CRVA Meeting Takes Aim At Looming Tariff Issue

June 25, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

CRVA executives tackle issues at organization’s General Meeting (Photo provided by RV Dealer News) While admiring the grandeur on display at one of North America’s most picturesque coastlines, administrators for the Canadian Recreation Vehicle Association (CRVA) tackled some burning issues during its June 19-21 Annual General Meeting in St. John’s, Newfoundland. “We had never traveled to Newfoundland to hold our board meetings,” said CRVA Executive Chairman Shane Devenish, noting the... Read more

Olstrom Coach Opens Service Center in Tucson

June 6, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Eric Olstrom Olstrom Custom Coach LLC announced the opening of its Tucson, Ariz., service center. According to a press release, the business services all brands of coaches, including Country Coach, Monaco, Beaver, Newmar, Millennium Coach and Newell. Service specialists are” well-versed in motorcoach electronics, hydraulics, hydronics and chassis systems.” Services include complete remodels, chassis care, generators, water pumps, fuel pumps, belts, inverter, SilverLeaf Tier 1 Certified,... Read more

VIDEO 1: Starcraft RV ‘Mossy Oak’ Travel Trailer

June 1, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Marc Hauser, vice president of sales and product development for Jayco towable divisions, and Ronnie “Cuz” Strickland, Mossy Oak’s vice president of media services, promote the new Starcraft Mossy Oak travel trailer. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the home page.  Read More →

Evert, Upon Retirement, Leaves Lasting Legacy

May 29, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Paul Evert visits with guests at Saturday’s retirment party Paul Evert still rises around 5:30 every morning and, at 88, continues to channel the same energy that drove him to found and manage one of the most successful RV dealerships on the West Coast. Now, however, instead of thinking about bottom lines and inventory levels, Evert looks forward to the latest gardening project on the 14 acres he purchased at Shaver Lake, nestled in the foothills of California’s Sierra mountains. “I’m... Read more

Marketer Plans Supplier Exhibition at Open House

May 22, 2018 by · 3 Comments 

While still in the initial stages, a West Coast marketing firm with operations in Vancouver, Wash., and Portland, Ore., is hastily assembling the pieces for an “RV Supplier and Vendor Exhibition,” slated to launch at this year’s Elkhart County RV Open House. Randall Jeremiah, partner for CIRV, told that the genesis for the project boiled down to a simple case of supply and demand. “Basically, nobody else was doing this,” he said. “We had been to a number of shows as... Read more

ORVDA Convention is Slated To Run June 10-11

May 22, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The Oklahoma RV Association (ORVA) will hold its 2018 State Convention June 10-11 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Catoosa, Okla.  According to a press release, this year’s convention will feature a strong slate of speakers designed to bring ORVA members all the latest news and updates in the industry along with new learning opportunities for their businesses.  The theme for the convention is “Building on New Visions,” which is expected to resonate with attendees as... Read more

Keystone’s Jim Mac Launching ‘RV Foodie’ Blog

May 8, 2018 by · 1 Comment 

Jim Mac Having logged close to 11 years overseeing marketing communication efforts for Keystone RV Co., Jim Mac received a perk of sorts when the company completed a massive expansion project at its sprawling campus in Goshen, Ind. “I finally got an office with a window,” joked Mac, who joined Keystone in 2007 after serving as director of marketing for Monaco Coach since 1999. Mac, however, recently decided to give up his new view — at least on a daily basis — as the 68-year-old has scaled... Read more

‘Active’ Intros Custom RV Steering Wheel Covers

May 5, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Yuma, Ariz.-based Active RV Upholstery Center announced the launch of its custom RV steering wheel covers for Class A and Class C motorhomes. According to a press release, the company also offers RV dash covers, sheepskin captain’s chair covers and RV bras along with custom upholstery services. Owner Daniel Tuller noted, “Our customers have been requesting us to make steering wheel covers for their RVs for years, and now the day has come.” Benefits of the RV steering wheel covers include... Read more

Winnebago Expansion Raises Focus on Towables

April 23, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Scott Degnan In response to a sustained uptick in towable sales, Winnebago Industries Inc. recently announced plans for a $12-$13 million expansion on around 30 acres of acquired farmland adjacent to its operations in Middlebury, Ind., near the Michigan state line. “The bottom line is that we just outgrew our production facilities,” reported Scott Degnan, vice president and general manager, towables business, noting that Winnebago was currently operating in facilities acquired from Sunnybrook... Read more

Dolphin Motor Coach Expands; Adds 2nd Facility

March 6, 2018 by · 1 Comment 

Dolphin Motor Coach President and CEO Darryl Connors (Photos by Tyler Klassen There’s an appreciable sense of pride as Darryl Connors strides through the Dolphin Motor Coach manufacturing facility. He stops on occasion and identifies the automotive grade craftsmanship that distinguishes the company’s fleet of Class B coaches — touches like ultraleather, double-stitched seats, a fade paint process on the exterior that transitions from pearl white to silver, residential-style vinyl plank flooring,... Read more

Annual Quartzsite RV Show Attracts Over 125,000

February 9, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

A massive exhibit tent is erected every year at the Quartzsite Show All the preliminary signals pointed to another gangbuster Quartzsite RV Show, an annual event in Arizona’s scenic Sonora Desert that again backed its claim as “the largest gathering of RVers in the nation.” “When we first got to Quartzsite, we noticed an influx of early arrivals, which was confirmed by many local businesses,” said Kenny King, who has overseen the show since its inception in 1984. “That’s... Read more

Chinook Acquiring Towable OEM Vohne Liche Mfg.

February 2, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Jerry Sell (right) with Vohne Liche Mfg. owner Ken Licklider Complementing its growing line of Class B motorhomes, Chinook Motorcoach (CMC) announced today (Feb. 2) it will be acquiring certain assets of Peru, Ind.-based towable builder Vohne Liche Manufacturing (VLM). David Murray, COO for Chinook, told that the deal should be finalized by the end of February. Vohne Liche, which operated until last year as Riverside Travel Trailers, was founded in 2009 by President Kenneth... Read more

Masses Converge on Annual Quartzsite RV Show

January 26, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Aerial view of Quartzsite RV Show The horde has again descended on Quartzsite, Ariz., a former gold mining town that annually hosts what is commonly billed as the “the largest gathering of RVers in the nation.” The nine-day Quartzsite RV Show, which closes out on Sunday (Jan. 28), is back to “the good old days,” according to Curt Curtis, owner of multilocation dealer Paul Evert’s RV which has served as the show’s exclusive dealer since 2000. “The traffic is unbelievable,”... Read more

Arrow’s Show is Well Attended, Posts Strong Sales

January 24, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Dealers hit the floor at Arrow Distributing Showcase Arrow Distributing Inc. again delivered a diverse and engaging format to attendees during the distributor’s signature Exhibitor’s Showcase held Jan. 16-17 at the IP Casino Resort & Spa’s in Biloxi, Miss. “We want to provide dealers with a show that offers an educational component while also giving them a comfortable environment to network and renew old relationships,” said Andy Mullin, who serves as vice president for the privately-owned... Read more

Bill Fenech Launches Pontoon Maker Barletta Boat

January 15, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Barletta Boat Co. president, co-owner and managing partner Bill Fenech talks to dealers at a recent boat show The industry, and the cast of players, are new to Bill Fenech, but as he began laying the groundwork and putting together the pieces for the recent launch of pontoon builder Barletta Boat Co. LLC he discovered plenty of common ground. “There really aren’t any two products that are more similar than pontoons and RVs,” said Fenech, who was instrumental in the formation and rapid success... Read more

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