Power Breakfast Sees 850-Plus; Holcomb Inks Bill

May 11, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Indiana Gov. Holcomb addresses Power Breakfast crowd The throngs began arriving just before sunup Thursday (May 11), filling the RV/MH Hall of Fame’s Northern Indiana Event Center in Elkhart, Ind., to capacity for the fifth edition of the RV Power Breakfast – an event that has evolved into an integral cog on the industry’s trade show circuit. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the home page. Photos by Shaw Spence). Eclipsing last year’s attendance high mark, the... Read more

‘GMC Motorhome Rally’ Wheels Into Northern Ind.

May 8, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

GMC Great Lakers Club gathered in Indiana for a rally Thirty-five classic GMC motorhomes rolled into the South Bend/Elkhart KOA in northeast Indiana last weekend, marking the 41st anniversary of the Great Lakers Motorhome Club. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the home page). The organization, an affiliate of the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA), rates as the country’s oldest regional GMC club that continues to celebrate the legacy behind one of the industry’s... Read more

Airstream Workers Pitching in on ‘Habitat’ Home

April 5, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Airstream Inc. is paying for materials and providing labor to help complete a Habitat for Humanity home in Jackson Center, Ohio, for Kara Mullen and her three children, according to a report by the BellFontaine Examiner. “Airstream is proud to be involved with this upcoming build in partnership with Habitat for Humanity and the Village of Jackson Center,” said Bob Wheeler, president and CEO of Airstream. “We have incredible associates who are willing to volunteer their time... Read more

Keystone Automotive Sponsors ‘GReddy Racing’

April 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Keystone Automotive Operations Inc. is joining the “vibrant history” of Formula Drift as an associate sponsor of GReddy Racing. According to a press release, the name has been synonymous with speed and performance for 45 years. Keystone Automotive will representing driver Ken Gushi’s beloved Toyota 86. “Keystone recently brought GReddy Performance on board as part of the growing offering of sport compact brands available to its customers. GReddy is well-respected in the segment, and... Read more

Curtin: Shipments Primed to Reach 445,700 in ’17

March 14, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Richard Curtin The watershed gains achieved in 2016 by the RV industry will serve as a launching point for another potential record run this year as overall shipments are in line for a 3.5% bump to 445,700 units, according to the latest forecast by industry analyst Richard Curtin. “RV shipments ended 2016 at higher levels than any other time in the past four decades,” stated Curtin, director of consumer surveys at the University of Michigan, in the Spring 2017 issue of Roadsigns, a quarterly... Read more

FMCA ‘Rally in the Valley’ Sees Strong Turnout

March 9, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Settling in this week at an all-new venue, the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) “Rally in the Valley” has pushed capacity limits at the Rawhide Western Town and Event Center in Chandler, Ariz. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the home page. Photos provided by Guy Kassleman, FMCA art director). Organizers are reporting that the FMCA’s 95th International Convention is emerging as one of the strongest gatherings for the Cincinnati-based motorhome... Read more

Inaugural Good Sam Super Show Hits the Mark

March 2, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Adopting a revamped format intended to tap into a broader consumer base, Good Sam Enterprises LLC rolled out its inaugural Good Sam Super Show Feb. 23-26 at the Phoenix International Raceway. “The show definitely surpassed expectations,” reported Vilma Fraguada, president of Good Sam consumer shows. “We’re still tabulating the final count, but we are estimating total attendance to be around 18,500. We saw an increase in people who used our camping site and also in our day traffic, which was... Read more

Lazydays RV is Ranked No. 1 Dealer in Florida

February 27, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Lazydays RV has been ranked as the No. 1 RV dealer in Florida across multiple categories, according to a news release. The annual rankings are compiled and published by Statistical Surveys Inc., the premier provider of market intelligence for RV manufacturers and dealers. Lazydays Tampa was the top-ranked Florida RV dealer in the following categories: • No. 1 dealer in Florida • No. 1 towable dealer in Florida • No. 1 motorized dealer in Florida • No. 1 travel trailer dealer in Florida •... Read more

Phoenix is Site of First ‘Good Sam Super Show’

February 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

RVers check out units at the Good Sam/Camping World Rally in Phoenix in this 2015 file photo. Ushering in a new template for a series of shows embracing more of a general RV-centric consumer draw, Good Sam Enterprises LLC will present its inaugural Good Sam RV Super Show Feb. 23-26 at Arizona’s Phoenix International Raceway. Known for its high-profile national member rallies over the years, Camping World Holdings Inc.’s Good Sam Club is intent on broadening its scope on the consumer show circuit... Read more

Guaranty’s RV Park Grows Destination Concept

February 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Map of new RV park at Guaranty RV Shannon Nill’s vision of a “true RV destination” is close to fulfillment as Guaranty RV Sales moves into the final stages of a $7 million expansion project that will effectively beef up service operations while adding a 55-site, eight-acre RV park on the dealer’s sprawling Junction City, Ore., campus. “The RV park will build on to the destination concept that was started when we launched our RV Travel Center in the latter part of 2014. It offers everything... Read more

VIDEO: Heartland Terry Classic Taps Retro Fad

February 10, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Elkhart, Ind.-based Heartland Recreational Vehicles LLC has rolled out an iconic badge with the Terry Classic “retro” trailer, which debuted as a concept vehicle at last September’s Elkhart RV Open House. (To view a video click here or scroll to the right side of the home page.) Coley Brady, vice president of sales and marketing, told that in late 2009 Heartland acquired all the travel trailer trademarks and brands from Fleetwood Enterprise Inc. following... Read more

Black Book: Jan. Auction Values Head Higher

February 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Black Book reported that RV values at auction showed impressive gains in Januar for both motorized and towable units, reversing course from the seasonal trends established in earlier months. “Just when you think the markets have stabilized and settled into long established seasonal patterns, they do something to surprise you,” said Eric Lawrence, director of specialty vehicles for Black Book. “Both motorized and towable units shook off their recent losses and posted impressive gains... Read more

‘RV Whisperer’ Pumps up Total Value Web Sales

January 27, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Total Value RV in Elkhart, Ind. Scot Moody acknowledges that his Youtube alter ego, “The RV Whisperer,” has gained him some notoriety – and perhaps a few groupies – in the recreational vehicle community. “I’ve been amazed at how many people watch those videos,” said Moody, who serves as towable sales manager for Elkhart, Ind.-based dealership Total Value RV. “In fact, I’ve had people approach me when I’m traveling and ask me if I’m the ‘RV Whisperer.’ “In the videos, I... Read more

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

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