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RV Care Hosts Second Dealer Meeting in Toronto

April 5, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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

March 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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 · Leave a Comment 

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

March 3, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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 · 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

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