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Patrick 2Q Sales Grow 49%; Earnings Climb 64%

July 26, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier Patrick Industries Inc. reported a 49% increase in sales for its second quarter while net income soared 64%. Net sales totaled $604.9 million from $407.1 million in the same quarter of 2017. The increase was attributable to industry growth, acquisitions, geographic expansion efforts, and market share gains. Patrick reported net income of $34.9 million compared with $21.3 million in the second quarter of 2017, while net income per diluted share increased 67% to $1.42 from... Read more

RVIA: RV Shipments Pull Back For June; Up YTD

July 24, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV Industry Association’s (RVIA) June survey of manufacturers found RV wholesale shipments finished at 41,990, a decrease of 11.4% from the 47,416 units shipped last June. All towable RVs, led by conventional travel trailers, totaled 37,784 units for the month, representing a 10.5% decrease compared to last June’s towable RV shipment total of 42,240. Motorhomes ended June with 4,206 shipments to retailers, down 18.7% compared to last June’s total of 5,176. Year-to-date wholesale shipments... Read more

RVB Announces Judges Panel For RISE Awards

July 23, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Designed to honor the best and most innovative new products marketed by RV industry component suppliers for the 2019 model year, organizers of the RVBusiness RISE (Recognizing Innovation & Supplier Excellence) Awards program has assembled a select panel of judges who represent some of the industry’s most respected technical experts. Managed by RVBusiness Editor Bruce Hampson and Managing Editor Rick Kessler, the judges will determine one winner and four runners-up in two categories – aftermarket... Read more

Save the Date For ‘18 RVB Top 50 Dealer Awards

July 19, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Organizers for the 2018 RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Awards trust that you’ll save the date for this year’s Top 50 presentations scheduled to take place during a free 5:30-8 p.m. reception on Nov. 7 during this year’s RV Dealers Convention/Expo. A trade-only show best known for its educational and networking aspects, the Con/Expo will be co-hosted again this year by both of North America’s leading RV dealer trade groups — the U.S.-based Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association... Read more

General RV Center Breaks Ground on New Outlet

July 18, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

From left, General RV Finance Director Chris Davis, Operations President Wade Stufft and President Loren Baidas participate in the ceremonial groundbreaking of the company’s new location in Clarkston, Mich. With heavy machinery moving asphalt and earth in the background, management and staff of General RV Center, along with a slew of local government officials, broke ground Tuesday (July 17) on a new retail location for the family-owned and operated dealership. Located on the corner of Interstate... Read more

Acquisitive New Player Enters RV Retail Arena

July 13, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

RVR President & CEO Jon Ferrando RV Retailer LLC (RVR), the recent buyer of high volume Texas RV dealer Motor Home Specialist, is an acquisitive new player in the highly competitive U.S. RV dealer arena. Established in January by several former AutoNation Inc. executives, RVR’s management team is intent on rolling up an appreciable percentage of U.S. RV retail market share. Indeed, RVR’s game plan is to acquire retailers with some of the same essential attributes as 145-employee Motor Home... Read more

’19 ‘RVX’ to Feature First RVB Supplier Awards

July 10, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The 2019 RV Industry Awards, held during RVX: The RV Experience on March 14 in Salt Lake City, Utah, will feature the first-ever RVBusiness supplier awards “recognizing innovation and supplier excellence” (RISE). The RVBusiness RISE Awards will honor the best and most innovative new products marketed by RV industry component suppliers for the upcoming 2019 model year. “In the interest of providing suppliers with a seat at the table at RVX and other events, we’ll be introducing... Read more

SSI: Towable Sales Climb 7.1% For Five Months

July 9, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The travel trailer and fifth-wheel segments continued to show gains during May, as retail registrations grew 7.1% for the first five months of 2018. According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), results by category showed: Travel trailer sales climbed 7% for the five months. Fifth-wheel registrations rose 9.7% through May. Folding camping trailer sales dropped 12.8% for the five months. Park model RV sales edged up 5.1% through May. Thor Industries Inc.... Read more

RV Retailer LLC Acquires Motor Home Specialist

July 2, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Retailer LLC (RVR), Fort Lauderdale, Fla., announced Friday (June 29) that it has acquired Motor Home Specialist (MHS), a dealership that promotes itself as the “No. 1 volume motorized RV dealership in the world,” from the O’Banion family, according to a release. Retailing more than 2,200 RVs and generating in excess of $275 million in revenue in 2017, MHS sells new and used motorhomes and towable RVs from its flagship 80-acre RV dealership facility in Alvarado, Texas, in the Dallas-Fort... Read more

Go RVing Canada Expands ‘Wildhood’ Campaign

July 2, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Go RVing Canada, an offshoot of the 20-year-old U.S.-based Go RVing Coalition’s national marketing program, continues to add to its successful “Bring Back Wildhood” campaign for 2018. While it’s closely aligned with the U.S. program, Go RVing Canada was established to give Canada’s RV industry more creative independence in an effort to reach the country’s buyers.  Toward that end, Go RVing Canada conceived the “Bring Back Wildhood” campaign about four years ago. A play... Read more

RVB ‘Top 50 Dealer Awards’ Program Underway

June 28, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Preparations are well underway for the 2018 RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Awards, an industry tradition culminating in a gala reception and awards presentation on the evening of Nov. 7 at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel during the 2018 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, co-hosted Nov. 5-9 by the U.S.-based Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) and RVDA of Canada. “Manufacturers’ nominations are, for the most part, in hand and applications are already... Read more

Troy James: RVX ‘Absolutely the Right Direction’

June 27, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Troy James While details continue to be worked out, organizers of “RVX: The RV Experience” (RVX) say the event’s concept is beginning to catch on as more people understand it’s not so much a replacement for the now defunct National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., as much as it’s a completely new and “reimagined” industry-only event. Set for March 12-14 – the cusp of the North American camping season – next year in Salt Lake City, Utah, RVX is designed to provide both OEMs... Read more

RVIA: RV Shipments are Flat in May, See 1.7% Dip

June 25, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV Industry Association’s (RVIA) May survey of manufacturers found RV wholesale shipments finished at 45,070, a decrease of 1.7% from the 45,853 units shipped last May. All towable RVs, led by conventional travel trailers, totaled 39,714 units for the month, an increase of 0.1% compared to last May’s towable RV shipment total of 39,690. May motorhome shipments ended the month with 5,356 shipments to retailers, down 13.1% compared to last May’s total of 6,163. Year-to-date wholesale shipments... Read more

REV Group’s Decatur Team Unveils ’19 Class A’s

June 22, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

REV Vice President and General Manager Pat Terveer inside Discovery LXE 44H Class A REV Recreation Group Inc.’s new management team led by industry veteran Pat Terveer displayed its new 2019 motorhomes Wednesday (June 20) during a dealer showcase on the grounds of the company’s 1,500-employee Class A manufacturing facilities in Decatur, Ind. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page. Photos by Shawn Spence). Terveer, who spent about 20 years working... Read more

Winnebago’s 3Q Income Soars on Towable Gains

June 20, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Forest City Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc. today (June 20) reported an 18% increase in revenue while net income soared 67.7% during the company’s fiscal third quarter, ended May 26. Sales totaled $562.3 million compared to $476.4 million for the fiscal 2017 period. Net income was $32.5 million, or $1.02 per diluted share, compared to $19.4 million, or 61 cents per share, in the same period last year. Other highlights:  • Gross profit was $85.5... Read more

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