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Hershey RV Show Sets Record as Gate Hits 57,692

September 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Crowds packed the Hershey Show throughout the five-day run (Photo by Kirk Zutell) Throughout last week’s five-day run crowds packed the turnstiles leading into the Giant Center’s expansive grounds as America’s Largest RV Show lived up to its billing with record attendance of 57,692 for the annual event in Hershey, Pa. Aided by picture perfect weather, the show’s Sept. 14-18 Public Days surpassed previous highs every day except for Sunday’s closing. “We couldn’t have asked for better... Read more

28 Sessions Scheduled for Vendor Training +Plus

August 31, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Dealership staff will have a breadth of training opportunities led by industry experts during Vendor Training +Plus on Nov. 7-8 during the 2016 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo. According to a press release, Vendor Training +Plus is presented by professional trainers from trusted organizations in the RV industry with practical, innovative ideas and solutions to help power up your business. The deadline for members to register at discounted Advanced Registration rates is Aug. 31. The theme... Read more

Winnebago Initiates Production at Oregon Facility

August 24, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

Line workers fine tune Winnebago Grand Tour diesel in Junction City Inheriting a veteran workforce and a 270,000-square-foot manufacturing and service facility, Winnebago Industries Inc. has begun rolling product down the line at the former Country Coach Inc. complex in Junction City, Ore. The Forest City, Iowa-based builder, which acquired the property and equipment on Dec. 2, 2015, is still in the process of modifying the plant situated on about 41 acres, 27 of which are currently developed.... Read more

Road to Recovery: Rain-Ravaged Dixie RV Digs Out

August 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Dixie RV’s store in Hammond, La., shown two weeks ago, sustained around $30 million in flood damage Regrouping and rebuilding in the face of overwhelming devastation, Dixie RV Superstores in Hammond, La., steadfastly put the pieces back together last week as the waters began to recede from the historic rains and resulting floods that inundated the area the week of Aug. 8. For the record, the RV dealership officially opened its doors last Wednesday. But, according to Dixie RV CEO Greg Lala,... Read more

RV Training Center Offering ‘Continued Education’

August 9, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Looking to grow its status as a qualified source for RV technical training, RV Training Center is launching a series of classes focused on continued education Aug. 15-19 at its home base in Clearwater, Fla. The program dovetails with the company’s complement of hands-on courses that help prepare students for RVIA/RVDA certification. (See video below). “My wife and I purchased the school in 2012 after working at a different training center,” Sam Alsop told RVBUSINESS.com. “We felt it was... Read more

Windish RV Riding a Growth Mode in Colorado

July 29, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Jim Humble With a groundbreaking planned in the next 45-60 days at Windish RV’s new site in Fountain, Colo., the privately-owned dealership has initiated another expansion that will significantly grow parts and service operations at its Longmont location. “Everything just fell into place,” said General Manager Jim Humble, noting the company also operates a store in Lakewood, southwest of Denver. “A dealer that had been in Longmont for a number of years pulled out. It’s on the east side... Read more

Coachmen Engineer Wages Parkinson’s ‘Fight’

July 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

John Hrycko (foreground) works the speed bag at a Rock Steady Boxing session For 90 minutes, the disease is discarded, replaced by a pair of boxing gloves and a renewed sense of camaraderie and hope. Notably, participants who show up for sessions three times a week are Parkinson’s patients. But to Don Sheliga, an engineer at Coachmen RV who spearheaded the formation of the club, “we’re all just “boxers” – fighting the disease’s progression through an unorthodox therapy that simulates... Read more

Little Guy’s Tearstock Packs Ohio Campground

July 15, 2016 by · 3 Comments 

Chris Baum, chief brand officer for Little Guy Worldwide, addresses Tearstock attendees Tapping into the passionate nature of the teardrop camper community, Little Guy Worldwide LLC’s 4th Annual Tearstock Rolling Home Tour exceeded expectations as around 230 loyalists filled up  the camping area this week at the Atwood Lake Campground in Mineral City, Ohio. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page. Photos provided by Mandy Lea Photo). “Our main area at... Read more

Pence Touts Industry at RV Power Breakfast

May 12, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Over 800 industry professionals packed the Northern Indiana Event Center (Photo by Shawn Spence) Offering testament to Elkhart County’s status as an economic force in Indiana driven by a resurgent RV industry, this morning’s (May 12) 4th Annual RV Industry Power Breakfast delivered a wide-ranging, information laden program to a crowd of more than 800 RV professionals at the RV/MH Hall of Fame’s Northern Indiana Event Center — many delayed by a traffic jam that formed leading into the facility.... Read more

Traveland Takes Over Bankrupt Sunridge Site

May 7, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Traveland RV Group, with dealerships in Langley and Kelowna, British Columbia, has expanded into the Alberta marketplace with the acquisition of defunct Sunridge RV’s former site in Airdrie. The company was forced into bankruptcy last week walking away from $10 million in debt, according to a report by CTV News. Chris Clarke, one of three general managers for 39-year old Traveland, told RVBUSINESS.com that following renovation – “primarily on the interior” – the dealership is on... Read more

THE BUZZ: Hyland on Wells Fargo Transition

May 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Tim Hyland The recent acquisition of the North American interests of GE Capital’s Commercial Distribution Finance (CDF) and Vendor Finance businesses by Wells Fargo & Co. has moved forward without interruption, reports Wells Fargo CDF President Tim Hyland. “The transition has been seamless. Essentially our financing operations moved from one major financial company to another,” said Hyland, noting the deal was announced in October of 2015 and finalized March 1. “We have been servicing... Read more

‘Toy Hauler Legend’ Warmoth Joins Omega RV

April 15, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

Warrior nose sleeper toy hauler by Omega RV Mark Warmoth, the architect behind the toy hauler explosion that took hold in the late 1980’s and early ’90’s, has joined forces with Omega RV in an effort to kickstart the Caldwell, Idaho-based builder’s market share in the toy hauler RV business. “It seems like the stars have aligned to put this together,” said Omega RV General Manager and partner Don Day. “We are going back after that cult-like following that Warrior has. Mark is heading... Read more

RV Industry to Champion Bids for Kids Auction

April 9, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Lippert Components CEO Jason Lippert at last year’s Bids for Kids (Photo by Bruce Hampson) The Bids For Kids Dinner & Auction will again cast a vivid spotlight on the RV industry’s philanthropic spirit, as business rivals unite to help keep the doors open and broaden the program selection at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Goshen, Ind. Under the keen oversight of Jason Lippert, CEO of Lippert Components Inc. parent Drew Industries Inc., the event continues to eclipse previous highs for donations.... Read more

GMC Enthusiasts Gather in Ala. for Convention

April 9, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

When Bob Hughson and Don Fenwich first spotted their GMC Motorhome in a junkyard in Florida in 2010, they knew they had something special on their hands, even if it didn’t quite look like it at the time. “It had vines growing through it,” Hughson said. Fenwich said, “It was the ugliest thing I had ever seen.” According to a report by the Dothan (Ala.) Eagle, it took months of renovations, but when the work was finished, the custom 34-foot 1975 GMC Motorhome, nicknamed “The Beast” by... Read more

Product Innovation Revs Up RV Industry In ’15

April 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Last September’s Open House was packed as OEMs showcased product innovation The RV industry continued to compile fresh benchmarks in 2015, accelerating to its sixth straight year of incremental shipment growth while registering marked retail improvement in key sectors that effectively buried any lingering traces of the recession. “In terms of U.S. retail sales, 2015 outpaced the Hurricane Katrina years in 2005 and 2006, which had been the high marks since 2003,” said Scott Stropkai, national... Read more

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