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RVB Announces ‘Top Debuts’ for ’17 Model Year

December 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Following a hectic fall schedule that saw RVBusiness staffers onsite to review new motorized and towable RVs at all three major fall and winter RV shows — including “America’s Largest RV Show” in Hershey, Pa., the Elkhart RV Open House and the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. — RVB editors today (Dec. 19) released their annual list of Top Debuts for the 2017 model year from North America’s RV builders. “The RV industry goes... Read more

Dometic Intros New U.S. Exec, Rebranding Plan

December 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

(L-R) Roger Johannson, Dave Schutz and Scott Nelson A full contingent of Dometic Corp.’s senior management was on hand at RVIA’s National RV Trade Show, Nov. 28-Dec. 1 in Louisville, Ky., for the formal rollout of a new corporate rebranding initiative designed to align all of the publicly held, Stockholm-based firm’s brands, logos and 6,500 employees located in Germany, Belgium, Sweden, China, the U.S. and elsewhere under one aligned brand and one new slogan: “Mobile Living Made Easy.” “Yes,... Read more

The Buzz: LCI Focuses on Customer Experience

December 16, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Jason Lippert Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) announced an acquisition during RVIA’s National RV Trade Show in late November that clearly wasn’t consistent with other mid-size firms the $1.4-billion-a-year Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier had purchased in recent years because the seller in this case — Camping Connection – doesn’t manufacture anything. The small Florida-based firm instead specializes in mobile and in-shop repair services for RV consumers in Kissimmee, Fla., and Myrtle Beach,... Read more

The Buzz: Canada’s Devenish Updates Tax Issue

December 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Shane Devenish Although the matter is far from resolved, some 1,760 Canadian campgrounds received welcome news in early December when it was learned government officials are recommending to reverse the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) decision to rescind the small business tax deduction for private campgrounds. It’s a somewhat complicated matter, but basically earlier this year CRA decided campgrounds with fewer than five full-time employees would no longer qualify for the small business tax deduction.... Read more

Mike Happe Addresses Grand Design’s Dealers

December 12, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Winnebago President and CEO Michael Happe at the Louisville Show (Photo by Shawn Spence) Saying the combined companies are “a good fit culturally, strategically and we hope financially,” Michael Happe, president and CEO of Winnebago Industries Inc., sought to put everyone at ease during an impromptu Q&A session during the Louisville Show with 200-some dealer members for Grand Design RV Co. Winnebago officially acquired Grand Design on Nov. 9 for approximately $500 million in cash and Winnebago... Read more

SSI: Towable Sales Rise 4.1% in Oct., 12.2% YTD

December 9, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Year-over-year towable retail registrations grew 4.1% in October, again lifted by the high-volume travel trailer market, while posting a 12.2% increase for the first 10 months. According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), results by category showed: Sales for the travel trailer segment increased 7.4% for the month and 15.3% year-to-date. Fifth-wheel registrations edged down 5% in October, while rising 4.5% for the first 10 months. Folding camping trailer sales fell... Read more

RV Industry Stocks Still Garnering Healthy Gains

December 8, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Recreational vehicle industry stocks continued to post impressive gains as the stock market itself garnered record highs Wednesday (Dec. 7). The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed out the day up 297.84 points to 19,549.62 while he NASDAQ Composite rose 60.76 to 5,393.76 and the S&P 500 gained29.12 to 2,241.35. Publicly traded RV-related stocks by mid-day Wednesday reflected admirable monthly gains across the board: Patrick Industries Inc. (PATK) – up 32.52% Drew Industries Inc. (DW) –... Read more

’16 Louisville Show Turnout on Par with Year Ago

December 6, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) 54th annual National RV Trade Show ended Dec. 1 after a robust display of industry participation that included dealers, suppliers, manufacturers and media converging on the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. RVIA reported in a release that attendance totaled 7,674 for the four-day event, on par with the 7,725 attendees from 2015. Attendance in the buying categories – RV dealers, accessory stores and repairs shops, campgrounds... Read more

Stinnett RV Buyout Fuels Campers Inn Expansion

December 5, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Jeff Hirsch (L) and Tom Stinnett in Louisville (Photo by Shawn Spence) Last Wednesday’s (Nov. 30) news that East Coast RV retailer Campers Inn RV is purchasing southern Indiana’s Tom Stinnett Derby City RV — and adding a 16th store in the process – wasn’t lost on thousands of busy attendees at the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) 54th Annual National RV Trade Show. After all, Campers Inn President and owner Jeff Hirsch and Tom Stinnett, a partner in the Clarksville,... Read more

Campers Inn Acquires Tom Stinnett Derby City RV

November 30, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Jeff Hirsch (L) and Tom Stinnett (Photo by Shawn Spence) Multilocation dealership Campers Inn RV announced the acquisition of Tom Stinnett Derby City RV in Clarksville, Ind. According to a press release, Campers Inn plans on retaining Derby City RV staff and integrate operations into its corporate infrastructure.  “This is a very proud day for myself and the Campers Inn RV organization,” said Jeff Hirsch, president/owner of Jacksonville, Fla.-based Campers Inn RV. “We are aligning with one... Read more

Thor Reporting Record Revenue, Income for 1Q

November 29, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Thor Industries Inc. today (Nov. 28) reported record first-quarter net income of $78.7 million, or $1.49 per diluted share, on record revenues of $1.71 billion for the first quarter ended Oct. 31. Totals reflected Jayco Inc.’s contributions during the quarter, which Thor acquired on July 1. Gross profit in the quarter, ended Oct. 31, increased 55.5% to $236.8 million, though gross profit margins decreased modestly to 13.9% in the first quarter compared to 14.8% in the prior-year period,... Read more

RVIA: Shipments Soar 14.5% in Oct., 13.8% YTD

November 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

RV wholesale deliveries to retailers raced ahead in the month of October this year posting total shipments of 38,765 units, up 14.5% ahead of this same month one year earlier. Five of the seven vehicle categories improved over this month last year with conventional travel trailers rising by the largest unit total while folding camping trailers rose by the largest percentage gain. Through October, total shipments of all RVs were reported at 363,051 units, ahead of this point last year by 13.8%.  The... Read more

Camping World Acquires Thompson Family RV

November 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Camping World Holdings Inc. announced today (Nov. 22) an agreement to acquire Thompson Family RV L.C. in Davenport, Iowa. Camping World anticipates closing the acquisition within the next 60 days. Current arrangements are to commence operations upon finalizing the transaction while renovations plans include adding a Camping World retail store and preparing the location to join over 120 other Camping World retail locations across the U.S. According to a press release, Thompson Family RV was started... Read more

Jayco Initiates Sweeping Management Changes

November 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Middlebury, Ind.-based Jayco Inc. triggered considerable industry buzz on Friday (Nov. 18) when the 3,300-employee RV builder, a wholly owned subsidiary since June 30 of Thor Industries Inc., announced a “restructuring” of its executive management team that resulted in the appointment of Jayco Towables President Matt Thompson to the position of chief operating officer. As such, Thompson will oversee day-to-day operations for the RV builder’s Jayco Towables, Starcraft RV, Highland Ridge RV,... Read more

RVIA Intros Grand Prize, Special Events at Show

November 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), in partnership with the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau (LCVB) and the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC), announced exciting new opportunities for attendees in the buying categories to win great prizes, while conducting business at the National RV Trade Show. The grand prize of a Kentucky Derby package will be given away by the city of Louisville to one lucky buyer on Dec. 1 at noon on the show floor. The winner must be present to win. The... Read more

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