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TMC 2017 Class C’s Hitting Dealer Showrooms

May 24, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

2017 Chateau Super C Thor Motor Coach 2017 motorhomes are arriving at dealerships across the United States and Canada, the Elkhart, Ind.-based company announced today (May 24). According to a release, Thor Motor Coach’s diverse product lineup is “made to fit Class C motorhome buyers with a variety of unique styles, sizes and floorplans that feel custom-made – at a truly competitive price.” Among its new models, Thor Motor Coach is revealing the Four Winds and Chateau 2017 floorplans,... Read more

Ex-Auto Workers Could Land RV Jobs in Elkhart

May 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s a good news-bad news story for the northern Indiana cities of Elkhart and Goshen and for the 500 workers being laid off by Diversified Machine, a manufacturer of automotive parts located in Bristol. A division of Chassix, a large Michigan-based parts supplier, Diversified announced in a WARN notice Friday that it was downsizing its Elkhart County facility as a result of the cancellation of a major contract. And while the first of those layoffs involving 272 hourly and salaried workers was... Read more

The BUZZ: Kerola Group Revives Hi-Lo Brand

May 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

In reintroducing the Hi-Lo brand to the North American recreational vehicle marketplace, William “Bill” Kerola, owner and president of The Kerola Group, said his company plans to sell Hi-Lo Trailers directly to consumers for the time being. But he said the company is still considering whether to develop a dealer base for the iconic telescoping towable that traces its roots back to 1956. The Kerola Group, which in 2014 acquired the trademark, designs and intellectual property for the Hi-Lo trailer,... Read more

Winnebago Announces ‘Circle of Excellence’

May 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Winnebago Industries Inc. announced its list of Circle of Excellence award winners for the company’s motorhome division. According to a press release, the Circle of Excellence award is given to dealerships who have demonstrated exemplary performance in the areas of sales, service and customer satisfaction. The award has been given every year since 1986, and this year’s recipients include 84 motorized dealers located throughout the U.S. and Canada. “We would like to congratulate all of our Circle... Read more

SSI: March Canadian Towable Sales off 17.7%

May 17, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Year-over-year Canadian towable sales declined 17.7% in March and 17.5% for the first three months, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI). Results by segment showed: • Sales in the travel trailer sector fell 15.7% in March and 14.5% year-to-date. • Canadian fifth-wheel sales tumbled 23.8% for the month and 26.6% through March. • Folding camping trailer registrations dropped 20% in March on relatively low volume and showed an 19.5% decline year-to-date. •... Read more

RV, Park Sectors Step up to Help Fire Victims

May 13, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

As the Fort McMurray wildfires raged for the past week in Northern Alberta, the region’s RV and campground industries marshaled widespread relief efforts for victims through targeted donations or by providing shelter, food and other necessities. “I’ve been pretty proud of our folks [in the RV industry] up here – they’ve stepped up 150%,” Dan Merkowsky, executive vice president of the RV Dealers Association (RVDA) of Alberta, told RVBUSINESS.com. “It’s one of the... Read more

Pence Touts Industry at RV Power Breakfast

May 12, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Over 800 industry professionals packed the Northern Indiana Event Center (Photo by Shawn Spence) Offering testament to Elkhart County’s status as an economic force in Indiana driven by a resurgent RV industry, this morning’s (May 12) 4th Annual RV Industry Power Breakfast delivered a wide-ranging, information laden program to a crowd of more than 800 RV professionals at the RV/MH Hall of Fame’s Northern Indiana Event Center — many delayed by a traffic jam that formed leading into the facility.... Read more

Acquisitions, Aftermarket Sales Lift Drew 1Q

May 9, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Drew Industries Inc., parent to Elkhart, Ind.-based Lippert Components Inc., today (May 9) reported an 80% increase in net income for its first quarter, ended March 31. Net income totaled $36 million, or $1.45 per diluted share, for the first quarter versus net income of $20.1 million, or 82 per cents diluted share, a year ago. Consolidated net sales in the first quarter increased to $423 million, 17% higher than the 2015 first quarter. Sales were enhanced through acquisitions in the past year... Read more

‘Giant Recreation World’ Readying for Growth

May 5, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Giant Recreation World management along with Palm Bay city officials break ground on the new site Two of Giant Recreation World’s three central Florida dealership locations will soon be relocating into larger facilities. In about a month, the Ormond Beach store will move into a new site just a few miles up U.S. 1 at the Destination Daytona complex on the I-95 interchange. Later this year the Melbourne location will open for business at its new location in Palm Bay, also situated along I-95. The... Read more

RVIA Attracting 300-Plus for NHTSA Seminar

May 4, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Over 300 industry representative are in attendance today at the RV/MH Hall of Fame event covering NHTSA requirements The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) first full-blown effort to bring the RV industry’s manufacturers and suppliers up to speed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) latest safety-related requirements was well underway this morning (May 4) as a large crowd of RVIA members and non-members were in attendance for the all-day seminar... Read more

THE BUZZ: Hyland on Wells Fargo Transition

May 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Tim Hyland The recent acquisition of the North American interests of GE Capital’s Commercial Distribution Finance (CDF) and Vendor Finance businesses by Wells Fargo & Co. has moved forward without interruption, reports Wells Fargo CDF President Tim Hyland. “The transition has been seamless. Essentially our financing operations moved from one major financial company to another,” said Hyland, noting the deal was announced in October of 2015 and finalized March 1. “We have been servicing... Read more

Cruz-Fiorina Campaign Rolls Into ‘RV Capital’

April 29, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Ted Cruz with Frank Lucchese (L) during Thursday’s campaign stop at Lucchese’s Italian Restaurant on the east side of Elkhart, Ind. (Photo by Roger Schneider) If Indiana is in fact “Ground Zero” for the national Republican presidential race, the very epicenter of the Hoosier State’s electoral race on the brink of next week’s primary election – at least for a couple of hours on Thursday (April 28) — was Lucchese’s Italian Restaurant on County Road 17 on the east side... Read more

Patrick 1Q Revenue Jumps 25% on RV Strength

April 28, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Elkhart, Ind.-based component supplier Patrick Industries Inc. reported a 25% increase in year-over-year first-quarter revenue. Sales during the period, ended March 27, totaled $278.6 million compared with $223.4 million in the same quarter of 2015. The increase was primarily attributable to a 25% increase in the company’s revenue from the RV industry, which reflected the contribution from acquisitions completed in 2015 and in 2016, along with industry growth. Sales to the RV industry represented... Read more

RVIA: March Shipments Show 11.5% YOY Gain

April 27, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

RV shipments to retailers totaled 40,740 units in March, up 13.9% over the previous month and ahead of this same month last year by 11.5%, based on the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) latest monthly survey of manufacturers. This was the largest single monthly total for all RVs since March 2006. Seasonally adjusted, the March total this year represented an annualized rate of more than 420,000 units, the highest run rate in more than 10 years. Year-to-date, first quarter shipments... Read more

The BUZZ: Go RVing is Anticipating Millennials

April 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Karen Redfern Time and again, the industry talks about the Millennials – people from their late teens to their early 30s with their authentically different views of our culture, products and society. They, like countless generations before them, audaciously challenge conventional wisdom on many levels as the industry works to develop products and parks to suit their intrinsic tastes. Authentically different? Among their quirks, the mass media tell us, is a need for quick answers. They’ll take... Read more

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