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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

RVIA ‘Committee Week’ Gets Underway in D.C.

June 6, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) Committee Week 2016 got underway today at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. Over the course of the five-day event, the association’s standing committees, the Executive Committee and the board of directors will meet to review the organization’s strategic plan and set the association’s agenda for the upcoming fiscal year. The Go RVing Coalition will also meet on June 6. One of the committees that met for nearly four hours this morning was... Read more

Obama Touts Policies & Performance in Elkhart

June 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

President Obama addresses crowd at Concord High School in Elkhart President Barack Obama on Wednesday (June 1) returned to the northern Indiana RV-building hub of Elkhart, Ind. – his third visit after having appeared there as a presidential candidate and newly elected chief executive – to tout the performance of his administration’s economic policies and overall efforts to help shepherd the nation out of the Great Recession. Obama, in the homestretch of his presidency, also took some good-natured... Read more

The BUZZ: Don Clark on Grand Design Growth

May 31, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Don Clark The growth rate of Grand Design Recreational Vehicles Co. is difficult to ignore. In a little more than three-and-a-half years, the Middlebury, Ind.-based towable manufacturer – started by former Keystone RV Co. executives Don Clark and brothers Bill and Ron Fenech – has grown from a startup to a thriving business that welcomed Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb to its complex for a May groundbreaking ceremony commemorating an $11 million expansion project that includes... Read more

Adventures Northwest is Top Airstream Dealer

May 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Airstream Adventures Northwest celebrates Top Dealer Award Airstream Adventures Northwest was the big winner Wednesday (May 25) night as the Jackson Center, Ohio-based manufacturer honored its top dealers during an awards banquet as part of its 2016 Dealer Meeting in Columbus, Ohio. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page). The meeting, which also included the introduction of Airstream’s 2017 models and several new dealer programs, wraps up today with... Read more

Airstream’s ’16 Dealer Meeting Gets Underway

May 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

About 150 people attending the May 24-26 Airstream Dealer Meeting in Columbus, Ohio, enjoyed a reception and dinner, sponsored by Ally Financial, Tuesday (May 24) evening at the Franklin Park Observatory on the grounds of the Columbus Botanical Gardens. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page). Prior to dinner, Airstream President Bob Wheeler and Vice President of Sales Justin Humphreys welcomed everyone to Columbus and hinted at exciting new product that... Read more

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