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

May 8, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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

Thor’s Martin: Postle Aluminum is a ‘Good Fit’

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Bob Martin The consolidation drumbeat continues in the RV industry – a fact about which most RV industry observers were reminded Friday (May 1) when Thor Industries Inc. announced the $144 million acquisition of Elkhart, Ind.-based Postle Operating LLC — dba Postle Aluminum Co. – from private equity owner Strength Capital. Postle is a key 500-employee vendor of aluminum extrusions, powder coating, painting services and specialized components for the RV, cargo, specialty trailer, fencing,... Read more

Opinion: Looks Like ARVC Hitting its Stride

April 23, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: RVBusiness and Woodall’s Campground Management Publisher Sherman Goldenberg writes a monthly “Publisher’s Corner” column for WCM. This column appears in May’s issue. I had a chat this week with Paul Bambei, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), coming out of the Colorado-based association’s most recent spring board meeting in Denver. I had wanted to get a take — beyond Woodall’s Campground Management Editor Justin... Read more

Go RVing Canada Strikes Chord with ‘Wildhood’

April 7, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Although the Canadian and U.S. RV industries are closely aligned, Go RVing Canada – an offshoot of North America’s 18-year-old Go RVing Coalition’s market expansion program – opted three years ago to develop its own advertising creative for promoting the RV lifestyle north of the border. And those involved in Go RVing Canada’s early April board meeting in Toronto report that their latest creative initiative, a video based on a “Bring Back Wildhood” theme released earlier this year,... Read more

RVB/GE Dealer Survey: 95% Posted ’14 Profits

March 10, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The vast majority of North American RV dealerships — 94.8%  – were profitable in 2014, according to a nonscientific “2015 RVB/GE Dealer Survey” of RV retailers co-sponsored in February by RVBusiness magazine and GE Capital Commercial Distribution Finance (CDF). The survey, designed to provide a look back at 2014 and a speculative glance forward at 2015, showed that of those profitable dealers responding, a total of 23% posted growth of more than 20% while 29.7% reported gains of between... Read more

RV Industry ‘Power Breakfast’ Set for May 14

February 17, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The North American RV industry will again circle its wagons around the Northern Indiana Event Center and RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., for the 3rd Annual RV Industry Power Breakfast on May 14 at which representatives from many of the industry’s key manufacturers and suppliers will break bread and review a series of fast-paced presentations delivered by local civic leaders, industry spokesmen and state and federal lawmakers representing Northern Indiana’s RV-building hub. Republican Indiana... Read more

NeXus Partners Launch Factory-Direct Startup

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(L-R) The Factory RV Vice President Todd Trevino and co-founders and co-owners Dave Middleton, Brian Shea, Claude Donati In an era when startup companies are becoming more the exception than the rule, three experienced RV industry executives have launched a new manufacturing firm specializing in factory-direct sales of towable Weekend Warrior toy haulers and Avion-brand Class B motorhomes – both iconic brand names from earlier days in the RV industry. The new manufacturing firm, employing almost... Read more

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

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