Grand Puyallup Show Enjoys Sunshine, Buyers

May 6, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Sunny skies prequalified the crowd attending the Grand Puyallup RV Show, held April 30 to May 3 at the Washington State Fair Event Center/Puyallup Fairgrounds in Western Washington. Produced by the MHRV Show Association, the Grand Puyallup RV Show featured 17 RV dealers displaying about 350 units both indoors and outside the facility as well as a “Field of Dreams” area with about 40 used units on display. “It was pretty good. We had super good weather – record highs in the 80s every single... Read more

Boys & Girls Club Auction Sees Record Turnout

May 4, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Bids for Kids Auction drew a large turnout to Hall of Fame The 15th Annual Bids for Kids Dinner & Auction, held Saturday (May 2) at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., generated the best turnout to date, according to Michilah Grimes, director of development and special events for the Boys & Girls Club of Goshen. The event is driven by the RV industry, championed by Elkhart-based supplier Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) and CEO Jason Lippert. Grimes expressed deep appreciation for the... Read more

Route 66 RV Network Adds Four U.S. Retailers

April 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The Route 66 RV Network recently added four dealerships to its association, as well as announced another six dealers who’ve completed expansions and additions. Carson City RV in Carson City, Nev., Humphrey RV in South Grand Junction, Col., Freedom RV in Tucson, Ariz., and Fretz RV in Souderton, Pa. are the newest members of the Route 66 RV Network. Dealers are nominated by current dealer members for consideration to be added to the group. “These are all quality additions because... Read more

MARVAC Mobilizes Against School Proposal

April 23, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The Michigan legislature is considering changing the law that prevents public school districts from beginning its school year prior to Labor Day. The Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC), among others, is rallying support to defeat HB 4396. “The MEA (Michigan Education Association) is pushing it because they lost 10 years ago, and they’ve lost twice since then. They want to undo all the good that we’ve had the last 10 years,” said Tim DeWitt, MARVAC executive... Read more

ATV Guru Fisher Picks Up New Keystone Raptor

April 7, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

Brian Fisher, host of the popular cable show Fisher’s ATV World (second from left), and his family — wife Melissa, daughter Briana, son Brady, and dog Max — with their new Keystone Raptor. The fifth-wheel toy hauler will be used by the family and the show’s production crew as they travel the country to film the show. (Photo By Mark Shephard | Shephard Imageworks) Brian Fisher, the star of “Fisher’s ATV World” television show, visited Keystone RV Co. in Goshen, Ind. Monday (April... Read more

RVIA & National Geo Team up on Photo Contest

April 6, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) has partnered with National Geographic for a contest as part of Go RVing’s “AWAY” campaign. Called “My AWAY in the U.S.A.,” the contest asks people to submit their photos “from a trip to your special place in the U.S.A — wherever you escape, play, or make memories with the people you love.” “We know National Geographic readers are already engaged with being in the outdoors, and since the magazine is also known for its incredible... Read more

ARVC Michigan Spring Conference a ‘Success’

March 30, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

ARVC Michigan’s Spring 2015 conference The Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds of Michigan (ARVC Michigan) 2015 Spring Conference & Expo, March 23-25 at Saginaw Valley State University, was “outstanding,” officials said. Woodalls Camground Management, sister publication to RVBusiness, reported that the three-day event featured speakers, seminars and exhibitors. “We had a marvelous show this year,” said ARVC Michigan Board President Dave Cordray of White River RV Park and Campground... Read more

Dealer Profile: Noble RV Executes Growth Plan

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Pat (L) and Mike Noble Mike Noble was playing golf when his brother, Pat, first suggested the two start selling RVs. Pat had recently bought an old Holiday Rambler travel trailer from a farmer, and the experience led him to believe an RV dealership was worth consideration. Nearly 12 years later, Noble RV is a full-line dealership with four locations in southern Minnesota, and a recipient of an RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Award in 2014. Currently, Noble RV employs 50 people, with the potential for 70... Read more

Winnebago 2Q Sales Up, Earnings Off ‘Slightly’

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Winnebago Industries Inc. reported lower net income on slightly higher sales for its fiscal second quarter, ended Feb. 28. Revenues for the second quarter were $234.5 million, an increase of 2.5%, versus $228.8 million for the fiscal 2014 period. Operating income was $11.9 million for the current quarter compared to $14.0 million in the second quarter of last year. Fiscal 2015 second quarter net income was $8.1 million, or 30 cents per diluted share, versus $9.6 million, or 35 cents per diluted share,... Read more

DEALER PROFILE: Holiday World is ‘On Target’

March 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Holiday World flagship store in Houston In nearly 20 years of business, Holiday World RV Supercenters has gone from two small dealerships to five Texas locations in three key markets including Dallas, El Paso and Houston, anchored by its flagship store, Holiday World of Houston-West, in Katy. Holiday RV Supercenters President Michael Peay reported to that a sixth store is planned on a 15-acre lot about 25 miles south of Fort Worth in Alvarado, Texas, which should open later this... Read more

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