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Seven are Elected to Hold Seats on RVIA’s Board

September 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Recreation Vehicle industry Association (RVIA) members elected seven members to the board in the association elections that took place in August. In the election for four Manufacturer seats, Derald Bontrager, president and CEO of Jayco Inc.; Chad Reece, director of marketing for Winnebago Industries Inc.;  and Lyle Reed, executive director and chairman of Foretravel Inc., were re-elected to three-year terms. Joanne Trealoff, co-owner, vice president and CFO of Eclipse RV, was newly elected to a... Read more

General RV Center Set to Open Two New Stores

September 3, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Editor’s Note: To view a time lapse video showing construction of General RV’s new Tampa, Fla., store click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page. Michigan-based multi-location dealer General RV Center, the nation’s largest family-owned dealership group, is eagerly anticipating the completion of two major projects over the next few weeks. Construction of its new Wixom dealership and corporate headquarters is complete and officials will soon be transferring personnel... Read more

Camping World Issues a Tribute to David Garvin

September 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

David Garvin It is with sadness that Camping World Inc. and Good Sam Enterprises LLC announce the passing of Camping World founder David Garvin on Saturday (Aug. 30) at the age of 71 as a result of an accidental fall. “Our hearts, prayers and gratitude are extended to the Garvin family on the loss of one of the greatest pioneers in our industry’s existence,” said Marcus Lemonis, CEO and chairman of Camping World and Good Sam. “On behalf of all 6,000 Camping World and Good Sam employees and... Read more

Hershey Show Shaping Up to Be ‘Biggest Ever’

August 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

With just a few weeks remaining before opening, the 46th Annual America’s Largest RV Show at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa., already is being billed as “the biggest ever” by event organizers.  Heather Leach, marketing and education director for the host Pennsylvania RV & Camping Association (PRVCA), told RVBUSINESS.com that exhibitor space for the 2014 edition has reached 996,296 square feet, easily surpassing the previous record of 901,291 set in 2008. With more exhibitors still expected,... Read more

Camping World Announces ’15 Expansion Plan

August 27, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Camping World Inc. and Good Sam Enterprises LLC today (Aug. 27) announced additional markets for their 2015 supercenter expansion and future development to meet customer needs for products and services across the United States. According to a news release, the newest developments will raise the total number of Camping World supercenters to just shy of 120 nationwide. Additionally, the company is under contract with land owners and existing dealerships actively pursuing new markets and acquisitions... Read more

RVIA: July Shipments Grow 6.7%; Up 9.4% YTD

August 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Shipments to retailers of all RVs continued their unrelenting gains in July with totals reaching 27,977 units, a 6.7% increase over the same month last year. This was the 31st consecutive month where RV shipments were greater than the corresponding month one year earlier. Conventional and fifth-wheel travel trailers reported the largest unit improvements in July while Class B motorhome shipments were reported with the largest percentage gain over July 2013. On a seasonally adjusted basis, wholesale... Read more

Preregistrations Grow for 2014 ‘RV Open House’

August 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Dealers check out product at Forest River display during last year’s Open House Forest River Inc. President Pete Liegl is anticipating a big crowd for the 7th Annual Elkhart County RV Open House Week, Sept. 15-19 in and around the northern Indiana RV-building center of Elkhart, Ind. – for his own company and all of its divisions, which again will be set up with virtually hundreds of units on display at the company’s Dynamax facilities on County Road 6 on the northeast side of town. “Yes,... Read more

Entegra Coach Growth Prompts Building Plans

August 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Tadd Jenkins When Jayco Inc. announced a doubling of its manufacturing space last year for its Entegra Coach Class A motorhome operations, Jayco had anticipated at least a two, if not a three-year stay in the current facility, said Tadd Jenkins, president of the newly renamed Jayco Motorhome Group. “We didn’t make that,” he said. “The market is demanding more supply,” said Jenkins, whose Middlebury, Ind., firm yesterday (Aug. 20) announced the construction of a new facility for Entegra... Read more

Shasta Finds Retro Sweet Spot With Its Airflyte

August 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Shasta President Mark Lucas shows off the Airflyte. When Shasta RV decided to release a true-to-the-original update of the 1961 Airflyte, company leaders figured it would go over well. “I thought it would be popular, I thought there would be a lot of people who would think, ‘That’s cool,’” said Mark Lucas, president of the Forest River Inc. subsidiary. “We thought it would be good, but we never anticipated that it would do this. A lot of the people who are calling... Read more

FMCA: Rain Subsides and Retro Brands Thrive

August 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Dry weather and a clear forecast in the vicinity of the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center in Redmond, Ore., spelled good new for organizers, attendees and exhibitors on Friday (Aug.16), the third day of the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) Aug. 13-16 Family Reunion & Motorhome Showcase. “It’s great to see that the rain has given way to warmer, dryer conditions today,” said Robbin Gould, editor of Family Motor Coaching Magazine. “The walkways and main areas are filled... Read more

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