NEWS

LCI Industries achieves record $2.5 billion sales in 2018

LCI Industries (“LCI”), through its subsidiary, Lippert Components, Inc., the components supplier to OEMs in the RV and other markets around the world, achieved record sales in 2018 of nearly $2.5 billion, an increase of 15 percent. LCI supplies engineered ...
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Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show gets bigger and better

The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show at the NEC in Birmingham, UK, which runs from 19 to 24 February, is bigger and better this year, with the organisers reporting a 37 percent increase in space allocated for exhibitors. The show ...
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FCA and Groupe PSA Extend Sevel Partnership to 2023

FCA Italy and Groupe PSA have signed an agreement to extend until 2023 their successful LCV cooperation, started 40 years ago. The terms of this new agreement also include continued manufacture by the JV of Fiat Ducato, Peugeot Boxer and ...
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RVIA discusses key RV industry issues with Members of Congress

The RV Industry Association’s (RVIA) government affairs team has met Members of Congress to promote its policies for the RV industry laid out in its new 2019 Federal Policy Agenda. The RVIA provides opportunities for Senators, Representatives and their staff ...
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RV market expected to reach $64.25 billion globally by 2024

The global recreational vehicles market was valued at around USD $38.48 billion in 2017 and is expected to reach approximately USD $64.25 billion by 2024, according to a report by Zion Market Research. Titled "Recreational Vehicle Market" , the report ...
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Strong results for Dometic in fourth quarter of 2018

Dometic increased net sales in the last quarter of 2018 by 25 percent to SEK 4,070 m, with an operating profit (EBIT) for the quarter of SEK 328 m. Operating profit (EBIT) before items affecting comparability for the quarter was ...
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Lippert Components makes six new appointments, and launches the Lippert Academy for Leadership

Lippert Components has appointed six people to new positions responsible for the areas of innovation, business development in emerging markets, supply chain management, aftermarket sales, continuous improvement, plus a new Academy for Leadership. The launch of the Lippert Academy for ...
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AL-KO expands into mobile home chassis market with acquisition of Bankside Patterson

AL-KO Vehicle Technology, part of DexKo Global Inc., a global leader in trailer running gear, chassis assemblies and related components, is to expand its core business in to the mobile home chassis market after signing an agreement to acquire Bankside ...
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New partnership to bring European-style cooking appliances to North American RV market

A new partnership agreement between Italian cooking appliance manufacturer, CAN srl, and Suburban, a division of Airxcel Inc in USA, will offer several European-style, sealed-burner cooking appliances to the North American RV market. The two companies are well suited as ...
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ECF annual conference takes place on 16 and 17 May 2019, in Stockholm, Sweden

This year's annual conference of the European Caravan Federation (ECF), including its General Assembly and Melvi Congress, takes place on 16 and 17 May 2019, in Stockholm, Sweden. The ECF annual conference is a forum for discussing topics ranging from ...
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Thor Industries completes acquisition of Erwin Hymer Group

Thor Industries has completed its acquisition of the Erwin Hymer Group (EHG), one of Europe’s largest makers of recreational vehicles (RVs), today (1 February, 2019). With market-leading positions in both North America and Europe, together, Thor and EHG become a ...
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Bailey of Bristol voted Best Caravan Manufacturer in 2019 Owner Satisfaction Awards

The '2019 Owner Satisfaction Awards', hosted by The Camping and Caravanning Club and Practical Caravan magazine, have named Bailey of Bristol the Best Caravan Manufacturer for new and pre-owned caravans in the UK. A total of 2,483 caravan owners took ...
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Knaus Tabbert supplying motorhomes worth €70 million to European rental company

Collaboration between Indie Campers and Knaus Tabbert Indie Campers, a leading motorhome rental company in Europe, is adding Knaus Tabbert motorhomes worth approximately €70 million to its fleet over the next four years. The partnership between Indie Campers and Knaus ...
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Mercedes vans URBANETIC shows future of human-machine interaction

The Vision URBANETIC study from Mercedes-Benz vans shows us how innovative future technologies could bring autonomous driving, more efficient transport for travellers, commuters or freight, and how we could interact with our future vehicles. Many people still view autonomous vehicles ...
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Promobil and Caravanning announce the Best Brands for 2019

Two leading magazines in Germany, Promobil and Caravanning, have announced their Motorhomes of the Year, Caravans of the Year and best accessory brands for 2019, as voted by over 22,000 of their readers. These awards are recognized as prestigious and coveted ...
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Volkswagen and Ford to co-develop vans and pick-ups

Ford and Volkswagen, who both produce popular models used in the commercial vehicle and leisure vehicle sectors, have announced a global alliance to co-develop commercial vans and medium-sized pickups for global markets from 2022. Volkswagen AG and Ford Motor Company ...
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260,000 visitors to CMT tourism and leisure show

Over a quarter of a million people visited the CMT 2019 in Stuttgart, which it claims makes it the largest consumer show for tourism and leisure. With over 1,000 leisure vehicles on show, exhibitors from the caravan industry say the ...
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New gas filter from Truma

Truma has a new gas filter which catches 99.9 percent of aerosol particles that can accumulate and block gas regulators, and collects them on a replaceable filter pad. This helps to prolong the life of the gas system and all ...
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Erwin Hymer Group reviews Erwin Hymer Group North America

We have just received the following press release from the Erwin Hymer Group "Erwin Hymer Group (EHG) is currently reviewing the business of Erwin Hymer Group North America (EHG NA). An initial investigation has shown irregularities in the company’s reporting ...
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Camping and caravanning breaks new records in Australia

According to the Caravan Industry Association of Australia, the number of people going camping and caravanning there is continuing to set new records. The total nights spent away in a caravan or camping increased by 9 percent for the year ...
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Lippert promotes Jim Menefee to Vice President of Operations

Lippert Components, Inc. (LCI®) has promoted Jim Menefee from Regional Operations Manager to Vice President of Operations. Menefee joined LCI in 2016 as Regional Operations Manager, and has worked closely with LCI’s European caravan divisions. He has extensive operational experience ...
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Ducato “Best Motorhome Base of the Year” for 12th Time

The Fiat Ducato has been named "Best Motorhome Base 2019" by readers of the German motorhome magazine, Promobil. This is the 12th time the Fiat Ducato has received this accolade from them, and one of many international awards for the ...
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Record results for German caravan industry in 2018

For the fifth consecutive year, the Caravan Industry Association of Germany (CIVD) has reported record sales figures of new caravans and motorhomes. In total, the German caravanning industry produced nearly 123,000 leisure vehicles in 2018. Sales of accessories and used ...
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New door for 2019 Knaus Tabbert vehicles

Germany’s Knaus Tabbert group has introduced a new door featuring numerous improvements and unique selling points across the majority of its caravans and motorhomes for the 2019 model year. The door is – depending on the vehicle model – either ...
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Eberspächer and the microSNAP

Eberspächer's heating and cooling expertise is featured in the microSNAP autonomous vehicle concept study by Rinspeed at CES 2019 in Las Vegas.  The principle of the small autonomous vehicles is simple: It is designed with “Pods” which fit on to ...
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New Truma gas pressure regulators

Truma has improved its gas pressure regulators for leisure vehicles, making them lighter, more compact and more user-friendly. The new Truma MonoControl CS and DuoControl CS are designed to ensure maximum safety while driving or stationary, and will be available ...
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AL-KO HY4 levelling system available for Mercedes Sprinter from April

AL-KO, the manufacturer of lightweight chassis and related accessories to the RV and commercial vehicle sectors, has announced that from April this year, its fully automatic HY4 levelling system will be available (in Europe) for the new model generation of ...
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Final countdown to CMT in Stuttgart

The leisure industry is counting down the final days to the start of the annual CMT holiday exhibition in Stuttgart, Germany, which opens this Saturday, 12 January, until Sunday 20 January. With over 2,000 exhibitors, including holiday companies and destinations, ...
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Caravan Industry Association of Australia’s 2018 highlights

The Caravan Industry Association of Australia has published its highlights of 2018. January - Australia’s Greatest Camping BBQ Two major Australian TV Networks, Channel Ten and Seven, did live national broadcasts from Caravan Holiday Parks. The national coverage highlighting the ...
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The RV Industry Association’s 2018 highlights

North America's RV Industry Association (RVIA) has published its highlights of 2018, which it says was a year of change and progress. January - Launch of new annual event – ‘RVX: The RV Experience’At the start of 2018, the RVIA's ...
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Season’s Greetings

Aboutcamp BtoB is off on its Christmas holidays from today, but we will still be keeping you informed by posting occasional news stories from the RV industry during the break, and will then return to posting daily stories when we ...
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Malibu motorhomes appoints new sales manager, Saskia Zankl

Malibu Motorhomes, a brand from the Carthago Group, has appointed a new sales manager for its integrated and semi-integrated models for Europe, Saskia Zankl. Reporting to Bernd Wuschack, managing director for sales, marketing and customer service at the Carthago Group, ...
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Seven Gold Readers’ Choice Awards 2018 for Dometic

The Readers’ Choice Awards 2018 from Trailer Life and Motorhome magazines in North America have given Dometic, the global supplier to the RV, marine and automotive sectors, a total of seven ‘Gold’ awards. The annual Readers’ Choice Awards are compiled ...
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CGI

The Quality Management System (QMS) used by CGI (Creative Graphics International), who supply exterior graphics to the RV, automotive and aerospace sectors, has been assessed and registered against the provisions of IATF 16949:2016, the International Standard for Automotive Quality Management ...
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Latest issue of AboutcampBtoB now online

The new issue of AboutcampBtoB, with all the latest global news from the RV industry, is now available to read online at www.aboutcampbtob.eu/aboutcampbtob-n-21/, with (free) print copies already being sent directly to subscribers around the world. Our latest high-level interview ...
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AL-KO Safety Premium wins DCC Technology Award

The AL-KO Safety Premium hitchlock for caravans and trailers has won a DCC Technical Award from Germany's largest caravan, motorhome and tent association - the DCC (the German Camping-Club e.V.). These annual awards select the best accessories and leisure vehicles ...
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Laika launches new website

Laika, the Italian motorhome brand owned by the Erwin Hymer Group, has a new website designed to be easier-to-use and more informative. The new website, www.laika.it, has more information about Laika and its motorhomes, and is available in eight languages ...
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Iridium launching motorhome with electric drive at Stuttgart CMT

A motorhome with an electric drive will be launched by Iridium at the Stuttgart CMT travel fair on 12 January 2019. The Iridium E-Mobil is from the Swabian company WOF (Motorhome Outlet Factory) based in Weilheim an der Teck in ...
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Lippert acquires boat and marine furniture manufacturer, Smoker Craft Inc.

Lippert Components Manufacturing, Inc. (“LCI”), the global supplier of components for manufacturers of leisure vehicles and mobile transportation, has acquired Smoker Craft Inc., a leading pontoon, aluminum fishing, and fiberglass boat manufacturer located in New Paris, Indiana, USA. The purchase ...
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Eberspächer’s 1,000,000th milestone for high-voltage water heaters for electric/hybrid vehicles

Eberspacher has now passed the significant milestone of supplying more than 1,000,000 high-voltage water heaters for electric and hybrid vehicles. The growing trend towards electric mobility is increasing the demand for innovative heating concepts, as these vehicles do not generate ...
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Dometic acquires Kampa UK Ltd

Dometic, the global supplier to the RV, marine and automotive sectors, has acquired Kampa UK Limited, a supplier of aftermarket products to the leisure industry, based in the United Kingdom, for a cash purchase price of £50 million. Kampa was ...
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RV sales lower YTD in USA

The RV Industry Association in North America has reported lower sales in October compared to the record levels of this time last year. Total RV shipments in the USA in October totalled 43,568. This represents a decrease of 11 percent ...
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Jan Francke is the new EHG Chief Operations Officer

The Erwin Hymer Group has appointed Jan Francke to its management board from 1 February 2019 in the newly created role of Chief Operations Officer at its head office in Bad Waldsee, Germany. Jan Francke, 48, is an industrial engineer ...
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Truma celebrates groundbreaking ceremony for its new USA headquarters

Truma has completed a groundbreaking ceremony for its new, permanent North American headquarters in Elkhart, Indiana. The ceremony was attended by local politician Congresswoman Jackie Walorski who said she was honoured to help celebrate the groundbreaking and commented: “Truma Corporation ...
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LCI appoints Lorenzo Manni as new Director of Sales, RV Europe

LCI Industries has announced the appointment of Lorenzo Manni, 34, to the role of Director of Sales, RV Europe. “I will be facing this new challenge with the greatest enthusiasm, and I thank LCI for trusting me,” said Lorenzo Manni ...
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Truma Christmas donation

Instead of buying Christmas cards and gifts for customers and business partners this year, Truma, the German manufacturer of heating, cooling and manoeuvring accessories for caravans and motorhomes, is donating €10,000 to a local charity in Munich, Germany, helping young ...
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Two awards for Trigano motorhome brands Chausson and Challenger

Two French motorhomes from the Chausson and Challenger brands in the Trigano group have won prestigious awards in the UK and Belgium. In the UK, Practical Motorhome magazine gave the Chausson Flash 634 its 'Best for Innovation' award in its ...
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RV Industry Association appoints new Chairman

The RV Industry Association (RVIA) in North America has elected a new Chairman of its Board of Directors, Garry Enyart for the 2019 fiscal year. Gary Enyart, who is the Director of Mobile Generator Sales & Coach Care at Onan/Cummins ...
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Caravan Industry Association of Australia announces new National Board Members

Four National Board Members, including two new members, have been elected to join the existing National Board of the Caravan Industry Association of Australia for a two-year term. This follows elections by the state caravanning associations last week. The new ...
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The 3rd edition of the Salone del Mobile.Milano Shanghai

The Salone del Mobile.Milano Shanghai has opened for the third time. It is being held at the SEC – Shanghai Exhibition Center - from Thursday 22nd to Saturday 24th November - where 123 Italian brands will showcase the very latest ...
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