Service Arrangements Set for Blue Ox’s Hesse

June 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Jay Hesse Funeral arrangements for Blue Ox CEO and President Jay Hesse have been scheduled through Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel in Sioux City, Iowa. Services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday (June 26) in the Hesse Event Center at the Pender Public School in Pender, Neb. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, with the family present 5-8 p.m., and a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel. Hesse, a product innovator and an avid RV industry... Read more

‘RV Week’ Showcases Racer’s Marathon Coach

June 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Travel Channel continued its “RV Week” programming with two more premieres last night, highlighted by a semi trailer Michael Andretti converted into a 53-foot RV. From Sunday (June 22) through Thursday, “RV Week” features no less than 11 premieres of RV-related programs, running every night at 9 and 10 p.m. EST. “RV Week” is a build up to the Travel Channel’s July 27 series premiere of “Big Time RV” which promises to give viewers an all-access pass inside... Read more

Travel Channel Showcases ‘Over the Top’ RVs

June 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Travel Channel’s “RV Week” debuted Sunday (June 22) night with four program premieres, including a “Mega” motorhome owned by an 18-year-old who was given the 2009 Millennium Fuego as a high school graduation gift. It may not have the same bite as the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, but the Travel Channel’s “RV Week” will surely strike a chord with millions of RVers. From Sunday through Thursday, “RV Week” features no less than 11 premieres of RV-related... Read more

Hall Induction Dinner Signups Ahead of 2013

June 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Induction Committee Chairman Mark Wasson Reservations for the induction dinner honoring the The RV/MH Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014 are running significantly ahead of last year’s reservations. “As of June 19, more than 175 friends and families of the inductees have registered which is more than double the number of registrations for the Class of 2013 induction ceremony by the same date,” Induction Dinner Committee Chairman Mark Wasson of BlueLinx Corp. reported in a press... Read more

Spartan Chassis, Foretravel Forge Agreement

June 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Spartan Chassis Inc. announced today (June 18) that it has entered a chassis supply agreement with Foretravel Motorcoach, Nacogdoches, Texas. The company reported in a news release that the agreement calls for Spartan to serve as the sole chassis supplier for Foretravel’s new Realm FS6 motorhome, available exclusively at Motor Home Specialist in Alvarado, Texas. Spartan, a subsidiary of Spartan Motors Inc., will design, engineer and assemble chassis for integration into Foretravel’s Realm FS6... Read more

SSI: Motorhome Sales Jump 19% During April

June 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Year-over-year motorhome registrations grew 19.1% in April and 14.5% for the first four months, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI). Thor Industries Inc. held the No. 1 spot year-to-date with a 26.5% market share followed by Forest River Inc. (24.4%) and Winnebago Industries Inc. (19.9%). In the Class A category, April sales grew 17.4% compared with the previous year and were up 14.4% for the four months. Thor led the sector year-to-date, posting a 22.5% market share,... Read more

Lippert Acquiring Kwikee, Power Gear Brands

June 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Drew Industries Inc. today (June 16) announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Lippert Components Inc. has acquired the RV interests of Actuant Corp. Under the Power Gear and Kwikee brands, Actuant manufactures leveling systems, slideout mechanisms and steps primarily for the motorhome market. According to a news release, sales of the acquired business for the 12 months, ended May 31, were approximately $28 million, consisting of sales to OEMs as well as significant aftermarket sales. The purchase... Read more

Lance Grows Operations, Hiring New Workers

June 12, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Lance Camper facility Lance Camper Manufacturing Co., currently marking its 50th year, is expanding operations in Lancaster, Calif., with the lease of an industrial building in close proximity to its production facility. According to a press release, the facility will be utilized as a parts and supply storage center, which opens up manufacturing space at the main plant in the Lancaster Business Park.  “We are busting at the seams with the installation of a third production line to accommodate... Read more

RVIA Board Finalizes Park Model Membership

June 11, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) board voted unanimously to continue representing park model RV manufacturers on a long-term basis as members of the association during its meeting on June 5 in Washington, D.C. RVIA reported in a news release that in the spring of 2012, RVIA and the Recreation Park Trailer Industry Association (RPTIA) reached an agreement allowing park model manufacturers to join RVIA as members for a two-year trial period. RPTIA “safe harbored” its association... Read more

New Solitude 320X Fiver Hits Key Price Point

June 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Interior of Grand Design’s Solitude 320X Grand Design RV Co. has gone into production of its new Solitude 320X extended-stay fifth-wheel. “Our team has worked non-stop since December to create a shorter and more price-conscious extended-stay Solitude fifth-wheel for both our dealers and customers,” Marc Hauser, Solitude general manager, said in a press release. “Our goal was to deliver this new platform without compromising Grand Design’s quality, features and styling. The... Read more

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