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Pleasant Valley Breaking Ground on Expansion

April 28, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Pleasant Valley breaks ground on expansion About 15 months after moving into a new $2.5 million, 65,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, Pleasant Valley Teardrop Trailers in Sugarcreek, Ohio, has broken ground on a 91,639-square-foot expansion project. CEO Scott Hubble told RVBUSINESS.com nearly all of the new space would be used to increase production capacity for the company’s retro-looking teardrop trailers, such as the T@B and T@G, which are designed and built by Pleasant Valley and marketed... Read more

Hershey Show Space Sold Out in Record Time

April 22, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

Attendees packed the expansive Giant Center for last year’s America’s Largest RV Show (Photo by Kirk Zutell) In yet another sign the RV industry continues to gain momentum, exhibitor space for this year’s “America’s Largest RV Show” has sold out quicker than ever before. Hosted by the Pennsylvania RV & Camping Association (PRVCA), the Hershey Show is one of the industry’s marquee events that last year attracted a record gate of 52,191 people – second only to the... Read more

The BUZZ: Dodd RV Marking 60th Anniversary

April 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

George and Jamie Dodd In 1956, the price of gas was 23 cents per gallon, the average income was $4,454, Norma Jean Mortenson legally changed her name to Marilyn Monroe and Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Federal Aid Highway Act, creating the Interstate Highway System. And, on Jan 6, 1956, George Dodd, while still a student at Old Dominion University, bought the neighborhood Texaco gas station in Portsmouth, Va. After a series of fortunate events, and “an abiding faith in God and a business... Read more

Entegra Debuts 2017 Models At Owners Event

April 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

A 2017 Entegra Cornerstone Coach sits in front of the Northern Indiana Event Center at the RV/MH Hall of Fame (Photo by Tyler Klassen) About 300 people, including the owners of some 100 Entegra Coach motorhomes who were in town for the Middlebury, Ind., manufacturer’s four-day Springfest Event, were among the first to see the company’s 2017 models – the highlight of last night’s (April 19) gala dinner at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind. Prior to the public debut of the upgraded Aspire,... Read more

Entegra Coach Announces Relaunch of Insignia

April 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

In a posting this morning (April 19) on its website, and subsequently promoted via social media, Entegra Coach, a division of Middlebury, Ind.-based Jayco Inc., announced it is re-introducing the Insignia in its Class A diesel lineup that includes the Aspire, Anthem and Cornerstone. Chuck Lasley, vice president of sales for Entegra Coach/Jayco Motorhomes, confirmed to RVBUSINESS.com that the Insignia is returning to the market and is aimed directly at gas Class A buyers – a growing segment in... Read more

Wisconsin Set To Launch RV Dealers Alliance

April 12, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

Mick Ferkey was a strong advocate for Wisconsin RVDA By the end of this week, Wisconsin should officially have its first state association representing RV dealers. The Wisconsin Recreational Vehicle Dealers Alliance already has one bank, four distributors and about 20 of the state’s 74 dealers as members, each pledging a three-year initial membership commitment. The alliance’s articles of incorporation will become official Thursday (April 14), and the board of directors is expected to... Read more

FCCC ‘OptiView’ Gains Traction Among OEMs

April 11, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

OptiView, a fully integrated, all-digital LCD instrument cluster unveiled by Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC) at last year’s National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., is gaining the attention of RV manufacturers. Bryan Henke, manager of product marketing for FCCC, said OptiView is one of several products and campaigns from the company that is doing well for the key RV supplier based in Gaffney, S.C., including the S2RV truck chassis with Dynamax and Renegade RV. The company holds high... Read more

Newmar Rolls Out 2017 Lines At Dealer Meeting

April 8, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Newmar showcased its lineup of ’17 motorhomes Attendees representing about 90% of Newmar Corp.’s dealer base were treated to the unveiling of 2017 models April 5-7 at the Nappanee, Ind.-based motorhome builder’s annual dealer meeting at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Conference Center in Kissimmee, Fla. The 24 Class A motorhomes on display, all upgraded to varying extents for the 2017 model year, ranged from Newmar’s top-end King Aire, Essex, London Aire and Mountain Aire diesel pushers... Read more

Supplier Focus: Spartan Touts ‘Connected Care’

April 7, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Spartan debuted its new Spartan Connected Care app at December’s Louisville Show (Photo by Shawn Spence) Spartan Motors Inc. CEO Daryl Adams and Steve Guillaume, president of the Spartan Specialty Vehicles division, took time during the Florida RV SuperShow in January to tout the company’s new mobile application, Spartan Connected Care. In addition, Adams later told RVBUSINESS.com that the Charlotte, Mich.-based company’s 2015 financial report — which, released in February, included an 18.4%... Read more

SLIDESHOW: Newmar Intros ’17 Lines to Dealers

April 7, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

About 90% of Newmar Corp.’s dealer base was treated to the unveiling of the 2017 models at the Nappanee, Ind.-based manufacturer’s annual dealer meetings, April 5-7 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Conference Center in Kissimmee, Fla. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page. Photos by Lori Ballard). The 24 models on display showcased many of the more than 500 changes to the new models, including an all-new King Aire and six other models across various lines... Read more

The BUZZ: RV Learning Weekend Set in Alberta

April 6, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Dan Merkowsky The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Alberta is expecting 120 RVs for its 4th Annual RV Learning Weekend on May 27-29 at Ol’ MacDonalds Resort, located in central Alberta on the south shores of Buffalo Lake. The event is an opportunity for local RVers to enjoy an “entertaining and informative weekend,” said Dan Merkowsky, executive vice president for the RVDA of Alberta. Besides the social camaraderie that RV gatherings always seems to foster, the event includes... Read more

Supplier Focus: Roadmaster Keys on Innovation

April 5, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Jerry Edwards, founder and president of Roadmaster (left) with Vice President of Sales David Robinson (Photo by Shawn Spence) Unlike a lot of companies, Vancouver, Wash.-based Roadmaster Inc. enjoys the luxury of going to shows, trade or retail, and not only displaying new products — from tow bars, mounting brackets, supplemental braking systems, suspension and steering componentry to anti-sway bars and tow dollies — but having its founder, owner president and chief idea man, Jerry Edwards, on... Read more

Supplier Focus: PullRite Reinvents Fiver Hitch

April 4, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

PullRite National Sales Manager Scott Later (left) and President Randy Pulliam exhibit the versatility of the new ISR Series SuperLite 20K With the introduction of the ISR Series SuperLite 20K, Mishawaka, Ind.-based PullRite Towing Systems believes it has reinvented the fifth-wheel hitch. In a traditional fifth-wheel hitch setup, a kingpin off the trailer slides into the jaws of the hitch mounted in the bed of a truck. The SuperLite replaces that with an upside-down ball-and-coupler system that creates a... Read more

THE BUZZ: Barrington RV Sales Marks 50 Years

March 30, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Bryan Bransky (left) and his brother, Sean, co-owners of Barrington RV Sales in front of awards A motorhome taken as trade for a classic car – plus the pleas of his sons who enjoyed camping in the RV – is what ultimately led Barrington Motor Sales, founded 50 years ago by Ron Bransky, to become Barrington RV Sales. In 1966 he established the company as a Jeep and Datsun dealer on Route 14 in Barrington, Ill. Being somewhat of a car enthusiast himself, Bransky also sold exotic collector cars from... Read more

Winnebago’s Quality Focus Reins In Production

March 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The transition of its Class A diesel manufacturing from its Forest City, Iowa, campus to Junction City, Ore., as well as the purposeful reining in on its motorized production to better focus on quality signaled a 3.4% drop in motorhome sales, officials at Winnebago Industries Inc. said Thursday (March 24) during a conference call commenting on second-quarter earnings. Winnebago earlier reported a 15.5% increase in net income for its fiscal second quarter, ended Feb. 27, despite a 3.8% decrease... Read more

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