PleasureLand Opens New Site; Adds Budget Lot

June 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

New Pleasureland dealership in Brainerd, Minn. Extending its presence in Brainerd, Minn., located in the heart of the state’s lake country, PleasureLand RV Center Inc. is hosting a grand opening Thursday (June 18) through Saturday to officially christen a new 28,000-square-foot facility representing the company’s sixth location. In conjunction with the opening of the full-service dealership, PleasureLand will also be adding the third outlet in its chain of “budget lots” catering to price-conscious buyers... Read more

Genesis Products Acquires Welformed Materials

May 28, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Genesis Products, an Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier of laminated panels and interior components, continues to build and refine its product portfolio with the acquisition of Welformed Materials. Welformed, established in Elkhart in 2014 by Chris Welch and two co-founders, utilizes a proprietary forming and molding process to transform raw materials into premium grade composite products. Genesis President and CEO Jon Wenger told that Welformed offers the company “two key value propositions”... Read more

Winnebago Garners Safety Recognition Award

May 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Winnebago Industries Inc. has received a hazard control recognition award from the Iowa-Illinois Safety Council. According to a press release, the award was announced at the safety council’s professional development conference and expo held in Dubuque, Iowa, April 22-24. Winnebago was one of 101 entries from industries and government agencies in Illinois and Iowa. The company submitted hazard control projects and programs designed to improve the safety culture of the organization. Specific strategies... Read more

Power Breakfast Attracts Crowd of 748 to Hall

May 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann Offering testament to its standing as a viable, growing piece of the RV industry’s trade-centric event circuit, Thursday’s (May 14) RV Industry Power Breakfast delivered a fast-paced, information-heavy format to nearly 750 attendees that packed the RV/MH Hall of Fame’s Northern Indiana Event Center. Marking its third year, the Power Breakfast strategically caters to the industry’s manufacturing fulcrum in Elkhart County. That targeted audience accounts for the event’s... Read more

Spring Hall of Fame Show Opens Tomorrow

April 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The 3rd Annual Spring Hall of Fame RV show will be held at the RV/MH Hall of Fame & Museum in Elkhart, Ind., opening tomorrow (April 23) and running through the weekend. Ten of the area’s top dealers will kick off their summer selling season with special show pricing on the latest model RVs. Dealers will bring the best of their inventory and the selection will include RVs to fit every budget. Show visitors will see a wide selection from popups to luxurious Class A motorhomes. “The show... Read more

Brave New World: Winnebago Park Model RVs

April 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Athens Park Dealer Days team included (L-R): Daryl Muzio, Adam Anderson, Scott West, Joe Uhlenkott, Dick Grymonprez, Chuck Bleth and Marty Martin Winnebago Industries Inc.’s recent agreement with Champion Home Builders Inc. and subsequent foray into the growing park model sector was officially christened as part of Winnebago’s Dealer Days last week in Las Vegas. Two Champion-built park models, badged with the iconic Winnebago logo, received scrutiny from Winnebago’s dealer body during the... Read more

Dealer Profile: Smart Growth Drives Alpin Haus

March 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Alpin Haus store in Amsterdam, N.Y. Alpin Haus President Andy Heck is admittedly cautious by nature. As steward of the family grown dealership in upstate New York established by his father, Bud, in 1964, Heck has incrementally expanded the company through “smart growth” – a business acumen that has translated into not only success, but also longevity. “I guess it’s fair to say that I’m not a big risk taker,” said Heck who officially took over day-to-day operations in the late 1990s.... Read more

Dennis Dillon RV Leases Former McMahon Site

March 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Dennis Dillon RV & Marine Center is in the midst of an ambitious growth plan, as the dealership has initiated expansions on two fronts with large-scale improvements at its home base in Boise, Idaho, and an extensive renovation of the property and facilities that formerly housed McMahon’s RV operations in Westminster, Calif. Scott Thorpe, general manager for Dillon RV & Marine, reported to that the company had been “trying to put together a deal for the Westminster location... Read more

DEALER PROFILE: ‘Explore USA’ on Fast Track

March 23, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

Brian Booker (Photo by Sarah Brooke Photography) The blueprint behind Explore USA’s rapid rise in the Texas RV retail landscape, as characterized by President Brian Booker, doesn’t seem to be predicated on any novel, out-of-the-box business approach. “It’s all about taking care of the customer,” stated Booker, a veteran of the manufactured housing industry prior to his foray into the RV sector. But the Type-A driven management style of Booker and CEO Scott Chaney takes that basic business... Read more

DEALER PROFILE: Campers Inn Grows Presence

March 19, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Campers Inn President Jeff Hirsch Campers Inn migrated south around eight years ago, extending beyond its stronghold in New England with the opening of its first out-of-market store in Leesburg, Fla. The move represented the initial peg in a concerted expansion effort that has created a network of outlets currently stretching through the Mid-Atlantic and along the Eastern seaboard. Jeff Hirsch, president of New Hampshire-based Campers Inn, related that expansion had always been part of the plan since... Read more

CalRVDA Holds Conference After 4-Year Hiatus

February 26, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

Last week’s California RV Dealers Association (CalRVDA) Conference offered attendees a wide-ranging and vibrant forum focusing on the most pressing issues impacting the state’s RV retail community while also celebrating the industry’s resurgence. But the Feb. 19 gathering also carried a more weighty message for the long-term, representing a reinstatement of CalRVDA as a significant and viable industry voice following a four-year gap since the last conference convened. “Last year, the board... Read more

Melbourne Readies for World RV Conference

February 23, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The World RV Conference, ready to mark its third edition Feb. 25-27 in Melbourne, Australia, will again promote unity and cooperation within an increasingly connected global RV community. Assembling a mix of established markets with a growing contingent of emerging industries – led by the rapidly developing Chinese marketplace – the forum will address challenges and goals shared on an international scale. “It’s an opportunity for countries to meet on one stage and compare notes, and hopefully... Read more

Livin’ Lite ‘Ford Campers’ Due in Late March

February 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Thor Livin’ Lite is targeting the end of the first quarter for the launch of an aluminum truck camper line bearing the Ford logo as part of a licensing agreement formed last November. The campers are being designed in conjunction with Ford engineers to offer a companion RV for the automaker’s 2015 aluminum-bodied F-150 truck – a bold revamp of the nation’s top-selling pickup that trimmed up to 700 pounds in overall weight. “It’s exciting to work with a company as prestigious as Ford and... Read more

Heartland Eyeing Widespread Growth For 2015

January 19, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Heartland RV’s renovated trailer facility Heartland Recreational Vehicles LLC President Chris Hermon acknowledges that despite the company’s multifaceted expansion plans this year, there is still a tendency to look over the shoulder – a holdover from the fallout the industry endured in the face of the country’s economic tsunami. But he also recognizes that the time is right to jump on another wave. “When you look at the market, there continues to be a consistent influx of customers –... Read more

Keystone Plans Growth in ’15 to Meet Demand

January 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Keystone continues to grow its Goshen, Ind., campus Recognizing that demand was quickly outstripping production capacity, Keystone RV Co. has several key expansion projects planned for 2015 at its sprawling campus in Goshen, Ind. Matt Zimmerman, president of the Thor Industries Inc. subsidiary, reported that construction of a 120,000-square-foot facility initiated last September is on schedule for completion late this summer. The plant will house production of its entry-level Springdale and Hideout... Read more

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