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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

Stag’s Street Welcomes Parent Co. at Gathering

January 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Anchoring the general session during Stag Parkway Inc.’s Jan. 15-17 “Driving Success” dealer meeting, President and CEO Martin Street revealed details concerning the Atlanta-based company’s sale to a private equity firm last December while purporting the collective benefits for its dealer partners. Addressing around 1,100 dealer personnel at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas – representing a record turnout – Street highlighted the strengths of its new... Read more

Riverside RV Introduces Roomier Retro Trailer

December 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Riverside RV, LaGrange, Ind., introduced a new 18 1/2-foot floorplan in its popular Retro line, building on the success of its “garageable” Retro trailer that debuted three years ago. “People really bought into not only the fact that it could be parked in a standard garage, but also the overall look,” said Bob Taulbee, sales manager. “We saw a need to expand into a larger floorplan, which is not garageable, but still has that ‘retro’ design.” Built with aluminum cage construction... Read more

Echo’s Bandit Offers Sturdy, Spacious Garage

December 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Targeting the entry-level toy hauler market, Echo RV Inc. introduced the wood-and-aluminum 280APH floorplan in its Bandit line at Louisville offering a 3,000-pound capacity ramp door and a 12-foot deep garage area. Sporting a dual axle platform with a 10,400-pound GVWR, the unit is capable of bearing 5,000 pounds in the garage while still maintaining a 5,500-pound dry weight for towability. “We even added metal strips that span the garage so we can set our D-rings with self-tapping screws,”... Read more

DRV Estates Fiver Offers Spacious Living Area

December 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Rear booth in DRV's Estates fifth-wheel Sporting a straight-line roof design and four sliderooms, the Estates 39RBSB luxury fiver from DRV Luxury Suites stresses an open living area concept that extends to the front bedroom with a “north-south” queen-size bed creating ample walk-around space. The layout is distinguished by a rear booth housing additional seating and a dining table, along with an innovative bathroom/bedroom slideout – both billed as “industry-firsts” by the Howe, Ind.-based... Read more

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