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EverGreen’s Bay Hill Targets High-End Market

December 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC has entered the high-end fifth-wheel segment with the introduction of the Bay Hill series, offering six floorplans with as many as five slideouts. ”We are looking for first-time at fifth-wheel buyers who want a little higher-end coach,” said Dymon Farrer, Bay Hill production manager for the Shipshewana, Ind.-based manufacturer. Indeed, Bay Hill has little touches that aren’t usually seen in fifth-wheels that retail in the $58,000 range,... Read more

New Ownership Revamps Great West ‘Legend’

December 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Legend EX from Great West Vans New Great West Vans owner David DeBraga recently relocated from St. Andrews, Manitoba, to nearby Winnipeg after he bought the company in April from Martin H. Guertz, who was retiring. It was a natural move because DeBraga owned another company that built running boards, doors and other fiberglass components for the transportation industry. ”Great West was one of our customers,” DeBraga said, sitting inside an elegant redesigned Legend SE Class B motorhome at the... Read more

Somerset Popup Lines Go into Full Production

December 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Columbia Northwest's Evolution off-road camper Columbia Northwest Inc./Aliner, Mt. Pleasant, Pa., has gone into full production with its traditional Somerset Grand Tour folding camping trailer and Evolution, the companion off-road version. ”Last year at the Louisville Show we were displaying prototypes,” said Alan Reeping, director of sales and marketing. Somerset Grand Tour, Evolution and luxury Highlander brands offer the most popular floorplans of the former Coleman camping trailers... Read more

Peterson’s Winslow Fiver Targets Older Buyer

December 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Peterson's new Winslow fifth-wheel With an eye toward the older buyer, Peterson Industries Inc., Smith Center, Kan., has added a 31-foot triple-slide fifth-wheel aimed at the full-time RVer to its Winslow by Excel lineup. ”They (typical buyers) are getting up in years and their competencies are dwindling a little bit,” said President Brian Tillett. ”They’ve already gone the 40-foot route and they don’t want to give up the lifestyle.” Boasting a thermal guarantee... Read more

Tiffin 33AA Offers Opposing ‘Flat-Floor’ Slides

December 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Tiffin Motorhomes Inc. for 2013 has added a 33-foot floorplan with opposing flat-floor slideouts from HWH Corp. to the Class A Allegro RED. Although this is the shortest of five RED (rear engine diesel) floorplans, ”the flat floor give us incredible width and the ability to do different configurations,” said Jerry Williamson, national sales manager for the Red Bay, Ala., motorized manufacturer. ”You could hold a wedding inside.” Tiffin has spiffed up the 2013 RED with... Read more

Livin’ Lite’s Axxess Shines at Louisville Show

December 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Eye catching is the best way to describe Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicle LLC’s new Axxess toy hauler travel trailer shown recently at the 50th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., that features mirror-like polished aluminum sidewalls. Available in 22- and 26-foot floorplans with a 20-footer on the drawing board, the all-aluminum Axxess’ chrome-look sidewalls are contrasted by black diamond plate on the aerodynamic front end and on the rear. ”It’s... Read more

Pleasure-Way Showcases Pursuit in Louisville

December 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

A runner-up for RVBusiness magazine’s ”Best of Show” during the recent Louisville Show, the new 22-foot Pursuit B-plus style Class C motorhome from Pleasure-way Industries Ltd., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is the company’s first offering outside the camper van market. ”This is a new venture,” said Vice President Dean Rumple. ”It’s a big thing for us.” Initially offered with two floorplans — one with a cabover entertainment center, the... Read more

Michigan ARVC Hires New Executive Director

November 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Lori Tews has been appointed executive director of the Michigan Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (MichARVC). ”She’s got quite a bit of membership background,” MichARVC President Tim Wilcox, owner of Gateway Park Campground, Hillsdale, told Woodall’s Campground Management. ”She was the top of five candidates we interviewed from 80-some applicants.” Tews, formerly with Morely Cos. Inc., and an executive assistant with the American Medical Association Foundation, was chosen... Read more

Fenechs and Clark Reveal Plan to RV Audience

November 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

This is an aerial view of the more than 400,000-square-foot factory complex near Middlebury, Ind., where Grand Design RV Co. has set up shop. The site formerly housed Four Seasons, a manufactured housing builder. Photo courtesy of FM Stone Commercial and the Economic Development Corp. of Elkhart County. More than 350 people turned out Wednesday morning (Nov. 28) to hear details about Grand Design RV Co., a new RV manufacturer formed by a trio of former Thor Industries Inc. executives that will enter... Read more

Paul Eskritt to Oversee Forest River Ore. Plant

November 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Paul Eskritt Former Fleetwood Entrprises Inc. executive Paul Eskritt has been named general manager of Forest River Inc.’s towable production facility in Dallas, Ore. ”We are doing a little bit of reorganization,” said Eskritt, 52. Eskritt succeeds Gary Denton, who now heads up sales of Forest River’s Wildcat Maxx travel trailers and fifth-wheels in the Southwest region of the country. ”Gary’s really good on the sales side, so it makes a lot of sense,” Eskritt... Read more

Colonial Airstream Weathers Storms, Outages

November 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Business has returned to something like normal at Colonial Airstream in Lakewood, N.J., the largest Airstream dealer in the nation, two weeks after Hurricane Sandy devastated the state’s coastline. ”We had no flooding at all,” said John Lenzo, Colonial co-owner along with his brother, Jim. ”All we had was rain, and not a lot of that. ”The flood damage came from the surge that wiped out the Jersey Shore. We were open, but there was nothing working. Streets were... Read more

Missouri RVDA Confab Spotlights RV Tax Issue

November 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

A report on association efforts to overturn a Missouri Supreme Court decision excusing state residents from paying a local sales tax on RVs and automobiles purchased in other states led a turnout of 58 people representing 17 dealerships during the Missouri Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (Missouri RVDA) State Convention Oct. 21-23 at the Hilton Convention Center at Branson Landing in Branson. ”This was the most widespread turnout that we’ve had,” said Missouri RVDA President... Read more

N.J. Dealers Stay Open, Cope With Power Loss

October 31, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Several RV dealerships in New Jersey are open today (Oct. 31) after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Northeast. But life, of course, is far from normal. ”We don’t have power,” said Ed Guest, sales and service manager for Ocean View Trailer Sales. ”We are running off a couple of generators.” Nonetheless, Guest reported, Ocean View has seen a couple of customers. ”One guy came in and bought some antifreeze and there’s another guy looking around,” he said.... Read more

Startup Paradise Coast RV Looks for Investors

October 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Paradise Coast RV LLC, a new manufacturer in Benton Harbor, Mich., is looking for investors to ramp up production of its retro-style Silver Beach travel trailer. The company, founded in 2010, has produced a 14-foot all-aluminum prototype that was shown at the Elkhart County Open House in September and expects eventually to build 9-foot to 24-foot floorplans. ”We’ve been doing a lot of research and development for the last two years,” said President Ted Simpson, who has worked... Read more

Newell Stays in Step with Luxury Coach Market

October 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Newell customized luxury motorcoach Karl Blade, president of Newell Coach Corp., took a wait-and-see attitude in late August to an uptick in sales of the $1 million-plus motorcoaches his Miami, Okla., company builds. ”We hope it continues,” Blade said. ”But we are not going to increase production until we see some solid evidence that the market is improving. We endured a market that plateaued on us after we got out of the depths of the Great Recession and we are now back on a regular... Read more

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