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Travel Lite’s Falcon Revamp a Hit At ‘Open House’

October 10, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

F-Lite Falcon trailer exterior in graphite (Photo by Shawn Spence) For Travel Lite RV President Dustin Johns, the 2017 Elkhart RV Open House proved a validation of sorts for concepts the New Paris, Ind.-based towable and truck camper manufacturer has championed of late — especially the company’s wedge-shaped Falcon travel trailer debuted a year ago. At Open House, Travel Lite unveiled a number of upgrades to its lines and introduced a new F-Lite variant of the Falcon that, Johns said, was received... Read more

Boring-Smith’s 3rd Trade Show Packs Event Center

October 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Boring-Smith personnel working Thursday’s trade show Boring-Smith, a Belmont, N.C.-based distributor of MROP (maintenance, repair, operations and production) supplies to the RV industry, staged its third annual trade show Thursday (Oct. 5) at the Northern Indiana Event Center in Elkhart, Ind. Upwards of 500 attendees associated with RV purchasing, maintenance, production and repair were expected for the intensive five-hour event that featured 69 vendors. (To view a slideshow of the event scroll... Read more

REV Showcases Its New Elkhart Class C Plant

March 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

REV workers at company’s new Class C production facility Decatur, Ind.-based motorhome builder REV Recreation Group hosted an open house Saturday (March 4) for its newest facility, a 160,000-square-foot manufacturing complex on the northeast side of Elkhart, Ind., dedicated exclusively to Class C coach production. The all-motorized RV manufacturer, following a brief pause in Class C production last year, had unveiled a redesigned upscale C-body lineup at last September’s Elkhart RV Open House. “We... Read more

Fore & Matt Miller Honor Indiana in ‘Torch Relay’

October 4, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Dicor’s Gregg Fore takes possession of the relay torch Longtime RV industry executives Gregg Fore, president of Elkhart, Ind.-based Dicor Corp., and Newmar Corp. President Matt Miller participated Tuesday (Oct. 4) in the Bicentennial Torch Relay winding its way through Indiana as the Hoosier State continues to celebrate its 200th anniversary of attaining statehood. Indiana was admitted into the Union on Dec. 11, 1816. The torch relay began Sept. 9 in Corydon, Indiana’s first capital, and... Read more

Open House ‘Menu’ is About More Than New RVs

September 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Forest River packed the house at last year’s Open House during its evening entertainment By now, the lobster tails served up under the Thor Industries Inc. tent and the fist-sized filet mignon usually on the dinner menu at least one night at Forest River Inc.’s Dynamax facility have become the stuff of Open House legend. Suffice to say that both companies will again be pulling out all the stops with food and drink at their respective venues. Increasingly, however, they are being joined... Read more

Elkhart RV Open House is ‘Getting Bigger’ in 2016

September 8, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Thor’s expansive display at the Hall of Fame was filled last year The RV industry’s biggest “block party” — the Elkhart RV Open House — just got bigger. Not so much in size, mind you. While there have always been a few outlier displays in nearby cities like Middlebury and Bristol, the annual September trade show has, for the most part, traditionally taken over a large swath of Elkhart’s northeast side. And, true to form, the ninth annual affair will again occupy a lengthy stretch... Read more

SUPPLIER FOCUS: Truma Makes Inroads in U.S.

April 6, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Gerhard Hundsberger (left), president and CEO of Elkhart, Ind.-based Truma Corp., with Elden Wood, vice president of sales and marketing When a company owns the considerable market share that Germany-based Truma GmbH & Co. KG enjoys in Europe — “In the area of heaters, water heaters and furnaces, our market share is close to 90%,” noted Gerhard “Gary” Hundsberger, president and CEO of Elkhart, Ind.-based Truma Corp. — it can be difficult to show the patience required when breaking... Read more

Little Guy Cirrus is ‘ROTV’ Truck Camper of Year

January 7, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Little Guy Worldwide, the Massillon, Ohio-based RV manufacturer best known for its lineup of small teardrop-style travel trailers – including the popular T@B brand – attracted considerable interest from camping enthusiasts when the company introduced its first truck camper, the Cirrus, in 2015. Now, it’s attracted the attention of the media as well. Cirrus, Little Guy’s innovative and high-tech unit, has been named “Rollin’ On TV’s 2016 Truck Camper of the Year.” “In selecting... Read more

Hymer to Exhibit Grand Canyon ‘B’ at Open House

September 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The Grand Canyon is built at Spartan Motors, in Charlotte, Mich., and features a Ram ProMaster chassis, a derivative of the Fiat Ducato that Hymer utilizes in Europe. The Elkhart RV Open House, already one of the two top RV trade venues in the country, gets an international flavor this year as the Erwin Hymer Group— Europe’s leading motorhome and caravan manufacturer — steps up for the first time with a display on County Road 6 to introduce U.S. retailers to its Grand Canyon Class B van conversion. “We’ve... Read more

Distributor MITO is Hosting Elkhart ‘Showcase’

April 2, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

MITO Corp. executives (L-R) Mike Stock, Marvin Metzler and Brent Lehman, vice president, OEM sales MITO Corp., a longtime Elkhart, Ind.-based parts and accessories distributor to the RV industry, is staging its first-ever “Product Showcase” this week (March 31-April 2) at the Matterhorn Conference Center in Elkhart. The invitation-only event is intended to highlight a number of new and evolving products to its manufacturing clients, according to Chairman Michael Stock. “We’re showing our... Read more

RV Leaders Donate Coach to ARK Project Now

April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Thor Industries’ Bob Martin hands the keys to a new TMC A.C.E. motorhome to ARK Project Now founder Alex Radelich while partners in the motorhome donation look on, including (L-R) Dicor Corp.’s Gregg Fore, Atwood’s Tim Stephens, TMC’s Jeff Kime, Radelich, Martin and LCI’s Jason Lippert. Executives from a number of RV industry companies met Wednesday morning (April 1) at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., to present ARK Project Now with the keys to a new A.C.E. motorhome from Thor... Read more

Genesis, Greenlam Toast Partnership in Elkhart

March 18, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Genesis Products President & CEO Jon Wenger (left) and Heather Jenks, vice president of RV sales (right) with Greenlam America Inc. COO Victor Sharma Genesis Products, an Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier of laminated panels and interior components to the RV industry, hosted an Open House Tuesday evening (March 17) at the 523 Tap & Grille in downtown Elkhart to officially announce its partnership with Greenlam America Inc. The informal event also provided the first opportunity for many in the... Read more

Trivantage Touts Sunbrella at its HOF Reception

December 12, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Margie Dykstra, an independent design consultant who works with Forest River, discusses Trivantage’s new Sunbrella fabrics with (L-R) Michael Peterson, sales and product manager for Forest River Diesel Division, Ron Paratore, vice president of sales for Trivantage, and Bret Kelley vice president of commercial operations for Trivantage. (Photo by Mark Shephard) Following on the heels of a successful debut of its new Sunbrella fabric at the National RV Trade Show Dec. 2-4 in Louisville, Ky., Trivantage... Read more

Skyline Touts Renewed RV Focus to Dealers

July 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Don Emahiser, president of Skyline RV Group (left) with Brad Whitehead, director of sales and marketing Pledging to eliminate what its executives termed “commodity-driven RV sales,” Skyline RV Group staged its first dealer meeting since before to the Great Recession for a group of about 80 retailers June 3-5 at the sprawling Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Ill., in the west Chicago suburbs. Skyline’s informal get-together — more akin to a product launch and private sale than a structured... Read more

RVB Unveils Complete List of 2014 ‘Top Debuts’

December 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Check out the upcoming issue of RVBusiness magazine for a complete rundown of “RVB Top 2014 RV Debuts,” a list of 20 new recreational vehicles that caught our staff members’ eyes at this year’s trade and retail shows — from Hershey through Louisville — as being among the most polished, inventive and attractive new towable and motorized RVs on the market. “We pared down the list this time around to only 20 units on the premise that a more exclusive ‘Top Debut’ selection would... Read more

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