The board of directors of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation has announced 12 inductees to be received into the RV/MH Hall of Fame as the Class of 2010. Induction ceremonies will be held in August at the Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind.
The RV honorees are:
- Rex Floyd, Floyd’s RV of Norman, Norman , Okla., RV dealer. A recognized leader in Oklahoma RV matters, he served 12 years on the national board of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), including three as an officer during the industry downturn of the early 1980s. He was a key leader in the early days of organizing a national market expansion program which became today’s Go RVing effort.
- Jim Fogdall, Ace Fogdall RV, Cedar Falls, Iowa, RV dealer. A 44-year RVDA member, he was the Trailer Life Dealer of the Year in 1988, won the RVDA Chairman’s Award in 2003 and the Jim Summers Award in 2004. He served on the boards of RVDA (chairman), Service Technician Schools (chairman), RV Assistance Corp. and RVDA Education Foundation (chairman).
- Don Lougheed, RV Group Inc., Austin, Texas, RV dealer. He was one of the founders of the RVDA and a 40-year board member serving in many positions including president. He produced the RV industry’s first flat rate manual for service techs. With stores in New York and Texas, he had one of the first large, multi-state RV dealerships.
- Carl Pfalzgraf, Atwood Mobile Products, Elkhart, Ind., RV supplier. He has served 18 years on board of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). As Education Committee chairman, he led the group that devised the RVIA industry education program. He served as board chairman and was the 1998 recipient of the Distinguished Service to the Industry Award. He led his company’s marketing for the first electronic ignition water heater, first ball screw lifting devices, first light weight furnace with noise reduction and many others.
- Clarence T. Yoder, Carriage Inc., Millersburg, Ind., RV manufacturer. During the 30-plus years he led his company, he was the primary research and development officer always seeking innovations in comfort and function. He pioneered seamless fiberglass end caps on RVs in 1969, pioneered motorized slide outs on fifth-wheels, developed the flat floor fifth-wheel concept with no step up into the bedroom and he holds the patents on “hurricane straps” for slideouts and for the “No A Frame” design in travel trailers. He was a 30-year RVIA member and show participant.
- Raymond F. Bassett, Parkwood Homes and Honey RV, Elkhart, MH/RV manufacturer. He served on the boards of Mobile Home Manufacturers Association (MHMA), Fleetwood Enterprises Inc., Champion Homes, Redman and others. A highly regarded industry inventor and visionary, he patented a “knock-down” mobile home for overseas shipment, developed full-length screenroom additions for Florida models and developed a transport system for early “park models.”
From the manufactured housing segment are:
- Jim Boyts, Skyline Corp, Elkhart, manufacturer.
- Jerry Haggadone, Champion Homes, York, Neb., manufacturer.
- Morris Hylton, Jr. Hylton Homes, Ivel, Ky., retailer.
- Jess Maxcy, California MHI, Rancho Cucamunga, CA, association executive.
- Gary W. Powell, Manufactured Home Communities, Chicago, Iill., community developer.
- Jeff Wick, Wick Building Systems, Mazomanie Wis., Housing manufacturer.
The RV/MH Hall of Fame, established in 1972, has honored over 300 industry leaders with enshrinement into the industry hall of fame. It maintains a museum and library of industry history and archives at it headquarters in Elkhart.