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RVIA Investigating National Trade Show Options

April 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) announced today (April 17) that it is currently working with an independent research firm, Stax Inc., to conduct extensive research to identify opportunities for improvements and to understand the optimal timing and location for the RVIA National Industry Trade Show moving forward.    According to a statement, the first research effort of this magnitude for the association will include member phone interviews along with an online survey... Read more

REV Group Acquires Midwest Automotive Designs

April 13, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

REV Group (REVG) today (April 13) announced the acquisition of Midwest Automotive Designs, a custom van “upfitter” that develops and manufactures luxury vehicles for end segments including motorhomes, shuttle vans, limousines, and customized executive transportation vehicles. According to a press release, the acquisition enhances REV’s product offerings in both its recreation and commercial segments through the RV and bus divisions, by adding a selection of Class B motorhomes and multiple products... Read more

SSI: C’s Soar for Feb.; Overall Motor Market Flat

April 11, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Continuing a trend established last year, Class C sales lifted overall motorhome registrations to a 0.9% gain in February while the segment, reflecting a moderate decline in Class A’s, showed a 4% rise for the first two months of 2017. According to the latest report by Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), Thor Industries Inc. was the motorized sales leader through February with a 42.5% market share, ahead of Forest River Inc. (22.8%) and Winnebago Industries Inc. (13.3%). February Class... Read more

SSI: Trailers Push Towables to 5.4% Rise in Feb.

April 10, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Year-over-year towable retail registrations grew 5.4% in February and 11.8% for the first two months, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI). Travel trailers continue to drive the segment in 2017, logging another strong sales month in February. Results by category showed: Sales for the travel trailer segment climbed 7.8% for the month and 15.3% year-to-date. Fifth-wheel registrations edged down 0.1% in February but gained 5.2% for the two months. Folding camping... Read more

Woodbury’s Penning Book on ‘Camping Realities’

April 6, 2017 by · 3 Comments 

Chuck Woodbury Veteran RV industry consumer journalist-blogger Chuck Woodbury is about to turn another page in a storied career launched in 1999 with the publication of Out West, a quarterly newspaper chronicling his on-the-road musings as he explored the American West. In 2001, he started the RVtravel.com website for which he’s best known today among thousands of North American RV enthusiasts, particularly for the often outspoken essays he pens in his weekly newsletters. Having sold his condo... Read more

Travel Lite Poised for Growth, Adding New Facility

April 4, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Travel Lite Falcon Ultralite New Paris, Ind.-based Travel Lite Inc., a 19-year-old truck camper and travel trailer manufacturer, is poised for growth with plans in place for three additional mainstream towable entries and for an all-new 26-acre, off-site facility at a new regional location – details of which aren’t being released yet – that will more than double the size of the 60-employee company’s production capacity and workforce, according to President Dustin Johns.  Travel Lite,... Read more

RVIA: ’17 February RV Shipments Best on Record

March 28, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

February’s survey of manufacturers conducted by RVIA found wholesale shipments continuing the strong start to 2017 with a monthly total of 39,428 units. That represents a 9.7% rise compared to 35,929 units in February 2016, and an 8.6% gain over last month’s very strong total of 33,859. All towable RVs led by conventional travel trailers reached a total of 33,852, a gain of 7.5% over last month’s 28,931. Motorhome shipments reached a total 5,606 units with a 17.1% gain compared to February... Read more

Universal Trailer Unveils $25M High-Tech Facility

March 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Universal Trailer’s new office and production facility Universal Trailer Corp. today (March 24) unveiled a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Bristol, Ind., for the production of Wells Cargo and Haulmark cargo trailers. According to a press release, the $25 million-plus facility represents over two years of innovation adapted from the automotive industry to produce lighter and more durable Wells Cargo and Haulmark performance-grade cargo trailers. The new facility will employ over... Read more

Grand Design RV Helps Lift Winnebago 2Q Gains

March 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Winnebago Industries Inc. today reported strong gains in revenue and net income for its fiscal second quarter, ended Feb. 25, boosted by the company’s acquisition of towable builder Grand Design RV Co. completed in November. Towable sales rose 4% percent during the period while motorhome revenue slipped 3%. Revenues for the quarter were $370.5 million, an increase of 64.2%, compared to $225.7 million for the fiscal 2016 period. Second-quarter net income was $15.3 million, or 48 cents... Read more

RVIA Addresses Proposed Interior Dept. Cutbacks

March 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

In response to the Trump administration’s release last week of a blueprint for its FY2018 budget — entitled “America First, a Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again” — the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) has issued a press release cautioning against undue budget cuts, especially with regard to the Department of Interior. Offsetting a $52 billion hike in defense spending in the current federal budget proposal, RVIA points out, is a 21% decrease... Read more

Patrick Acquiring Component Supplier ‘Medallion’

March 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Patrick Industries Inc. announced today (March 20) that it has completed the acquisition of the business and certain assets of Medallion Plastics Inc. and has expanded the size and extended the maturity date of its existing credit facility.  According to a press release, Elkhart, Inc.-based Medallion is a designer, engineer and manufacturer of custom thermoformed products and components which include dash and trim panels and fender skirts for the RV market, and complete interior packages, bumper... Read more

FCCC Touting S2RV Chassis at ‘Work Truck Show’

March 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp.’s Bryan Henke (R) at the 2017 Work Truck Show which wraps up Friday in downtown Indianapolis Amid the busy aisles of the annual Work Truck Show, which drew an estimated crowd of about 12,000 and some 500 exhibitors to the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis, RVBUSINESS.com caught up with a spokesman for one of a host of exhibitors who play a role in both the commercial truck and RV markets — Bryan Henke, manager of product marketing for... Read more

Slideshow: 2017 Work Truck Show Rolling in Indy

March 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

(L-R) NTEA President Adam Keane with former NFL stars Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long A crowd nearing 1,500 gathered Thursday (March 16) to see new NTEA President Adam Keane lead a discussion with NFL Hall of Famers and Fox NFL analysts Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long during the 53rd President’s Breakfast as part of this week’s 2017 Work Truck Show in downtown Indianapolis. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page. Photos by Shawn Spence). More than... Read more

KOA Study Sees 3.4M New Camping Households

March 15, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The 2017 North American Camping Report became public this morning (March 15), and it’s got a lot of good news for the camping and RVing sector, both in the short-term and over the long haul. Today’s report is the third edition of the North American Camping Report, and while each has been commissioned by Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA), the report goes far beyond KOA guests to survey Americans and Canadians about their thoughts on camping and to quiz campers about their desires and habits. “There’s... Read more

RVB/Wells Fargo Dealer Poll: 84% See ’17 Gains

March 13, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Considering the ongoing drumbeat of positive industry news — with record-breaking shipments and gate-busting retail show crowds from coast to coast — the annual RVB/Wells Fargo Dealer Survey seemed to confirm the premise that these are the best of times for the North American RV industry. Looking back at last year, 94.7% of the 77 responding dealers indicated that they were profitable in 2016, with 13.5% posting growth in excess of 20%, 18.9% gaining 15% to 20%, 21.6% picking up 10% to... Read more

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