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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

Thor Acquires Some Legendary Towable Brands

February 20, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Bob Martin Along with the former Allied Specialty Vehicles Inc. (ASV) towable RV-manufacturing plant that it just purchased on Indiana 19 on the south side of Elkhart, Ind., Thor Industries Inc. also acquired a host of towable brand names once marketed by ASV and its predecessor, Monaco RV, from whom they were purchased last year. Included are a host of legendary nameplates like Presidential, Aluma-Lite, Alumascape, Trail-Lite, R-Vision, Trail Cruiser and Trail Sport, Thor President and CEO Bob Martin... Read more

Alanko: MBA’s Rental School is Almost Sold Out

February 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Bert Alanko Time has about run out for signups for RV dealers or anyone else interested in attending the 14th MBA RV Rental School, a three-day session set this year for Feb. 25-27 at the Tuscany Suites & Casino in Las Vegas hosted by Scottsdale, Ariz.-based MBA Insurance. MBA President Bert Alanko, a former board member of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) and the widely recognized dean of RV rentals throughout North America, says MBA’s rental school remains the only academic... Read more

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 · 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

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