RVB’s Big Day: TV Show & An Industry Party

November 13, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Call it RVB’s “Big Day” — Thursday, Nov. 29. First up at 3-5:30 p.m. is the taping of the “RVBusiness RV of the Year Award” show produced by “Rollin’ On TV” at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind. — a four-year-old show hosted before a studio audience in which RVB Managing Editor Rick Kessler and ABC 57 news and sports anchor Alison Hayes showcase Forest River’s Vengeance Touring Edition 385FKS fifth-wheel... Read more

RVDA’s 2018 Con/Expo ‘One of the Best Ever’

November 9, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

RVDA reported attendance was up 16% at Con/Expo (Photo by Shawn Spence) After two compliance seminars this (Nov. 9) morning, the 2018 National RV Dealers Association Convention & Expo will come to a close and, by all accounts, the event has been deemed an unqualified success. Organizers reported attendance rose to 1,600-plus — an increase of 16% over 2017 — and the general consensus among attendees was that it was the “best in years” if not “the best ever.” The Con/Expo, hosted... Read more

SSI: Towable Sales Gain 5.2% for Nine Months

November 9, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Towable sales were up slightly for the first nine months of 2018 as overall retail registrations gained 5.2% According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), results by category showed: Travel trailer sales climbed 5.2% for the nine months. Fifth-wheel registrations rose 7.2% through September. Folding camping trailer sales dropped 11.4% for the nine months. Park model RV sales edged up 2.1% through September. Thor Industries Inc. was the towable sales leader for... Read more

RVB Top 50 RV Dealers Honored in Las Vegas

November 8, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Burlington RV President Tim Wegge addresses Top 50 Dealers attendees With a standing-room only crowd overflowing out of the Champagne Ballroom at the Paris Las Vegas Wendesday night (Nov. 7), the RVBusiness Top 50 Dealers Awards reception honored North American RV dealers for their outstanding customer service, community involvement and general excellence in overall operations. (To view a slideshow of the RVDA Expo scroll to the right side of the home page. Photos by Shawn Spence). The... Read more

GNR Principals Named Canada Dealer Of Year

November 8, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Jim Gorrie and Kevin Betzold Jim Gorrie and Kevin Betzold of GNR Camping World RV Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, were jointly presented with the prestigious 2018 Canadian RV Dealer of the Year Award today at the RVDA of Canada’s Annual Meeting held at the RV Dealers Convention/Expo in Las Vegas, Nev. Being the first time that the award has been awarded jointly, the two dealer principals (and brothers-in-law) of GNR Camping World RV Centre, were both moved and surprised to have received this honor... Read more

Lively Keynote Highlights ‘Con/Expo’ in Vegas

November 7, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Jason Dorsey signs books following his keynote at Con/Expo  While preliminary events such as the Society of Certified RV Professionals reception took place a day earlier, the National RV Dealers Association Convention & Expo officially got underway Tuesday (Nov. 7) with a full day of Vendor Training +Plus sessions with suppliers and dealers, a Mini Rental School, the opening of the Expo floor itself, an RVDA of Canada reception, and several presentations including a lively keynote from Jason... Read more

Camping World 3Q Revenue Up, Income Down

November 7, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Camping World Holdings Inc. reported a 6.2% increase in revenue to $1.3 billion for its third quarter, ended Sept. 30. Net income during the period was $47.9 million, or 38 cents per diluted share, compared with $83.7 million, or 66 cents per diluted share, a year ago. Other highlights include: Gross profit increased 5.9% to $376.3 million and gross margin was flat at 28.7%. Adjusted EBITDA decreased 17% to $100.1 million The number of active customers and Good Sam Club members reached all-time... Read more

RVB’s RV of the Year: Forest River’s Vengeance

November 1, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Vengeance team includes (front, L-R) General Manager John Quake, Sales Manager Bradley Short, Purchasing Agent Steve Carnes and Director of Purchasing Phil Taylor. On steps: Interior Designer Michele Kay and Engineer Pat O’Connor The Forest River Vengeance Touring Edition 385FKS, a fifth-wheel toy hauler featuring a front kitchen and a novel “Easy Approach” drop-down garage entry, has been named the 2019 RVBusiness RV of the Year by the editorial staff of the Elkhart, Ind.-based trade journal. Developed... Read more

Spartan 3Q Revenue Rises; Chassis Sales Grow

October 31, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Charlotte, Mich.-based Spartan Motors Inc., parent to Spartan Chassis Inc., reported an increase in third-quarter revenue while incurring a 61.5% decline in net income during the period.   Spartan noted in the report, “For the third quarter of 2018 compared to the third quarter of 2017 the results reflect strong revenue growth and continued profitability from all three business segments. However, the results were negatively impacted by industrywide headwinds, including tariff-driven increases... Read more

CalARVC Exec to Talk Regs at Glamping Confab

October 30, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The Global Glamping Conference, set for Nov. 27-28 at The Westin Long Beach in Long Beach, Calif., will spotlight the growing industry with a panel of speakers and a wide variety of vendors promoting the lifestyle.  According to the event website, glamping is defined as offering glamorous, luxury camping experiences in prime areas that maximize the value of under-utilized specialty locations, including vineyards, agricultural locations, nature reserves and spa retreats.  Debbie Sipe, executive... Read more

RVIA: RV Shipments Retreat 29% in September

October 25, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV Industry Association’s (RVIA) September survey of manufacturers found that total RV shipments finished the month at 30,969, representing a decrease of 29% from the 43,598 units shipped last September. Towable RVs, led by conventional travel trailers, totaled 27,239 units for the month, a decrease of 29.3% compared to last September’s towable RV shipment total of 38,543. Motorhomes ended September with 3,730 shipments to retailers, down 26.2% compared to last September’s total of 5,055. Year-to-date... Read more

Patrick Sees 41% Rise in 3Q Sales; RVs up 30%

October 25, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Elkhart, Ind.-based Patrick Industries Inc. reported a 41% increase in revenue during its third quarter, ended Sept. 30, lifted by strong RV performance. Net sales for the third quarter increased $167.6 million to $575.1 million from $407.5 million in the same quarter of 2017. The increase was attributable to industry growth in the marine, manufactured housing and industrial markets, acquisitions, geographic and product expansion efforts, and market share gains. The company’s revenues from... Read more

Florida-Based RV Retailer is Acquiring RV One

October 22, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Retailer President and CEO Jon Ferrando Florida-based RV Retailer LLC continues to emerge as one of the North American RV industry’s most aggressive new retail players, having announced this morning (Oct. 22) that it has signed an agreement to acquire RV One Superstores, a high-profile dealer headquartered in New York State, from RV One CEO Don Strollo. RV Retailer stated in a release that Strollo will continue to lead RV One Superstores while retaining a significant ownership stake in the business... Read more

Wegge: Great Outdoors Helping Build Economy

October 18, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Tim Wegge Editor’s Note: The following column by Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) Chairman Tim Wegge, appearing in the October issue of RV Executive Today, reports on a recent study that shows the outdoor industry is a strong economic contributor. Last month the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the government agency responsible for calculating U.S. gross domestic product (GDP), released the results of its first-ever report on the outdoor recreation economy. The... Read more

Winnebago Full-Year Revenue Exceeds $2 Billion

October 17, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc. reported a 17.9% increase in revenue for its fiscal fourth quarter, ended Aug. 25, while net income rose 19.5%. Revenues during the period totaled $536.2 million compared to $454.9 million in the year-ago period. Net income was $29.8 million, or 94 cents per diluted share, versus $24.9 million, or 79 cents per share in the same period last year. “Fiscal 2018 was a tremendous step forward for Winnebago Industries in all aspects — strategically,... Read more

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