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 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

Thor Reports Another Powerful RV Open House

September 20, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Bob Martin Thor Industries Inc.’s senior managers were issuing upbeat reports on Friday (Sept. 20) regarding the 2013 Elkhart Open House, which closed out Thursday amid heavy rains that apparently didn’t succeed in dampening the industry’s growing appreciation for this dynamic northern Indiana trade show at which an array of U.S. manufacturers set up shop for a few days to meet and greet an impressive influx of U.S. and Canadian dealers. “Overall, it all went very well,” Thor President... Read more

Opinion: Another Big Step for the Open House

September 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Open House attendees gather at the Forest River display Editor’s Note: The following is a column by RVBusiness Publisher Sherman Goldenberg offering some thoughts on the Elkhart County RV Open House running this week in northern Indiana. As soon as my stomach lining returns to normal, I’ll do a more thorough assessment of Elkhart’s 2013 Open House. At the time of this writing, in fact, it wasn’t even over, although things were winding down pretty good at midday Thursday (Sept. 19) amid... Read more

Weekend Looking Good for Hershey Exhibitors

September 14, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

RVs pack the grounds at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. The recreational vehicle industry is still in a strong growth mode, based on initial reports from this week’s Hershey Show, officially known as “America’s Largest RV Show.” The event, sponsored by the Pennsylvania RV & Camping Association (PRVCA), is widely viewed as the first of the new model year’s major national industry trade and consumer venues. Located in and around Hersheypark’s Giant Center, the Hershey Show broke all-time... Read more

Forest River and Thor in a Mid-Year ‘Dead Heat’

August 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

For the first time in memory, the industry’s two RV-building volume leaders, Thor Industries Inc. and Forest River Inc., are in a dead heat for retail market share in both towable and motorized RVs, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., Grand Rapids, Mich. At least they were at mid-year, with the two Elkhart, Ind.-based manufacturers each occupying exactly 35.4% of the “all towable” market. In fact, they were only nine units apart through June – Thor at 39,803 units vs. Forest River... Read more

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