The BeginRV Monday News Roundup brings you the biggest RV and Camping news stories to start your week.
Here’s the scoop for the week of March 22nd:
Website Bringing Virtual Tours to Campground Booking
Have you ever wanted to check out a campground before you book? With over 3,000 first person videos and 24,000 photographs Campground Views is allowing campers to physically see and tour thousands of campgrounds and RV parks across the United States.
Still in its infancy stages, Campground Views launched a Crowdfunding campaign on March 16 to fund the project and bring it into the outdoor market. The company plans to integrate with the Recreation.gov platform to make campground booking straightforward and transparent for millions of travelers.
Founder of Campground Views Mark Koep said of the project, “We are excited to solve the biggest problem in camping … finding the perfect campsite.”
The website will allow campers to virtually tour a campground to see which sites are available. The company is using the 3rd party availability API enabled by the federal government as part of its modernization efforts under the Recreation.gov contract.
Good Sam Files Lawsuit Against RV Advisors for Deceptive Trade Practices
Good Sam, one of the largest global camping clubs with over two million members, has filed a lawsuit against RV Advisors LLC for trademark infringement, false advertising, unfair competition and deceptive trade practices.
The dispute arises out of Good Sam’s allegation that RV Advisors infringed on Good Sam’s goodwill and trademarks by marketing products and services under the “Good Samaritan Club” brand. Good Sam also alleges that numerous false and misleading statements were made by RV Advisors about Good Sam’s products and services.
Tamara Ward, Chief Operating Officer of Good Sam’s parent company Camping World Holdings, said about the lawsuit: “We will proactively and aggressively pursue our rights against any company that uses deceptive trade practices and attempts to trade on our name to provide legitimacy to their business. We’ve been cultivating our trademarks and concepts for over 55 years and will not tolerate any type of unlawful business activity to infringe on our rights.”
Alliance RV Announces Plans to Add 650 New Jobs By 2023
Alliance RV, an RV manufacturing company that produces luxury fifth-wheel travel trailers, has announced plans to invest $33 million to expand its manufacturing capabilities on its Elkhart, Indiana campus. The company, which is under three years old, plans to build two 120,000-square-foot production facilities this year.
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb said his state’s reputation continues to grow as an RV capital citing that 83% of North America’s RVs are produced in Indiana. According to the RV Industry Association, the industry contributes more than $32.4 billion annually to Indiana’s economy, with more than 640 businesses supporting 126,140 jobs.
The additional manufacturing capabilities are expected to add up to 650 new jobs to the Indiana economy by the end of 2023.
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