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 · Comments Off on Perfect Weather Fuels Crowd at FMCA Reunion 

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 · Comments Off on Dealer Schaeffer Still on the Job After 60 Years 

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 · Comments Off on FMCA Reunion Returning to Fairplex in Pomona 

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 · Comments Off on SSI’s Lemasters Recognized at ‘NATM Confab’ 

(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 · Comments Off on New Dodgen Owners Look to Increase Sales 

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 · Comments Off on Winnebago Reports Steady Traffic At Louisville 

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 · Comments Off on TV Show on RV Buying Experience in the Works 

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 · Comments Off on RVIA’s California Show Posts Attendance Growth 

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 · Comments Off on Pomona Show’s Traffic Up 8% on First Weekend 

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 · Comments Off on Martinez Pens Book on Overseeing a Dealership 

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 · Comments Off on RVIA Adds PR Firm to Promote RVs with Media 

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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