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Jacksonville Show Offering Full Range of RVs

February 12, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

There are fifth-wheels so long that they look like they belong behind a tractor trailer. Motorhomes have become more luxurious than almost everyone’s home. In other words, the term “camping” simply doesn’t apply. But as recreational vehicles have gotten bigger, fancier and more expensive, they’ve also become smaller and lighter. As reported by the Florida Times Union, the Jacksonville RV show has examples at each end, and plenty in between. You can drop a quick $300,000 and have all the... Read more

VIDEO 1: ROTV Hosts RVB RV of Year Awards

February 11, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

This week’s episode of “Rollin’ On TV” (ROTV) features the RVBusiness 2016 RV of the Year Awards show, held at the MH/RV Hall of Fame’s Northern Indiana Event Center in Elkhart, Ind. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page. The show will spotlight the Keystone Montana 3820FK fifth-wheel as this year’s recipient along with the Little Guy Worldwide Cirrus 800 which was named ROTV’s Truck Camper of the Year. Also featured will be the four... Read more

ITA Renews RVIA Grant to Spur Asian Exports

February 11, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Thanks to the International Trade Administration’s (ITA) renewal of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) participation in the highly competitive Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP), an additional $300,000 is available to support RVIA’s Asia Initiative through the end of the third quarter of 2018. “As a result of the new award, RVIA and its members will keep the accelerator on our close working relationship with ITA and the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service (FCS)... Read more

Acquisitions, Furrion Agreement Lift Drew 4Q

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Drew Industries Inc, parent of industry supplier Lippert Components Inc., today (Feb. 11) reported record fourth-quarter revenue lifted by strategic acquisitions and the July distribution and supply agreement for premium electronics with Furrion. Net income during the quarter, ended Dec. 31, totaled $16.1 million, or 65 cents per diluted share, compared to net income of $12 million, or 49 cents per diluted share, the previous year. The company noted that in connection with previously announced severance... Read more

Bretz RV Continues Growth with Billings Store

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Aerial shot of Bretz RV dealership in Billings Hard on the heels of a 15,000-square-foot showroom addition at its Missoula, Mont., flagship store, Bretz RV and Marine expects to move in early spring into a new 35,000-square feet dealership in Billings. The Billings facility will replace a smaller shop half-a-mile down the road. ”We will be carrying everything,” said owner Mark Bretz, whose parents, Frank and Viola Bretz, founded the dealership in 1967. ”We are big on Keystone,... Read more

ASA Adding Meyer to RV Distribution Network

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ASA Electronics has added Meyer Distributing to its roster of national suppliers. Meyer, having recently announced it would be adding RV products to the company’s lineup, will now carry ASA’s JENSEN and Voyager products. “Meyer Distributing continues to add to an already vast offering and in stock inventory of products for the RV industry. We are pleased to partner with ASA Electronics by distributing their JENSEN and Voyager brands,” said Meyer Distributing Director of Purchasing... Read more

Colerain RV Primed for Acquisition, Expansion

February 11, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

One of Cincinnati, Ohio’s largest – and quietest – private companies has sold a major ownership stake in the company to get financial backing so it can acquire more recreational vehicle stores. The Cincinnati Business Courier reported that the owners of Colerain RV, who are primarily members of the Jung family, sold a stake to Connecticut-based private investment firm Kidd & Co. in late January. “It came down to where do we want to go from here?” Chuck Jung, an owner who is executive... Read more

Could Pump Prices Tumble to 99 Cents Again?

February 11, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Gas prices continue to tumble across the U.S., leaving giddy motorists to wonder just how much lower they can go, CBS News reported. The nationwide average price for a gallon of regular grade gasoline fell Monday (Feb. 8) to $1.74 a gallon, more than a dollar less than it was a year ago, according to AAA. That is the first time drivers are paying an average of less than $2 a gallon since 2004, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported. “For the first time since 2004, U.S. drivers... Read more

Dealers, Builders on a Roll at Detroit RV Show

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At nearly $300,000, the 41-foot Dutch Star motorhome was among the more than 280 on display at the Detroit Camper & RV show in Novi, offering tile floors, a full kitchen with Corian countertops, a full bath and shower, a king-size bed and three TVs. “The amenities are all here for those people who want to live full-time in their motor home,” Bill Sheffer, director of the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds, told the Detroit Free Press Wednesday (Feb.... Read more

FROG Club Registers 50,000th Member Family

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Forest River Owners’ Group (FROG), a fast-growing owners club associated with Elkhart, Ind.-based builder Forest River Inc., recently achieved a milestone as it registered its 50,000th member family, according to FROG Director Bob Byrne. While the group does not release membership lists, Byrne said that the milestone registration came from a couple in Escondido, Calif. “We’re tremendously excited at having reached this goal in just under four years,” Byrne said in a press release. “Growing... Read more

Opinion: RV Sales a Boon to Elkhart Economy

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Editor’s Note: The following is an editorial appearing in the Elkhart Truth applauding the RV industry’s strength and the positive impact on Elkhart County’s economic health. RVs are rolling off assembly lines at a pace faster than any time since before the Great Recession. That’s positive news for Elkhart County’s economy. For the sixth straight year, shipments of RVs increased over the previous year as more than 370,000 units were shipped to retailers around the country —... Read more

ARVC Weighs In On New RV Proposal by HUD

February 10, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) weighed in this afternoon (Feb. 10) on a proposal by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that would clearly define what a recreational vehicle is. It’s a proposal supported by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), the National Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) and manufactured housing groups. “We applaud HUD for working with ARVC and our industry allies at RVIA and RVDA to clarify... Read more

MARVAC Holds ’50th Detroit Show’ Reception

February 10, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Ribbon cutting for the 50th Detroit RV Show at last night’s reception (Photo by Rick Kessler) More than 200 people turned out to celebrate the 50th Annual Detroit Camper & RV Show at a gala event Tuesday (Feb. 9) at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Mich. (To view a slideshow of the event scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com website). The event marked the official prelude to today’s opening of the five-day public show, which, as it has been for the last half... Read more

‘RVB ’16 RV of the Year’ Show Set to Premiere

February 10, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Jeff Johnston, host of “Rollin’ On TV,” and Allison Hayes, a reporter at the Big Ten Network, during the taping of “RVB RV of the Year” The “RVBusiness 2016 RV of The Year” awards, a half-hour TV show produced by “Rollin’ On TV” (ROTV), will be debuting tomorrow (Feb. 11) on the RVBUSINESS.com and ROTV websites. The show will also premiere Sunday and run through the week on ROTV’s national network of 13 stations, reaching 32 million consumer households that receive... Read more

NATM Annual Convention Draws 900 to Vegas

February 10, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Reflecting the overall strength of the industry, this week’s National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM) 28th Annual Convention and Trade Show is attracting a strong member turnout with over 900 attendees converging on the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas. The event officially opened today (Feb. 10) and runs through Friday. “Our attendance is up from last year, which was our best year since 2007-2008, right before the bottom fell out of the economy,” said Allison... Read more

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