Dealer Poll: New Towable Inventories Too High

Editor’s Note: The following report by Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) Director of Industry Relations Jeff Kurowski, appearing in the December issue of RV Executive Today, breaks down results from a recent Baird dealer sentiment survey.  Dealers surveyed late in October said their new towable RV inventories were too high, while their used towable inventories […]

Nat. Parks Dealing With Litter, Illegal Activities

National parks across the U.S. are facing a number of complications amid the current government shutdown, including excess garbage and illegal activities. The Hill reported that because of the partial government shutdown that has been in effect since last week, employees of the National Park Service haven’t been working.  At Joshua Tree National Park in southern California, that […]

Several States See Gas Fall Below $2 a Gallon

Several states are reporting average gas prices per gallon have dropped below $2, and Virginia is close. AAA Mid-Atlantic reports nearly 20% of states are the below the $2 mark. Virginia is currently at $2.09. Across the country, averages have dropped more than 83 cents in the past 90 days, though the national average for […]

ITC Introduces New Lighting Collection for RVs

ITC Inc., a Hudsonville, Mich.-based LED and technology company, is releasing its newly designed and engineered Tom.E Collection of lighting fixtures for the RV market. According to a press release, the collection was created to embody the idea of Thomas Edison’s classic filament bulb design while incorporating a touch of contemporary styling and function. The […]

Mike Regan Examines Industry’s Trends, Needs

Editor’s Note: The following condensed Q&A with newly installed Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) Mike Regan appears in the December issue of RV Executive Today.  RVDA’s 2018 chairman, Mike Regan of Crestview RV in Georgetown and Buda, Texas, has extensive experience in both RV and automotive retailing. Prior to becoming president and general manager at Crestview, […]

Inventory Adjustment Impacts Nov. Shipments

After running at break-neck speed for the past several years, it appears the RV industry is tapping its brakes. The South Bend Tribune reported that for the fourth consecutive month, shipments from factories dropped compared to the same month a year prior, declining 20.3% in November, according to the latest figures released by the RV […]

Elkhart’s Dobson Probes Manufacturing Impact

Editor’s Note: The following Elkhart Truth Q&A with Mark Dobson, president and CEO of the Economic Development Corp. of Elkhart County, addresses the concentration of manufacturing in the area. Truth: What does it mean for the manufacturers to have such a high concentration in Elkhart County? Mark Dobson: The positive is, the supply chain here […]

ARVC’s Spring School Set For February In S.C.

The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) is set to help campground owners grow professionally during its Eastern Campus version of the National School of RV Park and Campground Management. Set to be held from Feb. 18-22 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Paula Horwitz, ARVC’s […]

Lawmakers Seek End to Canada, Mexico Tariffs

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) spearheaded a bipartisan group of colleagues in urging an end to the federal government’s steel and aluminum tariffs imposed on Canada and Mexico because they contradict a recently signed trade agreement with the countries, which have taken retaliatory measures against the United States.  According to a Ripon Advance report, a […]

Nat’l Parks Still Grappling With Record Crowds

Hours spent in a line waiting to enter a national park. Crews working to maintain trails that climb through piny forests and are blighted by piles of human waste. Visitors taking out their rage against fellow visitors and park staff when they can’t find a parking spot at their favorite trailhead or overlook. These are some […]