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ARVC Michigan Spring Conference a ‘Success’

March 30, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

ARVC Michigan’s Spring 2015 conference The Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds of Michigan (ARVC Michigan) 2015 Spring Conference & Expo, March 23-25 at Saginaw Valley State University, was “outstanding,” officials said. Woodalls Camground Management, sister publication to RVBusiness, reported that the three-day event featured speakers, seminars and exhibitors. “We had a marvelous show this year,” said ARVC Michigan Board President Dave Cordray of White River RV Park and Campground... Read more

Dealer Profile: Noble RV Executes Growth Plan

March 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Pat (L) and Mike Noble Mike Noble was playing golf when his brother, Pat, first suggested the two start selling RVs. Pat had recently bought an old Holiday Rambler travel trailer from a farmer, and the experience led him to believe an RV dealership was worth consideration. Nearly 12 years later, Noble RV is a full-line dealership with four locations in southern Minnesota, and a recipient of an RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Award in 2014. Currently, Noble RV employs 50 people, with the potential for 70... Read more

Winnebago 2Q Sales Up, Earnings Off ‘Slightly’

March 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Winnebago Industries Inc. reported lower net income on slightly higher sales for its fiscal second quarter, ended Feb. 28. Revenues for the second quarter were $234.5 million, an increase of 2.5%, versus $228.8 million for the fiscal 2014 period. Operating income was $11.9 million for the current quarter compared to $14.0 million in the second quarter of last year. Fiscal 2015 second quarter net income was $8.1 million, or 30 cents per diluted share, versus $9.6 million, or 35 cents per diluted share,... Read more

DEALER PROFILE: Holiday World is ‘On Target’

March 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Holiday World flagship store in Houston In nearly 20 years of business, Holiday World RV Supercenters has gone from two small dealerships to five Texas locations in three key markets including Dallas, El Paso and Houston, anchored by its flagship store, Holiday World of Houston-West, in Katy. Holiday RV Supercenters President Michael Peay reported to RVBUSINESS.com that a sixth store is planned on a 15-acre lot about 25 miles south of Fort Worth in Alvarado, Texas, which should open later this... Read more

NRVIA to Host RV Inspector Webinar Thursday

March 23, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The National Recreational Vehicle Inspectors Association (NRVIA) is hosting a webinar at 8 p.m. (EST), Thursday (March 26), for those interested in learning how to become a professional RV inspector. Participants will learn how they can develop their own RV inspection business, or join one of the larger organizations that are currently contracting with certified RV inspectors across the country. The NRVIA is a membership-based organization providing certification and credentials for professional... Read more

SHOW REPORT: Attendance Rises in Okla. City

March 23, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Promoters for the 46th Annual RV Super Show in Oklahoma City reported big crowds and strong sales as attendance during the first two days of the event grew 20% while the last two weekend days both posted records. “I have to tell you, we could not be more pleased,” said Sheril Vergara, of RH Power & Associates Inc. “We try to make it a family event because we’re seeing more and more people from younger age brackets. And we’re seeing families not just with children, but with younger... Read more

Kansas-Based Peterson Industries Shuts Down

March 21, 2015 by · 2 Comments 

Peterson Industries, manufacturers of Excel-brand fifth-wheels including the Limited, Winslow and Wild Cargo models, has closed its doors. A phone call to the company’s headquarters in Smith Center, Kan., was answered by a message indicating that the company was “forced to discontinue operations,” and that “no further information was available.” The towable manufacturer apologized for any inconveniences the closing may have caused. There is no announcement on the company’s website, but... Read more

Escapees Targeting ‘Next Generation of RVers’

March 21, 2015 by · 4 Comments 

From left, Cherie Ve Ard and Chris Dunphy of Technomadia, and Kay Peterson, Melanie Carr and Travis Carr of the Escapees RV Club. Ve Ard, Dunphy and the Carrs were the brains behind the formation of Xscapers The Escapees RV Club, an RV owners group founded in 1978, has announced the formation of Xscapers, a club designed to appeal to the next generation of RVers. The club made its public debut at the 55th Annual Escapade, the Escapees’ annual rally March 8-13 in Tucson, Ariz. Development of the... Read more

Kansas-Based Peterson Industries Shuts Down

March 20, 2015 by · 2 Comments 

Peterson Industries, manufacturers of Excel-brand fifth-wheels including the Limited, Winslow and Wild Cargo models, has closed its doors. A phone call to the company’s headquarters in Smith Center, Kan., was answered by a message indicating that the company was “forced to discontinue operations,” and that “no further information was available.” The towable manufacturer apologized for any inconveniences the closing may have caused. There is no announcement on the company’s website, but... Read more

DEALER PROFILE: Acquisition Grows A & S RV

March 20, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

Family-owned A & S RV Center has been a multiple location dealership for all of a few months. In January this year, the longtime Auburn Hills, Mich., dealership, a member of the Route 66 RV Network, purchased the former Freeway Auto & RV in Midland, Mich., located about 100 miles north. Owner Larry Andree said they had wanted to add a second location for some time, and reviewed other opportunities in different markets before settling on the Midland store. “We were looking for something... Read more

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