Our Opinion: Crunch Time for Elkhart’s HOF

April 11, 2011 by Sherman Goldenberg · 1 Comment 

If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to our Daily RV Industry News Feed. Thanks for visiting!Looking at everything from the 30,000-foot level, it’s easy to stand back and make shrewd observations about how best to go about saving – or not saving – the RV/MH Heritage Foundation Inc.’s Hall of Fame. That, frankly, is what most of us have been doing for the past couple of months since learning that the four-year-old shrine to the recreational vehicle and manufactured housing industries... Read more

RVB’s Newsmaker of the Year: RV Centennial

January 3, 2011 by Sherman Goldenberg · Leave a Comment 

Centennial celebration at RV/MH Hall of Fame in June 2010 “In 1910, there was no TV, no air conditioning and no phone — but there were RVs. Through war and peace, booms and busts, fuel lines, fads and the cyber revolution, the RV lifestyle has endured and is still going strong, even in today’s challenging economic times.” — An RVIA press release announcing the then-upcoming “RV Centennial” Things were still looking pretty bleak for the recreational vehicle industry... Read more

Best Parks in America Looks for More Growth

December 15, 2010 by Sherman Goldenberg · Leave a Comment 

David Gorin David Gorin says he’s ready to take the five-year-old Best Parks in America marketing network to the next level as a quality brand in the RV park and campground business that will give North American travelers confidence that they are dealing with a quality facility when they pull into any of the 71 affiliated facilities. “We give them (parks) a brand that has a national awareness among consumers that allows them to expand their marketing clout way beyond what an individual property... Read more

Minnesota’s Pleasureland Adding Two Stores

December 13, 2010 by Sherman Goldenberg · Leave a Comment 

Timed with the gradual resurgence of the U.S. economy, Dan Pearson’s Minnesota-based  Pleasureland RV Center Inc. is adding two retail stores to its existing dealerships in St. Cloud  and Ramsey after the first of the year. Those two new storefronts, both leased facilities that will retail towable RVs only, will be  located in Brainerd, about 60 miles north of Pleasureland’s St. Cloud headquarters, and  Willmar, about the same distance southwest of St. Cloud. Pearson, for his part, tells... Read more

Ally Financial Will Become ‘Major RV Player’

December 13, 2010 by Sherman Goldenberg · Leave a Comment 

Tim Russi National wholesale and retail lender Ally Financial Inc. made its presence known at the 48th Annual National RV Trade Show, Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in Louisville, Ky., with stand-alone booths and desks within the displays of Thor Industries Inc. with whom Ally established a “preferred lender” relationship earlier this year. “We wanted to be in Louisville to support the industry. If you are going to be a major participant in it, there are obligations to support the industry event,” stated... Read more

RVB Best of Show: TMC’s A.C.E. Motorhome

December 10, 2010 by Sherman Goldenberg · Leave a Comment 

Thor Motor Coach A.C.E. on display in Louisville. There were plenty of innovative new RVs on display at RVIA’s 48th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., and that’s no surprise because tough economic times tend to bring out the best in many companies as they turn up the R&D focus to better compete for market share in a tight market. Among the most eye-catching were Evergreen Recreational Vehicles LLC’s starkly different Element travel trailer, Fleetwood RV Inc.’s innovative... Read more

Airstream Honoring Retiring Exec Al McInnes

December 9, 2010 by Sherman Goldenberg · 1 Comment 

Airstream Inc. team A veteran team of Airstream executives, whose collective careers span 156 years in the recreational vehicle industry – 113 with Airstream — posed for this photo during the 48th Annual National RV Trade Show, Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in Louisville, Ky., as a tribute to Al McInnes (second from the left), who is retiring Jan. 31. McInnes, director of sales, western region — who has logged 38 years in the industry, 28 with Jackson Center, Ohio-based Airstream — is joined... Read more

KOA Franchisees Outperform U.S. Economy

November 17, 2010 by Sherman Goldenberg · Leave a Comment 

Pat Hittmeier, KOA president Despite the nation’s challenging economic environment, business for most of Kampground of America Inc.’s 460-plus parks is relatively good right now. In fact, it’s real good in some cases. That much was evident at KOA’s Annual International Convention at which some 500 people – representing 220 parks – gathered Nov. 7-10 at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa in Savannah, Ga. How so many entrepreneurial franchisees like Steve Jewell, of Spartanburg... Read more

SEMA Show Drew Huge Throngs to Las Vegas

November 4, 2010 by Sherman Goldenberg · Leave a Comment 

Crowded aisles at this week's SEMA Show The SEMA Show, which ran from  Nov. 2-5 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, drew more than 110,000 trade-only attendees from 100 countries – well ahead of last year — to what is widely held as the “premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world.” And the general atmosphere on the street, according to those walking those streets last week in Las Vegas in search of new business in the automotive, truck and SUV and RV markets represented... Read more

Pomona RV Show Signaled Gradual Recovery

October 26, 2010 by Sherman Goldenberg · Leave a Comment 

If anyone expected the 58th Annual California RV Show, which ended Sunday after a 10-day run at Pomona’s Fairplex, to signal the sudden recovery of the beleaguered Southern California economy, they were probably sorely disappointed. On the other hand, according to word on the street, the rain-plagued Pomona Show was in fact a “decent” retail event – despite the incessant and unusual rains – that included a higher percentage of buyers-versus-lookers than most had anticipated and may indeed... Read more

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