Tom Walworth: Key Factors Spell Strong 2015

February 12, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Tom Walworth EDITOR’S NOTE: Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI) President Tom Walworth issued the following remarks regarding the general state of the RV arena in a recent telephone interview with A 58-year-old firm based in Grand Rapids, Mich., SSI currently delivers retail sales data to the RV, marine, manufacturing housing, commercial trailer and power sports sectors. From all I can tell, 2015 is going to be a great year. Why? Well, take a look at our demographic cycle. Our biggest... Read more

SHOW REPORT: Novi Sales Through the Roof

February 11, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

With more than 22,000 people in attendance, the 49th Annual Detroit Camper & RV Show set a new record, organizers said. According to the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC), which sponsored the Feb. 4-8 show held at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Mich., attendance was 7% above last year and is the second largest attendance for the Detroit Camper and RV Show since 1999, which was a nine-day show. “It was a great show. Saturday was one of those crazy... Read more

Opinion: Lippert Issues RV Industry Challenge

February 9, 2015 by · 5 Comments 

Jason Lippert EDITOR’S NOTE: Jason Lippert, CEO of Lippert Components Inc., an employer of 6,000 based in the northern Indiana RV-building center of Elkhart, Ind., thinks that the RV industry would greatly benefit from companies involving more key employees in first-hand RV experiences by making available loaner units. And he underscores that assertion in remarks here for – comments he says are inspired in part by those of Tom Faludy, the former Scott Fetzer Co. exec and first... Read more

RVB Showcases Winnebago ‘RV of the Year’

February 4, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The latest issue of RVBusiness, due on the street this week, showcases the naming of Winnebago Industries Inc.’s retro-styled, Brave/Tribute Class A motorhome as “RVBusiness 2015 RV of the Year,” a designation announced earlier that the novel Class A motorhome earned on the heels of an exhaustive review of new model year product by RVB’s staff at a series of late year trade shows. RVB’s Jan./Feb. issue also sheds light in Q&A interviews on two business executives whose companies represented... Read more

TOP DEBUTS: Starcraft Solstice Luxury Fiver

February 2, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

Starcraft Inc. marked its return to the upper-end fifth-wheel market with the rollout of the Solstice luxury series, providing a residential, comfort-laden environment. “The Soltice took us around 10 months to develop,” said Brent Froman, vice president of sales for the Middlebury, Ind.-based division of Jayco Inc. “We wanted to create an interior that has true residential appeal.” The Solstice, available in three 33- to 35-foot floorplans with three to five sliderooms, features a fully equipped... Read more

Opinion: HUD Issues on ‘Road to Resolution’

January 29, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

John Soard EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is an opinion piece written at the request of by John Soard, general manager of the park model division of Fairmont Homes, Nappanee, Ind., and chairman of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) Park Model RV Committee. Soard has worked in the RV industry since 1984, the last 29 years in the park model sector. Most of us who work in the recreational vehicle business saw this recent news item that speaks to the possible resolution... Read more

Startup Vanleigh RV Taps Fifth-Wheel Sector

January 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Leigh Tiffin, general manager of fledgling RV manufacturer Vanleigh RV Inc., Burnsville, Miss., expects to have his company’s yet-to-be-named fifth-wheel line available to dealers by early fall. ”I wouldn’t commit to the (Elkhart County RV Open House in September) right now but odds are in favor of us being there,” Tiffin said, adding that it’s pretty much a certainty that Vanleigh product will be available for the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., the first... Read more

Shipments Soar 23% in Dec.; Rise 11% for ’14

January 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Total wholesale shipments to retailers of all RVs surged to 26,736 units in the December survey of manufacturers, soaring 23.3% greater than the final month last year. This was the largest December total in nine years dating back to 2005. Seasonally adjusted, the December 2014 total reached an annualized rate of more than 375,000 units. The strong finish this year was led by towable RV shipments which rose in December to 23,851 units, a gain of 27% over the final month one year ago. For the year... Read more

NeXus Targets Class A Diesel Pusher Market

January 23, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

Bentley Class A diesel pusher by NeXus RV NeXus RV couldn’t have asked for a bigger splash when it dove into the Class A motorhome business with the debut of its first diesel pusher, an all-new, 34-foot Bentley, at the Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa. The Elkhart, Ind.-based factory-direct motorhome manufacturer ended up selling six of the 36-foot, rear-bedroom, four-slide coaches at the Tampa Show. The overwhelming response has prompted NeXus to double its production plans from one Bentley per week... Read more

HUD Indefinitely Delays Park Model Limitations

January 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

In a memorandum dated Jan. 20, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Administrator Pamela Beck Danner announced that HUD will not be enforcing its interpretation that park model RV porches count toward the 400-square-foot limit (as measured) on those types of RVs until new regulations defining RVs are published, which is something that likely will not occur for many months. According to a news release, this memorandum supersedes a memorandum that Danner promulgated on Oct. 1, 2014, in... Read more

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