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Nexus RV Expands Locations, Starting In Texas

August 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

                      Nexus RV LLC, a factory-direct manufacturer of Class C, Super C and Class B+ motorhomes based in Elkhart, Ind., announced another location for a factory showroom. Nexus RV will have products on display in Fort Worth, Texas, and it plans to keep growing locations in addition to its current remote facilities in Clearwater, Fla., and Temecula, Calif..

“Our strategy to give customers an opportunity to touch and feel our products is working”, said Claude Donati, president and co-founder of the company, which started in 2010. “We have been able to gain many customers through our factory-direct showroom in Temecula, Calif. The customers appreciate the low-pressure, leisurely experience they have when they enter our showroom. Our sales staff remotely guides the customers through the products and answers any product questions.”

Donati said Nexus RV has taken a page out of Tesla Motors Inc.’s approach by offering strategically located showrooms throughout the country.

According to Nexus, they plan to open an additional five showrooms over the next year. “The future locations for those showrooms will be in markets where our customers would support the investment,” explained Dave Middleton, vice president and co-founder.

“We will have our products in Fort Worth by the end of September,“ said Middleton.

For more information contact the company at www.nexusrv.com or via phone at (574) 970-0848.

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Donati Announces Nexus RV June Open House

March 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Claude Donati

Claude Donati

Startup RV manufacturer Nexus RV LLC has invited 20,000 people to an open house June 20-30 at its Elkhart manufacturing facility to promote its new line of Class C motorhomes.

”We don’t know how many people will show up,” said Claude Donati, president of the factory-direct manufacturer who reported that invitees are current or recent RV owners.Nexus Logo

Nexus’ full lineup, which includes a traditional Phantom minimotorhome and a B-plus-style Viper C-body, will be on display at the June open house. ”We are going to have all our units on display as well as consignments and used units,” said Donati, a former Gulf Stream Coach Inc. vice president.

Supplier issues delayed a planned debut of the Nexus motorhome at last week’s Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) 45th Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase in Perry, Ga. ”We took the posture that you’re only new once and we didn’t want to make a bad impression the first time out,” Donati said.

With the supplier issues solved, Nexus plans to ship its first 10 units on April 1 to ABC Motorhomes, a rental dealership in Anchorage, Alaska.

Sixty-six minimotorhomes in Lexus’ first production run will go to rental outlets, Donati reported. ”Our plan is to use the rental business to help us initially,” he said.

Although Nexus is a factory-direct manufacturer, the company’s facilities will be open to rental dealers during Open House Week which is in the planning stages for the Elkhart area in September.

”We have a list of rental dealers and we are only a block away from where Forest River is going to hold its open house at Dynamax,” Donati said. ”We will have our doors open.”

Donati has reported that the company expects $20 million in sales while producing one unit a day during its first year.

All Nexus Class C’s are built on 14,500-pound GVWR Ford E-450 Super Duty chassis with lightweight steel superstructures and Azdell Superlite composite sidewalls and roofs.

The Phantom is available in five 23- to 32-foot floorplans with up to two slideouts and an MSRP of $85,300. The Viper will feature a molded fiberglass cap and offered in three 23- to 27-foot floorplans with up to three slideouts for an MSRP of $89,600.

Nexus has established service arrangements with 200 independent service centers throughout the country, according to Donati.

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Nexus RV to Debut New Lines at March Rally

February 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Claude Donati (left) and Dave Middleton of Nexus RV

Claude Donati (left) and Dave Middleton of Nexus RV LLC.

Startup Class C manufacturer Nexus RV LLC will debut its first lines — a traditional Phantom minimotorhome and a B-plus-style Viper C-body — March 14-17 at the Family Motor Coach Association’s Southern Homecoming Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase in Perry, Ga.Nexus Logo

”We are in the process of ramping up our production,” said Claude Donati, president of the Elkhart, Ind., startup. ”February is our staging month and we hope to start bringing product off the end of the line on March 1,”

Donati said the first 50 units will be marketed to rental outlets as Scenic Traveler Class C’s.

”Our goal the first year is $20 million in sales and in five years, if things go right, we will be at $100 million,” Donati said. ”Our unit goal the first year is 240 — one unit a day.”

Phantom and Viper motorhomes will be sold factor- direct with a strong presence on Facebook and other Internet social media.

Nexus, currently with 17 employees, has 87,000 square feet of manufacturing space along with a 25,000-square-foot indoor showroom on 10 acres near the Indiana Toll Road on the north side of Elkhart.

”We are set up to take trade-ins and we will be selling used product as well as new,” Donati said, adding that by the end of the year the company expect to have 35-40 employees.

Nexus has made service arrangements with 200 independent service centers throughout the country. ”I’ve developed relationships with many of them during my many years of experience in the industry,” said Donati, formerly vice president of motorized at Gulf Stream Coach Inc. ”The service centers don’t sell product; they just service RVs.”

All Nexus Class C’s are built on 14,500-pound GVWR Ford E-450 Super Duty chassis with lightweight steel superstructures and Azdell Superlite composite sidewalls and roofs.

The Phantom is available in five 23- to 32-foot floorplans with up to two slideouts and an MSRP of $85,300. The Viper will feature a molded fiberglass cap and be offered in three 23- to 27-foot floorplans and up to three slideouts for an MSRP of $89,600.

Factory direct sales will allow Nexus to sell units for as much as $5,000 less than its competitors, Donati said.

”The benefits for the customer are saving money,” Donati said, reporting that the average Nexus’ selling cost is expected to be between $65,000 and $70,000.

In addition to the Internet, Nexus RVs will be marketed at major RV shows and Donati plans to host clubs at its Elkhart facility that have been ”orphaned” by manufacturers that have gone out of business, he said.

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Hoosier Official Touts RV Industry in Speech

December 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Becky Skillman

Becky Skillman

Becky Skillman, Indiana lieutenant governor, touted job creation in the RV industry during a speech in Elkhart, Ind., on Thursday (Dec. 16).

Speaking to an audience of mostly female business executives sponsored by the Women’s Council of the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce, Skillman said she is glad to see the RV industry as part of Elkhart county’s full revitalization efforts. Indiana is seeing new life in the RV industry with companies like Nexus RV LLC, Jayco RV and its subsidiary, Starcraft RV, in Elkhart county, she said. These companies are investing in Elkhart, expanding and creating new jobs for Hoosiers.

In 2010 the state’s economic development corporation (Indiana Economic Development Corp.), has received commitments for more than 22,000 new jobs and more than $4.3 billion in private capital investment, noted Skillman. This year is becoming the strongest year-to-date for new job commitments since Gov. Mitch Daniels and Skillman assumed office in 2005.

Skillman is contemplating a run to succeed Daniels in 2012. He cannot run for a third conseucutive term, due to term limits in Indiana.

Indiana has been among the leaders in private sector job growth in 2010. According to the latest numbers from the U.S. bureau of Labor Statistics, Indiana’s job growth was at 2.1%. That’s more than two times the national average, she said.

Elkhart County has attracted investments and new jobs in the RV industry as well as in the manufacturing of the next generation electric vehicles. Daniels recently joined executives from THINK North America to announce the company’s investment of $43 million and their plans to create 400 new jobs.

Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources took possession on Thursday of 15 electric vehicles made by Think at the Elkhart plant, housed in a former RV supply factory on the city’s east side.

Site Selection Magazine just ranked Indiana’s business climate as the eighth best in the nation – putting Indiana in the top 10 every year for the past three years.

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Dave Middleton Joins Startup Nexus RV

September 14, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Nexus RV LLC has named Dave Middleton as vice president of the new company.

Nexus RV, currently based at Innovation Park on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., will manufacture Class C and B+ motorhomes, according to a news release.

“Dave brings 15 years of experience in the sales and marketing of some of the most unique products in the industry,” said Claude Donati, president. “Dave is one of the best pure sales people in the RV industry; his approach to sales is high energy and will be a major factor in our success.”

Middleton spent most of the last 15 years in various management positions in the motorhome division at Gulf Stream Coach Inc. in nearby Nappanee, Ind.

“We are in the final stages of selecting our facility and expect to have product in the market by the first quarter of 2011,” Middleton stated, ” I am excited to be part of such an exciting venture. During my many years in the business, I have learned a great deal about selling and I understand the needs of the customer. I look forward to building Nexus RV on the foundation that the retail customer is the most important person in the whole process. Everything we do at Nexus will focus on the retail customer’s RV experience.”

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