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

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(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

Newmar Show Good Sign for Motorized Sales

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Newmar President Matt Miller (L) and John Sammut, VP of sales and marketing Judging by the activity level at Newmar Corp.’s dealer meeting, April 9-11 at the Gaylord Texan Hotel in the Dallas suburb of Grapevine, the recreational vehicle industry’s gradual recovery appears to be continuing in a big way. Beyond all of the glitz and glitter of the new 2014 models on display, the big news for family-held Newmar’s management team at its first dealer meeting since 2008 had to do with the upbeat... Read more

Strong Turnout Marks NE Campground Confab

March 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Immediate Past President of the Northeast Campground Association Mike Irons (left) reads a citation honoring David L. Berg (right) with the NCA’s Curtis Fuller Service Award. The Northeast Campground Association (NCA) reported a strong turnout for its 49th Annual Camping & Trade Show held March 21-23 at the Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center in Sturbridge, Mass. Independent park operators representing almost 100 parks in 10 states attended the event, which featured seminars, a charity... Read more

ARVC Monitoring the Wave of New Legislation

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Jeff Sims The amount of relevant new state legislation impacting the RV park and campground sector has virtually exploded over the past year, according to Jeff Sims, director of state relations and program advocacy for the Centennial, Colo.-based National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC). While ARVC hires its own lobbyist in Washington, D.C., and a few state trade groups have their own legislative advocates, Sims focuses on bills that might represent either a boon or bust for park... Read more

RV Forum: Ingrassia Says Tech Training is Vital

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RVBusiness and Blue Ox, a leading supplier of towing products based in Pender, Neb., are introducing a new thought-provoking, web feature on — the “RVForum” – the first installment of which, a commentary from Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) President Phil Ingrassia regarding technician training, debuts today (March 21). To access, click here or click on the “RV Forum” box located on the right side of the home page. “Every time... Read more

RVIA Hikes Forecasts at 2013 Annual Meeting

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  RVIA Chairman Doug Gaeddert addresses annual meeting. The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) 2013 Annual Meeting, March 4-7 in Orlando, Fla., provided a fast-paced look at the national trade association’s affairs and at the industry the Reston, Va.-based association represents. And the picture as presented this past week was a positive one in most every respect, as Chairman Doug Gaeddert, a general manager for Elkhart, Ind.-based Forest River Inc., pointed out in his Tuesday... Read more

NTP Draws Record Crowds to San Diego Show

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After a year of hard work integrating the operations of Wilsonville, Ore.-based NTP Distribution Inc. and its new parent company, Keystone Automotive Operations Inc., the company’s management feels the mission of fusing the two companies’ cultures and operations together was complete before the lights went on last week (Feb. 12-15) for the NTP Show at the San Diego Convention Center. Spokesmen from both the automotive and RV sides of the aftermarket parts and accessory distributor were... Read more

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