Thor’s Open House Display will Include 500 Units

September 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Mulch being poured at Keystone Open House display on the Hall of Fame grounds Work crews were busy last week preparing the grounds east of the RV/MH Hall of Fame for what promises to be Thor Industries Inc.’s largest Elkhart RV Open House display to date – a 25-acre exhibit area with a huge tent in the middle around which the publicly held company’s divisions plan to show as many as 500 towable and motorized RVs to thousands of North American dealers. “It’s a small city,” said Keystone... Read more

Carriage Employee Reunion Held at Fairgrounds

August 31, 2015 by · 2 Comments 

Over 300 former Carriage employees attended Saturday’s reunion Some 300 people gathered Saturday (Aug. 29) in the Community Building at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds in Goshen, Ind., for a relatively unusual event in the business world – a first-ever luncheon reunion for former employees of iconic towable builder Carriage Inc. that collapsed in the wake of the Great Recession. Once a stable higher-end RV manufacturer known for its Carriage, Cameo, Cabo, Carri-Lite and Royals International... Read more

Boring-Smith Hosts Product Open House at HOF

August 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Attendees at Boring-Smith’s Open House engage in some model car racing Editor’s Note: To view a slideshow of the Boring-Smith open house scroll to the right side of the home page. Industrial distributor Boring-Smith drew some 500 attendees to its Wednesday (Aug. 19) open house at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind. for a chicken dinner, a ride in a NASCAR simulator, a photo session with 2015 Miss Makita Jessica Harbour and a stroll through the displays of some 50 vendors... Read more

Thumbs Up For Industry’s Trade Show Prospects

August 19, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Aerial shot of Thor Open House display at the Hall of Fame As the industry looks toward the fall and winter trade show season, RV manufacturers and association-based show promoters are decidedly upbeat regarding the prospects for the industry’s trade-related events – thanks in large part to a resilient marketplace in which retail inventories still seem to be in order and new buyers are apparently still finding their way on to dealers’ lots. A rundown of this year’s fall/winter national... Read more

Ind. Gov. Pence Cuts Ribbon at Keystone Facility

August 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Indiana Governor Mike Pence speaks at a ribbon cutting ceremony at Keystone plant (Photo by Mark Shephard) Editor’s Note: To view an accompanying video from WSBT TV scroll to the right side of the home page. Under clear blue skies and a light breeze, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence joined Keystone RV Co. management, employees, civic officials and a large press contingent on Thursday (Aug. 13) for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at Plant No. 57, now Keystone’s largest Hoosier manufacturing... Read more

Livin’ Lite’s Tuttle Announces CrossRoads Exit

August 6, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

Scott Tuttle Almost exactly two years after selling light-weight aluminum trailer manufacturer Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles LLC to Thor Industries Inc., Livin’ Lite President Scott Tuttle has announced his departure from Thor’s Topeka, Ind.-based CrossRoads RV division under which the company had been operating since its acquisition by the publicly held market leader. However, Tuttle says he’ll continue consulting for CrossRoads President Andy Cripe on an array of marketing projects... Read more

Source Co., FR’s Peterson, on Deck for SB Cubs

July 23, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

When The Source Co. hosts a crowd of RV industry clients tonight (July 23) at the South Bend Cubs-Great Lakes Loons minor league baseball game at Four Winds Field, the center of attention — at least for a moment — will be a familiar face to many in the recreational vehicle business: Mike Peterson, sales/product manager for Forest River Inc.’s Diesel Division (shown in photo). Peterson, who hasn’t thrown a baseball in about 30 years, will be delivering the game’s ceremonial... Read more

Lippert and Furrion Sign Joint Distribution Pact

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Jason Lippert In a move that’s sure to make waves in the RV industry, Elkhart, Ind.-based Lippert Components Inc. has reached a six-year exclusive distribution agreement with fellow supplier Furrion LLC — a Hong Kong-based technology component vendor with U.S. headquarters and a service center on the north side of Elkhart from which it markets power systems, audio-visual equipment and kitchen appliances to the North American RV industry. LCI CEO Jason Lippert told that the... Read more

RVBusiness Rolls Out ’15 Top 50 Dealer Awards

July 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

RVBusiness is rolling out the 2015 RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Awards through which well-run U.S. and Canadian retailers nominated by North American RV manufacturers will be recognized at a Nov. 4 reception held during the 2015 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo at Bally’s on the Las Vegas Strip. The convention is sponsored by the U.S.-based Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) as well as RVDA of Canada and the Mike Molino RV Learning Center. The RVBusiness Top 50 awards are part of... Read more

Clemens Heads Up Forest River’s Dynamax Unit

June 27, 2015 by · 2 Comments 

Brian Clemens Veteran sales manager Brian Clemens has been named general manager of Forest River Inc.’s Elkhart, Ind.-based Dynamax division following the departure of Jim Jacobs, who recently assumed the presidency of ASV’s Allied Recreation Group in Decatur, Ind. Clemens, who spent the past two years as national sales manager for Forest River’s Class C division, began his career on the production line at Wells Cargo Inc. before moving into a draftsman’s position for a modular commercial... Read more

Park Model Builders Buy into Go RVing Program

June 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Park Model Committee members meet during RVIA Committee Week While the big news from the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) annual Committee Week dealt with the selection of former Outdoor Industry Foundation (OIA) President Frank Hugelmeyer to succeed the retiring Richard Coon as president of Reston, Va.-based RVIA, there was plenty of activity in the park model RV arena which, at least in part, fuels the nation’s expanding destination camping trend. RVIA’s Seasonal Camping... Read more

RVIA & RVDA Reboot Informal Trade Show Talks

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Attendees check out supplier booths at last year’s Louisville Show The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) have resumed informal talks regarding the possibility of the industry’s key trade groups eventually merging RVIA’s National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., and RVDA and RVDA of Canada’s RV Dealers International Convention/Expo in Las Vegas. Those conversations, we’re told, have restarted for the same reasons that... Read more

RVDA Board Approves ‘Streamlined’ DSI Survey

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The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association’s (RVDA) board approved a revised Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) survey during its June 2 board meeting in Arlington, Va. The annual DSI survey, the results of which are monitored closely by original equipment manufacturers, measures dealers’ overall satisfaction with their manufacturers. The streamlined survey, concentrating on vehicle reliability/quality as well as parts, warranty and sales support, was developed by the RVDA Industry Relations Committee,... Read more

Renegade RV Enjoys ‘Incredible Growth’ in 2015

May 30, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Renegade Classic with Regional Sales Manager Bryan Hilbert There are few companies in the RV business with more diverse product offerings than Bristol, Ind.-based Renegade RV, which first built a reputation as a manufacturer of heavy-duty, racing-type motorhomes and specialty vehicles appealing to drag racers, snowmobilers and dirt bikers. Then came custom motorhomes, race car haulers, mobile command centers and kennel coaches. Actually, 110-employee Renegade, first launched in 1997 by now retired... Read more

Industrial Finishes Expo Attracted 35 Exhibitors

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Dave Lilly, senior account manager for Olfa, talks with Les Diener and his son, Ritch, a senior group leader in the paint department for Newmar Corp., at the Industrial Finishes trade show. (Photo By Mark Shephard) All that traffic in and out of the RV/MH Hall of Fame on Wednesday (May 6) was due to a new-to-the-Elkhart-market “Partners in Profit” trade show hosted by Industrial Finishes & Systems Inc., a Eugene, Ore.-based distributor of paint and related equipment and supplies. The event... Read more

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