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Camping World Opts Out of ’14 National Rallies

January 13, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

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

RVIA’s Pomona Show Off to an Explosive Start

October 14, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Entrance to California RV Show Whether the recovering Southern California market or a shrewd media campaign is behind it, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) 61st Annual California RV Show has posted an impressive start in its first three days, RVIA Western Show Director Tom Gaither reports. “Right now, through three days, we’re up 63.2% in attendance,” Gaither told RVBUSINESS.com prior to the Oct. 11-20 show’s opening on Monday (Oct. 14) at the Fairplex in Pomona. “The... Read more

RVDA Announces New Date, Site for Con/Expo

October 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The leadership of the U.S. Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) and RVDA of Canada have announced a pivotal decision to move their annual convention — the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo — to an early November timetable and to another Las Vegas casino from the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino where they’ve held their annual show for a decade. RVDA Chairman Jeff Hirsch and RVDA of Canada Chairman Ian Moore informed their respective memberships Wednesday (Oct. 2) during the... Read more

Dutchmen: Banner ‘Open House’ Amid Changes

September 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

New multiuse complex that will house aluminum, fabrication, CNC routing and countertop operations The 2013 Elkhart Open House was a “great show” for Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc., not only because of the opportunity the northern Indiana trade show afforded the Thor Industries Inc. subsidiary to show off new Kodiak, Infinity and Voltage models, but also because of the chance to communicate with dealers regarding all of the change that has occurred in 2013 for the Goshen, Ind., builder. “It was... Read more

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