Acquisitive New Player Enters RV Retail Arena

July 13, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

RVR President & CEO Jon Ferrando RV Retailer LLC (RVR), the recent buyer of high volume Texas RV dealer Motor Home Specialist, is an acquisitive new player in the highly competitive U.S. RV dealer arena. Established in January by several former AutoNation Inc. executives, RVR’s management team is intent on rolling up an appreciable percentage of U.S. RV retail market share. Indeed, RVR’s game plan is to acquire retailers with some of the same essential attributes as 145-employee Motor Home... Read more

RVIA’s Wald Reviews New Tech Training Institute

June 18, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Matt Wald, vice president of strategic initiatives for the RV Industry Association (RVIA), has led the charge from a staff perspective in developing the industry’s new “RV Technical Institute.” As such, he’s had a bird’s eye view of the proposed new Elkhart, Ind.-based educational program that was formally approved June 7 by RVIA’s board of directors with the support of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) during 2018 RVIA Committee Week at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington,... Read more

Airstream Touts Growth, Dealer Partners in Vegas

May 25, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Airtream meeting attendees enjoy a reception Airstream Inc.’s 2018 National Dealer Meeting, held Tuesday through Thursday (May 22-24) at the Tropicana Las Vegas Casino Hotel Resort, was in many ways a traditional event in both substance and style as the Thor Industries Inc. division’s management and dealers gathered for an array of presentations plus private meetings, receptions, product displays, a golf outing and tours of Hoover Dam and the Airstream Las Vegas dealership.... Read more

Tiffin Club Draws 310 Coaches to Elkhart County

May 16, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Tiffin Allegro Club rally attendees fill a large building at the Elkhart County Fairgrounds Approximately 650 members of the Tiffin Allegro Club have gathered this week at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds in Goshen, Ind., as the event, one of the motorized owners club’s three annual regional rallies, drew around 310 gas and diesel Class A and C motorhomes. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the home page. Photos by J. Tyler Klaussen). And judging by the scene last... Read more

New CWHI Supercenters Mix RV, Outdoor, Marine

May 7, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

In a move that should greatly diversify and expand Camping World Holdings Inc.’s (CWHI) brand within the outdoor recreation and marine markets, Chicago-based CWHI will be integrating many of its newest Camping World stores with the Gander Outdoors and Overton’s marine retail outlets it acquired in 2017, according to CWHI Chairman Marcus Lemonis. While he had hinted previously about a combined brand strategy that would integrate the outdoor, marine and RV markets for the first time — fueling... Read more

Slideshow: Priority Attracts Record Crowd to Vegas

April 9, 2018 by · 1 Comment 

Priority RV board members (left), Michael Peay, Steve Richardson, Andy Heck, Mark Bretz, Mike Regan, Brian Wilkins and Greg Lala. (Photos by Adrienne Griffin) Priority RV Network’s Annual Meeting marked its 20th year as an independent RV dealer collective last week (April 3-5) at the M Resort, Spa & Casino in Las Vegas with nearly 300 dealer and supplier personnel in attendance. The organization has more than doubled in size over the past six years and currently represents... Read more

RV Industry Concerned with Tariffs’ Price Impact

March 20, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Jason Lippert Ever since President Trump announced in early March that the U.S. would impose stiff tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum — bolstering prices and future prospects for domestic steel and aluminum producers — the U.S. RV industry’s suppliers and OEM’s have been mulling over the impact Trump’s bold announcement might have for a business sector whose manufacturers and suppliers depend so heavily on both commodities. And while a solid majority of the industry’s... Read more

FMCA’s 97th Convention Draws 6,000 to Georgia

March 16, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Exhibit area was wall-to-wall at FMCA convention The buzz is back. That, by and large, was the initial impression among opening day attendees at FMCA’s 97th International Convention and RV Expo as a sea of more than 2,700 motorhomes and 6,000 attendees descended on the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter in Perry, Ga. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the home page. Photos by Shawn Spence). In many respects, the Thursday-through-Sunday (Mar.... Read more

Thor’s Martin: Look for More RV Industry Growth

March 14, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Bob Martin The North American RV arena may be shedding its image as a cyclical industry for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the gradual arrival of the Millennials as avid outdoor enthusiasts and bonafide RV buyers, Thor Industries Inc. President and CEO Bob Martin said Monday (March 12) in an address to the Elkhart Rotary Club. “I’ve been asked a lot, being located in the ‘RV Capitol of the World,’ about how we’re doing here in Elkhart?,” said... Read more

FMCA Prepares for its ‘Biggest Rally’ since 2011

March 12, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Motorhomes fill the Indiana State Fairgrounds during FMCA’s 2017 Convention & Expo (Photo by Shawn Spence) Things are looking good for the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) 97th International Convention and RV Expo, slated for Thursday through Sunday (March 15-18) at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter in Perry, marking the first time ever that the Cincinnati-based owners club will welcome towable RV owners into its rally ranks. “We’re... Read more

Major OEM’s Reschedule ’18 Elkhart Open House

March 9, 2018 by · 1 Comment 

Forest River’s dealers gather for dinner at 2017 Open House Forest River Inc. CEO Pete Liegl and Thor Industries Inc. President and CEO Bob Martin have agreed to reschedule – by a week – this year’s Elkhart RV Open House in an effort to relax fall show schedules for scores of front-line salespeople from a variety of companies. As a result, the Open House in northern Indiana’s RV-building center of Elkhart, Ind., this year will start on Monday, Sept. 24, instead of Monday,... Read more

RVIA Presents Concepts for New ‘Spring Show’

March 1, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Liz Crawford, RVIA senior vice president of trade shows and events, addresses HOF audience Reston, Va.-based Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) held its second briefing Thursday morning (March 1) in Elkhart, Ind., to present its vision for an all-new spring event currently under development for 2019 by the national trade association’s leadership to replace the 54-year-old National RV Trade Show – better known as the Louisville Show – that was dropped recently in a unanimous... Read more

RVIA Leadership Visits Elkhart to Detail New Show

January 26, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

A changing of the guard for RVIA trade shows  The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) is well underway with plans for its new all-industry trade show set to take place in the spring of 2019 following the surprising mid-January announcement that the trade group’s board of directors had unanimously voted to replace the traditional, 54-year-old RVIA National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. – effective this year — with a “completely new” type of event unlike anything... Read more

RVIA Approves Launch of New Annual Trade Show

January 17, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

There were signals going into the Jan. 14-16 Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) Leadership Conference in Tampa, Fla., that change was afoot regarding the industry’s annual show calendar. But only RVIA Show and Events Committee members, board members and other insiders were fully aware of just how swiftly and affirmatively change was about to take place as RVIA’s board voted unanimously yesterday (Jan. 16) to replace the industry’s National RV Trade Show – effective in 2018 —... Read more

ROUTE 66 RV Network Severs Ties with NTP-STAG

January 12, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

In a surprising turn of events, the ROUTE 66 RV Network, one of the nation’s leading independent RV dealer groups, announced that it will no longer do business with NTP-STAG, a unit of Keystone Automotive Operations Inc. that oversees the country’s only coast-to-coast distribution network of RV aftermarket parts and accessories. However, few details were available at press time as to the actual price-related trigger behind the breakup of the ROUTE 66, NTP-STAG relationship. “After a 15-year... Read more

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