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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

KOA CEO Hittmeier Talks About Chain’s Growth

January 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The network of parks in the Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) system of franchisee-operated and company-owned parks had a huge year in 2015. Not only were revenues up for an impressive 92% of KOA parks, the number of parks grew, edging closer to the 500 mark. In fact, at year’s end, KOA reported that there were 490 parks in the system across North America — 29 of them owned by Billings, Mon.-based KOA. “Things are good,” KOA President Pat Hittmeier told a crowd of more than 700 owners and... Read more

KOA Rolls Out New ‘PowerParasol’ at Ariz. Park

December 9, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Tucson/Lazydays KOA Power Parasol (photo courtesy of KOA) Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) rolled out a powerful new shade in Arizona at the Tucson/Lazydays KOA, bringing something new to the North American camping market. After a soft opening in early November, KOA’s officially cutting the ribbon today (Dec. 9) on the PowerParasol, a towering structure that not only provides some shade but also cranks out electricity. “It’s pretty dramatic,” KOA President Pat Hittmeier told Woodall’s... Read more

KOA’s Hittmeier Delivers Good News in Daytona

November 17, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

KOA President Pat Hittmeier The Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) 2015 Convention kicked into gear this morning (Nov. 17) at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Fla. “Things are good. I’m here this morning to celebrate our accomplishments,” President Pat Hittmeier told the crowd of 700 people. “This is the best year KOA’s ever had in my 34 years of being with KOA.” So far in 2015, short-term occupancy — which accounts for 80% of the business at the 499 KOAs — is... Read more

ARVC Conference is Underway in Daytona Beach

November 3, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

After two days of preconference meetings for state leaders and members of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) Foundation, the 2015 ARVC Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo (OHCE) kicks into full gear for members starting today (Nov. 3) at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Fla. The OHCE started with leadership training and educational seminars, followed by the opening luncheon, featuring speaker Lee Silber. Silber is a surf-shop owner, bestselling author of 21 books and... Read more

Sun Communities Plans Growth in RV Portfolio

October 28, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

RV properties helped drive revenue growth for Sun Communities Inc. during the third fiscal quarter, and the company plans to keep growing its portfolio of RV parks. “The RV industry has had momentum over the last six years. It’s a great time for the RV industry and we are seeing the benefits,” said Chairman and CEO Gary Shiffman told investors today (Oct. 27) in a conference call after the Southfield, Mich., company announced its quarterly financial results. He added that transient... Read more

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