ESCAPE RV Catching Up After Major Launch

July 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Dan George took an unusual path into the RV industry, but since the launch of Wisconsin-based ESCAPE RV late last year, he’s been amazed by the response to the company’s park model RVs. “I’ve been in the resort business for over 20 years and started using the architecture design you see in ESCAPE 20 years ago in stick-built buildings at a resort called Canoe Bay. We started to look at whether we could make the architecture available to people who fell in love with it,” said... Read more

Thor’s Tryka To Address Citi Conference Wed.

May 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Thor Industries Inc. announced Jeff Tryka, Thor director of corporate development and investor relations, will present at the Citi 2014 Global Consumer Conference to be held at the Hilton New York Hotel in New York City on Wednesday (May 28). The management presentation, which will include information on the operations of Elkhart, Ind.-based Thor, is scheduled to begin at 1:40 p.m. Eastern Time, and will be available via live webcast at the company’s website, Click on “Investors,”... Read more

Power Breakfast: Round Table Hits Hot Issues

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Round table participants at Power Breakfast At the RV Industry Power Breakfast Thursday (May 8), some of the top leaders in the RV industry – both manufacturers and suppliers – took the stage at the RV/MH Hall of Fame’s Northern Indiana Event Center in Elkhart, Ind., for a round table discussion. Those leaders included RVIA Chairman Doug Gaeddert, a general manager at Forest River Inc.; Bob Martin, president and CEO of Thor Industries Inc.; Derald Bontrager, president and CEO of Jayco Inc.;... Read more

KOA’s Rogers: N.C. Resort Redefines Camping

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Opening ceremony at Cape Hatteras KOA Resort Sandy Rogers, wife of Jim Rogers, the CEO of Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA), perfectly summed up the unique quality of the Cape Hatteras KOA Resort as she pushed a button on the ground floor of the large clubhouse: “How many campgrounds have elevators?” Answer: About as many as have a floor of suites upstairs from the front desk and camp store. Welcome to Cape Hatteras KOA Resort, the newest KOA property to adopt the KOA Resort brand, and the first... Read more

Large Companies Making Mark in RV Park Sector

April 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

ELS owns Florida’s Sunshine Key RV Resort & Marina Anyone who’s spent time in the campground and RV park industry has seen the trend of more and more outside companies getting interested in the industry, according to a report by Woodall’s Campground Management. Whether it’s hotel industry veterans starting a new RV park branding network (most recently Cruise Inn), hotel software companies coming into the industry with reservation and management software (most recently Frontdesk... Read more

NCA Reports Strong Turnout at 50th Conference

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The Northeast Campground Association’s (NCA) golden anniversary celebration is off to a strong start in Sturbridge, Mass. There are 81 vendors packing the exhibit hall in the Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center for the 50th Northeast Conference on Camping & Trade Show, and the aisles between them are packed. The show opened Thursday (March 20) and concludes Saturday. “If somebody comes to a northeast conference, they’ll come back,” Cyndy Zbierski told Woodall’s Campground... Read more

Global Caravan Introduces ‘CR-1 Carbon’ Trailer

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Global Caravan Technologies executives Harrison Ding (L) and Charles Hoefer in front of the CR-1 Carbon trailer Global Caravan Technologies (GCT) unveiled a prototype of its high-end carbon-fiber composite RV Thursday evening (March 6) in Speedway, Ind., the headquarters of the new company. Chairman and President Harrison Ding said the 35-foot CR-1 Carbon travel trailer, when it enters production, will bring a new option to the top end of the RV market. “We’re proud to be part of this industry.... Read more

RV Industry Grapples with Epic ‘Tough’ Winter

February 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Harsh winter weather continues to plague Elkhart County Winter weather continues to be a major story in the RV industry this year, with a fresh storm bringing even more snow to the Elkhart County, Ind., area. RV manufacturers and suppliers are working through the latest storm — at least those who can make it to work — as they try to keep Old Man Winter from causing them to fall behind even more. Parts of Elkhart County received more than six inches of additional snow through this morning, and... Read more

NTP National Meeting Sees Bump in Attendance

January 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

After record growth at its national meeting last year, NTP Distribution managed an even bigger event this year at “The Expo” – a new name for the Jan. 28-30 gathering held in a new venue and at a new time. “On the dealer side we’ve seen a 40% increase in people registered this year,” said Jane Donnelly, marketing director for NTP parent Keystone Automotive Operations Inc., inside the Sands Convention Center behind the Venetian Hotel on the Strip in Las Vegas. That’s even more... Read more

Elkhart Co. Builders Dig Out from Winter Storm

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Snow and bitter cold hit Indiana's Elkhart County RV companies in northern Indiana are back to work today (Jan. 8) after a foot of snow, followed by intense cold, blanketed the area where most North American RVs are produced. “We shut down Monday and Tuesday, and that’s the first time in my 12 years we ever had to shut down,” said Tim Graber, general manager of Forest River Inc.’s Class C motorhome plant on Elkhart’s west side. “It was just not worth it. With the combination... Read more

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