Coon: Shipments will Top 361,000 Units in 2015

December 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RVIA President Richard Coon The recreational vehicle industry’s shipments will total 361,400 units in 2015, a 3.9% increase above the projected 2014 total of 348,000, Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) President Richard Coon announced at the kickoff event to the industry’s annual trade show. The new forecast was prepared by RV industry analyst Dr. Richard Curtin, and released at RVIA’s National RV Trade Show, held annually in Louisville, Ky. “This is a great time to be part of... Read more

Thor Industries Reporting 15% Q1 Sales Growth

December 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Elkhart, Ind.-based Thor Industries Inc. reported a 15% increase in sales from continuing operations for its first fiscal quarter compared to the same period year ago and an 8% boost in net income. “Thor posted solid improvements in net sales and income from continuing operations in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015 driven by continuing growth in both our motorized and towable operations,” said Bob Martin, Thor president and CEO, in the company’s announcement. “Looking ahead, we... Read more

RVIA: October RV Shipments are Best in 38 Years

November 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Wholesale deliveries of all RVs tracked by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) accelerated in October, climbing 30.1% from September and besting the October 2013 total by 11.2%. Total shipments of all RVs were reported at 32,346 units in October, making it the best October in 38 years. On a seasonally adjusted basis, October shipments this year were at an annualized rate of more than 385,000 units.  Gains by travel trailers, fifth-wheels and all types of motorhomes led the surge... Read more

Debate Lingers, Despite Impressive RVDA Show

November 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Vendors saw steady traffic as RVDA reported a 22% increase in attendance The status and future of the RV industry’s late year trade events was a popular topic a year and a half ago until the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) essentially stood its ground and moved its 2014 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo from the usual Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino to Bally’s on the Las Vegas Strip. That, along with a shift to a later date, pretty much iced the conversation for the time... Read more

RVDA Event to Honor 15 OEMs With DSI Awards

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) will honor RV brands built by 15 manufacturers with its Quality Circle Award in Louisville, Ky, on Dec. 1, in a special 5 p.m. presentation at the Crowne Plaza Hotel just prior to the opening of the National RV Trade Show. According to a press release, these brands/manufacturers received at least 15 dealer responses and scored 80% or above in overall dealer satisfaction in the association’s 21st Annual Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) survey. “The... Read more

BRS Sells ‘Airxcel’ to One Rock Capital Partners

November 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co. (BRS) announced today (Nov. 19) that it has sold its portfolio company Airxcel Inc. to One Rock Capital Partners. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed, according to a news release. “It’s a great transaction,” Airxcel President and CEO Mel Adams told “We’ve been absolutely delighted to be partnered with BRS over the years and, of course, their investment funds expect returns at some point. And so, in looking for a new... Read more

SSI: Towable Sales Gain 15% in Sept., 8.8% YTD

November 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Retail sales of towable RVs climbed 15% in September from a year ago and 8.8% for the first nine months, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. Registrations for the third quarter gained 10.3%. Results by category showed: • Sales for the high-volume travel trailer sector grew 15.9% for the month and 10.9% year-to-date. • Fifth-wheel registrations grew 15.6% in September and 5.1% for the nine months. • Folding camping trailer sales were down 2.3% for the month and... Read more

Startup Omega RV Moves into Former KIT Plant

November 17, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Startup Omega RV LLC announced the launch of its RV manufacturing venture at the former KIT production plant in Caldwell, Idaho. According to a press release, the newly formed company has purchased the intellectual properties along with all equipment and materials. Production and office buildings on the property are under lease with an option to buy. The company’s joint membership includes Acting General Manager Don Day and Scott Thorpe, vice president of sale and marketing. Omega RV said it... Read more

RVDA’s Board Elects John McCluskey Chairman

November 14, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Jeff Hirsch (R) passes the chairman’s gavel to John McCluskey (Photo by Shawn Spence) John McCluskey of Florida Outdoors RV in Stuart, Fla., was elected chairman of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) during the organization’s Annual Meeting at the 2014 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo in Las Vegas. In his remarks to the membership McCluskey said, “I have nothing but confidence in our future. When our industry gives consumers what they want when they want it, we serve... Read more

RVB Top 50 Dealers Honored at RVDA Con/Expo

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RVBusiness Publisher Sherman Goldenberg and RVB co-owner and Vice President of National Ad Sales Beverly Gardner The RV industry honored its best and brightest retailers Wednesday (Nov. 11) night at the RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Awards banquet during the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo in Las Vegas. The Con/Expo, convening for the first time at Bally’s on the Las Vegas Strip, attracted approximately 1,200 attendees, according to the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA). The event,... Read more

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