RV Industry Plays Key Role in Bashor Fundraiser

September 7, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The Lerner Center’s Crystal Ballroom again hosted Running With Spoons A host of RV industry manufacturers and suppliers played a key role Thursday evening (Sept. 6) in helping to raise an impressive sum of $440,000 — up from $310,000 last year — for the 3rd Annual “Running with Spoons” celebrity chef competition benefiting Bashor Children’s Home in Goshen, Ind. As in past years, the fundraiser was held at the Lerner Theatre in downtown Elkhart, Ind. (To view a slideshow... Read more

RV Builders Anticipate Robust RV Open House

August 21, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Dealers enjoy dinner at last year’s Open House The 2018 Elkhart RV Open House, a trade show first conceived 10 years ago by Forest River Inc. for dealers at its Elkhart, Ind., headquarters, should take an appreciable step forward this year as the recreational vehicle industry’s preeminent selling show. That seems to be the general consensus among manufacturers consulted by, assuming the weather, the economy and the burgeoning RV marketplace continue to trend favorably for North... Read more

RVIA Takes Its ‘RVX’ Road Show to HOF in Elkhart

August 9, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Liz Crawford, senior vice president, trade shows and events, for RVIA offers insight on RVX to exhibitors in HOF meeting The RV Industry Association (RVIA) hosted its second “RVX Exhibitor Academy” Wednesday morning (August 8) at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., during which the Reston, Va.-based trade association’s staff addressed the merits of RVIA’s new spring show — “RVX: The RV Experience” – to a crowd of about 50 potential manufacturer and supplier exhibitors. The... Read more

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

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