ELS Executives: We Expect to Keep On Growing

October 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Senior executives of Equity Lifestyle Properties (ELS), a Chicago-based company that owns a number of manufactured housing communities as well as the Encore and Thousand Trails brands of RV resorts, detailed their company’s quarterly performance and outlook Tuesday (Oct. 18) on a conference call with investors. During the quarter, annual RV rental income rose by 5.8% and is up 5.7% for the year, while seasonal RV income declined by 1.9% compared to the same quarter of last year. However,... Read more

REV Ribbon Cutting Dedicates new Visitor Center

October 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

REV Recreation Group’s new visitor REV Group company officials and local leaders in Decatur, Ind., cut the ribbon this morning on the brand-new REV Visitor Center, the capstone to a $6 million expansion and renovation project. “This is a big day for us. This is the only company in this industry that is making this kind of investment,” said Jim Jacobs, REV RV Group president. “It’s showing something that none of our competitors are willing to do. This is the part of the business that’s... Read more

‘KOA Care Camps’ Primed for Continued Growth

September 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The following story appears in the September issue of Woodall’s Campground Management. KOA Care Camps is on a roll. The nonprofit charity, established 32 years ago by franchisees of Kampgrounds of America Inc.(KOA), reached an impressive milestone this year when it surpassed the $10 million fundraising mark in June. That came after the charity — a mixture of charitable organizations KOA Care Camps Trust in the U.S. and KOA Care Camps of Canada — has managed to grow its donations year after... Read more

Highland Ridge Cuts Ribbon on 92,000 Sq. Ft. Plant

September 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Randy Graber, Highland Ridge president, cuts the ribbon at the plant with the help of Derald (to his right) and Wilbur Bontrager of Highland Ridge parent company Jayco as they’re surrounded by Shipshewana, LaGrange County and Indiana officials Nine years to the month after Randy Graber founded Open Range RV, he officially cut the ribbon this morning (Sept. 19) at its main campus in Shipshewana, Ind., to dedicate the newest plant for the company – now operating as Highland Ridge RV following... Read more

Millennials Offer Parks Challenges & Opportunities

September 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: The following Q&A conducted by Woodall’s Campground Management with the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) Karen Redfern, senior director of marketing communications for the national Go RVing campaign, examines the growing influence of Millennials on the U.S. RV and campground and industries. For the full story click here. Judging by the number of stories we’ve seen lately in the press, the U.S. news media seem to have developed an obsession with... Read more

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

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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

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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

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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

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