Larger Pickups Part of New Emissions Standard

President Obama will announce today (Feb. 18) that the federal government will further tighten fuel efficiency for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, according to a White House official, as part of the president’s ongoing effort to use his executive authority to address climate change. The Washington Post reported that Obama’s directive to the Environmental Protection Agency [...]

Spartan Hires Timothy Hamm to Drive RV Sales

Spartan Chassis Inc., a business unit of Spartan Motors Inc., announced the addition of Timothy Hamm as vice president, sales and business development, specialty vehicles. According to a press release, the hiring of Hamm demonstrates Spartan Chassis’s continued commitment to the recreational vehicle industry. “Spartan Chassis is fortunate to be able to welcome someone of Tim [...]

Jim Shields Service Set for March 1 in Stockton

Editor’s Note: The following is the obituary for Jim Shields, owner of Pan Pacific RV Centers in northern California and a major figure in the RV retail sector. Shields served in several capacities for the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) while founding and serving as president of CalRVDA. James Freeman  “Jim”  Shields, longtime resident of [...]

Motley Fool: Did Thor, Winnebago Hit Potholes?

Editor’s Note; The following opinion column comes was published by the Motley Fool analyzing Thor Industries Inc.’s preliminary 2Q report that sales would fall below expectations due to weather. Recreational vehicle manufacturers Thor Industries Inc., Winnebago Industries Inc., and Berkshire-Hathaway-owned Forest River Inc. have coexisted for many years earning overall fantastic profits. When one stumbles, it can be an easy [...]

Free Webinar to Focus on Maximizing Revenues

Recreational Vehicle business owners interested in learning more about how to increase revenue by at least 25% within one year may register now for RV Camping Connect’s free webinar, “Four Proven Marketing Systems Every RV Camping Business Must Optimize.” According to a press release, the webinar will run Wednesday (Feb. 19) from 2-3 p.m. EDT, providing [...]

Pete Liegl Gives $200K to Support Local Charity

Pete Liegl, founder of Elkhart, Ind.-based Forest River Inc., donated $200,000 to a charity benefiting a local hospital at a recent fundraising event. The Elkhart Truth reported that Leigl was among numerous benefactors that generated an estimated $700,000 Friday (Feb. 14) with half of the money going to the Elkhart General Hospital Foundation and half [...]

Livin’ Lite Adds River City RV to Dealer Network

Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles announced the addition of River City RV, located in Sherwood, Ark., to the builder’s dealer network. “River City RV is the type of quality dealer that Livin’ Lite is proud to be associated with,” said Mike Tribble, national sales manager for Wakarusa, Ind.-based Livin’ Lite, in a press release. “Their commitment [...]

Portable Sanitation Firm to Build Indiana Plant

Plans by a global supplier of portable sanitation equipment to construct a new manufacturing and warehouse facility in Bristol, Ind., took a big step following a meeting of the Elkhart County Plan Commission. The Goshen News reported that commission members approved a request by developers that would allow Satellite Industries Inc., which makes portable toilets, [...]

Kansas Dealership Closed for Not Paying Taxes

Kansas tax enforcement agents have closed and seized the assets of two related Wichita businesses, Adventure RV and Truck Center LLC and Adventureland RV Rentals Inc. According to the Wichita Business Journal, the Kansas Department of Revenue says the two businesses owe about $309,000 in sales tax. The department says it made multiple attempts to [...]

Pickup Makers Maneuver for Market Share in ’14

From Ford’s lighter aluminum F-150 to General Motors’ stylish smaller pickups to Ram’s light-duty diesel engine, the industry’s dominant truckmakers have all shown their hands. Now what? Automotive News reported that this year will usher in a new era in the pickup market, with the Detroit 3 following distinctly different paths for their most profitable [...]