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Bernie Sanders Supporters are Happy Campers

July 27, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Bernie Sanders camp may have been causing a ruckus this week in Philadelphia at the Democratic National Convention, but Bernie’s campers have been a tranquil group at campgrounds in southern New Jersey. “Everything is going really well,” said Bonnie Bowne, manager of the family-owned 20-acre Timberlane Campground in Clarksboro, N.J., just 15 minutes from downtown. And, like Four Seasons Campground in Pilesgrove, N.J., and Old Cedar Campground in Monroeville, N.J., it was booked... Read more

Industry Steps Up to Support ‘Elkhart Co. Fair’

July 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Jayco’s Family Fun Fair is a popular attraction at the 4-H fair With the heart of the RV industry concentrated in Indiana’s Elkhart County, it’s no surprise that the sector is heavily intertwined with one of the state’s largest events, the nine-day Elkhart County 4-H Fair that opened July 21 and runs through Saturday (July 30) in Goshen, Ind. “We think it’s a good community event for us to sponsor and create some affinity for our employees,” said Wilbur Bontrager, chairman... Read more

Nonprofit ‘KOA Care Camps’ Builds Up Support

July 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Camp Goodtimes campers with Wade Elliott (front and center) during his visit to give the KOA Care Camps donation. Wade Elliott, chairman of nonprofit KOA Care Camps Inc. and president of Kingston, Wash.-based Utility Supply Group, recently presented the charity’s donation to Camp Goodtimes, a camp for children with cancer on Vashton Island, Wash., just north of Tacoma. The camp serves 225 children each year from Alaska and western Washington. It is one of 129 children’s oncology camps... Read more

ELS CEO: Short-Term Park Visits Rise 14% YTD

July 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

During a conference call today (July 19) to discuss Equity LifeStyles Properties (ELS) second-quarter results, Marguerite Nader, president and CEO of ELS, delved into some detail about the RV side of operations for the Chicago-based real-estate investment trust, which owns a combination of manufactured housing communities and RV parks, including the Encore and Thousand Trails brands. “Our operations performed very well in the quarter. We continued our positive occupancy trends,” Nader... Read more

Liegl, Orthwein Chat During Power Breakfast

May 12, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Thor’s Peter Orthwein and Forest River’s Pete Liegl hold Fireside Chat (Photo by Shawn Spence) Peter Orthwein, chairman of Thor Industries Inc., and Pete Liegl, CEO of Forest River Inc., sat down for a unique fireside chat to close out today’s (May 12) RV Industry Power Breakfast. The duo infused their talk with humor as they talked about their view of this year’s RV industry outlook, the manufacturing business climate, how to respond to what customers want and, ultimately,... Read more

Drew’s Lippert Sees Positive Industry Trends

May 10, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Jason Lippert During a conference call Monday (May 10) to discuss Drew Industries Inc.’s first-quarter earnings, CEO Jason Lippert discussed some of the high-level trends driving the company’s sales and earnings growth. “It’s an exciting time in the business and in the industries we serve,” Lippert said in his initial remarks. “This coming May marks the 60th anniversary of LCI (Lippert Components Inc.), Drew’s only operating company. It’s a great time to celebrate as the RV industry... Read more

RVDA of Alberta Assisting Victims of Wildfire

May 6, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Fort McMurray wildfire threatened to engulf fleeing motorists (Phot0 by Jerome Garot/EPA) The RV Dealers Association (RVDA) of Alberta is working with members to try to help their customers who are among the 88,000 people displaced by the Fort McMurray wildfires in the northeastern part of the province. “We don’t have any dealerships up in Fort McMurray, but we have a lot of customers who go up and set up there,” said Dan Merkowsky, executive vice president of RVDA of Alberta. “All those... Read more

Patrick Industries Projects $1.1B in 2016 Sales

April 29, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Patrick Industries Inc. saw major growth in the first quarter of 2016, and that’s good news for investors, the company’s leaders said. “The first quarter of 2016 marked the continuation of improved overall performance for the company, with increased revenues, improved profitability and cash flows,” said Todd Cleveland, CEO of the Elkhart, Ind.-based company, in an earnings conference call Thursday morning (April 28). The RV, manufactured housing and residential housing markets are all growing,... Read more

Sun Communities Eyes Integration of Carefree

April 27, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Sun Communities Inc. announced its financial results for the first quarter Tuesday (April 26), reporting growth in occupancy to 95.5%, same-community net operating income growth of 6.4% and the addition of one manufactured housing community and one RV property, in addition to the recently announced pending acquisition of Carefree Communities Inc. “Thus far, 2016 is proving to be another excellent year for Sun Communities as we continue to successfully execute on both our organic and external... Read more

ELS Made Carefree Bid; Mobile Bookings Rise

April 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

One of the interesting tidbits to come out of the Equity Lifestyle Properties Inc. (ELS) conference call today (April 19) on its first-quarter financial results was the revelation by CEO Marguerite Nader that the Chicago-based real-estate investment trust made a bid for Carefree Communities Inc. “We reviewed the due-diligence material and we expressed an interest in buying the portfolio at what we thought was a full price,” she said. “We obviously weren’t the highest offer.” That, instead,... Read more

THE BUZZ: Wisconsin Parks Win Liability Law

April 15, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

Pictured with Gov. Scott Walker are: Jason Culotta, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce senior director of government relations; Devin LeMahieu, representing Sen. Frank Lasee; Lori Severson, Wisconsin Association of Campground Owners executive director; James Button, Evergreen Campsites & Resort owner; Bert Davis, Badgerland Campground owner; State Rep. Joel Kitchens; Adam Malsack, Lake Arrowhead Campground owner; and Bud Styer, Smokey Hollow Campground owner When Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker... Read more

NE Camping Conference Offers Upbeat Outlook

March 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The 2016 Northeast Conference on Camping by the Northeast Campground Association (NCA) is in full swing at the Radisson Hotel Nashua in Nashua, N.H. The conference opened Thursday morning (March 17) and continues today before wrapping up Saturday evening. At the opening Thursday, leaders of the nine state associations that are part of NCA reported that while each has concerns over individual state issues, people continue to enjoy camping. NCA includes 11 states, but Delaware and Rhode Island don’t... Read more

Trend: Rental Options For RV Parks Expanding

February 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

As RV park and campground operators expand their facilities and lodging options, the potential market for guests continues to grow as well, and an increasingly diverse slate of rental-lodging options can help provide a “wow” factor to draw new guests. As reported by Woodall’s Campground Management, an increasing number of RV parks and campgrounds are eyeing the “resort” level of guest — everyone from buy-in luxury motorcoach resorts to Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts to Kampgrounds of... Read more

Q&A: Cavco’s Gage Details Park Model Growth

February 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Tim Gage (left) talks with Mike Atkinson of the Mount Rushmore KOA in a Cavco park model RV Editor’s Note: The following is a Q&A conducted by RVBusiness Midwest Editor Justin Leighty and Publisher Sherman Goldenberg with Tim Gage, national vice president of park models and cabins for Cavco Industries Inc. To view the full article click here. In 2015 Cavco Industries Inc. made some big moves to expand its already solid position as a key leader in the park model RV market as well as... Read more

ELS: RV Reservations Continue to Grow in 2016

January 27, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Equity Lifestyle Properties Inc. (ELS) President and CEO Marguerite Nader said in an earnings conference call this morning (Jan. 26) that the company’s solid performance is the result of increasing the strength of the company’s operations. “Our key demographic, the Baby Boomer generation, is turning 65 at the rate of 10,000 per day and we’re positioned to meet their needs,” she said. “We own great real estate locations with a strong demographic trend.” The Chicago-based real-estate... Read more

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