FROG Rally Draws 1,300-Plus Members, 700 Rigs

August 11, 2015 by · 3 Comments 

Forest River CEO Pete Liegl addresses FROG members Bob Byrne, director of the Forest River Owners Group (FROG), distinctly remembers the directive handed down by Forest River Inc. CEO Pete Liegl when the organization was formed in January of 2012. “Pete told me FROG was one of the ways that Forest River could express appreciation to our owners and customers,” Byrne told “He said that all of our members had bought their RVs from us and the goals were to make sure they bought... Read more

Patrick, Drew CEOs Offer Similar Industry Views

August 7, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

When Elkhart, Ind.-based competitors Drew Industries Inc. and Patrick Industries Inc., both major suppliers to RV manufacturers, discussed their quarterly results with investors, a lot of similar themes emerged. Jason Lippert, CEO of Drew Industries, voiced optimism for the RV industry during his earnings conference call with investors Aug. 4. “As we look forward to the coming quarters we see many green lights, one of them being solid double-digit growth in retail RV sales for the first five... Read more

Winnebago’s Potts Retires; Olson is Interim CEO

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Winnebago’s Randy Potts Winnebago Industries Inc. announced today (Aug. 6) that Randy Potts has retired as chairman, CEO and president of the company, effective immediately. Lead Independent Director Larry Erickson stated in a press release, “We are deeply grateful to Randy for his 32 years of service at Winnebago, where as CEO and president he guided the company through challenging economic times, as well as a successful recovery. Today, the company is well positioned both financially... Read more

Class of ’15 Members Honored at Hall Induction

August 4, 2015 by · 2 Comments 

Inductee Sherman Goldenberg capped his speech with a bagpipe solo (Photo by Shawn Spence) Serenaded by an impromptu bagpiper, a record crowd of 325 people was on hand last night (Aug. 3) as the RV and manufactured housing industries officially inducted 10 new members into the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind. The event also featured a State of the Hall of Fame address by President Darryl Searer, who reported the facility is in “the best shape it’s ever been in.” Its debt has been pared down... Read more

Strong RV Revenue, Acquisitions Boost Drew 2Q

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Drew Industries Inc., parent to key supplier Lippert Components Inc., today (Aug. 4) reported record revenue for its second quarter behind by strong RV segment performance, boosted by a series of RV-related acquisitions in 2014 and the first half of 2015. Consolidated net sales in the second quarter, ended June 30, increased to $362 million, 13% higher than the 2014 second quarter. This growth in consolidated net sales primarily resulted from a 14% increase in net sales of Drew’s RV segment... Read more

300 Dealers Nominated for ‘15 RVB Top 50 Status

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U.S. and Canadian RV manufacturers have nominated 300 RV retailers for the 2015 RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Awards program, the results of which will be announced by early October so that most T50 dealers will have time to book flights for the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo. Nov. 2-6 at Bally’s on the Las Vegas Strip. The awards will be presented at a Nov. 4 RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Awards reception. The reception is free to all Con/Expo attendees, reported Sherman Goldenberg, publisher... Read more

Industry Pulse: RVAA’s Stark Eyes Consolidation

August 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

RVAA Outgoing President Jim Stark As the Recreation Vehicle Aftermarket Association (RVAA) readies for its annual Executive Conference, which is Aug. 17-21 at the Pinnacle Hotel in Vancouver, its outgoing president, Jim Stark, paused to reflect on his tenure – including the pending consolidation of the RV industry’s three largest distributors of aftermarket parts and accessories. In July, LKQ Corp. and The Coast Distribution System Inc. announced that it has signed a definitive agreement for... Read more

Acquisitions, RV Revenue Lift Patrick’s 2Q Profit

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Elkhart, Ind.-based Patrick Industries Inc. today (July 30) reported a 30.8% increase in net income for its second quarter compared to the same period last year, lifted by strong RV sales performance coupled with six RV-related acquisitions completed in 2014 and the first six months of 2015. Revenue in the second quarter, ended June 28, increased $45.6 million, or 24.3%, to $233.5 million from $187.9 million in the same quarter of 2014. Patrick reported that RV sales grew 26% during the three-month... Read more

Forest River Sees West Coast Open House Grow

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Forest River Inc.’s West Coast Operations is expecting between 150-200 dealership personnel to attend its upcoming West Coast Open House, set for Aug. 18-20 at its manufacturing plant in Harrisburg, Ore. Paul Eskritt, a general manager for Forest River, said the company would have as many as 100 units displayed during the three-day open house – mostly towables built by Forest River’s West Coast Operations located in Oregon and California along with a number of other towables and motorhomes... Read more

Changes Made in RV Tech Certification Program

July 28, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Sharonne Lee Taking a candidate test is no longer a mandatory first step as part of the industry’s RV Service Technician Certification Program, according to Sharonne Lee, senior director of education for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). In addition, the amount of education training hours required for recertification was reduced from 40 to 20 hours, provided the technician has met the continued employment requirement of having worked in the RV industry for at least four of the... Read more

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