Ketelsen Garners ROUTE 66 Larry Coker Award

September 25, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Randy Ketelsen accepts Larry Coker Award Randy Ketelsen, president of Ketelsen Campers of Colorado, was honored with the Larry Coker Award at the 2014 ROUTE 66 Rally, Sept. 8-10 at the Hyatt Regency Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. The network’s highest honor, the award recognizes a ROUTE 66 dealer who epitomizes the values, vision and brand-building of the network. Ketelsen, who knew Coker well, was emotionally moved when he realized he was this year’s recipient. “The moment was so special so,... Read more

11th Route 66 Rally Drives ‘Teamwork & Brand’

September 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Despite torrential rains in the Phoenix area resulting in widespread flooding, nearly 225 RV dealers attended the 2014 Route 66 Rally, Sept. 8-10 in Scottsdale. “Rain in Phoenix? While they said it wouldn’t happen, fortunately we had an indoor plan locked and loaded,” said Route 66 partner and co-founder Dave Francis in a press release. “Regardless, those who attended not only enjoyed the Hyatt Gainey Ranch, but also left with a renewed understanding of ‘WE >ME’ and what role we... Read more

GM Hopes to Invigorate Midsized Truck Market

September 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

GM’s Colorado and Canyon mid-sized pickup If you looked at a graph of midsized truck sales over the last, say, 30 years or so, you’d notice a big meaty peak of 1.4 million in 1986 followed by a steady, pitiful decline every year thereafter. According to an AutoWeek report, by 2013 the chart shows only 250,000 for the entire segment which, when compared to the massive, meaty, multi-million-truck full-sized segment qualifies as about a pimple on the keister of the whole truck market. Only... Read more

Open House Generates $1B in Sales for OEMs

September 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

  RVs cover the grounds at Hall of Fame during Open House From sold-out hotel rooms to massive sales of RVs, the annual RV Open House keeps getting better and better. As reported by the South Bend Tribune, the show ended Thursday (Sept. 18) with most participants headed out of town by Friday. More than 4,000 visitors, mostly dealers, came to the Elkhart County area last week for the open house, where 2015 models were on display at manufacturing sites as well as at the RV/MH Hall of Fame. The... Read more

A Sterling Report on Elkhart’s ’14 Open House

September 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RVs were displayed throughout northern Elkhart during the Open House The routine that Mike Larson and Jim Glenn follow each September to get to Elkhart County RV Open House Week has evidently become familiar to many U.S RV retailers. In an effort to stock up on new units for the winter show season, Larson and Glenn, co-owners of Outlet Recreation, a towable and motorized RV outfit based in Fargo, N.D., start their 900-mile trek to northern Indiana on Sunday night and stop about halfway before completing... Read more

Texas Dealer Wins Corvette in Thor’s Giveaway

September 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Kim Weir reacts to winning a Corvette in Thor giveaway When Kim Wier heard Bob Martin, president and CEO of Thor Industries Inc., call out a name in the drawing for a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 17), she shrugged it off like roughly 2,000 other people who were there and whose names weren’t called.  But when that person didn’t show up to claim the prize in the middle of the Thor display for the 7th Annual Elkhart County RV Open House, after a couple of minutes... Read more

Press Event Kicks Off 7th Elkhart Open House

September 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

(L-R) B.J. Thompson of Bj Thompson Associates, Dicor Corp. President Gregg Fore, Jayco Inc. President Derald Bontrager, Coachmen RV President Mike Terlep, Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore (at podium), Kyle Hannon, president of the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce, Elkhart County Commissioner Frank Lucchese, and Thor Industries Inc. President & CEO Bob Martin. The 7th Annual Elkhart RV Open House officially got underway Monday (Sept. 15) afternoon with a press conference inside one of Forest River... Read more

’14 Hershey RV Show Hits New Attendance High

September 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Traffic was steady at this year’s Hershey Show The 46th running of America’s Largest RV Show proved to be the most successful edition to date as event organizers reported record attendance for Public Days, which ran Sept. 10-14 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa.  Heather Leach, marketing and education director for the host Pennsylvania RV & Camping Association (PRVCA), told that 46,143 attendees passed through the gate, eclipsing by 6% last year’s record total of... Read more

Thetford Tentatively Settling 2012 Norcold Suit

September 12, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Norcold Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Thetford Corp., has agreed to a $33 million settlement of two class action lawsuits filed in 2012 pending in federal district court in Los Angeles. The suits were filed on behalf of customers who had purchased certain Norcold gas absorption RV refrigerators and alleged the refrigerators had design defects that created safety risks and that the company had sought to hide from the public. As many as 569,000 refrigerators potentially could be included under... Read more

Hershey Sees Record Gate as Public Days Open

September 11, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RVs lined the grounds at HersheyPark Spurred by sunny skies and riding the tailwind of a surging recreational vehicle industry, the 46th Annual America’s Largest RV Show ushered a record number of attendees through its gates Wednesday (Sept. 10) as the event officially opened “Public Days” at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Heather Leach, marketing and education director for the host Pennsylvania RV & Camping Association (PRVCA), told that total attendance for the day reached... Read more

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