RV Consumer Magazine ‘Rova’ is Set for Launch

October 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

A new consumer magazine covering the RV lifestyle is primed to launch next Feburary with its sights set on attracting the next generation of RVers. Called Rova — a combination of “road vacations” and “recreational vehicles” — the quarterly magazine will be available via subscription and at newsstands of select book and specialty retailers. Rova will be the first North American title for Executive Media, an Australian publishing firm with dozens of magazines in its Down... Read more

New Director: ‘I Want FMCA To Be Known to All’

October 20, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

Chris Smith Chris Smith, newly appointed executive director for the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA), said he’s “blown away” by the passion of the Cincinnati-based organization’s staff and members. Smith, who joined the association in August 2013 as director of administrative services/controller, will also have the title of chief financial officer for FMCA. The organization had been searching for a candidate to replace former executive director Jerry Yeats, who stepped... Read more

‘Amazing Sales’ Reported at RVIA’s Pomona Show

October 17, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Strong sales and a substantial increase in attendance over last year marked the 64th California RV Show, hosted by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) — one of the industry’s marquee retail events that finished its 10-day run Sunday (Oct. 16) at the Pomona Fairplex. RVIA’s Western Show Director Tom Gaither reported a final attendance of 38,946 people, easily surpassing last year’s total of 35,148, and a figure that is roughly double the show’s attendance of just five years... Read more

Report: Florida Dealers are Weathering the Storm

October 7, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Waves driven by Hurricane Matthew pounding a fishing pier on Thursday in Pompano Beach, Fla. Credit Gaston De Cardenas/Agence France-Presse, Getty Images As of Friday (Oct. 7) morning, RV dealerships along the southeastern coast of Florida had been largely unaffected by Hurricane Matthew, but officials are concerned that conditions may change as it continues up the coastline. Lance Wilson, president of the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA), told that he was in contact with many... Read more

SLIDESHOW: Novi Show’s Opening Attracts 1,500

October 6, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Wednesday (Oct. 5) was the opening day of the 27th Annual Fall Detroit Camper & RV Show, which runs through Sunday (Oct. 9) at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. Judging by the first-day crowd, organizers with the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) are anticipating it will once again be a record-setting event. (To view the slideshow scroll to the right side of the home page). The show features more than 280 units and 50 RV brands on display,... Read more

RVB Q&A: Clark, Happe Expound on Acquisition

October 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Winnebago President and CEO Mike Happe (L) and Grand Design President Don Clark at the Hall of Fame Editor’s Note: The following is a Q&A with Grand Design RV Co. President Don Clark and Winnebago Industries Inc. President and CEO Mike Happe conducted at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in the wake of today’s announcement of Winnebago’s pending acquisition of Grand Design.  RVB: It’s a cliche, but this seems to be a win-win situation? Happe: We believe so. We talked throughout... Read more

San Diego Dealer Wins Mercedes in Thor Giveaway

September 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

For the first time in its brief history, the winner of the Thor Industries Inc. vehicle drawing during the Elkhart RV Open House was the first name pulled out of the tumbler. During the last several years the first couple of people whose slips were drawn were not present, a stipulation to winning. But when Thor President and CEO Bob Martin read the name aloud Wednesday, the crowded east end of the Thor display made way for Louk Nienhuis, general sales manager at RV Solutions Inc. in San Diego.... Read more

MARVAC 75th Annual Conference Opens Sunday

September 9, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

After having celebrated its 50th annual Detroit RV & Camper Show earlier this year, the Michigan Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (MARVAC) will be commemorating another milestone beginning Sunday (Sept. 11) as part of the Michigan Manufactured Housing, RV and Campground Association’s (MMHRVCA) 75th Annual Conference. MARVAC is a division of the MMHRVCA, a full-service, nonprofit, state trade association representing three industries in the state of Michigan, including: manufactured... Read more

California Dealership is Using ‘3D VR Technology’

September 6, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

VR technology has improved sales for Mr. Motorhome One of North America’s largest exclusively pre-owned RV dealerships, Mr. Motorhome, has embraced the emerging technology of virtual reality (VR) to enhance its online operations.  The company has locations in the Sacramento market of Elk Grove, Calif., as well as a seasonal site in Quartzite, Ariz. VR is a computer technology that uses images and sounds – and sometimes other sensations – to replicate a real environment, in this case the interior... Read more

Vanleigh RV will Display New Vilano at Open House

September 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Vilano fifth-wheel by Vanleigh RV After first making a stop at America’s Largest RV Show in Hershey, Pa., Vanleigh RV, the startup luxury fifth-wheel manufacturer based in Burnsville, Miss., will be bringing three of its Vilano models to the Elkhart County RV Open House – including its newest front living room configuration. The company’s display location is at the northwest corner of County Roads 6 and 17, across from the Executive Parkway entrance leading to the RV/MH Hall of Fame. Vanleigh... Read more

Campers Inn Selling Exclusive Gulf Stream Trailer

August 30, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Friendship Coastal Edition trailer New Hampshire-based Campers Inn RV has quietly been selling an exclusive line of travel trailers for the past several months at its 15 locations in New England and along the East Coast. (To view a video click here or scroll down to the Video 3 slot on the home page). Developed in partnership with Gulf Stream Coach Inc., a longtime motorized and towables manufacturer based in Nappanee, Ind., the new stick-and-tin line is called the “Friendship Coastal... Read more

SLIDESHOW: Caravan Salon Attracts Huge Crowd

August 29, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Despite unseasonably warm weather that saw temperatures soaring into the 90s, the 55th annual CARAVAN SALON officially got underway this past weekend. By all accounts the event, held at Germany’s Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre, represents Europe’s premier RV show with a total of 590 exhibitors displaying some 2,100 RVs across 2.2 million square feet of indoor and outdoor space. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the home page). Set to run through Sept. 4, the show... Read more

Slideshow: Boring-Smith Hosts Trade Show at Hall

August 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

From left, Jose Rivera and Don Helder of Apex Tool Group demonstrate a product for Bill Hendrickson and Tony Anderson of Forest River Inc. About 600 people, many from northern Indiana’s RV manufacturers and suppliers, attended the second annual industry trade show hosted by Boring-Smith, a leading supplier of maintenance, repair, operation and production supplies, Thursday (Aug. 18) at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind. (To view the slideshow scroll to the right side of the Read more

Forest River FROG Rally Fills Indiana Fairgrounds

August 17, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Forest River Owners Group (FROG) Rally, running Aug. 14-20 at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds in Goshen, Ind., has taken on a life of its own. In just four years, the rally – which offers attendees a host of activities including several trips, 75 educational seminars, 65 vendors and no-cost factory service – has quadrupled from just 208 units the first year to a record turnout this year of 800 RVs and 1,630 members coming from 42 states, two Canadian provinces and New Zealand. In fact,... Read more

Class of 2016 Inducted Into RV/MH Hall of Fame

August 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Hall President Darryl Searer shows induction attendees plans for expansion at the facility About 350 people celebrated the Class of 2016’s induction into the RV/MH Hall of Fame Monday (Aug. 1) night at the Northern Indiana Event Center in Elkhart, Ind. The 10-member class included five people each representing the recreation vehicle and manufactured housing industries. (To view a slideshow of the event scroll to the right side of the home page). The RV industry inductees included:... Read more

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