Dealer Clem Giancola, 82, a True Entrepreneur

December 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Clem Giancola, founder and longtime owner of Clem’s RV and Trailer Sales, passed away Dec. 29. He was 82. Giancola started the Ellwood City, Pa., dealership in 1964, selling Coachmen brand RVs. Today, Clem’s RV is recognized as the oldest RV retailer in western Pennsylvania and one of the area’s largest operations. “I have worked for a couple of family owned businesses in my career but never did I realize what it truly meant to be a family until I met the Giancola family,” said... Read more

RVIA: YOY November Shipments Improve 25%

December 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Recreational vehicle wholesale shipments to retailers in November were reported at 20,561 units, up 25.2% from the same month a year ago. On a seasonally adjusted basis, November’s total represented an annual rate of more than 360,000 units, an increase of nearly 10% over the previous month and ahead of November last year by 26.1%. In November, towable RVs were up 21.4% over this same month one year ago while all motorhome totals were ahead of last year by 66.9%. Year to date, all RV shipments... Read more

Report: Firm Interested in Utilimaster Complex

December 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The year started out with a blow to Wakarusa, Ind., with Utilimaster Corp. announcing a move to Bristol. But, according to a report in the Elkhart Truth, 2013 may make up for it with another company anonymously thinking about taking over the full complex. Spartan Motors Inc., parent company of Utilimaster, announced in February that the company will move to Bristol, vacating the Wakarusa complex which includes 16 buildings and covers 106 acres. That move is expected to be complete in late spring... Read more

Winnebago Marks 52-Week High on Strong 1Q

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Winnebago Industries Inc. hit a 52-week high of $16.94 per share following its impressive fiscal first-quarter report on Dec. 20, according to Winnebago also achieved a Zacks No. 1 Rank (Strong Buy) based on strong earnings estimate revisions. The Forest City, Iowa-based company reported a 46.8% increase in sales for its first quarter while earnings rose to $7.4 million compared to $1 million the previous year. Winnebago also reported a 242.7% year-over-year hike in product backlog... Read more

New Zealand Trailer Expands Via Thumb Drive

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Concept camper by W2 It’s summer in the southern hemisphere, and that means RV season for Aussies and Kiwis. But, according to, the camper hasn’t been cool for years, save the iconic Airstream trailer. To combat the boring designs littering roads Down Under, New Zealand design firm W2 has created the Romotow, a convertible trailer that pops out – flash-drive style – into a fully functional and attractive living space with enough extra square footage to lounge. That might not mean... Read more

Travel Channel’s ‘Mega RV’ Special Airs Jan. 6

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One of the RVs that will appear on the Travel Channel’s TV special dubbed “Mega RV Countdown” on Jan. 6. The Travel Channel will premiere High Noon Entertainment’s one-hour network TV special dubbed “Mega RV Countdown” at 8 p.m. PST/EST on Jan. 6, reported. “High Noon Entertainment” — the company behind shows like HGTV’s “House Hunters,” TLC’s “Cake Boss” and the DIY Network’s “Disaster House” — began scouring North America for Mega RVs back in May... Read more

‘Cliff’ Concerns Subdue Consumer Sentiment

December 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

U.S. consumers peering over the “fiscal cliff” don’t like what they see. The Associated Press reported that fears of sharp tax increases and government spending cuts set to take effect next week sent consumer confidence tumbling in December to its lowest level since August. The Conference Board said Thursday (Dec. 27) that its consumer confidence index fell for the second straight month in December to 65.1, down from 71.5 in November. The survey showed consumers’ outlook for... Read more

Report: Powerboat Sales Head Higher in 2012

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More evidence that the U.S. economy is climbing out of the recession: Sales of new recreational powerboats are estimated to be up by 10% in 2012, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). “We are pleased to see the industry growing,” NMMA president Thom Dammrich said. “Our projection is the industry will grow in 2013 by another 5% to 10%.” The Miami Herald reported that Dammrich said the level of growth depends on conditions like consumer confidence and the... Read more

Riverside RV Introduces Roomier Retro Trailer

December 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Riverside RV, LaGrange, Ind., introduced a new 18 1/2-foot floorplan in its popular Retro line, building on the success of its “garageable” Retro trailer that debuted three years ago. “People really bought into not only the fact that it could be parked in a standard garage, but also the overall look,” said Bob Taulbee, sales manager. “We saw a need to expand into a larger floorplan, which is not garageable, but still has that ‘retro’ design.” Built with aluminum cage construction... Read more

Mito’s Mike Stock Recalls ’73 ND-‘Bama Game

December 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Redemption. It’s a word not casually tossed around. Mike Stock, CEO of Elkhart, Ind,-based RV supplier Mito Corp., doesn’t hesitate using it. He wants a morsel of redemption for his beloved Crimson Tide in the BCS Championship game against Notre Dame and he’s not shy about saying so. That noted, he is having a lot of fun these days. “It’s redemption time,” said Stock, an Elkhart native who played for the University of Alabama in 1973 when it played Notre Dame in an epic... Read more

Go RVing Canada Reviews Top 5 Trends in ’12

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Editor’s Note: The following is a list of the Top 5 RVing trends in Canada during 2012 compiled by Go RVing Canada. The past year saw growth on many levels for the RV industry. The year kicked off with outstanding RV show attendance figures and moved into the summer with a jump in RV sales. The RV industry has seen a change in ownership trends, overall growth of the industry, a national sales rebound, increased outdoor engagement and an evolution in the economic benefits for the RV traveler.... Read more

VIDEO 3: Brian Fisher Tours Raptor Toy Hauler

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Brian Fisher, host of Fisher’s ATV World, takes a tour of a Raptor toy hauler from Keystone RV Co.  Read More → RVs Outpacing General Market

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Editor’s Note: The following is a breakdown of three key RV stocks by Investors Business Daily. Somewhere beyond the gloom of Washington’s fiscal cliff standoff, another couple is buying a brand-new, $100,000 motorhome. Recreational vehicle sales have rumbled to record levels this year, driving stocks like Winnebago Industries Inc. (WGO), Thor Industries Inc. (THO) and Patrick Industries Inc. (PATK) well above the pace of the general market. Combined, they have since October held the... Read more

Baird Optimistic on ‘Consumer Leisure Sector’

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Editor’s Note: The investment firm of Robert W. Baird & Co. distributed an analysis of the leisure market to investors. Highlights of that note follow. We hold an optimistic consumer discretionary outlook as demand improves in the context of lean channel inventory. We believe improving values in big ticket items (RVs, boats,motorcycles, houses) may re-inflate a wealth effect for more consumers. Meanwhile, dealer inventory appears lean-to-balanced, supporting a modest re-stocking effect... Read more

Final RVB/Blue Ox Survey: Consolidate Shows

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Judging by the late year buzz throughout the industry, RVBusiness staff members knew they were posing a loaded question when they asked the industry in the final RVB/Blue Ox survey on Dec. 11 this simple question: “Would you still prefer that the key national trade associations work toward an All-Industry Show?” To say that the response was conclusive would be a gross understatement because the concluding survey of 2012 indicated that 90.1% of the respondents were in favor of a consolidated... Read more

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