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Hershey Sees Record Gate as Public Days Open

September 11, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RVs lined the grounds at HersheyPark Spurred by sunny skies and riding the tailwind of a surging recreational vehicle industry, the 46th Annual America’s Largest RV Show ushered a record number of attendees through its gates Wednesday (Sept. 10) as the event officially opened “Public Days” at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Heather Leach, marketing and education director for the host Pennsylvania RV & Camping Association (PRVCA), told RVBUSINESS.com that total attendance for the day reached... Read more

Pending Dometic, Atwood Union Offers Good Fit

September 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Frank Marciano Dometic Group’s Tuesday (Sept. 9) announcement of its pending acquisition of Elkhart, Ind.-based Atwood Mobile Products LLC represents a shift in the RV supply chain landscape, merging two of the industry’s most established and respected suppliers. The deal, still subject to government regulatory review, would effectively complement Dometic’s product portfolio while providing Atwood with further opportunities to expand its sights globally and sharpen its focus on the RV aftermarket.  “Atwood... Read more

Dometic Secures Agreement to Acquire Atwood

September 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Dometic Group, a global leader of leisure products for the recreational vehicle, marine, truck and automotive-based industries, today (Sept. 9) announced that it has signed an exclusive purchase agreement with Elkhart, Ind.-based Atwood Mobile Products LLC. According to a press release, this acquisition will complement and further diversify Dometic’s existing product offerings and strengthen the company’s global footprint. Atwood is a global provider in designing, engineering and manufacturing... Read more

Patrick Buying Elkhart-Based Supplier PolyDyn3

September 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Patrick Industries Inc. announced today (Sept. 8) that it has completed the acquisition of the business and certain assets of Elkhart, Ind.-based PolyDyn3 LLC. According to a news release, PolyDyn3 is a custom fabricator of simulated wood and stone products such as headboards, fireplaces, ceiling medallions, columns and trims, for the recreational vehicle market. Patrick projects PolyDyn3′s 2014 annual revenues to be approximately $2.5 million and expects the acquisition to be accretive to... Read more

Pleasure-Way Debuts Dodge Promaster-Based ‘B’

September 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Pleasure-Way Promaster Lexor Pleasure-Way Industries Ltd. announced the introduction of its first Dodge Ram Promaster-based Class B motorhome, the Pleasure-Way Promaster Lexor. The Pleasure-Way Promaster Lexor is built on the 159-inch wheelbase extended Dodge chassis that is only 20 feet 10 inches bumper to bumper. The Promaster features a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 gas engine, GPS navigation and Uconnect 5.0 “The Promaster Lexor expands our current product lineup giving us multiple price points... Read more

Seven are Elected to Hold Seats on RVIA’s Board

September 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Recreation Vehicle industry Association (RVIA) members elected seven members to the board in the association elections that took place in August. In the election for four Manufacturer seats, Derald Bontrager, president and CEO of Jayco Inc.; Chad Reece, director of marketing for Winnebago Industries Inc.;  and Lyle Reed, executive director and chairman of Foretravel Inc., were re-elected to three-year terms. Joanne Trealoff, co-owner, vice president and CFO of Eclipse RV, was newly elected to a... Read more

General RV Center Set to Open Two New Stores

September 3, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Editor’s Note: To view a time lapse video showing construction of General RV’s new Tampa, Fla., store click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page. Michigan-based multi-location dealer General RV Center, the nation’s largest family-owned dealership group, is eagerly anticipating the completion of two major projects over the next few weeks. Construction of its new Wixom dealership and corporate headquarters is complete and officials will soon be transferring personnel... Read more

Camping World Issues a Tribute to David Garvin

September 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

David Garvin It is with sadness that Camping World Inc. and Good Sam Enterprises LLC announce the passing of Camping World founder David Garvin on Saturday (Aug. 30) at the age of 71 as a result of an accidental fall. “Our hearts, prayers and gratitude are extended to the Garvin family on the loss of one of the greatest pioneers in our industry’s existence,” said Marcus Lemonis, CEO and chairman of Camping World and Good Sam. “On behalf of all 6,000 Camping World and Good Sam employees and... Read more

Hershey Show Shaping Up to Be ‘Biggest Ever’

August 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

With just a few weeks remaining before opening, the 46th Annual America’s Largest RV Show at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa., already is being billed as “the biggest ever” by event organizers.  Heather Leach, marketing and education director for the host Pennsylvania RV & Camping Association (PRVCA), told RVBUSINESS.com that exhibitor space for the 2014 edition has reached 996,296 square feet, easily surpassing the previous record of 901,291 set in 2008. With more exhibitors still expected,... Read more

Camping World Announces ’15 Expansion Plan

August 27, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Camping World Inc. and Good Sam Enterprises LLC today (Aug. 27) announced additional markets for their 2015 supercenter expansion and future development to meet customer needs for products and services across the United States. According to a news release, the newest developments will raise the total number of Camping World supercenters to just shy of 120 nationwide. Additionally, the company is under contract with land owners and existing dealerships actively pursuing new markets and acquisitions... Read more

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