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

OEMs Report Strong Numbers Out of Tampa Show

January 23, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Tampa Show enjoyed steady traffic throughout the five-day event Capitalizing on record attendance and a thriving economy, several manufacturers reported a decided uptick in sales and strong traffic throughout last week’s 33rd Annual Florida RV SuperShow at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa.  The host Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) revealed on Monday (Jan. 22) that attendance reached an all-time high with over 73,000 attendees... Read more

FRVTA SuperShow Posts Record-High Attendance

January 22, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

FRVTA’s SuperShow enjoyed record attendance Riding the momentum of an RV industry experiencing a historic growth mode, organizers for the 33rd Annual 2018 Florida RV SuperShow reported record-high attendance for the Jan. 17-21 event at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. “The official number is 73,061 with some online ticket sales yet to come in,” said Lance Wilson, executive director of the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA). “The economy and the industry are on such... Read more

CWRV Transport Hosts Women in Trucking Event

December 22, 2017 by · 1 Comment 

21 women drivers attended CWRV’s Women in Trucking event In an economy where there is a shortage of truck drivers, Elkhart, Ind.-based CWRV Transport is empowering entrepreneurial women to become owner operators in the transportation business. CWRV Transport honored women drivers and their guests at a “Women in Trucking Day” luncheon Wednesday (Dec. 20) at its Nappanee Street facilities. The company, which is the dedicated RV transporter for all Camping World Inc. locations coast-to-coast,... Read more

Brown & Brown Touts RVDA Insurance Program

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Brown & Brown Insurance updated dealers and members of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) about its RV Dealers Health Collective Purchasing Arrangement during a seminar at this year’s RV Dealers International Convention/Expo in Las Vegas The presentation offered members new ways to provide employee health benefits by leveraging the value of being in a collective. Angie Weilage, presenter for the program and a consultant for Brown & Brown, detailed the anticipated... Read more

ADEC Holding Raffle for Airstream ‘Bambi’ Trailer

November 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Airstream Bambi trailer donated to ADEC ADEC will be holding a raffle for a 2018 Airstream Bambi Sport RV to raise funds and celebrate its 65 years as a nonprofit serving and supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Indiana’s Elkhart and St. Joseph counties The trailer was donated by Thor Industries Inc. and Airstream Inc. Additional sponsors include Industrial Finishes and Systems Inc. and the Vomela Companies which helped design and apply the custom... Read more

Oregon’s Premier RV Service Puts Fire Behind it

November 14, 2017 by · 2 Comments 

Fire at Premier RV Services caused $8 million in damage A serious fire at Premier RV Services in Junction City, Ore., the morning of Nov. 6 that caused an estimated $8 million in damage was contained by multiple fire departments on the scene that day to a single 65,000 square-foot storage facility – a fact about which former co-founders Louie Courtemanche and Gary Obermire, both former Country Coach Inc. managers, are quite grateful today.   “The positive thing, if there is any, is... Read more

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