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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 RVBUSINESS.com... 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 RVBUSINESS.com home page). The RV industry inductees included:... Read more

Forest River Eyeing 6th West Coast Open House

August 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Forest River Wildcat Maxx 2 at last year’s Open House Forest River Inc. personnel are busy making final preparations for the 6th Annual West Coast Dealer Open House slated for Aug. 23-24 at the company’s 16-acre manufacturing facility in Harrisburg, Ore. The company will be displaying its full complement of 2017 towables built by Forest River’s West Coast operations located in Harrisburg and Dallas, Ore., and Hemet and Rialto, Calif., along with a number of other towables and motorhomes... Read more

The BUZZ: Searer To Detail Hall’s Growth Plans

July 27, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Darryl Searer Attendees at the RV/MH Hall of Fame Induction Dinner, slated for Aug. 1 at the Hall’s Northern Indiana Event Center in Elkhart, Ind., will be treated to a sneak peak of the facility’s expansion plans, including an animated video. During his “State of the Hall Address,” Darryl Searer, who marked his fourth anniversary as president and CEO of the Hall of Fame in March, will provide an overview of the expansion to the east side of the complex. “I’m kind of letting the cat... Read more

Jayco Hummingbird Enjoys Successful Launch

July 16, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Hummingbird 17RK trailer by Jayco With the spring launch of the teardrop-style Hummingbird travel trailer, Jayco Inc. has entered a niche market occupied by, among others, the R-Pod from Forest River Inc., the T@B from Little Guy Worldwide LLC, and, more recently, the Winnie Drop from Winnebago Industries Inc.  According to John Fisher, Jayco’s senior product director for fold-downs and lightweights that includes the White Hawk and Jay Feather brands, the Hummingbird launch has been hugely successful. “With... Read more

FMCA Looking Forward to August Convention

July 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) is anticipating a smaller turnout than expected for its annual international convention, Aug. 3-6 at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass. Pamela Kay, FMCA’s director of communications and publications, told RVBUSINESS.com that between advance registrations and walk-ups the group is anticipating about 1,100 coaches, which is close to what organizers expected, but is down significantly from the average coach counts the Cincinnati-based... Read more

The Buzz: Ingrassia Discusses CFPB, Con/Expo

July 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Phil Ingrassia Recently, the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) asked its membership to contact their U.S. senators, urging them to support S. 2663, the “Reforming CFPB Indirect Auto Financing Guidance Act,” which would require the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to withdraw the “flawed guidance” that attempts to eliminate dealers’ ability to discount vehicle financing for consumers. The legislation, which would require the CFPB to follow certain rules, such as public... Read more

Grand Design RV Co. Offers Tribute To Workers

July 13, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

Grand Design President Don Clark addresses employees Tuesday during a companywide tribute for Clark’s being named EY Entrepreneur of the Year Wearing T-shirts that read “It’s All About The Team” on the front, the employees of Grand Design Recreation Vehicles Co. gathered Tuesday (July 12) inside Plant No. 3 of the manufacturer’s campus north of Middlebury, Ind., for special recognition of President Don Clark’s recent Ernst & Young (EY) Entrepreneur Of The Year award for... Read more

Slideshow: Evergreen Auction Items Snatched Up

July 12, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

More than 250 people turned out this morning (July 12) at the Luxury Lifestyle RV facility in Middlebury, Ind., for the second of a three-day auction liquidating the assets of EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC, a towable RV builder that suspended operations last month. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page). Nappanee, Ind.-based Hahn Auctioneers Inc. is handling the gavel at the EverGreen auction, which includes a wide variety of equipment, but no real estate.... Read more

The BUZZ: Riegel Grows ‘Airstream 2 Go’ Niche

July 8, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

Airstream 2 Go founder Dicky Riegel Now entering its fourth year of operation, Airstream 2 Go – the exclusive, factory-authorized source in North America to rent current model Airstream trailers, custom-matched to a dedicated Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ tow vehicle – enjoyed a 70% jump in year-over-year revenue in 2015 and continues to track up this year, said company founder and former Airstream Inc. President and CEO Dicky Riegel. “We began operations in May 2013 so the fact that we’re still going... Read more

Clark Wins Ohio Valley EY Entrepreneur Award

June 29, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

Don Clark Don Clark, president of Grand Design Recreation Vehicles LLC in Middlebury, Ind., has won the Ernst & Young (EY) Entrepreneur Of The Year award for the Hospitality and Leisure category in the Ohio Valley Region. (To view the video scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page). Clark and other regional winners move on to a EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala Nov. 19 in Palm Springs, Calif. In his acceptance speech, Clark, who co-owns Grand Design with brothers... Read more

SLIDESHOW: MARVAC Honors Retiring DeWitt

June 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Tim DeWitt, who will retire June 30 after 39 years with the Michigan Association of RVs & Campgrounds (MARVAC), was honored during a reception Monday (June 13) night following the group’s 21st Annual HARVEST Golf Outing at the Mystic Creek golf course in Milford, Mich. (To view the slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page). About 200 people attended the retirement party for DeWitt, who will hand over his executive director duties to Bill Sheffer at the end of this... Read more

RVIA Committee Week ’16 Heads to Capitol Hill

June 8, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

(L-R) Winnebago Marketing Director Chad Reece, BJ Thompson, Ernst Legislative Director Ryan Berger and Winnebago President and CEO Mike Happe After a busy Tuesday (June 7) that saw the completion of committee meetings and the unveiling of the “RVs Move America Economic Impact Study,” the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) Committee Week 2016 – a five-day event held at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington D.C. – now focuses on legislative matters as members participate in Capitol... Read more

RVIA Economic Study Shows RVs Move America

June 7, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

“RVs Move America,” the first-ever economic impact study of the recreation vehicle industry, revealed the RV industry contributed $49.7 billion to the U.S. economy in 2015, and provided 289,852 full-time jobs to American workers. Results of the study were released today (June 7) at a news conference in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) Committee Week 2016. Calling it “a critical tool that we need to prove our strength as an economic engine,”... Read more

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