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Interest in RVs is growing according to the RV industry. And exhibitors at the 49th Annual Camper and RV Show at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi are bringing out the big and small rigs.

Cricket camper designed by a NASA scientist.

Cricket camper designed by a NASA scientist.

In addition to the luxurious colossal motor homes, this year an exhibitor is bringing the Cricket, an unbelievably cute camper designed by a NASA scientist who worked on the International Space Station. The camper sets up in five minutes and can be towed almost anywhere by almost any 4-cylinder vehicle. It’s perfect for young families who want to get away from it all without having to sleep on the ground, hunters/fishers and other sportspeople, music festivalgoers and camping enthusiasts with smaller cars.

More than 275 units and 50 brands of campers, motor homes and trailers ranging in price from $6,995 to more than $600,000 will be on display. All of the vehicles will be available for tours. Plus there will be vendor booths offering parts and information on camping.

The Camper and RV Show runs Feb. 4-8, at Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi, on Grand River, south of I-96 between Novi and Beck roads. Hours are 2-9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults (ages 13 and older); $9 seniors; and free for children 12 and younger. Discount coupons available at www.marvac.org, Big Boy restaurants and Biggby Coffee locations. Visit http://suburbancollectionshowplace.com.

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The Rally LogoCamping World, the nation’s largest RV and outdoor retailer, and its affiliated Good Sam, the world’s largest RV owner’s organization, announced that after taking 2014 off, they would resume their rally in 2015.

The Camping World/Good Sam Rally will make its grand re-entrance to the industry in Phoenix March 19-22 at the Phoenix International Raceway, the companies said in a written announcement.

With the growth the Good Sam Club has experienced over the past few years, expanding to more than 1.5 million members in the U.S. and Canada, attendance at the rallies went up as well, limiting the number of locations that can host such a large RV gathering.

“Many Good Sam Club members and RV industry personnel have been inquiring about the absence of the rally in 2014,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises. “In order to continue to provide the best experience to rallygoers, it was necessary to take time to reevaluate our options and search for the right locations to accommodate and meet the growing number of members’ needs for these events,” explained Lemonis.

The March 2015 Camping World/Good Sam Rally location was determined based on the response received from both members and exhibitors and overall success of the event at the previous rallyheld in Phoenix in 2012. The 2015 rally will have even more to offer attendees with the latest in RV models and outdoor products, new and improved RV and camping seminars and activities and world-class entertainment.

“It is our pleasure to facilitate an event that brings together thousands of RV enthusiasts from all over the country to celebratethe RV lifestyle, enjoy fun activities, great food, prizes and quality time with family and friends. We are excited to announce thereturn of America’s largest RV rally to the RV community,” said Lemonis.

 

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Livin' Lite Travel Trailer

Livin’ Lite Travel Trailer

Thor Industries announced Tuesday that it acquired the assets of  recreational vehicle maker Livin’ Lite through a wholly-owned subsidiary. The purchase is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to be completed by Aug. 30, 2013.

“We are pleased to welcome Livin’ Lite to the Thor family of RV brands. Adding such a creative RV maker to Thor’s strong stable of brands will enable us to expand our industry-leading position in new product development into camping trailers and truck campers,” said Bob Martin, Thor president and chief executive officer.

“We see many opportunities for expanding Livin’ Lite’s market presence through the Thor dealer network, and the ability to leverage their lightweight aluminum and composite construction technology in other Thor products. This transaction represents a solid example of executing our strategic plan to grow our RV presence through the acquisition of brands and technologies that complement our existing business.”

Founded by former Heartland executive Scott Tuttle, Wakarusa, Ind.-based Livin’ Lite is known for its advanced lightweight aluminum construction applied to a variety of smaller RVs, including travel trailers, toy haulers, camping trailers and truck campers. Livin’ Lite also markets its products in partnership with a number of leading consumer brands including Jeep. Having recently been named to Inc. magazine’s list of fastest growing companies for the third consecutive year, Livin’ Lite is expected to generate sales of approximately $24 million for calendar year 2013.

“We are excited to join forces with Thor, the leading company in the RV industry, and we are looking forward to the new growth opportunities we should see as a result,” said Scott Tuttle, president, CEO and founder of Livin’ Lite. “We have worked diligently to grow Livin’ Lite over the past five years and expect to extend that growth as we bring the distribution, operational and financial strengths of Thor to bear on our business. As the newest company to join Thor, we also expect to add to our combined development efforts as we apply our proprietary technology to a broader array of existing product lines and bring our combined market strength to camping trailers and truck campers.”

Thor expects to offer Livin’ Lite’s current 35 models to its current dealer network upon closing of the transaction. The Company expects Livin’ Lite will continue to operate out of its existing Wakarusa facilities with minimal disruption to its current business resulting from the acquisition.

For more information about Thor Industries, Inc., visit www.thorindustries.com.

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