Truth: EverGreen RV’s Rise, Fall Surprises Many

June 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

According to a report by The Elkhart Truth, from the outside looking in, business seemed to be going great at Middlebury, Ind.-based EverGreen RV. The company’s I-GO Travel Trailers saw sales double in 2015, even garnering national attention from RV Business magazine in January. Numerous expansions in its eight-year lifespan had taken place and dealers say their units sold really well. The company was founded in 2008 with four former executives of Pilgrim International, an RV maker that closed... Read more

NY Post: Millennials Igniting Dormant RV Market

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According to a report by the New York Post, Millennials are emerging from their parents’ basements. Well, maybe not all of them but enough are venturing out and taking their close-to-nature, tech-heavy lifestyles with them to help boost the $50 billion recreational vehicle industry, RV insiders report. It’s called “glamping” — camping in glamorous fashion — and purchases by Millennials, with an elder limit of 35, are helping re-ignite RV sales, insiders said. While RV sales in the US... Read more

Georgia RV Dealer Picks iMobile Marketing App

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In a company release issued today (June 20), Sparta Commercial Services Inc. reported that a wide range of businesses are continuing to choose iMobileApp when expanding their marketing methods to include mobile applications, including Super Deals RV Inc., a new and used RV dealership, located 20 miles from downtown Atlanta on 20 West in the city of Douglasville, Ga. Sparta Commercial Services, through its subsidiary, iMobile Solutions Inc., develops, manages, and services custom mobile apps for... Read more

Winnebago Names Project Engineer Coordinator

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Jeff Lewison Winnebago Industries Inc. of Forest City, Iowa, has announced the promotion of Jeff Lewison to the position of project engineer coordinator for the company’s motorized division. In his new position, Lewison has the responsibility for coordination of all technical activities required during the development of Class A gas motorhomes from concept development through production launch. “Jeff will use his leadership skills and experience to enhance the success of our Class A gas motorhomes... Read more

RV Air Conditioning Systems Course Set To Begin

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The Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA) has announced an  RV Air Conditioning Service Course, starting July 4 and running through July 31. The online program, which is run by Northampton Community College and the PRVCA, allows students to gain an in-depth understanding of recreation vehicle maintenance with intensive, competency-based instruction. Students simply log on to access the lecture notes, hands-on assignments, quizzes and chat with the instructor and other students. The program... Read more

VIDEO 1: Go RVing Promotes Seasonal Camping

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During its meeting as part of the recent Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RIVA) Committee Week proceedings in Washington D.C., the Park Model RV (PMRV) Committee reviewed with approval advertisements developed recently by the Go RVing Coalition focused on destination, or seasonal, camping scenarios – something the committee had sought since exiting its former association and joining RVIA three years ago. The park model builders, in the process, had contributed marketing dollars from the... Read more

Foamcraft Announces Addition Of Gibbs, Traxler

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Dustin Traxler Jason Gibbs Foamcraft Inc., an Indianapolis-based urethane foam product supplier to the RV and other industries, announced the personnel additions of Jason Gibbs as plant manager of its Goshen, Ind., facility and Dustin Traxler as sales representative for the Elkhart County marketplace. With 13 years of experience in the foam industry, Gibbs will be tasked with managing Foamcraft’s largest fabrication facility. Traxler brings several years of successful sales experience and... Read more

Failed Drug Tests Rising Problem For RV Makers

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Low unemployment is ordinarily a good thing, but according to a report by the South Bend Tribune area manufacturers say the shrinking labor pool is filled with applicants who fail drug screenings or don’t show up for work. And in some cases, the trend has held back the growth potential for manufacturers in the booming recreational vehicle industry — especially in Elkhart County where the unemployment rate is roughly 4%. Most manufacturers require screenings because drug use while operating heavy... Read more

NHTSA Releases Latest RV-Related Recall List

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Editor’s Note: The following is a list of recent RV-related recalls compiled by the U.S National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA). • Daimler Trucks North America LLC (DTNA) is recalling certain model year 2012-2016 FCCC XCL, XCM, XCP, and XCR motorhome chassis manufactured January 23, 2012, to July 23, 2015. The throttle pedal position sensor on the affected vehicles may not return to zero, causing the engine brake to suddenly not activate as expected, reducing the vehicle’s... Read more

The Open Road Calls to RVers Seeking Freedom

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Ever pull alongside a recreational vehicle with out-of-state license plates and just for a fleeting moment wonder what it would be like to hit the road and keep going? reported that for many, it’s not a fantasy, but rather a way of life. Among the 8.2 million RV owners in the United States, a University of Michigan study estimates that 450,000 are full-time RVers. The vast majority are retired individuals enjoying the freedom of setting their own itinerary. For Paul Soriero, owning... Read more

Action Awnings Offers Dash Covers for Class A’s

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Yuma, Ariz.-based Action Awnings and Upholstery Center has expanded its product line to include new custom dash covers and bras/masks for class A motorhomes. According to a press release, the company offers online ordering and hundreds of patterns to select from. “Sales are booming and we are shipping all across North America. Everyone seems to have been waiting for these products for long time,” said owner Daniel Tuller. The company has been replacing awnings and slide toppers for over 20... Read more

RVIA Honors Phlipot With RV Standards Award

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Tom Phlipot (L) accepts RV Standards Award from RVIA Chairman Derald Bontrager Tom Phlipot, executive vice president for Progressive Dynamics Inc., was presented with the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) Distinguished Achievement in RV Standards Award by RVIA Chairman Derald Bontrager on June 7 during the association’s Committee Week meetings. According to a report in RVIA Today Express, the award recognizes those who have contributed to the enhancement of RV standards in... Read more

ARI & CDK Offer DMS Capabilities for Websites

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CDK Global announced an integration and reseller agreement with ARI Network Services, Inc. to begin providing dealers with websites and enhanced integrations with Design Management System (DMS) capabilities in the RV, powersports and marine markets. This new offering allows dealers to instantly post unit inventory as well as available parts and accessories to their website directly from their CDK Lightspeed system. “The integration that dealers will have between their website and their... Read more

RVB Contributor Crider Eyes Kilimanjaro Climb

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Max and Jeff Crider (far right) pose with their hiking crew for their Mount Kilimanjaro climb RV and campground industry publicist Jeff Crider — an ongoing contributor to RVBusiness and sister publication Woodall’s Campground Management — and his 17-year-old son, Max, have arrived in Tanzania for their long anticipated climb up Mount Kilimanjaro. The Criders are climbing Africa’s famed 19,341-foot volcano as a fundraising effort for Lifewater International, which brings safe water,... Read more

Industry Makes Impact on RVIA’s Advocacy Day

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RVIA President Frank Hugelmeyer (L) and RVIA Chairman Derald Bontrager (R) with Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), and Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) who were instrumental in forming caucuses RV industry members swarmed Washington, D.C., on June 8 during the largest and most impactful RVIA Capitol Hill Advocacy Day in the event’s 15-year history. RVIA Today Express reported that more than 70 industry representatives from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association... Read more

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