TMC’s ‘QuickPick’ Streamlines Parts Ordering

July 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Thor Motor Coach Inc. (TMC) has implemented the new QuickPick ordering initiative to enhance dealers’ ability to quickly and efficiently secure parts online. “Based on feedback we have received from dealers, the RV industry as a whole has struggled in the area of parts order fulfillment and Thor Motor Coach is responding. We have completed our research and are taking steps to ensure the ordering process is simple and efficient,” stated Assistant Vice President of Operations Andrew... Read more

WCM Editor Justin Leighty’s Untimely Passing

July 5, 2017 by · 5 Comments 

Justin Leighty Justin D. Leighty, a 41 year-old Warsaw, Ind., resident and Midwest Editor of RVBusiness magazine, passed away on the evening of June 27 from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle accident on a rural Kansas road where he had gone with his family to help with the wheat harvest at his family farm as he did every year at about this time. The Kansas Highway Patrol indicated that Leighty, a former reporter for The Elkhart Truth who also served as editor of Elkhart, Ind.-based Woodall’s... Read more

RVAA Officials Supporting Alignment With RVIA

June 28, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Aftermarket Association (RVAA) announced Tuesday (June 27) in a letter to its membership that, pending a referendum, the group would come under the auspices of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). If approved by RVAA’s some 120 supplier and distributor members — a vote could take place as soon as mid-August during the group’s RV Aftermarket Executive Conference in San Diego, Calif. — one of the more visible changes would be that  the current... Read more

Jackson is Enjoying the Ride at ‘CWRV Transport’

June 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Rob Jackson It’s been less than three months since RV transport industry veteran Rob Jackson took over as the new president of CWRV Transport, Camping World’s exclusive transporter for its nationwide network of RV stores. But Jackson has quickly acclimated to the demands of his new position, and is thoroughly enjoying the ride. Jackson said that he views his role as providing an opportunity – a way for drivers to see the nation and earn good money, and ultimately the opportunity for... Read more

Travel Lite Sees Sales Surge; Eyeing More Growth

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While the RV industry as a whole is on an upward trajectory, New Paris, Ind.-based Travel Lite Inc. is enjoying an extra-strong surge that has resulted in impressive year-over-year gains. “As of last week we had already surpassed our revenue from last year, and it’s only the second quarter,” President Dustin Johns, majority owner of the business, told “We actually grew 60% last year on our dollar volume. This is growth on top of growth, and it’s only going to continue.” Travel... Read more

Winnebago Reports 75% Gain in Sales During 3Q

June 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc. reported a 75.1% increase in revenue during its fiscal 2017 third quarter ended May 27, 2017, lifted by the company’s acquisition of towable builder Grand Design Recreational Vehicles Co. completed last November. Third-quarter sales totaled $476.4 million compared to $272.1 million for the fiscal 2016 period. Gross profit was $70.8 million, an increase of 134% compared to $30.3 million a year ago as gross profit margins expanded 380... Read more

The Buzz: Millennials Adopt Full-Timer Lifestyle

June 14, 2017 by · 1 Comment 

Heath and Alyssa Padgett What began as pair of newlyweds traveling the nation in an RV for a feature-length documentary while also crossing an item off their bucket list, has become a way of life for Heath and Alyssa Padgett. The Padgetts were just 23 years old when they decided they could do better than the confining cubicles of corporate America. So they bought a used RV off Craigslist and set off to see the nation. While making their way across the country, they were able to connect with... Read more

Landers: Advocacy Day ‘The Best We Ever Had’

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From left: Jeffrey Reinbold, National Park Service (NPS) assistant director, partnerships and civic engagement; Chad Reece, director of marketing, Winnebago Industries Inc.; Shawn Benge, NPS associate director, park planning, facilities, and lands; Mike Happe, president and CEO, Winnebago Industries; Alice Wang, RVIA director of human resources; Jennifer Hernandez, RV OEM business development manager, Winegard Company; Bob Parish, RVIA chairman/Wells Fargo CDF; BJ Thompson, BJ Thompson Associates;... Read more

Industry’s New ‘Parts Initiative’ Convenes in D.C.

June 12, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

An all-industry working group led by members of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) and RVDA of Canada continues to quietly work on a series of parts delivery issues that could ultimately help improve dealers’ abilities to expedite warranty and other consumer repairs in the field. The so-called “parts initiative,” which surfaced publicly after the three trade groups issued a joint mission statement regarding “service-related... Read more

SSI: Towable Sales Rise 4.5% in April, 11.9% YTD

June 8, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Year-over-year towable retail registrations gained 4.5% in April and 11.9% for the first four months, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI).  Results by category showed: Sales for the travel trailer segment climbed 6% for the month and 13.8% year-to-date. Fifth-wheel registrations edged up 1.7% in April and gained 8.3% for the four months. Folding camping trailer sales fell 8.6% for the month and 1% through April. Park model RV sales... Read more

Zinke Addresses NPS Issues at Committee Week

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U.S. Department of Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke addresses Committee Week attendees Saying he “loves public-private partnerships,” U.S. Department of Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke gave a clear signal Tuesday (June 6) as to his intentions in dealing with modernizing the National Park System (NPS) campgrounds and related infrastructure. Zinke gave his remarks to an appreciative RV industry audience during a keynote presentation on the second full day of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA)... Read more

Thor Reports Record 3Q Profits, $2B in Revenues

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Elkhart, Ind.-based Thor Industries Inc. today (June 5) announced record third-quarter net income and revenues through a combination of organic growth in both towable and motorized RVs, and the inclusion of the results from Jayco Inc., which was acquired on June 30, 2016. Net income during the period was $111.3 million, or $2.11 per diluted share, compared to $78.6 million, or $2.11 per diluted share, a year ago. Sales rose to $2.02 billion from $1.28 billion in the year ago quarter while gross... Read more

RVIA: ’17 RV Shipments on Track For Record High

June 5, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Frank Hugelmeyer The recreational vehicle industry’s shipments will reach 472,200 units in 2017, the highest annual total since the data has been collected, and a 9.6% increase from the number shipped last calendar year, announced Frank Hugelmeyer, president of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). According to a new forecast presented today (June 5) by Hugelmeyer at RVIA’s Committee Week luncheon, RV shipments are expected to reach even greater heights in 2018, with wholesale production... Read more

RVIA Toasting Tom Walworth At ‘Committee Week’

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Tom Walworth One of the highlights at Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) Committee Week, the annual June 4-7 conference at which industry leaders are gathering in Washington, D.C., to set strategy and lobby Capitol Hill, will be today’s welcome reception toast to Statistical Surveys Inc. President Tom Walworth. They’ll be raising a glass to Walworth, who is announcing his plans to step into semi-retirement while continuing to consult dealers and manufacturers as he finalizes... Read more

Genesis & Kem Krest Join LCI’s Service Initiative

June 2, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

LCI Director of Philanthropic Partnerships Michilah Grimes, Genesis President and CEO John Wenger, LCI CEO Jason Lippert, and Kem Krest CEO Amish Shah pose after the Elkhart press conference As they pledged their companies’ commitment to a sweeping effort of community service, the leaders of three Elkhart, Ind.-based companies yesterday (June 1) promised the growing initiative will establish a “culture of caring” in northern Indiana unlike any in the nation During a press conference at... Read more

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