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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

TRVA Readies for Aug. 9-12 Annual Convention

August 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Texas Recreational Vehicle Association (TRVA), marking its 39th year as the trade group representing RV dealers in the state, will return to the Sheraton Austin at the Capitol as the organization rolls out its annual convention Aug. 9-12. TRVA is anticipating a strong turnout for the event, building on last year’s edition in Austin that also produced healthy attendance numbers. “We’re expecting that 40 to 50 dealerships will be represented, and that will include a lot of the same... Read more

Roadtrek’s Hanemaayer Resigns After 31 Years

June 19, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Roadtrek's Jeff Hanemaayer The timing seems right. As Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc. marks its 40th year of operation, Jeff Hanemaayer – the architect behind the company’s status as the undisputed market share leader in the Class B motorhome segment – has announced his resignation from day-to-day operations, effective July 31. During a 31-year run heading the Kitchener, Ontario-based firm founded by his father, Jac, Hanemaayer and his team set the bar for innovation in a niche market that survives... Read more

ASV is Emerging as Major Motorhome Player

May 17, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Fleetwood RV's John Draheim In the wake of its announced acquisition of Navistar Inc.’s RV operations, Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV) has begun assembling the pieces for its emergence as a major player in the motorhome segment. Faced with a raft of organizational and engineering challenges, ASV has mapped out a strategy that will consolidate the building of four high-profile motorhome brands at its campus in Decatur, Ind., while also realigning its corporate structure. “We will be manufacturing... Read more

Developer: Open House Lots in Demand for ’13

May 7, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Open House sites leased by Northland Corp. For the second straight year, real estate firm Northland Corp. will be leasing sites to manufacturers for the Elkhart County RV Open House in northern Indiana, having locked in several confirmations immediately following the close of last year’s event. “It was the first time that we offered locations and we weren’t sure what kind of reception we would get,” said Rob Letherman, vice president for Elkhart-based Northland. “After the show, four manufacturers... Read more

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