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TMC to Spotlight Quantum at Tampa SuperShow

January 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Thor Quantum front cab area Thor Motor Coach (TMC) products will be on full display to the public at Florida RV SuperShow, running Thursday (Jan. 18) through Sunday at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. During the show, hosted by the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA), TMC will spotlight the Quantum KM24 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, which was recently named as a 2017 Top RV Debut by RVBusiness. The fuel-efficient diesel motorhome features a full wall slideout and abundance of sleeping areas.... Read more

RV Arena Gets Good Marks in Consumer Survey

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Scott Bahr At a time when RV sales are on the upswing, a new independent consumer survey conducted by Maine-based Cairn Consulting Group gives the recreational vehicle industry pretty good marks with regard to customer satisfaction, reports Cairn President Scott Bahr. The results of “The RV Owners’ Satisfaction Survey,” based on online surveys this past fall of some 1,600 RV owners and camping enthusiasts, are decidedly positive in an era in which the industry – behind the scenes —... Read more

Whitlock Joining ‘Blue Ox’ as Outside Sales Rep

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Darren Whitlock Darren Whitlock has joined Blue Ox as an outside sales representative serving customers in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. “Darren’s in-depth experience is in helping dealers grow their business,” said Blue Ox President and CEO Ellen Kietzmann in a press release. “Darren’s expertise in helping dealers promote sales, building solid customer relationships, and his existing knowledge of the products we manufacture, makes him a great asset to his dealers from his first day... Read more

Garmin RV 770 LMT-S Offers Updated Travel Info

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Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., announced the latest expansion to its RV-dedicated navigator series with the introduction of the new RV 770 LMT-S model, according to a press release. Built specifically for camping enthusiasts, the RV 770 LMT-S offers advanced RV-specific navigation solutions, including free live services with real-time traffic updates, basic weather information and more. The new navigator offers a bright edge-to-edge 6.95-inch display that can be viewed any time... Read more

Forecasts Call For Mostly Sunny ’17 Auto Sales

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Economists and industry leaders predict another robust year of U.S. new-vehicle sales, even if most see 2017’s total falling short of last year’s record 17.5 million cars and light trucks. “If this is a plateau, as some have called it, it’s got a helluva view,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co. Automotive News reported that most forecasts see sales in a range of 16.8 million to 17.5 million, with the wild cards that will determine... Read more

RVDA Will Exhibit at NTP-Stag Expo in Anaheim

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The Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) will be exhibiting during the NTP-Stag Expo, slated for Jan. 30-31 in Anaheim, Calif. RVDA service consultant Tony Yerman will be in Booth No. 671 to describe the benefits and advantages that dealers gain by joining the association. For example, dealerships will be added to RVDA’s online membership directory and resource guide, the industry’s most complete listing of RV dealers, manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, and RVDA- endorsed... Read more

34th Tacoma RV Show Set to Open on Thursday

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The winter sports show season around Puget Sound will open Thursday (Jan. 19) with the start of the 34th annual Tacoma RV Show at Washington’s Tacoma Dome, according to a report by The Olympian. The RV show is all about camping — from rustic to opulent. More than a dozen dealers from around the Northwest will be showing some of the latest fifth-wheels, toy haulers and travel trailers, and the most fuel-efficient motorhomes. Among the other dealers on hand will be Baydo’s RV Center in... Read more

Forest River Launching ‘Berkshire Bus Division’

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Forest River’s bus division is taking a big leap forward with the launch of a separate luxury shuttle bus division, Berkshire Coach, according to a report by the Elkhart Truth. Featuring the luxury shuttle bus Berkshire Ultra, the line will be completely manufactured at the former Ameritrans Bus facility in Elkhart, Ind. The units will come packed with standard features like luxury seating, USB ports, wood-look composite flooring and touch-screen TV’s, that also include back-up... Read more

SSI: Canadian Coach Sales Drop 16.5% for Nov.

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Year-over-year Canadian motorhome registrations declined 16.5% in November while falling 11.8% for the first 11 months of 2016, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI). Thor Industries Inc. led the Canadian motorized segment year-to-date, capturing a 37.5% market share while Forest River Inc. was No. 2 with a 35% share followed by Winnebago Industries Inc. (13.6%). Class A registrations retreated 21.4% for the month and 26% year-to-date. Thor led the segment for... Read more

Organizers Expect Crowd for Jacksonville Show

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Given the growth in RV sales last year, six Florida RV dealers are expecting strong attendance at the upcoming 2017 Jacksonville RV MegaShow running Feb. 9-Feb. 12 at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center. The Florida Times Union reported that Rob Rothenhausler, general manager of Ocean Grove RV Supercenter in St. Augustine, said there is every indication that the strong RV sales seen in 2016 will carry over into 2017. “Listening to the manufacturers and everyone else in the industry, they’re... Read more

FRVTA Rolling Out SuperShow Jan. 17 in Tampa

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Crowds check out the RV displays at last year’s Tampa Show The Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) will host the 32nd Annual 2017 Florida RV SuperShow, set to run Jan. 17-22 at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. RV Industry Day will be held Jan. 17 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m and offering attendees complimentary coffee and donuts in the morning and a free lunch.   The 2017 SuperShow will have representation from every major RV manufacturer as well as hundreds of accessory booths exhibitors. ... Read more

Peterson Manufacturing Intros Updated Website

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Peterson Manufacturing Co., a supplier of vehicle safety lighting, custom wiring harnesses and other safety-related products is announced the launch of its newly updated website: pmlights.com. Some nine months in development, the new site provides visitors a faster, easier way to access the latest information on Peterson products and services from any desktop or mobile device, according to a release. Visually, the new site presents a cleaner, more colorful look with bold graphics, updated photos,... Read more

SSI: ‘B’ Sales Rise 22.6% in Nov.; Up 12.4% YTD

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Class B motorhome sales registrations soared 22.6% in November while the segment showed a 12.4% gain year-to-date. According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), Winnebago Industries Inc. was the top-selling manufacturer for the 11 months with a 33.9% share of the Class B market, followed by Erwin Hymer Group North America (28.7%), Thor Industries Inc. (20%) and Pleasure-Way Industries Ltd. (10.2%). To subscribe to this or other SSI reports, contact Scott Stropkai, national... Read more

Meyer Distributing Eyeing 2nd Virtual RV Show

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Longtime automotive distributor Meyer Distributing will stage its second virtual wholesale recreational vehicle show beginning next Friday (Jan. 20) and running through Feb. 3. Jasper, Ind.-based Meyer, which entered the RV segment in 2015, will make products of more than 200 vendors available to dealers during the eMeyer Mega Show through www.online.meyerdistributing.com. Dealers must sign up on the website by Thursday (Jan. 19) to participate. Orders can be made Monday through Friday between 8... Read more

New Facility Costs Impact Skyline’s 2Q Income

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Elkhart, Ind.-based Skyline Corp., a builder of manufactured home and park models, posted a 9.4% increase in fiscal second-quarter sales while incurring a net loss from continuing operations of $595,000. The company noted that income for the three months was impacted by startup costs for a new facility coupled with a $250,000 payment on an account that had previously been fully reserved. Sales during the period totaled $64.2 million compared with $58.7 million a year ago while diluted earnings per... Read more

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