John Spader Looks Ahead as Firm Marks 40 Years

November 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

David and John Spader Ask a room full of RV industry people if they’ve ever heard of Spader Business Management (SBM), and they’ll likely give you a unanimous “yes.” They’ll surely know that Spader, a Sioux Falls, S.D., firm launched 40 years ago by Duane Spader, a respected industry executive now retired in Georgia, organizes 20 Groups and high-profile workshops at major shows under the steady hand of President John Spader, Duane’s eldest son. And they’ll probably be well aware of... Read more

Lazydays’ Sheehan Resigns as President & CEO

October 17, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

Tim Sheehan Lazydays RV today (Oct. 17) announced the resignation of President & CEO Tim Sheehan “for family reasons” and has named current board chairman William P. “Bill” Murnane as the new CEO, effective Dec. 1. Murname remains chairman. Sheehan, who joined 40-year-old Lazydays as CEO in April of 2013 after 28 years as an executive with Best Buy, has led an impressive era of growth for Lazydays, one of the nation’s largest RV retailers with 722 employees and stores stocking... Read more

Campers Inn Celebrates 50th in Manchester, N.H.

October 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Jeff Hirsch recounts Campers Inn’ growth during last night’s 50th anniversary celebration With an eye toward last night’s (Oct. 13) 50th anniversary celebration of Camper’s Inn RV, one of the nation’s emerging multi-store RV dealerships with corporate offices in both Kingston, N.H., and Jacksonville, Fla., Campers Inn CEO Jeff Hirsch distributed to friends and partners the following invitation to a birthday party that wound up drawing a crowd of more than 200 partners, friends... Read more

VIDEO 1: Route 66 Honors Dealer Ron Shepherd

October 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Route 66 Network hosted 240 dealers at its annual rally Ron Shepherd, president of Camperland of Oklahoma, Tulsa, Okla., received the Larry Coker Award at last week’s annual Route 66 Dealer Network Rally, an Oct. 3-5 event held at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, Col., attended by 240 dealer personnel from 70 of the Kansas City-based network’s approximately 100 member-dealers. (To view a video click here or scroll to the right side of the home page). The award... Read more

‘REV Group’ Steps Up Its Game in Class C Sector

October 4, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

REV President Jim Jacobs Motorized RV builder REV Recreation Group plans to step up its game in both Class A and C motorhomes when it moves in December into the former Goshen Coach commercial vehicle plant on Leer Road near County Road 6 in Elkhart, Ind., being vacated in late November by the bus-building division of its parent firm, Milwaukee-based REV Group. While commercial bus production is being reallocated to existing facilities in Kansas and Michigan, REV Recreation Group President Jim Jacobs... Read more

Opinion: Open House All About Chasing ‘The Deal’

September 9, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The North American RV arena is poised for another Elkhart County RV Open House, a bustling trade show scheduled for the week of Sept. 19 that’s unlike anything we’ve seen before because of the ways in which it defies all the conventions and standards of traditional trade expositions. Yes, it’s like a lot of successful trade shows in that it involves thousands of new recreational vehicles displayed by a wide range of manufacturers to busy crowds of out-of-town dealers in the RV-building hub... Read more

A Closer Look at Walorski’s Roundtable in Elkhart

August 29, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Indiana Rep. Jackie Walorski The economy, taxes, federal regulations and the area’s labor issues took center stage at a Roundtable discussion last week (Aug. 25) involving 2nd District Indiana Rep. Jackie Walorski and a room full of RV and marine executives at Lexington Corp. on the north side of Elkhart, Ind. The session was part of a swing through the area during which the Republican congresswoman, a former news reporter for South Bend’s WSBT-TV, also toured a number of area businesses in... Read more

RVDA of Canada Celebrates 30th Year at Hall Event

August 24, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

RVDA of Canada members view the leadership bricks outside the Hall of Fame (Photo by Tyler Klassen) The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada marked the organization’s 30th anniversary Tuesday (Aug. 23) night with a special reception, recognition ceremony and dinner at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the home page). Attendees included numerous past RVDA of Canada chairmen as well as the current board and... Read more

The BUZZ: RVAA Leaders Tout Annual Conference

August 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Susan Carpenter As the Recreation Vehicle Aftermarket Association (RVAA) yesterday concluded its Aug. 15-18 Executive Conference – an annual affair at which RV industry distributors and suppliers held a series of business-minded private meetings at the Loews Hotel in Chicago – RVAA President Susan Carpenter and Executive Director Jon Krueger agreed to a quick interview with to address their chief takeaways from the busy week. In a format that’s pretty unique in the business world,... Read more

Epic Rains Flood Louisiana’s Dixie RV Superstore

August 15, 2016 by · 3 Comments 

Flood waters swamp Dixie RV’s store in Hammond, La. Dixie RV Superstores CEO Greg Lala estimates that his company’s main store in Hammond, La., sustained as much as $30 million in damage to its physical plant and RV inventory as a result of a historic 50-year rainfall that fell last week, off and on, over a five-day period in southern Louisiana. And while the storm totaling more than two feet in some locales left at least five dead and led to the rescues of some 20,000 people, Lala was well... Read more

THO, PATK, DW, SKY Reflect Dow-Jones High Mark

August 12, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

RV factories are in full swing as the industry drives to higher gains Not since 1999 have all three major financial indexes posted record highs as they did yesterday (Aug. 11), with the Dow Jones Industrial Average at 18,613, the S&P 500 at 2,185.79 and the NASDAQ Composite at 5,228.40 – which equates to a little over a 12% increase for both the Dow Jones and the S&P 500 and a 17.9% hike for the NASDAQ index over the past two years. That’s a reminder that a few of the recreational vehicle... Read more

Jayco Dealer Homecoming Underway in Orlando

August 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Jayco President Derald Bontrager addresses dealers at last year’s Homecoming Exactly a month after Middlebury, Ind.-based Jayco Inc. was acquired by Thor Industries Inc., the show displays opened today (Aug 1) for the annual Jayco Dealer Homecoming with some 450 dealer personnel representing about 170 dealerships in attendance at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, Fla. But when Jayco President Derald Bontrager steps up to the stage tonight to address the dealers at the company’s gala opening night... Read more

FROG Club Prepares for Record Goshen Rally

July 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Forest River CEO Pete Liegl addresses FROG members at last year’s rally The industry’s fastest growing brand name RV consumer club, the four-year-old Forest River Owners Group (FROG), is expecting a record turnout of 800 units – totaling 1,600 attendees – at its sold-out FROG International Rally Aug. 14-20 at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds in Goshen, Ind. FROG Director Bob Byrne, who works with scores of volunteers to coordinate the rally for the growing club that currently counts... Read more

Emahiser Named COO of ‘Stealth Cargo Trailers’

July 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Don Emahiser Former EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC President Don Emahiser has been named chief operating officer for Stealth Cargo Trailers, a Bristol, Ind.-based manufacturer of steel and aluminum cargo trailers designed for hauling cars, motorcycles and snowmobiles. “Stealth is one of the leading cargo trailer manufacturers in the industry,” reported Stealth Chairman Kelly Rose, who started 250-employee Stealth about eight years ago. “And what Don (Emahiser) brings to the table is a... Read more

Massive 3-Day EverGreen Auction Starts Today

July 11, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

A rather massive three-day auction is set for today through Wednesday (July 11-13) at three former locations of EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC, a towable RV builder with plants located north of Middlebury, Ind., that suspended operations and announced the layoff of approximately 300 workers about a month ago after experiencing protracted financial difficulties. Nappanee, Ind.-based Hahn Auctioneers Inc. is handling the gavel at the EverGreen auction, which includes a wide variety of equipment,... Read more

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