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coleman mach 15000 btu air conditionerOne step closer to revealing the winner, RV Products’ has sold its 5 millionth Coleman-Mach air conditioner, the company announced today.

This months-long contest will finally reveal its consumer winner soon, while Apache Camper Center in Lincoln, Neb., is the winning dealership. Both consumer and dealer will receive a prize package.

Starting this spring, RV Products announced it would be holding a contest based on the news that it recently manufactured is 5 millionth Coleman-Mach A/C unit. The Coleman-Mach Mach 15, 15,000-Btu unit was packaged in an unmarked box and treated as regular inventory. It was shipped to an unknown distributor and then sent to an unknown dealer who sold it to one lucky customer.

The consumer prize package includes arrangements for the winner to visit RV Products’ Wichita, Kansas factory. The retail owner will also receive a free Coleman-Mach air conditioner of their choice in exchange for the gold shroud unit as it will be sent to the RV Hall of Fame. This milestone unit’s gold shroud is also signed by the RV Products associates who had a hand in manufacturing the unit.

For more information, call 316.832.3400, e-mail; or visit


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RV Hall Of Fame Elkhart Indiana

ELKHART IN — It wasn’t exactly a prayer when Darryl Searer, president of the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum said on July 3, 2012, Even though contributions ranging from $5 to $2,500 continue to come in, we will need an angel or two who will follow the example of Marcus Lemonis, chairman of Camping World, and Good Sam Enterprises, and Don Wallace, co-founder of Lazydays RV Super Center, who each donated $25,000 toward the Ingram Family’s $100,000 Challenge Grant.

However, a prayer could not have been better answered. Searer’s “angels” have stepped forward.

In the first two weeks of July, more than $30,000 has been donated toward the Ingram Challenge, bringing the total received to date to $90,055, or 90% of the goal. Searer said, That leaves only $9,945 to be raised before the Aug. 31 deadline.”

Those new “angels” included Roy Beck, retired co-founder of The Beck Corporation, and Jason Lippert, chairman of Lippert Components Inc, who each donated $10,000. Bill Fenech, a former Thor Industries executive, also contributed $5,000.

Searer said, “Everyone at the Hall really appreciates all those who have generously contributed to this campaign.”

According to Searer, 54 individuals, companies and organizations have contributed to the $100,000 challenge with donations ranging from $5 to $25,000. To see a complete list of donor so far, visit

“I’m hopeful that we can reach our goal by August 6 which is the date of the Class of 2012 Induction Dinner and Annual Golf Classic,” he added. “It would be a great addition to the celebration to be able to announce during those ceremonies that we have reached our goal ahead of schedule.”

One-hundred percent of the challenge grant contributions will go toward paying down the Hall’s bank loan at 1st Source Bank and all gifts are tax deductible.

What a difference a year makes. At last year’s induction dinner, the mood was far from optimistic about the future the RV/MH Hall of Fame. But that has all changed now and the future of the Hall looks great.

“I encourage everyone to attend this year’s induction dinner. Come and see firsthand our progress in bringing the Hall back from the brink,” he explained.

For those who would like to make reservations for the induction dinner and/or the golf classic — or to make a contribution toward the Ingram family’s $100,000 challenge grant — visit the Hall’s secure website at:

Reservations or donations can also be made by mail, phone or fax. If paying by check or money order, make payable to the RV/MH Hall of Fame and send it to:

Ingram Challenge
RV/MH Hall of Fame
21565 Executive Parkway
Elkhart Indiana 46514

For more information, call 800.378.8694.

SOURCE: RV/MH Hall of Fame press release


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RV Hall Of Fame Elkhart Indiana

Leaders from the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., wanted to develop a lot east of the building using Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, district funds. They argued the expansion would attract more bookings and increase profits, WSBT-TV, South Bend, reported.

The RV Hall of Fame was ready to start an ambitious expansion project. But financial troubles put those plans on hold.

Tom McNulty, the Hall’s executive director, did not want to talk to WSBT News before his scheduled appearance with the redevelopment commission on Thursday afternoon (May 26).

But McNulty’s plan was simple: scale down the original expansion just east of the Hall.

McNulty’s pitch is an $800,000 investment which includes an outdoor exhibit space, complete with the addition of lighting fixtures, fountains, landscaping and other improvements.

McNulty believes the expansion would make it more successful, and ultimately more profitable.

But there was a catch…

“The bottom line is, is this a good use of TIF funds?” asked Mike Yoder, Elkhart County commissioner.

The non-profit wanted public funds to pay for the investment. Without a sound business plan or details on how the Hall would reduce debt or increase profits, the commissioners said they had no choice but to pump the brakes.

“I think the lack of a very clear, detailed plan is what’s holding this up,” said Yoder.

The redevelopment commission will allow the Hall to submit their proposal again, if the plan includes how the Hall will decrease debt.

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