RVIA: Sept. Shipments up 10.5%; Best in 7 Years

October 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RV manufacturers reported shipments to retailers of 24,869 units in September this year which were 10.5% greater than this same month one year ago.  This was the highest September total in seven years with gains recorded in all vehicle categories. Seasonally adjusted, shipments in September were at an annualized rate of more than 340,000 units. Year-to-date, total RV shipments have now climbed to 271,352 units through the first nine months of the year with towable RVs up 8% while motorhomes shipments... Read more

Cheap Fuel Could Dampen Ford’s F-150 Launch

October 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Ford set to launch aluminum F-150 Ford Motor Co. spent five years and some $3 billion developing a lighter-weight version of its F-150 pickup that burns less fuel. And that’s the problem: Gasoline prices have plummeted 15% in the last four months as it geared up to sell the new model. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the new aluminum-bodied truck was designed and conceived for an era of higher fuel prices. It weighs 700 pounds less, is as much as 20% more fuel-efficient, and can tow... Read more

Lance Rolls Out ‘Red Carpet’ for Owners Group

October 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

On Oct. 3, Lance Camper Manufacturing Corp. literally rolled out the red carpet to host the Lance Camper Owners of America (LCOA) for a plant tour and barbecue. Truck Camper Magazine reported that Lance Campers went all-out putting on a full display of 2015 truck campers and travel trailers for the LOA attendees. Sixty Lance Camper rigs and 140 Lance Camper owners were in attendance at Lance’s Lancaster, California headquarters. The event ran in conjunction with the LCOA rally held at the nearby... Read more

Bill, Kristin Fenech Give $5K to ‘Learning Center’

October 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Bill and Kristin Fenech made a personal donation of $5,000 to the Mike Molino RV Learning Center last month, bringing their total lifetime contribution $62,500. The Fenechs have been supporters of the RV Learning Center for a decade. Bill Fenech is co-owner of Grand Design Recreational Vehicles Co. According to a press release, donations to the RV Learning Center keep it at the forefront of transforming the RV industry. The Learning Center provides dealers and their employees with innovative ways... Read more

ARC Sees Positive Outlook for Recreation in ’15

October 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Outdoor recreation leaders report good sales and activities for 2014 and expectations of still stronger activity in 2015, according to a new report from the American Recreation Coalition (ARC), Outdoor Recreation Outlook 2015. The study showed that Americans spend more than $650 billion annually on equipment ranging from skis and tents to RVs and boats, and on services ranging from fishing licenses to whitewater outings, supporting millions of jobs in manufacturing, sales and service. Though the... Read more

Aqua-Hot Marks 30th Year; Taps Trailer Market

October 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Founded in 1984, Aqua-Hot revolutionized the RV industry with its line of hydronic heating systems designed for use in motorhomes. According to a press release, the company is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year as it expands into the travel trailer market with a heater that will provide the same luxury benefits motor coach owners have enjoyed for years. Aqua-Hot also continues to move into the commercial fleet, school bus, industrial and oilfield industries. Aqua-Hot’s RV line of hydronic... Read more

RVIA: Pomona Show Reports Attendance up 15%

October 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Traffic was steady at the Pomona Show Strong attendance and robust sales activity highlighted the 62nd California RV Show, Oct. 10-19 at the Fairplex in Pomona. RVIA Today Express reported that total attendance at the 10-day retail event was 33,269 attendees, a 15% jump over the 28,894 attendees last year. “The show got off to a strong start during our opening weekend with more than 18,000 attendees on hand, and we just saw a steady rise in our gate throughout the rest of the show,” said... Read more

Elkhart County Unemployment Hits 7-Year Low

October 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The unemployment rate in Indiana’s Elkhart County’s fell to 4.6% in September, its lowest rate in nearly seven years, state officials announced. The area is home to the RV industry’s manufacturing hub. According to the Elkhart Truth, the county’s jobless rate hasn’t been that low since it registered at 4.5% in October 2007, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor survey results released by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. The estimated 4,758 county residents who were unemployed... Read more

Go RVing to Display RVs at ‘Country Living’ Fair

October 24, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Go RVing will have an interactive exhibit featuring a Forest River Flagstaff travel trailer and a Shasta Airflyte travel trailer at the Country Living Fair taking place in Atlanta’s Stone Mountain Park Oct. 24-26. As reported by RVIA Today, this will be the third Country Living Fair where Go RVing has had a display that offers attendees the opportunity to learn more about RVing by touring an RV or attending a Go RVing-sponsored seminar presented by Sisters on the Fly. The previous events in... Read more

Hundt To Oversee Nexus Product Development

October 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Nexus RV announced that industry veteran Chris Hundt has been named director of engineering and product development for the Elkhart, Ind.-based builder. According to a press release, Hundt has over 25 years experience, the majority with Monaco Coach and Holiday Rambler. “We are extremely excited to have Chris on board as we enter the diesel pusher segment,” stated Claude Donati, president and co-founder of Nexus RV, a factory direct manufacturer. “In addition, his expertise in all areas of... Read more

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