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Meyer Distributing Issues 2017 Master Catalog

February 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Meyer Distributing has released its 2017 RV Master Catalog in digital format. According to a press release, a print version will be available to dealers in a few weeks. “We have listened to the input from dealers over the past year and customized our newest RV catalog to fit their needs,” said RV/Towing Sales Manager Jason Lents. “I’m very happy to say that the feedback we have received after just one day of release has been phenomenal.” He added, “We had an exceptional... Read more

Atlantic City RV Show Expected to Draw 10,000

February 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Nearly 10,000 people are expected to head to the Atlantic City (N.J.) Convention Center this weekend for the 22nd edition of the city’s RV & Camping Show, according to a report by the Press of Atlantic City. The event runs from Friday to Sunday and will feature a variety of RV brands and dealers, as well as vendors and seminars. “This is probably the biggest one of the season, so this is an important show,” said John Worthington, director of marketing and information technology for Driftwood... Read more

Record Crowds Jam Early Round of RV Shows

February 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Record crowds are meeting record numbers of RVs at consumer shows taking place now in cities across the country. As reported by RVIA Today Express, the winter RV show season got off to a fast-paced start with every weekend in January packed full of expositions featuring the latest RVs and drawing throngs of potential buyers. The frenzy will continue through spring, culminating with the Hall of Fame RV Show in Elkhart in April and the last show on the busy schedule slated for Washington State in... Read more

RV Sales Push Patrick To 13% 4Q Income Gain

February 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier Patrick Industries Inc. reported a 13% increase in net income for its fourth quarter, ended Dec. 31, on a 30% revenue gain boosted by a 29% jump in RV sales. Net sales for the fourth quarter increased $75.2 million to $323.9 million from $248.7 million in the same quarter of 2015, primarily attributable to the company’s revenue from the RV industry, which reflected the incremental contribution from acquisitions completed in 2015 and 2016 and industry growth. Sales... Read more

Camping World Acquires McGeorge’s RV in Va.

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Camping World Holdings Inc. announced plans for expansion in the state of Virginia with the acquisition of the McGeorge’s Rolling Hills RV dealership in the Richmond market. “Virginia is a great state for the outdoor enthusiast and we are thrilled to welcome the wonderful people of McGeorge’s RV to the Camping World family as the first step of our rapid expansion in the state. McGeorge’s RV is an exceptional family business that grew through a focus on delivering excellent... Read more

RVDA Names Sisk Communications Specialist

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Eric Sisk The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) has named Eric Sisk as its marketing communications specialist. According to a release, Sisk will support the development and distribution of marketing messages for RVDA and the Mike Molino RV Learning Center. Sisk attended the University of Mary Washington and earned a bachelor’s in business administration, marketing and management. He gained experience in marketing and communications by creating surveys and marketing research to help... Read more

FMCA Hosting ‘Rally in the Valley’ March 7-10

February 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Registrations have been strong for the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) upcoming “Rally In The Valley,” the Cincinnati-based motorhome owners organization’s 95th International Convention. The gathering is set to take place March 7-10 at Rawhide Western Town and Event Center in Chandler, Ariz. “We’ve had a great response to our invitation for RVers to join us as we celebrate the RV lifestyle in the Valley of the Sun,” said FMCA national president Charlie Adcock in a press release.... Read more

Seattle RV Show Sees Record-Breaking Crowd

February 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

As yet another positive sign the RV industry is experiencing growth, the Seattle RV Show, produced by the Manufactured Housing & RV Show Association (MHRV), reported record-breaking crowds during the Feb. 9-12 at the Century Link Field Event Center. According to a press release, attendance increased 12.9% over last year’s numbers with close to 18,000 people coming through the doors. Saturday’s attendance alone was 23.91% larger than the same day last year. Over 400 different RVs were on... Read more

Boating Sales Post YOY Gains During January

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Driven by the three boat types that have been the industry’s strongest sellers since the last recession ended, recreational boatbuilders and dealers began 2017 with high single-digit January gains. Soundings Trade Only reported that sales rose 8% in the main powerboat segments to 3,584 and 9.5% industrywide to 5,062 from the same month last year in 28 states that represent about 59% of the U.S. market, according to Statistical Surveys Inc. The gains were concentrated among fiberglass outboard boats... Read more

The Corps Network Recognizes ARC’s Crandall

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American Recreation Coalition President Derrick Crandall accepts The Corps Network Champion Award The Corps Network (TCN) honored American Recreation Coalition (ARC) President Derrick Crandall with its 2017 Champion Award this morning (Feb. 15) at the annual Corps Network Awards Breakfast in Washington, D.C. According to a press release, the Champion Award, The Corps Network’s highest honor, recognized Crandall for his continued support for service and conservation corps and their efforts to bolster... Read more

Wilkins RV Outlet Earns DealerRater Top Award

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Wilkins RV of Churchville, N.Y., has been awarded a 2017 DealerRater Dealer of the Year Award, which recognizes auto and RV dealerships across the U.S. and Canada that deliver outstanding customer service, based on consumer reviews written on DealerRater.com. “Car and RV buyers have spoken and have identified Wilkins RV of Churchville as the best RV dealership to do business with in New York state,” said DealerRater CEO Gary Tucker in a press release. “The quality and number of reviews for... Read more

Optronics Debuts New Merchandising Program

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Optronics International, a supplier of heavy-duty LED vehicle lighting, announced the introduction of a new merchandising and in-store sales support program revealed to key distributors at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW) in Las Vegas. The program includes new packaging, retail displays, signage, posters, collateral literature and videos. According to a press release, Optronics used one-on-one meetings at HDAW to present distributors with new options for in-store sales and merchandising that “rival... Read more

SSI: Canada Towable Sales Grow 18.8% in Dec.

February 15, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Canadian towable sales finished 2016 on a strong note, punctuating a 15.1% year-over-year jump in November with an 18.8% gain during December. For the full year, registrations showed a 12.2% decline compared with 2015, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI). Results by segment showed: • Sales in the travel trailer sector soared 22.5% in December but declined 9.4% for the full year. • Canadian fifth-wheel sales edged up 3.9% in December while showing a 22.1% decrease... Read more

RVIA, ‘Roundtable’ Seeking Zinke Confirmation

February 15, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Rep. Ryan Zinke The Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) sent letters to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on Monday (Feb. 13) requesting that the nomination of Rep. Ryan Zinke for Secretary of Interior be taken up and approved as soon as possible. According to a release, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and ORIR “strongly support the nomination of Rep. Zinke and believe the Department of the Interior... Read more

RVT.com Sees 70% YOY Growth in Jan. Traffic

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RVT.com, an Internet classified ads site for new and used RVs for sale, reported that its RV shopper traffic has increased more than 70% in January 2017 compared with one year prior, and that RV shopper inquiries jumped 50% as well. In addition, RVT.com’s website had 1.4 million visits in January 2017 from RV shoppers in the U.S. and Canada, according to a press release.  “The current state of the RV market combined with our extensive search engine optimization, dynamic re-marketing,... Read more

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