Record Crowd Expected for Caravan Salon Show

August 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Last year’s Caravan Salon drew record attendance Billed as the world’s largest RV show and coming off record crowds last year, Caravan Salon Düsseldorf kicks off a nine-day run for the general public Saturday (Aug. 29) at the Dusseldorf (Germany) Fairgrounds (Messe Düsseldorf). Nearly 600 exhibitors will display some 130 brands of motorized and towable RVs throughout 2 million square feet of display space. The public portion of the show will be proceeded Friday by a one-day trade-only... Read more

RV/MH Hall’s Family Fest Draws 1,000 Attendees

August 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Family Fest Attendees check out early 1960s Shasta Airflyte at vintage car show Some 1,000 people Saturday (Aug. 22) attended the RV/MH Hall of Fame ”Family Fest” that featured the Kelly Miller Circus, vintage RV and custom car shows along with music from the band Southern Straightaway. ”The event did exactly what we wanted it to do,” said Jeff White, Hall vice president and director of operations. ”A lot of people who live in the Elkhart area haven’t been to the... Read more

OEM Model Release Prime Topic at TRVA Meeting

August 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The timing of RV manufacturers’ model release dates was a prime topic during the Texas Recreational Vehicle Association’s (TRVA) annual meeting Aug. 15-17 at the La Cantera Hill Country Resort in San Antonio. During a 2 1/2-hour dealers-only meeting, frustration was expressed – as it has been for years by recreational vehicle dealers to no avail – that models for the following year sometimes debut as early as March in the previous year. ”Dealers feel that something needs to... Read more

Walworth: Shipment Report No Cause for Alarm

June 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Tom Walworth Although overall U.S. wholesale RV shipments of 168,884 units were up 6% year-to-date through May, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) latest shipment report released Thursday (June 25) indicated that total shipments in May slipped 5.8% versus the same month in 2014. That, of course, was a wake-up call for a resurgent industry so accustomed to consecutive monthly shipment gains. But don’t jump to conclusions regarding that latest report, cautions Tom Walworth,... Read more

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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