FMCA: Rain Subsides and Retro Brands Thrive

August 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Dry weather and a clear forecast in the vicinity of the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center in Redmond, Ore., spelled good new for organizers, attendees and exhibitors on Friday (Aug.16), the third day of the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) Aug. 13-16 Family Reunion & Motorhome Showcase. “It’s great to see that the rain has given way to warmer, dryer conditions today,” said Robbin Gould, editor of Family Motor Coaching Magazine. “The walkways and main areas are filled... Read more

FMCA Redmond Rally Opens to Crowds, Rain

August 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

FMCA rally attendees check out the trade show out of the rain in Redmond, Wash. Intermittent rain marked the first opening two days of the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) 90th Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase, Aug. 13-16 at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, but that didn’t seem to slow things down at FMCA’s national rally – the fifth at the popular Redmond, Ore., venue. The rains seemed somewhat inconsistent with the theme of the rally for which 1,500 family coaches... Read more

Developer Sells Out ‘Gauntlet’ For Open House

August 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Manufacturers along the “gauntlet” on Executive Parkway The “gauntlet” is filled for September’s Elkhart County RV Open House, as Northland Corp. has again secured tenants for the display space along Executive Parkway – the primary feeder leading to Thor Industries Inc.’s expansive exhibit area at the RV/MH Hall of Fame. This marks the third year that Northland, an Elkhart, Ind.-based development company, has leased sites during the annual event. Vice President Rob Letherman... Read more

Coalition, Forest River, Address RV Transports

August 8, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

B.J. Thompson During a hectic week around the RV-building capital of Elkhart, Ind., the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) RV Transportation Coalition managed to sit down Wednesday morning (Aug. 6) and forge significant progress on a number of fronts. “It was an outstanding inaugural meeting,” reported Chairman B.J. Thompson. “The segments of the industry that wanted to come together were there. We had outstanding representation of transporter members and OEMs, and we were pleased... Read more

Ford Ups ‘A’ Chassis Output to Meet Demand

August 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Ford has increased its stripped chassis production to meet demand for Class A motorhomes like the Winnebago Vista Ford Motor Co., a leading motorhome chassis manufacturer, has boosted production of its Class A motorhome chassis and introduced new options in response to growing consumer confidence and demand for recreational vehicles. According to a press release, total motorhome sales are up 13% year-to-date through May, according to data from Statistical Surveys Inc., a market analysis company specializing... Read more

Cruise Inn Forging Partnership With ‘Expedia’

August 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Cruise Inn, a newly launched national brand of RV parks and campgrounds with a member-based network of owners, announced a partnership with online travel agency Expedia Inc. in a deal the company says will significantly expand its national reach in the outdoor sector. “We’re the first brand in the outdoor hospitality space to forge a partnership with the Expedia family of brands, and it’s going to fundamentally change the RV industry,” Cruise Inn CEO Scott Anderson told Read more

RV/MH Hall of Fame Inducts 10 in Class of ’14

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2014 RV/MH Hall of Fame inductees The Class of 2014 was inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame Monday (Aug. 4) night in Elkhart, Ind., at a gala ceremony before a record-breaking crowd of more than 440 family members, friends and colleagues from across the country. The Class of 2014 includes: Debbie Brunoforte, Little Dealer, Little Prices; Bob Livingston, Good Sam; Peter B. Orthwein, Thor Industries Inc.; John D. Roba, Roba and Associates; James F. Shields (deceased), Pan Pacific RV Centers; Barry... Read more

RV Segment Lifts Drew to Record 2Q Revenue

August 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Drew Industries Inc., parent to supplier Lippert Components Inc., saw an increase in net income for its second quarter, ended June 30, boosted by record sales including a 15% gain in RV revenue. The company reported net income of $18.6 million, or 77 cents per diluted share, for the second quarter compared to $15.9 million, or 67 cents per diluted share the year prior. In connection with the sale of the aluminum extrusion-related assets in April 2014, the company recorded an after-tax charge of... Read more

EverGreen Introduces ‘Open Concept’ Bay Hill

July 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Bay Hill 379FL open concept interior EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC has introduced the new Bay Hill 379FL fifth-wheel, offering an open concept floorplan with a spacious front lounge. Instead of a front bedroom, the Bay Hill 379FL features a huge family room lounge with two 80-inch sofas situated in opposing slideout rooms. The two sofas, combined with two theater seats, provide comfortable seating for eight adults and a relaxing viewing area for an entertainment center with big screen TV and... Read more

RV Revenue Boosts Patrick’s 2Q Performance

July 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier Patrick Industries Inc. today (July 29) reported strong gains in second-quarter revenue and income, boosted by robust sales in the RV sector. Net sales for the second quarter of 2014 increased $28.3 million, or 17.7%, to $187.9 million from $159.6 million in the same quarter of 2013. The increase was primarily attributable to a 19% increase in the company’s revenue from the RV industry, which represented 75% of the company’s second quarter 2014 sales. Net income... Read more

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