RVIA: January Shipments are Best in Nine Years

February 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Total RV shipments to retailers in January totaled 28,494 units, 11.9% greater than the same month last year and the largest January total in nine years. Fueled by growth in all vehicle categories, the January total represented a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of more than 400,000 units, the highest such total since the spring of 2006. Shipments this January were 6.5% greater than a strong final month last year, holding promise of further gains ahead. Improved consumer confidence buoyed by... Read more

CalRVDA Holds Conference After 4-Year Hiatus

February 26, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

Last week’s California RV Dealers Association (CalRVDA) Conference offered attendees a wide-ranging and vibrant forum focusing on the most pressing issues impacting the state’s RV retail community while also celebrating the industry’s resurgence. But the Feb. 19 gathering also carried a more weighty message for the long-term, representing a reinstatement of CalRVDA as a significant and viable industry voice following a four-year gap since the last conference convened. “Last year, the board... Read more

Drew Posts Record Sales During 4Q, Full Year

February 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Drew Industries Inc, a leading supplier of components for recreational vehicles and manufactured homes, today (Feb. 24) reported record revenue for its fourth quarter, ended Dec. 31, boosted by 32% growth in RV sales. Drew is parent to Elkhart, Ind.-based Lippert Components Inc. Consolidated net sales in the fourth quarter of 2014 increased to a record $289 million, 29% higher than the 2013 fourth quarter. This growth in sales primarily resulted from a 32% increase in sales of Drew’s RV segment,... Read more

Melbourne Readies for World RV Conference

February 23, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The World RV Conference, ready to mark its third edition Feb. 25-27 in Melbourne, Australia, will again promote unity and cooperation within an increasingly connected global RV community. Assembling a mix of established markets with a growing contingent of emerging industries – led by the rapidly developing Chinese marketplace – the forum will address challenges and goals shared on an international scale. “It’s an opportunity for countries to meet on one stage and compare notes, and hopefully... Read more

Foretravel Partners With O’Banion on Realm

February 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

New Realm FS6 luxury motorcoach In the 10 years since an investment group headed up by former railroad executive Lyle Reed acquired Foretravel Inc., the Nacogdoches, Texas-based luxury custom motorhome manufacturer has introduced a new coach every few years. The first was the 40-, 42- or 45-foot Phenix, which hit the market just months after Reed purchased Foretravel in 2005. Following that, the 40-foot, non-tag axle Nimbus XT series, built on the manufacturer’s proprietary TravelRide chassis,... Read more

Patrick RV Revenues Drive Profits During 4Q

February 19, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Patrick Industries Inc., a key manufacturer and distributor of building and component products for the recreational vehicle, manufactured housing and industrial markets, reported strong earnings and revenue gains for its fourth quarter and full year. Net sales for the fourth quarter of 2014 increased $43.0 million or 29.3%, to $189.6 million from $146.6 million in the same quarter of 2013. Revenue from the RV industry, which represented 74% of the company’s fourth-quarter 2014 sales, increased... Read more

RV Industry ‘Power Breakfast’ Set for May 14

February 17, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The North American RV industry will again circle its wagons around the Northern Indiana Event Center and RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., for the 3rd Annual RV Industry Power Breakfast on May 14 at which representatives from many of the industry’s key manufacturers and suppliers will break bread and review a series of fast-paced presentations delivered by local civic leaders, industry spokesmen and state and federal lawmakers representing Northern Indiana’s RV-building hub. Republican Indiana... Read more

Transporters See Quicker Turnaround for 2015

February 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Classic Transport President Dan Groulx It’s still early to know for sure, but it looks as if there won’t be a repeat of last year’s RV shipment bottleneck – at least not to the same extent. However, rumblings that manufacturers could eliminate a wage hike enacted last year to alleviate transport delays has created some concerns. In 2014, a lack of transport drivers and a huge backlog on RVs awaiting shipment combined to create a bottleneck as units sat in transport yards for weeks at a time... Read more

NeXus Partners Launch Factory-Direct Startup

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(L-R) The Factory RV Vice President Todd Trevino and co-founders and co-owners Dave Middleton, Brian Shea, Claude Donati In an era when startup companies are becoming more the exception than the rule, three experienced RV industry executives have launched a new manufacturing firm specializing in factory-direct sales of towable Weekend Warrior toy haulers and Avion-brand Class B motorhomes – both iconic brand names from earlier days in the RV industry. The new manufacturing firm, employing almost... Read more

Dec. Sales Drive Towables to 10.3% Gain in ’14

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Adding further evidence of a banner year for the RV industry, Statistical Surveys Inc. reported that towable retail sales climbed 10.3% in 2014, spurred by a 24.4% increase during December. All segments showed year-over-year gains for the month. Towable results by category showed: • Sales for the high-volume travel trailer sector shot up 30.5% for the month and 12.3% year-to-date. • Fifth-wheel registrations gained 12.9% in December and 7.1% for the 12 months. • Folding camping trailer sales... Read more

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