‘Retired’ Al Hesselbart Still Promoting RV Industry

March 30, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Al Hasselbart accepts the 2017 RV/MH Spirit Award Like his own 1978 Newell diesel pusher, Al Hesselbart keeps pushing on. The former historian for the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart, Ind., Hesselbart is ”retired” in the most generous meaning of the word as he continues to present seminars and promote his two books on the RV industry’s history. ”I retired from the museum, but haven’t been able to retire from everything,” said Hesselbart, 75. ”FMCA... Read more

FMCA Rebranding as Towable Owners Join Group

February 5, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

FMCA was signing up new members at Tampa show booth (Photo by Shawn Spence) The Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) iconic monthly magazine — Family Motor Coaching — will have a new name and page design when the May issue hits the stands. And the association itself will take a new approach by emphasizing its traditional ”FMCA” acronym instead of the full name of the Cincinnati-based membership club. Both the magazine makeover — the new name is Family RVing... Read more

FRVTA Expects Record Crowds for Tampa Show

November 22, 2017 by · Comments Off on FRVTA Expects Record Crowds for Tampa Show 

The Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) is again looking for record crowds at the 33rd Annual Florida RV SuperShow Jan. 17-21 at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. Last year’s attendance of 70,528 topped the previous year by more than 7,500. ”What we are hearing and from what they did at the Hershey Show and at several of our fall shows in Florida, we are anticipating huge crowds this year,” Dave Kelly, marketing director for FRVTA, told There’s... Read more

RVillage CEO Touts Website as ‘RVers Facebook’

November 21, 2017 by · Comments Off on RVillage CEO Touts Website as ‘RVers Facebook’ 

RVillage CEO Curtis Coleman at RV/MH Hall of Fame RVillage, an online social network whose founder describes as the “Facebook for RVers,” has accumulated some 82,000 members and garners 60,000 to 100,000 page views a day since its launch 3 1/2 years ago. ”We are not a ‘club,’ we are a social network,” said Curtis Coleman, founder and CEO of Tempe, Ariz.-based RV Friend Network LLC, which runs the multifaceted RVillage platform. Through the site, RVers can be connected with... Read more

RVIA’s Lenders Survey Confirms Industry’s Health

October 9, 2017 by · Comments Off on RVIA’s Lenders Survey Confirms Industry’s Health 

Larger financial institutions involved in the RV industry made floorplan loans totaling more than $10.8 billion in 2016 with financed wholesale RV stock averaging $34,575 per unit. That and a plethora of other information concerning wholesale and indirect retail financing is contained in the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) annual Survey of Lenders’ Experiences. The survey is designed to show lending institutions that the RV industry is a profitable and safe place... Read more

Publisher: Truck Campers ‘Getting No Respect’

August 17, 2017 by · 2 Comments 

OnlineTruck Camper magazine Publisher Gordon White thinks slidein truck campers don’t get much respect from the Go RVing Coalition, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), the Michigan-based repository for RV retail registrations. He said as much recently in his weekly publication. ”I’m just trying to give truck campers a fair shake,” said White, who has operated the Truck Camper website for 10 years. ”This is deeply hurting... Read more

Canada RV Sales Rebound as Economy Improves

July 24, 2017 by · Comments Off on Canada RV Sales Rebound as Economy Improves 

Eleonore Hamm Canadian RV sales — towable and motorized — are making a strong recovery this year after two years in the doldrums. ”It’s great,” said Eleonore Hamm, president of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada. ”We had a bad 2015 and 2016. Economically, people are feeling better, and people who have delayed their decisions to buy an RV are no longer delaying.” Through May, Class A and Class C motorhome sales have increased 46.7%,... Read more

Total Solar Eclipse is Becoming Major RV Event

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Hopkinsville, Ky., prepares for solar eclipse crowd (Photo by Tab Brockman) Communities from Oregon to South Carolina are preparing for an influx of visitors Aug. 21 — many of them pulling or driving RVs — to experience the first total solar eclipse to sweep across the U.S. in nearly 100 years. Some 12.2 million people in 14 states will be in the path of totality after the eclipse reaches the Continental United States between Portland and Salem, Ore., at 7:16 a.m. EDT, and concludes... Read more

Canada Organizations Promote RV, Camping Week

April 26, 2017 by · Comments Off on Canada Organizations Promote RV, Camping Week 

Three Canadian organizations associated with camping and the RV industry are coordinating the 2nd Annual Canada RV and Camping Week that will begin May 23 following the country’s Victoria Day long holiday. The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada, the Canadian Camping and RV Council (CCRVC) and Go RVing Canada are looking to increase campground attendance and drive more customers into Canadian RV dealerships. With a goal of raising $20,000, campgrounds and RV dealerships... Read more

RV Care Hosts Second Dealer Meeting in Toronto

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About 120 dealer and supplier personnel attended Canada-based RV Care Network’s 2nd Annual Dealer Meeting April 3-4 at the Westin Hotel in Toronto. ”The main topic of discussion was the future direction with our programs and initiatives,” said Earl Manning, vice president and CEO of the 53-dealer organization headquartered in Langley, British Columbia. ”We want to strengthen our dealer’s operations and competitive positions in the local markets and build our RV Care... Read more

Ketelsen RV Opens Second Dealership in Iowa

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Ketelsen RV in Hiawatha, Iowa, a suburb of Cedar Rapids, has opened a new 14,000-square-foot dealership in the central Iowa community of De Soto, just west of Des Moines. “We felt as though we had a lot of customers from the central part of the state where we could build a dealership where we could have a quicker turn around with parts and service,” said Vice President Jeremy Ketelsen. The new facility opened in January and a grand opening was held last weekend (March 25-26). The store sits... Read more

‘Tulsa RV’ Opens Second Full-Service Dealership

March 29, 2017 by · Comments Off on ‘Tulsa RV’ Opens Second Full-Service Dealership 

Tulsa RV opened its second full-service dealership Tulsa RV, a consignment dealer founded on the brink of the Great Recession, opened its second full-service dealership Monday (March 27) on the east side of Tulsa, Okla. ”We closed the deal on Thursday (March 23) and opened Monday,” said Craig Goldrich, owner of both stores who also continues to run the consignment lot. The new open-air lot on 4.4 acres along Interstate 44 will carry Forest River Inc. towable and Thor Motor Coach motorized... Read more

‘Beachin’ RVs’ Airing Sunday on Travel Channel

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The Travel Channel Sunday (March 5) will air two pilot episodes of ”Beachin’ RVs,” a half-hour program that focuses on restoring vintage travel trailers for people who want to spend their free time on water. The episodes will be televised at 11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Sunday, and be repeated several times after that. Restorations were completed by Flyte Camp, a Bend, Ore., company operated by Ann and Justin Scribner. The couple over the last two years produced 26 episodes of ”Flippin’... Read more

‘Big One’ Toronto RV Show Eyeing Big Turnout

February 24, 2017 by · Comments Off on ‘Big One’ Toronto RV Show Eyeing Big Turnout 

The Canadian Recreation Vehicle Association (CRVA) is looking for ”The Big One,” next week’s Toronto Spring Camping & RV Show & Sale in Mississauga, Ontario, to top last year’s attendance of more than 22,000 people. ”The momentum is there,” said Shannon O’Callaghan, CRVA show director. ”We are anticipating bringing in new younger campers as well as those looking to upgrade.” Billed as Canada’s largest RV show, about 30 dealers showing... Read more

Hymer: An Emerging Factor in B-Van Market

February 22, 2017 by · Comments Off on Hymer: An Emerging Factor in B-Van Market 

Hymer Aktiv interior Less than a year after acquiring Canadian Class B motorhome builder Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc. and announcing its intentions to expand into the North American RV market, Erwin Hymer Group North America Inc. (EHGNA) is making its presence felt in the U.S. and Canadian B-van arena with an array of new Roadtrek and Hymer-branded lines. In fact, EHGNA was the top Class B motorhome retailer in the last quarter of 2016, reports Mike Snell, vice president of sales and service for the... Read more

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