Kyle McCrary was ‘Dean’ of Upscale Motorhomes

January 27, 2017 by · 6 Comments 

Kyle McCrary Industry insiders are expressing “shock” at news of the passing Thursday (Jan. 26) of Kyle McCrary, the 61-year-old director of product planning and design for Nappanee, Ind., motorhome builder Newmar Corp. who had been facing serious pulmonary issues since last summer. McCrary, through his sense of humor, earned the appreciation of a lot of people with whom he’d worked over the years in a career launched at Blue Bird Wanderlodge, a famous motorhome brand once based in Fort Valley,... Read more

RVIA: ’16 Shipments Top 430K, Best in 40 Years

January 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Wholesale shipments to retailers of all RVs completed 2016 in strong fashion with 32,970 units shipped, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) December survey of manufacturers. This represents a 17.6% increase over the December 2015 tally of 28,025 units and checks in as the best December on record. For the year as a whole, all RV shipments climbed to 430,691 units — a gain of 15.1% compared to 2015 and the best yearly total in more than 40 years. This year also... Read more

RVIA: A Front Row Seat at Inaugural Festivities

January 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

(L-R) RVIA 1st Vice Chair Garry Enyart, director, RV business for Cummins Power Generation; BJ Thompson, president, BJ Thompson Associates; Dave Schutz, senior vice president, RV OEM sales, Dometic Americas RV Division; and Patrick Industries Inc. Executive Vice President of Sales and COO Jeffrey M. Rodino in Washington, D.C., for Inaugural Ball The U.S. recreation vehicle industry was well represented on Capitol Hill during the festivities surrounding the Friday (Jan. 20) inauguration of Donald... Read more

Tiffin Shows First Class C in 25 Years at FRVTA

January 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Tiffin’s new Wayfarer Class C on display at the Tampa SuperShow Tiffin Motorhomes Inc. rolled out its new Wayfarer, a Class C coach built on Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis, during Tuesday’s (Jan. 17) “Industry Day” at the Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa. Hosted by the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) at the Florida State Fairgrounds, the 32nd annual SuperShow opens to the public beginning today and runs through Sunday. Given a favorable weather forecast and positive consumer... Read more

SSI: Travel Trailers Soar in Nov. Canadian Report

January 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Year-over-year Canadian towable sales gained 15.1% in November, boosted by strong travel trailer performance, while falling 12.8% for the first 11 months, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI). Results by segment showed: • Sales in the travel trailer sector soared 28.3% in November but declined 10% year-to-date. • Canadian fifth-wheel sales retreated 14.3% for the month and 23% through November. • Folding camping trailer registrations rose 15.4% in November... Read more

Forest River Launching ‘Berkshire Bus Division’

January 14, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Forest River’s bus division is taking a big leap forward with the launch of a separate luxury shuttle bus division, Berkshire Coach, according to a report by the Elkhart Truth. Featuring the luxury shuttle bus Berkshire Ultra, the line will be completely manufactured at the former Ameritrans Bus facility in Elkhart, Ind. The units will come packed with standard features like luxury seating, USB ports, wood-look composite flooring and touch-screen TV’s, that also include back-up... Read more

SSI: Class C’s Grow 11.4% in Flat Motor Market

January 12, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Class A retail sales continued to trend flat while C’s motored higher in November, as overall motorhome registrations edged up 1.3% while the segment showed a 12.3% gain year-to-date. According to the latest report by Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), Thor Industries Inc. was the motorized sales leader through November with a 37.8% market share, ahead of Forest River Inc. (24.9%) and Winnebago Industries Inc. (17.2%). November Class A motorhome sales fell 6.5%% from the previous year, while... Read more

RVB’s 2017 RV of the Year: Airstream Basecamp

January 11, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Airstream Inc. President Bob Wheeler (right) and Justin Humphreys, vice president of sales, with the Airstream Basecamp during Northern Indiana’s Elkhart RV Open House Executives from five RV manufacturers joined representatives of RVBusiness magazine, “Rollin’ On TV” (ROTV) and four corporate sponsors on the morning of Jan. 9 at the Northern Indiana Event Center in Elkhart, Ind., to videotape a special production of the “2017 RVBusiness RV of the Year” presentation during... Read more

Camping World Acquiring 3 Texas RV-Max Sites

January 10, 2017 by · 1 Comment 

Camping World Holdings Inc. announced plans for expansion in the state of Texas with the proposed acquisition of the northern Texas RV-Max dealerships, with three locations in the greater Dallas market. Camping World currently operates seven supercenters in the El Paso, Houston, San Antonio, Dallas-Fort Worth, Lubbock and Tyler areas, and with the acquisition of RV-Max, is further expanding in the Dallas-Fort Worth market. “It has been a personal concern that our company’s presence in... Read more

Dexter Acquires Axle Assets From the IMT Group

January 5, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

DexKo Global Inc. announced that Dexter has acquired the heavy-duty axle and suspension manufacturing assets of Ingersoll Axles, along with the light-duty axle manufacturing assets of Standen’s from the IMT Group. According to a press release, Ingersoll Axles has been a leading supplier of specialized heavy-duty trailer axles and suspensions across North America for over 55 years. Dexter has acquired manufacturing locations in Ingersoll, Ontario; Calgary, Alberta; and Indianapolis. “We are... Read more

Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2017 Inductees

January 4, 2017 by · 1 Comment 

The board of directors of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation announced today (Jan. 4) the names of those who will be inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame (Hall) as members of the Class of 2017. “The Class of 2017 is historic in that the first inductee from the Canadian RV/MH industries will be inducted this year,” stated Foundation President Darryl Searer in a press release. “He is Woody Paylor, retired founder of Woody’s RV in Alberta, Canada. “Congratulations to the 10 new... Read more

Camping World to Acquire ‘RV World of Georgia’

January 3, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Camping World Holdings Inc. announced the signing of a deal to acquire RV World of Georgia and further expansion in the Georgia market with its “side-by-side” business strategy. According to a press release, Camping World is actively seeking opportunities to acquire quality dealerships with strong management, brand recognition and a solid customer base in markets where Camping World has an existing presence, with its “side-by-side” strategy. The acquired businesses will continue... Read more

REV Group Announces Acquisition of Renegade

December 30, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

REV Group (REV), a $2.2 billion specialty vehicle manufacturer, today (Dec. 30) announced the acquisition of Renegade RV, a leading manufacturer of recreational vehicles, heavy-duty trailers, and specialty vehicles. According to a statement, Renegade RV will become part of REV Recreation Group, a subsidiary of REV Group Inc., that manufactures Class A and Class C motorhomes under the American Coach, Monaco, Holiday Rambler, and Fleetwood RV brand names. Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Bristol,... Read more

The BUZZ: ‘ROTV’ Markets RV Industry, Lifestyle

December 27, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

ROTV Executive Producer José Moniz For the second straight year, “Rollin’ On TV” (ROTV), the nation’s leading weekly RV lifestyle television program, will broadcast the annual RVBusiness Magazine RV Of The Year Awards Show on Jan. 9 at the RV/MH Hall of Fame Museum/Northern Indiana Event Center in Elkhart, Ind. The awards program is scheduled to air the week of Jan. 29 before the show’s potential audience of close to 40 million homes on both cable and satellite TV. “We’re... Read more

Camping World Plans for Rapid Expansion in Va.

December 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Camping World Holdings Inc. announced plans for rapid expansion in the state of Virginia, with an expansive supercenter planned in the Richmond area, according to a release. Camping World currently operates stores in Roanoke and Winchester and has identified other Virginia markets for expansion, all to be anchored by the supercenter in Richmond. Additional markets identified for expansion include Virginia Beach, Charlottesville, Alexandria and Fredricksburg. “Virginia is a great state for... Read more

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