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Don’t Forget the 2017 RVB/Wells Fargo Survey!

February 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

A reminder to North America’s RV dealer body: Here’s hoping that retailers with the time and inclination to complete the 2017 RVB/Wells Fargo Survey, a quick, non-intrusive, 20-question poll first introduced on Feb. 13, will do so by the end of business on Monday, Feb. 27. Any dealer who hasn’t gotten the survey, which takes a retrospective look at 2016 and a speculative glance forward at the year ahead, can access it by clicking on the logo above or the same logo that appears on the right... Read more

Go RVing Rolls Out 2017 Media Marketing Plan

February 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s note: The following story, reprinted with permission, was published in the Winter 2017 edition of RVIA Today. Guided by the recent go RVing Communications Planning Study conducted by Nielsen, the go RVing 2017 national advertising and promotion plan emphasizes outreach to Active Family Adventurers, Nature Lovers, and Kid-Free adult Adventurers. All three have one thing in common — a love of the active, outdoor lifestyle — which served as a compass in both selecting the mix of media,... Read more

Winnebago Layoffs a ‘Temporary Adjustment’

February 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Winnebago Industries President and CEO Michael Happe sought to clarify on Friday afternoon published reports earlier in the day of workforce layoffs and reduced hours at the company’s manufacturing facility in Forest City. Happe told RVBUSINESS.com that earlier this week 25 employees in two different departments in the manufacturing operations were notified they would receive a four-week layoff as part of a production-related adjustment. “So they are temporary layoffs, if that’s the right term,... Read more

Lake Oroville Emergency puts RV Parks at Risk

February 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Dangerously high water levels of Lake Oroville in California, created when Oroville Dam was built in 1967, and the looming failure of the dam’s spillway to ease those levels, has put everything and everyone below the dam in peril — including several campgrounds, one of which is already under water and evacuated. Lake Oroville provides water, energy and recreation opportunities to the San Francisco Bay area, the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California. The Oroville Dam, which at 900 feet is... Read more

Wells Fargo Louisville Survey is Bullish On ’17

February 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Tim Hyland According to an industry survey conducted during the 2016 National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., by Wells Fargo CDF, 87% of RV industry professionals expect their company’s sales to increase by at least 5% in 2017. Of note, 42% of the respondents said they expect sales to grow more than 10%, up from 31% last year. The Louisville survey is not to be confused with the “2017 RVB/Wells Fargo Dealer Survey,” a 20-question poll e-mailed Feb. 13 to hundreds of North American RV retailers... Read more

MARVAC Novi Show Sets Attendance Record

February 13, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

RVers packed MARVAC’s Detroit Camper & RV Show With record attendance each of its five days, the 51st Annual Detroit Camper & RV Show easily set a new high mark as nearly 28,500 people attended the consumer show at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Mich. Hosted by the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles & Campgrounds (MARVAC), the final tally surpassed last year’s record crowd of 25,398 by 12%. “It was a very good show, and all the dealers I spoke with all... Read more

RV One Details Plans for Airstream Ranch Site

February 10, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Demolition of the “Airstream Ranch” in Tampa The controversial “Airstream Ranch” — a curious row of partially buried Airstream travel trailers created by Frank Bates in 2007 off I-4 near his Bates RV dealership in Tampa, Fla. — is being torn down. Swinging the wrecking ball is RV One Superstores Inc., which purchased Bates RV in 2013 and reopened it as Tampa RV. Founded in 1984, RV One also has locations in Orlando, Fla., Albany and Buffalo, N.Y., and Des Moines,... Read more

Slideshow: Novi Show Sees Huge 1st Day Gate

February 9, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

With a lengthy line of people waiting for the doors to open, the 51st Annual Detroit Camper & RV Show got off to a rousing start Wednesday (Feb. 8) at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Mich. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page). By the end of the first day, more than 2,100 people passed through the gates — a 41% increase over last year’s opening day total. “The first day was fantastic. If this is any indication, we’re in for a good, if... Read more

Horizon Transport Adds 1 To ‘Million Mile Club’

February 8, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Wakarusa, Ind.-based Horizon Transport recently welcomed the 55th member of the company’s “Million Mile Club” comprised of drivers who have logged more than a million miles transporting RVs to North American dealers. Joe Rothenbuhler surpassed the million mile marker on Feb. 1 while making a delivery to Neal’s Motorsports in Long Prairie, Minn. Rothenbuhler was unaware that Neal’s Motorsports owner Neal Biermaier and his staff along with Horizon personnel had arranged a special award to... Read more

Liquid Spring Touting Suspension Technology

February 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Carl Harr, director of sales and marketing for Liquid Spring, with the company’s Compressible Liquid Adaptive Suspension System Several companies used January’s 2017 Florida RV SuperShow to gain added exposure within the RV community, including Liquid Spring LLC which touted its “Compressible Liquid Adaptive Suspension System” (CLASS) during the four-day event at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. The Lafayette, Ind.-based firm forged a partnership with Born Free Motorcoach out... Read more

THE BUZZ: Xscapers ‘Converge’ At Quartzsite

February 3, 2017 by · 1 Comment 

Xscapers pose during the Quartzsite ‘Convergence.’ Photo provided by Wandering Welches Xscapers, a lifestyle group of the Escapees RV Club aimed at younger RVers, held a “Convergence” for its members during the recent Quartzsite Sports, Vacation and RV Show, a nine-day event that draws as many as 150,000 consumers to southwest Arizona. The rally during the Quartzsite Show is one of several the group hosts each year offering a shorter, more informal gathering for members —... Read more

Emboldened Dealers Primed For a Robust 2017

January 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

America Choice RV co-owner Cody Louglin Riding the momentum of a landmark 2016 that saw shipments motor to a 40-year high, the industry is primed for more of the same this year as reports from the early show circuit have been decidedly positive underscored by record attendance and sales at the Florida RV Supershow. That optimism was echoed by several dealers in Tampa, buoyed by a host of beneficial economic indicators including easier access to financing, stable gas prices, and generally upbeat... Read more

MORryde Intros Entry Step, Mattress Deck Slide

January 28, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

MORryde’s Jack Enfield, shows an RVer the supplier’s new Sweet Mattress Deck Slide In addition to a record-setting crowd of more than 70,000, a sold-out 850-site rally and the most ever units on display at about 1,600, the recent Florida RV SuperShow featured more than 450 vendor booths featuring parks, campgrounds, aftermarket accessories and a variety of other retailers. One exhibitor that was particularly busy was MORryde as the Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier debuted two new products,... Read more

Florida RV SuperShow Shatters Attendance High

January 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Aerial shot of RVs covering the Florida State Fairgrounds at the Tampa Show How good was the 32nd Annual Florida RV SuperShow? Consider this: By the time the event entered the final day, the sprawling consumer show held at the Florida State Fairgrounds had already set an attendance record. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page). In fact, each of the first four days set an attendance high compared to past years which, despite a Sunday (Jan. 22) storm that... Read more

Tiffin Shows First Class C in 25 Years at FRVTA

January 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Tiffin’s new Wayfarer Class C on display at the Tampa SuperShow Tiffin Motorhomes Inc. rolled out its new Wayfarer, a Class C coach built on Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis, during Tuesday’s (Jan. 17) “Industry Day” at the Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa. Hosted by the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) at the Florida State Fairgrounds, the 32nd annual SuperShow opens to the public beginning today and runs through Sunday. Given a favorable weather forecast and positive consumer... Read more

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