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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 RVBUSINESS.com. ”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 RVBUSINESS.com. ”It’s in the initial phase.” Searer said... Read more

General Coach Reinvents High-End Park Model

June 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Family-owned General Coach Canada, Hensall, Ontario, has dramatically rewritten the playbook on park model RVs with its luxury Black Diamond Edition, a new line that President Roger Faulkner considers the ”most expensive park model in North America.” Introduced in 2015, the Black Diamond Edition features eight 540-square-foot floorplans, with six different exterior designs and butterfly, ski-slope and multilevel roofs. The most expensive floorplan — featuring an expansive rooftop... Read more

RVSEF Holds 4th RV Safety Conference in Ky.

May 27, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

About 70 RV owners and prospective buyers earlier this month got five-days’ worth of nuts-and-bolts instruction on RV safety and how to take care of minor problems in their units during the Recreation Vehicle Safety and Education Foundation’s (RVSEF) 4th conference. ”All the attendees said the same thing about how much they learned and what they took away from the conference,” said nonprofit RVSEF Executive Director Walter Cannon. ”We talked about every system in an... Read more

Advanced RV Hosts Owners Rally At Ohio HQ

May 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Custom Class B motorhome manufacturer Advanced-RV LLC held its 3rd Annual Advanced RV Fest and Open House May 13-15 at its Willoughby, Ohio, headquarters, drawing about 130 people. ”We had 20 people camped here,” Advanced-RV President Mike Neundorfer told RVBUSINESS.com. ”We like bringing people together. We are based on ideas and they tell us what we should be doing from a business standpoint and from a design standpoint.” Mercedes-Benz, manufacturer of the Sprinter 3500... Read more

RV Inspection Firm Heightening Tech Training

May 16, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

While most RV training is done in dealerships to educate technicians, a two-year old Arkansas company, in conjunction with Workamper News, is training inspectors to certify used RVs for private buyers and dealerships. ”Look at our program as a home inspection before a house is sold, just for RVs,” said Stephanie Henson, director of administration for RV Inspection Connection (RVIC), a company that lines up prospective RV buyers who want their units checked before purchase. ”Most... Read more

Opus Popup Camper Looks to Expand in U.S.

May 5, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Opus popup camper Purple Line LLC, a California popup manufacturer with roots in England, is looking to establish a dealer network to retail its unique Opus foldout. (A video appears below story). ”We are just finding our first dealers now,” said Purple Line founder and Managing Partner Paul Liner. Purple Line debuted the Opus, already available in Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, South Africa and Europe, in 2014 to the U.S. market and is converting to a dealer-based system after... Read more

GAC’s ‘Going RV’ Set to Premiere Wednesday

May 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Great American Country (GAC) cable channel Wednesday (May 4) will debut the second season of ”Going RV,” an RIVR Media production that depicts a variety of RV consumers making a choice about which of three RVs they will purchase. The 22-episode series will air two half-hour segments back-to-back Wednesday and on May 11 and then at 9 p.m. (EDT) each Wednesday through September. Consumers being led through the purchase process at an RV dealership include a former professional football... Read more

Fretz RV Adapts, Grows during 70-Year History

April 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Steve Fretz Steve Fretz, president of third-generation, family-owned Fretz Enterprises Inc. – dba Fretz RV in the Philadelphia suburb of Souderton, Pa. – says adaptability is one of the keys to the company’s success over the last 70 years. Started by his grandfather, Wilmer Fretz, in 1946 as a hardware store and tack shop for horses, the company transitioned into RVs in 1967 under the leadership of Steve’s semiretired father, Carl Fretz. Today, Fretz RV is a full-line dealership that... Read more

Airstream Readies For ‘Nest’ Trailer Production

April 6, 2016 by · 3 Comments 

Airstream Inc. will begin production next year of the all-fiberglass Nest by Airstream travel trailer brand that it acquired March 21 from Bend, Ore.-based Nest Caravans. Production of the lightweight, diminutive trailer will be moved to Jackson Center, Ohio, where the Thor Industries Inc. subsidiary produces its iconic ”silver bullet” aluminum Airstream travel trailers. It’s a big step in terms of product design for tradition-clad Airstream. ”We’ve had our eye on the... Read more

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