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Florida-Based RV Retailer is Acquiring RV One

October 22, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Retailer President and CEO Jon Ferrando Florida-based RV Retailer LLC continues to emerge as one of the North American RV industry’s most aggressive new retail players, having announced this morning (Oct. 22) that it has signed an agreement to acquire RV One Superstores, a high-profile dealer headquartered in New York State, from RV One CEO Don Strollo. RV Retailer stated in a release that Strollo will continue to lead RV One Superstores while retaining a significant ownership stake in the business... Read more

Slideshow: ROUTE 66 Holds Biggest Rally to Date

October 11, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

ROUTE 66 dealer members gather for general session during this week’s rally The 2018 ROUTE 66 RV Network Rally, which drew about 275 attendees to the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa north of Albuquerque, N.M., was scheduled for a midday finale today (Oct. 11) during a closing general session. The dealer group’s 15th annual rally — the biggest yet for the Overland Park, Kan.-based group that now coordinates programs and varied discounts for 105 independent RV dealers with... Read more

Keystone Rolls Out Revised Outbacks, Hideouts

September 24, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

New kitchen area in Keystone Hideout Goshen, Ind.-based Keystone RV Co. will be showcasing complete upgrades of its affordable Hideout and more upscale Outback travel trailers at this week’s (Sept. 24-28) annual Elkhart RV Open House. “We spent some time over the last year asking dealers and retail customers what is Outback to them,” reported Eric Landis, product manager for Outback, a twin-axle lineup available in both the Full Profile and Ultra Lite series. “And really what it comes down... Read more

Travel Lite Unveils Evoke Line at ‘Kick Off’ Party

September 24, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Travel Lite RV President Dustin Johns (left) unveils the company’s first full-sized travel trailer (Photo by J. Tyler Klassen) A crowd of dealers, vendors and business associates gathered last night (Sept. 23) near the northern Indiana lakeside home of Travel Lite RV President Dustin Johns for a catered prime rib dinner and a sneak preview of the company’s new Evoke travel trailer line. The 33-foot, metal-sided Evoke unveiled at the private “kick off party” for today’s Elkhart RV Open House... Read more

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 RVBUSINESS.com, 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 RVBUSINESS.com 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 RVBUSINESS.com home page. Photos by Shawn Spence). In many respects, the Thursday-through-Sunday (Mar.... Read more

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