RVAA Conferees Now Voting on RVIA Proposal

August 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Voting is now underway at the Aug. 14-18 Recreation Vehicle Aftermarket Association’s (RVAA) annual Executive Conference at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego to determine whether the trade group will merge with the all-industry Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) as a full-fledged RV Aftermarket Committee reporting directly to RVIA’s board of directors. RVAA’s board announced in a late June letter to its membership that the transition would occur with the board’s unanimous approval,... Read more

LCI Volunteers Pitch in at Michigan Care Camp

August 11, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Lippert Components Charitable Giving Team this week (Aug. 7-11) volunteered at Camp Catch A Rainbow, a “stunning” 1,200-acre YMCA camp in Jackson, Mich. The facility is supported in part by KOA Care Camps, a system of 129 specialized summer camps located throughout North America providing weeklong summer camp experiences to children with cancer and, in some cases, their siblings and families. “Camp Catch A Rainbow doesn’t just offer a free weeklong camp to children affected by cancer,”... Read more

FROG Rally Draws 800 RV’s to 4-H Fairgrounds

August 7, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Forest River Owners Group (FROG), the nation’s fastest growing brand name RV owners club, is holding its 2017 FROG International Rally this week at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds in Goshen, Ind. A kickoff dinner was held last night (Aug. 6) for some of the 1,700 club members from coast to coast who have arrived in Goshen in 800 recreational vehicles for the club’s fifth annual rally. The even has virtually come from nowhere in a few short years to tally more than 72,000 members in... Read more

Family, Friends Salute Walworth in Grand Rapids

June 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

(L-R) Walworth, Vu, Stropkai and Portus Statistical Surveys Inc. President Tom Walworth’s friends and family gathered Saturday (June 24) for a reception at a Knights of Columbus hall in suburban Grand Rapids, Mich., to pay tribute to Walworth as he embarks on his announced semi-retirement. Walworth, whose Michigan firm reports retail registrations for clients in the RV, marine, manufactured housing, light duty/utility trailer and power sports businesses, is in the process with partner Bill Pontus... Read more

Industry’s New ‘Parts Initiative’ Convenes in D.C.

June 12, 2017 by · Comments Off on Industry’s New ‘Parts Initiative’ Convenes in D.C. 

An all-industry working group led by members of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) and RVDA of Canada continues to quietly work on a series of parts delivery issues that could ultimately help improve dealers’ abilities to expedite warranty and other consumer repairs in the field. The so-called “parts initiative,” which surfaced publicly after the three trade groups issued a joint mission statement regarding “service-related... Read more

RVIA Toasting Tom Walworth At ‘Committee Week’

June 5, 2017 by · Comments Off on RVIA Toasting Tom Walworth At ‘Committee Week’ 

Tom Walworth One of the highlights at Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) Committee Week, the annual June 4-7 conference at which industry leaders are gathering in Washington, D.C., to set strategy and lobby Capitol Hill, will be today’s welcome reception toast to Statistical Surveys Inc. President Tom Walworth. They’ll be raising a glass to Walworth, who is announcing his plans to step into semi-retirement while continuing to consult dealers and manufacturers as he finalizes... Read more

Airstream Ushers in ‘Golden Age’ in San Antonio

May 22, 2017 by · Comments Off on Airstream Ushers in ‘Golden Age’ in San Antonio 

No one company may better exemplify the current upbeat state of the recreational vehicle marketplace than Airstream Inc., a high-profile Jackson Center, Ohio, RV manufacturer that presented an incredibly positive state-of-the-company report during last week’s (May 16-18) 2017 Airstream Dealer Meeting at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. Employment at the Thor Industries Inc. subsidiary in west-central Ohio has reached a high water mark of 800 workers – up from 269... Read more

Travel Lite Poised for Growth, Adding New Facility

April 4, 2017 by · Comments Off on Travel Lite Poised for Growth, Adding New Facility 

Travel Lite Falcon Ultralite New Paris, Ind.-based Travel Lite Inc., a 19-year-old truck camper and travel trailer manufacturer, is poised for growth with plans in place for three additional mainstream towable entries and for an all-new 26-acre, off-site facility at a new regional location – details of which aren’t being released yet – that will more than double the size of the 60-employee company’s production capacity and workforce, according to President Dustin Johns.  Travel Lite,... Read more

Q&A: Paul Bambei Charts ‘ARVC’ Into New Waters

April 3, 2017 by · Comments Off on Q&A: Paul Bambei Charts ‘ARVC’ Into New Waters 

Paul Bambei Editor’s Note: The following Q&A with Paul Bambei, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC) appears in Woodall’s Campground Management, sister company to RVBusiness. The senior management team at the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC) — including President and CEO Paul Bambei, Senior Director of Education Barb Youmans, Senior Director of State Relations & Program Advocacy Jeff Sims and Membership... Read more

Wednesday’s Auction Signals Forks RV Demise

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A busy Wednesday (March 29) auction of tooling and varied factory equipment apparently represented the final chapter in the story of Forks RV Inc., a small family-held firm located on U.S. 20 west of Shipshewana, Ind., in the heart of Hoosier Amish country, that started out manufacturing commercial buildings and police command centers in 1991. The company subsequently established a strong reputation with its upscale Continental Coach brand of “custom-made, premium luxury ” fifth-wheels and travel... Read more

Show Topic Resurfaces at RVIA Annual Meeting

March 2, 2017 by · Comments Off on Show Topic Resurfaces at RVIA Annual Meeting 

Former MARVAC Executive Director Tim DeWitt receives the David J. Humphries Award at RVIA Leadership Conference Today’s (Mar. 2) morning session of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) 2017 Leadership Conference – formerly known as the RVIA Annual Meeting – in Boca Raton, Fla., featured a flurry of good reports on the overall performance and outlook of the U.S. recreational vehicle arena. But one of the more interesting turn of events to emerge from the annual event at the... Read more

Genesis Building New Goshen Corporate Center

February 28, 2017 by · Comments Off on Genesis Building New Goshen Corporate Center 

Artist’s rendering of Genesis Product’s new corporate center There’s probably no better example today of how RV industry suppliers are contributing to — and benefiting from — the RV arena’s ongoing, seven-year growth spurt than Elkhart, Ind.-based Genesis Products. The 525-employee, seven-facility firm, which specializes in laminated panels and interior components, is launching construction in March of a 200,000-square-foot corporate center on the southwest side of Goshen,... Read more

Keystone Spearheading Industry Building Boom

February 24, 2017 by · Comments Off on Keystone Spearheading Industry Building Boom 

Work progresses at one of two production plants under construction by Keystone RV Co. at its Goshen, Ind., campus. The RV industry’s ongoing growth curve is prompting a wave of expansion projects, and there’s no better example of that positive turn of events than the main Goshen, Ind., campus of Keystone RV Co., where, from all appearances, a building boom is underway. Not only is the 5,000-employee Thor Industries Inc. subsidiary in the middle of a substantial construction project at its administrative... Read more

Sen. Donnelly Works the Line at Robert Weed

February 20, 2017 by · Comments Off on Sen. Donnelly Works the Line at Robert Weed 

Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly took a break from the rigors of Washington, D.C. Monday (Feb. 20) to visit a front-line RV industry supplier, Robert Weed Plywood Corp. in Bristol, Ind., where he spent time at a variety of work stations learning about the work-a-day regimen that employees of the 50-year-old, family-held business experience on a day-to-day basis. Donnelly, a centrist Democrat who faces reelection in 2018, also answered questions for inquisitive members of the regional press on a number of... Read more

Jenkins Heads Up National Indoor RV Centers

February 20, 2017 by · 9 Comments 

Tadd Jenkins Former Jayco Inc. executive Tadd Jenkins has been named president of National Indoor RV Centers (NIRVC), a seven-year-old motorized RV dealership based in Lewisville, Texas, that is becoming known for its unique approach to service and storage at its suburban Dallas headquarters and at new outlets in Atlanta and Phoenix, according to NIRVC CEO Brett Davis. Davis described Jenkins, who last served as president of Jayco’s Motorhome Group and its upscale Entegra Coach line, as “a brand... Read more

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