alerting RVers to Electrical Shock Dangers

Each year people, pets and even horses die of electrical shock from a recreational vehicle malfunction called RV hot skin phenomenon. Many times campers can tell if they have an electrical leakage build-up on their coach when pets are reluctant to climb the metal stairs to enter. This is just a sampling of the electrical […]