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‘Why Jayco?’ Walters Answers at Las Vegas Dealer Meeting

Ken Walters LAS VEGAS – The clear message from Jayco executives Monday was that, given the current challenging market, the company’s mix of people, quality and dealer relationships offer a compelling and competitive answer to “Why Jayco?” Ken Walters, president of the Middlebury, Ind.-based THOR Industries subsidiary, peppered that message throughout his keynote presentation, which helped kick off the 2024 ...

Jayco, Airstream Both Hosting Dealer Meetings in Vegas

Both Jayco and Airstream are hosting meetings with their respective dealers partners this week in Las Vegas. The 2024 Jayco Dealer Homecoming began Sunday, July 21, and runs through Wednesday, July 24, at The Palazzo at The Venetian Resort. Meanwhile, Airstream is hosting its 2024 Dealer Meeting starting today, July 22, and also ending Wednesday, July 24 at the Caesars ...

SylvanSport Marks Milestone with ‘Micro Series’ Launch

BREVARD, N.C. – SylvanSport, the Brevard, N.C.-based innovator and manufacturer of renowned adventure travel trailers, pop-up campers, rooftop tents, and outdoor gear, celebrates its 20th anniversary with the launch of its latest product line, the 2025 Micro Adventure Series (MAS). Maintaining the brand’s commitment to renowned design, quality, and comfort, MAS is all about being compact, lightweight, and nimble, according ...

RVTI Continues Focus on Service Technician Recruitment

Earlier this week, the RV Technical Institute (RVTI) attended the 2024 American School Counselor Association’s Annual Conference alongside Blue Compass RV. The event took place July 13-16 in Kansas City, Mo., with 4,700 counselors in attendance, according to a News & Insights report by the RV Industry Association (RVIA). "At Blue Compass RV, we are committed to investing in technician training ...

Harvest Hosts Takes Lead Mgt. Role in Escapees RV Club

In a message to its members, the Escapees, a 70,000-strong membership organization for RVers that offers services, programs and discounts, announced that “the management and operations of Escapees RV Club’s membership, support services, educational programs, and events will be transitioning to the Harvest Hosts family.” The acquisition excludes the Escapees Mail Service and Escapees RV Parks, which will remain under ...

Capitol Talk: Jarrod McGhee to Open Fun Town RV in Elkhart

Jarrod McGhee, founder and CEO of Fun Town RV, joins Rick Kessler and Sherm Goldenberg of RVBusiness for a Capitol Talk discussion on his dealership's expansion plans – first and foremost being the opening of a new location in Elkhart, Ind. McGhee, never afraid to speak his mind, also offers his thoughts on the current state of the industry. The ...

‘De Minimis’ Trade Issue: Here’s What You Need To Know

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a News & Insights report by the RV Industry Association (RVIA). The RV Aftermarket trade – Manufacturers -Suppliers, Distributors, Dealers – faces an unprecedented and existential challenge. The RV aftermarket segment has a stated goal to “pursue a great consumer parts & accessories outcome to benefit RVing and supply chain members.” But it cannot accomplish this goal without a ...

Colonial Airstream Earns Airstream’s Five Rivet Recognition

Nearly 100 years after its founding, Airstream continues to grace dealer lots and turn heads on the highway. While the travel trailer icon may lean on its nostalgic good looks and historic craftsmanship, industry professionals say providing a superior customer experience is paramount to the company’s ongoing success. “A positive customer experience is a lasting result that goes far beyond ...

RVB Capitol Talk: RV Aftermarket Conference & ‘De Minimis’

It's all about the RV aftermarket for this episode of Capitol Talk. The RV Industry Association's (RVIA) Samantha Rocci, director of federal affairs, and Jeremy Greene, senior director of events and marketing, as well as Chris Cieto, who serves as the chief sales officer for RVBusiness as well as the chair of the events task force for the RV Aftermarket ...

Schantz is Priority RV Network’s New Executive Director

Nicole Schantz MISSOULA, Mont. -- The Priority RV Network announced in a press release the appointment of Nicole Schantz as its new executive director, effective Aug. 1. Schantz, who brings with her “a wealth of experience in the RV industry and a proven track record of leadership and innovation,” will work side by side with the outgoing Priority director, Corey Ruzicka, ...

SSI: Retail Registrations at 37,523 in May, Down 16.2% YOY

There were 37,523 retail registrations recorded in May 2024, which is a 16.2% decline compared to the 44,787 total in May 2023, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based sub subsidiary of Trader Interactive that monitors retail and consumer data for the RV industry. Year to date, there have been 150,945 retail registrations in 2024, which is a ...

Coachmen Intros Catalina 283 EPIC with Panoramic Views

Coachmen RV General Manager Mike Gaeddert inside the Catalina 283 EPIC and its panoramic rear living area. (Photo: Peter Ringenberg/RVBusiness) Coachmen RV has introduced a new model for its Catalina travel trailer brand that looks to take full advantage of idyllic campsite settings. At a little over 35 feet long and 7,000 pounds (UVW), the 283 EPIC offers a lot ...

RVDA of Canada Warns of ‘Notable Increase in RV Fraud’

There has been a notable increase in RV fraud nationwide, according to the RVDA of Canada. Major Financial Institutions in Canada have reported multiple instances of RV fraud come through their Indirect Lending channels in recent months. Falsified documentation and identity (ID) theft have been identified as core challenges - especially where remote applicants are involved. In this heightened fraud environment, ...

McClain’s RV SuperStores Buys Ronnie Bock’s Kerrville RV

Ronnie Bock, with his daughter Kari Bock and son Todd Bock, from left, at Ronnie Bock’s Kerrville RV. (Photo: Community Journal) HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. – RV Business Solutions, a leading buy-sell advisor to RV dealers, was the exclusive sell-side advisor to Ronnie Bock in the sale of his Kerrville, Texas-based RV dealership, Ronnie Bock’s Kerrville RV to McClains RV SuperStores, ...

Blue Compass RV Honored with Prestigious Globee Award

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Blue Compass RV announced that it has received the Gold Globee award for Achievement in Brand Development at the 9th Annual 2024 Globee Awards for American Business. "This prestigious award acknowledges the company's dedication to quality and innovation in the RV industry and is a testament to the incredible hard work and devotion of their entire ...

Deadline Nears for RVB Top 50 Dealer Award Nominations

The deadline is Friday, June 28, for RV manufacturers to submit their nominations for the 2024 RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Awards. Now in its 14th year, the RVBusiness Top 50 program celebrates those North American RV dealerships that, in the eyes of an esteemed panel of independent judges, best exemplifies dealer excellence in customer and community service. An announcement of the 2024 ...

May 2024 Wholesale RV Shipments Up 7.2% Over May 2023

Results for the RV Industry Association’s (RVIA) May 2024 survey of manufacturers found that total RV shipments ended the month with 33,150 units, an increase of 7.2% compared to the 30,919 units shipped in May 2023. “As the summer RV travel season kicks into high gear, 45 million Americans will make lasting memories with friends and family as they get ...

Towables, Marine Boost Winnebago Industries’ Q3 Report

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Winnebago Industries Inc. (NYSE: WGO), a leading outdoor lifestyle product manufacturer, today reported financial results for the company's fiscal 2024 third quarter ended May 25, 2024. Third Quarter Fiscal 2024 Financial Summary Revenues of $786.0 million Gross profit of $118.2 million, representing 15.0% gross margin Diluted earnings per share of $0.96; adjusted diluted earnings per share of ...

RVDA Chair: Reach ’24 Goals Via Key Performance Issues

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following column, published in the June issue of RV Executive Today magazine, was written by RV Dealers Association (RVDA) Chairman Ryan Horsey of Parkview RV Center in Smyrna, Del. It is reprinted here with permission. It’s difficult to believe we are almost to the halfway mark of 2024. It is evident after countless shows, various industry events, ...

IBJ: Culture, Acquisitions Key to Lippert’s Growth, Longevity

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following excerpt is from a report by Leslie Weidenbener of the Indianapolis Business Journal and published by Inside Indiana Business. Click here to read the report in full (subscription required). ELKHART, Ind. – Elkhart-based Lippert doesn’t make the boats, RVs, tents and more used by outdoor enthusiasts, but the public company makes parts and accessories that make those products ...

8 Blue Compass Stores Earn Airstream Five Rivet Honors

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Blue Compass RV announces that eight Airstream locations qualified for the prestigious Airstream Five Rivet Award for outstanding customer service, a record-setting feat amongst dealership groups. Started in 2017, Airstream’s Five Rivet Dealer Standards Program requires dealers to meet the highest standards for both sales and service. This is the third year that Blue Compass RV locations ...

Jayco’s Employees Celebrate Renovation of Service Center 

MIDDLEBURY, Ind. – Towable and motorized RV builder Jayco Inc.’s employees enjoyed a special moment yesterday (June 13) when nearly 300 members of the company’s customer service team shared an outdoor luncheon and celebrated the complete renovation of Jayco’s Customer Service Center in Middlebury. The upbeat event, which took place in front of the company’s remodeled three-story service center just ...

Fun Town Donates $250,000 to Boost RV Tech Training

CORSICANA, Texas – Navarro College, a premier educational institution located in Corsicana with branches in Mexia, Midlothian and Waxahachie, announced in a press release the upcoming launch of a groundbreaking RV Technician program and construction of a facility to house it. The project is funded in part by a $250,000 donation from Fort Worth-based Fun Town RV. Amberly Patrick, training ...

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