SSI: January Motorhome Sales Flat, Drop 1.7%

March 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

January motorhome retail registrations dipped 1.7% compared to the same period a year ago, according to the latest report by Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI). Thor Industries Inc. was the sales leader for the month with a 23.9% market share, edging out No. 2 Forest River Inc. which captured a 22.5% share. Winnebago Industries Inc. was third with a 21.5% share. Sales in the Class A motorhome market edged up 1.3% in January. Thor led the segment with a 24.5% market share followed by Winnebago (19.3%),... Read more

Bontrager: RV Marketplace is ‘Vibrantly Healthy’

March 12, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

RVIA Chairman Derald Bontrager In remarks at the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) Annual Membership Meeting on Wednesday (March 11) in Sarasota, Fla., RVIA Chairman Derald Bontrager told members that the association is as strong as it has ever been. “The RV market is vibrantly healthy and growing; we are in excellent fiscal shape; we have a first-rate professional association staff representing us; and, most importantly, we have active, engaged members who volunteer their... Read more

Hirsch, Floyd Honored at RVIA Annual Meeting

March 11, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Jeff Hirsch Campers Inn President Jeff Hirsch was honored with the David J. Humphreys RV Industry Unity Award Tuesday (March 10) at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) at the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota, Fla. An ardent industry supporter, Hirsch is past chairman of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA). The award, presented jointly by the RVIA and the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), recognizes individuals “who continuously strive... Read more

RVB/GE Dealer Survey: 95% Posted ’14 Profits

March 10, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The vast majority of North American RV dealerships — 94.8%  – were profitable in 2014, according to a nonscientific “2015 RVB/GE Dealer Survey” of RV retailers co-sponsored in February by RVBusiness magazine and GE Capital Commercial Distribution Finance (CDF). The survey, designed to provide a look back at 2014 and a speculative glance forward at 2015, showed that of those profitable dealers responding, a total of 23% posted growth of more than 20% while 29.7% reported gains of between... Read more

Thor 2Q Income up 76% on 34% Jump in Sales

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Elkhart, Ind.-based Thor Industries Inc. today (March 5) announced improved sales and net income from continuing operations for the second quarter, ended Jan. 31, compared with the weaker results reported a year ago that were adversely affected by the harsh winter conditions in early 2014. Sales from continuing operations for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 were $852.4 million, up 34% from $635.3 million in the second quarter last year, as sales of both towable and motorized RVs posted gains from... Read more

Good Sam Rally Posts Strong Traffic and Sales

March 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

RVers check out displays at the Camping World/Good Sam Rally in Phoenix Camping World Inc. and Good Sam Enterprises LLC reintroduced their consumer rally – the Good Sam Phoenix Rally, Feb. 26-March 1 at the Phoenix International Raceway – after a year’s hiatus and, by all accounts, drew a big crowd to a venue in which consumers got an enhanced view of the RV lifestyle while manufacturers and dealers reportedly sold plenty of RVs. In other words, Camping World, which currently has close to... Read more

Services Set for Longtime Dealer Larry McClain

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Larry McClain Funeral services for longtime RV dealer and former Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) President Larry McClain will be held on March 6 at 11 a.m. at Putnam City Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, with internment following at Resurrection Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. on March 5 at Bill Merritt Funeral Home in Bethany, Okla. McClain, who passed away on Feb. 27, founded McClain’s RV’s in Bethany in 1963 and grew the business to five RV dealerships. “Larry... Read more

RVIA: January Shipments are Best in Nine Years

February 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Total RV shipments to retailers in January totaled 28,494 units, 11.9% greater than the same month last year and the largest January total in nine years. Fueled by growth in all vehicle categories, the January total represented a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of more than 400,000 units, the highest such total since the spring of 2006. Shipments this January were 6.5% greater than a strong final month last year, holding promise of further gains ahead. Improved consumer confidence buoyed by... Read more

CalRVDA Holds Conference After 4-Year Hiatus

February 26, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

Last week’s California RV Dealers Association (CalRVDA) Conference offered attendees a wide-ranging and vibrant forum focusing on the most pressing issues impacting the state’s RV retail community while also celebrating the industry’s resurgence. But the Feb. 19 gathering also carried a more weighty message for the long-term, representing a reinstatement of CalRVDA as a significant and viable industry voice following a four-year gap since the last conference convened. “Last year, the board... Read more

Drew Posts Record Sales During 4Q, Full Year

February 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Drew Industries Inc, a leading supplier of components for recreational vehicles and manufactured homes, today (Feb. 24) reported record revenue for its fourth quarter, ended Dec. 31, boosted by 32% growth in RV sales. Drew is parent to Elkhart, Ind.-based Lippert Components Inc. Consolidated net sales in the fourth quarter of 2014 increased to a record $289 million, 29% higher than the 2013 fourth quarter. This growth in sales primarily resulted from a 32% increase in sales of Drew’s RV segment,... Read more

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