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 “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 “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

TMC Shows ‘Super C’ Four Winds in Louisville

December 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Thor Motor Coach launched its first “Super C” motorhome in Louisville, rolling out the 33SW Four Winds floorplan built on Ford F-550 chassis and offering an expanded living area with 82-inch ceilings and a full-wall driver-side slideout. “With the Super C platform we were able to add an extra foot in the bathroom, including more shower space, while also opening up the bedroom by building the wardrobe into the full-wall slideout,” said Jerimiah Borkowski, director of communications for... Read more

Open Range Roamer Debuts Dual Bunk Slides

December 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Open Range extended its popular Roamer travel trailer lineup with a 38-foot 309BHS floorplan that features an “industry-first” rear sleeping area equipped with 42-inch deep opposing bunk sliderooms. The layout, also offered in the Shipshewana, Ind.-based company’s Mesa Ridge series, offers sleeping capacity for 11 that includes a U-lounge that folds out into a full-size bed and a split-entrance front bedroom. “The floorplan obviously caters to larger families,” said Josh Streich of... Read more

Cruiser Redesigns Popular Fun Finder Trailer

December 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Cruiser RV Inc. initiated a complete redesign on its lightweight, luxury Fun Finder travel trailer, creating a sleeker exterior while dressing up the interior with an emphasis on comfort. “We re-evaluated everything – from the floor to ceiling,” said Jay Mohamed, vice president of sales and marketing for the Howe, Ind.-based builder. “The result is a unit that is really distinctive and stands out in a very competitive marketplace.” One of the more striking additions is a laminated,... Read more

Little Guy’s B.O.S.S. Built to Endure Disasters

December 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Inspired by National Geographic’s “Doomsday Preppers” show and promoted by host Tim Ralston, Little Guy Worldwide’s “The B.O.S.S.” (Bug Out Survival Shelter) camper is a customized Rough Rider teardrop engineered to provide the “ultimate survival RV” for evacuees during natural disasters. “Although, The B.O.S.S. is uniquely equipped for disaster situations, it also is being marketed as a home base for people camping in remote areas,” noted CEO Chris Baum. Minimalist... Read more

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