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SSI: Travel Trailers Lead 7.6% Sept. Towable Hike

November 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Year-over-year towable retail registrations grew 7.6% in September, again lifted by gains in the travel trailer segment, while posting a 12.5% increase for the first nine months. According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), results by category showed: Sales for the travel trailer segment increased 10.1% for the month and 15.6% year-to-date. Fifth-wheel registrations edged up 1.7% in September, while rising 5% for the first nine months. Folding camping trailer sales... Read more

600-Plus Honor RVB Top 50 Dealers in Las Vegas

November 11, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Over 600 people attended Wednesday night’s RVBusiness Top 50 Awards banquet at Bally’s in Las Vegas (Photo by Shawn Spence) A standing room-only crowd of more than 600 people gathered to honor the winners of the 2016 RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Awards during a ceremony Wednesday evening (Nov. 9) at the Platinum Ballroom of Bally’s on the Las Vegas Strip. The Top 50 Dealer Awards, held in conjunction with the 2016 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, recognizes U.S. and Canadian RV... Read more

RVDA Keys on Issues, Honors Dealers at Confab

November 10, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

RVDA President Phil Ingrassia addresses members at Wednesday’s annual meeting during the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo Younger customers are beginning to replace Baby Boomers as the RV industry’s prime market, Phil Ingrassia, president of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), told dealers Wednesday (Nov. 9) at the 2016 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo at Bally’s in Las Vegas. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.... Read more

Ed Arienti Touting Newcoast at RVDA ‘Con/Expo’

November 9, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Ed Arienti Newcoast Financial Services LLC is intent on expanding its presence in the RV sector, meeting with dealers during this week’s RV Dealers International Convention and Expo in Las Vegas. In addition to providing dealers with F&I services, the Clearwater, Fla.-based company specializes in providing financing to consumers with good credit who have unique circumstances that may preclude them from getting financing through mainstream lenders. “We have a high degree of expertise... Read more

The BUZZ: Lippert Reflects on Solid 3Q Revenue

November 4, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Jason Lippert Jason Lippert, CEO of both Drew Industries Inc. and its Elkhart, Ind.-based subsidiary Lippert Components Inc. (LCI), said the company’s favorable third-quarter earnings report issued Thursday (Nov. 3) was the result of the RV industry’s continued momentum as well as the company’s ongoing focus on R&D, acquisitions and improved efficiencies. In its report, Drew announced consolidated net sales in the third quarter increased to $412 million, 19% higher than the 2015 third... Read more

Acquisitions Lift Drew 3Q Revenue, Sales up 19%

November 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Drew Industries Inc., parent to Elkhart, Ind.-based Lippert Components Inc., today (Nov. 3) reported consolidated net sales in the third quarter of 2016 increased to $412 million, 19% higher than the 2015 third quarter. Net income was $29.8 million, or $1.19 per diluted share, for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, compared to net income of $17.3 million, or 70 cents per diluted share, for the year-ago period. The increase in year-over-year sales reflects industrywide growth in wholesale shipments... Read more

ROTV is Readying for RVB ‘RV of the Year’ Show

November 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

“Rollin’ On TV” (ROTV) and RVBusiness magazine are gearing up for the 2017 RVBusiness RV of The Year Awards show. The filming will take place at the RV/MH Hall of Fame Museum/Northern Indiana Event Center on Jan. 9, and the awards program is scheduled to air the week of Feb. 12 before ROTV’s potential audience of more than 35 million homes on both cable and satellite TV. Sponsors for the show produced by ROTV, the top weekly syndicated RV and camping lifestyle program in the country, include Dicor... Read more

John Spader Looks Ahead as Firm Marks 40 Years

November 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

David and John Spader Ask a room full of RV industry people if they’ve ever heard of Spader Business Management (SBM), and they’ll likely give you a unanimous “yes.” They’ll surely know that Spader, a Sioux Falls, S.D., firm launched 40 years ago by Duane Spader, a respected industry executive now retired in Georgia, organizes 20 Groups and high-profile workshops at major shows under the steady hand of President John Spader, Duane’s eldest son. And they’ll probably be well aware of... Read more

Nelson Appointed President, ‘Dometic Americas’

October 31, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Scott Nelson Dometic Group announced the appointment of Scott Nelson as regional president of Americas, effective Dec. 1. Scott succeeds Frank Marciano, who will retire after more than 25 years of service with Dometic. According to a release, Marciano will for a period of time work together with Nelson to ensure a good transition. Nelson joins Dometic Group from Sullair Corp., part of Accudyne Industries, where he most recently served as global president. “Scott Nelson is a highly suitable... Read more

Furrion Innovation Center Has Silicon Valley Vibe

October 28, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Artist’s rendering of Furrion’s new HQ in Elkhart Charged with oversight of Furrion LLC’s ambitious plans for its $5 million North American headquarters, Mark Lucas is able to look beyond the exposed rebar and dangling cables as construction crews continue to transform the grounds adjacent to the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind. He remains firmly focused on “the vision,” as perceived by CEO Aaron Fidler, for the aptly named Furrion Innovation Center & Institute for Technology... Read more

Camping World Acquires Minn.-Based Quality RV

October 28, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Camping World Holdings Inc. announced today (Oct. 27) the acquisition of Quality RV in Monticello, Minn., according to a news release. In connection with the acquisition of Quality RV, Camping World has also acquired additional land and is in the process of expanding and renovating the dealership to include a full-service Camping World retail store situated on approximately 14 acres. Camping World expects to complete renovations and open the store in December 2016. “We are eagerly awaiting... Read more

Patrick 3Q Income Up 34% on Strong RV Revenue

October 27, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Patrick Industries Inc. today (Oct. 26) reported that net income increased 34% for its third quarter, ended Sept. 25, boosted by strong performance in its RV segment. Net income in the third quarter totaled $12 million compared with $9 million in the third quarter of 2015, while net income per diluted share increased 36% to 79 cents from 58 cents. Patrick reported operating income of $20.1 million, an increase of 32% from $15.2 million reported in the third quarter of 2015. Net sales for the... Read more

RVIA: Sept. Shipments Best in Nearly 4 Decades

October 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Deliveries to retailers of all RVs were reported at 33,704 units in the September survey of manufacturers, 20.5% greater than this same month last year. This was the best September total in nearly four decades with significant gains recorded in all towable RVs and Class B motorhomes. Seasonally adjusted, shipments in the month of September were at an annualized rate of more than 420,000 units, considerably above industry forecasts. Year-to-date, total RV shipments to retailers have now reached 324,286... Read more

Polks’ RV Education 101 Program Gains Traction

October 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Dawn and Mark Polk North Carolina residents Mark and Dawn Polk have developed a viable niche within the RV industry’s consumer realm over the past 17 years by focusing on training RVers about the intricacies of their RVs — in consumer videos, books and product videos for RV suppliers. Although their company is called ”RV Education 101,” they’ve taken education of the RV consumer well beyond a freshman college class. Whether it’s a simple walk-through or a more complicated... Read more

FMCA Names Chris Smith as Executive Director

October 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Chris Smith The Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) announced the promotion of Chris Smith to the position of executive director/chief financial officer effective immediately. Smith replaces Jerry Yeats who stepped down as executive director in February. According to a news release, Smith joined the association in August 2013 as director of administrative services/controller. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor’s in accounting. Prior to coming on board at FMCA, he served... Read more

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