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VIDEO 2: ROTV Up Close With Newbie RVers

July 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

This week’s “Rollin’ On TV” show features a visit with first-time RVers Randy and Pat Kolb as they take delivery of their new trailer and head out for their first RV adventure. Also, Evanne Schmarder, host of “RV Life with Evanne,” recaps another adventure in Australia as she visits Brisbane Holiday Village. To view the video click here or scroll down the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

Indiana Senators Work to Ease RV Financing

July 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Joe Donnelly Indiana’s two senators have asked the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to bring “much-needed clarity” to the organization’s “ambiguous definition” of the RV exemption in federal manufactured housing standards. On July 16, Indiana Sens. Dan Coats (R) and Joe Donnelly (D) sent a letter to HUD outlining their stance. Mark Bowersox, executive director for the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association-Recreation Vehicle Industry Council (IMHA-RVIC), received... Read more

SSI: Canadian Coach Sales Gain 2.5% in May

July 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Year-over-year Canadian motorhome sales gained 2.5% in May but dipped 1.9% for the first five months, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. Forest River Inc. was the Canadian motorhome sales leader year-to-date, capturing a 34.4% market share, followed by Thor Industries Inc. (18.8%) and Winnebago Industries Inc. (17.5%). May Class A registrations grew 16.7% while year-to-date sales were up 6.9%. Forest River was No. 1 through May with a 25.7% market share, ahead of... Read more

Capital Talk: Keystone President Zimmerman

July 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

This week’s segment of “RV Capital Talk” offers an interview with Keystone RV Co. President Matt Zimmerman who reports that sales performance is at a record pace for the Goshen, Ind.-based towable builder. To view the video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

Baird Survey: RV Dealers Upbeat on Solid 2Q

July 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: The following is a review of results from an RV dealer survey conducted by R. W. Baird & Co. with 120 retailers assessing trends and performance during the second quarter. Summary: Dealers reported that momentum improved as the quarter unfolded, following a slower start, resulting in balanced inventory levels. Dealers expressed anxiety earlier this year as inventory accumulated and spring was slow to arrive – but recent trends appear to have eased fears. Big picture, we... Read more

Drew Industries to Report 2Q Earnings Aug. 1

July 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Drew Industries Inc., parent to supplier Lippert Components Inc., will release its second-quarter 2014 financial results before the market opens on Aug. 1. Drew will also host a conference call on Aug. 1 at 11 a.m. EDT to discuss the results and other business matters. Participation in the question-and-answer session of the call will be limited to institutional investors and analysts. Individual investors, retail brokers and the media are invited to listen to a live webcast of the call on the Drew... Read more

SSI: Canadian Towable Sales Fall 26% in May

July 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Year-over-year Canadian towable retail sales declined 25.9% in May and 17.5% for the first five months, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. All categories were down in May, as the sector has registered negative sales totals every month this year compared with 2013. Results by segment showed: • Sales in the travel trailer sector fell 24.2% in May and 15.9% year-to-date. • Canadian fifth-wheel sales declined 30% for the month and 20.4% through May. • Folding camping... Read more

Ten Frequently Asked ‘RVB Top 50’ Questions 

July 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: The following reviews the Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions concerning the reasons behind the relaunch of the RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Awards program, the nomination and selection process and details on the Nov. 12 event set in Las Vegas. #1: What are the RV Business Top 50 Dealer Awards? The concept was actually borrowed about a decade ago – back when RVB was owned by Affinity Group Inc. — from AGI’s “Top 100” marine dealers awards program sponsored by the company’s... Read more

Property Firms Expanding RV Park Portfolios

July 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Randy Hendrickson If you ask Randy Hendrickson, there’s never been a better time to be in the property management industry, especially if you specialize in outdoor recreation properties. “I’ve been in the industry for 17 years and I’ve never seen it more vibrant, more active or more full of potential,” he told Woodall’s Campground Management. “I get a little animated when I talk about this business.” As the founder and CEO of Horizon Outdoor Hospitality Group, Hendrickson... Read more

Tom Raper RVs Donation to Aid Military Vets

July 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Dave Bane, president and owner of Tom Raper RVs, recently presented a check for $15,000 to the Fisher House at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base following a tour of the Dayton, Ohio facility. The Fisher House is one of 64 facilities that provide a free, safe, home-away-from-home for military patients and their families while they receive medical treatment at military and VA medical centers in the United States and Europe. The donation amount is the result of a pledge to donate $100 for every recreational... Read more

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