NTEA ‘Work Truck Show’ Slated for March 4-6

February 9, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The NTEA’s Work Truck Show 2015, slated for March 4-6 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, is focused specifically on a vocational truck crowd including commercial truck fleet operators, upfitters, management companies, leasing professionals, manufacturers and suppliers. But it most likely will again draw significant interest among overlapping exhibitors and attendees from the nation’s traditional recreational vehicle industry. NTEA, the 51-year-old association for the work truck... Read more

ARG Debuts ’16 American Eagle 45A in Tampa

January 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Director of Marketing Steven Hileman at unveiling The Allied Recreation Group (ARG) this morning (Jan. 14) held a press conference at the Florida RV SuperShow to unveil a complete reinvention of ARG’s upscale American Eagle Class A motorhome — a triple-slide, 45-footer featuring seamless, fully integrated front and rear caps, heated holding tanks, high-tech cockpit instrumentation and chic new interiors that the Decatur, Ind.-based motorized RV builder considers a forerunner of things to... Read more

Jayco Expansion Increases Motorized Capacity

January 12, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Jayco Motorhome Group President Tadd Jenkins It’s no secret that RV manufacturers in a strong growth market have been scrambling lately to acquire real estate and facilities in an effort to add production capacity at a pretty impressive rate – a prime example of which is the new 185,000-square-foot, Jayco Motorhome Group plant currently nearing completion on the southwest side of Jayco Inc.’s sprawling Middlebury, Ind., campus. The new steel-sided plant will accommodate about a third of the... Read more

Liegl Looking For Another Growth Year in 2015

January 9, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

Pete Liegl When Pete Liegl talks, people listen – not only the 10,000 employees of Forest River Inc. for which he serves as president and CEO, but also the rest of the industry and those outside it in northern Indiana and elsewhere whose livelihoods are often affected by the ebbs and flows of the nation’s RV arena. And when Liegl was interviewed earlier this week, the staff of was also listening as he addressed the results of 2014 and a few big picture topics regarding the year... Read more

‘Top 10′ Headlines from 2014

January 2, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

RVIA President Richard Coon offers prognostications for 2015 at the Outlook Breakfast Every year about this time, the national media start looking for something relevant to say over the holidays and they often revert to a handy “Top 10” listing of news stories from the previous year as a cogent means of filling their pages and looking in the rearview mirror. So, we’re joining the crowd by listing the “Top 10 RV Industry Headlines from 2014,” leading off with what clearly was — hands... Read more

Winnebago Brave/Tribute: RVB’s ‘RV of the Year’

December 22, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Winnebago’s Brave/Tribute motorhome The main attraction at Winnebago Industries Inc.’s exhibit during the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) 52nd Annual National RV Trade Show in early December was the Forest City, Iowa-based RV builder’s new retro-style, Brave/Tribute Class A motorhome, one of the more innovative — yet nostalgic — new RVs in the North American marketplace. Like a few automotive, motorcycle and RV brands lately, Winnebago has taken its essential... Read more

Camping World Buying Tom Johnson, Dandy RV

December 19, 2014 by · 5 Comments 

Marcus Lemonis Camping World Inc.’s 100-store-plus network of rolling stock RV dealerships has taken an appreciable step forward with the acquisitions of two high profile U.S. dealerships, Tom Johnson Camping Centers (TJCC) in Marion and Concord, N.C., and Dandy RV Superstore in Oxford, Ala., confirms Camping World Chairman and CEO Marcus Lemonis. This, of course, is big news for the industry at large, coming as it does amid an era of continuing consolidation. Tom Johnson’s, a regional powerhouse... Read more

Forest River, Thor Foundation to Aid Employees

November 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Forest River Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway company, and publicly held Thor Industries Inc. yesterday (Nov. 4) announced the establishment of an unprecedented community foundation set up to benefit the 15,000-plus employees of the two RV-building corporate giants and their families during times of need. The Forest River/Thor Community Foundation will be jointly funded by the two companies and will provide grants of up to $20,000 per qualifying employee or family to help cover emergency financial needs... Read more

Newmar’s Appreciation Dinner Honors Suppliers

October 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Newmar honored its suppliers in an Appreciation Dinner on Oct. 23. Shown are: Back row (L-R): Ron Stichter, Newmar VP of Engineering; Michael O’Connell, Newmar VP of Purchasing; Terry Martin, Newmar Purchasing Agent; Kevin Bogan, Newmar VP of Manufacturing; Dylan Jones, Equipment Service/Stressco. Front row (L-R): Jerry Bernaert, Newmar Purchasing Agent; Elizabeth Hall, Newmar Purchasing Agent; Ross Yoder, owner of Equipment Service/Stressco; Tim Pennington, Equipment Service/Stresco; Tonya Haab,... Read more

Thetford Tentatively Settling 2012 Norcold Suit

September 12, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Norcold Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Thetford Corp., has agreed to a $33 million settlement of two class action lawsuits filed in 2012 pending in federal district court in Los Angeles. The suits were filed on behalf of customers who had purchased certain Norcold gas absorption RV refrigerators and alleged the refrigerators had design defects that created safety risks and that the company had sought to hide from the public. As many as 569,000 refrigerators potentially could be included under... Read more

PRVCA’s Service Intro Course Starts on Sept. 22

September 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV Service Introduction Course, hosted by Northampton Community College in conjunction with the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), begins Sept. 22 and runs through Oct. 26. According to a press release, the program allows students to gain an in-depth understanding of recreation vehicle maintenance with intensive, competency-based instruction. This course is the logical entry point into the RV Technician Training Program. It delves into the workings of a typical RV dealership... Read more

RVDA Con/Expo Taking Aim at Next Generation

August 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

An emerging theme within the ranks of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) these days is to better train and engage the next generation of dealer leadership in the intricacies of the RV business and the long-term agenda of the Fairfax, Va.-based trade group. The crux of that effort is an ongoing “Young Executive” initiative that will be central to the agenda of the 2014 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, Nov. 10–14 at Bally’s in Las Vegas. Toward that end, David Spader... Read more

Preregistrations Grow for 2014 ‘RV Open House’

August 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Dealers check out product at Forest River display during last year’s Open House Forest River Inc. President Pete Liegl is anticipating a big crowd for the 7th Annual Elkhart County RV Open House Week, Sept. 15-19 in and around the northern Indiana RV-building center of Elkhart, Ind. – for his own company and all of its divisions, which again will be set up with virtually hundreds of units on display at the company’s Dynamax facilities on County Road 6 on the northeast side of town. “Yes,... Read more

Coalition, Forest River, Address RV Transports

August 8, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

B.J. Thompson During a hectic week around the RV-building capital of Elkhart, Ind., the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) RV Transportation Coalition managed to sit down Wednesday morning (Aug. 6) and forge significant progress on a number of fronts. “It was an outstanding inaugural meeting,” reported Chairman B.J. Thompson. “The segments of the industry that wanted to come together were there. We had outstanding representation of transporter members and OEMs, and we were pleased... Read more

Ten Frequently Asked ‘RVB Top 50’ Questions 

July 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: The following reviews the Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions concerning the reasons behind the relaunch of the RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Awards program, the nomination and selection process and details on the Nov. 12 event set in Las Vegas. #1: What are the RV Business Top 50 Dealer Awards? The concept was actually borrowed about a decade ago – back when RVB was owned by Affinity Group Inc. — from AGI’s “Top 100” marine dealers awards program sponsored by the company’s... Read more

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