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By: On: Wednesday May 4 2016

Forest River Wildcat

(Press Release) The Wildcat division of Elkhart, Ind., based Forest River, Inc., is pleased to announce the introduction of an all-new travel trailer targeting the high-volume, mid-price laminated trailer market.

“Following up on the success of our fifth wheel redesign last fall, we’ve hit another home run with our travel trailer launch,” said Chris Saal, Wildcat Sales Manager.  “Our dealers were very specific with what they wanted this trailer to be.  That included an emphasis on exterior and interior styling, an emphasis on functional floorplans, and an aggressive price point,” he said. Read Full Story →

By: On: Wednesday May 4 2016

Winnebago Minnie 2500RL Exterior

(Press Release) Winnebago has released the 2500RL floorplan for its Minnie line of travel trailers.

The new Minnie 2500RL features an open living space, master bedroom and an easily accessed bathroom. At 27’11” long, the 2500RL has one slide housing the dinette and a large open space in the living area. Within the living space there is a jack knife sofa, galley kitchen and opposing dinette slide. In addition, the TV is positioned conveniently in the living area to allow for viewing from the dinette or sofa.

“The 2500RL is a functional and versatile trailer,” Winnebago Towables Director of Marketing Mark Gerber said. “It is a wonderful couple’s trailer with the option of accommodating overnight guests with easy conversion of the dinette and sofa into beds.”

Winnebago Minnie 2500RL Interior

Adding to the unit’s functionality is a complete galley featuring standard items such as a large Dometic refrigerator, microwave, three-burner stove top, oven and ventilated range hood. In addition, the galley offers ample counter space and a stainless steel sink.

Moving to the front of the unit, the master bedroom has a queen bed and wardrobe along with storage space above the bed and a conveniently placed light for night-time reading. Adjacent to the master bedroom is a spacious private bathroom with two doors for entry from either the bedroom or living space.

Vinyl flooring is used throughout the trailer for added convenience and easy cleaning.

For more information on the Minnie, please visit http://winnebagoind.com/ or call (574)-825-5250.

By: On: Wednesday May 4 2016

DISH Playmaker

(Press Release) Winegard, the leading U.S. antenna manufacturer since 1954, today introduced the DISH Playmaker portable automatic satellite HDTV antenna developed exclusively for DISH high definition and standard definition programming. Mobile TV viewers will find the DISH Playmaker ideal for a variety of outdoor activities such as tailgating, RVing, camping and hunting. The new DISH Playmaker antenna is available through Camping World Supercenters and RV Dealerships nationwide.

The DISH Playmaker portable automatic satellite HDTV antenna has a small, compact design that requires minimal space making it easy to take it with you wherever you go! Consumers will appreciate the simple, user-friendly setup and operation. Set-up takes less than 15 minutes. Using the simple on-screen setup wizard, users just pick the state where they are located in and they are Ready to Play! Read Full Story →

By: On: Thursday April 28 2016

Dometic Logo

In response to a class action lawsuit filed last week, which you can read about here, Dometic Americas president Frank Marciano sent out the following message to Dometic’s RV OEM customers, dealers and retailers:

I would like to take this opportunity to provide the industry with an update in light of the class action complaint filed against Dometic Corporation in California last week.

First and foremost, we place the highest priority on the safety of our products and those who enjoy them.  We are proud of our safety record, rigorous testing protocols in our factories and CSA certification of our refrigerators.  A decade ago, out of an abundance of caution, we issued a recall to address a potential safety defect with some of our refrigerators manufactured prior to 2006—a recall which we expanded in 2008. It remains in effect today:  Read Full Story →

By: On: Wednesday April 27 2016

Class C Motorhomes

According to a release from the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, RV shipments to retailers totaled 40,740 units in March of 2016. This is the single best monthly total since March of 2006 and is 13.9% higher than February and 11.5% higher than March of 2015.

First quarter shipments of 2016 have climbed to 108,195 units, which is 11.5% more than the first quarter of 2015.

“On a seasonally adjusted basis, 1st quarter shipments were running at an annualized rate of more than 430,000 units, 12.2% ahead of the pace reported for this same period last year,” RVIA says in a release. Read Full Story →

By: On: Friday April 22 2016

Dometic Logo

(Press Release) A group of RV owners filed a nationwide class-action lawsuit against Dometic Corporation, stating that the company sold defective gas absorption refrigerators with cooling systems that can spontaneously ignite in RVs and boats, putting consumers at risk of deadly fires, explosions, loss of property and loss of the value of their RV/boat, according to consumer-rights law firm Hagens Berman.

The lawsuit states that the defective refrigerators have caused or contributed to at least 3,000 fires since 1997, resulting in more than $100 million in property damage and personal injury claims, all of which Dometic tracked through multiple non-public, internal databases. Despite this knowledge, Dometic “failed and refused to eliminate the defects and/or provide consumers with adequate warnings,” according to the complaint. Read Full Story →

By: On: Wednesday April 20 2016

Entegra Insignia

After a four-year hiatus, Entegra Coach has announced the Insignia Class A motorhome is returning to its lineup.

Entegra Coach releases the following statement about the return of the Insignia: Read Full Story →

By: On: Wednesday March 30 2016

Grand Design Solitude

(Press Release) Grand Design Recreational Vehicle Company has expanded their workforce by over 40% since the beginning of 2015.

Grand Design employed about 540 people in early 2015, and now in early 2016 gainfully employs more than 760 dedicated team members. With a new 65,000 square foot Service/PDI facility up and running, and plans for additional production capacity in the very near future, the number of employees is expected to continue growing through 2016 and beyond. Read Full Story →

By: On: Tuesday March 29 2016

Travel Trailer Lake

(Press Release) In the February survey of manufacturers, RV wholesale shipments to retailers accelerated to 35,929 units this year, a 13.9% increase over last month and a 12.1% increase over this same month one year ago. Increased employment and greater consumer discretionary income have been the driving force behind recent consumer spending increases lifting RV shipments totals along the way. This month’s total was the best February in 39 years and represents an annualized rate of more than 425,000 units.  This would be the best such annualized rate since late 2005.

Through the first two months this year shipments have reached 67,455 units, an 11.4% gain over this same two month period last year.  Continuing a trend established a number of months ago towable RVs have increased by the largest unit totals while motorhomes have reported the greatest percentage gains over the previous year. Read Full Story →

By: On: Tuesday March 29 2016

Lance 360 Photography

(Press Release) As part of the planned improvements to their consumer website www.lancecamper.com, Lance has added all new 360 interior photography for select models.

“The addition of 360 product tours is a tactic we have had on our digital marketing “checklist” for some time and quite frankly are late to the party with,” states Director of Marketing Bob Rogers. “Although certainly not cutting edge technology, our ability to produce interactive 360 tours provides a high quality visual experience for customers visiting our website. Users can scan, zoom and move from one room to another within a Lance RV without having to leave their home. Read Full Story →

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