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

Hershey OEMs Enjoy Steady Opening Day Sales

September 13, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

RVs filled the Giant Center complex at the Hershey Show Gloomy weather forecasts may have prevented a record crowd yesterday (Sept. 12) for the opening day of America’s Largest RV Show, but officials said those who made it through the turnstiles were serious buyers with “money burning holes in their pockets.” (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the home page. Photos by Shawn Spence). Hosted by the Pennsylvania RV & Camping Association (PRVCA), the... Read more

Lance Rolling Out 2465 Trailer For ‘Open House’

September 10, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Lance 2465 travel trailer Among other changes up and down its lineup, Lance Camper Manufacturing Corp., a towables and truck camper builder based in Lancaster, Calif., is introducing an all-new 2465 travel trailer at this year’s Elkhart RV Open House. Lance will also be moving its display at Open House from a lot next to the Chubby Trout restaurant, where it has set up for the last four years, to a site in the REV Recreation Group location on Executive Parkway. Lance was acquired by REV, a... Read more

‘FRVTA’ 38th Annual State Convention Underway

September 7, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

FRVTA Executive Director Lance Wilson (L) and Gerzeny’s RV World VP Matt Gerzeny The 38th Annual Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) State Convention, themed “RVs: The New Frontier,” drew over 225 people to the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs, Fla. The event runs through Saturday (Sept. 8) with members departing on Sunday. FRVTA Executive Director Lance Wilson told that even though the conference is known for its lively social... Read more

Open House: Entegra Reatta Built on Spartan K1

September 5, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: The following is the first installment by detailing new products being rolled out by manufacturers during the upcoming Elkhart RV Open House. Entegra Coach, a division of Jayco Inc., will be showcasing its new Reatta Class A coach during the Open House, a shorter rear-engine diesel motorhome that was unveiled in July at the FMCA International Convention and RV Expo. The Reatta is built on a Spartan K1 raised-rail chassis with independent front suspension... Read more

The BUZZ: ‘RV Nomads: The Movie’ Wraps Filming

August 29, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Caitlin and Tom Morton Heading into its final weeks of post-production work, “RV Nomads: The Movie” is riding a wave of momentum, and that couldn’t make the film’s director, Tom Morton, any happier. Set to premiere this October via livestream from the sold-out NomadFEST event in Wellington, Texas, “RV Nomads” is a documentary-style feature-length film that chronicles the full-time RVing phenomena sweeping the nation. And, while early dailies promise the movie will capture the wanderlust... Read more

‘All Seasons RV’ Eyes Long-Awaited Expansion

August 22, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s been 22 years in the making, but All Seasons RV Center in Yuba City, Calif., is in the middle of an eagerly awaited expansion project. Once completed sometime in mid-November, the dealership owned and operated by the father-son duo of Ernie and Darrel Friesen will have transformed four undeveloped acres of its property into an outdoor showroom for up to 200 RVs, plus added a 90-by-30-foot, glass-walled indoor showroom onto the dealership’s existing 29,000-square-foot facility that currently... Read more

Judges for RISE Awards Looking for Innovation

August 20, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Judges in the aftermarket category for the inaugural RVBusiness RISE (Recognizing Innovation & Supplier Excellence) Awards program said the criteria guiding their decisions are simple: does the product “enhance the RV experience.” “I’m excited about the RISE awards because they provide a platform for shining a spotlight on some supplier products that deserve to be seen more broadly among the RV end-user community and the manufacturers,” said Jeff Johnston from Rollin’ on TV. “Being... Read more

Aftermarket Sector Holds 1st Conference with RVIA

August 15, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Steve Johnson of Northern Wholesale with Bob Brammer Jr., president of Stromberg Carlson and winner of the Jim Barker Lifetime Achievement Award The annual RV Aftermarket Executive Conference is underway at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs, Fla., with the highlights so far being the handing out of several awards as well as the release of a survey specific to aftermarket buying tendencies among consumers. Running Monday (Aug. 13) through Thursday, more... Read more

Jayco Inc. Marks 50th Anniversary at Homecoming

August 14, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Jayco President Derald Bontrager offers a toast to the company’s 50 years With the company’s 50th anniversary front and center, the 49th edition of its Annual Jayco Dealer Homecoming got underway Monday (Aug. 12) at the Indiana Convention Center in Downtown Indianapolis with more than 400 employees, dealers and their families in attendance. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the home page. Photos by Shawn Spence). The three-day Dealer Homecoming event began in... Read more

Winnebago Marking 60th at Grand National Rally

July 20, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

At about this time for the last 49 years, Forest City, Iowa, pretty much doubles its 4,000-person population when Winnebago owners and their families gather for the Grand National Rally (GNR). Under the theme of “Red, White, & W – 60 Years of an American Icon” to commemorate the company’s 60th anniversary, the rally is set to run July 23-28, although prerally activities began earlier this week. Organized by the Winnebago International Travelers Club (WIT), the GNR is an annual gathering... Read more

General RV Center Breaks Ground on New Outlet

July 18, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

From left, General RV Finance Director Chris Davis, Operations President Wade Stufft and President Loren Baidas participate in the ceremonial groundbreaking of the company’s new location in Clarkston, Mich. With heavy machinery moving asphalt and earth in the background, management and staff of General RV Center, along with a slew of local government officials, broke ground Tuesday (July 17) on a new retail location for the family-owned and operated dealership. Located on the corner of Interstate... Read more

Industry PR Team Hitches Ride with Today Show

July 18, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

RVIA’s Director of Media Relations Kevin Broom Next week’s television broadcasts by NBC’s “TODAY” show from a Boston wharf and a Maine campground in a Winnebago Navion motorhome is the latest example of how perseverance and partnerships can pay off with national publicity. Early next week, TODAY hosts Al Roker and Craig Melvin are driving a Winnebago Navion 24G – hand-picked by Roker – from New York City to Boston, where they’ll broadcast live on Monday, and then up the East... Read more

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