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

Fore is Hosting a Ronald McDonald Fundraiser

August 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Gregg Fore dons kilt for Ronald McDonald House If you didn’t know that Dicor Corp. President Gregg Fore was one of 10 area men putting their pride on the line and their legs in kilts as part of a unique fundraising campaign, you’d have to question his mental health for making so many appearances lately in a, um, rather revealing kilt. Yes, Fore’s surprising dress code – see photos at www.greggsleggs – results from a five-year-old “Men in Kilts” fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities... Read more

Skyline’s Decio Makes Moves to Grow RV Sales

August 16, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Skyline Corp.’s Terry Decio says he’s back in charge of RV sales after a hiatus of many years, and that he is consolidating all of the company’s RV production in Elkhart, Ind., over the next four or five weeks. Decio told that in addition to Elkhart, where the RV and manufactured home builder is based, the company currently operates RV plants in Bristol, Ind., and Mansfield, Texas. “We will keep the Mansfield plant running for a while, until we decide what to do with... Read more

Camping World Set To Enter RV Transport Biz

August 15, 2013 by · 4 Comments 

CWRV Transport In an effort to expedite delivery of some 30,000 units a year from RV manufacturers to Camping World Inc.’s 90-plus rolling stock stores, CW Chairman and CEO Marcus Lemonis says his Lincolnshire, Ill.-based company has decided to enter the RV transportation business — in a big way. And although there are still plenty of details to be publicly fleshed out, CWRV Transport – in the planning stages for nine months now – has already done a wave of driver surveys in preparation... Read more

Forest River’s FROG Club Posting Strong Growth

August 10, 2013 by · 3 Comments 

  FROG members gather at rally Anyone who thought that the best days for America’s brand-name RV clubs might be in the rear-view mirror ought to have stopped by the 2nd Annual Forest River Owners Group (FROG) International Rally this week (Aug. 4-10) at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds in Goshen, Ind. The place was cooking – literally and figuratively – as some 730 members of one of the nation’s youngest and fastest growing RV owner organizations converged in 354 towable and motorized... Read more

Weekend Warrior Toyhauler Brand Resurrected

July 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Brandon Ambris, president of RV Warrior A group of industry insiders has joined forces to establish a new company that is currently resurrecting the famous Weekend Warrior brand name — once synonymous with the exploding popularity of toyhauler trailers prior to the 2008 bankruptcy of Perris, Calif.-based Weekend Warrior Trailers Inc. Work was well under way last week by a small production crew on a Weekend Warrior-brand prototype in the northside Elkhart facilities of Nexus RV, according to... Read more

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