NEWS

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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Renault takes action following Carlos Ghosn’s arrest

The Board of Directors of Renault has adopted transitional governance measures to preserve the interests of the Group and the continuity of its operations after the opening of judicial proceedings against Mr. Carlos Ghosn in Japan. Since Mr Ghosn's arrest ...
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Lippert Components appoints new leadership roles

Lippert Components, Inc. (LCI®), the international supplier of components for leisure vehicles (and others), is pleased to announce the appointment of Michele Checcucci as CEO of LCI RV Europe, and Marco Marzucchi as General Manager of LCI’s Project 2000 plant ...
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CMT: full steam into the new year

The annual CMT holiday exhibition in Stuttgart, Germany, will have more than 2,100 exhibitors when it opens from 12 to 20 January 2019. This year, it has a new "van life" feature, plus its usual focus on camping and caravanning, ...
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Scanstrut ROKK wireless waterproof charging nominated for DAME Design Award

Scanstrut's new ROKK Wireless 12/24V Waterproof Wireless Charging Range has been nominated for the DAME - Design Award 2018 in the deck equipment, sails and rigging category. Scanstrut, a specialist in outdoor technologies, introduced the IPX6 12/24v, waterproof, outdoor-ready, wireless ...
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Hymer receives the “German Design Award”

The new Hymermobil B-Class ModernComfort I 580, launched this year, has been honoured with a “Special Mention” for “Excellent Product Design“ in the “Passenger Vehicles“ category of the German Design Awards 2018. The German Design Council has hosted the annual ...
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The alphatronics SL-line+ mobile television named as Energy Saving Electrical Product of the Year.

The Global Energy Awards 2018 have named the alphatronics SL-line+ mobile television as its Energy Saving Electrical Product of the Year. As a specialist in developing televisions for caravans and motorhomes for over 18 years, alpahtronics is proud to have ...
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Eberspaecher acquires vehicle climate control specialist Kalori

Eberspaecher, the system developer and supplier for a broad range of vehicle types, has announced that it has acquired the climate control specialist, Kalori SAS, to expand its expertise of thermal management systems. Kalori SAS, based in Lyon, France, develops ...
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Super B receives American Bureau of Shipping Product Type Approval

Super B, the manufacturer of advanced lithium batteries for marine, automotive, recreation and industrial applications, has received the Confirmation of Product Type Approval from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) for two of its products. ABS Product Type Approval for ...
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Chairman of Caravan Industry Association of Australian named as Entrepreneur of the Year

Grant Wilckens, Chairman of the Caravan Industry Association of Australia (and CEO of Discovery Parks Group), is a regional winner of the 2018 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in Australia. This is a fantastic endorsement on the work undertaken ...
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VW CEO criticizes EU decision for tighter CO2 standards for vehicles by 2030

The Chairman of the Volkswagen Group Board of Management, Dr. Herbert Diess, has criticized the decision by EU environment ministers to tighten CO2 standards for vehicles by 2030, calling it a drastic measure which would result in alarming drawbacks for ...
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Knaus Tabbert achieves top places in the Caravan and Motorhome Club’s Caravan Design Awards

Knaus Tabbert’s Knaus and Weinsberg brands won three category awards, and seven runner-up places, in the UK’s Caravan and Motorhome Club’s Caravan Design Awards 2019. The impressive collection of awards included the Knaus Sport & Fun, which won the ‘Any ...
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Hymer study on ‘caravanning cultures’ shows how Europe camps

The Erwin Hymer Group has surveyed 3,800 campers across Europe to find out what similarities and differences exist between caravanning cultures, with some interesting results. This included preferences, habits and wishes of those in the key markets currently choosing camping, ...
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KNAUS named as a “brand champion” in survey of brand excitement

The German caravan brand, Knaus, has come first in the caravan manufacturers’ category of a brand excitement survey of more than 2,000 brands in nearly 200 sectors, which received more than a million responses. In the survey by the German ...
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The UK’s Motorhome and Caravan Show ends on a high

Exhibitors at the UK’s 2018 Motorhome and Caravan Show gave positive comments about sales and consumer interest, despite a small drop in attendance figures. Advance ticket sales were up 2.5% on last year, and visitor figures consolidated the strong ‘buying ...
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Dometic reports growth in third quarter results

Dometic, the global producer and supplier of products for mobile living, reports its net sales for the third quarter were SEK 4,501 m, an increase of 32%, of which 1% was organic growth. Items affecting comparability during the third quarter ...
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Behind the Scenes tour in Melbourne on November 12

Future leaders of the caravan and camping industry in Australia can register for a 'Behind the Scenes' tour of different sectors of the industry in Melbourne on November 12. This new event by the Caravan Industry Association of Australia is ...
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Metstrade Show: the largest trade exhibition for the marine leisure industry

The RV and marine industries share many component suppliers who will be attending the Metstrade Show, the world's largest B2B exhibition for the marine leisure industry, in Amsterdam, from 13 to 15 November 2018. There are other strong links between ...
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German caravan industry launches new advertising campaign

Germany's Caravaning Industry Verband e.v.(CIVD) is launching a new advertising campaign across social media channels and TV to promote the unique holiday experiences that are only possible with motorhomes and caravans. The concept of the advertising campaign, developed with the ...
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Mobilvetta nominated for the prestigious ADI Design Index

Mobilvetta, the Italian motorhome manufacturer, has been nominated for the prestigious ADI Design Index in the section “Mobility Design” for its K-Yacht Tekno Design model. The annual ADI Design Index is published by the Italian Association for Industrial Design. It ...
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Winnebago announces record $2 billion turnover

Winnebago Industries achieved a record annual turnover of over $2 billion for the first time. This represents an increase of 30 percent from $1.5 billion in the previous year thanks to improved operating efficiencies and strong growth in the "towable" ...
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Swift Group wins UK Private Business Award

The Swift Group, the largest British caravan, holiday home and motorhome manufacturer, has been named 'Private Business of the Year' at the UK's Private Business of the Year Awards. The awards recognise ambitious businesses with a compelling vision, strong long ...
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Save the date for the Australian Federal Technical & Regulatory Industry Symposium

The Caravan Industry Association of Australia's annual Federal Technical & Regulatory Industry Symposium will be in Melbourne, Australia on Tuesday 13 November 2018. The event is for manufacturers, dealers and repairers to discuss the current key topics that its members ...
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AL-KO presents a Hybrid Power Chassis

A Hybrid Power Chassis study from AL-KO Vehicle Technology could be suitable for motorhome or RV production in the future. AL-KO, together with Huber Automotive AG, an established specialist of embedded automotive electronics, presented the Hybrid Power Chassis at the ...
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Australia: caravanning and camping trips reach record numbers

Australia has set a new record for the number of overnight caravan, camping or RV trips in a year, according to Tourism Research Australia. The results of this research, released by the Caravan Industry Association of Australia, show that caravan ...
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The Thetford K1520 cooker is lighter and more convenient to use

The new Thetford K1520 cooker is approximately 10 percent lighter than similar models, has a bigger grill and a new feature in the caravan and motorhome sector – a fan assisted oven. These improvements are the result of smart choices ...
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Countdown to the UK’s Motorhome and Caravan Show 2018

The final countdown to the UK’s Motorhome and Caravan Show 2018 at the NEC in Birmingham (16 to 21 October) has begun. The Motorhome and Caravan Show is the UK’s largest, annual leisure vehicle show. Over 101,000 visitors attended the ...
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Etrusco honoured in the Automotive Brand Contest 2018 awards

Etrusco, one of the Erwin Hymer Group's motorhome brands, was honoured at the Automotive Brand Contest 2018 awards for its new I6900QB model. Other prestigous automotive brands included Volkswagen, Bentley, Mercedes, Audi and Range Rover. The I6900QB is the shortest ...
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Airstream Achieves Another Year Of Record Sales

Airstream Inc., manufacturer of the iconic "silver bullet" travel trailer, has announced record sales up 24 percent for the last year (July 31, 2018) compared to the previous year. Over the last five years, Airstream sales are up 218 percent ...
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AL-KO Vehicle Technology appoints new Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing

AL-KO Vehicle Technology, a key supplier to the motorhome, caravan, commercial vehicle and commercial trailer sectors, has appointed Mirko Trefzer (48) as Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing. Mirko Trefzer started his new role on 1 October, 2018. His key ...
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Messe Düsseldorf GmbH appoints new managing director

The Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, the venue for the annual Caravan Salon, has appointed a new managing director, Wolfram Diener (54) who took up his new position on 1 October 2018. He succeeds Joachim Schäfer (64) who retired from the company ...
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hobby

Hobby invests millions in additional production hall and warehouse

Hobby, Europe’s biggest manufacturer of caravans, is investing approximately €1.2 million building an additional production hall and warehouse at its facility at Rendsburg in northern Germany. This will allow Hobby to simplify its logistics and improve the efficiency of its ...
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Lippert launches new stabilizing technology for Europe

Lippert Components showcased two systems engineered for Europe to make a caravan or trailer level or stable in minutes at the Caravan Salon Düsseldorf 2018. Both systems remove the hassle and time it takes adjusting corner steadies on a caravan ...
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NCC says statistics confirm caravanning’s vital importance to UK tourism

The National Caravan Council, which represents the tourer, motorhome, caravan holiday home and park home industries in the UK, says that the statistics from the recently released Great Britain Tourism Survey 2017 confirm caravanning’s vital importance to UK tourism. The ...
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truma

Truma roof-mounted air conditioner awarded a TÜV certificate

Truma’s roof-mounted air conditioning was awarded a prestigious TÜV certificate last month in Germany. To achieve this standard, TÜV visited the Truma production facility in Putzbrunn, near Munich in Germany, and gave its approval to both the device and the ...
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“Il Sole 24 Ore”, the first Italian national daily business newspaper reports on Vetroresina SPA

The most important Italian financial newspaper, 'il Sole 24 Ore', has reported that Vetroresina Spa, the Italian company which has been producing GRP laminates used for the walls, ceilings and floors in motorhomes and caravans since 1968, has achieved great ...
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alphatronic

alphatronics is awarded the “Innovative through Research” seal of approval

The specialist for mobile entertainment and connectivity for the RV market, alphatronics, has been given an "Innovative through Research" seal of approval by Germany's Stifterverband institute which promotes inspirational science. The Stifterverband 'für die Deutsche Wissenschaft' has been honouring research-based ...
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