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

RVB, Ally Recognize Award-Winning Lazydays RV

January 10, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

(L-R) Mark Andrews, Ally Financial; Joe Myers, Lazydays Employee Foundation; Bill Thompson, Ally Financial; Sherm Goldenberg, RVBusiness Hundreds of Lazydays RV employees paused early Wednesday morning (Jan. 10) during an all-employee meeting at the dealership’s suburban Tampa headquarters to recognize the high-profile Florida RV retailer’s ambitious, youth-oriented, charitable programs for which the five-store dealer recently received the Arthur J. Decio Humanitarian Award sponsored... Read more

LCI Accomplishes 100,000-Hour Charitable Goal

December 19, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Jason Lippert Along with the impressive financial growth his publicly held company has posted lately, Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) CEO Jason Lippert seems equally pleased this holiday season to report that the company’s 9,500 employees have achieved the rather extraordinary goal he set out for them nearly a year ago by logging at least 100,000 hours of community service in their home communities in 2017 as part of LCI’s “companywide social responsibility initiative.” Lippert’s... Read more

Winnebago Horizon is RVBusiness RV of the Year

December 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

RVBusiness Publisher Sherman Goldenberg (L) presents the RV of the Year award to Winnebago’s Brian Hazelton (C), vice president and general manager, motorhomes, and Ryan Roske, product manager for Class A diesel The 2018 RVBusiness RV of the Year, as RVIA National RV Trade Show attendees learned this week during a packed first-ever RV Industry Awards event at the Mercury Ballroom in Louisville, Ky., is Winnebago Industries Inc.’s high-end Horizon Class A diesel motorhome with its authentically... Read more

KOA System Creating a ‘Presence of Excellence’

November 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

After Kampgrounds of America Inc.’s (KOA) senior management team completed its main presentations at the outset of the organization’s International Convention Nov. 15-18 in Phoenix, Ariz., President and CEO Pat Hittmeier and COO Toby O’Rourke paused for an interview in which they shed some light on the impressive year-end report Montana-based KOA issued during the gathering. Fully 90% of KOA’s parks, they told some 600 attendees, posted gains in 2017. Here’s an edited look at that conversation... Read more

KOA Details Upbeat Trends to 600 at Convention

November 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Convention attendees gather for KOA Awards Breakfast With 90% of its 500 parks posting gains in 2017, life is good right now for Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA), America’s largest network of private campgrounds. That much was apparent during Thursday’s (Nov. 16) opening session of the Annual KOA International Convention as KOA Chairman Oscar Tang, President and CEO Pat Hittmeier, Chief Operations Officer Toby O’Rourke and CFO John Burke addressed some 600 attendees at the Phoenix... Read more

Lazydays’ CEO Murnane: It’s ‘Business as Usual’

October 31, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Lazydays’ Chairman and CEO William P. Murnane There’s no more recognizable name in U.S. RV retailing than Lazydays – officially known as Lazydays R.V. Center Inc. The suburban Tampa dealership’s original headquarters store, launched in 1976 under the guiding hands of Don, Ron and H.K. Wallace, has claimed status over the years as America’s largest single RV dealership. Today, under subsequent ownership, it’s a bonafide 126-acre commercial tourist destination drawing hundreds of thousands... Read more

RVIA’s Pomona Show Sees Growth, Strong Sales

October 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

RV packs the fairgrounds in Pomona for the California RV Show Neither southern California’s Anaheim wildfires (some 30 miles away) nor parking issues or thermometer-busting temperatures succeeded in dampening the continued growth of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) California RV Show, which closed Sunday (Oct. 15) after a 10-day run at the Los Angeles Fair & Exposition Fairplex in Pomona. The 65th California Show has more than doubled in size in the last... Read more

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