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Black Book: Sept. Motorized Values Show Growth

September 28, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Motorized wholesale values at auction were up significantly September, according to the latest report from Black Book. “Towables made a big jump in values for September, and this time it was motorized’s turn.  Auction volume was up substantially on the motorized side, which tells me that consigners were making every effort to move units and get them off their books as we head into fall,” stated Eric Lawrence, director of specialty sales for Black Book. “Sales percentages looked good... Read more

Sobel Oct. Training Class Sets Enrollment Record

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Sobel University announced that its upcoming RV-specific sales and management training class scheduled for Oct. 17-21 has broken enrollment records previously set in 2006. “It just goes to show that our training has stayed current with today’s customers,” said Sobel University President Randy Sobel. “We are making arrangements with vendors and nearby hotels to accommodate the increased number of sales people and managers seeking professional sales training.” October’s class is the last... Read more

GOP Lawmakers are Challenging ‘CAFE’ Standard

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Republican lawmakers pushed back against the Obama administration’s signature plan to boost the average new vehicle’s fuel economy to more than 50 mpg by 2025, with a Texas congressman saying the plan should be repealed. “You can make a good intellectual case to repeal CAFE and let the market handle it,” U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, said of the Corporate Fuel Economy Standards overseen by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “If Mr. Trump is president…we’ll be back.” As... Read more

All Valley RV Sets Opening for New Service Center

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Acton, Calif.-based All Valley RV Center announced the upcoming opening of its second location in nearby Lancaster. According to a press release, a grand opening is slated for Nov. 7 at the new facility that will house RV service, collision repair, rentals, and a parts store. With the retiring of long-time local business owner Dale Spooner of Dale’s Hitchin’ Station, the opportunity presented itself for All Valley RV Center to move into the existing location. “After 11 years in business... Read more

Expansion Plans for Goshen Dealer are Approved

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The planned expansion of a recreational vehicle sales and display center on the west side of Goshen. Ind., received approval Tuesday (Sept. 27) during a meeting of the Goshen Board of Zoning Appeals. The Goshen News reported that the approved request, presented by Dzung Nguyen and Jones Petrie Rafinski, involved a desire by Nguyen to expand his existing RV sales and display business, Goshen RV Supercenter, located at 3208 Elkhart Road, Goshen. The property sits just northeast and adjacent to the... Read more

September Consumer Confidence Hits 9-Year High

September 27, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

U.S. consumer confidence in September rose to the highest level in nine years, a hopeful sign that economic growth will accelerate in coming months. The Associated Press reported that the Conference Board said today (Sept. 27) that its consumer confidence index rose to 104.1, up from 101.8 in August. It was the strongest reading since the index stood at 105.6 in August 2007, four months before the beginning of the Great Recession of 2007-2009. Private economists had been forecasting the index would... Read more

Record 4Q Catapults Thor to ‘Strongest Year Ever’

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Thor Industries Inc. announced record net income from continuing operations of $82.8 million, or $1.57 per diluted share, on record revenues of $1.29 billion for its fourth quarter, ended July 31. The company noted that inclusion of sales from Jayco Inc., acquired on June 30, helped lift fourth-quarter financials. Gross profit margins increased to 17.3% in the fourth quarter compared to 16.2% in the prior-year period, due primarily to improved volumes and favorable changes in product mix. Net income... Read more

RVIA: RV Shipments Post Best August Since 1977

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RV wholesale shipments to retailers tracked by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) rebounded strongly in August after a lower-than-expected July report. Monthly shipment totals for the month totaled 35,946 units, a rise of 26.8% over last month and 31.5% ahead of August 2015. This was the largest August total since 1977. Year-to-date totals have reached 290,582 units, an increase of 13% over the 257,089 units shipped during the same eight-month period last year. Motorhomes posted... Read more

Patrick Industries Initiates Key Officer Promotions

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Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier Patrick Industries Inc. announced that, effective immediately, Executive Vice President of Sales and COO Jeffrey M. Rodino will assume the newly created position of executive vice president of sales and chief sales officer. According to a press release, Vice President of Market Development Kip B. Ellis will assume Rodino’s previous positions. “We continue to align our talent to maximize focus and capacity to position ourselves to most effectively serve our... Read more

Drew CFO Smith Steps Down; Hall in Interim Role

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Drew Industries Inc. today (Sept. 26) announced that CFO David M. Smith will be leaving the company to pursue other opportunities. According to a press release Smith joined Drew as CFO in September 2015. He will continue to work with the company until Dec. 31, 2016, to support an orderly transition. Brian Hall has been named as interim CFO, effective immediately. Hall, 41, will serve in this role until the board elects Smith’s replacement. Hall joined the company in March 2013 and has served... Read more

Welder Program is Supplying Workers For Lippert

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A state-funded welder training program is starting to bear fruit for Lippert Components Inc. and Elkhart County’s growing recreational vehicle industry, which is needy for skilled workers. As reported by the South Bend Tribune, the first class of students graduated earlier this month from the 12-week paid training program at Lippert Components’ Plant 19 in Goshen, Ind., and all five of them were hired by Lippert. More classes will follow, providing trained welders for the supplier of RV parts... Read more

Coachmen Galleria Coaches Earn TRA Gold Level

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Coachmen Galleria Class B TRA Certification announced that Coachmen RV’s Galleria Class B motorhomes have earned the company’s gold level of certification. “This group of people was a pleasure to work with and were striving to earn the highest certification level they could,” said Mandy Leazenby, green program manager at TRA Certification, in a press release. In the resource efficiency category, the Galleria plant recycles or reuses over 50% of its manufacturing waste and utilize... Read more

REV Group Recognizes General RV As Top Dealer

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Executives from REV RV Group and its parent company REV Group Inc. were on hand during last week’s Elkhart RV Open House to recognize General RV as its top dealer as part of the “Race for the Winners Circle” event. “We are very proud to have dealerships like General RV represent our products,” said Lenny Razo, vice president of sales for REV RV Group, in a press release. “Partnerships like this are why we have seen strong sales over the past several months. We are honored... Read more

Meyer Distributing Opens Cross-Dock in Wyoming

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Meyer Distributing Inc. announced the addition of a cross-dock in Casper, Wyo. According to a press release, the cross-dock will have a direct feed from Meyer’s Denver, Colo., distribution hub which houses a large inventory of TB parts and automotive accessories and RV parts for the Mountain States region. “When possible, Meyer always tries to bring logistics in house where we can control the delivery from start to finish,” says Alex Blackgrove, national cross-dock manager for Meyer. “Our... Read more

VIDEO 3: Horizon Transport Just Keeps on Truckin’

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“Trending Today” takes a trip across the country with the team of dispatchers and drivers at Horizon Transport. The Wakarusa, Ind.-based company has grown from just 10 drivers in 1984 to more than 1,400 after 28 years of service to the RV industry. To view the video click here or scroll down the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

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