Hopkins Promoting Unified Standards to Chinese

June 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Bruce Hopkins Bruce Hopkins’ passport is filling up as he is shepherding several countries through the intricacies of establishing international standards compatible to those of the  Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA). As vice president of standards for the Reston, Va.-based trade organization, Hopkins has been to China eight times trying to educate the Chinese government as the country of 1.4 billion people deals with what has developed into a fledgling RV industry. ”We’ve... Read more

‘Flippin’ RVs’ TV Show is Restoring HOF Trailers

June 23, 2015 by · 2 Comments 

”Flippin’ RVs” hosts Justin and Anna Scribner and RV/MH Hall of Fame Chairman and President Darryl Searer stand in front of Mae West’s 1931 House Car on display at the museum, which features 54 vintage motorized and towable RVs Two vintage travel trailers purchased from the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart, Ind., will be the focus this fall of an hour-long episode of ”Flippin’ RVs” on the Great American Country (GAC) cable channel. The Hall had the units in a... Read more

Country Coach Friends Maintain Brand’s Legacy

June 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Country Club Friends Inc. held one of its first rallies in 2011 at River Bend RV Resort in Harrisburg, Ore. Although Country Coach Inc. stopped building high-end diesel pusher motorhomes in 2009, the brand lives on thanks to 11 chapters of the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA). Included is Country Coach Friends Inc. (CCFI), a 300-plus-member nonprofit that was created shortly after the Junction City-Ore.-based company — founded by RV-industry entrepreneur Bob Lee — went out of business. “There’s... Read more

Fleetwood RV Unveils ’16 Bounder to Rallygoers

June 4, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

2016 Bounder motorhome Fleetwood RV will have the first national showing starting today (June 4) through the weekend of the redesigned gas-powered 2016 Bounder motorhome during the company’s national rally at its factory in Decatur, Ind. The owners of some 400 Fleetwood motorhomes are expected to attend and see a full array of Fleetwood and American Coach motorhomes. ”This is the first time we’ve had our national rally in Decatur,” Steve Hileman, director of product and marketing,... Read more

Lazydays Kicks Off Tampa Bay Buc Sponsorship

June 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Seffner, Fla.-based Lazydays RV kicked off its sponsorship of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL football team over the weekend with an RV show at Raymond James Stadium where the Bucs play their home games. (To view a slideshow from the event scroll to the right side of the home page). ”It went real well,” said Lazydays General Manager Ron Fleming. ”The best thing is we had a lot of first-time RVers looking. The way we promoted it really brought out great crowds Friday... Read more

Demand Fuels Workhorse Return to RV Sector

May 21, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

Workhorse Group Inc. expects to be producing Class A gas motorhome chassis at its Union City, Ind., factory by the end of the year and building ”thousands” by the end of next year. ”We are producing pilots right now and will be in full production in 2016,” Workhorse COO Caimin Flannery told Assets of Workhorse, whose lineage traces back to Chevrolet, were acquired in 2013 from Navistar International Corp. by AMP Trucks Inc., a manufacturer of electric-powered... Read more

FMCA Chapters Celebrating 50th Anniversaries

May 15, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

Members of the Michigan Knights of the Highways, Midwest (Ohio) Coachmen and Northeastern (N.Y.) chapters of the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) are gathered this weekend at the Fulton County Fairgrounds in Wauseon, Ohio, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their founding. Here members serve a potluck dinner Thursday (May 14) night. Although FMCA was started in 1963, chapters weren’t formed until 1965. Some 78 coaches — most from Michigan and Ohio along with assorted FMCA executives... Read more

Perfect Weather Fuels Crowd at FMCA Reunion

March 31, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

With what was described as perfect weather, 1,135 coaches owners booked into the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) 91st Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase that ended Sunday (March 29) at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif. ”It was a little smaller than normal in numbers, but the enthusiasm was higher,” said Jerry Yeatts, executive director of the Cincinnati-based motorcoach owners association. The 480-acre Fairplex, home of the Los Angeles County Fair, is considered one of the... Read more

Dealer Schaeffer Still on the Job After 60 Years

March 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Tom Schaeffer Sixty years after buying a service station that became Tom Schaeffer’s Camping and Travel Center Inc. in Shoemakersville, Pa., the venerable dealership’s namesake and founder hasn’t slowed down much. ”I’m here six days a week,” said Tom Schaefer, 83, president of the Reading-area dealership he launched on April 15, 1955, after returning from a stint in the U.S. Army in Korea. ”I bought a service station and on the lot there were several Nationwide... Read more

FMCA Reunion Returning to Fairplex in Pomona

March 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Returning to the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif., for the first time since 2008, the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) expects about 1,000 RV owners to attend its 91st Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase that begins Thursday (March 26) and runs through Sunday. ”It’s really shaping up to be a nice event,” said FMCA Executive Director Jerry Yeatts. ”We have all the major manufacturers represented, and Pleasure-Way returned to us for the first time in seven years. That’s a signal that the... Read more

Jack Sisemore Museum Adds Veteran’s Display

March 16, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

Replica of a 1940s Chevron gas station Jack Sisemore Traveland in Amarillo, Texas, is expanding its popular RV and motorcycle museum to include a veteran’s memorial. ”It probably will be a permanent display,” said Trent Sisemore, co-owner of the dealership along with his father, Jack. ”It will include a 1941 Westcraft – a highline travel trailer with a ‘trolley top.’ The gentleman who lived in it built bombers during World War II. ”We are going to ask veterans... Read more

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 · 1 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

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