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Go RVing Canada Strikes Chord with ‘Wildhood’

April 7, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Although the Canadian and U.S. RV industries are closely aligned, Go RVing Canada – an offshoot of North America’s 18-year-old Go RVing Coalition’s market expansion program – opted three years ago to develop its own advertising creative for promoting the RV lifestyle north of the border. And those involved in Go RVing Canada’s early April board meeting in Toronto report that their latest creative initiative, a video based on a “Bring Back Wildhood” theme released earlier this year,... Read more

RVIA: CDL Exempted on Delivery of Certain RVs

April 6, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) scored a significant regulatory achievement for the RV industry with today’s (April 6) decision by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to approve the association’s application to grant an exemption from the commercial driver’s license (CDL) requirement for drivers delivering RVs of a certain size to dealerships or trade shows before retail sale. “We are extremely pleased that the FMCSA recognized the basis for our request... Read more

RVIA & National Geo Team up on Photo Contest

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The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) has partnered with National Geographic for a contest as part of Go RVing’s “AWAY” campaign. Called “My AWAY in the U.S.A.,” the contest asks people to submit their photos “from a trip to your special place in the U.S.A — wherever you escape, play, or make memories with the people you love.” “We know National Geographic readers are already engaged with being in the outdoors, and since the magazine is also known for its incredible... Read more

Distributor MITO is Hosting Elkhart ‘Showcase’

April 2, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

MITO Corp. executives (L-R) Mike Stock, Marvin Metzler and Brent Lehman, vice president, OEM sales MITO Corp., a longtime Elkhart, Ind.-based parts and accessories distributor to the RV industry, is staging its first-ever “Product Showcase” this week (March 31-April 2) at the Matterhorn Conference Center in Elkhart. The invitation-only event is intended to highlight a number of new and evolving products to its manufacturing clients, according to Chairman Michael Stock. “We’re showing our... Read more

RV Leaders Donate Coach to ARK Project Now

April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Thor Industries’ Bob Martin hands the keys to a new TMC A.C.E. motorhome to ARK Project Now founder Alex Radelich while partners in the motorhome donation look on, including (L-R) Dicor Corp.’s Gregg Fore, Atwood’s Tim Stephens, TMC’s Jeff Kime, Radelich, Martin and LCI’s Jason Lippert. Executives from a number of RV industry companies met Wednesday morning (April 1) at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., to present ARK Project Now with the keys to a new A.C.E. motorhome from Thor... Read more

Coast Reports 12.3% Revenue Gain During 4Q

March 31, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Aftermarket supplier Coast Distribution System Inc. reported a 12.3% increase in sales for its fourth quarter, ended Dec. 31, 2014, while revenue for the full year was up 4.3%. Net sales for the 2014 fourth quarter increased to $22.3 million compared to net sales of $19.9 million in the 2013 fourth quarter.  Coast said that the sales increase was primarily a result of continuing improvement in market conditions in the RV industry, highlighted by increased shipments of RVs, growing acceptance... Read more

Dealer Schaeffer Still on the Job After 60 Years

March 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Tom Schaeffer Sixty years after buying a service station that became Tom Schaeffer’s Camping and Travel Center Inc. in Shoemakersville, Pa., the venerable dealership’s namesake and founder hasn’t slowed down much. ”I’m here six days a week,” said Tom Schaefer, 83, president of the Reading-area dealership he launched on April 15, 1955, after returning from a stint in the U.S. Army in Korea. ”I bought a service station and on the lot there were several Nationwide... Read more

Winnebago 2Q Sales Up, Earnings Off ‘Slightly’

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Winnebago Industries Inc. reported lower net income on slightly higher sales for its fiscal second quarter, ended Feb. 28. Revenues for the second quarter were $234.5 million, an increase of 2.5%, versus $228.8 million for the fiscal 2014 period. Operating income was $11.9 million for the current quarter compared to $14.0 million in the second quarter of last year. Fiscal 2015 second quarter net income was $8.1 million, or 30 cents per diluted share, versus $9.6 million, or 35 cents per diluted share,... Read more

FMCA Reunion Returning to Fairplex in Pomona

March 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Returning to the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif., for the first time since 2008, the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) expects about 1,000 RV owners to attend its 91st Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase that begins Thursday (March 26) and runs through Sunday. ”It’s really shaping up to be a nice event,” said FMCA Executive Director Jerry Yeatts. ”We have all the major manufacturers represented, and Pleasure-Way returned to us for the first time in seven years. That’s a signal that the... Read more

RVIA: Shipments Continue to Climb in February

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RV wholesale shipments to retailers tracked by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) continued to improve in February reaching 32,045 units during the second month this year, a 12.5% increase over last month and a 4% increase over this same month one year ago. Reacting to an improved economic climate and rising consumer sentiment, wholesale shipments responded with the highest February total since 2006. In spite of winter’s disruptive patterns RV shipments have consistently outperformed... Read more

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