April 2014
Volume 39 - Number 9


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April 18, 2014 2715
Winnebago Honors Dealers With The Prestigious Circle of Excellence Award

Also Announces Partners in Excellence Award Winners


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FOREST CITY, Iowa, -- Winnebago is pleased to announce its Circle of Excellence dealerships for 2013.

In a tradition that began in 1986, Winnebago has recognized select dealers for excellence in customer satisfaction. This year, 102 dealers were honored with the Circle of Excellence award at the Company's Dealer Days event in Las Vegas, Nev., April 14 - 16, 2014. Dealers were recognized for excellence in customer satisfaction as it relates to the customers' sales and service experience.

Winnebago Industries Announces Partners in Excellence Award Winners

FOREST CITY, Iowa, -- Winnebago Industries, Inc., a leading United States (U.S.) recreation vehicle manufacturer, today announced its Partners in Excellence (PIE) award winners for 2014 at the Company's Dealer Days event in Las Vegas, NV, April 14 - 16.

In its ninth year, the PIE award recognizes those motor home dealers with the best market share penetration within their basic trade area (BTA).

Twelve Winnebago® and Itasca® dealerships were recognized in three market categories from both the East and West regions. The categories are defined as basic trade areas with 99 or fewer annual retail registrations, 100-199 annual registrations and greater than 200 registrations.

Following are this year's PIE award winners as ranked by market size from smallest BTA to largest BTA:

    Winnebago - Western Region
  • Affinity RV, Prescott, AZ
  • La Mesa RV Center, Tucson, AZ
  • La Mesa RV Center, Davis, CA

    Itasca - Western Region
  • Guaranty RV Centers, Junction City, OR
  • Olathe Ford RV Center, Gardner, KS
  • Camping World RV Sales, Wood Village, OR

    Winnebago - Eastern Region
  • US Adventure RV, Davenport, IA
  • Camping World RV Sales, Calera, AL
  • Camping World of Ft. Myers, Ft. Myers, FL

    Itasca - Eastern Region
  • Flagg RV, Uxbridge, MA
  • La Mesa RV, Port St. Lucie, FL
  • La Mesa RV Center, Ft. Myers, FL

"I am very proud of the quality of our dealer network," said Winnebago Vice President of Sales and Product Management Scott Degnan. "We were very pleased to recognize 102 outstanding dealers that earned this year's Circle of Excellence award at a program held last night. These dealers are simply the best in the industry and have a proven commitment to provide excellent customer service to our retail customers. They have a knowledgeable sales staff, qualified service technicians and quality warranty and after-market service support for customers. These dealers are the reason our Winnebago name is recognized as the leader in the motorhome industry."

Circle of Excellence scoring is determined by rating dealers in four categories:

  • A Purchase and Delivery Satisfaction Study which is direct customer feedback after the purchase of a motorhome
  • A Customer Satisfaction Study which surveys customers six months after their purchase
  • A Sales and Marketing Assessment that evaluates a dealership's sales, market share, stocking levels and participation in product training and the WIT Club
  • A Service/Parts Assessment that evaluates a dealership's warranty/parts inventory, service training and certified technicians, and traveling customer care

Since its inception 29 years ago, three dealerships have achieved Circle of Excellence status each year the award has been presented. They are:

  • Lazydays, Seffner, Florida
  • McClain's RV Superstore, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Pleasureland, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Following is the complete list of the 2014 Circle of Excellence award winners, including 14 first-time award winners (indicated with an "*").

ALASKA
Great Alaskan Holidays, Anchorage

ALABAMA
Camping World RV Sales, Calera*
Camping World RV Sales of Dothan*

ARKANSAS
Camping World RV Sales, Lowell*

ARIZONA
Affinity RV Service, Sales & Rentals, Prescott
La Mesa RV Center, Tucson

CALIFORNIA
Camping World RV Sales, Roseville
Giant RV, Montclair
La Mesa RV, San Diego
Mike Thompson Recreational Vehicles, Colton*
Mike Thompson Recreational Vehicles, Santa Fe Springs
Pan Pacific RV Centers, French Camp

COLORADO
Camping World RV SuperCenter, Fountain
Transwest Truck Trailer RV, Frederick

DELAWARE
Parkview RV Supercenter, Smyrna

FLORIDA
Camping World RV Sales, Dover*
Camping World of Fort Myers, Ft. Myers
Camping World RV Sales, Holiday*
Camping World RV Sales, Jacksonville*
Camping World RV Sales, Midway
Camping World RV Sales, St. Augustine
Camping World RV Sales, Summerfield
La Mesa RV Center, Sanford
Lazydays, Seffner

GEORGIA
Camping World RV Sales of Woodstock, Woodstock*

ILLINOIS
Barrington Motor Sales, Bartlett
Winnebago Motor Homes, Rockford

INDIANA
Camp-Land, Burns Harbor

IOWA
Harrison RV, Jefferson
Leach Camper Sales, Council Bluffs
Lichtsinn Motors, Forest City
US Adventure RV, Davenport

MARYLAND
Beckley's Camping Center, Thurmont

MASSACHUSETTS
Diamond R.V. Centre, Hatfield
Flagg RV, Uxbridge

MICHIGAN
General RV Center, Mt. Clemens
General RV Center, Wayland
General RV Center, Wixom

MINNESOTA
Pleasureland RV Center - North Metro, Ramsey
Pleasureland, St. Cloud
Universal Power/Marine/RV, Rochester

MISSOURI
Reliable RV, Springfield
Wheelen R-V Center, Joplin

MISSISSIPPI
Reliable RV Center, Biloxi

NEBRASKA
Leach Camper Sales of Lincoln, Lincoln

NEW JERSEY
Colonial Itasca, Lakewood

NEW MEXICO
Chisolm Trail RV, Albuquerque
Rocky Mountain RV World, Albuquerque

NEW YORK
Camping World RV Sales of Syracuse, Syracuse

NORTH CAROLINA
Bill Plemmons RV World, Raleigh
Bill Plemmons RV World, Rural Hall
Camping World of Raleigh, Garner*
Tom Johnson Camping Center, Concord
Tom Johnson Camping Center, Marion

OHIO
Dave Arbogast RV and Boat Depot, Troy
General RV Center, North Canton
Lewis RV, Dayton
RCD Sales, Sunbury
Shafer's Truck and RV Sales, Delta

OKLAHOMA
Dean's RV Superstore, Tulsa
McClain's RV Superstore, Oklahoma City

OREGON
Guaranty RV Centers, Junction City
Roberson RV Center, Salem
The RV Corral, Eugene

PENNSYLVANIA
All Seasons RV, Easton
Grumbine's RV, Harrisburg
Ray Wakley's Car Care & RV Center, North East
Tom Schaeffer's RV Super Store, Shoemakersville

RHODE ISLAND
Arlington RV Supercenter, East Greenwich

SOUTH DAKOTA
Dakota RV, Rapid City*

TENNESSEE
Buddy Gregg Motor Homes, Knoxville
Chilhowee RV Center, Louisville
Cullum & Maxey Camping Center, Nashville
Shipp's RV Centers, LLC, Chattanooga

TEXAS
Billy Sims Trailer Town - Lubbock, Lubbock
Camping World RV Sales, Anthony
Camping World RV Supercenter, New Braunfels*
Crestview RV Georgetown, Georgetown
Jack Sisemore Traveland, Amarillo
McClain's RV Rockwall, Rockwall
McClain's RV Superstore, Fort Worth
McClain's RV Superstore N. Dallas, Corinth
Ron Hoover Companies of Donna, Donna*
Ron Hoover Companies of Houston, Houston*
Ronnie Bock's Kerrville RV, Kerrville

UTAH
Motor Sportsland, Salt Lake City

VIRGINIA
Camping World RV Sales, Roanoke*
McGeorge's Rolling Hills RV, Ashland
Reines RV Center, Manassas
Snyder's RV, Salem
Snyder's RV, Virginia Beach

WASHINGTON
Poulsbo RV, Kent
R 'N' R RV Center, Liberty Lake
Roy Robinson Motorhomes, Marysville
Russ Dean Family RV, Pasco
Uhlmann RV, Chehalis

WISCONSIN
Horn's Sales & Service, Sheboygan

CANADA

ALBERTA
Carefree Coach & RV, Edmonton

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Okanagan Travel Land, Summerland
Voyager RV Centre, Winfield

ONTARIO
Forest City Motor Homes, Ltd., Thorndale
Sicard RV, Smithville

*First-Year Winner

Source Winnebago Industries, Inc.
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April 17, 2014 2712
Thor Acquires RV Manufacturer K-Z, Inc.


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ELKHART, Ind., -- Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE:THO) announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the outstanding capital stock of recreational vehicle (RV) manufacturer K-Z, Inc. (K-Z) in a transaction closing effective May 1, 2014. The purchase price, which will be paid in cash, is approximately $53.4 million, subject to adjustment.

"We are pleased to welcome K-Z to the Thor family. With a strong focus on value, service and quality, K-Z brings an exceptional way of doing business that really stands apart in the RV industry," said Bob Martin, Thor President and Chief Executive Officer. "With an iconic and long-standing brand, K-Z has built a successful business over the past 40 years serving a diversified distribution network of more than 200 dealers that are strong business partners. At Thor, we recognize the success of K-Z and want to see that continue as we support the management team in the next phase of their growth."

Founded in 1972, Shipshewana, Indiana-based K-Z is known for its innovative, high-quality travel trailers, fifth wheels and toy haulers. With strong brands such as Sportsmen, Spree and Durango, K-Z produces a comprehensive selection of travel trailers, fifth wheels and toy haulers with retail price points as low as $10,000 for entry-level products. The company produces its RV's at a complex consisting of 396,000 square feet of office and production space spread among six primary facilities operated by a team of approximately 320 employees. K-Z generated sales of nearly $150 million for its fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, and Thor expects the acquisition to be accretive to earnings.

"Becoming a part of Thor allows us to continue to operate K-Z with the core values and relationships that have made us successful since our founding," said Daryl Zook, founder and Chief Executive Officer of K-Z. "We understand the importance of partnering with a local Company that has strong roots in the RV industry and in our communities of northern Indiana. We share a strong commitment to product quality and excellent customer and dealer relationships that make Thor an ideal partner for K-Z."

Source Thor Industries, Inc.
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April 16, 2014 2711
Passport to Excellence Theme for RV Dealers International Convention/Expo

Better Timing, New Venue, and Hottest Topics Offered for 2014


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Better timing, a new location, and a fresh program of the hottest topics await dealers at the 2014 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo in Las Vegas. North American RV dealers will convene at Bally’s on the strip, Nov. 10-14, under the theme, “Passport to Excellence: Education and Training.”

Registration is open now on the RVDA convention website, www.rvda.org/convention.

“Shifting the convention to November is better for our dealers and will allow greater participation by more people at the dealership,” said RVDA Convention/Expo Committee Chairman John McCluskey of Florida Outdoors. “Employee development opportunities will be expanded and we are aiming for maximum flexibility for dealers to plan their schedule for the convention.”

Vendor Training +Plus will be back again after its successful implementation last year, offering even more informative training sessions by industry suppliers and vendors on Monday and Tuesday. Tuesday through Friday, educational workshop topics will target the burning issues affecting every department in the dealership and many will be repeated so participants won’t have to miss out on one great workshop to attend another. In addition, workshops will be shorter in duration so presentations remain both targeted and engaging.

A very big change this year will be the venue itself—the convention is moving to Bally’s—which is aptly described as “the center of the action.” Bally’s is at the heart of the famed Las Vegas strip, surrounded by the most iconic casino properties, bright lights, and street attractions that characterize Las Vegas. Convention registrants will have easy access to all the nightlife Las Vegas has to offer and will be able to book rooms in blocks at Bally’s or Paris at low convention rates.

The 2014 convention will also feature an exhibit hall filled with the RV industry’s top companies offering products and services to help dealers improve profitability. RVDA’s Partners in Progress committees will also meet again this year to work on important dealer-manufacturer issues, but the meetings will be spread more evenly throughout the week to ease dealers’ schedules.

Companies interested in partnership and sponsorship opportunities and exhibitor information can contact Julie Newhouse at (703) 591-7130 ext. 103 or send an e-mail to jnewhouse@rvda.org.

Source RVDA
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April 11, 2014 2710
Campers Inn Union Connecticut Now Open for Business


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Campers Inn, a New Hampshire based RV dealership with nine locations across the east coast, announced that its newest location in Union Connecticut is officially open for business.

Campers Inn Union CT is located off of I-84 (exit 74) and is the fourth New England location for Campers Inn and the company's first in Connecticut. Campers Inn began work on the location in 2012 and has spent the last few years transforming it into a full service RV dealership to best serve the Connecticut RV market.

Campers Inn Union, CT now features an 8 acre lot which will host the best selection of RV's from manufacturers such as Tiffin Motor Homes, Forest River RV and Coachmen RV. The location will also host full parts and service departments.

When asked about the newest location Jeff Hirsch, CEO and owner of Campers Inn stated, "we are excited about opening the Union location. We continue to focus on expanding along the eastern U.S, and this new location plays a key role in that growth. We hope that this location allows us to better serve the New England market and remain a trusted resource for our customers."

In honor of the opening Campers Inn Union, all of Campers Inn's New England locations will be hosting an open house this weekend April 11th-14th from 9am - 5pm. The company encourages customers to come and check out New England's newest RV dealership and receive great deals on in stock RV's, parts, and join in a free cookout on Saturday. Campers Inn Union CT, will have an official grand opening later this year.

Source Campers Inn
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April 10, 2014 2707
Coach-Net Announces Launch of New Affinity Rewards Credit Card


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IRVING, Texas -- Coach-Net®, a trusted recreational vehicle (RV) industry partner for more than 25 years, has joined forces with UMB CardPartner to launch the Coach-Net affinity Visa® Platinum Rewards credit card. Coach-Net members as well as non-members are eligible to apply for card membership.

The Coach-Net Visa®Platinum Rewards card offers qualified cardholders exceptional benefits including competitive rates and terms. Benefits include a rich Rewards program, through which cardholders earn one Rewards Point for every dollar they spend - not just on travel- or camping-related expenditures - plus bonus Rewards Points, up to 15 per dollar, when shopping at participating retailers1. Qualifying cardholders will also benefit from having Travel Emergency Assistance Services2 and Fraud Liability Protection3.

"Using the Coach-Net Visa® Platinum Rewards card for everyday purchases is an easy way to earn valuable rewards and to demonstrate enthusiasm for the RV lifestyle," said Dan Lopez, vice president of Coach-Net Sales. "This affinity program is yet another way that Coach-Net offers valuable benefits and services to the RV community, going well beyond the outstanding roadside assistance and technical support that we continue to deliver. We are excited to team up with UMB CardPartner to make this Rewards card available to members and non-members alike."

Cardholders' earned points will automatically be credited to their account and can be found on their monthly statement. Points may be redeemed for travel, entertainment, merchandise, gift cards and more. Cardholders may choose one of Coach-Net's designs or can even personalize their card by uploading their own image4.

Find out more about the Coach-Net Visa® Platinum Rewards card and apply online by visiting www.coach-net.com/RewardYourself.

1 See rewards Program Rules for details.
2 See cardholder benefits for details.
3 Covers US issued cards only. Does not apply to ATM transactions, PIN transactions not processed by VISA, or certain commercial card transactions.
4 Card image subject to bank approval.

About CardPartner

CardPartner (www.cardpartner.com) specializes in helping U.S.-based membership organizations and charities create affinity credit card programs. CardPartner is owned and operated by UMB Bank, n.a., the lead bank of UMB Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: UMBF) - a financial services holding company headquartered in Kansas City, Mo. Visa credit cards offered through CardPartner are issued by UMB Bank, n.a., and the bank approves credit decisions, grants credit, and manages the administration for card programs offered by CardPartner. For more information about UMB, visit www.umb.com

About Coach-Net

Since 1987, the Coach-Net brand has built a reputation throughout the RV industry as a leading provider of 24/7 RV technical and emergency roadside assistance, dedicated to meeting the demands of RV travelers throughout the United States and Canada. Coach-Net pioneered RV Tech Advantage, providing RV owners access to a team of RVIA/RVDA and ASE Master Certified Technicians.

Coach-Net offers more than 25 years of industry experience providing roadside assistance and other RV lifestyle benefits and services to hundreds of thousands of RVers. For more information, visit www.coach-net.com, or connect with Coach-Net on Facebook.

Source Coach-Net
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April 09, 2014 2703
EverGreen's Amped Toy Hauler the Choice of MRA Racing Legend Shannon Moham


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Shannon Moham with La Mesa RV's Tom Perry


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MRA Legend Shannon Moham Photo by Jim Browning at Rocky Mountain Photo

MIDDLEBURY, Ind. -- EverGreen Recreational Vehicles announced that Motorcycle Racing Association (MRA) legend and holder of 35 class championships, Shannon Moham, chose the 2015 Amped 32GS travel trailer as his team's toy hauler for the racing circuit.

"We've never found another trailer like Amped," said Shannon Moham. "It is definitely exceptional throughout the racing community. We have been fortunate to gain sponsorships from many incredibly reputable companies over the years, and we are very pleased to be adding EverGreen to that list. Our family goes to all of our racing events. We have two small children, ages two and five, plus two dogs. We needed plenty of room inside and lots of storage, and EverGreen's Amped really fits the bill!"

Moham went on to explain that on the racing circuit, the toy hauler must endure the stringent demands of life on the road.

"They have to hold up while maintaining comfort and ease," explained Moham. "We especially liked the vacuum laminated construction processes and full aluminum framing in the Amped."

"And when you're out on the circuit racing, there is essential equipment a family needs that stood out on the Amped," he stated. "These exclusives included Amped's standard generator, a roomy garage, living space with a nice sized kitchen separate from the garage, all the pass through storage of a fifth-wheel and a 174 gallon fresh water tank."

Shannon also explained that he is the "King of Research," comparing each and every piece of equipment he purchases for his team. Based on that research, EverGreen's Amped came out on top.

"We are very excited to have the Evergreen Amped Toy hauler brand teaming up with MRA racing legend, and holder of 35 class championships, Shannon Moham," said EverGreen Amped Product Manager, Dewey Ulbright. "Street bikes have a unique adrenaline-filled following that fits our Amped retail buyer. With the added exposure in this market of street bike motorsports we are venturing into an un-tapped fountain of new business. Mr. Moham has decided to factory order his new 32GS Amped unit from La Mesa RV in Albuquerque, New Mexico."

Shannon will be sporting his new Amped 32GS at all future events and is excited be adding Amped logo patches and decals to his current race bikes and apparel. La Mesa RV will also be helping in a sponsorship role in support of Mr. Moham.

EverGreen's Ulbright went on to state he is hopeful that racing colleagues and spectators will be interested in seeing the latest, greatest toy hauler chosen by one of the fastest and most respected racers in the game.

"We are very pleased with how well received the Amped toy hauler has been so far, and expect even further success with future models," concluded Ulbright.

General Sales Manager of Albuquerque La Mesa RV, Tom Perry, explained why the Amped product is so well received. "First off, the Amped has far more storage than a standard toy hauler travel trailer. It actually does have the storage of a fifth-wheel in a travel trailer design. Next thing is massive tank capacity-174 gallons of fresh water-so anyone who is interested in taking it out to the desert, or dry camping, won't worry about running out of water. It also has its own energy source with a standard generator so they can go anywhere they want."

"The construction is also different," stated La Mesa's Perry, "It is built like a tank - nobody builds a stronger box in the industry. That's why it's selling so hot. It's new and cutting edge technology!"

"Shannon is exactly the kind of sponsorship we want to be a part of," said EverGreen President and COO, Mark Boessler. "He is a well-known winner, very active and will showcase our product in many highly visible racing venues. He is a family man and highly respected in the racing circuit. We are really thrilled to partner with Shannon Moham and his family."

Source EverGreen LLC, Inc.
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April 08, 2014 2701
Scotland and California Honor National Parks Founder John Muir


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(l-r) Humza Yousaf, Minister of External Affairs and International Development, Scotland, Mia Monroe, Muir Woods Supervisor and Mike Cantlay, chairman, VisitScotland at the tree planting in Muir Woods

A stone plaque has been unveiled at The John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, California (Sunday 6 April) as part of the Scotland Week celebrations and to mark the opening of the new John Muir Way pathway in Scotland. The plague celebrates the shared heritage between California and Scotland and pays tribute to John Muir, the pioneering conservationist and founding father of the national parks. The identical sister plaque will be displayed in Muir’s birthplace of Dunbar in Scotland.

The plaques have been carved by Historic Scotland’s craftspeople using Pitairlie Sandstone that comes from Angus in the north east of Scotland. The stones depict the Giant Sequoias of Yosemite entwined with the Thistle of Scotland to symbolise Scotland and the United States of America in nature and the love that John Muir had for both countries; his birthplace and his adopted home.

John Muir grew up in the coastal town of Dunbar in East Lothian and a new coast to coast pathway The John Muir Way is being launched in his honor, as part of Scotland’s Year of Homecoming 2014.

The new 215km lowlands trail will officially open on 21 April 2014, during the inaugural Scottish John Muir Festival (17 – 26 April), to mark both the conservationist’s birthday and the centenary of his death. The festival includes the international launch of the Kelpies at Helix Park in Falkirk and a grand finale on Loch Lomond Shores featuring folk band Breabach, as well as 50 free events taking place along the route. www.johnmuirfestival.com The festival is one of the key Homecoming Scotland 2014 events.

The new trail which runs between Dunbar and Helensburgh echoes John Muir’s own personal journey growing up in Scotland’s east coast town of Dunbar before travelling to the west coast, where he set sail for life in America. The route has been designed to take in castles, historic towns and villages, stunning coastal scenery as well as Scotland’s first national park, Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. The path has been split into manageable sections, so that walkers and cyclists can take in sections of the path as well as taking on the challenge of the entire route. The Mayor of Martinez, Rob Schroder was joined by Mike Cantlay Chairman of VisitScotland and Humza Yousaf Scottish Minister for External Affairs and International Development to witness the unveiling.

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April 04, 2014 2697
Lippert Components Consolidates Customer Support Services in South Bend Facility

Combines Mattress and Furniture Manufacturing in Goshen


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ELKHART, Ind., -- Lippert Components, Inc. (LCI) announced that it has entered into a 12.5-year agreement to lease a 539,000-square-foot building at 1902 W. Sample Street, South Bend, where it will consolidate its aftermarket parts sales and Customer Support Services operations.

We are excited about the opportunities that South Bend, Indiana brings to Lippert Components,” said LCI President Scott Mereness. “We believe this new facility will allow us to better serve our customers, both inside and outside Elkhart County. Additionally, the space at this facility provides us room for future growth, while expanding into South Bend allows us to tap into a new pool of talented employees.”

LCI will immediately begin equipping the South Bend building and hiring employees for warehousing, distribution and light manufacturing operations. A portion of the space will be occupied by LCI’s customer service and aftermarket call centers, dealer technician training areas and a large showroom that will display LCI’s broad line of products. The showroom will not only be used to showcase products to customers, but will also accommodate hands-on dealer training.

“This state-of-the-art facility gives us the opportunity to continue our growth. Having one central location for our aftermarket parts distribution and customer service team enables us to provide prompt and efficient service to our customers on a more consistent basis. Providing customer service in a way that promotes future business is our first priority,” said LCI Vice President of Aftermarket Parts and Customer Service April Klein. “This move is a testament to our commitment to our customers. From expanded shipping hours to hands-on dealer training, we are proud of what our team has accomplished and we are excited to take it to the next level.”

Mereness emphasized that larger facilities allow the company to consolidate operations, improve efficiency and make room for future expansion. “In addition to the new leased facility in South Bend, we have also leased a 366,000-square-foot building at 2602 College Avenue in Goshen, Indiana,” said Mereness. “This new facility in Goshen will be used to combine our rapidly growing furniture and mattress operations.”

“Our success over the last few years has caused us to outgrow our current space,” said Ryan Smith, LCI Vice President of Lippert Interiors. “We believe that consolidating our furniture and mattress teams will streamline and further refine our manufacturing process, as well as improve product quality. Further, product demand continues to grow and this new space will provide us the room we need to grow.”

Mereness said LCI’s new Goshen and South Bend facilities are large enough to allow future expansion to aid the company in meeting the demands of the steadily growing RV industry. “We require these larger buildings to accommodate the industry’s current rate of growth. Further expansion will be evaluated as necessary in order to continually lead the industry with innovative products and excellent customer service.”

Source Lippert Components, Inc.
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April 02, 2014 2693
Carefree RV Resorts Announces Winners of Annual Talent Competition


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Darryl Waldecker and Bob Warnke of Waters Edge Resort in Zephyrhills, Fla., took home the first place honors, a $5,000 grand prize for their interpretation of the classic song, "Somewhere over the Rainbow."

LAKELAND, Fla., -- More than 1,200 people gathered at Sun N Fun Air Museum in Lakeland, Fla., to watch contestants from 28 Carefree RV Resorts and manufactured home communities across Florida compete in the company's third annual snowbird talent competition.

Darryl Waldecker and Bob Warnke of Waters Edge Resort in Zephyrhills, Fla., took home the first place honors, a $5,000 grand prize for their interpretation of theclassic song, "Somewhere over the Rainbow." Darryl played the guitar while Bob accompanied him on the ukulele.

Returning for the second year was Glenn Gillespie of Daytona Beach who took home the second place $500 Visa gift card and a two-night stay at the Pelican Motel in Marathon, Fla. He won second place at the first Carefree's Got Talent competition in 2012.

Alain Lapointe, a talented saxophone player from Marco Naples, and singer Stacy Hartsfield from Big Tree, tied for third place and received $250 Visa gift cards.

Kevin Botelho was the recipient of a new award this year known as the Spirit of Carefree. Kevin wowed the judges with his patriotic rendition of Toby Keith's "American Soldier".

Kevin's performance was an emotional tribute to the many veterans in the audience and at all of our communities", said David Napp, Carefree's CEO.

This year's Carefree's Got Talent was also the first time Carefree teamed up with the Disabled American Veterans Foundation (DAV). Carefree donated $5,000 of sponsorship funds to the DAV, then matched that for a total of $10,000. During the event, Carefree also collected an additional $1,344 for the DAV from attendees. Carefree CEO David Napp, Carefree President Colleen Edwards and Bobby Jacobsen, president of park model manufacturer Jacobsen Homes, each offered matching donations, making the grand total raised $15,376 for the day. For more information on the Disabled American Veterans and Carefree's Got Talent visit our Carefree Cares blog.

Judges in this year's talent competition included Carefree CEO David Napp, Carefree President Colleen Edwards, and Colby Jacobsen of Jacobsen Homes. Jacobsen Homes and Gordon's Food Supply were title sponsors for the event.

After the show, the 1,200 Carefree RV Resorts residents and 75 Carefree team members volunteers were treated to a delicious BBQ dinner from Smokin' Jims BBQ of Auburndale, Fla.

Source Carefree RV Resorts
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March 31, 2014 2688
New Utah Law Recognizes Park Model RVs as RVs

Utah Governor Gary Herbert is expected to sign in to law legislation that was supported by RVIA and passed by the state’s Senate and House to classify park model RVs as vehicles under Utah law for purposes of registration, titling and taxation.

The legislative initiative in Utah is part of RVIA’s continuing effort to clarify the regulation of park model RVs as a type of RV for state titling and taxation purposes.

Effective on Jan. 1, 2015, the new law:

  • establishes a definition of a Park Model RV within the motor vehicle code and revises the definition of vehicle to include park model RVs.
  • requires park model RVs to be registered annually.
  • establishes that park model RVs upon registration will be issued a decal in lieu of license plates.
  • requires that 2015 and newer park model RVs must be titled, and allows owners of older park model RVs to request that the DMV issue a title for older park model RV.
  • exempts park model RVs from the requirement for a vehicle identification number (VIN) inspection prior to initial registration.
  • exempts park model RVs from the requirement that vehicles over 12,000 pounds GVWR have the GVWR displayed on the left and right sides of the vehicle.
  • clarifies that park model RVs cannot be registered and licensed as part of an interstate fleet.
  • establishes a registration fee for park model RVs based on weight at $69.50 for each park model RV of at least 12,000 pounds gross laden weight but not exceeding 14,000 pounds, plus $19 for each 2,000 pounds above 14,000 pounds.
  • excludes park model RVs from the Motor Vehicle Business Regulation Act (car franchise law).
  • includes park model RVs in the tangible personal property tax provisions and establish a tax rate equivalent to that of a travel trailer.

The full text of the bill can be found here.

Source RVIA
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