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SSI: ‘B’ Sales Rise 7.8% in July; Climb 21% YTD

September 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Year-over-year Class B motorhome retails registrations gained 7.8% in July and 21.2% for the first seven months of 2014, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI). Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc. was the top-selling manufacturer, with 35.6% of the Class B market, followed by Winnebago Industries Inc. (23.7%) and Thor Industries Inc. (23.6%). To subscribe to this or other SSI reports, contact Scott Stropkai, national RV sales manager, at (616) 281-9898 ext. 128, or (616) 446-8179... Read more

Slideshow: Elkhart Open House Gets Underway

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The Elkhart County RV Open House officially opened Tuesday (Sept. 16) as dealers converged on the northern Indiana manufacturing hub to view new product. RV firms also hosted some pre-event parties Monday night to usher in the Open House, which runs through Thursday. Over 4,000 dealer personnel are expected to attend. To view the slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

Truma Delivers ‘Sweet Kickoff’ For Open House

September 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Truma representatives (L-R) Dan Carter, David Marks and Annie Walsh distribute pastries at the Open House Representatives from Germany-based Truma, a leading supplier to the European RV market, delivered pastries this morning to RV firms participating in this week’s Elkhart Open House to promote the company’s brand and its product lines. According to a press release, Truma opened its American headquarters in Elkhart, Ind., last year. The family held company is a major supplier in an array... Read more

Blue Ox Adding Sway Bars to Chassis Package

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  Blue Ox sway bars Blue Ox announced the launch of a new line of sway bars, designed to minimize body roll in motorhomes and improve ride performance by eliminating excessive side-to-side movement in the coach. According to a press release, Blue Ox’s Sway Bars are designed, engineered and tested for reliability, safety and durability. They are heat treated with a tensile strength of up to 180,000 PSI, have forged ends on all models, come with a lifetime warranty, and our built in the... Read more

CrossRoads’ Cameo Features Flush-Floor Slide

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Cameo CM39FL floorplan Topeka, Ind.-based towable builder CrossRoads RV announced a patent pending flush-floor slide floor design on the all-new Cameo CM39FL fifth-wheel, debuting at this week’s Elkhart County RV Open House.  “Our unique concept boasts a patent-pending, upper deck, flush-floor slide design,” said Cameo Product Manager Rudy Boals. “This feature yields significantly more slide headroom, and greater versatility as it pertains to furniture configurations.” Other... Read more

Dutchmen Appoints Riberdy as Canadian RSM

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Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. has named Benoit Riberdy Canadian regional sales manager, covering the Aspen Trail and Kodiak brands of towable products (with the exception of British Columbia). “Riberdy has managed the Canadian market for over 20 years, focusing on dealer training and strategic economic development,” said Troy James, vice president of sales, in a press release. “Benoit’s experience in sales and dealer development will be an integral part of Aspen Trail’s and Kodiak’s continued... Read more

Draw-Tite, Keselowski Team Capture First Win

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Cequent Performance Products Inc., sponsor of Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR), announced its first win on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series circuit with the BKR team. Cequent, a key supplier of towing and trailer products, and its premier brand Draw-Tite, have sponsored the BKR Team in the Camping World Truck Series since 2011. “Cequent is the leader in aftermarket automotive products, which makes teaming up with Brad to sponsor the BKR team a natural fit,” said Tom Benson, president of Cequent... Read more

Press Event Kicks Off 7th Elkhart Open House

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(L-R) B.J. Thompson of Bj Thompson Associates, Dicor Corp. President Gregg Fore, Jayco Inc. President Derald Bontrager, Coachmen RV President Mike Terlep, Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore (at podium), Kyle Hannon, president of the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce, Elkhart County Commissioner Frank Lucchese, and Thor Industries Inc. President & CEO Bob Martin. The 7th Annual Elkhart RV Open House officially got underway Monday (Sept. 15) afternoon with a press conference inside one of Forest River... Read more

TMC Displaying 60-Plus Units For Open House

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Thor Motor Coach’s display at the Hall of Fame Thor Motor Coach (TMC) is rolling out of a variety of innovative models during this week’s Elkhart County RV Open House, showing dealers more than 60 motorhomes as part of its display in Thor Industries Inc.’s exhibit area in the RV/MH Hall of Fame. According to a press release, TMC is debuting a new 39-foot model in its popular Outlaw Class A line. The 38RE has a spacious living area, perfect for traveling and relaxing, as well as... Read more

Lifestyle Luxury Fivers Offer ‘Widebody’ Design

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Widebody design increases interior space Lifestyle Luxury RV, a division of EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC, announced that its entire 2015 fifth-wheel lineup features a 101-inch wide body design. According to a press release, all five of the widebody models will meet the growing demand by full-timers for more spacious interiors with greater amounts of storage, larger kitchens, baths and wider hallways. “Our customers are looking for more than just a beautiful coach – it needs to stand... Read more

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