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Melbourne Readies for World RV Conference

February 23, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The World RV Conference, ready to mark its third edition Feb. 25-27 in Melbourne, Australia, will again promote unity and cooperation within an increasingly connected global RV community. Assembling a mix of established markets with a growing contingent of emerging industries – led by the rapidly developing Chinese marketplace – the forum will address challenges and goals shared on an international scale. “It’s an opportunity for countries to meet on one stage and compare notes, and hopefully... Read more

Foretravel Partners With O’Banion on Realm

February 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

New Realm FS6 luxury motorcoach In the 10 years since an investment group headed up by former railroad executive Lyle Reed acquired Foretravel Inc., the Nacogdoches, Texas-based luxury custom motorhome manufacturer has introduced a new coach every few years. The first was the 40-, 42- or 45-foot Phenix, which hit the market just months after Reed purchased Foretravel in 2005. Following that, the 40-foot, non-tag axle Nimbus XT series, built on the manufacturer’s proprietary TravelRide chassis,... Read more

Patrick RV Revenues Drive Profits During 4Q

February 19, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Patrick Industries Inc., a key manufacturer and distributor of building and component products for the recreational vehicle, manufactured housing and industrial markets, reported strong earnings and revenue gains for its fourth quarter and full year. Net sales for the fourth quarter of 2014 increased $43.0 million or 29.3%, to $189.6 million from $146.6 million in the same quarter of 2013. Revenue from the RV industry, which represented 74% of the company’s fourth-quarter 2014 sales, increased... Read more

RV Industry ‘Power Breakfast’ Set for May 14

February 17, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The North American RV industry will again circle its wagons around the Northern Indiana Event Center and RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., for the 3rd Annual RV Industry Power Breakfast on May 14 at which representatives from many of the industry’s key manufacturers and suppliers will break bread and review a series of fast-paced presentations delivered by local civic leaders, industry spokesmen and state and federal lawmakers representing Northern Indiana’s RV-building hub. Republican Indiana... Read more

Transporters See Quicker Turnaround for 2015

February 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Classic Transport President Dan Groulx It’s still early to know for sure, but it looks as if there won’t be a repeat of last year’s RV shipment bottleneck – at least not to the same extent. However, rumblings that manufacturers could eliminate a wage hike enacted last year to alleviate transport delays has created some concerns. In 2014, a lack of transport drivers and a huge backlog on RVs awaiting shipment combined to create a bottleneck as units sat in transport yards for weeks at a time... Read more

NeXus Partners Launch Factory-Direct Startup

February 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

(L-R) The Factory RV Vice President Todd Trevino and co-founders and co-owners Dave Middleton, Brian Shea, Claude Donati In an era when startup companies are becoming more the exception than the rule, three experienced RV industry executives have launched a new manufacturing firm specializing in factory-direct sales of towable Weekend Warrior toy haulers and Avion-brand Class B motorhomes – both iconic brand names from earlier days in the RV industry. The new manufacturing firm, employing almost... Read more

Dec. Sales Drive Towables to 10.3% Gain in ’14

February 13, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Adding further evidence of a banner year for the RV industry, Statistical Surveys Inc. reported that towable retail sales climbed 10.3% in 2014, spurred by a 24.4% increase during December. All segments showed year-over-year gains for the month. Towable results by category showed: • Sales for the high-volume travel trailer sector shot up 30.5% for the month and 12.3% year-to-date. • Fifth-wheel registrations gained 12.9% in December and 7.1% for the 12 months. • Folding camping trailer sales... Read more

Tom Walworth: Key Factors Spell Strong 2015

February 12, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Tom Walworth EDITOR’S NOTE: Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI) President Tom Walworth issued the following remarks regarding the general state of the RV arena in a recent telephone interview with RVBUSINESS.com. A 58-year-old firm based in Grand Rapids, Mich., SSI currently delivers retail sales data to the RV, marine, manufacturing housing, commercial trailer and power sports sectors. From all I can tell, 2015 is going to be a great year. Why? Well, take a look at our demographic cycle. Our biggest... Read more

SHOW REPORT: Novi Sales Through the Roof

February 11, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

With more than 22,000 people in attendance, the 49th Annual Detroit Camper & RV Show set a new record, organizers said. According to the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC), which sponsored the Feb. 4-8 show held at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Mich., attendance was 7% above last year and is the second largest attendance for the Detroit Camper and RV Show since 1999, which was a nine-day show. “It was a great show. Saturday was one of those crazy... Read more

Opinion: Lippert Issues RV Industry Challenge

February 9, 2015 by · 5 Comments 

Jason Lippert EDITOR’S NOTE: Jason Lippert, CEO of Lippert Components Inc., an employer of 6,000 based in the northern Indiana RV-building center of Elkhart, Ind., thinks that the RV industry would greatly benefit from companies involving more key employees in first-hand RV experiences by making available loaner units. And he underscores that assertion in remarks here for RVBUSINESS.com – comments he says are inspired in part by those of Tom Faludy, the former Scott Fetzer Co. exec and first... Read more

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