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Ten Frequently Asked ‘RVB Top 50’ Questions 

July 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: The following reviews the Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions concerning the reasons behind the relaunch of the RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Awards program, the nomination and selection process and details on the Nov. 12 event set in Las Vegas. #1: What are the RV Business Top 50 Dealer Awards? The concept was actually borrowed about a decade ago – back when RVB was owned by Affinity Group Inc. — from AGI’s “Top 100” marine dealers awards program sponsored by the company’s... Read more

Maxwell: The Real Impetus for Top 50 Revival

July 11, 2014 by · 5 Comments 

Gaylord Maxwell Editor’s Note: The following is a column authored by RVBusiness Publisher Sherman Goldenberg on industry pundit and journalist Gaylord Maxwell and his contributions to the industry, in particular the establishment of the Consumer Care Commission. Goldenberg credits Maxwell, who passed away in September of 2008, as the inspiration behind the revival of the RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Awards program. You may not remember Gaylord Maxwell, but a lot of us do. A former high school... Read more

Jayco Details Restructuring at Dealer Confab

June 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Jayco President and CEO Derald Bontrager welcomes some 170 dealers to the company’s “2014 Homecoming.” Middlebury, Ind.-based RV builder Jayco Inc.’s revised management team was on a mission during the company’s “2014 Homecoming” dealer meeting, June 22-25 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, to assure representatives of some 170 dealerships in attendance that the future will exceed the past after a series of unusual and, some would say, exciting new... Read more

‘Bids for Kids’ Fundraiser Rates as ‘Best Ever’

May 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The EverGreen RV table makes a bid during the auction Led by strong support from the RV industry, the 14th Annual “Bids for Kids” Dinner & Auction fundraiser May 3 at the RV/MH Hall of Fame on the northeast side of Elkhart, Ind., “exceeded all expectations,” according to organizers for what has become one of the industry’s key annual social affairs. “It was the best auction event we’ve ever had,” said Michilah Miller, director of development and special events for the Boys &... Read more

Camping World’s McMahon’s RV Buyout Stalls?

April 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Camping World Inc. President and CEO Marcus Lemonis says the deal that his 90-store Chicago-based RV rolling stock chain has been trying to put together to acquire troubled Southern California dealer McMahon’s RV — once one of the state’s leading RV retailers – is being jeopardized because of escalating costs that have surfaced since Camping World agreed in principle to buy the store. “We signed a letter of intent about 10 days ago on a McMahon’s transaction and, unfortunately, we’ve... Read more

Thor’s K-Z Purchase Fuels Consolidation Trend

April 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

K-Z’s headquarters in Shipshewana The continued consolidation of the North American RV industry was underscored by Thursday’s (April 17) announcement that Thor Industries Inc. had reached an agreement to acquire Shipshewana, Ind.-based towable RV builder K-Z Inc. in a $53.4 million transaction set to close May 1. News that K-Z, led by founder and CEO Daryl Zook, was being purchased by the nation’s largest RV builder came only weeks after No. 3 Jayco Inc. bought Shipshewana’s Open Range... Read more

RVIA Setting up Offices on East Side of Elkhart

April 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Elkhart site for RVIA offices Following up on a March board decision, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) has begun setting up a regional office in a sedate, one-level office complex near the intersection of County Road 17 and Middlebury Street on the east side of the RV-building center of Elkhart, Ind. In fact, RVIA staff members are on site today (April 16) at 663 C.R. 17, a contemporary, one-level complex just south of Lucchese’s Italian Restaurant that’s easily accessible from... Read more

TMC’s New Tuscany Embodies Residential Trend

April 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

TMC’s Adam Gudger in front of the new Tuscany The most consistent trend in Class A motorhomes right now – beyond the growing popularity of gas-powered coaches – is a continued push toward “residential” interiors across the board. Thor Motor Coach’s top-of-the-line 45-foot Tuscany 45AT, which debuted at the  March 17-20 Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) 89th Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter in Perry, Ga., is a prime... Read more

Jayco Toasts Outgoing Marketing Exec Johnson

March 27, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

President & CEO Derald Bontrager (L) with Sid Johnson Outgoing Jayco Inc. Marketing Director Sid Johnson thought he was simply headed to dinner Tuesday night (Mar. 25) at the Elcona Country Club on the east side of Elkhart, Ind., when he rounded the corner and – much to his actual surprise – was greeted by a room full of Jayco colleagues and lifelong business friends and associates who proceeded to toast Johnson during the evening’s cocktail reception upon his retirement this week. A 20-year... Read more

2014 Elkhart RV Open House Set for Sept. 16-18

March 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Dealers check out product at Forest River display during last year's Open House There’s never a lot of pomp and circumstance or official announcements when it comes to Elkhart County’s RV Open House, an authentically different trade event that has grown over the past six years to become a key stop on the recreational vehicle industry’s annual show tour. In fact, since there’s no governing board, show director or sponsoring organization, the dates are quietly set each year in contacts... Read more

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