RVDA Keys on Issues, Honors Dealers at Confab

November 10, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

RVDA President Phil Ingrassia addresses members at Wednesday’s annual meeting during the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo Younger customers are beginning to replace Baby Boomers as the RV industry’s prime market, Phil Ingrassia, president of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), told dealers Wednesday (Nov. 9) at the 2016 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo at Bally’s in Las Vegas. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the home page.... Read more

Polks’ RV Education 101 Program Gains Traction

October 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Dawn and Mark Polk North Carolina residents Mark and Dawn Polk have developed a viable niche within the RV industry’s consumer realm over the past 17 years by focusing on training RVers about the intricacies of their RVs — in consumer videos, books and product videos for RV suppliers. Although their company is called ”RV Education 101,” they’ve taken education of the RV consumer well beyond a freshman college class. Whether it’s a simple walk-through or a more complicated... Read more

Envoy: Newest Entry in Upscale Class C Market

October 11, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

New Envoy Class C from Jayco Jayco Inc. has created a new division at its Middlebury, Ind., campus to build a new, more upscale Envoy Class C motorhome, and, if all goes according to plan, the division eventually will offer a low-profile gas-powered Class A and ultimately a small diesel pusher. The goal, reports Chuck Lasley, vice president of Jayco’s Motorhome Group, is to expand Jayco’s traditional Class C market. ”We have introduced Envoy to a strategic network of dealers, all... Read more

Northwood Attracts 100 to Annual Dealer Meeting

October 8, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Units on display at Northwood dealer meeting About 100 dealer representatives attended Northwood Manufacturing Inc.’s annual dealer meeting Tuesday (Oct. 4) and Wednesday at Wild Horse Casino in Pendleton, Ore. ”We introduced five brand new floorplans,” said Donald Cochran, director of sales for the La Grande, Ore., towable and truck camper manufacturer. Among the new layouts was a prototype of a three-slide Arctic Fox truck camper floorplan that features a cathedral roof with island kitchen,... Read more

‘My RV School’ Offering Tailored Training to RVers

September 28, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

A Tampa, Fla., company has introduced a new nontechnical training program to instruct RVers how to use their units safely. Opened in April by Jeff and Lindsey Gaston and partners Mark and Letecia Young, My RV School provided instruction to more than a dozen RV owners at the mid-August Forest River Owners Group (FROG) rally in Elkhart, Ind. “There’s such a need in the industry, not taking anything away from anyone else who offers training out there,” said Jeff Gaston, a 20-year U.S.... Read more

Winnebago Visits ‘Country Coach Friends’ Event

September 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Country Coach Affinity motorhome Winnebago Industries Inc. may begin manufacturing Country Coach-branded diesel pusher motorhomes within the next two years, members of the Country Coach Friends Inc. owners club were told at the club’s rally Aug. 22-27 at Mills Casino RV Park in Coos Bay, Ore. The high-end brand has been off the market since the demise of Country Coach Inc. in 2010.  ”Country Coach owners love the product,” said club President John Malabicky. ”Our members... Read more

Tiffin Debuting 31-Foot Allegro Breeze in Hershey

September 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Allegro Breeze 31BR floorplan by Tiffin Tiffin Motorhomes Inc. will introduce a 31-foot, triple-slide version of its diminutive Allegro Breeze diesel pusher motorhome during the ”America’s Largest RV Show” in Hershey, Pa., that started Monday (Sept. 12) and is expected to draw large crowds through Sunday. ”We are offering something that our customers have been asking for,” said Trent Tiffin, grandson of Tiffin founder Bob Tiffin, who works in the Red Bay, Ala., company’s... Read more

Forest River Launches Revamped Legacy Diesel

September 8, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Legacy 38C Class A motorhome Forest River Inc.’s diesel pusher division will reintroduce its revamped Legacy Class A motorhome lineup next week at the Hershey Show, followed by an appearance the week of Sept. 19 at the Elkhart County RV Open House. ”We originally introduced Legacy in 2015 but we wanted to make some changes to it so we took it out of production for almost a year,” said Michael Peterson, sales and product manager for the Elkhart-Ind., based division. Legacy for... Read more

PRVCA Readies for a Full House at Hershey Show

August 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

RVs pack the grounds at the Hershey Center during last year’s PRVCA show The Pennsylvania Recreational Vehicle and Camping Association (PRVCA) has tweaked its Hershey Show — officially known as ”America’s Largest RV Show” — with a revamped layout to more evenly distribute customers throughout Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. ”Last year we had extended into the parking lot to the west and companies in that area didn’t really get much attendance,”... Read more

‘International RV’ Adds Outlet, Sees Sales Soar

July 27, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Elkhart, Ind.-based dealer International RV is experiencing a banner year after opening a satellite store in April in nearby Plymouth, Ind. ”Business is booming,” said owner Dave Titus, who opened his Elkhart dealership in 1994. ”Last year was the best year we’ve ever had and we passed last year two weeks ago. And the Plymouth store already has exceeded what we set out to achieve about a month ago.” Historically, Titus noted, RV sales sometimes hit a bump during an... Read more

Dixie RV Survives, Thrives During 50-Year Run

July 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Crosby Forrest accepts RVBusiness Top 50 dealer award Times certainly have changed since Crosby Forrest  founded what is now Dixie RV Superstore in Newport News, Va., 50 years ago. Initially selling truck covers in Newport News, Forrest went to the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show, then in Harrisburg, and bought a Silver Eagle travel trailer and a TeePee popup. ”That’s what got us started,” recalled Forrest, now semi-retired at 74 upon the East Coast dealership’s golden anniversary. ”We... Read more

ORVA Applauds Lemon Law Defeat at Convention

July 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

RVDA President Phil Ingrassia addresses ORVA convention attendees Members of the Oklahoma Recreational Vehicle Association (ORVA) endorsed state Sen. Dan Newberry during the organization’s annual convention June 26-28 at the Osage Casino Hotel in Skiatook. Republican Newberry, who helped the association kill a Lemon Law in the mostly recently adjourned state Legislature, was renominated the next day for the fall election. ”We had to work on killing the bill for the entire first part of... Read more

Bobby Combs RV Will Enter Idaho Market in July

June 24, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

San Diego-based towable dealer Bobby Combs RV Centers in early July will open its third dealership in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. ”We’re excited about moving into this very strong market in the Northwest,” Jeff Zemp, general manager at the new location, told ”Bobby Combs was looking to expand and this site became available.” The new dealership will have a 2,100-square-foot parts, sales and service center with six bays on 2 1/2 acres of asphalt adjacent... Read more

Hall Plan Sees Rally Park, Larger Event Center

June 4, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

While the RV/MH Heritage Foundation Inc. announced preliminary plans on Friday (June 3) for a 60,000-square-foot event center and 300-site rally park on the RV/MH Hall of Fame’s grounds on the northeast side of Elkhart, Ind., there’s actually more to the story because “The Hall” is also looking to add an indoor manufactured housing display and another 10,000 square feet of office space. And plans, for which the Elkhart County Redevelopment Commission (RDC) on Thursday recommended the Elkhart... Read more

$50K Hall of Fame Expansion Study Considered

June 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV/MH Heritage Foundation Inc. confirmed today (June 3) that plans are in the works to build a 60,000-square-foot event center and 300-site rally park on the RV/MH Hall of Fame’s grounds on the northeast side of Elkhart, Ind. ”We’re in the process — and I’ve discussed it with my board of directors — to start planning,”  Darryl Searer, president of the RV/MH Hall of Fame, told ”It’s in the initial phase.” Searer said... Read more

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