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RVIA: Growing Buyer Base Fuels Benchmark ’16

January 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The overall tenor delivered by yesterday’s (Jan. 25) year-end industry shipments report from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) offered confirmation of the sector’s continued resilience and its ability to keep pace with shifting demographics and emerging consumer trends. Highlighting the glowing report card were some significant benchmarks as 2016 marked the highest shipment total in more than 40 years with 430,691 units landing on dealers’ lots. The December tally, by itself,... Read more

RVIA Tackles Ore. Park Model, Tiny Homes Issue

January 9, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Since December, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) has continued to monitor a proposal by the state of Oregon Standards and Codes program with regards to the classification and regulation of park model recreation vehicles and tiny homes. At issue, according to RVIA Senior Director of Communications Bill Baker, is whether units are being used as a permanent on-site residence as opposed to strictly recreational use. Accordingly, the move has caused a stir with dealers that sell park... Read more

VIDEO 1: 1976 Airstream Serves as Mars Habitat

December 30, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Mobile Extreme Environment Research Station (MEERS) at the Daytona Beach Campus is a student-run project to design and build a mobile laboratory and space habitat simulator out of a 31-foot 1976 Airstream trailer for the purpose of testing and advancing space technologies. It will allow for the study of human behaviors and performance in extreme environments, such as Mars. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

‘CDFconnect’ Links RV Retailers With Resources

December 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Tim Hyland Extending its scope beyond inventory floorplan financing, Wells Fargo CDF recently launched CDFconnect, providing a bridge between its expansive customer base and the globally-based company’s full range of resources and expertise. “CDFconnect is about broadening our relationship with our customers and providing the tools to help them run a better business,” said Wells Fargo CDF RV and SV President Tim Hyland, noting that areas of focus include increasing revenue and improving margins,... Read more

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

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