Forest River Expands Gas Class A Manufacturing

November 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Forest River’s gas Class A FR3 motorhome Construction work began last week on the west side of Elkhart, Ind., for an expansive new facility in which Forest River Inc. plans to consolidate and expand manufacturing of its gas-fueled Class A motorhomes. The new 180,000-square-foot plant, located just north of Forest River’s headquarters on County Road 1, is a response to “super strong” demand for the Berkshire Hathaway division’s Georgetown and FR3 Class A’s and should ultimately yield... Read more

Larry Hughes: The Quintessential Fleetwood Guy

November 13, 2015 by · 4 Comments 

Larry Hughes, 71, a bigger-than-life character and one of the industry’s most recognizable individuals over the past 40 years – a guy some might consider the quintessential Fleetwood man – passed away early Thursday (Nov. 12) morning with his family at his side near his Whidbey Island, Wash., home. Known to friends and competitors alike as an executive for now-defunct Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. – the Southern California RV manufacturing giant that controlled about a third of the U.S. RV marketplace... Read more

Furrion Finalizes Elkhart Innovation Center Plans

October 30, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

Artist’s rendering of planned Furrion Innovation Center Imagine, for a moment, a modernistic, 35,000-square-foot showcase facility located along the Indiana Toll Road just west of the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind. – an eye-catching structure housing elaborate engineering offices, showrooms and a lounge for visitors that beckons curious Toll Road travelers and Hall of Fame visitors as well as business people and students intent on building careers in North America’s RV industry. Well,... Read more

Winnebago Debuting ‘Fuse’ Class C in Louisville

October 29, 2015 by · 4 Comments 

Winnebago Fuse Class C built on Ford Transit platform Although Winnebago Industries Inc. has already unveiled the bulk of its 2016 lineup, the Iowa-based motorhome builder appears to have kept its best for last with plans to debut a 24-foot Winnebago Fuse Class C built on a new-to-the-U.S. Ford Transit chassis at the Dec. 1-3 Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) 52nd Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. “It’s a segment-buster because it’s a brand new look,” reported... Read more

Boys & Girls Clubs Seeking RV Industry Support

October 29, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

A healthy representation of the Elkhart, Ind., area’s RV industry leadership sat down Wednesday morning (Sept. 28), coffee cups in hand, for a closed-door meeting at the RV/MH Hall of Fame to review the details of a charitable program they’re being asked to support in a significant way – expansion of the Elkhart and Goshen facilities of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Elkhart County. The Boys & Girls Clubs actually function in four locales, with Nappanee and Middlebury home to satellite programs.... Read more

OPINION: Insights from RVB’s ‘Top 50’ Panelists

October 12, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

EDITOR’S NOTE: As Phase 2 of the RV industry’s annual show season approaches, RVB Publisher Sherm Goldenberg highlights some timely insights related to the RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Awards program. Coming out of the Hershey Show, the Elkhart RV Open House and other stops along the way, it’s often tough each fall to catch your breath, stay organized and sort through all of the important (and trivial) things you hear at shows, lunchrooms and hotel lounges. And the hits just keep on coming with... Read more

Turtle Top, FCCC Tailgate at ND-Clemson Game

October 10, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Representatives of New Paris, Ind.-based commercial vehicle builder Turtle Top and management personnel from Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC), Gaffney, S.C., did some serious tailgating prior to last Saturday’s (Oct. 3) Notre Dame-Clemson NCAA football game – a game that, unfortunately, resulted in a 24-22 loss for northern Indiana’s revered Fighting Irish.“We’re standing in this picture in front of Turtle Top’s special Customer Appreciation Command Center, an amazing custom-designed... Read more

RVB Announces Top 50 Dealer Award Recipients

September 28, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

U.S. and Canadian recreational vehicle retailers named in late September as recipients of 2015 RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Awards tend to share some consistent traits, according to the panel of industry experts who annually select the winners — including a penchant for cutting-edge digital marketing, selfless charitable giving and a more open-minded approach to servicing all traveling RV owners, not just their own customers. The newest class of Top 50 dealers, including a slate of five exemplary... Read more

Hershey Show May Break 50,000 Attendance Goal

September 18, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Attendees have packed the expansive Giant Center for this week’s America’s Largest RV Show (Photo by Kirk Zutell) Editor’s Note: To see an accompanying slideshow from America’s Largest RV Show scroll to the right side of the home page. The Pennsylvania RV & Camping Association (PRVCA) has been looking to break attendance records at this year’s Hershey Show – a trade and consumer venue officially known as “America’s Largest RV Show” now underway... Read more

Thor’s Open House Display will Include 500 Units

September 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Mulch being poured at Keystone Open House display on the Hall of Fame grounds Work crews were busy last week preparing the grounds east of the RV/MH Hall of Fame for what promises to be Thor Industries Inc.’s largest Elkhart RV Open House display to date – a 25-acre exhibit area with a huge tent in the middle around which the publicly held company’s divisions plan to show as many as 500 towable and motorized RVs to thousands of North American dealers. “It’s a small city,” said Keystone... Read more

Carriage Employee Reunion Held at Fairgrounds

August 31, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

Over 300 former Carriage employees attended Saturday’s reunion Some 300 people gathered Saturday (Aug. 29) in the Community Building at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds in Goshen, Ind., for a relatively unusual event in the business world – a first-ever luncheon reunion for former employees of iconic towable builder Carriage Inc. that collapsed in the wake of the Great Recession. Once a stable higher-end RV manufacturer known for its Carriage, Cameo, Cabo, Carri-Lite and Royals International... Read more

Boring-Smith Hosts Product Open House at HOF

August 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Attendees at Boring-Smith’s Open House engage in some model car racing Editor’s Note: To view a slideshow of the Boring-Smith open house scroll to the right side of the home page. Industrial distributor Boring-Smith drew some 500 attendees to its Wednesday (Aug. 19) open house at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind. for a chicken dinner, a ride in a NASCAR simulator, a photo session with 2015 Miss Makita Jessica Harbour and a stroll through the displays of some 50 vendors... Read more

Thumbs Up For Industry’s Trade Show Prospects

August 19, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Aerial shot of Thor Open House display at the Hall of Fame As the industry looks toward the fall and winter trade show season, RV manufacturers and association-based show promoters are decidedly upbeat regarding the prospects for the industry’s trade-related events – thanks in large part to a resilient marketplace in which retail inventories still seem to be in order and new buyers are apparently still finding their way on to dealers’ lots. A rundown of this year’s fall/winter national... Read more

Ind. Gov. Pence Cuts Ribbon at Keystone Facility

August 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Indiana Governor Mike Pence speaks at a ribbon cutting ceremony at Keystone plant (Photo by Mark Shephard) Editor’s Note: To view an accompanying video from WSBT TV scroll to the right side of the home page. Under clear blue skies and a light breeze, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence joined Keystone RV Co. management, employees, civic officials and a large press contingent on Thursday (Aug. 13) for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at Plant No. 57, now Keystone’s largest Hoosier manufacturing... Read more

Livin’ Lite’s Tuttle Announces CrossRoads Exit

August 6, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

Scott Tuttle Almost exactly two years after selling light-weight aluminum trailer manufacturer Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles LLC to Thor Industries Inc., Livin’ Lite President Scott Tuttle has announced his departure from Thor’s Topeka, Ind.-based CrossRoads RV division under which the company had been operating since its acquisition by the publicly held market leader. However, Tuttle says he’ll continue consulting for CrossRoads President Andy Cripe on an array of marketing projects... Read more

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