Weekend Looking Good for Hershey Exhibitors

September 14, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

RVs pack the grounds at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. The recreational vehicle industry is still in a strong growth mode, based on initial reports from this week’s Hershey Show, officially known as “America’s Largest RV Show.” The event, sponsored by the Pennsylvania RV & Camping Association (PRVCA), is widely viewed as the first of the new model year’s major national industry trade and consumer venues. Located in and around Hersheypark’s Giant Center, the Hershey Show broke all-time... Read more

Forest River and Thor in a Mid-Year ‘Dead Heat’

August 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

For the first time in memory, the industry’s two RV-building volume leaders, Thor Industries Inc. and Forest River Inc., are in a dead heat for retail market share in both towable and motorized RVs, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., Grand Rapids, Mich. At least they were at mid-year, with the two Elkhart, Ind.-based manufacturers each occupying exactly 35.4% of the “all towable” market. In fact, they were only nine units apart through June – Thor at 39,803 units vs. Forest River... Read more

Fore is Hosting a Ronald McDonald Fundraiser

August 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Gregg Fore dons kilt for Ronald McDonald House If you didn’t know that Dicor Corp. President Gregg Fore was one of 10 area men putting their pride on the line and their legs in kilts as part of a unique fundraising campaign, you’d have to question his mental health for making so many appearances lately in a, um, rather revealing kilt. Yes, Fore’s surprising dress code – see photos at www.greggsleggs – results from a five-year-old “Men in Kilts” fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities... Read more

Skyline’s Decio Makes Moves to Grow RV Sales

August 16, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Skyline Corp.’s Terry Decio says he’s back in charge of RV sales after a hiatus of many years, and that he is consolidating all of the company’s RV production in Elkhart, Ind., over the next four or five weeks. Decio told that in addition to Elkhart, where the RV and manufactured home builder is based, the company currently operates RV plants in Bristol, Ind., and Mansfield, Texas. “We will keep the Mansfield plant running for a while, until we decide what to do with... Read more

Camping World Set To Enter RV Transport Biz

August 15, 2013 by · 4 Comments 

CWRV Transport In an effort to expedite delivery of some 30,000 units a year from RV manufacturers to Camping World Inc.’s 90-plus rolling stock stores, CW Chairman and CEO Marcus Lemonis says his Lincolnshire, Ill.-based company has decided to enter the RV transportation business — in a big way. And although there are still plenty of details to be publicly fleshed out, CWRV Transport – in the planning stages for nine months now – has already done a wave of driver surveys in preparation... Read more

Forest River’s FROG Club Posting Strong Growth

August 10, 2013 by · 3 Comments 

  FROG members gather at rally Anyone who thought that the best days for America’s brand-name RV clubs might be in the rear-view mirror ought to have stopped by the 2nd Annual Forest River Owners Group (FROG) International Rally this week (Aug. 4-10) at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds in Goshen, Ind. The place was cooking – literally and figuratively – as some 730 members of one of the nation’s youngest and fastest growing RV owner organizations converged in 354 towable and motorized... Read more

Weekend Warrior Toyhauler Brand Resurrected

July 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Brandon Ambris, president of RV Warrior A group of industry insiders has joined forces to establish a new company that is currently resurrecting the famous Weekend Warrior brand name — once synonymous with the exploding popularity of toyhauler trailers prior to the 2008 bankruptcy of Perris, Calif.-based Weekend Warrior Trailers Inc. Work was well under way last week by a small production crew on a Weekend Warrior-brand prototype in the northside Elkhart facilities of Nexus RV, according to... Read more

Dicor’s Gregg Fore Dons Kilt for Worthy Cause

June 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Gregg Fore is participating in the "Men in Kilts" fundraiser In all fairness, it takes some guts to walk around the conservative Northern Indiana community of Elkhart in a kilt, making personal appearances at restaurants, health clubs and driving ranges in this uniquely Scottish garb. “Yeah, that’s what some people say, but if you believe in what you’re doing, it doesn’t make any difference,” insists Gregg Fore, the outspoken president of Elkhart, Ind.-based Dicor Corp., who was... Read more

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 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

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