Forest River West Coast Open House a Success

August 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: To view a slideshow of the Forest River West Coast Open House scroll to the right side of the home page. Forest River’s Wildcat Maxx 2 at the Open House Forest River Inc. officials reported that about 150 dealer personnel attended the 4th Annual West Coast Open House, held Aug. 18-20 at the company’s manufacturing plant in Harrisburg, Ore. About 100 units were displayed during the three-day Open House – mostly towables built by Forest River’s West Coast... Read more

Skyline will Display 4 Park Models at Open House

August 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Skyline park model interiors offer a residential feel During the week of the Elkhart County RV Open House, Skyline Corp. will display four park model RVs at its headquarters in Elkhart, Ind. Current and prospective dealers will be able to tour the Shore Park and Vacation Villa units – two will be CSA models and two will be ANSI models – as well as enjoy catered lunches, said Richard Florea, who was named Skyline’s president and CEO in January.  Founded in 1951 in Elkhart, Skyline Corp. is... Read more

Outdoorsy is Hooking up RV Owners with Renters

August 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Jen Young and Jeff Cavins San Francisco-based startup Outdoorsy today (Aug. 20) announced the launch of the first-ever community-driven marketplace bridging the gap between the fast-growing demand for rental RVs and the people who supply them. After a successful beta program in California, RV inventory will now be available for rent in all 50 states, the company announced in a release. Outdoorsy looks to capitalize on privately owned RVs that go unused by helping their owners offer them to non-RVers... Read more

Optimistic Tiffin Brings RV Dealers in for Meeting

August 11, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

President Bob Tiffin addresses dealers More than 100 dealer personnel are in Alabama for the 2015 Tiffin Motorhomes Inc. Dealer Meeting at the Marriot Shoals Resort & Spa in Florence, Ala. The two-day meeting began Monday night (Aug. 10) with a dinner, some words of welcome from President Bob Tiffin and a performance by 3 Wheel Drive, which treated the audience to an entertaining journey through the rock-country-blues music for which the Muscle Shoals region of Alabama is known. “I think... Read more

Travel-Lite to Roll Out Rayzr Truck Camper Line

August 10, 2015 by · 2 Comments 

Computer rendering of Travel-Lite Rayzr At the Sept. 22-24 Elkhart County RV Open House Travel-Lite Inc. will debut an innovative line of truck campers called the Rayzr. Dustin Johns, president of the New Paris, Ind.-based manufacturer, said the key element of the new Rayzr is that the units do not have a sleeping area overhanging the cab of the truck, instead angling from front to rear. “It’s super aerodynamic, very lightweight and inexpensive,” Johns told, adding that the... Read more

Travel-Lite Says Truck Camper Sales Up Sharply

August 7, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

New Paris, Ind.-based Travel-Lite Inc. reported 184% growth with year-over-year truck camper sales nearly tripling, according to President Dustin Johns. “It’s pretty astonishing, especially considering that the Canadian economy is pretty slow right now. We have some Canadian dealers doing okay, but it’s a lot tougher for them than normal,” Johns told “But America has come on strong. We have increased our dealer network by a large margin.” Johns, who said the company... Read more

Class of ’15 Members Honored at Hall Induction

August 4, 2015 by · 2 Comments 

Inductee Sherman Goldenberg capped his speech with a bagpipe solo (Photo by Shawn Spence) Serenaded by an impromptu bagpiper, a record crowd of 325 people was on hand last night (Aug. 3) as the RV and manufactured housing industries officially inducted 10 new members into the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind. The event also featured a State of the Hall of Fame address by President Darryl Searer, who reported the facility is in “the best shape it’s ever been in.” Its debt has been pared down... Read more

Industry Pulse: RVAA’s Stark Eyes Consolidation

August 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

RVAA Outgoing President Jim Stark As the Recreation Vehicle Aftermarket Association (RVAA) readies for its annual Executive Conference, which is Aug. 17-21 at the Pinnacle Hotel in Vancouver, its outgoing president, Jim Stark, paused to reflect on his tenure – including the pending consolidation of the RV industry’s three largest distributors of aftermarket parts and accessories. In July, LKQ Corp. and The Coast Distribution System Inc. announced that it has signed a definitive agreement for... Read more

FMCA’s 92nd Family Reunion Starting Off Strong

July 31, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

FMCA reunion kicked off in Wisconsin state capitol this week About 3,500 people and 1,400 motorhomes have descended upon Wisconsin’s capital city for the 92nd Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase hosted by the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA). Dubbed “Escape to Wisconsin,” the annual four-day event began Wednesday (July 29) and runs through Aug. 1 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. One of the rally’s first events was the Wednesday night preview of the Motorhome Showcase, which... Read more

Forest River Sees West Coast Open House Grow

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Forest River Inc.’s West Coast Operations is expecting between 150-200 dealership personnel to attend its upcoming West Coast Open House, set for Aug. 18-20 at its manufacturing plant in Harrisburg, Ore. Paul Eskritt, a general manager for Forest River, said the company would have as many as 100 units displayed during the three-day open house – mostly towables built by Forest River’s West Coast Operations located in Oregon and California along with a number of other towables and motorhomes... Read more

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