HUD Indefinitely Delays Park Model Limitations

January 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

In a memorandum dated Jan. 20, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Administrator Pamela Beck Danner announced that HUD will not be enforcing its interpretation that park model RV porches count toward the 400-square-foot limit (as measured) on those types of RVs until new regulations defining RVs are published, which is something that likely will not occur for many months. According to a news release, this memorandum supersedes a memorandum that Danner promulgated on Oct. 1, 2014, in... Read more

Winnebago Launches RV Insurance Programs

January 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Looking to expand its offerings to North American RV consumers, Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc. has launched three insurance-related programs — Winnebago RV Insurance, Winnebago Premium Roadside Assistance and Winnebago Tire & Wheel Protection. In conjunction with Farm and City Insurance Services (FCIS), Winnebago RV Insurance offers a wide complement of coverage, from RV to personal insurance plans. The Premium Roadside Assistance and Tire & Wheel Protection plans are... Read more

FRVTA’s Tampa SuperShow Was the ‘Best Ever’

January 19, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

RVers stream though displays at the Tampa Show With 63,234 people passing through the turnstiles, the 2015 Florida RV SuperShow recorded its best year ever in terms of attendance last week (Jan. 14-18) at the Florida State Fairgrounds, eclipsing the previous record of 56,953 established last year by the sponsoring Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) This news comes at a time when a host of other show organizers throughout the country are reporting similarly good news in terms of attendance and,... Read more

Keystone Plans Growth in ’15 to Meet Demand

January 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Keystone continues to grow its Goshen, Ind., campus Recognizing that demand was quickly outstripping production capacity, Keystone RV Co. has several key expansion projects planned for 2015 at its sprawling campus in Goshen, Ind. Matt Zimmerman, president of the Thor Industries Inc. subsidiary, reported that construction of a 120,000-square-foot facility initiated last September is on schedule for completion late this summer. The plant will house production of its entry-level Springdale and Hideout... Read more

SSI: Nov. Towables Sales Gain 6%; Up 9% YTD

January 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Retail sales of towable RVs climbed 6% in November from a year ago and 9.3% for the first 11 months, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. Results by category showed: • Sales for the high-volume travel trailer sector grew 8.1% for the month and 11.3% year-to-date. • Fifth-wheel registrations edged up 1.8% in November and 6.2% for the 11 months. • Folding camping trailer sales were down 9.7% for the month and 3.2% through November. • Recreational park trailer sales... Read more

ARG Debuts ’16 American Eagle 45A in Tampa

January 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Director of Marketing Steven Hileman at unveiling The Allied Recreation Group (ARG) this morning (Jan. 14) held a press conference at the Florida RV SuperShow to unveil a complete reinvention of ARG’s upscale American Eagle Class A motorhome — a triple-slide, 45-footer featuring seamless, fully integrated front and rear caps, heated holding tanks, high-tech cockpit instrumentation and chic new interiors that the Decatur, Ind.-based motorized RV builder considers a forerunner of things to... Read more

SSI: Motorized Sales Rolling; Up 14.2% for Nov.

January 13, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

November motorhome retail registrations grew 14.2% compared to the same period a year ago while sales increased 15.1% year-to-date, according to the latest report by Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI). Forest River Inc. was the sales leader for the first 11 months with a 25% market share, edging out No. 2 Thor Industries Inc. which captured a 24.2% share. Winnebago Industries Inc. was third with a 20.9% share. The Class A motorhome market posted a 12.5% gain in November and a year-to-date increase of... Read more

Jayco Expansion Increases Motorized Capacity

January 12, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Jayco Motorhome Group President Tadd Jenkins It’s no secret that RV manufacturers in a strong growth market have been scrambling lately to acquire real estate and facilities in an effort to add production capacity at a pretty impressive rate – a prime example of which is the new 185,000-square-foot, Jayco Motorhome Group plant currently nearing completion on the southwest side of Jayco Inc.’s sprawling Middlebury, Ind., campus. The new steel-sided plant will accommodate about a third of the... Read more

Liegl Looking For Another Growth Year in 2015

January 9, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

Pete Liegl When Pete Liegl talks, people listen – not only the 10,000 employees of Forest River Inc. for which he serves as president and CEO, but also the rest of the industry and those outside it in northern Indiana and elsewhere whose livelihoods are often affected by the ebbs and flows of the nation’s RV arena. And when Liegl was interviewed earlier this week, the staff of was also listening as he addressed the results of 2014 and a few big picture topics regarding the year... Read more

Grand Design To Build Ultra-Lightweight Trailer

January 7, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Middlebury, Ind.-based Grand Design RV Co., makers of the Momentum and Solitude fifth-wheels and Reflection fifth-wheel and travel trailers, will be introducing an ultra-lightweight, mid-priced travel trailer later this year that will take the company into a whole new towable category. President and CEO Don Clark, who co-owns the two-year-old company with partners Ron and Bill Fenech, told the builder is adding a fourth production line to one of its existing manufacturing plants... Read more

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