RV Vendors & Dealers Applaud RVDA’s Con/Expo

November 10, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

After two final seminars on compliance issues this morning (Nov. 10), the books will have officially closed on the 2017 Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association’s (RVDA) International Convention/Expo at Bally’s in Las Vegas. By all accounts, this year’s edition of the annual Con/Expo – sponsored by RVDA, RVDA of Canada and the Mike Molino RV Learning Center – was highly successful. And beyond final attendance numbers, which are expected shortly – although pre-registrations were... Read more

Camping World Reports 25% Rise in 3Q Revenue

November 9, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Camping World Holdings Inc. reported a 25% increase in revenue for its third quarter, ended Sept. 30, boosted by strong performance in new vehicle sales. During the period, revenue totaled $1.24 billion compared with $991.1 million in last year’s third quarter. Net income increased 24.6% to $85.3 million, or 68 cents per diluted share, from $68.4 million a year ago while gross profit increased 27.3% to $356.7 million and gross margin increased 51 basis points to 28.8%. Adjusted EBITDA... Read more

Helder Presents ‘Energetic’ Keynote at Con/Expo

November 8, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Chris Helder delivers keynote at RVDA Con/Expo In an energetic and humorous keynote address Tuesday (Nov. 7) at the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo at Bally’s in Las Vegas, noted author and speaker Chris Helder began his presentation by challenging the wisdom of the old adage that “a bird in hand is worth two in the bush.” (To view a slideshow of the convention’s opening day scroll to the right side of the home page. Photos by Shawn Spence). “What is... Read more

Innovation Expert Gutsche to Keynote Outlook ’18

November 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Jeremy Gutsche The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) announced New York Times best-selling author and award-winning innovation expert Jeremy Gutsche as the keynote speaker during Outlook 2018. According to a press release, the annual event, held at 7 a.m. on Nov. 28 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, is attended by over 1,000 RV manufacturers, dealers and industry representatives, and is recognized as the place where the industry can receive key insights on trends... Read more

ROTV, RVB ‘RV Of The Year’ Show Will Air in Feb.

November 3, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

“Rollin’ On TV” (ROTV) is beginning production on the “2018 RVBusiness RV Of The Year Awards” show scheduled to air starting Feb. 11, 2018. According to a press release, this is the third year that RVBusiness and “Rollin’ On TV” have partnered in producing this special event showcasing the top five finalists as determined by the staff or RVBusiness magazine as well as the ultimate “RV Of The Year.” This year’s show, co-hosted by ROTV’s Jeff Johnston and Colleen... Read more

RV Strength Pushes LCI To 35% Gain in 3Q Sales

November 2, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

LCI Industries today (Nov. 2) reported consolidated net sales for the third quarter of $555 million, 35% higher than the 2016 third quarter net sales of $412 million. Net income was $32.1 million, or $1.26 per diluted share, for the third quarter, ended Sept. 30, compared to net income of $29.8 million, or $1.19 per diluted share, a year ago. The increase in year-over-year net sales reflects industrywide growth in wholesale shipments of towable and motorized RVs by OEMs, which increased 26% and 13%,... Read more

Patrick Completes Indiana Transport Acquisition

November 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Patrick Industries Inc. announced today (Nov. 1) that it has completed the acquisition of the business and certain assets of Elkhart-based Indiana Transport Inc., a leading transportation and logistics service provider primarily to original equipment manufacturers and dealers in the recreational vehicle  market. Patrick projects Indiana Transport’s full-year 2017 revenues to be approximately $100 million, according to a release, and expects the acquisition to be immediately accretive... Read more

Lazydays’ CEO Murnane: It’s ‘Business as Usual’

October 31, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Lazydays’ Chairman and CEO William P. Murnane There’s no more recognizable name in U.S. RV retailing than Lazydays – officially known as Lazydays R.V. Center Inc. The suburban Tampa dealership’s original headquarters store, launched in 1976 under the guiding hands of Don, Ron and H.K. Wallace, has claimed status over the years as America’s largest single RV dealership. Today, under subsequent ownership, it’s a bonafide 126-acre commercial tourist destination drawing hundreds of thousands... Read more

Lazydays Merger Results in Listing On NASDAQ

October 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Lazydays R.V. Center Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Adina Acquisition Corp. II, a “special purpose acquisition company,” according to an Oct. 27 release. At the conclusion of the transaction, the combined company will be renamed Lazydays Holdings Inc. The suburban Tampa dealership, which operates stores in Tucson, Ariz., as well as Loveland, Denver and Longmont, Col., will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lazydays Holdings, Inc., a publicly held company listed... Read more

RV Surge Boosts Patrick To 34% Rise in 3Q Sales

October 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier Patrick Industries Inc. reported a 34% year-over-year increase in sales during its third quarter, ended Sept. 24. Revenue during the period rose to $407.5 million from $304.2 million in the same quarter of 2016. The increase was attributable to industry growth, acquisitions, geographic expansion efforts, and market share gains. Sales from the RV industry, which represented 67% of third quarter sales, increased 29%.  Patrick reported net income in the third quarter... Read more

RVIA: September Shipments Retain Record Pace

October 25, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) September survey of manufacturers found RV wholesale shipments finished at 43,598 units, an increase of 29.4% over the 33,704 units shipped last September. September 2017 shipments are the best September on comparable record. RV wholesale shipments have climbed to 378,006 units through nine months of 2017, up 16.6% over the 324,286 units shipped during the same period last year. All towable RVs, led by conventional travel trailers, totaled... Read more

Starcraft Partners with Outdoor Firm Mossy Oak

October 25, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Starcraft RV announced a new licensing agreement with Haas Outdoors Inc. dba Mossy Oak, a market leader in outdoor, hunting and recreation lifestyle products. The agreement establishes Starcraft RV, a division of Jayco Inc., as the sole manufacturer of Mossy Oak branded recreational vehicle products for distribution throughout North America.     According to a press release, the partnership maximizes consumer demographics shared by the two companies. Known first and foremost as a camouflage... Read more

First Gander Outdoors Stores Opening Early ’18

October 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The first round of re-branded Gander Mountain stores will open early next year, according to federal regulatory filings. reported that Camping World Holdings Inc. — the nation’s largest recreational vehicle dealer — detailed its plans in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Monday (Oct. 23) to open the first 15-20 new Gander Outdoors locations by the end of the first quarter on March 31, 2018. Another 40-45 could open by the end of next year’s third... Read more

Towable Growth Drives Winnebago’s Gains in 4Q

October 19, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc. reported a 72.8% increase in revenues for its fiscal fourth quarter, ended Aug. 26, lifted by sales from the company’s Grand Design RV Co. division. Revenues for the fourth quarter totaled $454.9 million compared to $263.3 million for the fiscal 2016 period. Net income was $24.9 million, or 79 cents per diluted share, an increase of 89.6% compared to $13.1 million, or 49 cents per diluted share, in the same period last year.  Gross profit... Read more

RVIA’s Pomona Show Sees Growth, Strong Sales

October 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

RV packs the fairgrounds in Pomona for the California RV Show Neither southern California’s Anaheim wildfires (some 30 miles away) nor parking issues or thermometer-busting temperatures succeeded in dampening the continued growth of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) California RV Show, which closed Sunday (Oct. 15) after a 10-day run at the Los Angeles Fair & Exposition Fairplex in Pomona. The 65th California Show has more than doubled in size in the last... Read more

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