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Kenny King Drives ‘Quartzsite’ RV Show’s Growth

December 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Aerial shot of 2017 Quartzsite Show Even Kenny King, the acknowledged architect behind the annual late January phenomenon, is unsure how the Quartzsite RV Show snowballed into what purportedly is the largest gathering of RVers in the nation. “There’s really no way to get an accurate count,” said King, who estimated he’s been involved in the RV industry “in some aspect” for 50-plus years, originally supplying fabric to RV awning makers. “We use 100,000 to 150,000 as our attendance... Read more

Winnebago Will Release 1Q Financials on Dec. 20

December 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Winnebago Industries Inc. plans to issue its earnings release for its first quarter of fiscal 2018 before the market opens on Dec. 20.  The Company will also host a conference call to discuss the financial results for the quarter at 9 a.m. CST.  All interested parties are invited to listen live via the company’s website, http://investor.wgo.net. The event will be archived and available for replay for the next 90 days. To access the replay, click on http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=85260&p=irol-audioarchives.  Read More →

VIDEO 1: RVIA Revisits Louisville 2016 Highlights

November 25, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Revisit the 2016 National RV Trade Show at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., in a video produced by the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). Total attendance for the  four-day event was pegged at 7,674 people, according to RVIA, and business activity on the show floor was said to be robust as exhibitors reported strong sales and an optimistic outlook among attendees. To view the video, scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page... Read more

Startup Braxton Creek RV Touting a New Mindset

November 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Braxton Creek management team including (front row from left): Kent Yoder, secretary/treasurer; David Geiger, chairman; Marvin Metzler, president. Second row: Don Dorton, vice president of sales and marketing and Director Craig Detweiler. (Photo by J. Tyler Klassen) The formidable team first sat down to the table in January, mapping out the details and formulating the skeleton for the rollout of Braxton Creek RV LLC, a towable builder intent on “filling a void” in the entry-level, stick-and-tin... Read more

RV Industry Drives New Elkhart Boys & Girls Club

November 2, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Jeannelle and Brian Brady (C, R) with Jeanelle’s mother, Mary Naquin (L) The launch of the Elkhart Boys and Girls Club was officially ushered in Wednesday (Nov. 1) afternoon as around 280 people gathered for a grand opening ceremony held at the new facility built alongside Beardsley Elementary School. The $6.2 million multifacility project, which became a major fundraising project for the local RV community, represents a partnership between the Boys and Girls Club of Elkhart and the... Read more

IMHA-RVIC Annual Meeting Touts Industry Gains

October 27, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

French Lick Resort hosted the IMHA-RVIC annual meeting Convening on the historic grounds of the French Lick Resort in southern Indiana’s Hoosier National Forest, the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association-Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council (IMHA-RVIC) hosted 62 members on Oct. 19 for the organization’s annual meeting. Designed to bring membership up-to-date on the overall health of the sister industries along with advancements in IMHA-RVIC’s agenda to promote and protect their interests in... Read more

RVIA’s Outdoor Lifestyle Pavilion Ups KEC Space

October 13, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

RVIA Show will occupy over 1 million square feet in Kentucky Exposition Center While incorporating new elements and programs that move beyond the National RV Trade Show’s traditional role as a key buying/selling platform, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) has also expanded the footprint for the Nov. 27-30 event, occupying over 1 million square feet in Louisville’s Kentucky Exposition Center — the highest total since the prerecession years. “The square footage certainly speaks... Read more

REV Issues Price on Offering of Secondary Stock

October 13, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

REV Group Inc. announced the public offering pricing price of 10 million shares of common stock by certain selling stockholders as $27.25 per share. According to a press release, the selling stockholders have granted the underwriters an option to purchase up to 1.5 million additional shares of common stock. REV Group is not selling any shares of common stock in the offering, and REV Group will not receive any proceeds from the offering by the selling stockholders. The offering is expected to... Read more

Thor Diesel Rally Attracts 132 Coaches To Goshen

October 5, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Jon Krider interfaces with Thor Diesel Group members The Thor Diesel Club rolled into the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds Sunday (Sept. 1) in Goshen, Ind., as 132 coaches — including 90 first-time attendees — filled the facility’s rally campground offering members a full five days of socializing, vendor seminars and tours of Thor’s manufacturing facility. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page. Photos by Tyler Klassen). “We offer our members a pretty... Read more

ROUTE 66 Adds Education Focus to Annual Rally

September 29, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The ROUTE 66 RV Network will institute a new format for its Oct. 2-4 rally in Colorado intent on bringing dealer members a more education-focused format through a series of targeted workshops “We tweaked the format to offer work sessions throughout the rally, each with 30 to 40 people,” reported Rob Merrill, partner for ROUTE 66, one of the industry’s leading independent dealer groups with nearly 150 locations throughout North America. “There will be a heavy emphasis... Read more

Winnebago Unites Towables with Minnie Badge

September 13, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

In move designed to leverage Winnebago Industries Inc.’s considerable brand recognition, the Forest City, Iowa-based manufacturer is building continuity into its towable division as it consolidates all lines under the newly formed Minnie badge. “In the past, other OEMs have distinguished their brands on an individual basis,” said Winnebago Towables Director of Marketing Mark Gerber, noting that the launch of the new Minnie line is set for next week’s Elkhart RV Open House. “We did... Read more

MobileRVing Looks at Kansas Parks, Analytics

September 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Kansas Campgrounds: Private Versus Public Campers looking for a place to stay have no shortage of options when traveling through Kansas.  The state boasts 26 state parks, as well as a private campground association that has 25 members.  While there are many parks and campgrounds throughout the state, not all are operated the same, nor do they cater to the same clientele. “The Kansas Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds was formed in 1973 by campground owners for campground owners. ... Read more

2017 TRVA Convention Helps Dealers ‘Navigate’

August 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Appropriately themed “Navigating the Future,” the Texas RV Association’s (TRVA) 43rd convention offered attendees a fast-paced, instructive agenda as the Aug. 11-14 event drew 57 dealerships to the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol. “Overall attendance was 165 people as a lot of the dealerships operate multiple stores,” reported TRVA Executive Chairman Phil Elam. “We always want to provide a venue where our members have a chance to socialize and also network, which is a very important... Read more

Canada Campgrounds See Busy Summer Traffic

August 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Licence plates from all over Canada have been showing up at Pictou County, Nova Scotia, campsites in the past few months. According to The News, Kim Tattrie, owner of Seafoam Campground, said they’ve seen a lot more Canadian traffic this year than they have in previous years. Along with people opting to stay in the country for vacations as opposed to heading south, Tattrie said Canada 150 has played a role in the shift. “Every time we see people checking in they have that pass... Read more

Sluggish Wage Growth May Hold Interest Rates

August 7, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Employers added a solid 209,000 jobs in July, but sluggish wage growth contributed to lingering doubts that a lack of inflation could slow the Fed’s efforts to raise interest rates. CNBC reported that average hourly wages rose 0.3%, as expected, but the 2.5% annual gain remains below the 2.9% high reached last December, and it comes after several months of slowing in a variety of inflation measures. The number of jobs added was above the 183,000 expected and puts job growth back above 200,000... Read more

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