Thor Launches Gemini RUV on Transit Platform

November 25, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

The Gemini is the newest member of the Recreational Utility Vehicle (RUV) lineup from Thor Motor Coach. As the first Ford Transit-equipped motorhome in North America, the Gemini gives Baby Boomers and Gen Xers an alternative to frustrating airline and hotel vacations, the company said in a press release. This Gemini is fuel-efficient and costs about as much as a high-end SUV. “The key to what makes the Gemini so appealing to new buyers coming into the motorhome market are its small proportions,”... Read more

K-Z Earns DSI Awards in All Product Categories

November 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

K.Z. Inc. was recently awarded the 2015 RVDA Quality Circle Award for every one of its product categories, the Shipshewana, Ind.-based builder reported in a press release. The announcement was made by Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) President Phil Ingrassia at the close of this year’s National Dealer Convention in Las Vegas. Official recognition will take place at an RVDA dealer’s reception on Nov. 30 kicking off the Dec. 1-3 National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. “I am excited... Read more

Sheldon Retires; Made Mark on Industry’s Future

November 12, 2015 by · 11 Comments 

Jim Sheldon with his wife, Toni, at RVIA Committee Week in 2011 Jim Sheldon admits being openly skeptical when friend and colleague Elden Smith said he was going to take a job with a “trailer factory.” “We were both working sales in the aerospace industry, and were making a pretty great living,” said Sheldon, a longtime executive with Monaco Coach Corp. and a prominent figure in industry affairs through a variety of roles with the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). “Elden took... Read more

Winnebago Phases Out Itasca; Part of 2-Year Plan

November 12, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

As part of a two-year initiative designed to leverage the Winnebago brand’s cachet with RV consumers, the builder recently informed dealers it has essentially phased out its Itasca nameplate. “This is all part of a larger strategy to become more aggressive in promoting the Winnebago brand name,” Scott Degnan, vice president, sales and product management for Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc., told “We continue to strengthen and build the Winnebago brand through... Read more

Pomona Show Bests 2014 as Temperatures Cool

October 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Over 1,500 RVs covered the Pomona Fairplex grounds Blistering 100-plus degree heat effectively stalled attendance for the opening weekend of the Oct. 9-18 63rd Annual California RV Show, but an incremental cooling into the mid-80’s drew crowds and pushed the overall gate to a 5.6% increase over last year. Tom Gaither, Western Show director for the sponsoring Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), reported that the head count topped out at 35,148 compared to 33,269 in 2014, as the turnstiles... Read more

Holland RV is Up and Running After Sunday Fire

October 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Holland RV Centers’ dealership in San Marcos, Calif., remains open and operational, and is quickly moving to bring some normalcy back to the business after a three alarm fire broke out late Sunday (Oct. 11) afternoon at a stand-alone service center – one of four buildings on the eight-acre site. “It’s almost business as usual,” President Mike Dykstra told “Our sales side was open, and actually one of the salespeople saw the smoke and called it in. But no one was hurt,... Read more

SoCal Scorcher Slows Opening Gate in Pomona

October 12, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Over 1,500 RVs covered the grounds at the Pomona Fairplex A Southern California heat wave that pushed temperatures over 100 degrees cut into overall attendance figures for the opening weekend of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) 63rd Annual California RV Show. The show, which last year drew around 33,000 to the Pomona Fairplex, opened Friday (Oct. 9) and runs through Sunday. “We were right at 14,250 for the weekend,” RVIA Western Show Director Tom Gaither told Read more

Oil Glut, Devalued Loonie Impact Canadian Sales

September 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The root causes behind retreating Canadian RV sales are largely beyond the industry’s control as the effects of a declining dollar have been exacerbated by diving commodity prices – a market that touched off a significant boon for the economy with the exploration and subsequent mining of oil sands. Eleonore Hamm “It’s certainly the perfect storm of sorts,” said Eleonore Hamm, president of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada. “On top of that, Statistics Canada... Read more

Hershey Show Sets Attendance Record At 52,191

September 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Attendees have packed the expansive Giant Center for this week’s America’s Largest RV Show (Photo by Kirk Zutell) Benefiting from cloudless skies and continued strength in the RV marketplace, America’s Largest RV Show eclipsed last year’s attendance record as the host Pennsylvania RV & Camping Association (PRVCA) reported that 52,191 people passed through the gates during last week’s Public Days, running Wednesday (Sept.16) through Sunday at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. “We couldn’t... Read more

EverGreen Upgrades Ever-Lite Travel Trailer Line

September 14, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC has updated its Ever-Lite line of composite trailers to reflect dealer suggestions and industry trends, including new standard amenities and a lower price point. According to a press release, the most noticeable change is to the Ever-Lite exterior. Besides the updated gray, metallic logo, the new graphic designs and skirt finish give the Ever-Lite an upscale look. A new standard addition on the exterior includes new clear stone shield on the high-gloss fiberglass... Read more

Skyline RV Introduces Layton Trident Fifth-Wheel

September 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Interior of 359RL Trident fifth-wheel by Skyline Skyline RV, a member of the EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC family of companies, announced the launch of the Trident fifth-wheel as part of the company’s Layton brand. According to a press release, the Layton Trident series is an affordable fifth-wheel extension of the well-known Layton line. Two floorplans are available, the 359RL rear lounge and 399BH bunkhouse.  “We’re incredibly excited to introduce the Layton Trident series fifth-wheels... Read more

CrossRoads Unveils New Sunset Trail ‘Ultra-Lite’

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Sunset Trail Ultra-Lite by CrossRoads Topeka, Ind.-based towable builder CrossRoads RV announced the newest floorplan addition to its Sunset Trail product lineup, the Sunset Trail Ultra-Lite. According to a press release, the Ultra Lite offers all of the style and functionality of the traditional Sunset Trail while minimizing weight and length. Ultra Lite’s introductory floorplan, the ST 198RB, weighs in at approximately 3,900 pounds and measures 22 feet overall. The units come equipped with... Read more

Webinar to Detail ‘Cost-Effective’ SEO Strategies

August 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

RV business owners interested in using simple, cost-effective SEO strategies to stay ahead of competitors may register now for RV Camping Connect’s free webinar, “SEO Uncovered: Seven Secrets Every Business Must Know to Legally Steal Floods of Free Google Traffic from Your Competition.” Scheduled for Aug. 26 from 11 a.m. to noon PDT, RV park and dealership owners will learn simple search engine optimization tips, including: “White hat” SEO strategies to improve online visibility How SEO... Read more

FROG Rally Draws 1,300-Plus Members, 700 Rigs

August 11, 2015 by · 3 Comments 

Forest River CEO Pete Liegl addresses FROG members Bob Byrne, director of the Forest River Owners Group (FROG), distinctly remembers the directive handed down by Forest River Inc. CEO Pete Liegl when the organization was formed in January of 2012. “Pete told me FROG was one of the ways that Forest River could express appreciation to our owners and customers,” Byrne told “He said that all of our members had bought their RVs from us and the goals were to make sure they bought... Read more

La Mesa Opens Three-Day Job Fair in Elkhart Co.

July 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Gary Wilson, director of sales for La Mesa RV, interviews Monique Pavey of Walkerton, Ind. (Photo by Mark Shephard) For the second time this year, La Mesa RV Center is holding a job fair in Indiana’s Elkhart County seeking workers to fill primarily service and sales positions at its network of 11 dealerships in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Florida. Steve Love, marketing manager for La Mesa RV, told that the three-day hiring event, which opened today (July 24) at the Fairfield... Read more

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