Dicor, REM Present New Podium to RV/MH Hall

October 3, 2013 by · Comments Off on Dicor, REM Present New Podium to RV/MH Hall 

(L-R) Bob Miller, Jeff White, Darryl Searer, Tom DelVecchio and Gregg Fore with the new podium designed for the RV/MH Hall of Fame/Northern Indiana Event Center complex. During the RV Industry Power Breakfast, held May 9 at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., one of the event’s emcees, Dicor Corp. President Gregg Fore, noted wryly that the facility’s podium wasn’t exactly up to par with the rest of the gorgeous home of the RV/MH museum and the Northern Indiana Event Center. And, he tossed... Read more

Ind. Gov. Attends Drew Industries HQ Opening

October 2, 2013 by · Comments Off on Ind. Gov. Attends Drew Industries HQ Opening 

Ind. Gov. Mike Pence (left) with Drew Industries CEO Jason Lippert (right) and Jim McKee, president of the Goshen City Council. Calling it a “great company,” Indiana Gov. Mike Pence visited the new headquarters of Drew Industries Inc. today (Oct. 2) to help celebrate the relocation of the RV industry’s largest supplier to Elkhart County. Drew, parent company of Lippert Components Inc. and Kinro Inc., recently completed its previously announced plans to relocate its corporate headquarters... Read more

HR Coach Owners Rally at Elkhart Fairgrounds

May 7, 2013 by · Comments Off on HR Coach Owners Rally at Elkhart Fairgrounds 

Holiday Rambler owners enjoy the 2013 Maintenance Session Nearly 300 Holiday Rambler diesel pusher motorhomes from across the country converged on the Elkhart Country Fairgrounds in Goshen, Ind., this week for the 2013 Maintenance Session hosted by the Ramblin’ Pushers Chapter 419. “It’s not a rally, it’s a maintenance session — and there’s a big difference,” said Cris Bootle, the club’s maintenance session coordinator. “Rallies are more social, and although we do have a lot of... Read more

Spring Hall of Fame Show Sees Strong Traffic

April 29, 2013 by · Comments Off on Spring Hall of Fame Show Sees Strong Traffic 

By Sunday morning, Elkhart-based Total Value RV of Indiana reported five sales and “great traffic.” An early morning rain shower may have dampened the grounds Sunday (April 28) at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., but it apparently did little to stymie enthusiasm and turnout for the final day of the first-ever Spring Hall of Fame RV Show, hosted by the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association-Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council Inc. (IMHA-RVIC). “The show’s been going very well,”... Read more

Europe’s HYMER Set to Exhibit at Tampa Show

December 5, 2012 by · Comments Off on Europe’s HYMER Set to Exhibit at Tampa Show 

HYMER AG headquarters In what could amount to a game-changing development for the North American RV market, Europe’s largest RV builder, HYMER AG, plans to show several European-built coaches at the Florida RV Trade Association’s (FRVTA) 2013 Florida RV SuperShow, Jan. 15-20 in Tampa, as part of a long-range plan that could see the German conglomerate establishing a U.S. manufacturing base. HYMER’s first North American showing is slated to occur as the 2nd World RV Conference, hosted by the... Read more

Husky Puts on Editorial Program at R&D Facility

June 14, 2012 by · Comments Off on Husky Puts on Editorial Program at R&D Facility 

Magazine editors and writers from across the country were invited to Husky’s ‘Towing Tech ’12’ program at the company’s R&D facility in Elkhart, Ind. Husky Towing Products, a division of Morgan Hill, Calif.-based COAST Distribution System Inc., hosted its first editorial conference Wednesday (June 13), bringing together magazine editors and writers from around the country to the company’s expansive R & D Center in Elkhart, Ind., for an intensive one-day workshop with Husky executives... Read more

Carefree Unveils New Lines at Elkhart Facility

May 20, 2012 by · Comments Off on Carefree Unveils New Lines at Elkhart Facility 

Carefree's new Premium Room Carefree of Colorado executives paid a visit to the company’s Elkhart, Ind., facility last week (May 14-17) to give OEM customers a ‘first glimpse’ of some new products and a jump-start on integrating them into the coming year’s motorhome and towable lines. Although Broomfield, Col.-based Carefree normally does this in August, well ahead of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) Louisville Show in late November, this year’s showing was moved... Read more

Redwood RV Acquires Carriage Rights at Auction

February 22, 2012 by · 7 Comments 

All assets of Millersburg, Ind.-based Carriage Inc. were liquidated during the one-day auction. On a snowy Indiana morning that was clouded with the past, the future emerged bright as Syracuse, Ind.-based Redwood RV, a division of Thor Industries Inc., purchased the brand names, trademarks and intellectual property of venerable RV manufacturer Carriage Inc. Tuesday (Feb. 21) during a court-ordered liquidation of Carriage assets. Carriage, a luxury fifth-wheel manufacturer established in 1969, was... Read more

Frontier Communications Gives $10,000 to HOF

February 1, 2012 by · Comments Off on Frontier Communications Gives $10,000 to HOF 

Hall of Fame's electronic sign The financially beleaguered RV/MH Hall of Fame received a boost to its fundraising efforts Tuesday (Jan. 31) when telecommunications giant Frontier Communications Corp. presented the Elkhart, Ind.-based facility with a check for $10,000. Frontier, based in Stamford, Conn., is a major provider of high-speed Internet, phone and, in conjunction with DISH Network, television programming packages to northern Indiana customers. “We are very excited to make a contribution... Read more

RVIA Holds Revamped Trouble Shooter Clinic

November 11, 2011 by · Comments Off on RVIA Holds Revamped Trouble Shooter Clinic 

Jim Fenner, from Heartland RV, was one of the instructors within the Foundation track, teaching basic electricity. The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) launched its first Trouble Shooter Clinic featuring a new “Career Ladder” format this week (Nov. 7-10) at the Century Center in South Bend, Ind. The revamped “hands-on” training classes are structured for both experienced RV technicians and new mechanics requiring a basic overview of RV operating systems. “We’ve been providing... Read more

NTP to Mark 50th Anniversary at Dealer Confab

November 2, 2011 by · Comments Off on NTP to Mark 50th Anniversary at Dealer Confab 

When NTP Distribution was founded in 1961 to provide parts and accessories to RV dealers in the Pacific Northwest, the company employed five people — who delivered parts in an old station wagon. Five decades later, the Wilsonville, Ore.-based company employs more than 200, and deliveries are made using a fleet of trucks dispatched from five distribution centers throughout the U.S. But while a lot has changed, the company still adheres to its commitment to building long-lasting relationships... Read more

Keystone Unveils Vantage; Offers ‘New Concept’

September 21, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Keystone's new Vantage trailer Goshen, Ind.-based Keystone RV Co. unveiled its Vantage Tuesday (Sept. 20) at Elkhart County’s 4th Annual RV Open House Week, embodying a new concept in RV travel trailer styling that, according to Keystone President Bob Martin, evokes “timeless design while incorporating cutting-edge construction technology.” Designed and built in a separate facility that Martin playfully described as “Area 51” — “only about 20 people from our operations group had... Read more

CrossRoads Launches ‘Operation Appreciation’

May 31, 2011 by · Comments Off on CrossRoads Launches ‘Operation Appreciation’ 

Roger Barry, founder and CEO of Yogi Bear's Camp Resort at Barton Lake (left) and Don Emahiser, president of CrossRoads RV, stand in front of the Hampton destination trailer being provided free of charge for active military members and their families. Executives of Topeka, Ind.-based CrossRoads RV, a division of Thor Industries Inc., officially launched the company’s “Operation Appreciation” program Thursday (May 26) at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort at Barton Lake in Fremont,... Read more

Atwood Will Debut Unique RV Fridge in August

May 5, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

Atwood's new helium-charged gas-absorption refrigerator The basic design of gas-absorption refrigerators — the type most often used in RV applications — hasn’t changed all that much since they first went into commercial use almost 90 years ago. Sure, they’ve been frequently upgraded with features that make them nearly the equivalent of compressor-driven residential units, and they’ve been restyled to today’s standards. Operationally, however, they still employ the same original concept,... Read more

No Substantial Break-Through in Hall Plight

March 16, 2011 by · Comments Off on No Substantial Break-Through in Hall Plight 

Hall of Fame future still cloudy Faced with the “very real” prospect of closing the doors to the RV/MH Hall of Fame due to dwindling cash reserves and looming debt payments, administrators of the Elkhart, Ind.-based facility held a summit meeting Tuesday (March 15) with RV industry executives to explain the institution’s financial plight, discuss possible future revenue streams and, openly, ask for assistance. “The Hall of Fame is up against it,” said Bill Garpow, who was voted in as chairman... Read more

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