Maxwell: The Real Impetus for Top 50 Revival

July 11, 2014 by · 5 Comments 

Gaylord Maxwell Editor’s Note: The following is a column authored by RVBusiness Publisher Sherman Goldenberg on industry pundit and journalist Gaylord Maxwell and his contributions to the industry, in particular the establishment of the Consumer Care Commission. Goldenberg credits Maxwell, who passed away in September of 2008, as the inspiration behind the revival of the RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Awards program. You may not remember Gaylord Maxwell, but a lot of us do. A former high school... Read more

Special RVDA Alert: Scam Targets RV Buyers

July 11, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The old saying, “If it sounds too good to be true, you can be sure it is,” unfortunately, is apparently ringing true again in the case of the scam website Police say the scam artists are thought to be operating out of Nigeria, and even though some would-be RV buyers lost thousands of dollars in deposit money on non-existent RVs, there is little that can be done because the alleged perpetrators are outside of the reach of U.S. law enforcement agencies, according to investigators... Read more

Pleasure-Way Intros 1st Wide-Body Sprinter

July 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Pleasure-Way Plateau-X interior Canadian Class B builder Pleasure-Way Industries Ltd. announced the launch of its first Sprinter-based wide-body motorhome, the Pleasure-Way Plateau-XL. According to a press release, the Pleasure-Way Plateau-XL motorhome is built on the Mercedes-Benz dual rear wheel cab chassis and features the first non-slideout Sprinter to feature a queen-sized Murphy bed. “Our design team developed an open concept floorplan with a very spacious interior feeling,” said CEO... Read more

RVIA’s ‘13 Industry Profile Shows RV Growth

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Mac Bryan The good news in the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) 2013 Industry Profile released last week is that the RV industry is as strong as it’s ever been. Production and sales are up and the typical RV owner is younger than ever before. The bad news, in turn, is that the bar has been raised even higher for this year and beyond for RV manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, dealers and campground owners, reports Mac Bryan, RVIA vice president for administration. RVIA’s... Read more

RVIA Settling in at New Elkhart, Ind., Facility

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It’s a small office just off County Road 17 in Elkhart, Ind. But over time, it could have a major impact. As reported by the South Bend Tribune, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) opened the office in May, and by later this summer, it will likely house four employees. But it could make things a lot easier between the RVIA and the manufacturers and suppliers that it represents. “It’s more face-to-face meetings with our members and suppliers instead of being remote and... Read more

ESCAPE RV Catching Up After Major Launch

July 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Dan George took an unusual path into the RV industry, but since the launch of Wisconsin-based ESCAPE RV late last year, he’s been amazed by the response to the company’s park model RVs. “I’ve been in the resort business for over 20 years and started using the architecture design you see in ESCAPE 20 years ago in stick-built buildings at a resort called Canoe Bay. We started to look at whether we could make the architecture available to people who fell in love with it,” said... Read more

Skyline Touts Renewed RV Focus to Dealers

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Don Emahiser, president of Skyline RV Group (left) with Brad Whitehead, director of sales and marketing Pledging to eliminate what its executives termed “commodity-driven RV sales,” Skyline RV Group staged its first dealer meeting since before to the Great Recession for a group of about 80 retailers June 3-5 at the sprawling Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Ill., in the west Chicago suburbs. Skyline’s informal get-together — more akin to a product launch and private sale than a structured... Read more

2015 ‘World RV Conference’ Set for Australia 

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The 2015 World RV Conference will be held Feb. 25-27 at the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne, Australia. Registration details are expected to be announced in the near future. Sponsored by Dometic Corp., the 2015 World RV Conference follows the successful 2nd Annual World RV Conference, which attracted 216 delegates representing 16 countries from around the world to the Marriott Waterside Hotel in Tampa, Fla. The 2015 event will be hosted by the Caravan Industry Association of Australia (CIAA), which becomes... Read more

Jayco Details Restructuring at Dealer Confab

June 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Jayco President and CEO Derald Bontrager welcomes some 170 dealers to the company’s “2014 Homecoming.” Middlebury, Ind.-based RV builder Jayco Inc.’s revised management team was on a mission during the company’s “2014 Homecoming” dealer meeting, June 22-25 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, to assure representatives of some 170 dealerships in attendance that the future will exceed the past after a series of unusual and, some would say, exciting new... Read more

Patrick Industries Buys Foremost Fabricators

June 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Patrick Industries Inc. announced today (June 27) that it has completed the acquisition of the business and certain assets of Goshen, Ind.-based Foremost Fabricators LLC. According to a news release, Foremost is a fabricator and distributor of fabricated aluminum products, fiber reinforced polyester sheet and coil, and custom laminated products primarily used in the recreational vehicle  market. Patrick estimates Foremost’s 2014 annual revenues to be approximately $75 million and expects... Read more

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