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Funtime RV Adds Holiday Rambler Product

November 11, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Funtime RV of Tualatin, Oreg., is a new Holiday Rambler dealer, carrying Holiday Rambler’s line of motorhomes, Monaco RV LLC announced today (Nov. 11).

Funtime RV was founded in 1998 on one-quarter of an acre, selling pre-owned RVs with two employees. Since then, Funtime has expanded twice, locating to their current site in Tualatin. The current dealership is now located on 3 1/2 acres, with a large inventory selection, full-service parts and service departments and employs a staff of 18.

“We chose the Holiday Rambler brand of motorhomes as the brand means quality and the Holiday Rambler name is iconic in the RV industry,” this according to Jerry Fisk, president of Funtime RV.

“Holiday Rambler is eager to partner with Funtime RV,” according to Scott Jacobson, Holiday Rambler national sales manager, motorized. “With the addition of Funtime, we are able to build our west coast distribution and continue to establish a strong, diverse network of Holiday Rambler dealerships. Funtime RV understands what it takes to provide quality products and excellent service to our mutual customer. We look forward to a great future ahead with them.”

For more information about Funtime RV and their products and services, visit www.funtimervinc.com.

For more information about Holiday Rambler products, visit www.holidayrambler.com.

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Monaco Names Terry to Lead Towable Sales

November 11, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Monaco RV LLC today (Nov. 11) announced the hiring of Dave Terry as its director of towable sales.

Dave Terry

Dave Terry

The 25-plus-year RV industry veteran will lead the R-Vision and Holiday Rambler brands from the Wakarusa, Ind., facilities, further solidifying Monaco RV‟s commitment to its towable division, according to a news release.

“Dave has extensive managerial experience in all segments of the towable market, from inexpensive stick-and-tin models and ultra-lites to toy haulers and high-end fifth wheels,” said Mike Snell, vice president of sales and product development. “We are excited to have Dave on our team to re-energize our towable products and sales relationships.”

Known as a trusted partner among dealers, Terry has established successful relationships with dealers across the U.S. and Canada. He has lived in most regions of the country, which has provided him with a deeper understanding of the needs of dealers in those different regions.

“I am proud to join the Monaco RV team,” says the newly appointed Terry. “The incredible size and strength of Navistar, the iconic nameplates of R-Vision and Holiday Rambler and the corporate desire to revitalize its towable business, made this an excellent opportunity for me. We will give dealers across North America a financially secure and stable business partner they can trust and build their business models around. This will be the desired ‘win-win’ situation for our dealer partners.”

Terry resides in Goshen, Ind., along with wife, Suzann and their three children.

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Sherman RV is New Holiday Rambler Dealer

November 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Monaco RV LLC today (Nov. 8) announced Sherman RV Center of Sherman, Miss., as the newest Holiday Rambler dealer, carrying Holiday Rambler’s line of motorhomes.

Sherman’s RV Center, in business for over 30 years, is a full-service dealership with a large inventory of new and pre-owned motorhomes, travel trailers and fifth-wheels. Sherman’s RV Center has a fully stocked parts department as well as a full service department staffed by well trained, seasoned technicians, according to a news release.

“Sherman RV Center is so proud to be the new Holiday Rambler dealer for the North Mississippi and Memphis, Tenn., area,” said Mark Castor, general manager of Sherman RV. “We are honored to be the top-selling motorhome dealer for the state of Mississippi and feel we have achieved this by selling quality new and pre-owned motorhomes at the lowest competitive prices and the best service in the business. Due to Holiday Ramblers history of quality, innovation and ability to stay toward the top or the motorhome market, we believe Holiday Rambler to be the best choice we could have made to add to our motor home line-up.”

According to Scott Jacobson, Holiday Rambler national sales manager motorized, “As we continue to expand our Holiday Rambler dealer network, we are excited to partner with Sherman RV Center and offer the very best products and highest level of service before and after the sale. We look forward to working in conjunction with Sherman’s, as we continue to bring new and innovative products to the marketplace.”

For more information about Sherman RV and their products and services, visit www.shermanrv.com.

For more information about Holiday Rambler products, visit www.holidayrambler.com.

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Discover Canada RV Holds First Product Show

November 4, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Dealers view some of the product displayed at the first Discover Canada RV Ltd. show Oct. 28 in Granby, Quebec.

Dealers view some of the product displayed at the first Discover Canada RV Ltd. show Oct. 28 in Granby, Quebec.

Discover Canada RV Ltd., an Oshawa, Ontario-based marketing distributor of U.S.-made RVs sold exclusively through Canadian retailers, hosted a successful inaugural RV show Oct. 28 at Le Castel Hotel & Spa in Granby, Quebec, according to Vice President Jory McDonald.

At that show, Discover Canada displayed 30 specially branded towable models built to Canadian specs by several U.S. companies.

McDonald says he and his partners, Joe Jandrisch, Benoit Riberdy, identified a void in the Canadian marketplace in 2007 with regard to value-priced RVs that have a distinct Canadian appeal.

“We’ve negotiated repurchase agreements with all major Canadian wholesale lenders including GECDF, BMO and National Bank of Canada,” he reports. “Indiana RV manufacturers Heartland RV, Crossroads RV, Hyline Enterprises, Kaddy Kruiser and Monaco RV LLC build products for Discover Canada RV, based on our Canadian specifications.”

The firm currently does business with 53 dealers from across Canada and approximately half of them participated in the late October show, McDonald said.

Canadian dealers normally place their orders with U.S. OEMs in January after the Louisville Show, says McDonald, but in some cases have now opted instead to place those orders earlier due to his firm’s efforts.

“We felt it was appropriate to move us forward ahead of the Louisville Show to enable our dealers to buy to avoid backlog and avoid freight issues,” McDonald said. “We wanted our dealers to get ahead of the wave of orders. They experienced delays in getting 2010 product, and we couldn’t afford to let that happen again.”

“We plan to do this again next year, but it might be a bit earlier,” he added.

Some of the product displayed at Discover Canada RV show.

Some of the product displayed at Discover Canada RV show.

Quebec was chosen as the site for the first show because Discover Canada has a strong following there, McDonald noted.

“Our success comes from offering our dealers a number of unique but strong advantages that they cannot receive directly from a U.S. manufacturer,” said McDonald.

Among them, he adds, is the fact that the company deals in products built to specifications and tastes of Canadian consumer and offers larger territories for greater dealer profits. Other selling points: Aggressive marketing material and an effective website, a Canadian parts and warranty department and Canadian territory representatives who understand each unique Canadian market area.

For more information, go to www.discovercanadarv.com.

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Navistar Recommits to Alabama LPGA Event

October 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Monaco logoMonaco RV LLC connected with its owners Oct. 6-10 for the “Alabama Getaway” rally in Prattville, Ala., held in conjunction with the Navistar LPGA Classic presented by Monaco RV.

“The city of Prattville was a first-class host; this event showcased the best and brightest in women’s professional golf and they really put on a show for us,” said Ryan Lee, director of marketing, in a recent e-mail to Monaco owners.

There were over 85 coaches in attendance representing all Monaco RV makes and models, as well as a few non-Monaco RV brands. Rally attendees received free tournament tickets to enjoy this year’s LPGA event, along with five nights of dry-camping, food and drinks on select nights, games, activities and entertainment – all free of charge. Some of the LPGA tour pros were even accessible during the event to meet and answer questions.

“Monaco RV teamed up with dealer partner Alliance Coach of Wildwood, Fla., to bring a number of units to display at the rally, including Monaco and Holiday Rambler motorized products, as well as Holiday Rambler towable products. We were thrilled to have Alliance Coach be a part of this event with us and we appreciated all their efforts,” Lee stated.

Meanwhile, Navistar has committed to another two years of hosting the LPGA event, and Monaco RV is making plans for its second annual Alabama Getaway. “We were extremely encouraged and excited about the turnout for this tournament and rally, and we can’t wait to do it again next year,” he said.

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Monaco RV LLV Partners with American RV

October 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Monaco RV LLC has announced its partnership with American RV of Grand Rapids Mich.

American RV is a premier dealer of new, used and rental RVs, offering an expansive inventory selection and showroom, according to a news release. With a 17-bay modern service facility staffed by certified technicians, the dealership also boasts a state-of-the-art research and special order parts department, overnight onsite parking and sanitation facilities.

“We are extremely honored and pleased to partner with such a tremendous organization as American RV,” said Josh Ciernia, national sales manager for Monaco. “American RV and its associates operate a first-class dealership that is nationally respected and provides unequalled customer service and service after the sale. The team at American RV has demonstrated their commitment to the Monaco brand and we are excited about the future ahead and joining forces with American RV to bring the best recreational vehicles to our mutual customers.”

“I am very confident and have seen firsthand how Monaco is building the best coach in the industry today,” said John Monterusso, American RV motorhome sales manager after recent visit to Monaco RV’s manufacturing facilities in Oregon. “The teams at Monaco, with the assistance of Navistar, are all on the same page, putting quality, innovation and growth as motive No. 1. Accountability is in full force, from the production line, the innovation process to inspections at work station to work station. Monaco RV has implemented Navistar proven quality practices in both their Indiana and Oregon production facilities. Navistar has one of the largest fleets of trucks and buses on the road in the world.

“They are built to be driven and reliable. Navistar’s belief, as well as Monaco RV’s, is to build a coach that starts with quality, reducing warranty claims and keeps the end user on the road traveling.”

For more information about American RV their products and services, visit www.americanrv.com.

For more information about Monaco products, visit www.monacocoach.com.

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Monaco RV Awards Holiday Rambler Trailer

October 20, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Denny Beggs (Sales Manager, Terry Labonte); Brad Honeycutt (Winner); Walt Mason (National Sales Manager Holiday Rambler Towables); David Hansing (General Manager, Terry Labonte)

Brad Honeycutt (second from left) takes possession of his new Holiday Rambler Campmaster trailer from Denny Beggs, sales manager at Terry Labonte RV; Walt Mason, national sales manager for Holiday Rambler; Towables; and David Hansing, general manager of Terry Labonte RV.

Monaco RV LLC recently announced the winner of its Holiday Rambler Campmaster Giveaway.

According to a news release, Brad Honeycutt of Wendell, N.C., made the nearly 100-mile drive to Terry Labonte RV in Greensboro, N.C., to accept his grand prize: a Holiday Rambler Campmaster travel trailer. He figured he and his wife would become an RV family eventually. They just weren’t sure when. After all, with a rapidly growing family, including a recently adopted 2-year-old daughter, and a new baby on the way, a new RV purchase might have to wait a couple years. However, he still enjoyed looking at and comparing different models.

That’s when he came across the Holiday Rambler Campmaster Giveaway, while recently checking out the latest products on the company’s website.

Both Brad, a supervising sales lead in retail, and his wife, a preschool teacher, have fond memories growing up in and around RVs, spending long weekends and summer vacations traveling, camping and making lasting memories with their respective families. Now with a family of their own, they look forward to providing similar memories for their children.

When asked if they had planned their first trip, “Not yet,” answered Honeycutt. “With the baby due soon, we thought we’d keep our schedule open for now.”

According to Mike Snell, senior vice president of sales and product development, the Campmaster promotion and giveaway was a tremendous success. “We are thrilled to welcome the Honeycutt family into the Monaco RV family,” Snell. “When we launched this promotion, our primary goals were to help increase awareness for our company and its brands, the RV lifestyle, and to put a great family into a new RV. We feel we’ve accomplished our goals.”

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Monaco RV Drew 85 Coaches to LPGA Event

October 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Owners of more than 85 coaches attended Monaco RV's inaugural "Alabama Getaway" rally during the recent LPGA event in Prattsville.

Owners of more than 85 coaches attended Monaco RV's inaugural "Alabama Getaway" rally during the recent LPGA event in Prattsville.

Monaco RV LLC hosted more than 85 coaches — representing all Monaco makes ands models — for the Coburg, Ore.-based manufacturer’s inaugural “Alabama Getaway” rally, Oct. 6-10 in Prattville, Ala., in conjunction with the Navistar LPGA Classic Presented by Monaco RV.

According to Mike Snell, senior vice president of sales and product development, the event — which also included a few non-Monaco RV brands — was a tremendous success.

“The city of Prattville was a first-class host,” said Snell. “This event showcased the best and brightest in women’s professional golf and they really put on a show for us.”

Rally attendees received free tournament tickets to enjoy the LPGA event, along with five nights dry-camping, food and drinks on select nights, games, activities and entertainment — all free of charge. Some of the LPGA tour pros were also accessible during the event to meet and answer questions.

Monaco RV teamed up with dealer partner Alliance Coach, Wildwood, Fla., to bring a number of units to display at the rally, including Monaco and Holiday Rambler motorized products and Holiday Rambler towable units.

“We were thrilled to have Alliance Coach be a part of this event with us and we appreciated all their efforts,” said Snell.

Navistar has committed to hosting the LPGA event for the next two years and Monaco RV executives said the company will stage a rally at the 2011 program, as well. “We were extremely encouraged and excited about the turnout for the tournament and rally,” Snell said, “and we can’t wait to do it again next year.”

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Holiday Rambler Towables Adds 4 New Dealers

September 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Monaco RV LLC has announced that  its Holiday Rambler Towable division has added four new dealers to its network.

Fred & Jack Trailer Sales of Bryant, Ark., Gustine’s RV Sales & Service of East Hampton, Conn., Eagle Ridge RV Center of Lake Wales, Fla.,  and Rivers Bus & RV Sales of Jacksonville, Fla., are carrying Holiday Rambler’s line of travel trailer and fifth-wheels, Savoy LX, Mintaro and Campmaster, according to a news release.

“As we continue to expand our dealer network we are also working diligently to update our existing product line up, while we introduce new models, including two in the near future,” said Walt Mason, national sales manager for Holiday Rambler. “The Holiday Rambler brand has an extremely loyal customer base which has waited patiently for a dealer in their area to shop for Holiday Rambler travel trailers and fifth-wheels. We will continue to broaden our dealer base to serve our existing customers, as well as introduce new customers to the heritage and quality of the Holiday Rambler brand. Our dealer partners will continue to play a vital role in our future as we move Holiday Rambler forward and solidify the brand as a premier maker of RV’s for the future years to come.”

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Elkhart OEMs Kick Off Open Houses Tonight

September 27, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Map of Elkhart County

Map of Elkhart County

There was a time in the 1970s until the mid-‘80s when the RV industry would gather annually each August in the sweltering heat of northern Indiana for what was then known as the South Bend Show. Dealers would come from near and far to be wined and dined by manufacturers and to see some new model year lineups.

New models would also be shown at subsequent private dealer meetings and then at the annual all-industry Louisville Show.

Now, the North American RV industry is headed back to the future to an extent this week as a host of companies — spurred by a budget-minded atmosphere in the wake of The Great Recession and by the success of Forest River Inc.‘s own big Elkhart dealer meetings over the past two years – beckon dealers to the flatlands of

Elkhart County for a series of “dealer open houses.”

Although it’s a bit later than the South Bend Show, which was held outside the Notre Dame Stadium, these new open houses should benefit the region’s hotels, restaurants, lounges and shuttle bus drivers in much the same way.

Forest River, a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary that again sets up shop this week next to its corporate headquarters on the west side of Elkhart, is expecting 2,800 people and reportedly had registered more than 700 dealerships by the beginning of this week. Along with a series of dealer displays that will include everything from conventional RV’s to commercial trailers, boats and mobile latrines, dealers can expect lavish buffets and a bustling Wednesday night cocktail party that should rival the best of those good ‘ole days at South Bend.

“I assume it’s going to be as good as last year,” Forest River President and CEO Pete Liegl told RVBUSINESS.com.

Much the same can be expected across town on the east side of Elkhart at the RV/MH Hall of Fame as three Thor Industries Inc. divisions set up shop for the first time this year on the grounds around the RV/MH Heritage Foundation Inc.’s museum, library and hall near the Indiana Toll Road. This is the first year that Thor, another market leader, has hosted dealers for a September open house and, in the process, did not manage to station all of its divisions in one place like Forest River did.

So, Thor Motor Coach, Keystone RV Co. Inc. and Breckenridge will be manning displays – Keystone itself is setting up about 200 units on the hall’s periphery – on Wednesday and Thursday. Also on tap at the hall: Seminars sponsored by Freightliner Custom Chassis Inc., GE Capital, Ally Financial and Statistical Surveys Inc. plus a Wednesday night cocktail party – scheduled, perhaps coincidentally, at the exact same time as chief competitor Forest River’s. Tunes are being provided by the popular John Kirkwood band.

Keystone President Bob Martin, who tells RVBUSINESS.com that he’s expecting somewhere between 700 and a thousand dealer personnel to stop by, says Keystone has always brought dealers in during the fall for a look at new product. And while they’re stepping it up this year, his Goshen, Ind.-based firm is still planning an aggressive display with additional new product at RVIA’s 48th Annual National RV Trade Show, Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in Louisville.

‘It’s a good opportunity to get in front of your dealers in the fall,” says Martin, whose company will also host vendor booths and meetings with customer service representatives and retail and wholesale financing sources.

Just down the street a few minutes to the west at a temporary rented facility at the corner of Marina Drive and County Road 6, Thor’s Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. division will launch an open house of its own tonight (Sept. 27) with cocktails provided by the Thor division and entertainment supplied by a group called Blammo. Displays, complete with continental breakfast, are open all day Tuesday and Thursday, closing out Thursday at noon.

Also kicking off the festivities tonight down in Nappanee – with a tailgate party, casino night and poker tournament — is Gulf Stream Coach Inc., which will be featuring a favorite of the company’s founder, the late Jim Shea Sr.: Daily lunch consisting of Stanley’s famous steak, shrimp and eggroll. Gulf Stream’s event runs through Thursday

“We believe recent developments in the RV industry will create great opportunities for the independent manufacturers,” says Gulf Stream Co-President Dan Shea. “We developed many new dealer relationships this year and we look forward to showing our new innovative, value-packed models.“

Also opening their doors to dealers this week:

Carriage Inc.: Tuesday through Thursday at the towable manufacturer’s Millersburg, Ind., plant.

Dynamax Corp.: Monday through Thursday at the company’s north side Elkhart plant at the corner of Northland Dr. and County Road 6.

Earthbound RV: Monday through Friday at the Spring Meadow Farm Golf Club east of Elkhart in Middlebury, as well as at the firm’s new main plant 70 miles to the south in Marion, Ind.

Evergreen Recreational Vehicles: Monday through Thursday at the company’s plant in Middlebury.

Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles: Monday through Thursday at the firm’s Wakarusa facility a few miles south of Elkhart off of Indiana 19.

Monaco RV LLC: Tuesday through Thursday at the Navistar division’s Wakarusa plant.

Open Range RV: Tuesday through Thursday at the company’s facilities east of Elkhart in Shipshewana.

Sunnybrook RV: Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the company’s plant in Middlebury.

Meanwhile, adding to the week’s industry activities, Jayco Inc. will have about 250 retail personnel on hand for intensive sales training at its complex in Middlebury, Ind. Jayco’s second Master RV Product Training Session runs Monday through Thursday, with a graduation ceremony Wednesday at the Marriott in South Bend.

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Monaco RV’s Hosting Open House Sept. 28-30

September 23, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Monaco RV LLC will hold a dealer product Open House Sept. 28-30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its Indiana facilities on 606 Nelson’s Parkway in Wakarusa,Ind.

On display will be motorhomes, travel trailers and fifth-wheels from each of Monaco RV’s three brands: Monaco, Holiday Rambler and R-Vision, according to a news release.

“With dealers in the area for RV events next week, we were receiving calls from dealers wanting to see our products and facility, so we decided to hold an open house,” said Mike Snell, senior vice president of sales and product development. “We will have numerous products on display along with our state-of-the-art production facility open for dealers to tour. We are extremely proud of our clean, modern facility, which houses the latest in manufacturing technology. Our manufacturing plants provide us with the capability to build the highest quality, best products on the market.”

“Along with our state-of-the-art facilities, with the backing of Navistar, we are able to bring cutting-edge truck industry technology to our products,” continued Snell. “We are the only RV company to achieve a fully integrated motorhome, with the chassis, engine and house coming from the same manufacturer. The new MaxxForce advanced EGR engines are being implemented into both our Monaco and Holiday Rambler products, to rave reviews from our dealers. Our gas line up has expanded as well, with the introduction of the new Holiday Rambler Aluma-Lite Class C and Vacationer.”

Snell continued, “In our R-Vision and Holiday Rambler towables, we continue to focus on the growth of these divisions by introducing new models, floorplans and innovations. The new R-Vision Onyx is a great example. This Euro-contemporary travel trailer is packed with high-end features, but still stays true to the R-Vision focus of lightweight design which ensures maximum towability. Our Holiday Rambler towable division is upgrading current models by adding more eye appeal, amenities and standard features. Both divisions have new products in the works and we will continue to further incorporate Navistar’s engineering and product development resources into these products.”

Concluded Snell, “With our open house, we will showcase the strengths of our company: our products, resources and employees. We’re excited for dealers to come see what the new Monaco RV – backed by Navistar – is all about and what it has to offer them.”

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Monaco Welcomes New Holiday Rambler Dealer

September 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Monaco RV LLC has announced  Seventh Heaven RV & Marine Superstore of Nampa, Idaho, as a new Holiday Rambler dealer.

Seventh Heaven RV & Marine Superstore is a locally owned and independently operated RV dealership. Serving the Boise Valley and surrounding areas for over 25 years, Seventh Heaven provides a large selection of new and certified pre-owned RV’s. A full service facility is available, staffed with RVIA certified and RVIA master certified technicians with over 200 years combined experience. Seventh Heaven also provides an extensive in house and on-line parts store.

“As we continue to expand our Holiday Rambler network, we are pleased to partner with the well-established, customer and service focused dealership, Seventh Heaven RV & Marine Superstore,” Scott Jacobson, national sales manager for Holiday Rambler, stated in a news release. “With the addition of this dealer, we are able to offer our products in a large market that has great potential. Seventh Heaven shares Holiday Rambler’s commitment to excellence, and providing the best quality products to its customers. We look forward to a long and successful partnership with them.”

Seventh Heaven RV & Marine Superstore is staffed with a friendly and knowledgeable sales and service staff. For more information about Seventh Heaven and their products and services, visit www.seventhheavenrec.com.

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Monaco RV Sponsors First Dealer Council

September 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Navistar headquarters in Warrenville, Ill.

Navistar headquarters in Warrenville, Ill.

Monaco RV LLC hosted its first-ever dealer council meeting at its parent company Navistar’s World Headquarters in Warrenville, Ill., Aug. 26-27.
Monaco RV’s Dealer Council was created in July of this year, with one conference call meeting already taken place. This, however, was the first face-to-face meeting between all the parties, according to a news release.image001

Monaco RV’s leadership team, which included the heads of all business unit departments as well as key Navistar executives, met with a council made up of a diverse group of eight towable and motorized dealers from varying regions of the country.

Monaco is based in Coburg, Ore., with substantial manufacturing facilities in Indiana.

Monaco RV Dealer Council members include:

  • Don Fults, Guaranty RV.
  • Jim Lazzarino, Lazydays RV.
  • Brent McMahon, McMahon’s RV.
  • Donny O’Banion, Motorhome Specialist.
  • Gary Sicard, Sicard RV.
  • Dave Hansing, Terry Labonte Chevrolet/RV.
  • Tim Veurink, Veurink’s RV Center.
  • Zack Zacharias, Westgate RV.

“It was great to have the opportunity to not only bridge the wholesale and retail world of Monaco RV, but also see, first hand, the incredible level of commitment shown by everyone involved at Navistar, “ said council member Donny O’Banion of Motorhome Specialist.

“The Dealer Council allows us as dealer representatives to be a part of identifying ongoing solutions in every facet of Monaco’s business, from parts to product,” continued council member Don Fults of Guaranty RV. “They have openly welcomed us into a live working partnership which from the beginning has proved itself to be impressively productive. The council is a vehicle that allows us as dealers to truly have an integral role in the future success of Monaco RV.”

The Monaco RV Dealer Council was created to allow Monaco and its dealers to work together to ensure all aspects of Monaco’s business practices are in line with the needs of the dealers and the products’ end-users. Based on similar councils used at Navistar’s business units, Monaco RV’s council encourages a constant open dialogue between the parties. This interaction allows for transmission of vital market information from the dealers to the manufacturer, to improve on products, services and promotions, while at the same time improving the manufacturer’s communication and responsiveness to the dealers.

“The inception of our dealer council is yet another avenue for Monaco RV to utilize the knowledge and expertise formulated by Navistar,” says Kay Toolson, president of Monaco RV. “Similar councils used in Navistar business units have been extremely successful and created invaluable sharing of information. We use our dealer council to continually improve our products, just as Navistar has.”

“The RV market is ever-changing,” according to Mike Snell, vice president of sales and product development for Monaco RV. “We believe it is essential to have a council like this in place to confirm that our strategic business decisions are ensuring the success of our dealers, and that we are building and servicing products that meet and exceed our customers’ desires.”

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RVDirect Outlets Add Holiday Rambler Line

September 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

buffalorvMonaco RV LLC has announced that Albany RV and Buffalo RV in New York will carry the Holiday Rambler line of motorhomes.albanyrv

“Albany RV and Buffalo RV are proud to be the newest members of the Holiday Rambler Team,” according to Don Strollo, president of RVDirect Group Inc. “Recently we received the first five Neptune diesels and the product arrived spotless. Our sales staff scrutinized the product and it passed with flying colors. We are very excited about what Navistar has in store for Monaco RV and Holiday Rambler. We feel as though they have very ambitious but also very realistic goals.”

Strollo continued, “The combination of Navistar with Monaco creates an organization with a new level of vertical integration never seen before in our industry. Being in a business where fragmentation is the norm, it is refreshing to see top down leadership with the clear understanding that streamlined efficiencies lead to better products, higher profits and happier customers. We feel as though the team at Monaco RV/Holiday Rambler understands this and we’re excited about what’s to come.”

Albany RV, located in Albany, and Buffalo RV, located in West Seneca, have served the greater New York region for nearly 40 years. Each location provides a large showroom, an expansive inventory and state-of-the-art service facilities.

“We are extremely pleased to partner with Albany and Buffalo RV to bring our Holiday Rambler products to their customers,” says Scott Jacobson, national sales manager for Holiday Rambler. “Their dealerships provide the highest level of service and professionalism available in the industry. They take the time to get to know their customers and products, providing their customers the best buying experience. We look forward to offering the Holiday Rambler tradition of close to 60 years, of quality built and affordable RV’s, to new and existing customers of both Albany and Buffalo RV.”

Albany RV and Buffalo RV are full-service dealerships staffed with a friendly and knowledgeable sales and service staff. For more information about Albany and Buffalo RV and their products and services, visit www.RVone.com.

For more information about Holiday Rambler products, visit www.holidayrambler.com.

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Rivers Bus & RV New Holiday Rambler Dealer

August 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Rivers Bus & RV, Jacksonville, Fla.

Rivers Bus & RV, Jacksonville, Fla.

Monaco RV LLC, Coburg, Ore., announced today (Aug. 30) that Rivers Bus & RV Sales of Jacksonville, Fla., is its newest Holiday Rambler dealer.

Rivers Bus & RV Sales will be carrying the full line of Holiday Rambler towable products: Savoy, Mintaro and Campmaster as well as the Aluma-Lite and Vacationer motorhomes, according to a news release.

The family owned and operated Rivers has been a part of Jacksonville since 1919. Selling and servicing RVs for the last 30 years, the dealership has grown to encompass over 24 acres displaying up to 200 RVs. The dealership is equipped with a delivery camp area, RV service department with 18 service bays staffed by certified RV technicians, a fully stocked parts department and full paint and body shop.

“Rivers Bus & RV will enable our Holiday Rambler towable products to be available to the greater Florida region,” said Walt Mason, national sales manager for Holiday Rambler Towables. “We look forward to offering new, innovative products in the near future, to further expand the Holiday Rambler line of towables that have been a mainstay in the industry for over 57 years.”

According to Scott Jacobson, Holiday Rambler National sales manager over motorized, “Rivers Bus & RV is a stable, long-standing dealership with an immeasurable reputation. Their knowledgeable sales and service staff will offer our existing Holiday Rambler owners great service, as well as introduce new customers to the legacy of the Holiday Rambler brand.”

For more information about Rivers Bus & RV and their products and services, visit www.riversrv.com.

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