RVIA: Feb. Shipments Up 12%, Best in 39 Years

March 29, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

In the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) February survey of manufacturers, RV wholesale shipments to retailers accelerated to 35,929 units this year, a 13.9% increase over last month and a 12.1% increase over this same month one year ago. Through the first two months this year shipments have reached 67,455 units, an 11.4% gain over this same two-month period last year. Continuing a trend established a number of months ago, towable RVs have increased by the largest unit totals... Read more

RV Power Breakfast Tickets are Available Online

March 28, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Tickets are now available online for the 4th Annual RV Industry Power Breakfast, a catered affair set for Thurs., May 12, at the Northern Indiana Event Center and RV/MH Hall of Fame on the northeast side of RV-centric Elkhart, Ind. The RV Industry Power Breakfast again brings together key elements of the North American RV arena in addition to area civic officials and an array of lawmakers for a fast-paced series of briefings facilitated by RVBusiness and co-sponsored by Cummins Inc., Dicor Corp.,... Read more

Winnebago 2Q Income Up; Motorized Sales Dip

March 24, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Winnebago Industries Inc. today (March 24) reported a 15.5% increase in net income for its fiscal second quarter, ended Feb. 27, despite a drop in motorized sales. Net income was $9.4 million, or 35 cents per diluted share, compared to $8.1 million, or 30 cents per diluted share, in the same period last year. Revenues for the second quarter were $225.7 million, a decrease of 3.8%, compared to $234.5 million a year ago. Operating income grew 13% to $13.5 million from $11.9 million. The Forest... Read more

Ind. Gov. Pence Keynotes RV ‘Power Breakfast’

March 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will pay a high-profile visit to Northern Indiana in mid-May as keynote speaker for the 2016 RV Industry Power Breakfast, which is expected to draw an audience of industry constituents, area civic representatives, elected officials and business leaders from 7 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., Thursday, May 12, to the RV/MH Hall of Fame’s Northern Indiana Event Center in the RV-building center of Elkhart. Also on the agenda for this year’s breakfast is a rare “fireside... Read more

Thor Expands Motorhome Production Capacity

March 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Thor Industries Inc. announced the expansion of production capacity at its Thor Motor Coach subsidiary with the purchase of a former Skyline Corp. plant, a 128,000-square-foot production facility on approximately 18 acres located on Indiana 15 in Bristol, Ind. “This is a very exciting time of growth for Thor Motor Coach and we expect this new facility to help us continue our momentum in Class C motorhomes,” said Jeff Kime, Thor Motor Coach president. “This new facility is located... Read more

Q&A: Keller Is Expanding Its East Coast Reach

March 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The shifting tectonic plates in the RV parts and accessories aftermarket have actually accelerated the growth of some of North America’s so-called “regional” distributors – small-to-midsize operations like Port Trevorton, Pa.-based Keller Marine & RV. The 100-employee distributorship, a long-term player in the Mid-Atlantic and New England States launched in 1958 as a boat parts distributor by George and Margaret Keller, is run today by the Kellers’ son, President Mike Keller, and daughter,... Read more

Towable Sales Open ’16 Flat, Slip 0.6% For Jan.

March 17, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Towable retail sales were flat to open 2016, edging down 0.6% in January compared with the previous year. According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI) results by category showed: Sales for the high-volume travel trailer segment were also flat for the month, slipping 0.1%. Fifth-wheel registrations slid 3.4% in January. Folding camping trailer sales dropped 12.1% for the month. Park model RV sales were up 83.8% for January. Forest River Inc. was the January towable sales... Read more

Distributor Meyer Has RV Market in Crosshairs

March 16, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Meyer Distributing corporate offices in Jasper, Ind. In the rapidly changing landscape of the North American RV parts and accessories arena, one of the newest entrants — and perhaps one of the real wild cards for existing players in this highly competitive field — is Meyer Distributing, a Jasper, Ind.-based automotive parts specialist that directly stepped in last July with the acquisition of regional 5 Seasons RV Distribution out of Portland, Ore. While that gave Meyer a leg up in the... Read more

Tuttle, Cripe Are Partnering in Marine Venture

March 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Scott Tuttle, founder and former president of Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles LLC, and Andy Cripe, ex-CEO of CrossRoads RV, have purchased Polar Kraft, a Syracuse, Ind.-based manufacturer of all-aluminum fishing and sport boats. Tuttle told he has also launched another business venture at his former three-building Livin’ Lite complex in Wakarusa, Ind., based on his recent acquisitions of two northern Indiana companies: Recreational Specialties, a 15-year-old RV service and repair... Read more

SSI: January Motorhome Sales See 6.6% Gain

March 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

January motorhome retail registrations grew 6.6% compared to the same period a year ago, according to the latest report by Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI) Thor Industries Inc. was the motorized sales leader for the month with a 30.3% market share, ahead of Forest River Inc. (21.3%) and Winnebago Industries Inc. (15.1%) share. Sales in the Class A motorhome market were flat in January, up 0.5%. Thor led the segment with a 25.3% market share followed by REV Recreation Group (15.8%), Forest River... Read more

The BUZZ: Xscapers Club Sheds Elder Image

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Xscapers Travis and Melanie Carr and their son Gabriel With a tagline of “A New Generation of RVers,” the Xscapers was founded one year ago by Travis and Melanie Carr as an RV lifestyle group affiliated with the popular Texas-based Escapees RV Club, a national scale organization catering to full-timers and other committed on-the-road RV enthusiasts. The Carrs started Xscapers based on input from full-timers Cherie Ve Ard and Chris Dunphy, popular RV bloggers for the website “Technomadia.”... Read more

RVB/RV Trader Survey: An Upbeat ‘16 Outlook

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On the heels of another growth year for the North American RV industry, nearly 95% of the 154 U.S. and Canadian dealers responding to the “2016 RVB/RV Trader Dealer Survey” reported a profitable year in 2015. In fact, fully 75.7% of the respondents posted 2015 gains of at least 5% and nearly 18% grew by more than 20% — with the greatest improvement generated across the board by new RV sales followed by used unit sales and F&I. “It’s the kind of response we pretty much expected... Read more

Thor Posts Record 2Q Income, Sales Rise 14%

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Elkhart, Ind.-based Thor Industries Inc. today (March 7) reported double-digit gains in second-quarter sales and net income, boosted by acquisitions and continued strength in the RV sector during the early 2016 show circuit. Net income from continuing operations during the second quarter grew 49% from a year ago to $45.2 million, or 86 cents per share, while revenue rose 14% to $975.1 million. “Our second-quarter results reflect the success of our operating strategy, the popularity of Thor’s... Read more

THE BUZZ: John Aleva Sets Cequent’s Course

March 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

John Aleva After posting $611.8 million in net sales for 2014 and $575.5 million last year, Horizon Global, the new parent company of Cequent Performance Products Inc. following a July, 2015, spin-off from TriMas Corp., has its sights set on making $1 billion this year. Cequent Performance Products, the Plymouth, Mich.-based manufacturer which produces a broad range of towing products, was spun off last summer by TriMas to become part of the newly formed Horizon Global Corp., which began trading... Read more

Bontrager Upbeat on ’16; RVIA Bestows Awards

March 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

RVIA Chairman Derald Bontrager Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) Chairman Derald Bontrager offered an upbeat outlook for the industry as part of his remarks Tuesday (March 1) during the organization’s Annual Membership Meeting at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain in Tucson, Ariz.. Following up on industry analyst Richard Curtin’s projection on Monday of a 2% year-over-year increase to 381,800 units in 2016, Bontrager stated, “The RV market posted another strong year in... Read more

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