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Developer Sells Out ‘Gauntlet’ For Open House

August 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Manufacturers along the “gauntlet” on Executive Parkway The “gauntlet” is filled for September’s Elkhart County RV Open House, as Northland Corp. has again secured tenants for the display space along Executive Parkway – the primary feeder leading to Thor Industries Inc.’s expansive exhibit area at the RV/MH Hall of Fame. This marks the third year that Northland, an Elkhart, Ind.-based development company, has leased sites during the annual event. Vice President Rob Letherman... Read more

Coalition, Forest River, Address RV Transports

August 8, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

B.J. Thompson During a hectic week around the RV-building capital of Elkhart, Ind., the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) RV Transportation Coalition managed to sit down Wednesday morning (Aug. 6) and forge significant progress on a number of fronts. “It was an outstanding inaugural meeting,” reported Chairman B.J. Thompson. “The segments of the industry that wanted to come together were there. We had outstanding representation of transporter members and OEMs, and we were pleased... Read more

Ford Ups ‘A’ Chassis Output to Meet Demand

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Ford has increased its stripped chassis production to meet demand for Class A motorhomes like the Winnebago Vista Ford Motor Co., a leading motorhome chassis manufacturer, has boosted production of its Class A motorhome chassis and introduced new options in response to growing consumer confidence and demand for recreational vehicles. According to a press release, total motorhome sales are up 13% year-to-date through May, according to data from Statistical Surveys Inc., a market analysis company specializing... Read more

Cruise Inn Forging Partnership With ‘Expedia’

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Cruise Inn, a newly launched national brand of RV parks and campgrounds with a member-based network of owners, announced a partnership with online travel agency Expedia Inc. in a deal the company says will significantly expand its national reach in the outdoor sector. “We’re the first brand in the outdoor hospitality space to forge a partnership with the Expedia family of brands, and it’s going to fundamentally change the RV industry,” Cruise Inn CEO Scott Anderson told RVBUSINESS.com.... Read more

RV/MH Hall of Fame Inducts 10 in Class of ’14

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2014 RV/MH Hall of Fame inductees The Class of 2014 was inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame Monday (Aug. 4) night in Elkhart, Ind., at a gala ceremony before a record-breaking crowd of more than 440 family members, friends and colleagues from across the country. The Class of 2014 includes: Debbie Brunoforte, Little Dealer, Little Prices; Bob Livingston, Good Sam; Peter B. Orthwein, Thor Industries Inc.; John D. Roba, Roba and Associates; James F. Shields (deceased), Pan Pacific RV Centers; Barry... Read more

RV Segment Lifts Drew to Record 2Q Revenue

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Drew Industries Inc., parent to supplier Lippert Components Inc., saw an increase in net income for its second quarter, ended June 30, boosted by record sales including a 15% gain in RV revenue. The company reported net income of $18.6 million, or 77 cents per diluted share, for the second quarter compared to $15.9 million, or 67 cents per diluted share the year prior. In connection with the sale of the aluminum extrusion-related assets in April 2014, the company recorded an after-tax charge of... Read more

EverGreen Introduces ‘Open Concept’ Bay Hill

July 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Bay Hill 379FL open concept interior EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC has introduced the new Bay Hill 379FL fifth-wheel, offering an open concept floorplan with a spacious front lounge. Instead of a front bedroom, the Bay Hill 379FL features a huge family room lounge with two 80-inch sofas situated in opposing slideout rooms. The two sofas, combined with two theater seats, provide comfortable seating for eight adults and a relaxing viewing area for an entertainment center with big screen TV and... Read more

RV Revenue Boosts Patrick’s 2Q Performance

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Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier Patrick Industries Inc. today (July 29) reported strong gains in second-quarter revenue and income, boosted by robust sales in the RV sector. Net sales for the second quarter of 2014 increased $28.3 million, or 17.7%, to $187.9 million from $159.6 million in the same quarter of 2013. The increase was primarily attributable to a 19% increase in the company’s revenue from the RV industry, which represented 75% of the company’s second quarter 2014 sales. Net income... Read more

RVIA: June Shipments Post 6.2% YOY Gains

July 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Total wholesale shipments of all RVs in June this year were reported at 32,809 units, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) survey of manufacturers, an increase of 6.2% compared to this same month one year earlier.  Towable RVs increased 6.5% on shipments of 29,184 units while motorhome shipments were ahead by 3.7% on 3,625 units shipped to dealers in the month of June.  Seasonally adjusted, June’s total represented an annualized rate of nearly 325,000 units, slightly... Read more

RV Caucus & RVIA Host Capitol Hill Campfires

July 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RVIA brought an Airstream and a Winnebago to Capitol Hill to help educate members of the U.S. Congress July 23, 2014. When the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) leadership started to work with the members of the fledgling Congressional RV Caucus to create a formal “kickoff” event, they decided to go a little different route than the normal cocktail party with speakers at a podium. Instead, RVIA set up daytime tours of two RVs on Capitol Hill and an evening event featuring four... Read more

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