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Thor’s K-Z Purchase Fuels Consolidation Trend

April 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

K-Z’s headquarters in Shipshewana The continued consolidation of the North American RV industry was underscored by Thursday’s (April 17) announcement that Thor Industries Inc. had reached an agreement to acquire Shipshewana, Ind.-based towable RV builder K-Z Inc. in a $53.4 million transaction set to close May 1. News that K-Z, led by founder and CEO Daryl Zook, was being purchased by the nation’s largest RV builder came only weeks after No. 3 Jayco Inc. bought Shipshewana’s Open Range... Read more

RVIA Setting up Offices on East Side of Elkhart

April 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Elkhart site for RVIA offices Following up on a March board decision, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) has begun setting up a regional office in a sedate, one-level office complex near the intersection of County Road 17 and Middlebury Street on the east side of the RV-building center of Elkhart, Ind. In fact, RVIA staff members are on site today (April 16) at 663 C.R. 17, a contemporary, one-level complex just south of Lucchese’s Italian Restaurant that’s easily accessible from... Read more

TMC’s New Tuscany Embodies Residential Trend

April 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

TMC’s Adam Gudger in front of the new Tuscany The most consistent trend in Class A motorhomes right now – beyond the growing popularity of gas-powered coaches – is a continued push toward “residential” interiors across the board. Thor Motor Coach’s top-of-the-line 45-foot Tuscany 45AT, which debuted at the  March 17-20 Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) 89th Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter in Perry, Ga., is a prime... Read more

Jayco Toasts Outgoing Marketing Exec Johnson

March 27, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

President & CEO Derald Bontrager (L) with Sid Johnson Outgoing Jayco Inc. Marketing Director Sid Johnson thought he was simply headed to dinner Tuesday night (Mar. 25) at the Elcona Country Club on the east side of Elkhart, Ind., when he rounded the corner and – much to his actual surprise – was greeted by a room full of Jayco colleagues and lifelong business friends and associates who proceeded to toast Johnson during the evening’s cocktail reception upon his retirement this week. A 20-year... Read more

2014 Elkhart RV Open House Set for Sept. 16-18

March 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Dealers check out product at Forest River display during last year's Open House There’s never a lot of pomp and circumstance or official announcements when it comes to Elkhart County’s RV Open House, an authentically different trade event that has grown over the past six years to become a key stop on the recreational vehicle industry’s annual show tour. In fact, since there’s no governing board, show director or sponsoring organization, the dates are quietly set each year in contacts... Read more

Motorized RV Sales to Set Growth Pace for 2014

March 11, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Richard Curtin Timed with the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) upbeat Annual Meeting last week (Mar. 4-8) in Southern California was the release of an equally optimistic spring forecast from veteran RVIA prognosticator Richard Curtin, who predicts that RV shipments will total 339,600 units in 2014, a “healthy gain” of 5.7% over the 321,100 units shipped last year. While total 2013 shipments were 12.4% ahead of 2012 in an industry finding its way back to pre-recessionary... Read more

Foretravel Sees Rebound in Luxury Marketplace

March 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Foretravel ih-45 coach If indeed there were more prospective high-end buyers as well as upscale tire kickers in evidence at this past winter’s retail shows – perhaps more so than some manufacturers had seen in a while – then one of the busiest booths at Tampa’s RV SuperShow in January was operated by Foretravel Motorcoach of Texas, a factory-direct builder of luxury motorhomes still based in its traditional home turf of Nacogdoches, Texas. How busy was it? Foretravel Sales Manager Curtis... Read more

RVIA Board OKs Regional Office in Elkhart, Ind.

March 7, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

RVIA Chairman Doug Gaeddert After more than a year’s debate, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) board voted Wednesday (Mar. 6) to set up a regional office in Elkhart, Ind., a northern Indiana community around which North America’s RV industry has circled its wagons in the post-recessionary era. The board meeting ran in conjunction with the RVIA Annual Meeting, which opened Tuesday and concludes today at the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, Calif. “Yesterday’s... Read more

DRV Packages Residential Comfort in New Fiver

March 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Howe, Ind.-based DRV Luxury Suites has been showcasing its new 38RSB3 fifth-wheel, a four-slide, fiberglass-skinned coach measuring 40 feet overall, the outside of which features no metal or rubber for a low maintenance, motorhome look. “It’s a newer product line that really kind of allows us to reinvent the wheel a little bit and provide a different interior for our customers – something that’s a little more contemporary,” explained DRV National Sales Manager Kyle Miller. “We take... Read more

Tiffin Touting 45-Foot Allegro Bus at RV Shows

March 5, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Working shows in much the same way as he always has, Tiffin Motorhomes Inc. President Bob Tiffin has been holding court at an array of winter retail shows – and drawing a steady stream of prospective buyers – in an elegant Allegro Bus 45 LP diesel pusher Class A motorhome. The new bath-and-a-half coach is built on Tiffin’s proprietary 45-foot, 51,300-pound GVWR PowerGlide chassis mated to a 450-hp Cummins ISL engine designed to appeal to the extended stay RVer. “This is a fine vehicle,”... Read more

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