RVDA Sees Strong Enrollment in Health Care Plan

December 12, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association’s (RVDA) endorsed RV Dealers Health Collective Purchasing Arrangement, available through Brown & Brown Insurance, has grown quickly during its first year of operation. Since its launch in January 2017, the program has enrolled more than 20 dealerships representing more than 1,400 dealership employees and their dependents, RVDA reported in a press release. The RV Dealers Health Collective Purchasing Arrangement offers RVDA members an innovative... Read more

Indiana Offers Ideal Environment for Building RVs

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How did 80% of the global RV production end up in northeast Indiana? According to Industry Week, as is the case in most manufacturing clusters, it all starts with a few people, an idea and a drive to be successful. In this case, it was three Hoosiers — Milo Miller, Wilbur Schult and Harold Platt — who according to Al Hesselbart, the former staff historian of the RV/MH Hall of Fame, “fell in love with trailers in the mid-1930s.” Hesselbart explained, in an article in Inside... Read more

Thor Names Klein to Board; Siegel Stepping Down

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Thor Industries Inc. today (Dec. 11) announced the appointment of Christopher J. Klein, CEO of Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc., to serve on its board of directors. Additionally, the company announced that Alan Siegel retired as a member of its board after nearly 35 years of service. Both the appointment and retirement are effective Dec. 12 and maintains the size of Thor’s board at eight members. “We are excited to have Chris join our board of directors... Read more

Report: NHTSA Releases Latest List of RV Recalls

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Editor’s Note: The following is the latest RV recall list compiled by the National Highway Safety Association (NHTSA). • Chrysler is recalling 3,514 2018 Ram ProMaster vehicles. An incorrect rivet may have been used to attach the front door impact sensor which can cause the sensor housing to fracture. For additional information click here. • Daimler Vans USA, LLC (DVUSA) is recalling certain 2017 Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vans. The spare tire holder... Read more

Patrick Acquiring Elkhart-Based ‘Nickell Moulding’

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Patrick Industries Inc. announced today (Dec. 11) that it has completed the acquisition of the business and certain assets of Elkhart, Ind.-based Nickell Moulding Co. Inc., a custom manufacturer of hardwood and wrapped mouldings and trim, custom wood frames, and door components for the recreational vehicle, retail and hospitality, manufactured housing, and other markets.  According to a news release, Patrick projects Nickell’s full-year 2017 revenues to be approximately $21 million.... Read more

SSI: Motorhome Sales See 10% Rise for 10 Months

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The Class C market continued to drive motorhome registrations for the first 10 months, as overall sales rose 10% through October compared to the same period a year ago. According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), Thor Industries Inc. was the motorized sales leader through October with a 41.7% market share, ahead of Forest River Inc. (23.2%) and Winnebago Industries Inc. (15.1%). Class A motorhome sales were flat through October, down 0.8%. Thor led... Read more

Camping World To Offer RV Home Delivery in Jan.

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In a sponsored posting on Facebook today (Dec. 11), Camping World Holdings Inc. announced a new “Home RV Delivery Service” that “lets you shop at home for an RV and have it delivered right to your driveway.” (To view a video click here or scroll to the right of the home page). According to Camping World, the service starts in January and select RV models will be available for home delivery. Designed for those without a dealership nearby, Camping World states on its... Read more

IMHA-RVIC Reports on Successes at Holiday Party

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‘Survivor’ participant Rupert Boneham addresses IMHA-RVIC members during the organization’s annual holiday gathering More than 50 members of the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association-Recreational Vehicle Indiana Council (IMHA-RVIC) and their families joined together at the Antelope Club of Indianapolis for the organization’s annual holiday gathering Friday (Dec. 9) night. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the Read more

Imler Pioneered California’s Campground Industry

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John Imler John Imler, a pioneer in California’s private campground and RV park business who helped shape state laws governing RV parks and wrote some of the most widely read books on campground design and campground management, passed away Dec. 5 in his Sacramento home surrounded by family members. He was 84. “Whether he was offering advice on how to design and manage campgrounds and RV parks or shaping laws that govern private parks, John Imler had a profound impact on the private campground... Read more

LKQ Acquiring Car Parts Supplier for $1.76 Billion

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LKQ Corp., parent company of Keystone Automotive Operations Inc. and its NTP-STAG RV distribution subsidiary, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Stahlgruber GmbH from Stahlgruber Otto Gruber AG for an enterprise value of approximately $1.76 billion. Headquartered in Germany, Stahlgruber is a leading European wholesale distributor of aftermarket spare parts for passenger cars, tools, capital equipment and accessories with operations in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Italy, Slovenia,... Read more

Learning Center, Morgan Stanley to Host Webinars

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The Mike Molino RV Learning Center has partnered with Morgan Stanley on a webinar series for dealer principals during December and January presented at no charge to RV dealers.  “A Winning Formula to Maximize Your Overall Financial Success” will be held on Dec. 19 at 1 p.m. (EST). The key to getting consistent, excellent results is by having a proven, repeatable process. This session goes over a wealth management formula and the five-step process dealers can... Read more

‘RV Intelligence’ Releases WoBLR for RV Leveling

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RV Intelligence, a new manufacturer of RV aftermarket products and accessories, has launched its second Smart RV product with the release of The WoBLR, the “World’s Best Level for RVs.”  According to a press release, WoBLR smart phone app shows a two-dimensional image to assist in the process of leveling an RV while the level sensing module is compact and simple to install. The WoBLR is currently available for purchase at select RV accessory retailers. “We are thrilled... Read more

Forest River’s Holland is Wilkins RV’s Rep of Year

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Brian Wilkins (R) presents Steve Holland with Rep of the Year award Steve Holland of Forest River/Coachmen RV has been selected by Wilkins RV as the winner of its 2017 Manufacturers Sales Rep of the Year Award for 2017. According to a press release, Holland was a new sales rep for Bath, N.Y.-based Wilkins RV last year and “did a great job stepping and helping the dealer to grow the Chaparral line.” He was cited for his product knowledge, always being available to assist a sales person... Read more

Tax Reform Inaction Stalls Boat Dealer Optimism

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Marine dealers say government inaction was the single biggest factor in demand for new boats as the industry awaits tax reform — however, dealers didn’t rank it as impactful as they did last year or in 2015. “Favorable tax legislation, if passed, should improve consumer confidence. If not, it could produce a negative impact,” said one dealer in the monthly Pulse Report conducted by the Robert W. Baird firm, the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, and Soundings Trade Only. “If... Read more

SSI: Class B Sales Enjoy 28.1% Rise for 10 Months

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Class B sales continued to post double-digit growth during the first 10 months of 2017 as overall registrations jumped 28.1%. Winnebago Industries Inc. led the segment through October with a 35.1% market share followed by Erwin Hymer Group North America (29.3%) and Thor Industries Inc. (16.8%).  To subscribe to this or other SSI reports, contact Scott Stropkai, national RV sales manager, at (616) 281-9898 ext. 128, or (616) 901-8335 (cell).  Read More →

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