Judge Issues Final Ruling in FEMA Trailer Suit

September 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

A federal judge gave his final approval Thursday (Sept. 27) to a $42.6 million class-action settlement between companies that made and installed government-issued trailers after hurricanes in 2005 and Gulf Coast storm victims who claim they were exposed to hazardous fumes while living in the shelters. The Associated Press reported that U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt ruled from the bench after hearing from attorneys who brokered a deal resolving nearly all remaining court claims over elevated... Read more

Hershey Show Eclipses Record for Opening Day

September 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Over 1,000 RVs are on display at the Hershey Show Crystal blue skies provided a fitting backdrop for Wednesday’s (Sept. 12) opening of Public Days during this week’s America’s Largest RV Show, as organizers reported a record gate far eclipsing any first-day attendance for the longstanding event in Hershey, Pa. “We tallied total attendance of 6,485,” said Dan Saltzgiver, show chairman for the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), which annually hosts the event held on the expansive... Read more

‘America’s Largest RV Show’ is Ready to Unfold

August 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Indoor booth area at last year's Hershey Show With the opening of “America’s Largest RV Show” less than two weeks away, organizers are anticipating a banner edition for the annual event that traditionally provides a timely checkup regarding the RV industry’s overall health. “The show has always provided a fine testing ground for new products, which the vast majority will be 2013 model year,” said Rebecca Lenington, executive vice president of the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association... Read more

Ore. Developer Looks for Buyer of Monaco Site

August 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Former Monaco Coach Corp. facility With designs on reviving a work force still staggered by the economic downturn, an Oregon developer is actively marketing the former manufacturing campus and headquarters for Monaco Coach Corp. that encompasses nine stand-alone facilities situated on 69 acres in Coburg. Steve Lee and his wife, Sally, finalized the purchase in late June from a division of Navistar International Corp., which acquired Monaco after an industrywide plummet in sales that forced the venerable... Read more

Jayco Unveils New ’13 Product at Homecoming

June 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Jayco Seismic toy hauler Jayco Inc.’s recently completed 2012 Dealer Homecoming in Myrtle Beach, S.C., offered the Middlebury, Ind.-based company a chance to mark its 44th year of operation while giving dealers a broad look at initiatives and programs designed to give them a competitive edge in today’s marketplace. Topping the list, according to President and COO Derald Bontrager, is a continued emphasis on an aggressive and innovative approach to product development. “We’re extremely proud... Read more

Jayco Hosts ’12 Dealer Confab in Myrtle Beach

June 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Derald Bontrager While acknowledging the need to keep pace with the industry’s rapidly evolving landscape, Jayco Inc. officials equally stressed the importance of its family-grown roots and adherence to “our core values” as the company opened its 2012 Dealer Homecoming Monday (June 18) in Myrtle Beach, S.C. “Businesses throughout the world spend a lot of money every year trying to find the winning formula for improving their performance and competitive advantage,” stated Derald Bontrager,... Read more

Forest River Plant Will Double XLR Production

May 8, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Forest River's XLR Thunderbolt toy hauler Faced with growing demand and limited production capacity, Forest River Inc.’s XLR toy hauler division is set to break ground on a 100,000-square-foot manufacturing facility with a completion date targeted for November. “We have been working out of two leased buildings that are around 55,000 square feet total, and we’re maxed out on capacity,” said Brent Stevens, national sales manager. “Sales have really started to pop – our market share... Read more

Elkhart Developer to Lease RV Open House Sites

March 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Thor's sprawling display at the Elkhart Open House Elkhart, Ind.-based real estate firm Northland Corp. announced it will be looking to lease numerous prime location sites during Elkhart County’s 5th Annual RV Open House Week, set to run Sept. 18-20 throughout the RV-building hub. Rob Letherman, vice president of Northland, told that the lots – all ranging from one to two acres – will occupy pockets along CR 6, a major east-west artery on the north side of Elkhart. Importantly,... Read more

Winnebago Hosts Sendoff for Retiring Bob Olson

February 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Bob Olson with newscaster Harry Smith during an interview in New York for the CBS Early Morning Show Friends, colleagues and community members will gather today (Feb. 24) at Winnebago Industries Inc.’s manufacturing complex in Forest City, Iowa, providing an official sendoff to long-time executive Bob Olson as he closes the door on a 43-year career. “I started at Winnebago in August of 1969,” Olson, 60, told “My 18th birthday was July 17 and I was looking to make a little... Read more

Morrison Instrumental in Honing RVIA’s Message

January 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Chris Morrison Reflecting on a 26-year career spent crafting and delivering the RV industry’s message, Chris Morrison finds reward in being able to pass on the passion – the opportunity to instill her love for the outdoors into the legions of people who heard that message, and embraced the RV lifestyle. “I was always into camping and backpacking,” said Morrison, senior director of communications for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). “I grew up in Northern Virginia and... Read more

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