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Iowa Truck Camper Maker Targeting U.S. Market

February 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Exterior of the BunduCamp 260 BundutecUSA Inc., a small Raymond, Iowa, company that found moderate success building truck campers for export to Australia, is turning its attention to the U.S. RV market after the foreign exchange rate became unfavorable. ”I’m just developing the market for the U.S.,” said Rory Willett, BundutecUSA president. ”Last year, I built 35 campers for Australia. The Aussie dollar dropped so much last year it made my product too expensive.” Currently... Read more

Dutchmen Ahead of Schedule on Syracuse Plant

January 8, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Goshen, Ind.-based Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. is ahead of its production schedule at the 183,000-square-foot factory it opened in November on the north side of Syracuse, Ind., to build and conventional and ultralight travel trailers. ”It’s coming up to speed very quickly,” said Troy James, vice president of sales for the towable RV-manufacturing unit of Thor Industries Inc., now part of Thor’s Keystone RV Co. Inc. subsidiary. ”We are ahead of the plan that we put together... Read more

Custom Truck Camper Builder Capri will Expand

December 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Custom-built Retreat short-bed camper by Capri Capri Campers LLC, a small entry-level Texas truck camper manufacturer, is looking to expand into Idaho or Montana in 2016 to broaden its market. ”That is our plan right now, unless something changes,” said Pete D’Acosta, who purchased the 46-year-old company in Bluff Dale, Texas, in February 2014. ”The entry-level camper market has become a more competitive space than it has been for many years in the past.” Marketed as... Read more

N.Z. Firm Pitches Unique Design to OEMs in U.S.

December 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

A New Zealand company is in talks with up to half a dozen North American RV manufacturers to build what can only be called a unique travel trailer as the entire living compartment swings open like a flash drive. (To view a video of the Romotow Ltd. trailer scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page). Romotow Ltd. showed a scale model of the travel trailer earlier this month at the Louisville Show and expects to display a full-size prototype at the event next year. Initial production... Read more

Minn. Firm Taps Growing Market for Ice Houses

November 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Glacier ice house The popularity of ice fishing in Northern Minnesota has prompted Bimiji-based Glacier Ice House LLC to introduce a Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA)-certified travel trailer line that can be used as shelter for fishing on a lake or as a camping cabin on land. The wood-and-aluminum Glacier ice house, available in five 12- to 22-foot floorplans, is equipped with a hydraulic system that lowers the unit 15 inches to sit on a frozen lake or solid ground. Between five and... Read more

Record Crowd Expected for Caravan Salon Show

August 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Last year’s Caravan Salon drew record attendance Billed as the world’s largest RV show and coming off record crowds last year, Caravan Salon Düsseldorf kicks off a nine-day run for the general public Saturday (Aug. 29) at the Dusseldorf (Germany) Fairgrounds (Messe Düsseldorf). Nearly 600 exhibitors will display some 130 brands of motorized and towable RVs throughout 2 million square feet of display space. The public portion of the show will be proceeded Friday by a one-day trade-only... Read more

RV/MH Hall’s Family Fest Draws 1,000 Attendees

August 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Family Fest Attendees check out early 1960s Shasta Airflyte at vintage car show Some 1,000 people Saturday (Aug. 22) attended the RV/MH Hall of Fame ”Family Fest” that featured the Kelly Miller Circus, vintage RV and custom car shows along with music from the band Southern Straightaway. ”The event did exactly what we wanted it to do,” said Jeff White, Hall vice president and director of operations. ”A lot of people who live in the Elkhart area haven’t been to the... Read more

OEM Model Release Prime Topic at TRVA Meeting

August 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The timing of RV manufacturers’ model release dates was a prime topic during the Texas Recreational Vehicle Association’s (TRVA) annual meeting Aug. 15-17 at the La Cantera Hill Country Resort in San Antonio. During a 2 1/2-hour dealers-only meeting, frustration was expressed – as it has been for years by recreational vehicle dealers to no avail – that models for the following year sometimes debut as early as March in the previous year. ”Dealers feel that something needs to... Read more

Walworth: Shipment Report No Cause for Alarm

June 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Tom Walworth Although overall U.S. wholesale RV shipments of 168,884 units were up 6% year-to-date through May, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) latest shipment report released Thursday (June 25) indicated that total shipments in May slipped 5.8% versus the same month in 2014. That, of course, was a wake-up call for a resurgent industry so accustomed to consecutive monthly shipment gains. But don’t jump to conclusions regarding that latest report, cautions Tom Walworth,... Read more

Hopkins Promoting Unified Standards to Chinese

June 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Bruce Hopkins Bruce Hopkins’ passport is filling up as he is shepherding several countries through the intricacies of establishing international standards compatible to those of the  Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA). As vice president of standards for the Reston, Va.-based trade organization, Hopkins has been to China eight times trying to educate the Chinese government as the country of 1.4 billion people deals with what has developed into a fledgling RV industry. ”We’ve... Read more

‘Flippin’ RVs’ TV Show is Restoring HOF Trailers

June 23, 2015 by · 2 Comments 

”Flippin’ RVs” hosts Justin and Anna Scribner and RV/MH Hall of Fame Chairman and President Darryl Searer stand in front of Mae West’s 1931 House Car on display at the museum, which features 54 vintage motorized and towable RVs Two vintage travel trailers purchased from the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart, Ind., will be the focus this fall of an hour-long episode of ”Flippin’ RVs” on the Great American Country (GAC) cable channel. The Hall had the units in a... Read more

Country Coach Friends Maintain Brand’s Legacy

June 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Country Club Friends Inc. held one of its first rallies in 2011 at River Bend RV Resort in Harrisburg, Ore. Although Country Coach Inc. stopped building high-end diesel pusher motorhomes in 2009, the brand lives on thanks to 11 chapters of the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA). Included is Country Coach Friends Inc. (CCFI), a 300-plus-member nonprofit that was created shortly after the Junction City-Ore.-based company — founded by RV-industry entrepreneur Bob Lee — went out of business. “There’s... Read more

Fleetwood RV Unveils ’16 Bounder to Rallygoers

June 4, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

2016 Bounder motorhome Fleetwood RV will have the first national showing starting today (June 4) through the weekend of the redesigned gas-powered 2016 Bounder motorhome during the company’s national rally at its factory in Decatur, Ind. The owners of some 400 Fleetwood motorhomes are expected to attend and see a full array of Fleetwood and American Coach motorhomes. ”This is the first time we’ve had our national rally in Decatur,” Steve Hileman, director of product and marketing,... Read more

Lazydays Kicks Off Tampa Bay Buc Sponsorship

June 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Seffner, Fla.-based Lazydays RV kicked off its sponsorship of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL football team over the weekend with an RV show at Raymond James Stadium where the Bucs play their home games. (To view a slideshow from the event scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page). ”It went real well,” said Lazydays General Manager Ron Fleming. ”The best thing is we had a lot of first-time RVers looking. The way we promoted it really brought out great crowds Friday... Read more

Demand Fuels Workhorse Return to RV Sector

May 21, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

Workhorse Group Inc. expects to be producing Class A gas motorhome chassis at its Union City, Ind., factory by the end of the year and building ”thousands” by the end of next year. ”We are producing pilots right now and will be in full production in 2016,” Workhorse COO Caimin Flannery told RVBUSINESS.com. Assets of Workhorse, whose lineage traces back to Chevrolet, were acquired in 2013 from Navistar International Corp. by AMP Trucks Inc., a manufacturer of electric-powered... Read more

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