MARVAC Holds ’50th Detroit Show’ Reception

February 10, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Ribbon cutting for the 50th Detroit RV Show at last night’s reception (Photo by Rick Kessler) More than 200 people turned out to celebrate the 50th Annual Detroit Camper & RV Show at a gala event Tuesday (Feb. 9) at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Mich. (To view a slideshow of the event scroll to the right side of the website). The event marked the official prelude to today’s opening of the five-day public show, which, as it has been for the last half... Read more

Hesse’s Vision is a Reality with On-Site RV Park

February 5, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Sandy Hesse cuts the ribbon at Jay C. Hesse Welcome Center It’s only been about six months since Blue Ox opened the Jay C. Hesse Welcome Center & RV Park adjacent to its manufacturing facility in Pender, Neb., but already customers have been taking advantage of the accommodations. Named in honor of the company’s former president, who died in 2013, the campground has 16 full-service camping spots with concrete pads, sewer hookups, 50-amp electric service and free wireless Internet connections... Read more

Campground Directories a Solid Marketing Tool

February 4, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

For 2016, the Michigan Association of RVs and Campgrounds (MARVAC) has turned to a new company, VP Demand Creation of Traverse City, Mich., to produce a new printed directory, revamp the website and conduct its social media efforts. Gary Becker, president of Indigo Bluffs RV Resort in Empire, Mich., and a member of the MARVAC board of directors, told Woodall’s Campground Management the goal is to create a synchronized experience for consumers who can now not only make reservations at a member... Read more

MARVAC Set for 50th Detroit Show Celebration

January 30, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

With the 50th Annual Detroit Camper & RV Show now just over a week away, officials are anxiously looking forward to the gala reception from 6-9 p.m. on Feb. 9 — the night before the five-day show opens to the public at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Mich. Tim DeWitt, executive director of the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles & Campgrounds (MARVAC), which sponsors the consumer show, has been the driving force behind the celebration. He said about 150 people are expected... Read more

Luxury Coaches & Conversions Shine in Tampa

January 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Prevost had a prominent indoor exhibit in Tampa Perhaps there’s no better sign of the industry’s continued resurgence than the ongoing revival of the ultra-high end market for luxury motorcoaches and bus conversions. By the same token, there’s probably no more suitable place to gauge the health of the high-end coach market than last week’s Florida RV SuperShow, the nation’s premier retail venue for companies building $1 million to $2.7 million motorcoaches. In fact, Tampa’s about the... Read more

Reports Positive Out of NTP-STAG’s Joint Expo

January 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

More than 2500 packed the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. A bustling crowd of more than 2,500 people — including 200 RV industry aftermarket suppliers — converged Tuesday and Wednesday (Jan. 19-20) at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for the New Orleans 2016 NTP-STAG Expo. The gathering represented the first annual convention hosted by Keystone Automotive Operations Inc. in which the clients, vendors and staffs of all three distribution companies acquired over the past two... Read more

OEMs Roll Out New Class B Coaches in Tampa

January 20, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

Leisure Travel Van’s Angelo Natuzzi (R) and Ryan Elias in front of Wonder coach While the Florida RV SuperShow is known for its ultra luxury motorcoaches and bus conversions, on the other end of the motorized spectrum — at least in terms of size — is the Class B market, a segment that has seen substantial growth, both in terms of market share and product offerings, in the last few years. Several companies debuted new offerings at last week’s Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa, including Leisure... Read more

RV One to Build Airstream-Exclusive Dealership

January 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Artist’s rendering of Airstream of Central Florida RV One Superstores Inc., with five locations in Florida, New York and Iowa, is set to build an Airstream-exclusive dealership near its Tampa, Fla., retail store that will include two yet-to-be-introduced products. RV One President and CEO Don Strollo told the site would be known as Airstream of Central Florida. The site location is next door to the famed Airstream Ranch, the iconic tourist attraction along I-4 that features... Read more

Despite Weather, Tampa Just Shy of ’15 Record

January 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

SuperShow attendees check out exhibits (Photo by Shawn Spence) Despite two days of rainy weather, the 2016 Florida RV SuperShow, sponsored by the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA), reported an attendance of more than 62,700 people — nearly reaching last year’s record attendance of 63,264. One of the industry’s marquee events, the Jan. 12-17 show at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa featured more than 1,200 RVs on display as well 450 booth exhibits staffed by suppliers and other vendors.... Read more

The BUZZ: Hugelmeyer Reflects on 1st 100 Days

January 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Frank Hugelmeyer, a 56-year-old Long Island native and former president and CEO of the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), officially succeeded Richard Coon Oct. 1, 2015, as president of the Reston, Va.-based Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). That means his 100th day on the job as chief executive of the industry’s largest trade group was Friday, Jan. 8. A forward-thinking individual with a penchant for outdoor recreation, Hugelmeyer is experienced in the marketing and manufacturing... Read more

FRVTA Reports Record Crowd for Opening Day

January 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Traffic was steady for the Florida RV SuperShow’s opening day (Photo by Shawn Spence) The 2016 Florida RV SuperShow enjoyed a stellar first day as a record crowd of 17,865 took in the nearly 1,350 RVs on display representing 98 manufacturers as well as more than 450 booth exhibits staffed by suppliers and other vendors. One of the industry’s marquee retail events which annually serves as a harbinger for the industry’s overall health, the five-day Florida RV SuperShow runs through Sunday... Read more

Camping World Completes Southern RV Buyout

January 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World Inc., announced that the nation’s largest RV retailer has acquired Southern RV Supercenter. The transaction was completed Wednesday (Jan. 13), Lemonis told, and includes all four of Southern RV’s locations in Tyler, Texas, Biloxi Miss., Lafayette La., and Bossier City, La., which is in the Shreveport market. “We are excited about the transaction,” Lemonis said. “We think that the management team and the staff bring a depth of success... Read more

The BUZZ: MARVAC Celebrating 50th Novi Show

January 5, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Tim DeWitt If the advance buzz is any indication, officials are expecting a rousing gala reception to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Detroit Camper & RV Show at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Mich. Public days for the RV show, touted as the third longest running consumer show in the country, will run Feb. 10-14 preceded by a reception from 6-9 p.m. on Feb. 9. Tickets to the reception cost $50 and proceeds will benefit the Harvest Education Foundation Scholarship Fund,... Read more

THE BUZZ: Wi-Fi Becoming ‘Utility’ in RV Parks

December 29, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

Kevin Lloyd Without a doubt, providing Wi-Fi service to guests is one of the most troublesome issues a park owner has to face. Let alone the cost, the confusing details of an ever-evolving technology is enough to send anyone over a cliff. Fortunately, businesses exist that can relieve most of the pain. One of those, TengoInternet, is one of the more familiar names in the campground industry. Based in Austin and San Antonio, Texas, TengoInternet has installed 1,500-plus Wi-Fi networks for RV resorts,... Read more

Employees Surprise Dealer With ‘Vintage’ Jayco

December 23, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Selvius family inside the reconditioned Jayco trailer The employees of TerryTown RV Superstore, a 2016 RVBusiness Top 50 dealer located in Grand Rapids, Mich., presented company founder and President Tom Selvius with a restored 1984 Jayco “J” Series 2450 travel trailer as an early Christmas present. (To view an accompanying video scroll down the right side of the home page.) The trailer, which carries additional meaning as it also recognizes TerryTown’s upcoming 40th anniversary... Read more

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