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San Diego Dealer Wins Mercedes in Thor Giveaway

September 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

For the first time in its brief history, the winner of the Thor Industries Inc. vehicle drawing during the Elkhart RV Open House was the first name pulled out of the tumbler. During the last several years the first couple of people whose slips were drawn were not present, a stipulation to winning. But when Thor President and CEO Bob Martin read the name aloud Wednesday, the crowded east end of the Thor display made way for Louk Nienhuis, general sales manager at RV Solutions Inc. in San Diego.... Read more

MARVAC 75th Annual Conference Opens Sunday

September 9, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

After having celebrated its 50th annual Detroit RV & Camper Show earlier this year, the Michigan Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (MARVAC) will be commemorating another milestone beginning Sunday (Sept. 11) as part of the Michigan Manufactured Housing, RV and Campground Association’s (MMHRVCA) 75th Annual Conference. MARVAC is a division of the MMHRVCA, a full-service, nonprofit, state trade association representing three industries in the state of Michigan, including: manufactured... Read more

California Dealership is Using ‘3D VR Technology’

September 6, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

VR technology has improved sales for Mr. Motorhome One of North America’s largest exclusively pre-owned RV dealerships, Mr. Motorhome, has embraced the emerging technology of virtual reality (VR) to enhance its online operations.  The company has locations in the Sacramento market of Elk Grove, Calif., as well as a seasonal site in Quartzite, Ariz. VR is a computer technology that uses images and sounds – and sometimes other sensations – to replicate a real environment, in this case the interior... Read more

Vanleigh RV will Display New Vilano at Open House

September 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Vilano fifth-wheel by Vanleigh RV After first making a stop at America’s Largest RV Show in Hershey, Pa., Vanleigh RV, the startup luxury fifth-wheel manufacturer based in Burnsville, Miss., will be bringing three of its Vilano models to the Elkhart County RV Open House – including its newest front living room configuration. The company’s display location is at the northwest corner of County Roads 6 and 17, across from the Executive Parkway entrance leading to the RV/MH Hall of Fame. Vanleigh... Read more

Campers Inn Selling Exclusive Gulf Stream Trailer

August 30, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Friendship Coastal Edition trailer New Hampshire-based Campers Inn RV has quietly been selling an exclusive line of travel trailers for the past several months at its 15 locations in New England and along the East Coast. (To view a video click here or scroll down to the Video 3 slot on the RVBUSINESS.com home page). Developed in partnership with Gulf Stream Coach Inc., a longtime motorized and towables manufacturer based in Nappanee, Ind., the new stick-and-tin line is called the “Friendship Coastal... Read more

SLIDESHOW: Caravan Salon Attracts Huge Crowd

August 29, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Despite unseasonably warm weather that saw temperatures soaring into the 90s, the 55th annual CARAVAN SALON officially got underway this past weekend. By all accounts the event, held at Germany’s Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre, represents Europe’s premier RV show with a total of 590 exhibitors displaying some 2,100 RVs across 2.2 million square feet of indoor and outdoor space. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page). Set to run through Sept. 4, the show... Read more

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

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