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Jenkins Heads Up National Indoor RV Centers

February 20, 2017 by · 9 Comments 

Tadd Jenkins Former Jayco Inc. executive Tadd Jenkins has been named president of National Indoor RV Centers (NIRVC), a seven-year-old motorized RV dealership based in Lewisville, Texas, that is becoming known for its unique approach to service and storage at its suburban Dallas headquarters and at new outlets in Atlanta and Phoenix, according to NIRVC CEO Brett Davis. Davis described Jenkins, who last served as president of Jayco’s Motorhome Group and its upscale Entegra Coach line, as “a brand... Read more

Phoenix is Site of First ‘Good Sam Super Show’

February 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

RVers check out units at the Good Sam/Camping World Rally in Phoenix in this 2015 file photo. Ushering in a new template for a series of shows embracing more of a general RV-centric consumer draw, Good Sam Enterprises LLC will present its inaugural Good Sam RV Super Show Feb. 23-26 at Arizona’s Phoenix International Raceway. Known for its high-profile national member rallies over the years, Camping World Holdings Inc.’s Good Sam Club is intent on broadening its scope on the consumer show circuit... Read more

RV Sales Push Patrick To 13% 4Q Income Gain

February 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier Patrick Industries Inc. reported a 13% increase in net income for its fourth quarter, ended Dec. 31, on a 30% revenue gain boosted by a 29% jump in RV sales. Net sales for the fourth quarter increased $75.2 million to $323.9 million from $248.7 million in the same quarter of 2015, primarily attributable to the company’s revenue from the RV industry, which reflected the incremental contribution from acquisitions completed in 2015 and 2016 and industry growth. Sales... Read more

SSI: C’s Shine as ’16 Motorized Sales up 12.7%

February 13, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Class C segment finished 2016 strong as overall motorhome sales edged up 3.6% in December while gaining 12.7% for the full year. According to the latest report by Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), Thor Industries Inc. was the motorized sales leader for the 12 months with a 37.8% market share, ahead of Forest River Inc. (24.7%) and Winnebago Industries Inc. (17.1%). December Class A motorhome sales were flat, down 3% from the previous year, but showed a 5.4% increase for 2016. Thor led the... Read more

SSI: Towables Up 6.4% in Dec., 13.4% For 2016

February 10, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Year-over-year towable retail registrations grew 6.4% in December, again led by the high-volume travel trailer segment, while sales rolled to a 13.4% increase for 2016. According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), results by category showed: Sales for the travel trailer segment climbed 10.1% for the month and 16.4% year-to-date. Fifth-wheel registrations edged up 0.9% in December, while gaining 6.4% for the 12 months. Folding camping trailer sales fell 8.8% in December and... Read more

Strong 4Q Pushes LCI To Record Sales in 2016

February 9, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

LCI Industries today (Feb. 9) reported consolidated net sales in the fourth quarter of 2016 of $403 million, 21% higher than the prior year’s net sales of $334 million. Net income was $26.3 million, or $1.05 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter, ended Dec. 31, compared to net income of $16.1 million, or 65 cents per diluted share, the previous year. The increase in year-over-year net sales reflects industrywide growth in wholesale shipments of towable and motorized RVs by OEMs, which... Read more

‘RVIA Conference’ Adds 2 High-Level Speakers

February 8, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Eugenio Aleman The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) has added two well-credentialed speakers to the lineup for the association’s RV Leadership Conference, taking place March 1–3 at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Boca Raton, Fla. According to a release, Eugenio J. Alemán, director and senior economist at Wells Fargo, will provide attendees with an economic outlook to kick off the RVIA Membership Meeting at 7:45 a.m. on March 2. In his role at Wells Fargo, Alemán forecasts national,... Read more

Allison Reporting 4Q, Full-Year Income Growth

February 7, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Indianapolis-based Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. reported full-year net income of $215 million in 2016, up from $182 million the previous year. Despite the increase, the company saw a drop in net sales for the year. Inside INdiana Business reported that fourth-quarter net income rose significantly to $61.2 million, up from $13 million during the same period in 2015. Net sales for the fourth quarter decreased 2%. “Allison’s fourth quarter 2016 results exceeded the full year guidance... Read more

NTP-STAG Show: ‘More Good Industry News’

February 2, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Attendees at the NTP-STAG show pack the turnstiles at the Anaheim Convention Center More good news for the North American RV industry emerged from the 2017 NTP-STAG Expo held this week (Jan. 30-31) at the Anaheim Convention Center where some 200 supplier-exhibitors and 2,500 attendees pursued a busy schedule. A series of educational “RV University” sessions opened the agenda on Monday before the late afternoon kickoff of a day-and-a-half buying show that most participants described as one of... Read more

Emboldened Dealers Primed For a Robust 2017

January 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

America Choice RV co-owner Cody Louglin Riding the momentum of a landmark 2016 that saw shipments motor to a 40-year high, the industry is primed for more of the same this year as reports from the early show circuit have been decidedly positive underscored by record attendance and sales at the Florida RV Supershow. That optimism was echoed by several dealers in Tampa, buoyed by a host of beneficial economic indicators including easier access to financing, stable gas prices, and generally upbeat... Read more

Kyle McCrary was ‘Dean’ of Upscale Motorhomes

January 27, 2017 by · 6 Comments 

Kyle McCrary Industry insiders are expressing “shock” at news of the passing Thursday (Jan. 26) of Kyle McCrary, the 61-year-old director of product planning and design for Nappanee, Ind., motorhome builder Newmar Corp. who had been facing serious pulmonary issues since last summer. McCrary, through his sense of humor, earned the appreciation of a lot of people with whom he’d worked over the years in a career launched at Blue Bird Wanderlodge, a famous motorhome brand once based in Fort Valley,... Read more

RVIA: ’16 Shipments Top 430K, Best in 40 Years

January 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Wholesale shipments to retailers of all RVs completed 2016 in strong fashion with 32,970 units shipped, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) December survey of manufacturers. This represents a 17.6% increase over the December 2015 tally of 28,025 units and checks in as the best December on record. For the year as a whole, all RV shipments climbed to 430,691 units — a gain of 15.1% compared to 2015 and the best yearly total in more than 40 years. This year also... Read more

RVIA: A Front Row Seat at Inaugural Festivities

January 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

(L-R) RVIA 1st Vice Chair Garry Enyart, director, RV business for Cummins Power Generation; BJ Thompson, president, BJ Thompson Associates; Dave Schutz, senior vice president, RV OEM sales, Dometic Americas RV Division; and Patrick Industries Inc. Executive Vice President of Sales and COO Jeffrey M. Rodino in Washington, D.C., for Inaugural Ball The U.S. recreation vehicle industry was well represented on Capitol Hill during the festivities surrounding the Friday (Jan. 20) inauguration of Donald... Read more

Tiffin Shows First Class C in 25 Years at FRVTA

January 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Tiffin’s new Wayfarer Class C on display at the Tampa SuperShow Tiffin Motorhomes Inc. rolled out its new Wayfarer, a Class C coach built on Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis, during Tuesday’s (Jan. 17) “Industry Day” at the Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa. Hosted by the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) at the Florida State Fairgrounds, the 32nd annual SuperShow opens to the public beginning today and runs through Sunday. Given a favorable weather forecast and positive consumer... Read more

SSI: Travel Trailers Soar in Nov. Canadian Report

January 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Year-over-year Canadian towable sales gained 15.1% in November, boosted by strong travel trailer performance, while falling 12.8% for the first 11 months, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI). Results by segment showed: • Sales in the travel trailer sector soared 28.3% in November but declined 10% year-to-date. • Canadian fifth-wheel sales retreated 14.3% for the month and 23% through November. • Folding camping trailer registrations rose 15.4% in November... Read more

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