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

‘Fun Town’ Sees Surge in Post-Hurricane Sales

September 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Fun Town RV CEO Jarrod McGhee As the nation shifted its attention last week to Florida and the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, a heart-wrenching drama continued to play out in Texas as thousands of Lone Star State residents try to resolve real-life housing issues in several Gulf Coast communities that experienced catastrophic flooding in late August when Hurricane Harvey dumped 40 to 52 inches of rain on the Houston area. And, as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) methodically draws up plans... Read more

TaigMarks’ Party Spotlights Downtown Elkhart

September 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Steve Taig (L), David Marks and Rob Hartzler A crowd of Elkhart-area business people converged for a Friday evening (Sept. 15) reception at the downtown offices of TaigMarks Inc. (TM) that included The Vine’s hors d’oeuvres, a few rounds of karaoke and an intriguing historical tour of the 1890’s-era building into which the marketing and public relations agency moved some 15 years ago. In fact, saluting the downtown’s turnaround and the agency’s own South Main Street building,... Read more

As Houston Exhales, Florida is Hunkering Down

September 9, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

  In these times of unprecedented natural disasters – including two lethal hurricanes in two weeks in Texas and now Florida, Lone Star State dealers like Chris Hoover and his 230 employees at Ron Hoover RV & Marine are still looking forward to a time when they and the rest of the Texas Gulf Coast will be able to exhale as power and water – the basics of physical life – are restored all over and to the community of Rockport, where the eight-store dealership is headquartered. With... Read more

Slideshow: RV Execs Boost Bashor Fund-Raiser

September 8, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

‘Running With Spoons’ event at the Lerner Friends and numerous RV industry supporters of the Bashor Children’s Home raised a record $300,000 Thursday night (Sept. 7) during the 2nd Annual Bashor Children’s Home “Running with Spoons” Celebrity Chef fundraiser involving local business and industry chefs squaring off in a cooking competition at the Lerner Theater’s Crystal Ballroom in downtown Elkhart, Ind. To view the slideshow scroll to the right side of the Read more

Texas Dealers Coping with Aftermath of Harvey

September 5, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

RVs were sent flying at Camper Clinic As businesses and homeowners continue to deal with Hurricane Harvey’s devastation, many of the Texas Gulf Coast’s RV dealers were still adjusting over the Labor Day weekend to life in the wake of the epic storm which made landfall on Aug. 25, and ultimately dumped an estimated 27 trillion gallons of rain over Texas and Louisiana over a period of six days. To gauge the status of some high-profile Texas dealerships, contacted a number... Read more

RV Industry Could Again Aid Disaster Victims

August 29, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

FEMA trailers ready for transport to New Orleans As another extraordinary disaster plays out on the nation’s TV screens, the wheels are apparently already in motion for a new wave of RV-related emergency housing to help resolve the mounting needs of tens of thousands of Texas Gulf Coast residents who have fled their homes in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. To what extent this latest drive for temporary housing develops, however, remains to be seen – some 12 years after the last wave in which... Read more

Hurricane-Force Winds Shake Texas RV Parks

August 28, 2017 by · 1 Comment 

Devastation at Texas RV Park (Photo by Austin American Statesman) The historic hurricane that pummeled the Texas Gulf Coast this weekend and continues as Tropical Storm Harvey to threaten Houston and environs with epic floods has undoubtedly delivered a powerful blow to the region’s RV park and campground operators. As is often the case in natural disasters, however, the storm seems to have body-slammed some parks and tiptoed around others in an almost serendipitous manner. And because... Read more

Grand Design Breaks Ground on $10M Expansion

August 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

(L-R) Ind. Sen. Todd Young, Grand Design CEO Don Clark, Ind. Rep. Jackie Walorski and Ind. Secretary of Commerce Jim Shellinger (Photo by Roger Schneider of the Goshen News) U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., U.S. Rep Jackie Walorski, R-Ind.-2, and Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger were among the speakers at a Wednesday (Aug. 21) morning groundbreaking ceremony for a $10 million expansion at Grand Design Recreational Vehicle Co. (GDRV) in rural Middlebury, Ind. Expansion plans for... Read more

‘RV/MH Hall of Fame’ Preps Next Growth Phase

August 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Hall of Fame President Darryl Searer RV/MH Heritage Foundation Inc. President Darryl Searer says his organization plans to launch a major fund drive later this year to greatly expand the Northern Indiana Event Center (NIEC) and the affiliated RV/MH Hall of Fame (HOF) on the northeast side of Elkhart, Ind. That campaign, ultimately totaling as much as $10 million according to Searer, should help launch the first two of three proposed expansion phases designed to augment rental facilities for... Read more

RVAA Conferees Now Voting on RVIA Proposal

August 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Voting is now underway at the Aug. 14-18 Recreation Vehicle Aftermarket Association’s (RVAA) annual Executive Conference at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego to determine whether the trade group will merge with the all-industry Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) as a full-fledged RV Aftermarket Committee reporting directly to RVIA’s board of directors. RVAA’s board announced in a late June letter to its membership that the transition would occur with the board’s unanimous approval,... Read more

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