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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

Pletcher Sales Aligning With Interceramic Inc.

May 2, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Pletcher Sales, a long-time distributor of residential textiles to the RV industry, has added ceramic and natural stone offerings to its product portfolio through a strategic alliance with Interceramic Inc. Established in 1988, co-owner Brian Pletcher said the firm is intent on becoming a “one-stop shop” for OEMs, sourcing products that meet a growing trend toward RV interiors presenting a home-like environment. “We made our mark in textiles, supplying fabrics, vinyls and leathers that provide... Read more

Ore. Glass Firm Moves to Former Monaco HQ

April 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Coach Glass and RV Glass Solutions moved into former Monaco headquarters Attending to heightened demand in the motorhome sector coupled with expansion into new market segments, Oregon-based Coach Glass and its sister company RV Glass Solutions moved operations in early April to the former Monaco Coach Corp. headquarters in Coburg. The company is fashioning Monaco’s expansive office area and primary manufacturing facility – encompassing a combined 162,000 square feet – to accommodate its glass... Read more

Winnebago Motorhome Backlog Nearly Triples

March 28, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The strength and profitability of Winnebago’s motorhome business during its fiscal second quarter – punctuated by a backlog that nearly tripled from a year ago – outweighed “sustained underperformance” in the company’s still evolving towable division. In a conference call today (March 28) delivered in the wake of a report that showed a 34.6% sales increase and a swing to a $6.3 million profit, the Forest City, Iowa-based firm touted the results from its motorhome operations that... Read more

Calif. Retailer Giant RV is Primed for Expansion

February 5, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Spurred by the RV industry’s resurgence and a subsequent jump in sales over the past year, Southern California dealer Giant RV is poised to begin construction on a new dealership in Indio. “We are back in expansion mode,” Frankie Barouti, vice president of Giant RV, told RVBUSINESS.com. “Business is strong and we see the opportunity to grow.” Barouti reported that the 26-year-old company, which currently operates stores in Murietta, Colton, Corona and its home base in Montclair, also... Read more

TRVA’s McEwen Set to Retire After 12-Year Term

January 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

In the midst of his 12th year serving as executive director for the Texas Recreational Vehicle Association (TRVA), Clark McEwen has decided to step down, targeting the week of May 27 as his official exit date before heading into “the next phase of my life with my wife, Sue.” “I really made the decision around a year and a half ago after going through a little health issue,” McEwen told RVBUSINESS.com. “It made me realize what was really important to me, which was of course my family... Read more

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