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RVIA Board OKs Regional Office in Elkhart, Ind.

March 7, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

RVIA Chairman Doug Gaeddert After more than a year’s debate, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) board voted Wednesday (Mar. 6) to set up a regional office in Elkhart, Ind., a northern Indiana community around which North America’s RV industry has circled its wagons in the post-recessionary era. The board meeting ran in conjunction with the RVIA Annual Meeting, which opened Tuesday and concludes today at the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, Calif. “Yesterday’s... Read more

Dutchmen Aspen Trail Sees Sales Bump in 2013

March 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Dutchmen Aspen Trail travel trailer Aspen Trail, a division of Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc., reported that sales for 2013 showed a marked increase according to the year-end report by Statistical Surveys Inc. “Final 2013 Stat Surveys numbers show Aspen Trail’s total sales increased 49% with a market share increase of over 27% for that same time period,” said Ryan Thwaits, Aspen Trail general manager, in a press release. Aspen Trail offers a wide range of travel trailers that combine a high-end... Read more

NATM Sees Strong Showing for ’14 Convention

March 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Attendees visit Lippert booth at NATM Convention The National Association of Trailer Manufacturers’ (NATM) 26th Annual Convention & Trade Show last week (Feb. 26-28) at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa Pavilion in Las Vegas generated an increase in terms of sponsorships, exhibitors, trailer manufacturing attendees and workshop registrants, the Topeka, Kan.-based trade association for commercial and cargo trailers reports. Over 150 suppliers were on hand for the Las Vegas show. “Compared... Read more

RVIA: January Shipments Register 4.5% Growth

February 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Wholesale shipments of all RVs continued to rise in January but at a slower pace than last year.  The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reported that shipments totaled 25,467 units, 4.5% greater than the same month last year and the best January total since 2007. Severe weather across the country affected the ability to build, ship and sell new product in January this year and there is confidence of even better results in the coming months. Towable RV shipments grew to 22,199 units... Read more

Lippert Acquiring Electronic Systems Maker IDS

February 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Drew Industries Inc. today (Feb. 27) announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Lippert Components Inc., has acquired Innovative Design Solutions Inc. (IDS), a Troy, Mich.-based designer, developer and manufacturer of electronic systems encompassing a wide variety of RV applications. According to a press release, IDS also manufactures electronic systems for automotive, medical and industrial applications. “We are excited to have IDS and its employees join the Lippert Components family,”... Read more

Gaeddert: Industry Rolls, Still ‘Room to Improve’

February 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Doug Gaeddert Editor’s Note: The following is a column by Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) chairman and general manager for Forest River Inc. The article appeared with the Winter 2014 issue of RVIA Today. Happy New Year to all! 2013 was an absolutely fantastic year for our industry, so it’s not that I’m happy to see it go or anxious about becoming another year older and losing a little more steam on my sinking fastball, it’s just that 2014 looks even better! As I write... Read more

Go RVing AWAY Campaign Heads into 3rd Year

February 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: The following article appeared in the Winter 2014 edition of RVIA Today detailing initiatives and plans for the Go RVing “Away” campaign in the coming year. On the heels of two successful years, Go RVing’s “AWAY” national advertising effort is back for a third campaign. Expanding the proven mix of integrated advertising in the nation’s top television, print, digital and social media outlets, the campaign utilizes emotion-evoking messages and images designed to... Read more

Jayco to Acquire Towable Maker Open Range RV

February 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Jayco Corp. announced today (Feb. 24) that it has entered into a Letter of Intent (LOI) to acquire Shipshewana, Ind.-based Open Range RV Co. According to a press release, the letter of intent “contemplates a transaction between the two companies and is subject to the execution of a definitive agreement between the two parties.” Open Range RV will operate as a wholly owned and separate subsidiary while Randy Graber will remain as president.  “The two companies are a natural match,”... Read more

SSI: Towables Rise 8.5% in Dec.; 15.7% for 2013

February 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

With all categories except folding camping trailers showing year-over-year growth in December, towable sales posted an 8.5% increase for the month and a 15.7% gain for the full year. According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc., Thor Industries Inc. stood as the towable sales leader for 2013 with a 35.9% market share, edging out Forest River Inc. (34.8%). Jayco Inc. earned the No. 3 spot with an 11.4% share. As previously reported, Forest River was No. 1 in motorhome sales for... Read more

Patrick Posts Record Sales, Earnings During 4Q

February 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Patrick Industries Inc., a major supplier to the recreational vehicle, manufactured housing and industrial markets, reported the best sales and earnings in its history for the fourth quarter, punctuated by record revenue for its full year. Net sales for the fourth quarter, ended Dec. 31, increased $40.5 million, or 38.1%, to $146.6 million from $106.1 million in the same quarter of 2012.  The increase was primarily attributable to a 43% increase in the company’s revenue from the RV industry,... Read more

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