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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

Patrick Acquiring ‘Precision Painting Group’

June 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Patrick Industries Inc. announced today (June 9) the acquisition of the businesses and certain assets of Indiana-based Precision Painting Group, which includes, Precision Painting Inc., Carrera Custom Painting Inc., Millennium Pain, Inc. and TDM Transport Inc. The Precision Painting Group is comprised of three full service exterior full-body painting operations that also offer interior refurbishing and painting for both OEMs and existing recreational vehicle and fleet owners, and a transportation... Read more

Thor 3Q Sales Top $1 Billion; Income up 13%

June 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Thor Industries Inc. today (June 5) announced that sales for its fiscal third quarter topped $1 billion, lifted by strong performance in its motorhome segment coupled with an 8% increase in towable sales. Revenue in the three-month period, ended April 30, grew 13% to $1.05 billion compared with $929.8 million a year ago. Net income from continuing operations for the third quarter was $55.1 million, or $1.03 per share, up 13% from $48.7 million, or 92 cents per share, in the prior-year third quarter.... Read more

Alpin Haus will Mark 50th Year This Weekend

June 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Vintage shot of Alpin Haus store with signature A-frame Alpin Haus, one of America’s largest RV dealerships with five locations in New York, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this weekend, starting with a cocktail reception for employees, manufacturers and vendors Friday (June 6) night.  Alpin Haus told RVBUSINESS.com that representatives will be on hand at its Amsterdam location from several key manufacturers, including Keystone RV Co., Thor Motor Coach, Grand Design RV Co., Prime Time Manufacturing,... Read more

RVIA Survey: 20M to Go RVing This Summer

June 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

More than 20 million Americans will travel in RVs throughout the summer months, heading to the country’s 16,000-plus campgrounds and enjoying time outdoors with family and friends, according to a recent Campfire Canvass survey of RV owners by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and Cvent. According to the new survey, 66% of RV owners intend to use their RVs more this summer than they did last year, and 28% will use their RVs the same amount. Just 4% said they’ll use their... Read more

Curtin: RV Shipments Will Rise in ’14 and ’15

June 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Richard Curtin Recreational vehicle shipments are projected to total 349,400 units in 2014, an 8.8% increase above the 2013 total of 321,127, according to a new forecast by RV industry analyst Richard Curtin released today (June 2) at the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) Joint Committee Luncheon. RV shipments are also expected to rise for a sixth consecutive year in 2015 with wholesale production forecasted to reach 360,100 units, a gain of 3.1% over the projected 2014 total,... Read more

Airstream Partnering With Norwegian Retailer

June 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Airstream enters RV market in Norway Airstream Inc. has partnered with a dealership in Norway for the first time in its 83-year history. In an announcement made today (June 2), the Jackson Center, Ohio-based firm has appointed Tonsberg-based E-18 Bobil & Caravan as its official dealer in order to meet fast-growing demand for the “silver bullet” caravans across Scandinavia. The move is part of the manufacturer’s plans to develop a network of dealers throughout Europe following its 2006 debut... Read more

April Shipments Up 5.4%; Best in Seven Years

May 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Manufacturer shipments to retailers of all RVs were measured at 33,774 units in April this year, a gain of 5.4% over the same month last year. After a hectic winter where severe weather constrained some deliveries, it appears a semblance of normalcy has returned to the RV market. This was the best April in seven years for all RV shipments as towable RVs grew by 5% this month while motorhome shipments moved up 8.3% from totals on year earlier. Shipments to retailers for all RVs were reported at 123,745... Read more

Festival Puts Winnebago Outdoor Center Stage

May 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Country music fans pack the Tree Town festival Winnebago Industries Inc. gained a high profile stage for its recently introduced Winnebago Outdoor brand, serving as sponsor for last weekend’s Tree Town Music Festival featuring several of country music’s frontliners. Winnebago Outdoor represents the Forest City, Iowa-based builder’s latest marketing initiative to strengthen its presence in the outdoor lifestyle market through sale of a variety of outdoor gear, clothing and other... Read more

SSI: Towable Sales Flat in March; Grow 0.7%

May 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Year-over-year retail towable registrations remained flat in March, up 0.7%, and showed a 3.6% gain for the first three months, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. Results for the first quarter indicated: • Sales for the high-volume travel trailer sector grew 3.2% for the month and 6.8% year-to-date. • Fifth-wheel registrations declined 3.2% in March and 2.6% for the first quarter. • Folding camping trailer sales were down 10.1% for the month and 7.5% through March. •... Read more

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