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IMHA/RVIC’s Fort Wayne Show Breaks Records

February 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

RVs pack the floor at the Fort Wayne RV show Representatives for the 56th Annual Fort Wayne RV & Camping Show are reporting a 38% jump in overall attendance, marking an all-time high for the Jan. 28-31 event in Northeastern Indiana. Sponsored by the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association/Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council (IMHA/RVIC), the show drew 12,363 to the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, topping last year’s total by 3,401 and eclipsing the previous high in 1999 which saw 10,442... Read more

Coachmen Engineer Leading Parkinson’s ‘Fight’

February 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Don Sheliga A diagnosis of Parkinson’s interrupted Don Sheliga’s life around three years ago. While working as an engineer for Coachmen RV, Sheliga coped, embracing the series of therapies, treatments and recommended exercise that would help retard – but, at this point, not cure – the progressive symptoms associated with the disease. The most potent medicine, however, came from those closest to him. “With the strong support of my wonderful family and friends, I have been learning to deal... Read more

Camping World Acquiring ‘Lightning RV Supply’

January 22, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

In the wake of Lincolnshire, Ill.-based Camping World Inc.’s announced expansion in the wholesale aftermarket sector, the nation’s largest RV retail chain has acquired southern regional distributor Lightning RV Supply to significantly bolster its inventory of replacement parts distributed through its National RV Supply division. John Sirpilla, chief business development officer for Camping World, stressed that Thonotosassa, Fla.-based Lightning RV Supply, led by President Brad Green, would continue... Read more

Giant Recreation World Readies for ‘Next Level’

January 12, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

Giant Recreation World management along with Palm Bay city officials break ground on the new site The blueprint for expansion, devised years ago by the principals at Florida-based Giant Recreation World, centered on a well-worn axiom in the real estate community. Location topped the search list as the company looked to increase its footprint, and ultimately sales volume, by being more visibile to consumers. “For around 10 years, our vision has been to find property that was affordable and offered... Read more

Pearson Foundation Funds Medicine Drop Boxes

December 12, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Earlier this year, the Justin Pearson Foundation, a foundation established by St. Cloud, Minn.-based PleasureLand RV owner Dan Pearson after the overdose death of his son, hosted a golf tournament to raise funds to provide medication disposal boxes for every police agency in the tri-county area that requested one. Minnesota’s Stearns and Benton Counties now have medication disposal boxes in the following law enforcement agencies: Albany, Avon, Cold Spring, Kimball, Melrose, Paynesville, Sartell,... Read more

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 RVBUSINESS.com. “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 RVBUSINESS.com. “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 RVBUSINESS.com.... 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

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