RVIC Meeting, Tour Spotlights Legislative Issues

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Mark Bowersox, IMHA-RVIC executive director The Indiana Manufactured Housing Association-Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council’s (IMHA-RVIC) annual Fall Campground Meeting & Tour at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Camp-Resort at Barton Lake in Fremont, Ind., Sept. 24 included a keynote address on best practices and ways to increase ancillary income by Kelly Jones, director of franchisee development for Leisure Systems Inc. (LSI). LSI, headquartered in Milford, Ohio, a Cincinnati suburb, markets the Jellystone... Read more

Lazydays Founder Wallace Joins Camping World

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Camping World, the nation’s largest RV and outdoor retailer, and Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam, announced today (Sept. 30) that effective Oct. 1, Don Wallace — RV Hall of Famer, co-founder and former CEO of Lazydays RV Super Center — joins their management team. The company has assigned Wallace the responsibility of overseeing the company’s efforts in the Tampa market. Lemonis commented, “We are pleased to bring on board an RV executive of such business... Read more

October Now a ‘Good Month’ for the RV Industry

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Phil Ingrassia Editor’s Note: Phil Ingrassia, president of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), penned this column for October’s RV Executive Today: It wasn’t long ago that the conventional wisdom in the RV industry was that business traditionally started to slow down in October in many parts of the country. Well, not any more. Retail data from recent years shows that, in the words of Tom Walworth of Statistical Surveys, “October is a good month.” Here’s the breakdown of... Read more

KZRV Promotes Schmucker to Product Manager

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Sonya Schmucker Towables manufacturer KZRV announced Monday (Sept. 30) it had promoted Sonya Schmucker to the position of product manager. The Shipshewana, Ind.-based OEM produces a wide range of travel trailers, fifth-wheels and toy haulers. “Sonya’s energy, coupled with 10 years of design experience, has been a big part of the continuing success at KZRV. Sonya’s expertise in product development and interior design makes her a valuable asset to KZRV. Her creativity as well as her management... Read more

August Shipments Up 2%, Motorhomes Up 34%

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Shipments to retailers of all RVs products were reported at 24,995 units in the August survey of manufacturers, 2.2% greater than the same month a year ago, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reported Monday (Sept. 30). Although towables were off a marginal 1.4% from August of 2012, motorhomes more than made up the difference finishing ahead of this month last year by 34.5% — for the best August total since 2007, nearly 50% greater than August of 2008. Year to date, RV shipments... Read more

Fleetwood RV Names John Lowry as New COO

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Decatur, Ind.-based Fleetwood RV Inc. announced Monday (Sept. 30) John Lowry will join the company as Chief Operating Officer. The position was previously held by Jim Meyer, who is the COO of Fleetwood RV’s parent company, Allied Specialty Vehicles, and was the acting interim COO of Fleetwood RV Inc. Lowry previously worked at Harley-Davidson as general manager of powertrain operations and served in operational leadership roles for the company’s four largest factories. Prior to joining Harley-Davidson,... Read more

NHTSA Will Hold Compliance Webinar Oct. 17

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administion (NHTSA) will be holding a webinar on Oct. 17 outlining “Early Warning Reporting and Recall Reporting Rulemaking Changes and Requirements” regarding the Final Rule of Aug. 20, 2013. The changes are of importance to RV manufacturers, suppliers and anyone with compliance responsibilities. It will outline how the reporting and rulemaking changes and requirements of the NHTSA affect products made within the industry. Presented by Richard Boyd, a former... Read more

Class B Lifestyle Blog Updated, More Functions

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The popular Roadtreking small motorhome lifestyle blog,, has launched an updated new forum to provide a place for Class B owners to ask questions, learn about do-it-yourself modifications and share the Class B experience with other RVers. According to Mike Wendland, the network TV reporter-turned-RV enthusiast, the forum meets a growing need for Class B owners. “It’s all about sharing the small motorhome experience,” Wendland, who started the parent Roadtreking blog in... Read more

St. Johns RV Show to Key on Light-Weight RVs

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The upcoming St. Johns County Fall RV Show, scheduled for Oct. 10-13 at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds in Elkton, Fla., will showcase 2014 models from recreational vehicle manufacturers offering lighter-weight motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels and tent-campers — continuing a trend that began in 2010. “In the face of higher gas prices and the economic downturn, RV manufacturers responded very quickly in using lighter-weight alloys and changing designs to improve fuel efficiency in motor... Read more

PullRite Names Siade New Marketing Specialist

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Mishawaka, Ind.-based Pulliam Enterprises, manufacturer of PullRite Towing Systems, announced Monday (Sept. 30) it has hired Mindy Siade as marketing specialist. “PullRite is experiencing continued growth in the fifth-wheel Hitch market,” stated Scott Later, PullRite nation sales manager. “This year PullRite will outpace the growth of the industry by more than a three-to-one margin. We expect these growth patterns to continue as we introduce new and innovative towing solutions to the... Read more

Texas Dealer Gives $265K to Fallen Heroes Fund

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The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund announced Sept. 26 it has received $265,000 in donations from Motor Home Specialist to support the construction of nine National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) Satellite Centers at military bases around the country, designed to provide new hope for returning service members coping with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress. Located in Alvarado, Texas, Motor Home Specialist (MHS) in July began pledging $1,000 from the sale of every new RV to the Intrepid... Read more

KZ Promotes Marlene Snyder To Vice President

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Marlene Snyder Shipshewana, Ind.-based towable builder KZRV LP has appointed Marlene Snyder as vice president, replacing Andy Baer who was named vice president of sales for Jayco Inc. According to a press release, Snyder recently was product manager over all KZ product lines and has over 19 years of experience with KZRV. “Marlene has proven to be a great leader and team builder and will help drive KZRV to even greater success in the marketplace,” said KZRV President Daryl Zook. “She... Read more

DRV Reports Record Orders During Open House

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Mobile Suites fifth-wheel by DRV Fifth-wheel builder DRV Luxury Suites reported its 2013 Elkhart County RV Open House was the company’s best-ever in terms of orders written and dealer enthusiasm for the products. According to a press release, DRV’s Open House product selection featured several all-new floor plans, exterior paint designs, woods, decors and lighting options. “This was the biggest product overhaul in DRV’s history,” said Rocky Holman, product manager for the Howe, Ind.-based... Read more

VIDEO 2: ‘ROTV’ Offers Advice on Trailer Types

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On this “Rollin’ On TV” segment  Jeff Johnston and Anne Kelly take a look at camping and travel trailer options for small and large families. Also, we’ll find out how to determine tire age while Britta goes Asian on us this week with Curry Albacore tuna over coconut flavored rice. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the home page.  Read More →

Thor Sees 31% Gain in 4Q Income; Sales up 19%

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Thor Industries Inc. Thursday (Sept. 26) reported a 19% gain in sales and a 31% increase in net income for its fiscal fourth quarter, ended July 31, buoyed by strong performance from its motorhome operations. Highlights from the report include: • Sales from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 were $914 million, up 19% from $769.9 million in the fourth quarter last year, based on continued strong growth in motorized recreational vehicle sales and more modest growth... Read more

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