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‘Big One’ Toronto RV Show Eyeing Big Turnout

February 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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 · Leave a Comment 

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

Dealers, Suppliers Set for CalRVDA Conference

February 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

More than 70 people representing 14 RV dealers and an assortment of suppliers have signed up for the California Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (CalRVDA) 2017 Conference Tuesday (Feb. 21) through Thursday at Agua Caliente Resort in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Highlights will include a workshop on California’s Lemon Law led by attorneys David Ruben and Tom Murphy along with an overview of the RV market and the recently formed Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable by national RVDA president... Read more

Gulf Stream Sees Rapid Dealer Network Growth

February 3, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Gulf Stream Vintage Cruiser Spurred by the popularity of the retro Vintage Cruiser and Ameri-Lite travel trailer brands, Gulf Stream Coach Inc. increased its dealership base by 175 outlets in 2016 for a total of more than 400 retailers, according to officials for the Nappanee, Ind., firm. Family-owned Gulf Stream, founded in 1983 by the late James Shea Sr., builds travel trailers, fifth-wheels and Class B and C motorhomes. “We feel we give dealers something special, like the Vintage, which... Read more

Meyer Distributing Eyeing 2nd Virtual RV Show

January 13, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Longtime automotive distributor Meyer Distributing will stage its second virtual wholesale recreational vehicle show beginning next Friday (Jan. 20) and running through Feb. 3. Jasper, Ind.-based Meyer, which entered the RV segment in 2015, will make products of more than 200 vendors available to dealers during the eMeyer Mega Show through www.online.meyerdistributing.com. Dealers must sign up on the website by Thursday (Jan. 19) to participate. Orders can be made Monday through Friday between 8... Read more

Vanleigh Intros 6-Slide Vilano; Builds 500th Unit

December 23, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

Vanleigh 375 FL Vilano fifth-wheel Vanleigh RV will go into full production in January with its third floorplan, a six-slide Vilano luxury fifth-wheel after building its 500th unit earlier this month. ”We started a year and a half ago from absolutely nothing,” said Joe Lazzarino, national sales manager for the Tiffin Motor Home Inc. subsidiary based in Burnsville, Miss. ”It’s a pretty big milestone for us.” The 40-foot Vilano 375 FL, which was shown to dealers in September... Read more

T4T’s Curry Hoping to Grow Free Trailer Program

December 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Tents for Troops (T4T), an eight-year-old nonprofit organization that provides free sites at more than 300 campgrounds for active-duty military and members of the National Guard and military reserve, intends to expand the program with free towable RVs. “I have just about enough money to buy one and outfit it with dishes, camp chairs and things like that,” said Charlie Curry, founder of the Castle Rock, Wash., organization based out of Toutle River RV Resort, where he is general manager. “We... Read more

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 RVBUSINESS.com 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

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