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FMCA Wraps Up Successful 50th Birthday Rally

June 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

FMCA members shop vendors at 50th Anniversary Rally Things couldn’t have gone much better for the independent Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase, held last week (June 19-22) on the association’s 50th anniversary at an elaborate and relatively remote 1,100-acre venue called CAM-PLEX in the northeast Wyoming community of Gillette. “It was a great event,” FMCA Executive Director Jerry Yeatts told RVBUSINESS.com as he made his way home on Monday (June... Read more

Park Model OEM’s Pleased with New RVIA Role

June 12, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

John Soard and Tim Gage at RVIA park model meeting U.S. park model builders played a central role during the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) Annual Committee Week, held June 2-6 at the historic Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington D.C. – more so than they have in years. In an era when camping is trending in some cases toward more long-term stays involving an array of destination-style vehicles and camping cabins, RVIA has been focusing a lot of attention on park trailer... Read more

Thor Buyout Confirms Ind. Officials’ Optimism

June 4, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Wakarusa, Ind., Town Manager Jeff Troxel and others had sounded curiously upbeat over the past two weeks that a company would step up and acquire the 150-acre campus that formerly housed motorhome operations for Navistar RV. The property was placed on the market when Allied Specialty Vehicles Inc. (ASV), parent to motorhome builder Fleetwood RV Inc. and a subsidiary of American Industrial Partners (AIP), purchased rights to Navistar Inc.’s RV assets on May 16. In the wake of the acquisition... Read more

Good Sam to Discontinue Highways Magazine

May 22, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

Highways magazine, the “official communication” of the Good Sam Club, the 1.36-million member RV consumer club operated by Good Sam Enterprises LLC, Lincolnshire, Ill., will be effectively discontinued in February. However, Highways, a quarterly publication that dates back more than 40 years and is now one of only a handful of remaining consumer print titles serving the North American RV industry, will still be available as a quarterly insert in the company’s other monthly consumer... Read more

Good Sam to Discontinue Highways Magazine

May 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Highways magazine, the “official communication” of the Good Sam Club, the 1.36-million member RV consumer club operated by Good Sam Enterprises LLC, Lincolnshire, Ill., will be effectively discontinued in February. However, Highways, a quarterly publication that dates back more than 40 years and is now one of only a handful of remaining consumer print titles serving the North American RV industry, will still be available as a quarterly insert in the company’s other monthly consumer RV... Read more

Gaeddert Shoots Straight at RV Power Breakfast

May 11, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Doug Gaeddert (right) talks with Thor's Bob Martin at Power Breakfast Along with the omelets and pork sausages in the buffet line, Doug Gaeddert, chairman of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and a general manager of Elkhart, Ind.-based Forest River Inc., served up some straight-shooting opinions in his remarks during the RV Power Breakfast, May 9 at the Northern Indiana Event Center, a part of the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart. Here’s a few highlights from Gaeddert, who served... Read more

Winnebago Launches 1st Ducato-Based Coach

May 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Winnebago Touring Coach Travato While Winnebago Industries, Inc. yesterday (April 30) unveiled an array of 2014 product lines at the Iowa-based company’s annual Dealer Days Event at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, the most significant debut for some industry watchers was the unveiling of the first U.S. motorized RV built on Chrysler’s new 2014 Ram ProMaster van. Winnebago’s new Class B is called the Travato. The Ram ProMaster van, introduced early this year as an adaptation... Read more

On Display in Vegas: ‘New Age of Winnebago’

April 29, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Winnebago rolls motorhomes off the assembly line As the curtain rises today (April 29) on Winnebago Industries Inc.’s Dealer Days Event at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, RV retailers in attendance will encounter a financially revitalized company with an array of new 2014 product offerings, including at least one entirely new motorhome line. Representing the northern Iowa builder’s dealer body of 480 towable and motorized retailers, attendees will find a company that has, in... Read more

’13 Elkhart RV Open House Set for Sept. 17-19

April 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Dealers check out Thor's display at last year's Open House There’s no formal organization that oversees the annual Elkhart RV Open House because that’s not the way things work with this wildcat industry trade show that’s taken the industry by storm ever since September of 2009 when Elkhart, Ind.-based Forest River Inc. President and CEO Pete Liegl called dealers together for new model year product debuts and some morale-boosting social time with the company’s management team and fellow... Read more

Detroit Diesel Brand Back in Motorhome Game

April 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

(L-R) Detroit Diesel’s Doug Weatherly, senior sales manager, Pam Esshaki, assembly quality coordinator, and Tony Sippel, Freightliner’s director of sales and marketing. Detroit Diesel — a familiar brand name in the motorhome business -– surfaced again at Newmar Corp.’s April 9-11 dealer meeting in the Dallas suburbs where the engine builder’s factory personnel were on hand with a display model of the legendary power plant set up in the middle of the Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp.... Read more

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