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RVB Showcases Winnebago ‘RV of the Year’

February 4, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The latest issue of RVBusiness, due on the street this week, showcases the naming of Winnebago Industries Inc.’s retro-styled, Brave/Tribute Class A motorhome as “RVBusiness 2015 RV of the Year,” a designation announced earlier that the novel Class A motorhome earned on the heels of an exhaustive review of new model year product by RVB’s staff at a series of late year trade shows. RVB’s Jan./Feb. issue also sheds light in Q&A interviews on two business executives whose companies represented... Read more

TOP DEBUTS: Starcraft Solstice Luxury Fiver

February 2, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

Starcraft Inc. marked its return to the upper-end fifth-wheel market with the rollout of the Solstice luxury series, providing a residential, comfort-laden environment. “The Soltice took us around 10 months to develop,” said Brent Froman, vice president of sales for the Middlebury, Ind.-based division of Jayco Inc. “We wanted to create an interior that has true residential appeal.” The Solstice, available in three 33- to 35-foot floorplans with three to five sliderooms, features a fully equipped... Read more

Opinion: HUD Issues on ‘Road to Resolution’

January 29, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

John Soard EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is an opinion piece written at the request of RVBUSINESS.com by John Soard, general manager of the park model division of Fairmont Homes, Nappanee, Ind., and chairman of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) Park Model RV Committee. Soard has worked in the RV industry since 1984, the last 29 years in the park model sector. Most of us who work in the recreational vehicle business saw this recent news item that speaks to the possible resolution... Read more

Startup Vanleigh RV Taps Fifth-Wheel Sector

January 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Leigh Tiffin, general manager of fledgling RV manufacturer Vanleigh RV Inc., Burnsville, Miss., expects to have his company’s yet-to-be-named fifth-wheel line available to dealers by early fall. ”I wouldn’t commit to the (Elkhart County RV Open House in September) right now but odds are in favor of us being there,” Tiffin said, adding that it’s pretty much a certainty that Vanleigh product will be available for the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., the first... Read more

Shipments Soar 23% in Dec.; Rise 11% for ’14

January 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Total wholesale shipments to retailers of all RVs surged to 26,736 units in the December survey of manufacturers, soaring 23.3% greater than the final month last year. This was the largest December total in nine years dating back to 2005. Seasonally adjusted, the December 2014 total reached an annualized rate of more than 375,000 units. The strong finish this year was led by towable RV shipments which rose in December to 23,851 units, a gain of 27% over the final month one year ago. For the year... Read more

NeXus Targets Class A Diesel Pusher Market

January 23, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

Bentley Class A diesel pusher by NeXus RV NeXus RV couldn’t have asked for a bigger splash when it dove into the Class A motorhome business with the debut of its first diesel pusher, an all-new, 34-foot Bentley, at the Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa. The Elkhart, Ind.-based factory-direct motorhome manufacturer ended up selling six of the 36-foot, rear-bedroom, four-slide coaches at the Tampa Show. The overwhelming response has prompted NeXus to double its production plans from one Bentley per week... Read more

HUD Indefinitely Delays Park Model Limitations

January 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

In a memorandum dated Jan. 20, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Administrator Pamela Beck Danner announced that HUD will not be enforcing its interpretation that park model RV porches count toward the 400-square-foot limit (as measured) on those types of RVs until new regulations defining RVs are published, which is something that likely will not occur for many months. According to a news release, this memorandum supersedes a memorandum that Danner promulgated on Oct. 1, 2014, in... Read more

Winnebago Launches RV Insurance Programs

January 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Looking to expand its offerings to North American RV consumers, Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc. has launched three insurance-related programs — Winnebago RV Insurance, Winnebago Premium Roadside Assistance and Winnebago Tire & Wheel Protection. In conjunction with Farm and City Insurance Services (FCIS), Winnebago RV Insurance offers a wide complement of coverage, from RV to personal insurance plans. The Premium Roadside Assistance and Tire & Wheel Protection plans are... Read more

FRVTA’s Tampa SuperShow Was the ‘Best Ever’

January 19, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

RVers stream though displays at the Tampa Show With 63,234 people passing through the turnstiles, the 2015 Florida RV SuperShow recorded its best year ever in terms of attendance last week (Jan. 14-18) at the Florida State Fairgrounds, eclipsing the previous record of 56,953 established last year by the sponsoring Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) This news comes at a time when a host of other show organizers throughout the country are reporting similarly good news in terms of attendance and,... Read more

Keystone Plans Growth in ’15 to Meet Demand

January 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Keystone continues to grow its Goshen, Ind., campus Recognizing that demand was quickly outstripping production capacity, Keystone RV Co. has several key expansion projects planned for 2015 at its sprawling campus in Goshen, Ind. Matt Zimmerman, president of the Thor Industries Inc. subsidiary, reported that construction of a 120,000-square-foot facility initiated last September is on schedule for completion late this summer. The plant will house production of its entry-level Springdale and Hideout... Read more

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