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Blue Dog RV Adding Dealership in Portland Area

November 12, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Blue Dog RV General Manager Jeff Zemp Blue Dog RV is preparing to open a new dealership to serve what it views as an underserved market in Portland, Ore. It will be the fourth location for the dealership, which currently operates two stores in Idaho — Post Falls and Hayden — and one in Kennewick, Wash. Blue Dog will move into an old car dealership in Gresham, on Portland’s east side. The five-acre site will offer a full-service dealership and parts operation. It’s a move that General Manager... Read more

ARVC Sees Attendance Bump for ’13 Conference

November 8, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

ARVC members were upbeat at OHCE (photo by Shawn Millsaps) When the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) met this week in Knoxville, Tenn., for the annual Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo (OHCE), optimism was evident. “We have attendance from the campground side nearing or exceeding 600, which puts us roughly 200 above where we were last year in Vegas,” said Rob Schutter Jr., president and COO of Leisure Systems Inc., who stepped down as chairman of ARVC on Thursday... Read more

VIDEO 1: Racer Gordon Picks up 1st Momentum

October 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

From left Kyle Robins of Robby Gordon Racing, Grand Design President/co-owner Don Clark, Robby Gordon, and Grand Design co-owners Bill Fenech and Ron Fenech. Editor’s Note: To view an accompanying video from FOX 28, Elkhart, Ind., on the following Grand Design story by RVBUSINESS.com click here. Grand Design RV LLC, entered the international racing circuit Wednesday (Oct. 23) when Robby Gordon picked up a Momentum toy hauler to take across three continents. “This thing’s going to... Read more

Stat Surveys Upgrading Its Divisional Reporting

October 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Tom Walworth Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI) has rolled out a new feature with the release Friday (Oct. 18) of August’s retail RV sales report, according to Tom Walworth, president of the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based firm. The report now has a page detailing sales numbers by divisions of RV companies on the towable side. “We’re adding this to segregate the data in a little bit different fashion on that one page so that people can look at the strength of (various) divisions,” Walworth said. The... Read more

Camping World Rolls Out RV Transport Company

October 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

  CWRV President Dave Miller In a move that could have important long-term implications for the RV transportation business, Chicago-based RV retailer Camping World Inc. formally expanded into the RV transport business during a Thursday (Oct. 17) ribbon-cutting ceremony on the west side of Elkhart, Ind., introducing its new CWRV Transport LLC. “We were actually breathed into life, so to speak, by Camping World, who decided as the largest RV dealership in the country, they wanted to take... Read more

TMC Production Under Way At Wakarusa Plant

October 18, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Thor Motor Coach is officially up and running at its second site in Wakarusa, Ind., following the startup of the company’s first production line at the new facilities there last week. The move into the former Monaco facility comes at a good time for Thor Motor Coach (TMC). “The motorhome market is up 30% this year, which is very robust,” said TMC President Jeff Kime. “We are up even more at 55% and are gaining market share.” The Elkhart, Ind.-based subsidiary of... Read more

Stat Surveys Upgrades Its Divisional Reporting

October 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI) is rolling out a new feature with the release of tomorrow (Oct. 18) morning’s retail RV sales report for August, according to Tom Walworth, president of the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based firm. The report will now have a new page detailing sales numbers by divisions of RV companies on the towable side. “We’re adding this to segregate the data in a little bit different fashion on that one page so that people can look at the strength of (various) divisions,”... Read more

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