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2311, 2021

Infrastructure Investments And Innovative Technologies To Increase Access And Enhance Visitor Experience At National Parks

By |November 23rd, 2021|Categories: RV|

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg announced new initiatives that will increase access, support jobs, and enhance the transportation experience on public lands across the country. At an event in Washington, D.C., the two Secretaries signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will strengthen the Departments’ coordination regarding infrastructure investments and the deployment of innovative technologies at National Park Service-managed sites. The MOU outlines priority initiatives – [...]

2110, 2021

Outdoor Recreation Counties Attract Residents & Talent

By |October 21st, 2021|Categories: RV|

Since the onset of the pandemic, the outdoor industry has been able find the so-called silver linings in what has been an unprecedented situation. Positive outlooks and creative innovations allowed companies and organizations to pivot around obstacles and keep things moving forward, welcoming more and more new people into the outdoors. While supply chain issues are still present, the industry has met this challenge head on and been credited [...]

909, 2021

DNR Announces New Parks Director

By |September 9th, 2021|Categories: RV|

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that Steven Schmelzer is the department’s new Parks Director. He started his new role July 19. Managed by the DNR, the Wisconsin State Park system boasts 49 state parks, more than 500 boat launches, 15 state forests, 44 state biking trails, over 5,000 campsites, plus thousands of acres for adventures. The DNR has logged more than 9.6 million visits to [...]

2708, 2021

Travel Trailer and Camper Tax Parity Act Introduced in Congress

By |August 27th, 2021|Categories: RV|

A Senate companion bill to H.R. 3552 – The Travel Trailer and Camper Tax Parity Act – was introduced last month by U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Angus King (I-ME). Earlier this year, U.S. Representatives Jackie Walorski (R-IN) and Dina Titus (D-NV) introduced legislation to fix a provision in the tax code so all types of RVs, including travel trailers, are treated equally. The bill has the strong [...]

1808, 2021

RV Startup Plans $4M Investment to Grow Business

By |August 18th, 2021|Categories: RV|

A new competitor in northern Indiana’s vast recreational vehicle industry has announced plans to invest $4 million to grow operations in the Elkhart County town of Bristol and add 150 jobs by the end of 2023. Ember Recreational Vehicles Inc., a startup RV manufacturer, is entering the marketplace with lightweight travel trailers for off-road and off-grid capabilities. The company says it is building an 88,000 square foot plant, an upgrade [...]

1308, 2021

Add Your Business to the Outdoor Business Directory

By |August 13th, 2021|Categories: RV|

For the very first time, the outdoor recreation industry is united by a single comprehensive directory. The new Outdoor Business Directory exists to connect outdoor recreation-related businesses, manufacturers, organizations, agencies, and entities who make up the outdoor recreation industry in Wisconsin. Highlighting Wisconsin’s large and diverse outdoor industry, the directory aims to strengthen the network by facilitating relationships between industry leaders and organizations. Please help us grow the Outdoor Business Directory. Search [...]

2607, 2021

RV Service Writer/Advisor Online Course Marks One Year Anniversary

By |July 26th, 2021|Categories: RV|

This month (July 2021) marks the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Mike Molino RV Learning Center’s Service Writer/Advisor online course. The program provides training on managing service appointments, generating additional revenue, coordinating with technicians and other departments, and more. Modules cover 43 key competency areas and prepare front-line employees with the knowledge required to meet and exceed customer expectations. Multiple sections on customer service reinforce the top [...]

1507, 2021

New Dealer Training Program Available

By |July 15th, 2021|Categories: RV|

The Dealer and Agent Section (DAS) is now offering a voluntary dealer training program to dealer owners and their representatives interested in expanding their knowledge of dealer business practices. The program covers all aspects of dealer business with a focus on DAS’s  mission of “Keeping dealers in business, doing business right”. During training, attendees can expect to learn how to: reassign titles and complete odometer disclosures complete the Wisconsin [...]

807, 2021

Go RVing Launches Consumer Newsletter

By |July 8th, 2021|Categories: RV|

At Go RVing, we are always looking for new ways to engage with the RVing community and provide resources, expert advice, how-tos, and inspirational content. Keeping new and potential RVers engaged is top of mind as the supply chain issues persist and manufacturers work to fulfill the needs of dealers who are seeing RVs flying off their lots at an unprecedented pace. When RV interest is this high, it [...]

3006, 2021

RVTI Offering Level Two Course Online and In-Person

By |June 30th, 2021|Categories: RV|

The RV Technical Institute is offering Level Two courses both online and in-person at its campus in Elkhart, Indiana. This four-week course, which takes place August 2-27, 2021, is for RV technicians seeking Level 2 certification. Subjects covered will include electric, water, appliances, propane tank, generators, and chassis. There are two ways to complete the course. The first option is to attend all four weeks in-person at RVTI, which includes classroom instruction [...]

2406, 2021

Business Community Asks for Taxes to be Returned Gallery Business Community Asks for Taxes to be Returned

By |June 24th, 2021|Categories: RV|

In response to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau report anticipating that the State of Wisconsin will end its’ fiscal year with a significant surplus, The Coalition to Repeal Wisconsin’s Personal Property Tax is asking the Governor and the Legislature to return a small portion of the surplus dollars to the business community by fully repealing the personal property tax. The coalition wants to applaud Speaker Vos and Majority Leader LeMahieu [...]

806, 2021

Dealer Registration Now Open for 2021 RV Dealers Convention/Expo

By |June 8th, 2021|Categories: RV|

Registration for the 2021 RV Dealers Convention/Expo, set for November 8-12 at Paris Las Vegas, is now open. The convention/expo will be returning to an in-person format and bring together dealers, manufacturers, and RV industry business partners for the premier dealer education and networking event of the year. Click here to register. The RVDA Convention/Expo Committee and staff are working hard to bring dealers relevant educational content and new speakers. Updates [...]

106, 2021

National Park Service Kicks Off Great Outdoors Month

By |June 1st, 2021|Categories: RV|

Written By: RV News June kicks off summer 2021 with Great Outdoors Month. The National Park Service (NPS) provided a top-10 list of visitation tips to encourage the public to “Plan Like a Park Ranger” this summer. National park visitation is increasing and expected to grow through the season, NPS stated. Amid the pandemic’s recovery, many parks and local businesses are operating with reduced or limited services, schedules and staff. [...]

1705, 2021

Find Your Adventure During Free Fun Weekend

By |May 17th, 2021|Categories: RV|

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is hosting the 9th annual Free Fun Weekend June 5-6. Park admission fees, fishing licenses and trail passes will be waived for Wisconsinites to find their adventure outdoors. "We truly have something special here in Wisconsin, especially when it comes to outdoor recreation opportunities," said DNR Secretary Preston Cole. “Explore a state park, hit the trails or try your hand at [...]

1005, 2021

WI Outdoor Office of Recreation New Website

By |May 10th, 2021|Categories: RV|

Office of Outdoor Recreation Website A new online home, the Office of Outdoor Recreation website is full of resources for you, including the Outdoor Business Directory. Find research, educational webinars, the popular Outdoors COVID-19 Toolkit, and ways to engage with the Office. Find us now at: outdoorrecreation.wi.gov. Outdoor Business Directory For the very first time, the outdoor recreation industry is united by a single comprehensive directory. The new Outdoor [...]

505, 2021

Campground Association President Completes Media Tour

By |May 5th, 2021|Categories: RV|

By RV News Staff Kampgrounds of America (KOA) sent its President and CEO Toby O’Rourke on a satellite media tour to share findings from the 2021 North American Camping Report and talk continuing camping popularity. O’Rourke’s journey completed April 21. Appearing live from the Greensborough KOA Holiday at Lake Oconee near Atlanta, she kicked off the camping season by participating in 29 interviews with U.S. media outlets. “Camping saw [...]

2904, 2021

Shorter Trips, State Parks, And Outdoor Recreation Trending With New RV Buyers

By |April 29th, 2021|Categories: RV|

By: RV Industry Association Staff New data into the motivation and trip preferences of people who purchased RVs since the onset of the pandemic reveal trends towards shorter trips and a preference for state parks. Less than one-third of new RV owners took trips more than 300 miles in length. Rather, the majority of new buyers (54%) opted to stay closer to home with trips under 200 miles. With [...]

2704, 2021

Social Media Advertising

By |April 27th, 2021|Categories: RV|

“Dealer advertising” is a broad term, and it includes any messages presented to the public promoting a product or a service. This means that messages posted to public social media accounts—Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and others—face the same scrutiny as print or website advertising.   Required Disclosures Social media focuses on using short messages to grab consumers’ attention, but you still need to provide proper disclosures and avoid crafting your [...]

2503, 2021

2021 RV Dealers Convention/Expo Set for November 8-12

By |March 25th, 2021|Categories: Convention, Learning, RV Dealer, RVDA, Training|

The 2021 RV Dealers Convention/Expo is set for November 8-12 at Paris Las Vegas. The event is presented by RVDA -- the National RV Dealers Association -- RVDA of Canada, and the Mike Molino RV Learning Center. This year’s convention/expo will be a hybrid of in-person and online meetings bringing together dealers, manufacturers, and RV industry business partners for the premier dealer education and networking event of the year. [...]

2403, 2021

National Campground Association Releases Consumer App

By |March 24th, 2021|Categories: Campground, Camping, Hiking, RV, Swimming, Trails|

The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds released the new GoCampingAmerica.com mobile app where consumers will be able to search for campgrounds and find information such as: A park overview Directions to the park Park features including sites options and recreational opporutnities plus park amenities Photos of the park Links to the park’s website, social media and review sites Learn more at GoCampingAmerica.com and get camping! [...]

2303, 2021

The National Park Service Launches New App

By |March 23rd, 2021|Categories: Campground, Camping, Hiking, National Parks, Outdoors, Parks, RV, Trails, Travel|

The new National Park Service has launched its brand new official app that provides maps, must-hike trails, food recommendations, and more for all of the 420+ parks. Simply titled "National Park Service," the app is available for free on Android and Apple and boasts a staggering number of features, like accessibility information, lodging reservations, hike suggestions, audio tours, restaurant hours, and maps available to download for offline use. [...]

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