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SSI’s Lemasters Recognized at ‘NATM Confab’

February 12, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

(L-R) Tom Walworth, Randy Lemasters and Jeff Jones Randy Lemasters, who announced his retirement after having developed the non-RV trailer program over the past 10 years for Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), Grand Rapids, Mich., received the ”Associate Member of the Year Award” this week from the National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM) which is holding its annual meeting in New Orleans. The award, according to SSI President Tom Walworth, cited Lemasters, 67, for ”being instrumental... Read more

New Dodgen Owners Look to Increase Sales

January 28, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Born Free Triumph Humboldt, Iowa-based Dodgen Industries Inc., the  family owned manufacturer of Born Free Class C motorhomes, has been sold to HBF Investments, Des Moines, Iowa. The company’s new president is Jeff Butler, former head of engineering for Forest River Inc. subsidiary Dynamax, who took over Tuesday (Jan. 27). The sale for an undisclosed amount closed Jan. 14. ”We were looking for an investor to take us to the next level and grow the business,” said Brandon Dodgen,... Read more

Startup Vanleigh RV Taps Fifth-Wheel Sector

January 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Leigh Tiffin, general manager of fledgling RV manufacturer Vanleigh RV Inc., Burnsville, Miss., expects to have his company’s yet-to-be-named fifth-wheel line available to dealers by early fall. ”I wouldn’t commit to the (Elkhart County RV Open House in September) right now but odds are in favor of us being there,” Tiffin said, adding that it’s pretty much a certainty that Vanleigh product will be available for the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., the first... Read more

Winnebago Reports Steady Traffic At Louisville

December 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Dealers examine product at Winnebago’s Louisville exhibit While The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) recent National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., didn’t set any attendance records, Scott Degnan, Winnebago Industries Inc. vice president of sales and product management, says the Forest City, Iowa, manufacturer was pleased with the show’s traffic and outcome. ”We had a very good show,” Degnan said. ”I’ve seen a lot of good ones and... Read more

TV Show on RV Buying Experience in the Works

December 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

A Knoxville, Tenn., TV production company has issued a casting call in search of RVers – or potential RVers – who are in the process of purchasing a new RV for a program about their buying experience. The 12-episode, half-hour series is expected to be telecast next summer on an as yet unnamed major cable network. About 20,000 RVers were notified of the casting call by Rivr Media via an electronic newsletter published by the RV lifestyle marketing firm  Southeast Publications, Plantation, Fla.,... Read more

RVIA’s California Show Posts Attendance Growth

October 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Steve Hauser and Pablo Camona look on as Tom Gaither affixes the RVIA seal to the Genesis travel trailer built at the California RV Show. (Photo courtesy of RVIA) Following a strong first weekend, the 10-day 62nd California RV Show that ended Sunday (Oct. 19) set a post-recession record of 33,269 visitors, up 15.1% over last year. “This show is turning the corner,” said Tom Gaither, western RV show director for the sponsoring Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). “The... Read more

Pomona Show’s Traffic Up 8% on First Weekend

October 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Attendees check out product and events at the Pomona Show Amid a recovering Golden State economy, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) 62nd Annual California RV Show at the Fairplex in Pomona saw an 8% increase in attendance during its first weekend. ”The economy in California is starting to see the improvement that other states already have seen,” said Tom Gaither, RVIA’s western show director. ”We got hit pretty hard out here during the Great Recession.... Read more

Cruise Inn Campground Network Set to Roll Out

November 1, 2013 by · 4 Comments 

Cruise Inn A group led primarily by hospitality industry veterans is establishing the Cruise Inn campground network, a membership organization the goal of which is to sign up 120 campgrounds within the next three years in an effort to become ”the largest brand in the outdoor facility space.” ”We are being very conservative,” said Scott Anderson, president and CEO of Cruise Inn RV Parks LLC. ”If we do all the things we expect to do, we think we will grow faster than that. Where the outdoor... Read more

Martinez Pens Book on Overseeing a Dealership

August 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Marco A. Martinez with his new book All things considered, it’s not that often that an individual who works in the daily trenches of an RV dealership becomes a published author. But Marco A. Martinez, you will find, is not a regular guy by any stretch of the imagination. Martinez currently lives a double life as a business consultant to RV and marine dealerships and as founder and owner of Florida dealership RVCR of Ocala Inc. that specializes in used and consignment RV sales, and extensive service... Read more

RVIA Adds PR Firm to Promote RVs with Media

June 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

RVIA PR Chairman B.J. Thompson Members of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) Public Relations Committee were informed of the hiring of another consultant to promote the RV industry among national trade publications during RVIA Committee Week June 2-6 at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington D.C. James A. Boyle of Boyle Public Affairs, McClean, Va., has joined Diane McNamara of Fire it Up, PR, Boston, under contract to generate publicity for the RV industry. McNamara has already... Read more

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