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Forest River’s Legacy Diesel Gains Market Share

February 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Forest River's Dave Carpenter (L) and National Sales Manager Mike Peterson display new Legacy coach Looking to expand market share in the growing Class A diesel marketplace, Forest River Inc. initiated an across-the-board restructuring of the division over the past year. “We completely rebuilt the management, sales and design teams, but most importantly the product has taken on a new design and direction,” said Jeff Babcock, general manager. The product redesign includes improved floorplans... Read more

Work and Play Debuts New ‘Catalyst’ Toy Hauler

February 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Extending its reputation for “super-duty” construction, Work and Play launched its Catalyst line of fifth-wheel toy haulers at January’s Florida RV Supershow sporting three robust 42-foot floorplans. “For the past two years, Work and Play has been the top-selling travel trailer toy hauler,” said Kevin Finn, general manager for the Goshen, Ind.-based division of Forest River Inc. “We realized that if our customers outgrew our toy haulers, we didn’t offer a step-up. We developed... Read more

Skyline Aiming for Revenue Reversal in FY 2014

February 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Skyline Corp. had about a 10% net sales revenue decrease for its RV operations in 2013, according to its annual report. The Goshen News reported that the decrease was opposite of the RV industry in general for the year, which experienced a 12.4% gain in wholesale shipments to dealers. Elkhart, Ind.-based Skyline also builds manufactured housing. In the report the company announced it would take actions this year to turn its RV Group around. Skyline recently named Don Emahiser as president followed... Read more

Noble RV Partnering With ‘RV Warranty Forever’

February 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Warranty Forever Inc. (NWAN) announced that Noble RV will be the company’s dealer representative in the southern half of Minnesota. According to a press release, the dealership operates four locations in the state, including Owatonna, Rochester, Madelia and Minneapolis. “Pat and Mike Noble have the energy and passion that we are looking for in our RV Warranty Forever dealer partners,” said Kelly Price, president of NWAN.  “They strive for pure customer satisfaction and are looking... Read more

Tampa Show Enjoys Record Gate, Steady Sales

January 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RVers check out the displays at the Florida RV SuperShow Serving as an annual harbinger for the RV industry, last week’s Florida RV SuperShow gave rise to a positive outlook for the coming year as the host Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) reported record attendance and “brisk sales” for the participating dealers and suppliers. According to FRVTA Executive Director Lance Wilson, 56,953 RV enthusiasts passed through the gates at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa for “public days”... Read more

’14 Motorized Products Boost Winnebago Profits

December 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Winnebago's Randy Potts Reflecting a marked rebound in the motorhome marketplace and heightened demand for a series of new product rollouts, Winnebago Industries Inc. reported that the company had shipped 2,005 motorized units during its fiscal first quarter. “Our dealer network confidence continues to grow, which validates our belief that our motorized product introductions are being well received,” stated Randy Potts, chairman, president and CEO of the Forest City, Iowa-based builder, during... Read more

Fleetwood Parent ASV Revises Motorized Group

December 10, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Allied Recreation Group CEO John Draheim Allied Specialty Vehicle Inc.’s (ASV) rollout at last week’s Louisville Show of two iconic motorhome brands – the Monaco Dynasty and Holiday Rambler Vacationer – represents the next stage in a purposeful, calculated restructuring for the Orlando, Fla.-based company underscored by the recent formation of the Allied Recreation Group (ARG). The business unit effectively packages ASV’s motorized interests under the ARG umbrella that includes Fleetwood... Read more

Winnebago Adventurer Motoring SI Tailgate Tour

September 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Winnebago Adventurer on tour with Sports Illustrated Go RVing has partnered with Sports illustrated to sponsor the 2013 Sports Illustrated Tailgate Tour and Winnebago Industries is providing a 2014 Winnebago Adventurer to support the tailgating fun and festivities. According to a press release, the Sports Illustrated Tailgate Tour kicked off with the Penn State versus Syracuse game at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., last Saturday and continues with five more key matchups: Sept. 7 – Indiana... Read more

Scott Tuttle: Acquisition By Thor is ‘Perfect Fit’

August 28, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Livin' Lite owner Scott Tuttle Scott Tuttle needed a partner. The founder of Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles LLC had always anticipated expansion, but Tuttle’s business plan didn’t account for the type of “explosive growth” that the Wakarusa, Ind.-based company has experienced since its founding in 2002. “We were to the point where we had grown so quickly that taking that next step was going to be a challenge,” said Tuttle, also a former co-founder of Heartland Recreational... Read more

Firms Take Care of Business at RVAA’s Confab

August 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Boasting a marked gain in overall attendance and a broader, more engaging format, this year’s Recreational Vehicle Aftermarket Association (RVAA) Executive Conference stood as another step toward the organization building a stronger presence in the industry. “I think there are a combination of things that have helped the aftermarket business become more important to dealers,” said RVAA President Aaron Engberg in the wake of the Aug. 12-16 conference held at the Omni Parker House in Boston.... Read more

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