NEWS

Tom Faludy is the new LCI Vice President of Global Growth and Strategic Development

Lippert Components, Inc. (LCI®) has promoted Tom Faludy to Vice President of Global Growth and Strategic Development. Faludy has served as a senior consultant and strategic advisor for LCI over the last five years. As Vice President of Global Growth ...
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Sebastian Janssen is new Aguti managing director

Aguti & Design GmbH, the manufacturer of seats and seating systems for the automotive and motorhome sectors, has appointed Sebastian Janssen as its new Managing Director. Janssen started his new position on 1st April 2019 and takes over the operational ...
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Rapido signs binding letter of intent to acquire Roadtrek

Rapido Group, owner of the Westfalia brand, signed a binding letter of intent last Friday to acquire substantially all of the assets related to the Roadtrek RV brand ("Roadtrek"), an operating division of Erwin Hymer Group North America lnc. ("EHGNA"), ...
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Groupe Pilote appoints new members to its supervisory board

Groupe Pilote, the European RV manufacturer, has appointed two new members to its supervisory board - Mr Bruno Cathelinais and Ms Bénédicte Padiou, as President and Vice-President. Philippe and Colette Padiou, previously President and Vice-President of the Supervisory Board, remain ...
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Laika celebrates 55 years

Laika, the Italian motorhome brand, and part of the Erwin Hymer Group, celebrated its 55th anniversary with a party in a 19th century, former railway station in Florence, to remember its history, and give a glimpse of the future with ...
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Two Lippert Components staff honoured in the RVIA’s 2019 “40 under 40” Awards

Two winners of the 2019 "40 under 40" Awards from the RV Industry Association (RVIA) come from the same company - Lippert Components Inc. (LCI). The annual “40 Under 40” Awards recognize current and future leaders in the RV industry ...
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Thor Industries sales decreased 34.5% in Q2

After a series of record sales results, Thor Industries, Inc., one of the biggest, global RV manufacturing groups, saw its second-quarter net sales dip to $1.29 billion. This was caused by the impact of balancing production with market demand, as ...
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MORELO produces its 2,000th luxury motorhome

The luxury motor home manufacturer MORELO has produced its 2,000th vehicle at its plant in Schlüsselfeld in Upper Franconia, Germany, since it was founded in 2010, and has also doubled its sales in the last three years. MORELO has established ...
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Format for next RVX:The RV Experience being reviewed

The RV Industry Association (RVIA) has held a meeting to review this year's first-ever RVX: The RV Experience show, held last month in Salt Lake City, USA, and has decided not to go ahead with the dates and locations currently ...
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German car magazines vote Webasto most popular parking heater brand

In the latest reader surveys by three of the most popular car magazines in Germany ('Auto Bild', 'auto motor und sport' and 'Auto Zeitung'), Webasto has taken 1st place (again) in the Parking Heater category. Each winter the three most-read ...
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IVECO launches new Daily

​​​​​​​​​​​IVECO has announced details of its new Daily van range, which it says sets new standards in on-board living and the driving experience, with lower total cost of ownership, plus enhanced safety features and advanced driver assistance systems, and important strides towards autonomous ...
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Swift achieves strong sales at UK’s Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show

The Swift Group Ltd (Swift), one of the UK's largest manufacturers of touring caravans, motorhomes and holiday homes, says it achieved strong sales at the Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show held at the National Exhibition Centre in February. Swift believes ...
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Caravanning April Fools

There has been an amusing collection of caravan-related April Fools stories this year, including Lamborghini, Airstream, Thetford, the Swift Group and Coachman Caravans. For example, Lamborghini posted an image of a concept caravan in the style to match one of ...
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Airstream’s BearStream April Fool!

Yesterday, the 1st of April, Airstream announced a very limited edition BearStream travel trailer as an amusing April Fool's spoof. The BearStream paid tribute to the grizzly bear, one of America’s most noble creatures and a fixture at some of ...
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Caravan Industry of Australia seeks nominations for prestigous industry awards

The Caravan Industry Association of Australia is seeking nominations of individuals, groups, companies or organisations who have made a contribution to the caravanning and camping sector for several high-profile industry awards; these include a Future Leaders Award, the prestigious Eric ...
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Winnebago experiences sales decrease

A decline in RV sales in north America has contributed to a 7.6 percent decrease in sales revenue (to $432.7 million) for the manufacturer, Winnebago, in the Fiscal 2019 second quarter (ended February 23, 2019). It's gross profit in the ...
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Dometic portable battery wins Red Dot Award for Product Design

The Red Dot Award: Product Design, one of the world’s largest design competitions, has given one of its prestigious Red Dot Awards to the Dometic PLB40 portable battery. The battery received the Red Dot, which the renowned jury only awards ...
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China’s Eighth ‘All in Caravaning’ exhibition expecting more space, exhibitors and visitors

All in Caravaning, the leading trade fair for campervans and caravans in China had 700 exhibitors last year, but with the caravanning and camping market still growing steadily in China, is planning to increase the size of the exhibition space ...
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HYMER repeats win of Red Dot Design Award for outstanding design

For the second year in a row, Hymer has won internationally recognised Red Dot Design Awards for outstanding design from the Design Zentrum Nordrhein-Westfalen. The Hymermobil B-Class Modern- Comfort l 580 and the ERIBA Touring 820 caravan were honoured for ...
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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles produces 10 millionth vehicle in Hannover

On the 8 March 2019, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles produced its 10 millionth vehicle at its factory in Hannover, Germany, where it has produced vans that have become iconic campervans for exactly 63 years. Dr Thomas Sedran said: "The ten millionth ...
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Lippert Components takes on Senior Advisor for Business Development to drive growth in Europe

Lippert Components, Inc. (LCI®) has appointed a Senior Advisor for Business Development to drive growth within the European caravan market through strategic acquisitions. The Senior Advisor is Joerg Reithmeier who was most recently on the Executive Board for the Erwin ...
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RVX: The RV Experience celebrated as a huge success

RVX: The RV Experience, North America's new and biggest RV show, is being celebrated as a huge success. AboutcampBtoB was there and will be publishing a full report, plus interviews with senior management, in its next issue (no. 23). OEMs, ...
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Truma and Alde join forces in North America

Truma North America will integrate Alde into its new headquarters which opens in Elkhart, IN later in 2019. They will combine forces sharing a mutual service network, logistics and warehousing, and sales team to support both OEM and retail customers ...
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Environmentally conscious SONIC X RV concept debuts with carbon fibre body and 1000W of solar power

KZ Recreational Vehicles (KZ RV), a subsidiary of Thor Industries, which makes travel trailers, fifth wheels and toy haulers, has launched its Sonic X concept prototype at The RV Experience (RVX), featuring forward-thinking design and environmentally-conscious features such as a ...
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DOMETIC showcases new IoT Multiplex System at RVX

Dometic is demonstrating its new IoT Multiplex System Solution for RVers at the RVX show in Salt Lake City, Utah, America. The new Dometic IoT Multiplex System solution provides SMART technology and intuitive features that monitor and control the vital ...
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Thor Industries rebrands for 2019 to attract new consumers

For the first time in 30 years, THOR Industries, the world’s largest recreational vehicle (RV) manufacturer, is rolling out a complete rebrand for 2019, with a new logo, plus all-new website and digital content to help it engage with new ...
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Airxcel Acquires Aqua Hot Heating Systems Inc.

Airxcel Inc. announced that it has acquired Aqua Hot Heating Systems Inc., a leading provider of hydronic heating systems to the RV Industry for 34 years. The Frederick, CO based Aqua Hot is best known for product innovation, quality and deep ...
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New Eberspächer Alexa-Skill controls vehicle heating remotely by voice command

The new Alexa-Skill from Eberspacher enables a vehicle to be pre-heated, remotely, by a voice command using Amazon Alexa. This will work on a variety of vehicles if fitted (or retro-fitted) with an Eberspächer parking heater plus its EasyStart Web ...
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New issue (no. 22) of AboutcampBtoB out now

The latest issue (no. 22) of AboutcampBtoB, with news from the caravan industry around the world, including reports from the Stuttgart and Melbourne trade fairs, is out now. Those with a (free) subscription will receive their copy in the post ...
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RV industry prepares for next week’s RVX: the RV Experience show

America's RV industry is getting ready for the important, new format, national exhibition next week, RVX: The Experience, in Salt Lake City from 12 to 14 March, which expects to attract many new customers to the RV lifestyle and convert ...
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Lippert Components opens new European HQ

Lippert Components has opened a new European headquarters and a 5,400m² factory, in San Casciano in Tuscany, Italy. At the same time, Lippert Components is re-branding the products from the companies it has acquired so they all fall under the ...
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Groundbreaking UK report reveals holiday parks and campsites generate £9.3bn visitor spending

A new UK-wide holiday park and campsite sector economic report, ‘Pitching the Value', focussing on the economic impact of the sector together with the health and wellbeing benefits of such holidays, says this sector generates £9.3bn in visitor expenditure and ...
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Camping and Caravanning Club appoints first female Director General

The Camping and Caravanning Club in the UK has appointed its first female Director General, Sabina Voysey, who will take over from Robert Louden MBE, when he retires later this year. Sabina joined the Club in 2002 as Finance Manager ...
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AL-KO announces lightweight LightR™ chassis for Australia

AL-KO Australia has announced a "revolutionary" new lightweight LightR™ chassis concept designed specifically to reduce the weight of Australian caravans. AL-KO says it offers "significant" weight savings compared to the traditional type of chassis usually used for caravans built in ...
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Visitors to the UK’s Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show increased by 1.4%

Last week's Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show in the UK has reported that 91,383 people visited the event, representing an increase in visitor numbers of 1.4 percent compared to last year's show. Exhibitors have reported strong business during the six ...
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2019 Australian Caravan Industry National Conference opens for registration

The Caravan Industry Association of Australia has announced that registration has opened for its 24th National Conference. This important event for the Australian Caravanning and Camping Industry will be held at The Star Hotel and Casino on the Gold Coast ...
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Go RVing launches ‘Kick Off to Camping Season’ campaign

'Go RVing', the all-industry marketing and PR programme by the RV Industry Association in north America, is launching a new multi-million dollar Kick Off to Camping Season campaign for 2019 to ignite consumer interest and drive traffic to RV dealers ...
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Thor Industries appoints new Senior Vice President Of International Operations

Thor Industries, the American RV manufacturing group that recently acquired Europe's Erwin Hymer Group (EHG), has appointed a Senior Vice President of International Operations - Troy James, who is relocating to Germany to lead the post-acquisition integration of EHG. In ...
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Rapido renews association with Reforest’Action

The Rapido Group, a leading European motorhome group, is renewing its association with Reforest’Action, the social enterprise that plants trees to have a positive impact on the environment, and expects to plant 2,000 trees in France in 2019. This is ...
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Truma expands in Australia

Truma, the German manufacturer of heating, hot water, air conditioning, manoeuvring and other RV products, is working with a new sales partner, Leisure-Tec, to help grow its presence and support its customers in Australia. The new joint venture, based in ...
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AL-KO acquires Australian chassis company

DexKo Global's Australian subsidiary, AL-KO International Pty Ltd (“AL-KO”), is acquiring a leading chassis manufacturer in Australia, Preston Chassis Industries Pty Ltd. (“PCI”). PCI manufactures and supplies the Australian caravan industry with chassis and other products from multiple facilities in ...
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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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