Lippert and Furrion Sign Joint Distribution Pact

July 7, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Jason Lippert In a move that’s sure to make waves in the RV industry, Elkhart, Ind.-based Lippert Components Inc. has reached a six-year exclusive distribution agreement with fellow supplier Furrion LLC — a Hong Kong-based technology component vendor with U.S. headquarters and a service center on the north side of Elkhart from which it markets power systems, audio-visual equipment and kitchen appliances to the North American RV industry. LCI CEO Jason Lippert told that the... Read more

RVBusiness Rolls Out ’15 Top 50 Dealer Awards

July 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

RVBusiness is rolling out the 2015 RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Awards through which well-run U.S. and Canadian retailers nominated by North American RV manufacturers will be recognized at a Nov. 4 reception held during the 2015 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo at Bally’s on the Las Vegas Strip. The convention is sponsored by the U.S.-based Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) as well as RVDA of Canada and the Mike Molino RV Learning Center. The RVBusiness Top 50 awards are part of... Read more

Clemens Heads Up Forest River’s Dynamax Unit

June 27, 2015 by · 2 Comments 

Brian Clemens Veteran sales manager Brian Clemens has been named general manager of Forest River Inc.’s Elkhart, Ind.-based Dynamax division following the departure of Jim Jacobs, who recently assumed the presidency of ASV’s Allied Recreation Group in Decatur, Ind. Clemens, who spent the past two years as national sales manager for Forest River’s Class C division, began his career on the production line at Wells Cargo Inc. before moving into a draftsman’s position for a modular commercial... Read more

Park Model Builders Buy into Go RVing Program

June 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Park Model Committee members meet during RVIA Committee Week While the big news from the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) annual Committee Week dealt with the selection of former Outdoor Industry Foundation (OIA) President Frank Hugelmeyer to succeed the retiring Richard Coon as president of Reston, Va.-based RVIA, there was plenty of activity in the park model RV arena which, at least in part, fuels the nation’s expanding destination camping trend. RVIA’s Seasonal Camping... Read more

RVIA & RVDA Reboot Informal Trade Show Talks

June 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Attendees check out supplier booths at last year’s Louisville Show The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) have resumed informal talks regarding the possibility of the industry’s key trade groups eventually merging RVIA’s National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., and RVDA and RVDA of Canada’s RV Dealers International Convention/Expo in Las Vegas. Those conversations, we’re told, have restarted for the same reasons that... Read more

RVDA Board Approves ‘Streamlined’ DSI Survey

June 6, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association’s (RVDA) board approved a revised Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) survey during its June 2 board meeting in Arlington, Va. The annual DSI survey, the results of which are monitored closely by original equipment manufacturers, measures dealers’ overall satisfaction with their manufacturers. The streamlined survey, concentrating on vehicle reliability/quality as well as parts, warranty and sales support, was developed by the RVDA Industry Relations Committee,... Read more

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

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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’

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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

February 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

(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

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