RVDA’s 2018 Con/Expo ‘One of the Best Ever’

November 9, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

RVDA reported attendance was up 16% at Con/Expo (Photo by Shawn Spence) After two compliance seminars this (Nov. 9) morning, the 2018 National RV Dealers Association Convention & Expo will come to a close and, by all accounts, the event has been deemed an unqualified success. Organizers reported attendance rose to 1,600-plus — an increase of 16% over 2017 — and the general consensus among attendees was that it was the “best in years” if not “the best ever.” The Con/Expo, hosted... Read more

RVB Top 50 RV Dealers Honored in Las Vegas

November 8, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Burlington RV President Tim Wegge addresses Top 50 Dealers attendees With a standing-room only crowd overflowing out of the Champagne Ballroom at the Paris Las Vegas Wendesday night (Nov. 7), the RVBusiness Top 50 Dealers Awards reception honored North American RV dealers for their outstanding customer service, community involvement and general excellence in overall operations. (To view a slideshow of the RVDA Expo scroll to the right side of the home page. Photos by Shawn Spence). The... Read more

Travel Lite Debuts Evoke X Series at Con/Expo

November 8, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Travel Lite President Dustin Johns One of the busiest people on the trade show floor during the 2018 RV Dealers Convention/Expo at the Paris Las Vegas, has been Dustin Johns, president of Travel Lite RV. The towables and truck camper manufacturer brought two models of its Evoke travel trailer – including the all-new X Series – and Johns stayed busy as dealer after dealer wanted a personal tour of the lightweight, aerodynamic units. “I took a lot of time developing the Evoke – nine months... Read more

Lively Keynote Highlights ‘Con/Expo’ in Vegas

November 7, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Jason Dorsey signs books following his keynote at Con/Expo  While preliminary events such as the Society of Certified RV Professionals reception took place a day earlier, the National RV Dealers Association Convention & Expo officially got underway Tuesday (Nov. 7) with a full day of Vendor Training +Plus sessions with suppliers and dealers, a Mini Rental School, the opening of the Expo floor itself, an RVDA of Canada reception, and several presentations including a lively keynote from Jason... Read more

Ryan Krenek a Call-in Guest on TV’s Mad Money

November 2, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Ryan Krenek Ryan Krenek, general sales manager for Krenek RV Super Center in Coloma, Mich., and a familiar face at many industry events, was an invited call-in guest Wednesday evening (Oct. 31) on CNBC’s popular “Mad Money” TV show hosted by Jim Cramer after several days of communicating via email and Twitter with the program’s producers. Roughly 15 minutes into the 6 p.m. show, Krenek, 19, who works with his father, Scott Krenek, at the family-held dealership in southern Michigan, took the... Read more

RVDA Reporting Preregistration Best in 10 Years

November 1, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Phil Ingrassia Preregistration for the 2018 RV Dealers Convention Expo is at a 10-year high, according to Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) President Phil Ingrassia. The event, set to run Nov. 5-9 at Paris Las Vegas, is annually presented by the RVDA, RVDA of Canada and the Mike Molino RV Learning Center. “We’ve probably got the best preregistration we have had in a decade with more than 600 dealers coming in, and even more from Canada. We’re going to have a packed Expo... Read more

Keller Marine To Host Two Dealer Open Houses

October 30, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Keller Marine & RV, Port Trevorton, Pa., is hosting two separate Dealer Open Houses, the first slated for Nov. 15 at its brand new Florida warehouse followed by a Dec. 11-12 event in Lancaster, Pa. The Florida Open House will be held at the company’s new warehouse outside Tampa in Thonotosassa, which is in part a result of Keller’s late 2017 acquisition of Lightning RV Supply. The transaction included Lightning’s management staff and personnel, and Keller subsequently opened the new warehouse... Read more

Land ‘N’ Sea Wraps Up Successful Trade Show

October 22, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Michael Conners and Tom Schuessler By all accounts, Land ’N’ Sea Distributing Inc.’s RV & Marine Dealer Trade Show, held Oct. 18-19 at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, was a success. Officials for the Pompano Beach, Fla.-based company noted attendance was at least 20% greater than last year and exceeded their goal of 250 RV-specific dealership personnel in attendance at the show that featured a slate of product training seminars and more than 300 vendor... Read more

Eighth Graders Take Tour of ‘Coachmen RV’ Plant

October 13, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

8th graders tour Coachmen RV’s plant As part of Manufacturing Days in Indiana’s Elkhart County, a group of eighth-grade students from Northridge Middle School recently toured Coachmen RV plant No. 310 in Middlebury, Ind. From Oct. 2-11, Elkhart County Manufacturing Days provided nearly 2,000 8th grade students the opportunity to visit local production companies such as Coachmen RV to explore the diverse education and career pathways available in modern manufacturing. Several Coachmen... Read more

MARVAC’s Fall RV Show Registers Record Crowd

October 10, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

A record 15,000-plus people attended the 29th Annual Fall Detroit RV & Camping Show, hosted Oct. 3-7 by the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. The final gate attendance represents a 3% increase over last year’s show, which was a record crowd over the previous year, said Darren Ing, director of MARVAC RV and camping shows. “It was a good show, and the attendance really speaks to the fact that we’re still seeing... Read more

BUZZ: Newmar’s Utley Touts New Service Center

September 25, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Newmar’s Matt Utley Newmar Corp. is marking the grand opening of its new state-of-the art service center today (Sept. 25) in Nappanee, Ind. At the same time, dealer personnel and other members of the RV industry who attend the event will get a look at the manufacturer’s 2019 model year products. Newmar’s hours during the Elkhart RV Open House are 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday-Wednesday; and 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday. Refreshments and snacks will also be available. This marks the second year... Read more

Thor’s Martin Sees ‘Mutual Benefits’ with Hymer

September 19, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Thor President and CEO Bob Martin “Synergy” might have been one of the more often used terms by officials during Thor Industries Inc.’s conference call with investors Tuesday (Sept 18) following the announcement earlier that morning that the firm had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Erwin Hymer Group (EHG), Europe’s largest RV manufacturer, for approximately $2.45 billion in cash and equity. Expected to close by the end of this year, the combined company would create the... Read more

Acquisition of Jayco Aids Thor in Hymer Buyout

September 18, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

As it turns out, the acquisition of Jayco Inc. two years ago might have been Thor Industries Inc.’s most compelling asset during its negotiations to acquire Germany-based Erwin Hymer Group (EHG), a move that was announced today (Sept. 18). In both cases, said Thor President and CEO Bob Martin, family members for Jayco and EHG had a strong desire that the company culture and family legacy be honored post-transaction. “We looked at Hymer as being very similar to Jayco. It was very important to... Read more

Final Hershey Show Attendance is Nearly 60,000

September 17, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

RVs filled the Giant Center for this year’s Hershey Show America’s Largest RV Show, Sept. 12-16 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa., tallied a final gate attendance of almost 60,000 people, about 5,000 off of last year’s record-setting totals. But most exhibitors came away from the annual trade-and-retail exposition pretty impressed with the pace of sales and the crowds in general despite the looming prospect of impact from Hurricane Florence. Hosted by the Pennsylvania RV & Camping... Read more

‘Hershey’ Set for Big Crowds on Final Weekend

September 15, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Crowds line up to pass through security and enter the Hershey Show. (Photo by Shawn Spence) America’s Largest RV Show, one of the industry’s marquee consumer events hosted by the Pennsylvania RV and Campground Association at the Giant Center complex in Hershey, Pa., hadn’t yet reached the weekend, but already executives at Jayco Inc. and its Starcraft and Highland Ridge divisions were all smiles. Late in the afternoon on Thursday (Sept. 13), Jayco Vice President of Sales and Product Development... Read more

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