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Winnebago: RVB’s 2013 ‘Newsmaker of the Year’

January 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Winnebago’s executive team includes (L-R): Scott Folkers, vice president, general counsel and secretary; Scott Degnan, vice president, sales and product management; Bob Gossett, vice president, administration; Sarah Nielsen, vice president, CFO; Randy Potts, chairman, CEO and president; Daryl Krieger, vice president, manufacturing; and Bill O'Leary, vice president, product development Like an NFL football team with the true grit to bounce back from a regrettable loss, Winnebago Industries... Read more

Not Business as Usual in Snow-Swept Elkhart Co.

January 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Another winter blast stalls Elkhart County RV industry With windy conditions, drifting snow and frigid five-degree temperatures reminding area residents more of the Alaskan tundra than the flatlands of northern Indiana, many companies involved in the manufacturing and component supply chain of RV production were operating Monday (Jan. 27) on limited hours and some were closed down altogether. The area’s roads, with travel emergency declarations in place, were dangerous to say the least. “Our... Read more

Stag Marks 25 Years as 1,700 Attend Trade Show

January 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Attendees check out exhibits at Stag-Parkway show The RV industry’s 2014 national agenda is getting under way this week with two major league events – Stag-Parkway Inc.’s 25th Annual National Trade Show, Sunday through Wednesday (Jan. 12-15) at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan, and the Florida RV Trade Association’s (FRVTA) 29th Annual 2014 Florida RV SuperShow taking place Wednesday through Sunday at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. And the initial reports... Read more

Camping World Opts Out of ’14 National Rallies

January 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Camping World Inc. and its Good Sam Enterprises LLC affiliate won’t be hosting any consumer rallies in 2014. Instead, according to a Friday (Jan. 11) posting on the company’s Facebook page, the Lincolnshire, Ill.-based mega-dealer and club owner will take a step back, reevaluate its location options and map plans for its next Camping World/Good Sam Rally – or rallies — in 2015. The news comes as somewhat of a surprise to many in the industry, considering that CW/GS’s high... Read more

Ford: Class A Chassis Availability is Improving

December 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Ford F53 Chassis One consistent market constraint the U.S. RV industry has faced during its impressive recent recovery has been a shortage of Class A gas chassis manufactured by the industry’s sole chassis supplier — Ford Motor Co. But that supply squeeze appears to be lifting, according to motorhome builders and Ford spokesmen themselves — all of which potentially could unleash further growth beyond the impressive shipment numbers already posted for the year with Class A shipments up 32.2%... Read more

2015 Monaco Dynasty Set to Launch in Louisville

November 29, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Monaco President Mike Snell Editor’s Note: To view a video on Monaco’s ‘Return To Power’ click here or scroll down the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page. Six months after acquiring the Monaco and Holiday Rambler motorhome lines from Navistar International Corp., Allied Specialty Vehicles Inc.’s (ASV) motorized RV operations — now doing business as the Allied Recreation Group (ARG) instead of Fleetwood RV Inc. — is preparing to roll out its first motorhome... Read more

Germany-Based Truma Set for Louisville Exhibit

November 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Gerhard Hundsberger Germany-based Truma Corp., a major supplier to the European RV market, is eyeing the Dec. 3-5 National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., as an opportunity to showcase an array of product lines while also gathering input from potential OEM clients regarding the types of products it might consider marketing in North America. Reinforcing its commitment to the U.S and Canada markets, the company also announced its new executive team for the North American market, including President... Read more

Tiffin Owner Magazine Marking 10th Anniversary

November 15, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

"Roughing It Smoothly" cover Most manufacturers’ owner publications fell by the wayside in recent years, but Roughing It Smoothly, a corporate quarterly magazine from Alabama-based Tiffin Motorhomes Inc. (TMH), is an exception to that trend — having reached its 10th year in publication with the fall 2013 issue. Behind Roughing It Smoothly for the past 40 issues have been Fred and Carolyn Thompson, whose first 32-page issue featured a 2004 Phaeton Class A on the cover. In contrast,... Read more

Dicor’s Fore ‘Wins’ in Charitable Kilt Campaign

October 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

(L-R) Tina Sharkey (campaign manager), Gregg Fore, Becci Zook (campaign manager), Larry Lebryk (campaign manager), and Nancy Fore. When Dicor Corp. President Gregg Fore gets involved in something, it’s never halfway. And so it was that Fore, an RV industry supplier and immediate past chairman of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), dove head first this summer and fall into a unique “Men in Kilts” charity fund drive on behalf of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Michiana. The... Read more

Camping World Atlanta Rally Draws 2,717 Units

October 21, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Camping World Inc. and its Good Sam Enterprises LLC affiliate apparently made good on a promise this past weekend (Oct. 17-20) to bring thousands of RV enthusiasts together “to experience world-class evening entertainment, warm southern hospitality and to shop for hundreds of new RVs, outdoor products and camping accessories” by drawing 2,717 consumer coaches to the surrounding lots and infield of the Atlanta Motor Speedway. All things considered, the Rally, which ended last night with... Read more

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