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Walworth: Industry Retail Inventories in Line

December 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Tom Walworth The atmosphere at the 48th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., was clearly more upbeat than 2009’s convention and reflected an industry that is obviously mending from the most dire effects of the recent downturn. But veteran industry statistician Tom Walworth noticed a fairly rampant theme at last week’s (Nov. 29-Dec. 2) Louisville Show that he’d like to address regarding U.S. RV shipments and dealer inventories because, Walworth maintains, there are some false assumptions... Read more

FRVTA’s 2011 Tampa Show Should Be Bigger

November 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

With more than six weeks left on the calendar before the opening of the 2011 Florida RV SuperShow, space sales continue for what’s billed as the “largest consumer RV show in the country” and executives for host Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) anticipate in excess of 50,000 attendees during the event’s six-day run. Held at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, the Florida RV SuperShow is scheduled for Jan. 11-16. The theme of the show is “Wish You Were Here!” “It’s looking good,”... Read more

RV Industry Vet Joins Dutchmen Sales Force

October 15, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Tim Dunn Dutchmen RV announced Thursday (Oct. 14) the appointment of Tim Dunn as regional sales manager with responsibility for the Goshen, Ind.-based towables manufacturer’s Kodiak and Four Winds brands within the western sales region. A 21-year veteran of the RV Industry, Dunn spent the majority of his career as the general manager of one of the largest dealerships in the Rockies. He also held positions with a major RV rental firm and as an independent manufactures representative for several... Read more

RVDA Celebrates 40th Anniversary at Con/Expo

October 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Members of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) welcomed a new slate of officers during the association’s annual meeting held Thursday (Oct. 7) during the RVDA 2010 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo. The association also celebrated its 40th anniversary with a brief slide presentation during the meeting at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, followed by RVDA President Mike Molino’s assessment of key issues facing RV dealerships and the industry and an update... Read more

RVBusiness Presents Top 50 Dealer Awards

October 7, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Crosby Forrest North America’s finest RV dealers were recognized and celebrated during the 3rd Annual RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Awards program Wednesday night (Oct. 6) during a reception and dinner at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Hosted by Affinity Group Inc. President and CEO Mike Schneider, the event — held during the Recreation Vehicle Dealer Association’s (RVDA) 2010 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo — also featured conservative political commentator and author Ann Coulter... Read more

Kempthorne Brings Strong Advice to RVDA

October 6, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Dirk Kempthorne Speaking before a capacity crowd of RV dealers, manufacturers and suppliers, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne opened the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) 2010 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo as keynote speaker of the general session Tuesday (Oct. 5) at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. During her introduction of Kempthorne, RVDA Chairman Debbie Brunaforte noted that the former Idaho mayor, governor and U.S. senator was “an... Read more

Jacobs Expands on Entegra Coach Initiative

August 20, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

The Entegra Coach Insignia motorhome on display at the FMCA rally in Oregon. Introducing a new line of mid-priced diesel-powered motorhomes in the midst of a recession might seem like risky business to some. But Jayco Inc. rolled the dice and may have hit pay dirt in this — the Middlebury, Ind., firm’s second attempt to enter the Class A motorhome business in the past 10 years. After purchasing the assets of well-known high-end towable and motorized RV manufacturer Travel Supreme... Read more

FMCA Convention Drew 2,000-Plus Coaches

August 18, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Monaco RV Vesta Alex and Jan Alexander were in the 17th week of a tour of the West Coast in their 2006 Country Coach when they pulled into the gates of the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center in Redmond, Ore., for the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) 84th International Convention Aug. 11-14. One of more than 2,000 motorhome families to attend the mid-week event in central Oregon, the young couple from St. James City, Fla., intended to spend the four days soaking up information. “We’re... Read more

Carriage Intros ‘Entry-Level Luxury’ Solstice

June 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Carriage Inc.'s new entry level luxury Solstice fifth-wheel Carriage Inc. debuted a new “entry-level luxury” Solstice fifth-wheel line during the Millersburg, Ind.-based company’s annual dealer meeting, June 21-23 at the Gaylord Texan Hotel & Convention Center outside Dallas. More than 40 dealers were on hand for the three-day affair, highlighted by the introduction of the Solstice, which Carriage Vice President of Sales Ed Kinney characterized as a new entry point for the company... Read more

Attendance Up at Two FRVTA Fall RV Shows

November 10, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Turnout for a pair of regional RV shows held during the Nov. 5-8 weekend by the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) was up dramatically, yet another indicator that the Great Recession of 2009 may finally be ebbing. According to FRVTA officials, the Tampa Bay RV Show and the West Palm Beach Fall RV Shows both drew crowds larger than last year’s shows. “We’re extremely encouraged by the turnout at both of these shows,” said FRVTA Marketing Director Dave Kelly. “With our busy season just... Read more

Huckabee Wins (More) Favor Among Industry Crowd

October 15, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Mike Huckabee Ex-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a former and likely future presidential candidate, sounded like a would-be RV enthusiast as he entertained a crowd of about 400 diners at the RV Business Top 50 Dealer Awards last Wednesday (Oct. 7) at a dinner held in conjunction with the Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association’s (RVDA) International Convention & Expo, at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. In fact, Huckabee — a two-time Arkansas chief executive who made a strong... Read more

Brand Committees, Huckabee Boost RVDA Con/Expo

September 17, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

With the value of industry networking and problem-sharing escalating on the heels of the Great Recession, recreational vehicle retailers have an added incentive to attend this year’s RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, Oct. 6-9 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas: RVDA’s Brand committees. Created in late 2007 by the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) board of directors, the committees first convened at the 2008 Con/Expo to bring together dealers who carry the... Read more

Pacific Coachworks Resumes Full Production

July 2, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

  Tango travel trailer Pacific Coachworks Inc. reported Wednesday (July 1) that the company has returned to full production of its Tango and Tango Twist brands of travel trailers and fifth-wheels, after enduring a months-long reduction as the recession hobbled manufacturing output. “I don’t want to say that things are ‘rosy,” said Dane Found, president of the Riverside, Calif.-based builder, “but I think we are optimistic that the RV industry is recovering perhaps faster... Read more

GE Capital Projecting a ‘Fairly Confident Outlook’

July 2, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Is there a change afoot in the RV finance arena that perhaps reflects an overall prospect for improvement in the U.S. economy and the recreational vehicle marketplace? That’s hard to say. Based solely on the fact that Bank of America Dealer Financial Services and GE Commercial Distribution Finance — the two big dogs in RV finance — are talking to the press lately after months of silence during the depths of the recession, it’s certainly beginning to look that way. Ellsworth... Read more

GE Dropping Interest-Rate Hike on Curtailments

July 1, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

In a significant move for a major lender, GE Commercial Distribution Finance (CDF) has shelved a previously announced higher interest rate on RV dealers’ curtailment payments that are more than 30 days past due. A default rate of 8% per annum was to have been phased in starting today (July 1). “We are pleased to report that CDF has decided to eliminate this higher default rate and will implement the standard ‘default rate’ as defined in your current inventory finance agreements,”... Read more

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