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SSI: Towable Sales up 17% in Nov., 16.6% YTD

January 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Led by another strong performance in the travel trailer sector, year-over-year towable retail registrations grew 17% in November and 16.6% for the first 11 months of 2015, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI). Results by category showed: Sales for the high-volume travel trailer segment increased 21.5% for the month and 20.3% year-to-date. Fifth-wheel registrations rose 7.8% in November and 8.5% for the first 11 months. Folding camping trailer sales grew 9.4% for... Read more

Tampa RV Show Generates Cautious Optimism

January 19, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

Supplier booths were jammed at Tampa Show The general mood of RV industry exhibitors at the Florida RV Trade Association’s (FRVTA) Florida RV SuperShow was decidedly upbeat regarding prospects for 2016, although tempered in some cases with realistic concerns about any number of factors – from interest rates to national elections to an unpredictable stock market. Tim Hyland, president of the RV Group for GE Capital’s Commercial Distribution Finanance unit, said most of the measurable indicators... Read more

Despite Weather, Tampa Just Shy of ’15 Record

January 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

SuperShow attendees check out exhibits (Photo by Shawn Spence) Despite two days of rainy weather, the 2016 Florida RV SuperShow, sponsored by the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA), reported an attendance of more than 62,700 people — nearly reaching last year’s record attendance of 63,264. One of the industry’s marquee events, the Jan. 12-17 show at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa featured more than 1,200 RVs on display as well 450 booth exhibits staffed by suppliers and other vendors.... Read more

Camping World Raises Stakes in RV Aftermarket

January 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

John Sirpilla At a time of unparalleled change in the RV parts and accessories aftermarket segment of the North American RV industry, major retailer Camping World Inc. (CWI) is laying the groundwork for a big wholesale aftermarket expansion move utilizing the Illinois-based company’s existing National RV Supply sister division “to ensure that independent dealers across the country are offered fair and competitive prices in light of the recent RV aftermarket consolidations.” Camping World’s... Read more

FRVTA Reports Record Crowd for Opening Day

January 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Traffic was steady for the Florida RV SuperShow’s opening day (Photo by Shawn Spence) The 2016 Florida RV SuperShow enjoyed a stellar first day as a record crowd of 17,865 took in the nearly 1,350 RVs on display representing 98 manufacturers as well as more than 450 booth exhibits staffed by suppliers and other vendors. One of the industry’s marquee retail events which annually serves as a harbinger for the industry’s overall health, the five-day Florida RV SuperShow runs through Sunday... Read more

REV Recreation Makes Key Leadership Changes

January 13, 2016 by · 2 Comments 

In a move to further realign REV Recreation Group’s luxury motorcoach brands, the division, formerly Allied Specialty Vehicles, is announcing a series of leadership changes to “build on the company’s strategic vision for 2016 and beyond.” REV Recreation Group President Jim Jacobs announced in a press release that Matt Buckman has been promoted to vice president of sales for the Monaco Coach and Holiday Rambler brands. In so doing, Beckman succeeds former Monaco and Holiday Rambler President Mike... Read more

Giant Recreation World Readies for ‘Next Level’

January 12, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

Giant Recreation World management along with Palm Bay city officials break ground on the new site The blueprint for expansion, devised years ago by the principals at Florida-based Giant Recreation World, centered on a well-worn axiom in the real estate community. Location topped the search list as the company looked to increase its footprint, and ultimately sales volume, by being more visibile to consumers. “For around 10 years, our vision has been to find property that was affordable and offered... Read more

RV/MH Hall of Fame Announces its Class of 2016

January 8, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV/MH Heritage Foundation board announced the honorees who will be inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame as the Class of 2016. According to a press release, the Annual Induction Dinner will be held Aug. 1 at the Hall’s facility in Elkhart, Ind. “Congratulations to the 10 new honorees. All of them have had or are having outstanding careers and are richly deserving of this high honor,” said Foundation President Darryl Searer. Searer also applauded the work of the nominating... Read more

Joe Daquino Championed Good Sam Directories

January 7, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Joe Daquino, former senior vice president of Affinity Group Inc. (AGI), a southern California firm subsequently renamed Good Sam Enterprises LLC and Camping World Inc., passed away Dec. 26 after an extended battle with brain cancer. He was four days short of his 57th birthday. Although he was a long-time employee of AGI, Daquino was not as well known throughout the RV industry as some of his colleagues, having worked more behind the scenes on AGI initiatives, particularly those focused on technological... Read more

RVB ‘RV of the Year’: ’16 Front-Kitchen Montana

January 6, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Montana 3820FK fifth-wheel by Keystone RV builders have breathed new life into the camping experience for the 2016 model year by pushing the envelope, so to speak, in developing an array of 2016 motorized and towable RVs to fit virtually every conceivable lifestyle option. “I think most consumers today are looking for more value, more innovation, more technology,” said Jason Gill, product manager for the Montana Division of Keystone RV Co., the northern Indiana-based unit of Thor Industries Inc.... Read more

RVB Top 50 Garnering National-Scale Exposure

January 4, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

People generally sense when things are going right – like they do with a new restaurant or a successful sports franchise or a new relationship that, well, just seems to click, even when they can’t really seem to explain exactly why. And, as the industry turns its attention toward 2016, that probably best describes the level of interest that has surfaced in the weeks following the RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Awards reception that took place on the evening of Nov. 4 when 2015’s “Top 50” U.S.... Read more

RV Shipments up 3.9% for Nov.; Rise 4.9% YTD

December 31, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reported that RV wholesale shipments for November totaled 27,329 units, representing a 3.9% gain compared with November of 2014. Through the first 11 months, RV wholesale shipments reached 346,221, 4.9% ahead of this point last year. Class B and Class C motorhomes posted the largest year-over-year increases for the month with 24.3% and 16% gains respectively.  Read More →

Keystone Automotive: ‘RVB Newsmaker of Year’

December 28, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Keystone Automotive VP and General Manager Bill Rogers There were plenty of high profile breaking news stories that captured the public’s eye in 2015, including protracted management changes at Winnebago Industries Inc., the arrival of new Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) President Frank Hugelmeyer and the recent sale of GE Capital to Wells Fargo & Co. Consolidation, at the same time, continued to reshape the North American RV marketplace in a big way over the past year. For instance:   ... Read more

RVB Names 25 ‘Top Debuts’ for 2016 Model Year

December 23, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Gulf Stream Vintage Cruiser After a thorough review of new model year recreational vehicles on display at major fall and winter RV conventions and shows, the RVBusiness staff has named 25 newly released towable and motorized RVs manufactured by U.S. and Canadian RV builders as “Top Debuts” for the 2016 model year, the Elkhart, Ind.-based trade journal announced today (Dec. 23). “On review, I believe this year’s choices for 2016 Top Debuts show that the industry truly isn’t letting... Read more

Winnebago Names Happe as President and CEO

December 21, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

Michael Happe Winnebago Industries Inc. announced the appointment of Michael J. Happe as president and CEO, effective Jan. 18, 2016. He will also serve as a member of the company’s board of directors. According to a press release, Happe will succeed outgoing CEO Larry A. Erickson, who will continue to remain chairman. Erickson stepped in on an interim basis as president and CEO following Randy Potts retirement on Aug. 6. Concurrent with this appointment, the company announced the future... Read more

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