FMCA Readies For Strong Turnout In Georgia

March 16, 2016 by · Comments Off on FMCA Readies For Strong Turnout In Georgia 

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 · Comments Off on Winter Shows: Industry’s Still in a Growth Mode 

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 · Comments Off on NATM Annual Convention Draws 900 to Vegas 

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 · Comments Off on IMHA/RVIC’s Fort Wayne Show Breaks Records 

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 · Comments Off on Coachmen Engineer Leading Parkinson’s ‘Fight’ 

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

Pearson Foundation Funds Medicine Drop Boxes

December 12, 2015 by · Comments Off on Pearson Foundation Funds Medicine Drop Boxes 

Earlier this year, the Justin Pearson Foundation, a foundation established by St. Cloud, Minn.-based PleasureLand RV owner Dan Pearson after the overdose death of his son, hosted a golf tournament to raise funds to provide medication disposal boxes for every police agency in the tri-county area that requested one. Minnesota’s Stearns and Benton Counties now have medication disposal boxes in the following law enforcement agencies: Albany, Avon, Cold Spring, Kimball, Melrose, Paynesville, Sartell,... Read more

Thor Launches Gemini RUV on Transit Platform

November 25, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

The Gemini is the newest member of the Recreational Utility Vehicle (RUV) lineup from Thor Motor Coach. As the first Ford Transit-equipped motorhome in North America, the Gemini gives Baby Boomers and Gen Xers an alternative to frustrating airline and hotel vacations, the company said in a press release. This Gemini is fuel-efficient and costs about as much as a high-end SUV. “The key to what makes the Gemini so appealing to new buyers coming into the motorhome market are its small proportions,”... Read more

K-Z Earns DSI Awards in All Product Categories

November 24, 2015 by · Comments Off on K-Z Earns DSI Awards in All Product Categories 

K.Z. Inc. was recently awarded the 2015 RVDA Quality Circle Award for every one of its product categories, the Shipshewana, Ind.-based builder reported in a press release. The announcement was made by Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) President Phil Ingrassia at the close of this year’s National Dealer Convention in Las Vegas. Official recognition will take place at an RVDA dealer’s reception on Nov. 30 kicking off the Dec. 1-3 National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. “I am excited... Read more

Sheldon Retires; Made Mark on Industry’s Future

November 12, 2015 by · 11 Comments 

Jim Sheldon with his wife, Toni, at RVIA Committee Week in 2011 Jim Sheldon admits being openly skeptical when friend and colleague Elden Smith said he was going to take a job with a “trailer factory.” “We were both working sales in the aerospace industry, and were making a pretty great living,” said Sheldon, a longtime executive with Monaco Coach Corp. and a prominent figure in industry affairs through a variety of roles with the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). “Elden took... Read more

Winnebago Phases Out Itasca; Part of 2-Year Plan

November 12, 2015 by · Comments Off on Winnebago Phases Out Itasca; Part of 2-Year Plan 

As part of a two-year initiative designed to leverage the Winnebago brand’s cachet with RV consumers, the builder recently informed dealers it has essentially phased out its Itasca nameplate. “This is all part of a larger strategy to become more aggressive in promoting the Winnebago brand name,” Scott Degnan, vice president, sales and product management for Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc., told “We continue to strengthen and build the Winnebago brand through... Read more

Pomona Show Bests 2014 as Temperatures Cool

October 20, 2015 by · Comments Off on Pomona Show Bests 2014 as Temperatures Cool 

Over 1,500 RVs covered the Pomona Fairplex grounds Blistering 100-plus degree heat effectively stalled attendance for the opening weekend of the Oct. 9-18 63rd Annual California RV Show, but an incremental cooling into the mid-80’s drew crowds and pushed the overall gate to a 5.6% increase over last year. Tom Gaither, Western Show director for the sponsoring Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), reported that the head count topped out at 35,148 compared to 33,269 in 2014, as the turnstiles... Read more

Holland RV is Up and Running After Sunday Fire

October 15, 2015 by · Comments Off on Holland RV is Up and Running After Sunday Fire 

Holland RV Centers’ dealership in San Marcos, Calif., remains open and operational, and is quickly moving to bring some normalcy back to the business after a three alarm fire broke out late Sunday (Oct. 11) afternoon at a stand-alone service center – one of four buildings on the eight-acre site. “It’s almost business as usual,” President Mike Dykstra told “Our sales side was open, and actually one of the salespeople saw the smoke and called it in. But no one was hurt,... Read more

SoCal Scorcher Slows Opening Gate in Pomona

October 12, 2015 by · Comments Off on SoCal Scorcher Slows Opening Gate in Pomona 

Over 1,500 RVs covered the grounds at the Pomona Fairplex A Southern California heat wave that pushed temperatures over 100 degrees cut into overall attendance figures for the opening weekend of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) 63rd Annual California RV Show. The show, which last year drew around 33,000 to the Pomona Fairplex, opened Friday (Oct. 9) and runs through Sunday. “We were right at 14,250 for the weekend,” RVIA Western Show Director Tom Gaither told Read more

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