Partin Designed RVs for Winnebago, Fleetwood

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David Partin Former Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. executive C. David Partin, 66, of Surprise, Ariz., passed away peacefully March 25 after having been hospitalized with pneumonia since Jan. 25 at Kindred Long Term Acute Care Facility in Peoria, Ariz. Born in Milan, Mo., Partin started his career in 1966 as a draftsman at Fisher Controls in Marshalltown, Iowa, and went to work in 1969 in corporate concept development for Winnebago Industries Inc. in Forest City, Iowa. Partin was employed by Winnebago... Read more

Go RVing, Outdoor Channel Host Sweepstakes

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Following a successful debut in 2012, Go RVing has again partnered with the Outdoor Channel as co-sponsor of the network’s “Spring Fever Sweepstakes.” The month-long sweepstakes kicks off April 1, and this year’s grand prize is a Flagstaff Classic folding camping trailer which was selected in an RVIA-member lottery. Flagstaff is a division of Forest River Inc. According to a news release, the sweepstakes is supported both on-air and online with eight custom videos, including four 30-second... Read more

Stoltzfus Adding Winnebago Motorhome Lines

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Stoltzfus RV and Marine, a full-service recreation vehicle and boat dealership based in West Chester, Pa., has added the full line of Class A and Class C motorhomes from Winnebago Industries Inc. to its inventory. Winnebago, an iconic brand and a leading manufacturer of motorhomes, has not been available in the West Chester area for more than 30 years, according to a press release. Earl Stoltzfus, president of the dealership, said he expects the addition of Winnebago products to continue the... Read more

Sign Up Now for ‘RV Industry Power Breakfast’

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U.S. Consumer Spending Up Most in 5 Months

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Consumer spending in the U.S. climbed in February by the most in five months as incomes rose, signaling an improving job market is spurring demand, according to a Bloomberg report. Household purchases, which account for about 70% of the economy, gained 0.7% after a 0.4% advance the prior month that was bigger than previously estimated, a Commerce Department report showed today in Washington. The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of 78 economists called for a 0.6% rise. Incomes increased 1.1%,... Read more

Texas Oil Boom Helps Spur Sales at Pharr RVs

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Growth in the oil fields has spurred RV sales for Texas-based Pharr RVs, according to a report by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Over the last three years, business at the dealership has increased 10% a year, said Mike Hymer, co-owner of the business. “I would say a big part of it is attributable to the oil and natural gas industry,” Hymer said. He said that much of the area around the oil and natural gas boom offers limited rental housing and staying in a motel can get expensive. “An RV is... Read more

Candidates Sought for RVIA’s Board Elections

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The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) Nominating Committee has issued a call for candidates from the association’s membership to run in this year’s board election. According to a press release, there are seven positions up for election this year including seats for one manufacturer, one recreation park trailer manufacturer, two at-large, and three supplier representatives. The RVIA board has the highest level of authority in the association’s organizational structure.... Read more

RVIA’s Committee Week Slated For Early June

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RVIA’s Committee Week 2013 will take place June 2–6 at the Mayflower Renaissance Washington in Washington, D.C., according to a press release. Over the course of the five-day event, standing committees, the Executive Committee and the RVIA board will meet to set the association’s plans for the upcoming fiscal year. The Go RVing Coalition will also meet on June 3. In addition to the full slate of committee meetings, other key events on the schedule include: • 2014 RV Market Outlook –... Read more

Winnebago 2Q Reflects Seniors are Confident

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Winnebago Industries Inc. reported surprisingly strong profit on Thursday (March 28), suggesting the growing confidence among U.S. consumers is shared by the 50 and older crowd, the prime demographic for the No. 1 U.S. maker of motorhomes. Reuters reported that the company said renewed momentum in the broader economy – from surging stock prices to signs of recovery in the housing market – helped push its order backlog to pre-recession levels and its profit past market expectations for... Read more

Report: Elkhart Co. Led Nation for Job Growth

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Indiana’s Elkhart County led the nation in job growth between September 2011 and September 2012, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced Thursday (March 28). “Elkhart, Ind., had the largest percentage increase in employment (6.9%) among the largest U.S. counties,” according to Thursday’s announcement. The national growth rate was 1.6%. The Elkhart Truth reported that manufacturing led the way in Elkhart County, gaining 4,734 jobs over that time, a growth of 10.1%, according to the... Read more

Wisconsin RV Sales Rebound from Recession

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Although unemployment remains stubbornly high, sales of travel trailers and motorhomes have rebounded to some of their strongest levels in six years as consumers feel more confident about their personal wealth. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that in Wisconsin, there were 6,100 travel trailers sold in 2012, the highest amount since 2007, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., a Grand Rapids, Mich., firm that tracks sales in the recreational vehicle and recreational marine industries. Low... Read more

FRVTA Regional Shows Draw Strong Numbers

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The Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) just completed its sixth regional show at venues throughout the state and reported that attendance numbers have been strong, according to a press release. A roundup of show results includes: • The Fort Myers RV Show, celebrating its 28th year, featured 17 dealers from all along the Gulf Coast along with well over 100 vendors. Show Chairman Chris Morse reported that attendance increased about 1,000 over the the 12,300 patrons last year while dealers... Read more

Dicor Supporting RV Industry Power Breakfast

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Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier Dicor Corp. announced its sponsorship of the first “RV Industry Power Breakfast” May 9 at the RV/MH Hall of Fame Northern Indiana Event Center. According to a press release, scheduled presenters include U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) President and CEO Jim Rogers. Developed and facilitated by RVBusiness magazine, this is the first such event to bring together the leadership of major RV-related companies, the Recreation... Read more

All 5 MARVAC Shows Post Record Attendance

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The 2012-2013 Michigan Association of Recreational Vehicles & Campgrounds (MARVAC) show season wrapped up this past weekend with all five shows posting the highest consumer attendance in years. According to a press release, the show season began on a strong note with the Fall Detroit Camper & RV Show up 30% in visitors, and RV dealers optimistic for the upcoming year. This was followed in February by the Detroit Camper & RV Show which was up 13%, the highest in over 12 years. MARVAC... Read more

Winnebago 2Q Sales Up 35% as Demand Rises

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Benefiting from heightened motorhome demand driven by an improving economic environment, Winnebago Industries Inc. swung to a profit in its fiscal second quarter on a 34.6% gain in revenue. Sales for the second quarter, ended March 2, totaled $177.2 million versus $131.6 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2012. The Forest City, Iowa-based builder reported net income of $6.3 million, or 22 cents per diluted share, versus a loss of $912,000, or 3 cents per diluted share, the previous year.... Read more

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