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SSI: February Motorhome Sales Increase 7.3%

April 13, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

February motorhome retail registrations rose 7.3% compared to the same period a year ago while sales for the first two months were up 6.7%. According to the latest report by Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), Thor Industries Inc. was the motorized sales leader through February with a 27.3% market share, ahead of Forest River Inc. with a 23.2% share and Winnebago Industries Inc. owning a 19.4% share. Sales in the Class A motorhome market dipped 3% in February, but edged up 2.3% year-to-date. Thor... Read more

Winnebago Shows Dealers New 2016 Lineups

April 9, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Winnebago rolled out its 2016 motorhome lineup Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc. launched the company’s new 2016 motorhome and towable lines today (April 9) at The Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas as part of its annual Dealer Days event. “Winnebago is the ‘real deal,’ and we’re proud to display the best and most comprehensive lineup in the company’s history,” said Winnebago Vice President of Sales and Product Management Scott Degnan in a press release. “With nearly... Read more

ARVC Wraps Up Successful Committee Week

April 9, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) wrapped its Committee Week and spring board meeting last week, putting the finishing touches on a new strategic plan and deciding to keep the board’s structure as it is. “The board meeting went great,” said Paul Bambei, president and CEO of ARVC, based in Centennial, Colo. “One of the things we all worked on in common was the 2015-17 Strategic Plan,” Bambei told Woodall’s Campground Management, sister... Read more

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

April 6, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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

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