Traveland Takes Over Bankrupt Sunridge Site

May 7, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Traveland RV Group, with dealerships in Langley and Kelowna, British Columbia, has expanded into the Alberta marketplace with the acquisition of defunct Sunridge RV’s former site in Airdrie. The company was forced into bankruptcy last week walking away from $10 million in debt, according to a report by CTV News. Chris Clarke, one of three general managers for 39-year old Traveland, told that following renovation – “primarily on the interior” – the dealership is on... Read more

THE BUZZ: Hyland on Wells Fargo Transition

May 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Tim Hyland The recent acquisition of the North American interests of GE Capital’s Commercial Distribution Finance (CDF) and Vendor Finance businesses by Wells Fargo & Co. has moved forward without interruption, reports Wells Fargo CDF President Tim Hyland. “The transition has been seamless. Essentially our financing operations moved from one major financial company to another,” said Hyland, noting the deal was announced in October of 2015 and finalized March 1. “We have been servicing... Read more

‘Toy Hauler Legend’ Warmoth Joins Omega RV

April 15, 2016 by · 2 Comments 

Warrior nose sleeper toy hauler by Omega RV Mark Warmoth, the architect behind the toy hauler explosion that took hold in the late 1980’s and early ’90’s, has joined forces with Omega RV in an effort to kickstart the Caldwell, Idaho-based builder’s market share in the toy hauler RV business. “It seems like the stars have aligned to put this together,” said Omega RV General Manager and partner Don Day. “We are going back after that cult-like following that Warrior has. Mark is heading... Read more

RV Industry to Champion Bids for Kids Auction

April 9, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Lippert Components CEO Jason Lippert at last year’s Bids for Kids (Photo by Bruce Hampson) The Bids For Kids Dinner & Auction will again cast a vivid spotlight on the RV industry’s philanthropic spirit, as business rivals unite to help keep the doors open and broaden the program selection at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Goshen, Ind. Under the keen oversight of Jason Lippert, CEO of Lippert Components Inc. parent Drew Industries Inc., the event continues to eclipse previous highs for donations.... Read more

GMC Enthusiasts Gather in Ala. for Convention

April 9, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

When Bob Hughson and Don Fenwich first spotted their GMC Motorhome in a junkyard in Florida in 2010, they knew they had something special on their hands, even if it didn’t quite look like it at the time. “It had vines growing through it,” Hughson said. Fenwich said, “It was the ugliest thing I had ever seen.” According to a report by the Dothan (Ala.) Eagle, it took months of renovations, but when the work was finished, the custom 34-foot 1975 GMC Motorhome, nicknamed “The Beast” by... Read more

Product Innovation Revs Up RV Industry In ’15

April 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Last September’s Open House was packed as OEMs showcased product innovation The RV industry continued to compile fresh benchmarks in 2015, accelerating to its sixth straight year of incremental shipment growth while registering marked retail improvement in key sectors that effectively buried any lingering traces of the recession. “In terms of U.S. retail sales, 2015 outpaced the Hurricane Katrina years in 2005 and 2006, which had been the high marks since 2003,” said Scott Stropkai, national... Read more

Xantrex Intros ‘Freedom Xi’ Sine Wave Inverters

March 31, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Xantrex has introduced the Freedom Xi, a new generation of advanced true sine wave inverters specifically engineered for use in all types of mobile applications. According to a press release, the Freedom Xi marks the evolution of Xantrex’s best-selling XM and HF products which have been installed in more than 300,000 RVs, trucks and boats in the past few years. The Freedom Xi offers many new features including clean AC power, smart battery management and quick connection terminals in a lightweight... Read more

FMCA Reunion Sees Strong Attendance in Perry

March 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Buoyed by a strong number of “on-site registrations,” the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) welcomed 2,601 rigs, including 415 commercial coaches, to the expansive Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter in Perry last week as the organization hosted its 93rd Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase. Organizers for the March 11-17 event confirmed that the coach count exceeded last year’s “summer” reunion show held at the Allegiant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. “We were up by a... Read more

FMCA Readies For Strong Turnout In Georgia

March 16, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Gathering in familiar surroundings at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter in Perry, the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) is preparing for a strong turnout and a tightly packed agenda during its 93rd Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase. This year’s event, which gets underway Thursday (March 11) and runs through Sunday, returns to the sprawling venue for its ninth year, dating back to March 1996.    “The facility is perfect for us in terms of offering plenty of space for... Read more

Winter Shows: Industry’s Still in a Growth Mode

February 16, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

RVers packed the vendor booths at the Tampa Show (Photo by Shawn Spence) As gas prices barrel down below $2 a gallon, RVers have come out in force during the early round of winter shows that generally set a barometer for the coming year in terms of trends in the industry and potential sales. And, despite the backdrop of a gyrating stock market, RV dealers and show organizers are reporting that out of the gate 2016 is seizing on last year’s momentum, which delivered post-recession highs for the... Read more

NATM Annual Convention Draws 900 to Vegas

February 10, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Reflecting the overall strength of the industry, this week’s National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM) 28th Annual Convention and Trade Show is attracting a strong member turnout with over 900 attendees converging on the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas. The event officially opened today (Feb. 10) and runs through Friday. “Our attendance is up from last year, which was our best year since 2007-2008, right before the bottom fell out of the economy,” said Allison... Read more

IMHA/RVIC’s Fort Wayne Show Breaks Records

February 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

RVs pack the floor at the Fort Wayne RV show Representatives for the 56th Annual Fort Wayne RV & Camping Show are reporting a 38% jump in overall attendance, marking an all-time high for the Jan. 28-31 event in Northeastern Indiana. Sponsored by the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association/Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council (IMHA/RVIC), the show drew 12,363 to the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, topping last year’s total by 3,401 and eclipsing the previous high in 1999 which saw 10,442... Read more

Coachmen Engineer Leading Parkinson’s ‘Fight’

February 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Don Sheliga A diagnosis of Parkinson’s interrupted Don Sheliga’s life around three years ago. While working as an engineer for Coachmen RV, Sheliga coped, embracing the series of therapies, treatments and recommended exercise that would help retard – but, at this point, not cure – the progressive symptoms associated with the disease. The most potent medicine, however, came from those closest to him. “With the strong support of my wonderful family and friends, I have been learning to deal... Read more

Camping World Acquiring ‘Lightning RV Supply’

January 22, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

In the wake of Lincolnshire, Ill.-based Camping World Inc.’s announced expansion in the wholesale aftermarket sector, the nation’s largest RV retail chain has acquired southern regional distributor Lightning RV Supply to significantly bolster its inventory of replacement parts distributed through its National RV Supply division. John Sirpilla, chief business development officer for Camping World, stressed that Thonotosassa, Fla.-based Lightning RV Supply, led by President Brad Green, would continue... Read more

Giant Recreation World Readies for ‘Next Level’

January 12, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

Giant Recreation World management along with Palm Bay city officials break ground on the new site The blueprint for expansion, devised years ago by the principals at Florida-based Giant Recreation World, centered on a well-worn axiom in the real estate community. Location topped the search list as the company looked to increase its footprint, and ultimately sales volume, by being more visibile to consumers. “For around 10 years, our vision has been to find property that was affordable and offered... Read more

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