Chris-Craft Exec: Marine Buyouts will Continue

June 11, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The marine industry is “unusually fragmented,” and Chris-Craft President Stephen Heese thinks that will continue to change in the coming years. “Public companies have capitol and private companies don’t unless they lever up with debt,” Heese told Soundings Trade Only Today after announcing Winnebago Industries Inc. would buy Chris-Craft. “The marine industry is fragmented, and it’s unusually fragmented given its maturity,” said Heese. That’s because boat building has become... Read more

Lippert’s Tax Abatement in Goshen is Approved

June 7, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Goshen City Council members Tuesday approved on a 5 to 2 vote a resolution establishing a new tax increment financing district on the city’s southeast side. The Goshen News reported that tax increment financing, or TIF, is a tool that allows municipalities to promote economic development by earmarking property tax revenue from increases in assessed values within a designated district. Creation of the new TIF district, coined the Lippert/Dierdorff Economic Development Area, was proposed in part... Read more

’18 Entegra Coach Homecoming Gets Underway

May 23, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Derald Bontrager, Jayco president, talks with owners With more than 200 motorhomes and 500-plus people in attendance, the 2018 Entegra Coach Homecoming is underway at the Elkhart County Fairgrounds in Goshen, Ind. The event, which includes several seminars as part of the Entegra Coach Academy, runs from May 21-24 and is exclusive to the Entegra Coach Owners Association (ECOA). (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the home page. Photos by J. Tyler Klassen). Several management... Read more

‘The Camper Book’ Examines RVing in America

May 23, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

“The Camper Book: A Celebration of a Moveable American Dream,” just released in paperback for June of 2018, is an eclectic collection of interviews and viewpoints of life on the road and the American RV lifestyle. Written by Dave Hoekstra with photography by John Sall and published by Chicago Review Press, the book includes a foreword by film actor Jeff Daniels. “Maybe it has to do with controlling our own destiny,” ponders Daniels. “Or choosing to no longer endure the indignity... Read more

Mont. Firm Still Offering Tax Relief to RV Buyers

May 21, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

In a unique twist that’s been available for years, RV enthusiasts attending the recent Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) convention in Georgia were offered promotional literature by a firm called Action Services LLC, an affiliate of the Wilson Law Office, Missoula, Mont., that provides prospective RV buyers with a means of avoiding state taxes and lowering the initial cost of RV ownership. Since the state of Montana has no sales tax on vehicle purchases and charges affordable RV registration... Read more

Sokol Alerting RVers to Electrical Shock Dangers

May 7, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Mike Sokol Each year people, pets and even horses die of electrical shock from a recreational vehicle malfunction called RV hot skin phenomenon. Many times campers can tell if they have an electrical leakage build-up on their coach when pets are reluctant to climb the metal stairs to enter. This is just a sampling of the electrical factoids that Maryland-based blogger Mike Sokol has been conveying to his followers in his RV blog.      “I started writing Read more

NHTSA Seminar: ‘RV Industry’s Doing a Better Job’

May 2, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

RVIA hosts third annual NHTSA training session The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) held its third annual National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA) seminar on Tuesday (May 1) in Elkhart, Ind. The full-day event, which included lunch, was well attended with more than 200 RV industry OEMs and supplier representatives filling the tables at the Center Six One Five facility on County Road 15. The session is designed to provide an in-depth discussion on how OEMs... Read more

Slideshow: ‘Spring RV Show’ Enjoys Record Gate

April 30, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

In its return to Elkhart, Ind., the sixth Spring Hall of Fame RV Show posted record attendance for the four-day event, held April 26-29 on the grounds of the RV/MH Hall of Fame. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the home page. Hosted by the ‎Indiana Manufactured Housing Association-Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council (IMHA-RVIC), the show enjoyed bright and crisp weather on Sunday — the final day of the show — as organizers reported... Read more

Huttopia Brings ‘Euro Glamping’ to North America

March 22, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Huttopia cabin at White Mountains glamping park The European “glamping” brand Huttopia was founded in Lyon, France, in 1999 and is now actively making inroads into the Canadian and U.S. markets. According to the company, its first park was opened in North America near Montreal in 2015 with another following in the U.S. in the White Mountains of New Hampshire in June 2017. The Huttopia concept is a network of more affordable glamping getaways combining camping with rustic tent and cabin accommodations,... Read more

Owners, Buyers Converge on 2018 Prevost Expo

March 2, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Prevost buses were on display at an indoor showroom during the expo The 2018 Prevost Motorhome Expo, held Feb. 5-8 in West Palm Beach, Fla., at the South Florida Expo Center, again drew the largest annual gathering of Prevost motorcoaches, owners and potential buyers in North America. This marked the first year for the expo in West Palm Beach after a five-year run at the Tampa Convention Center. Jamie Bradford, producer and organizer of the event for the past six years, said... Read more

ATC Grows Toy Hauler Line with New Fifth-Wheel

February 21, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

ATC’s Dale Davis walks through the company’s new toy hauler with dealers Nappanee, Ind.-based Aluminum Trailer Co. (ATC) continued to increase its presence in the growing toy hauler market with the unveiling of a 40-foot, all-aluminum ARV40 fifth-wheel prototype during two private dealer open houses in February at the company’s new 110,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. According to Dale Davis, head of sales for the ATC toy hauler division, the company... Read more

Jayco Marks 50th Year With ’50 Acts of Kindness’

February 20, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Jayco Chairman Wilbur Bontrager addresses media Jayco Inc. is marking its 50th year in business this week by paying back the communities where it operates with “50 Acts of Kindness.” The initiative opened Monday (Feb. 19) and concludes today in the towns of Middlebury, Ind., home to Jayco’s headquarters and expansive manufacturing complex, along with Topeka, Ind., Shipshewana, Ind., and Twin Falls, Idaho, where the company recently announced a major expansion that will add... Read more

Cody Talbert Upgrades Technology; Grows in SE

February 16, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Plant City, Fla.-based Cody Talbert Distribution LLC has expanded as an independent supplier of parts and accessories to RV dealers, service centers and towing outlets across the southeastern U.S. Officials noted that the new expansion and reformation of the company was spurred by the sale of a key customer, Camping Connection, to Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) in November of 2016. According to former NTP-STAG executive Mark Jenson, who took over the helm of the company as president in... Read more

Steve Plemmons Finds 2nd Career with Aussie Co.

February 7, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Steve Plemmons Sometimes reinventing oneself is what semi-retirement is all about. Take, for example, the case of Steve Plemmons. The 63-year-old, second generation owner of Bill Plemmons RV World passed the baton of management to a third generation and is now working with Australian-based Dynamic Suspensions. A fixture in the Winston-Salem and Raleigh, N.C., RV market since 1951, Bill Plemmons RV continues to dominate the area’s RV sales while again garnering recognition this past year as... Read more

Robert Weed Rebranding as Firm Evolves, Grows

January 30, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Robert Weed Chief Revenue Officer Will Weed and President and CEO David Weed A mainstay on the supply side of the RV industry since 1966, Robert Weed Plywood Corp. has been rebranded as Robert Weed Corp. According to Will Weed, chief revenue officer, the new corporate name recognizes the diversification of materials the company supplies to RV OEMs and the new “customized service” supply chain support it provides. “First and foremost we have alleviated ourselves of the word plywood from... Read more

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