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Thor Votes in Three Directors at Annual Meeting

December 10, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Thor Industries Inc. announced the results of voting at its annual meeting of shareholders held on Dec. 9, in the wake of the company’s record-setting first-quarter earnings report issued Nov. 29. At the meeting, approximately 90.5% of the eligible votes were cast in person or by proxy for the election of three directors, the ratification of Thor’s independent registered public Accounting Firm, the advisory vote on executive compensation, and the approval of the Thor 2016 equity and incentive... Read more

‘National Indoor RV Centers’ Expanding Footprint

December 5, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

National Indoor RV Centers store in Lewisville, Texas The concept behind National Indoor RV Centers (NIRVC) was born, to a large degree, out of frustration. “My wife and I bought our first coach in 1985 and we have been avid RVers ever since,” related Brett Davis, CEO of the Lewisville, Texas-based company that is poised to unveil its second location in Atlanta during a three-day grand opening this week. “We used to keep the motorhome in a hangar at the airport, but they came out with a ban... Read more

Cruise Inn Honors Top Parks at 2016 Convention

November 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Cruise Inn wrapped up its third annual member conference with a weekend full of education, brand updates, voting, awards and fun. According to a press release, the brand of RV parks, campgrounds and cabins has 42 locations open or in development. Taking place at the Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas, Nov. 11-13, the Cruise Inn conference was designed to give members the tools and strategies to help increase their park’s profitability. Cruise Inn staff and members, vendors,... Read more

SHOWERMI$ER is Seeing Growth in OEM Sector

November 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Aqua View SHOWERMI$ER – a product designed to recirculate cool water that cycles through a faucet before heated water – is gaining momentum with the RV OEM market, according to a release.Aqua View Inc. President Gus Searcy reported that several OEM manufacturers will be installing the Aqua View Inc. SHOWERMI$ER’s water saving family of products as standard equipment in upcoming year models.Among the first OEMs to be offering the product will be Forest River, which will include the product... Read more

Furrion Innovation Center Has Silicon Valley Vibe

October 28, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Artist’s rendering of Furrion’s new HQ in Elkhart Charged with oversight of Furrion LLC’s ambitious plans for its $5 million North American headquarters, Mark Lucas is able to look beyond the exposed rebar and dangling cables as construction crews continue to transform the grounds adjacent to the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind. He remains firmly focused on “the vision,” as perceived by CEO Aaron Fidler, for the aptly named Furrion Innovation Center & Institute for Technology... Read more

Arterra Distribution VP Tom Ryan is Set to Retire

October 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Tom Ryan Tom Ryan admits that he’s “looking forward to not having to punch the clock anymore.” But there is still the sense that the 70-year-old, who logged 47 1/2 years primarily in the RV industry’s distribution arena, will still pick up the phone if a problem arises. “I have let everyone know that I will still be around,” said Ryan, who is set to retire from his dual role as president and co-founder of D&R Agency and senior vice president of sales and marketing for Elkhart, Ind.-based... Read more

Industry Converges on RVIA’s California RV Show

October 6, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

RVs pack the Pomona Fairplex at last year’s California RV Show The laborious “move-in” has reached the final stages as the gates at the Pomona Fairplex will open promptly at 10 a.m. on Friday (Oct. 7), ushering in the 64th running of the California RV Show. The event, which extends through Oct. 16, continues to swallow up space at the Fairplex’s expansive grounds as this year’s edition will encompass over 1 million square feet packed with 1,325 RVs on display from 47 California retailers.... Read more

RV Family Travel Atlas & Tents for Troops Partner

September 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV Family Travel Atlas (RVFTA) podcast network has partnered with Tents for Troops to raise money for the purchase of an RV for use by active military and their families. In partnership with Tents for Troops, the RVFTA Podcast Network is holding a fundraising effort and has pledged to raise $10,000 to purchase a new travel trailer for the RV Loaner Program. Tents for Troops is a charitable organization that provides free camping opportunities for active military and their families.  “We... Read more

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

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