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Campers Inn RV Adding New Virginia Location

March 2, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Jacksonville, Fla.-based Campers Inn RV announced that plans have been finalized on a new 50,000-plus square-foot dealership on I-95 between Washington D.C and Richmond Va. “We are incredibly excited about this opportunity to expand further into the Virginia marketplace, and are looking for further expansion and acquisition opportunities in the region,” said Jeff Hirsch, president/owner of Campers Inn RV, in a press release. “We also believe that this store will become one of the company’s... Read more

Genesis Building New Goshen Corporate Center

February 28, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Artist’s rendering of Genesis Product’s new corporate center There’s probably no better example today of how RV industry suppliers are contributing to — and benefiting from — the RV arena’s ongoing, seven-year growth spurt than Elkhart, Ind.-based Genesis Products. The 525-employee, seven-facility firm, which specializes in laminated panels and interior components, is launching construction in March of a 200,000-square-foot corporate center on the southwest side of Goshen,... Read more

Bontrager: Jayco Refining its Competitive Edge

February 27, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Jayco President and CEO Derald Bontrager Jayco Inc. President and CEO Derald Bontrager says things have been going exceedingly well around the Middlebury, Ind., company since the founding Bontrager family sold the 48-year-old towable and motorized RV manufacturing firm last June to Thor Industries Inc., the world’s largest RV builder. That includes the ongoing realignment of Jayco’s executive management team led by the mid-November appointment of former Jayco Towables President Matt Thompson... Read more

Keystone Spearheading Industry Building Boom

February 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Work progresses at one of two production plants under construction by Keystone RV Co. at its Goshen, Ind., campus. The RV industry’s ongoing growth curve is prompting a wave of expansion projects, and there’s no better example of that positive turn of events than the main Goshen, Ind., campus of Keystone RV Co., where, from all appearances, a building boom is underway. Not only is the 5,000-employee Thor Industries Inc. subsidiary in the middle of a substantial construction project at its administrative... Read more

Heartland Announces Major Expansion Project

February 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Thor Industries Inc. announced Tuesday (Feb. 21)  that its Heartland Recreational Vehicles LLC subsidiary will undergo several building projects in 2017 that will add more than 500,000 square feet of production space to its Indiana campuses in Elkhart, Middlebury and Howe, as well as its West Coast operations in Nampa, Idaho. Construction of the new facilities, which are said to be in response to the growing demand for Heartland’s travel trailers, fifth-wheels and toy haulers, is expected... Read more

Go RVing Rolls Out 2017 Media Marketing Plan

February 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s note: The following story, reprinted with permission, was published in the Winter 2017 edition of RVIA Today. Guided by the recent go RVing Communications Planning Study conducted by Nielsen, the go RVing 2017 national advertising and promotion plan emphasizes outreach to Active Family Adventurers, Nature Lovers, and Kid-Free adult Adventurers. All three have one thing in common — a love of the active, outdoor lifestyle — which served as a compass in both selecting the mix of media,... Read more

Jenkins Heads Up National Indoor RV Centers

February 20, 2017 by · 9 Comments 

Tadd Jenkins Former Jayco Inc. executive Tadd Jenkins has been named president of National Indoor RV Centers (NIRVC), a seven-year-old motorized RV dealership based in Lewisville, Texas, that is becoming known for its unique approach to service and storage at its suburban Dallas headquarters and at new outlets in Atlanta and Phoenix, according to NIRVC CEO Brett Davis. Davis described Jenkins, who last served as president of Jayco’s Motorhome Group and its upscale Entegra Coach line, as “a brand... Read more

Phoenix is Site of First ‘Good Sam Super Show’

February 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

RVers check out units at the Good Sam/Camping World Rally in Phoenix in this 2015 file photo. Ushering in a new template for a series of shows embracing more of a general RV-centric consumer draw, Good Sam Enterprises LLC will present its inaugural Good Sam RV Super Show Feb. 23-26 at Arizona’s Phoenix International Raceway. Known for its high-profile national member rallies over the years, Camping World Holdings Inc.’s Good Sam Club is intent on broadening its scope on the consumer show circuit... Read more

RV Sales Push Patrick To 13% 4Q Income Gain

February 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier Patrick Industries Inc. reported a 13% increase in net income for its fourth quarter, ended Dec. 31, on a 30% revenue gain boosted by a 29% jump in RV sales. Net sales for the fourth quarter increased $75.2 million to $323.9 million from $248.7 million in the same quarter of 2015, primarily attributable to the company’s revenue from the RV industry, which reflected the incremental contribution from acquisitions completed in 2015 and 2016 and industry growth. Sales... Read more

SSI: C’s Shine as ’16 Motorized Sales up 12.7%

February 13, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Class C segment finished 2016 strong as overall motorhome sales edged up 3.6% in December while gaining 12.7% for the full year. According to the latest report by Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), Thor Industries Inc. was the motorized sales leader for the 12 months with a 37.8% market share, ahead of Forest River Inc. (24.7%) and Winnebago Industries Inc. (17.1%). December Class A motorhome sales were flat, down 3% from the previous year, but showed a 5.4% increase for 2016. Thor led the... Read more

SSI: Towables Up 6.4% in Dec., 13.4% For 2016

February 10, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Year-over-year towable retail registrations grew 6.4% in December, again led by the high-volume travel trailer segment, while sales rolled to a 13.4% increase for 2016. According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), results by category showed: Sales for the travel trailer segment climbed 10.1% for the month and 16.4% year-to-date. Fifth-wheel registrations edged up 0.9% in December, while gaining 6.4% for the 12 months. Folding camping trailer sales fell 8.8% in December and... Read more

Strong 4Q Pushes LCI To Record Sales in 2016

February 9, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

LCI Industries today (Feb. 9) reported consolidated net sales in the fourth quarter of 2016 of $403 million, 21% higher than the prior year’s net sales of $334 million. Net income was $26.3 million, or $1.05 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter, ended Dec. 31, compared to net income of $16.1 million, or 65 cents per diluted share, the previous year. The increase in year-over-year net sales reflects industrywide growth in wholesale shipments of towable and motorized RVs by OEMs, which... Read more

‘RVIA Conference’ Adds 2 High-Level Speakers

February 8, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Eugenio Aleman The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) has added two well-credentialed speakers to the lineup for the association’s RV Leadership Conference, taking place March 1–3 at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Boca Raton, Fla. According to a release, Eugenio J. Alemán, director and senior economist at Wells Fargo, will provide attendees with an economic outlook to kick off the RVIA Membership Meeting at 7:45 a.m. on March 2. In his role at Wells Fargo, Alemán forecasts national,... Read more

Allison Reporting 4Q, Full-Year Income Growth

February 7, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Indianapolis-based Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. reported full-year net income of $215 million in 2016, up from $182 million the previous year. Despite the increase, the company saw a drop in net sales for the year. Inside INdiana Business reported that fourth-quarter net income rose significantly to $61.2 million, up from $13 million during the same period in 2015. Net sales for the fourth quarter decreased 2%. “Allison’s fourth quarter 2016 results exceeded the full year guidance... Read more

NTP-STAG Show: ‘More Good Industry News’

February 2, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Attendees at the NTP-STAG show pack the turnstiles at the Anaheim Convention Center More good news for the North American RV industry emerged from the 2017 NTP-STAG Expo held this week (Jan. 30-31) at the Anaheim Convention Center where some 200 supplier-exhibitors and 2,500 attendees pursued a busy schedule. A series of educational “RV University” sessions opened the agenda on Monday before the late afternoon kickoff of a day-and-a-half buying show that most participants described as one of... Read more

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